Presentation Secondary School

Educating in Waterford since 1798

Presentation Secondary School, Waterford


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Why Study History?

History gives you back the past. Without an understanding of the past, the present doesn't make much sense.

Students of History in Presentation Waterford will explore the lives of people in the past, and the social, political, economic and cultural structures of past communities, so as to be able to comprehend the world today. To put our lives in the twenty-first century in a broad perspective, to appreciate Ireland's relationship with the world, to understand how other cultures and countries have developed, we need to study History.

Employers and academic institutions place a high value on skills developed through the study of History. They are impressed by the ability of the Historian to research, analyse and present information in a balanced, coherent and focused way. Above all, History helps students to think logically, express clear opinions and put forward reasoned arguments.

History is also valuable in a wide variety of careers.

In Presentation Waterford students of History will encounter many interesting ICT resources to help them study the subject effectively. These skills will be developed, skills which are relevant in modern life and the workplace.

History at Presentation Waterford is a long established and successful subject. The History Department is lively, enthusiastic and fully committed to fostering in its students an attitude of enquiry, open-mindedness and an intrinsic desire for learning. The teachers equip students with the academic skills and discipline to explore, understand and analyse issues which have challenged humanity. We aim to provide an experience that will stimulate the student and develop a life-long interest in the subject.

At the Presentation Secondary School we aim to ensure that through the study of History students:

  • acquire knowledge of and understanding about human activity in the past
  • understand the contemporary world through the study of the past
  • develop conceptual understanding and the ability to think independently
  • develop a range of skills essential for the study of history
  • develop positive attitudes such as a commitment to objectivity and fairness, and an acceptance that people and events must be judged in the context of their values and time
  • develop an interest and enthusiasm for history and a value of their heritage from the past

Staffing 2017/2018

History Coordinator:

Ms Liz Rogers

History Teachers:

Miss Aileen Hart

Miss Melissa Larkin

Mrs. Mary McInerney

Ms Laura Pheasey

Ms Liz Rogers

Ms Gillian Rohan

Ms Rebecca Walsh