The Lion King Jr 2015
The Lion King Jr 2015
The Presentation Secondary School Thurles
Principal: Marie Collins
Deputy Principal: Patricia O'Callaghan
Chairperson of the Board of Management: Margaret Skehan
Phone No: 0504-22291
Fax No: 0504-21783
Website Address: www.presthurles.ie
Facebook: Presentation Secondary
The Presentation Boarding School :
Boarding School Manager: Noreen Bohan
Boarding School Assistant Manager: Bernie Hughes
Phone No: 0504-21131
Visit from former Cork hurler Conor Cusack
Former Cork hurler and mental health ambassador Conor Cusack visited the school on Thursday 4thDecember. For those who were present it was a morning that will live long in their memories. Conor's message of hope, positivity and togetherness left a positive impact on the girls. Conor spoke about his own struggles with depression and how he has overcome them. There was a strong anti-bullying message throughout his address combined with a message to support and look out for one another, and the girls really embraced the experience with a very active question and answer session at the end. Our own mental health week kicks off on Monday the 8thof December and we look forward to a positive week as we continue to promote mental health awareness within our school.
NOVEMBER MEMORIES: A mass to remember the deceased relatives and friends of staff and students in our school was held on Wednesday last. Fr. O’Connell our school chaplain gave very comforting words to those students and staff who have been bereaved during the past year. “For each of us life is like a journey. Birth is the beginning of our journey to God and death is just another mile stone on our road to eternal life.” To all of those we have loved and lost may we treasure their memory and may they rest in peace.
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP COMPETITION: Congratulations to Ellen Dunne who represented Tipperary at the Rotary Youth Leadership Regional Final in Waterford on December 1st. Ellen progressed to this stage after winning the local club stage of the competition. This competition focuses on personal achievements, work experience, planning and organisation. Ellen was an excellent representative for our school in this competition.
Well done to our Transition Years and Leaving Cert Applied students who went out on work experience recently. The girls embraced the opportunity to experience life in the work place and really enjoyed the week. We are very grateful to all the businesses who welcomed the girls into their work place and gave them this opportunity.
CAMOGIE NEWS:Presentation Thurles qualified for the senior ‘A’ national camogie league final after a thrilling victory over Scoil na Tríonóide Doon. In a pulsating semi-final Presentation Thurles were never behind at any stage despite the fact that the Doon girls had a chance for a free from 21 yards away in injury time to win the game, but could not find a way past the inspired Laura Gleeson. On a day where the Presentation had 15 stars Laura Gleeson produced her greatest ever display in the red jersey. Laura Loughnane was scorer in chief with an impressive tally of 2-2. The key moment arrived with ten minutes to go when Sarah McKevitt scored a crucial goal to edge Presentation Thurles into a 2 point lead which they never relinquished. Final score Scoil Na Tríonóide 4-8 Presentation Thurles 3-13. The girls now advance to the Senior ‘A’ League final. Well done girls.
ATHLETICS NEWS: Our athletics teams took part in the Tipperary Cross Country championships in Thurles Crokes on Wednesday the 3rdof December. It was a very successful day, with Avril Deegan winning gold in the intermediate girls’ race. Avril was followed home by Caitlin Dwyer making it gold and silver for the Presentation girls. Keelin Nugent maintained good form taking silver in the girls’ senior event. Katie Bergin represented the first years with a brilliant performance to take bronze in the minor race. The girls won silver in the teams minor and junior events thanks to the efforts of Katie Bergin, Sorcha Moloney, Aisling Dwyer, Sophie Dooley, Kerry Browne and Áine O’ Connell. Well done girls.
CREDIT UNION POSTER COMPETITION: The Art Department had great success in the Chapter Level of this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. Breda Ryan, 1st Year won first prize in the 11-13 years category, while Thèrese Dwan Transition Year also won first prize in the 14-17 years Special Category. Congratulations to both girls and also to their Art teacher Mrs. Miriam O'Sullivan.
RELIGION DEPARTMENT NEWS: November and December have been busy months for our religion department. Our annual Mass for the Dead was held in the school chapel, where during mass candles were lit to remember our deceased family members and friends. Our third year students attended a retreat given by Sr. Anne Lyons and Brother Jim O'Hagan. It was a day filled with spirituality, prayer and meditation. Last week we also had confessions to prepare for Advent and next Wednesday afternoon we will have our annual Christmas Carol Service.
