January 2015


On Friday last, 16thJanuary, our school was privileged to welcome the current Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, The Rose of Philadelphia. This beautiful young lady enthused and motivated our pupils with her warm and friendly manner and her positive get-up-and-go attitude to life. Rather than delivering a prepared speech she opened the floor to a question -and -answer session, in order that the pupils would be fully involved and interested in the topics. She answered the questions competently, confidently and with a great sense of humour. Various topics were discussed, including mental health issues and her trip to Calcutta in India, of particular interest to our students, who have also travelled there with The Hope Foundation and the twelve girls departing for India in April. Her colourful account of The Rose of Tralee Festival and the camaraderie of The Rose Family opened our eyes to the true meaning of being a Rose, representing your county or country and having a real sense of pride in being Irish. 

Maria is such a charming, charismatic young lady, a successful career woman and a pioneer and she depicted the perfect role-model for our teenagers. Her planned thirty -minute visit extended to two hours such was the unexpected, enthusiastic response of the students and Maria’s generosity in giving of her time for photographs and selfies. We shall follow her progress with interest and encourage our girls to follow in her footsteps. Indeed we are also very proud of the beautiful Tipperary Rose, Lauren Walsh and Clodagh Maher , Representative of The Tipperary Rose Centre, who accompanied the Philadelphia Rose on Friday. Last September we were very pleased to see two of our past pupils partake in The Rose Festival, Eleanor Sutton (Offaly) and Niamh Bergin ( Belgium ). Now we look forward to many more of our students blossoming into roses in the future.

Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader’s Congress:On Wednesday January 14th2015, our Third Year students travelled to the RDS in Dublin to attend the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader’s Congress. The day consisted of a showcase of school mental health project work, panel discussions on mental health, guest speakers and entertainment. The message from the Congress was very strong – It’s okay not to feel okay and it’s absolutely okay to ask for help’.  All the guest speakers on the day spoke passionately about their experiences of mental health issues. Some of the speakers included Bressie, Conor Cusack, Sonia O’ Sullivan, Mark Pollock, Seamus Hennessy, Alan Quinlan to name but a few. Two of our own pupils Caitlin Donnelly and Rebecca Dooley spoke eloquently on the day about the school’s Mental Health Committee’s own mental health project which consists of including mental health in the physical education curriculum. Overall a fantastic day was had by all, everyone left with a stronger awareness of mental health and indeed some of the guest speakers words lingered with our pupils days after the event. Presentation Secondary School is an anchor school for the Cycle Against Suicide event this coming May and we can’t wait to show our support to all involved. 

Comórtas Díospóireachta: Molaimíd go hard an fhoireann Díospóireachta a ghlac páirt sa dara babhta de Chomórtas An Phiarsaigh i Luimneach an tseachtain seo caite. Well done to the senior Irish debating team who were narrowly defeated in the second round of the Gael Linn debating competition. The 5th yr students, Caoimhe O'Dowd, Roisín Ryan and Anna Bergin debated the motion "Tá feirmeoirí na tíre seo ar mhuin na muice". Maith sibhse a chailíní agus mar a deireann an seanfhocal 'beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach'!

Energy Workshops: Vincent Carragher from Tipperary Energy Agency visited ourschool this week giving workshops to 1stand 2ndyears.  Students got the opportunity to carry out hands-on energy conversion experiments which culminated in a Coke and Mentos Rocket explosion.  Students enjoyed the workshops immensely and learned a lot about energy and the physical world.

 Success at BT Young Scientist Exhibition

This year saw an all-time record number of entries in the BT Young Scientist Exhibition and it was a huge achievement to qualify. The future of science and technology is safe in the hands of the pupils of Presentation Secondary School Thurles with their recent success at the 2015 BT Young Scientist Exhibition. 

Second year students, Ellen O’Donnell, Alice Ryan and Estelle Parkinson were awarded the EI Electronics special award for their project ‘Gas Hear-A device to prevent lives being lost to slurry fumes’. This award was presented to the project which showed the most practical and innovative use of safety technology. They were also awarded Highly Commended in their category. 

Transition year students Emma Finlay and Keelan Flynn received a special award from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ireland for their project ‘Medical devices for the sustainable future.’ This was awarded to the best ICT project that addressed eco-sustainability. The girls received as part of their prize an i-pad each.

The following groups also received Highly Commended in their categories: 

Michelle Ryan and Caoimhe Lanigan with their project: ‘To compare the cancerous effects of e-cigarettes to normal cigarettes and observe how they affect cancer cell growth’.

Lucy Kennedy, Flavia Alverez and Bronagh Morrissey with their project: ‘An exploration of the effects of slurry usage on the earthworm population and hence on Irish soil health on Irish farms.’

Well done also to Róisín Coady, Sinéad O’Connell and Clodagh Irwin on their project: ‘A study on the uptake of physics in second and third level education.’

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition; it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part.Congratulations to the students and to their teachers Ms Kavanagh, Ms O’ Callaghan and Ms Stapleton for their wonderful work and for representing the school so well in the RDS - you did us all proud!

EDUCATOR OF EXCELLENCE AWARD:Congratulations to science teacher Olivia O’Brien who was awarded the Analog Devices Educator of Excellence Award at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. Olivia received the Analog Devices Trophy plus an all-expenses paid trip to America. These awards are presented to the teachers whose commitment and encouragement have consistently enabled their students to participate successfully in the following subject areas for the purpose of the exhibition: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology and Computing.

JUNIOR FOOTBALL PLATE QUARTER FINAL: The junior footballers cruised their way into a semi-final position after a dominant second half performance in Shanballymore against Glanmire Community School last week. The girls began the match with the wind at their backs, however they were under pressure from a strong midfield line out by G.C.C. The impressive work rate from the midfield duo of Muireann O’Connell and Marie Creedon kept the Presentation girls in the game and left them one point ahead at half time. The girls knew that the second half was going to be a battle with the wind against them and G.C.C looking to convert some missed chances from the first half. However, the Presentation girls denied them taking control of the match. The girls were ruthless with their scoring, netting eight goals thanks to Saoirse O’Meara, Sophie Rafter and Lauren McCormack. The backs were kept in line by  Megan Woodlock in goals and captain at full back, Emma Purcell. The girls are now awaiting a fixture to be completed to find out who they will be facing in the semi-final. Presentation Team: M. Woodlock, J. Harty, E. Purcell, J. Hayes, K. McGrath, S. Fanning, A. Maher, M. O’Connell, M. Creedon, N. Ryan, S. O’Meara, J. Irwin, C. Maher, K. O’Meara, L. McCormack. Subs: S. Rafter, Z. O’Meara, R. Daly, S. Edwards, L. Murphy, J. Crosse.

BADMINTON NEWS:Three teams travelled to Loreto Clonmel to take part in the Tipperary Schools Badminton competition. There was a varying degree of experience spread across the 3 teams, from club players to girls who were competing in their first competition. Both the u-19 and u-16 teams gave a good account of themselves but it was the u-14 team that really displayed some great skills and qualified for the final. The final against Carrick-on-Suir proved to be a close affair but the Presentation Thurles came out on top. Well done to Sarah Doheny, Emily Phelan, Sophie Dooley and Ciara Treacy. This team will now compete in the Munster Finals in University of Limerick at the end of the month.





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