The Lion King - A roaring success!
On Saturday last, the curtains of the Premier Hall Thurles, fell to the echo of a rapturous applause. Patrons rose from their seats in acknowledgement of the outstanding, sold-out performance of Presentation Secondary School Thurles’ All-Ireland Premiere production of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’.
This well-loved and world renowned musical tells the tale of Rafiki (Anna Bergin, 6thyr), who gathers the animals of the Pridelands in welcoming the new born cub Simba (Sarah-Kate Coffey, 2ndyr). King Mufasa (Cora Rose Gleeson, 6thyr), and Queen Sarabi (Muireann Lloyd, TY), delight in their new arrival, and thus begins ‘The Circle of Life’. The curious cub Simba and his young friend Nala (Sophie Dooley, 2ndyr) grow and explore their homeland, under the watchful eye of Zazu (Eimear Hickey, 6thyr). However, the King’s jealous brother Scar (Zoe McGrath, TY), endeavours to thwart the path of succession.
After the tragic death of King Mufasa, young Simba, flees the Pridelands and encounters the entertaining and charming duo, Timon (Hayleigh Costelloe, 6thyr) and Pumba (Zoe Gleeson, TY). The trio delight in their carefree existence in the jungle, to the mantra ‘Hakuna Matata’.
Meanwhile, under the dark reign of Scar and his giggling, ravenous hyenas (Rhiannon Gilvarry, 6thyr; Katie Madigan, TY; Aoife Keogh, 2nd yr; Kate Sheridan, 2ndyr; Jessica Hayes, TY; Aisling Shaw, TY), the Pridelands fall into gloom and despair. The lioness Nala (Ailish Layden, 6thyr), fearful of her future, is forced to flee her mother, Sarafina (Áine Dunne, TY) and enter into the ‘Shadowlands’. She soon delights in rekindling her childhood friendship with Simba (Áine Trayor, 5thyr), and as they ‘feel the love tonight’ Nala urges Simba to return to Priderock and take his rightful place as King.
Rafiki helps Simba remember the courage and example of his father, to the words of ‘He lives in you’. Simba returns and confronts his uncle Scar, who is forever banished from the Pridelands. With peace restored, Simba takes his place as rightful King, thus ensuring that the Circle of Life continues.
We congratulate the two-hundred strong cast for an outstanding performance, carefully guided by our energetic and enthusiastic production team consisting of Ms. Trisha McElgunn (Director), Ms. Bríd Wallace (Musical Director), Ms. Mairead Hackett and Ms. Deborah Harty (Choreographers).
A special word of thanks is extended to all staff and students involved in this All-Ireland Premiere – from the box office staff, stage and prop designers, hair & make-up artists, costumiers, sound & lighting crew, PR, caterers, ticket sellers and raffle organisers, ushers and back stage supervisors.
The cast and crew now look forward to a well-earned mid-term break.
Míle buíochas agus comhghairdeas libh go léir. Pres abú!
Naughton Scholarship Winner: Congratulations to Lia Grogan, Leaving Cert class of 2015, who won a Naughton Scholarship to Trinity College Dublin . The Naughton Foundation sponsored twenty scholarships worth €20,000 each and over six hundred applications were received for this coveted scholarship. Lia was the first student from Tipperary to receive this award and is currently studying Nano Science in TCD. Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Lanigan Ryan were presented with a cheque for €1000 for the school Science Department. We wish Lia every success in her future career.
‘Me, Michael’ in The Source Arts Centre: On the 6th of October sixty seven of our first year students attended the play " Me, Michael" by Tara McKevitt in The Source Arts Centre. Presented by the Abbey Theatre, the play is an energetic and charming monologue full of music and dance. "Me,Michael" re-frames Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa with all the exuberance and insight of the original. This play was presented as part of the Abbey Theatre's Community and Education programme. The girls thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful interactive performance and the workshops that followed. Our other first year students are eagerly looking forward to attending a children's book festival in the Source Library on the 13th October. The bi-lingual author Ré Ó Laighléis the multi award winning author will be in attendance talking about his work.
Mary-Ellen to represent Ireland in Racquetball World Championships: Congratulations to Presentation student Mary-Ellen Phelan who will represent Ireland in the Junior World Racquetball Championships 2015. The games will take place in the Dominican Republic from the 7th-14th of November. Mary Ellen will compete in the girls U-14 singles and doubles games along with her six fellow Irish team mates. Congratulations Mary Ellen and we wish you the very best of luck in the finals.