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: Our Transition Year students had a unique experience last Friday when they participated in a wheelchair basketball workshop under the expert guidance of Paul Ryan, Sports Development Officer with the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association. His enthusiasm got the girl’s attention from the outset as they learned the varied aspects of this specialised sport. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and were actively involved throughout the day. They learned the basic skills of the sport and ended the day with a highly competitive game. This opportunity gave the girls an insight into disability sport and we thank Paul Ryan for giving of his time.
TY CAKE DECORATING: On Monday 8th December the Transition Year classes were given a chance to try out some cake decorating. Local lady Joanna Loughnane visited our home economics kitchens and shared her knowledge and skills of cake decorating with the girls. The girls had great fun and also learned some tips that they can put to use in the New Year when the Ceist Bake Off begins. This competition requires the students to design a cake reflecting the theme of ' talents '. We look forward to admiring their creations and of course to tasting some cake too! Thanks very much to Joanna for spending the day with the TYs and sharing her expertise.
CAO & COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT: On Tuesday evening 9thof December Mr. Murphy, Guidance Counsellor delivered a comprehensive presentation to 6thYear students and their parents dealing with all the main issues involved in preparing for college. The main topics were:
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session. Both students and parents found this to be a very informative evening.
GAELIC FOOTBALL NEWS:The junior ladies football team travelled to Kilsheelan on Monday last where they had an impressive victory against Kilmac. The forward line was led in style by Saoirse O’Meara and Lauren McCormack whilst the defence was on top form thanks to Emma Purcell and Joan Harty conceding only 1 goal and 3 points. Their 17 point victory has brought the Presentation girls into a quarter final against Glanmire which will be played after the Christmas holidays.
SENIOR ‘B’ HOCKEY NEWS: The senior ‘B’ hockey team opened their cup campaign with a disappointing defeat to Coláiste Choilm of Cork. The Presentation girls had a great start thanks to a fantastic goal from Niamh Sweeney. The girls were on top form and in control of the match when a goal from the opposition just before the half-time whistle left our girls with a lot to think about at half time. The home side, Coláiste Choilm, came out with a fighting spirit after half time and blasted in two more goals. A late attack from the Presentation girls was not enough and so the game ended in a 3-1 defeat.
After a well rested holiday we look forward to welcoming back all our students this week! We hope you had an enjoyable break and are ready for the year ahead. Below are the dates each year group will return.
Tuesday 28th August: 6th years.
Wednesday 29th August: 1st and 3rd years.
Thursday 30th August: 2nd and 5th years.
Monday 3rd September: TY and LCA
1st years may wear their tracksuit Wednesday-FULL uniform for all other students.
Our theme for this school year is 'Respect for the Environment'. We encourage students not to bring plastic bottles to school but reusable water bottles. We also ask you all to look out for our recycling bins in school and make sure you recycle your rubbish accordingly. CHANGE STARTS WITH US! Your class tutor will discuss this more with you on your return to school.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"
ARCHBISHOP’S FAREWELL VISIT
On Wednesday last Archbishop Clifford paid his final formal visit to our school for our Prayer Service. The importance and power of prayer was the theme of the day. Archbishop Clifford recounted the story of the young Irish mother, Elber Twomey, who sadly lost her family in a car accident, while on holiday in Devon two years ago. Through the power of prayer, faith and forgiveness she has come to terms with the dreadful tragedy. His Grace also told the story of Saint Therese of Lisieux, who devoted her life to prayer. Our Principal, Mrs. Collins, thanked His Grace for his support and friendship over the last twenty-six years and his faithful attendance at our school musicals. He was presented with a token of our appreciation by our Deputy Principal, Mrs. Lanigan Ryan. We wish His Grace every blessing and pray for good health and happiness in the next stage of his journey.
