History of The Presentation
Ariel view of
Presentation College, Askea, Carlow
The Presentation Sisters were founded in 1775 by Nano Nagle. In
doing so she was responding to one of the great needs of her time: the
provision of educational facilities for the children of the poor. From
1811 until 1947 the Presentation Sisters in Carlow catered for Primary
pupils only. The Secondary Top which then opened became a voluntary
Secondary school for girls in 1971.
In response to the demand for
greater facilities for boys and girls and aware of the value of
co-education the present school, Presentation College, was built by
the parish. It was completed in 1982 and the Presentation Sisters were
requested to take over the functions of the Trustees. A Board of
Management was set-up in October 1987. The duties, powers and
responsibilities of the Trustees, Board of Management and the Staff
are set out in The Manual for Boards of Management of Catholic
Secondary Schools. The Board of Management serves a three year term.
Nano Nagle responded to the needs of her time by setting up schools
and developing a curriculum that catered for the needs of her
students. Today, Presentation College, Carlow endeavours to respond to
the needs of its students. Our response must be relevant to our living
in the modern world. The basic challenge remains the same - to share
with our students the Christian Vision of life and to equip them with
the skills which are necessary for successful and happy lives.
Today, Presentation College is a co-educational voluntary Catholic
secondary school which caters for pupils of all religions and
backgrounds. We aim to provide our pupils with an education that
equips them for life and living in the modern world. We aim to
challenge students to share with us the Christian vision of life. Over
the past few years we have drawn up a Mission Statement which
describes the kind of school we wish to be. We hope that every member
of the school community will attempt to live by it and we intend that
all of our decisions are informed by it and our school development
plans based on it.
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