November 2015

THURLES DRAMA GROUP FUNDRAISER PERFORMANCE: Thurles Drama Club staged an excellent performance of The Circle by Somerset Maugham to a full house in The Source Arts Centre on Monday the 9th November. The group generously donated the proceeds of the evening to our Astro-Turf Project and we are most grateful to add that valuable contribution to our savings account. The show itself is a comedy masterpiece, brilliantly directed by Liam Ryan and performed wonderfully well by an amazing cast of local thespians. It entertained and enthralled an audience of all ages. We thank the Drama Club for their community spirit in supporting our Fundraising Project.

PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL BANK LAUNCHOn Monday 9th November our Bank of Ireland school bank was launched with a very special guest appearance by Henry Shefflin, former Kilkenny hurler. The famous All-Star winner gave a great speech on his role in Bank of Ireland and how he balanced work, sport and home life. He encouraged our students to work hard to achieve to the best of their ability but also leave some room for extra- curricular activities such as sport.  The school bank will be run by five members of our transition year programme. The girls will be supported by experienced Bank of Ireland staff members from our Thurles Branch. The students have taken on the following roles; Branch manager Roisin Hennessy, Sales and Marketing manager Jessica Hayes, School bank operatives and Audit specialist Amy Shanahan and our Customer service representatives Zoe Gleeson and Edwina Cleere. The five girls had to go through a rigorous interview process to be selected, so well done to them and best of luck in their new roles in the School Bank.   

THURLES CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION 2015Congratulations to our Art Department on their recent success in this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. Meadbh Egan (2nd year) came 1st in the 11-13 years category, Breda Ryan (2nd year) came 2nd in the 14-17 years category and Therese Dwan (5th year) came 2nd in the 14-17 years category. Congratulations and well done girls.

ROTARY  YOUTH LEADERSHIP  COMPETITION: Congratulations to 5thYear student Ellen Quigley on being selected to represent Presentation Thurles in the Thurles Rotary Club Area final. This competition focuses on personal achievements, work experience, planning and organisation. Ellen will be an excellent representative for our school in this competition.

PRIZE WINNING ESSAY: Congratulations and well done to our Transition Year student, Avril Hogan, who won a Samsung tablet for an essay she wrote celebrating the 40th anniversary of Thurles Citizen Information Centre. Avril was presented with her prize at The Source Arts Centre on Thursday, 12th November, at a wonderful event to celebrate the very valuable contribution the Citizen Information Centre has made to the people of Thurles over forty years. The service offers useful information, professional advice and advocacy to customers of all ages. We celebrate their success and wish them well for the future. Happy Birthday!

SENIOR SOCCER NEWS: Presentation Senior Soccer team are through to the Munster Semi-Finals after a dominant win over rivals Christ King of Cork. The Presentation ladies started the game with great determination. Leading by example, Captain Robyn Moore alongside Sarah McKevitt pushed their team forward testing the Cork team’s defence. Casey Hennessy, Lauren McCormack and Cara O'Conner tormented Christ King with excellent runs, crosses and individual skill. A united team effort proved too much for the opposition with the Presentation team scoring five goals and keeping a clean sheet. A big thank you to Peake Villa for the use of their immaculate facilities. Panel: Christine Coffey, Norah Kennedy(Sarah Foley), Katie Ryan, Niamh O'Mahony(Georgina Abbot),Emer Harnett, Sarah McKevitt, Hazel McAuliffe, Robyn Moore(Ciara Maher), Cara O'Conner, Lauren McCormack(Saoirse Teer). 

ENTRANCE SCHOLARS AWARDS: Congratulations to past pupils Brigid Kemerer and Mary O’Connor who will be awarded UCD Entrance Scholar Awards at a ceremony to be held on Thursday 19th of November in UCD. Entrance Scholars are first year students recognised for their excellent academic achievement in their leaving certificate exams. Brigid is a recipient of a Symphony Orchestra Scholar Award and Mary will receive an Academic High Achiever Award. We congratulate the girls on this wonderful achievement and wish them every success in their future studies.

