We wish all the Presentation Sisters a wonderful Feast Day today. It was such a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate Mass with Iona Presentation College this morning. To see our beautiful Iona students from Year 1 through to Year 10 coming together in the presence of the Sisters was very warming.

For families new to the school, the rich traditions of the Presentation Sisters are entwined in our school culture. The Presentation story stretches back to the mid 1700’s when Nano Nagle and her companions, moved by the poverty that existed in Ireland at thet time, started schools for the poor. Nano was aware of the plight of the children, particularly the girls, who were often abused and mistreated. At the time, education for Catholic children was illegal and Nano and her colleagues risked considerable punishment for breaking the English law of the time.

Nano spent her life working for the poor and underprivileged, particularly in education. Today, Iona Presentation Primary School stands as a testament to the charism of Nano Nagle and the Presentation Sisters through the values of excellence, compassion, hospitality and justice. As a school, we strive to deliver excellence through our curriculum, a sense of justice in our dealings with others, compassion through our outreach programs and a warm and welcoming community for all.

We send all our prayers and best wishes to the Presentation Sisters on this special day.