LIA REPRESENTS OUR SCHOOL ON WEBWISE.IE YOUTH PANEL: On the 4th of November, Lia Grogan, a sixth year student in our school travelled to Brussels with representatives from the PDST webwise.ie Youth Panel, in order to take part in the Pan EU youth and adult panel and subsequently the Safer Internet Forum 2014. Young people and parents/guardians of 21 students of different nationalities attended the youth panel which took place on the 4thand 5th of November. They engaged in a number of different workshops in which they prepared topics for discussion at the Safer Internet Forum. A lot of this preparation was aimed towards a youth-led panel workshop on the 6th of November. Lia was selected to represent Ireland on a seven person panel guiding the session. Four of the participants were young people from Holland, Luxembourg, Malta and Germany. A teacher from the United Kingdom and a parent from Spain also sat on the panel. A Q&A session was followed by a workshop. This year the 11th edition of the Safer Internet Forum took place with the theme, ‘Growing up digitally.’ More than 260 stakeholders in the field of child online safety from approximately 40 countries across the globe attended the event to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety. Participants included youth ambassadors, academics, industry representatives, teachers, NGOs, the European Commission and Ministry representatives. Further information about this event can be found at http://www.saferinternet.org/sif.
AVRIL WINS GOLD IN BAHRAIN:On Friday 31stof October Avril Deegan, a Transition Year student in our school was one of a group of Irish female athletes chosen by Laois based coaches Ian and Teresa Wilson to compete in the Bahrain Marathon Relay. The race was 50km and is one of the largest races in the Middle East with over 170 teams composed of international athletes, Olympic athletes and a silver medallist from the Asian Games. The race consisted of 16 stages 3km in length. Avril ran two stages of the race in what were windy, hot and humid desert conditions. The team of eight girls ran a brilliant race and finished in 6thplace overall and were the first female team home in under 3 hours. The girls received a gold medal and we congratulate Avril on this wonderful success.
ENTRANCE SCHOLARS AWARDS:Congratulations to past pupils Roisín Costigan, Emma Murphy and Sarah-Jane O’Riordan who were recently awarded UCD Entrance Scholar Awards at a ceremony held on Monday 10thof November in UCD. Entrance Scholars are first year students recognised for their excellent academic achievement in their leaving certificate exams. We congratulate the girls on this wonderful achievement and wish them every success in their future studies.
CAMOGIE NEWS: Presentation Thurles made the trip to Ennis to play Munster champions St. Flannan’s. It was a miserable day for camogie with wet and windy conditions. In the first half St. Flannan’s scored a vital goal on the stroke of half time to lead by 3 points. An inspirational performance from Niamh Sweeney and an outstanding save from Laura Gleeson kept the Presentation girls within a point right up until the final 5 minutes when once again St Flannan’s found the all-important goal. Special mention also to Courtney Ryan who contributed 9 points from centre back. Well done to the girls for playing with grit and determination on what was a disappointing outing for the team.
BASKETBALL SENIOR ‘A’ CUP ALL IRELAND QUARTER FINAL: Presentation seniors travelled to Galway on Thursday for the cup quarter final. The team were playing well heading into this fixture. The opposition was Calasanctius College Oranmore and over the years there have been many games between both schools. This game was competitive from beginning to end and Rachel Byrne and Soracha Henderson kept the Presentation in touch. Down 6 in the first quarter with a lot to do the defensive rebounding was a factor as Presentation edged to level the score at half time. The third quarter was where the winning and losing of the game was and the Presentation girls were frustrated with some bad calls and these seemed to lead to a loss of concentration. Robyn Moore and Caoimhe O’Dowd came off the bench and working alongside Nicola Loughnane, Keelin Nugent and Laura Loughnane kept the Presentation in touch. The inconsistency of the officials seemed to affect the Presentation team and the opportunity to advance to the last 4 slipped away on a 5 point margin. Laura Loughnane excelled under pressure and put a huge effort in to this game as did all the girls. Amy McGrath Clodagh Sherman and Tara Layden made the senior cup panel for this game even though they are third years which is an impressive achievement. Well done girls for working very hard this year.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL: Second year students Naomh Eoin recently took part in The Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the Hope Foundation. The girls filled shoeboxeswith simple Christmas gifts for children in the poorest areas of the world. We hope the shoeboxes will bring a smile to the faces of those who receive them. The students would like to thank all who contributed to this worthwhile appeal.