SILVER CIRCLE DRAW: There was great excitement amongst all the students and staff on Friday, 23rd October, as the first Silver Circle draw took place in the Sports Complex before the entire school body. As the drum rolled and the winning tickets were withdrawn, there were rapturous rounds of applause for the staff and students, who won the terrific prizes for The Early Bird Draw and the monthly draw, including a 40" T.V., a weekend hotel voucher and 250 Euro cash. Our sponsors have generously donated more prizes for the further seven draws, which will take place over the next few months. The hard-working Astro-turf Committee are now pleased to announce we have 130,000 Euro lodged in our savings account for the project. Many, many thanks to all our friends and followers.

SENIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE:On Tuesday last the Senior hockey team travelled to Laurel Hill Coláiste, Limerick to take on their old rivals who narrowly beat them last year. The girls were focused from the start and opened the game with an excellent goal from Sarah Twomey who was on top form at centre forward. The girls pushed on from there and began to dominate in all areas of the pitch with the backs under leadership from Avril Hall and the midfielders kept in line by captain Emma Finlay. The second goal came from a fantastic clearance by sweeper Megan Ryan to midfielder Emma Finlay who linked up with her younger sister Isabel to rattle the back board for a second goal. The girls were on top form throughout the game and another chance at goal arose in the dying minutes as Laura Dudley got on the end of a Holly O'Dwyer cross to end the match in a 3-0 win for the deserving Presentation girls.

SENIOR ‘A’ BASKETBALL NEWS::The Senior ‘A’ basketball team had a thrilling encounter recently against the Bower Athlone. The game was fast paced with excellent skills on display from both sides. Presentation were quicker off the blocks and took an early lead. Niamh O Mahoney was very impressive picking up six points on the fast break. Post players Niamh Morrissey and Clodagh Sherman dominated the boards and picked up scores from offensive rebounds. Score at the end of the first quarter was 13-3 in favour of Presentation Thurles. The Bower Athlone found their rhythm in the second quarter and got themselves back into the game thanks to an excellent shooting display from their point guard. The game was a close affair with very little between the teams. Half time score 17-16 in favour of Presentation Thurles.Presentation came out in the second half and upped the pace of the game. Good shooting from Caoimhe O Dowd and Dorothy Wall kept the score board ticking over. Robyn Moore controlled the game from the point guard position and her passes inside to the posts were very effective.  Presentation were ahead by three points heading into the final quarter when Athlone scored two three point shots to take the lead. Niamh O Mahoney picked up two steals to level the game heading into the final thirty seconds. In a thrilling finish the Bower Athlone scored a basket in the final seconds to win the game. Both teams showed great skills and a great display of basketball. The girls are focused and looking forward to the semi-final in the next few weeks.

SENIOR FOOTBALL NEWS: The Presentation girls advanced to a Munster quarter final after a thrilling victory against their neighbours, the Ursuline. A blistering start from the Presentation girls saw Nicola Loughnane and Lauren McCormack raise green flags. Caoimhe Clancy added a couple of great points as the interval approached. The final minutes of the first half saw Shonagh Cleary burst through the Ursuline defence and fire to the net to leave the Presentation girls with a seven point advantage going into the second half. The Ursuline girls started the second half with fire and soon cut into the deficit with a goal of their own. The Ursuline were firmly on a winning foot but a dogged performance from the Presentation girls saw them hold on, to secure a three point win and a passage into the quarter finals. Final score Presentation Thurles 3-10 Ursuline Thurles 3-7

SOCCER NEWS:The Presentation Junior Soccer team opened their Munster Cup journey with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Abbey Community College, Ferrybank, Waterford.
The first half saw both teams having moments of dominance. Captain Hazel McAuliffe led by example in her central midfield role breaking up play and pushing her team forward. Casey Hennessy and Mary Burke dominated their wings showing great speed and strength, with both players doing exceptional work. Lauren McCormack came close to scoring twice but was denied both times by the safe hands of Abbey’s net minder. Score at half time, 0-0.
The Presentation girls showed their class in the second half with a dominant run of possession. The home sides defence was outstanding with Katie Ryan showing her class, marshalling the back line. Twenty minutes into the second half after a great passing move, Casey Hennessy punished the Abbey defence with a well-deserved goal. Hazel McAuliffe sealed the deal scoring a second goal soon after. Final score 2-0. Panel: Rachel Sweeney, Sarah Foley, Emer Harnett, Katie Ryan, Bridget Delaney(Ciara Maher), Mary Burke, Casey Hennessy(Orla Corbett) Hazel McAuliffe, Anna Gavin, Saoirse Teer, Lauren McCormack(Kate Sheridan) Subs: Zoe Lanphier, Aoife Teer and Ellie Maher

