NEWLY installed Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne made his first visit to Tralee's Presentation Secondary School on Thursday when he blessed a new grotto which has been constructed at the school as part of a Transition Year project.
The development of the grotto, located within the school grounds, was part of an ambitious project taken on by the school's Transition Year class as part of their Transition Religion programme as part of the International Year of Faith.
In order to fund the project all students in the school, apart from exam classes, took part in a sponsored silence, raising a very impressive €4,143 which was used to build the grotto.
The grotto has been constructed to the right hand side of the school building and a statue of Our Lady is now in place.
Some planting around the grotto was carried out by last year's group with the advice and guidance of Don Nolan of Liscahane Nurseries, who will help the Transition Year students complete the project with further work on the garden around the grotto.
During his visit, the bishop viewed a presentation on the grotto project prepared by the students and also met with a number of Presentation students who participated in a Liturgical dance during his ordination ceremony earlier this year.
Bishop Browne also took part in an Advent prayer service and addressed the sixth year students, wishing them well ahead of their exams next summer.