Super start for Presentation Senior Soccer Team: The first round of the Munster Senior Soccer Competition was played on Tuesday 6th October on the grounds of Peake Villa F.C. Thurles.Ard Scoil na Deise, Waterford were our opponents in the first competitive match of the year. After a slightly delayed start, the Presentation girls dominated the game from the opening. The defensive line set the mood early on by delivering some creative play which led to a number of strong attacks. Captain Robyn Moore and Hazel McAuliffe dominated midfield while Sarah McKevitt and Casey Hennessy used the wings to great effect. Half time score was 4-0 to Presentation Thurles. The second half showed much of the same style of play with some beautiful teamwork and individual skill. Lauren McCormack was particularly impressive up front showing skill and maturity beyond her years. A great team effort was shown by all with the final score on the day 9-0 to Presentation Thurles. Scorers on the day: Sarah McKevitt 5, Lauren McCormack 3 and Cara O'Connor 1.Team: Christine Coffey, Anna Gavin(Cara O'Connor), Katie Ryan, Niamh O'Mahony, Emer Harnett, Casey Hennessy(Aoife Teer), Robyn Moore, Hazel McAuliffe, Sarah McKevitt(Saoirse Teer), Mary Burke(Norah Kennedy), Lauren McCormack(Kai Nevin), Brigid Delaney.
Higher Options College and Careers Conference 2015
Our Leaving Cert Students attended the Higher Options Careers conference at the RDS Dublin on the 17thof September. This was a great opportunity for our students to seek information on choice and entry procedures to Irish and UK higher and further level institutions. Over 180 universities, higher education colleges, further education colleges, admissions and professional bodies and year out organisations were represented. There were career talks on Art and Design, Science, Engineering & construction, Social Services, Agricultural Science and Nursing. There were also lectures on CAO , UCAS, and Studying in Europe and Oxford and Cambridge entrance procedures.
Limerick Colleges Open Day
One hundred fifth and sixth year students attended the Limerick Colleges Open Day on the 15thof October. This provided students with a great opportunity to sample college life at four very different third level institutions: University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick School of Art and Design and Mary Immaculate College. This valuable experience was appreciated by all and has helped to get them thinking about life after school whilst also providing additional motivation to students in their studies for the first year of the Leaving Cert cycle.
Maths Week will take place next week in our school in line with National Maths Week. The aim is to promote maths awareness and to encourage students to develop their numeracy skills and problem solving abilities in day to day living. We will be running competitions and quizzes all week long for all year groups.
All Ireland Senior A Camogie:
Presentation Thurles 5-17 Laurel Hill 0-1
The senior camogie team followed up last weeks 14 point victory over St Mary's Nenagh in round one of the All Ireland Championship with a comprehensive victory over Limericks Laurel Hill. An early goal from Casey Hennessy and a series of fine points from the impressive Niamh Ryan put the Presentation firmly in the driving seat. Sarah Mckevitt raised another green flag before half time to give the girls an unassailable lead. Mary Burke helped herself to two goals as the Pres girls asserted their dominance. Captain Courtney Ryan rifled a penalty to the net along with points from Caoimhe Clancy. Next up for the girls is a date with back to back Munster champions St Flannans with a place in the Munster semi final at stake. We wish them the very best of luck!
Launch Night For Our School Astro-Turf Pitch and Track
Our school issues an open invitation to anyone who wishes to attend the launch of our fundraising campaign for the completion of the Astro-Turf Pitch and Track. It will take place on Wednesday October 7th2015 in the Assembly Hall in the school at 7.30pm. All are welcome. The special guest on the night is Irish International Basketball Player Niamh Dwyer, past pupil of the Presentation Primary and Secondary school. Niamh will launch the fundraising campaign on the night. Further details in next week’s issue.
AD ASTRA AWARD: Congratulations to past pupil Brigid Kemerer who succeeded in winning a highly coveted Ad Astra Award in UCD. Brigid received this award as a result of achieving 625 points in the Leaving Cert. The UCD Ad Astra programme seeks motivated students who can demonstrate high intellectual achievement and achieve further through undertaking a challenging university programme. Brigid will receive support of a dedicated mentor who will provide guidance on how best to develop her potential. Through a series of seminars and workshops in areas such as Leadership, Innovation and Creative thinking, scholars learn to make the most of their opportunities within the University and develop skills that will allow them excel in their chosen careers. We wish Brigid every success in her chosen field Biological and Chemical Life Sciences.
OPENING SCHOOL MASS: On Tuesday September 29thparents, teachers, students and Presentation sisters gathered together in the Cathedral of the Assumption for our opening school mass. The theme for our mass and for the coming school year is PRIDE, standing for Positivity, Respect, Individuality, Determination and Extra- Curricular. Our chaplain Fr. Tómas O’Connell celebrated the mass and welcomed new staff and students into our school community. Many thanks to all involved in making the mass such a memorable occasion.
SIXTH YEAR RETREAT: Our sixth year students took part in their annual retreat this year on Wednesday the 30thof September. All sixth year students were involved in spiritual and meditative activities for the day. The girls had a wonderful time and now feel recharged and ready to face into their final year. Many thanks to the religion teachers for organising the day with The Mustard Seed Retreat Team.