Presentation Scoop Top Award in “A Taste of Ballyhoura” Country Festival Schools Cook-Off !
Presentation Secondary School, Thurles scooped the top award at A Taste of Ballyhoura Country Festival Cookery Competition held recently. Led by their Home Economics teacher Mrs. Maura Carroll the Transition Year students qualified for the final held in Deebert House Hotel, Kilmallock, Co Limerick and fought off stiff competition from John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, Co. Limerick, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Charleville and St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh to become the outright winners.
These schools were shortlisted for the final from an earlier round with nine schools competing initially including another team of Presentation TY students under the guidance of their teacher Mrs. Frida Dunne. Each school brought together two teams of three cooks to present a main course and dessert dish using a range of food from within the locality of Thurles. In a very close cook-off the Presentation Transition Years were awarded the Ballyhoura Schools Masterchef Competition first prize which included A Taste of Ballyhoura perpetual trophy, €1000 voucher presented by Musgraves towards the purchase of cookery equipment and a cash prize.
 The judges were hugely impressed with the finished presentation, tastes and creativity shown by the Presentation students and commented on the good quality ingredients and food flavours of restaurant quality standards.
 The Presentation are very grateful to the Tipperary local food producers for supplying all their ingredients to complete their top quality presentation. 

THURLES DRAMA GROUP FUNDRAISER PERFORMANCE: Thurles Drama Club staged an excellent performance of The Circle by Somerset Maugham to a full house in The Source Arts Centre on Monday evening last, 9th November. The group generously donated the proceeds of the evening to our Astro-Turf Project and we are most grateful to add that valuable contribution to our savings account. The show itself is a comedy masterpiece, brilliantly directed by Liam Ryan and performed wonderfully well by an amazing cast of local thespians. It entertained and enthralled an audience of all ages. We thank the Drama Club for their community spirit in supporting our Fundraising Project.

PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL BANK LAUNCHOn Monday 9th  November our Bank of Ireland school bank was launched with a very special guest appearance by Henry Shefflin, former Kilkenny hurler. The famous All-Star winner gave a great speech on his role in Bank of Ireland and how he balanced work, sport and home life. He encouraged our students to work hard to achieve to the best of their ability but also leave some room for extra- curricular activities such as sport.   The school bank will be run by five members of our transition year programme. The girls will be supported by experienced Bank of Ireland staff members from our Thurles Branch. The students have taken on the following roles; Branch manager Roisin Hennessy, Sales and Marketing manager Jessica Hayes, School bank operatives and Audit specialist Amy Shanahan and our Customer service representatives Zoe Gleeson and Edwina Cleere. The five girls had to go through a rigorous interview process to be selected, so well done to them and best of luck in their new roles in the School Bank.   

THURLES CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION 2015Congratulations to our Art Department on their recent success in this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. Meadbh Egan (2nd year) came 1st in the 11-13 years category, Breda Ryan (2nd year) came 2nd in the 14-17 years category and Therese Dwan (5th year) came 2nd in the 14-17 years category. The girls will receive their prizes next Tuesday night in the Thurles branch. Congratulations and well done girls.

ROTARY  YOUTH LEADERSHIP  COMPETITION: Congratulations to 5thYear student Ellen Quigley on being selected to represent Presentation Thurles in the Thurles Rotary Club Area final. This competition focuses on personal achievements, work experience, planning and organisation. Ellen will be an excellent representative for our school in this competition.

PRIZE WINNING ESSAY: Congratulations and well done to our Transition Year student, Avril Hogan, who won a Samsung tablet for an essay she wrote celebrating the 40th anniversary of Thurles Citizen Information Centre. Avril was presented with her prize at The Source Arts Centre on Thursday, 12th November, at a wonderful event to celebrate the very valuable contribution the Citizen Information Centre has made to the people of Thurles over forty years. The service offers useful information, professional advice and advocacy to customers of all ages. We celebrate their success and wish them well for the future. Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

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