Principal’s Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to Presentation College Headford.

We are a voluntary co-educational secondary school founded on the values, ethos, and traditions of the Presentation Sisters and their foundress Nano Nagle, under the trusteeship of CEIST.

Presentation College offers a comprehensive academic curriculum in addition to a wide-ranging programme of extra-curricular activities. We provide a high quality education to all of our students and encourage each child to do their best and achieve both individually and as a team. Our teaching staff are dedicated and committed, going beyond the call of duty and encouraging students towards achieving their very best. Equally, we are proud of our students, both in their academic success and their contributions to other walks of life.

“. . . so much is unfolding, that must complete its gesture. .  . so much is in bud” (Denise Levertov)

Sowing is about believing that there is a time for everything.  It is our task to carry out our work without ceasing, never knowing where the seed will take root, never giving up. It is a slow and arduous task involving a process of waiting and waiting in hope, with conviction, and with expectation, in an age of immediacy and instant results.

I hope that our school can be a happy place to be and a good place to work and a good place for students and welcoming to all.  Presentation Secondary School, Headford will be:

      • A community of excellence
      • A community of care
      • A community of standards
      • A community of expectation
      • A happy community

Obviously, the new building will be a priority for all of us in the next while and I hope, while it will have its demands, it is a wonderful opportunity for us to shape the future learning and teaching environment for the better.

I would hope to meet the challenges and possibilities, both personal and professional, in a compassionate spirit, encouraging all to help forge a new identity. Traditional loyalties are to be treasured, but they are honoured not by remaining static but by creating a new vibrant school community. Change is constant and the charism and spirit of Nano Nagle have always meant reimagining Catholic education and its mission in the present age.

In the words of John O’Donohue


May you have a mind that loves frontiers
So that you can evoke the bright fields
That lie beyond the view of the regular eye.

(Benedictus, A Book of Blessings).

Yours in education,

Fiona Gallagher.