On 21st May 2015, Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland unveiled its school Ethos wall in the main foyer of the school. The design and creation of the Ethos wall celebrates the values it holds and share as a community in Presentation Secondary School. Pope Francis said we must be “the living presence of the Gospel in the field of education, science and culture”.
To design the wall, Transition Year students consulted with the wider student body to review and discuss the school’s purpose and mission. The wall gives witness to the founder of the Presentation sisters, Nano Nagle.
The students began by pasting a layer of encyclopaedia pages as wallpaper. They went through several encyclopaedias and carefully selected the pages which were used to ensure that every page had some educational value. They represent the broad range of subjects and wide variety of learning opportunities provided for at the school.
As well as pasting the encyclopaedia pages onto the wall, the students created embroidery hoops which incorporate the CEIST core values: a motivational book containing inspirational quotes in calligraphy, several books with the pages specially folded to form artistic desi
gns and a painting of Nano Nagle who holds a lantern to represent guiding the children out of the dark and into the light.
The Ethos wall is a visual representation of the connectedness between the spirituality which the school seeks to promote and the daily life of the school. It is the end result of a most worthwhile process and discussion on what it means to be part of the school. The story of its journey is truly an inspiration.
The commitment and dedication of the Transition year students and teachers to the project was highly commended. They gave their skills and time freely with one purpose in mind to make the wall a centrepiece for the school of which to be proud.
The school was delighted to welcome Bishop Ray Browne to unveil the wall on May 21st, 2015. Transition Year student Rachael O’ Connor said
“We hope that this wall will bring hope for the future, joy of the present and appreciation of our tradition together for all our school community. Please take time to view when you visit our school”.