Our inaugural Student Awards Ceremony 2019
Active Schools Week 2019:
Last week was action packed in the Presentation Secondary School Thurles as we participated in active schools week. The week kicked off with the whole school participating in the 1 mile challenge around the school grounds. This challenge entailed the students and their very willing teachers walking, jogging or running a mile. On Wednesday, the long awaited teacher vs student bike race took place. Two stationary bikes were positioned in the main corridor and the aim of the exercise was to cycle the greatest distance throughout the day. Every year group took part and all participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Our Transition Years took part in a hike at Grange, Gortnahoe on Thursday and they enjoyed the fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery. On Friday Leanne Fogarty held a fitness boot camp for the entire school. This was a resounding success and proceeds raised were donated to Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. The final event of the week was a teacher vs 6th year tug of war contest which took place at lunch time on Friday. Many thanks to all participants for making this year’s active schools week such a great success.
Geography Field Trip:
On Thursday 2nd May, the 5th year Geography class travelled to the Burren in North Clare to carry out their fieldwork. This comprises 20% of the total leaving certificate mark for the subject of Geography. Students and teachers were well prepared for a wet and breezy day on the beach at Bishopsquarter. The study was based on sand dunes and the girls measured parameters which included dune height, wind speed and wind direction. Objectives included deducing how sand movement was involved in the formation of these dunes; and how human behaviour can interfere with dunes which form a protected environment of great ecological significance.
All Ireland A Soccer Semi-Final
Pres Thurles 0
Pres Wexford 1
Munster champions Pres Thurles made the short trip last week to Thomastown to play against Leinster champions, Pres Wexford in a much anticipated All Ireland A soccer semi- final. In a great contest the Pres girls set the tone as they made all of the early running thanks to a superb work rate which has become the hallmark of this team. Kate Ralph was inspiring at midfield. Chloe Shorley and Henrietta Kiernan caused the Wexford girls a lot of problems. However, against the run of play Pres Wexford took the lead courtesy of a free kick that gave the excellent Roisin Dwan no chance. Pres thurles fought back with Molly O'Dwyer testing the Wexford keeper following great work from Ava Ryan. The Pres Thurles defence, marshalled by the ever-reliable Ellen Maher and Rachel Ralph, was in complete control and both full backs, Aoife O'Reilly and Holli Maher, put in some great runs. Pres Thurles created the chance they had been waiting for when Chloe Shorley won a penalty, but unfortunately the ball went over the bar from the ensuing spot kick. Caoimhe O'Sullivan's introduction added a further threat to the Pres attack but unfortunately that all important goal proved elusive. The dedication and skill shown by this group of girls throughout the tournament augurs well for 2020.