April 2015

       PRESENTATION ARE MUNSTER MINOR SOCCER CHAMPIONS!

Presentation Thurles are Munster Minor Soccer Champions after beating Crescent College, Limerick 1-0 recently. A tough battle took place on the grounds of Granville Rangers FC. Leading by example, captain Anna Gavin, Katie Ryan and Casey Hennessy pushed their team forward showing great determination and leadership, also impressive was Sarah Foley in defence. Great team work from Siobhan Hennessy, Lauren McCormack and Casey Hennessy was evident, when Casey Hennessy scored late into the second half. An All-Ireland Semi Final awaits the Presentation girls on Wednesday 15th April. Team: Rachel Sweeney, Laura Fanneran, Sarah Foley, Emer Harnett, Orla Corbett, Casey Hennessy, Katie Ryan, Anna Gavin (capt), Siobhan Hennessy, Clara Shanahan, Lauren McCormack, Zoe O’ Meara, Jade Campion, Lillian Murray, Kate Sheridan, Ellie Maher, Saoirse Moran, Tasha Tully. Manager: Edel Harding.

FAI International Player of the Year Awards: Transition Year student Sarah McKevitt was in Dublin last Sunday night rubbing shoulders with the great stars of Irish soccer including Robbie Keane and John O’Shea, at the annual F.A.I International Player of the Year awards. Sarah was nominated in the Under 17 category along with Amanda McQuillan and Evelyn Daly. Sarah has developed into one of the most effective goal scorers in the women's under 17 team, scoring four goals in six European Championship qualifiers. She was first called up at U-16 level after standing out in the ‘North Tipperary Emerging Talent Programme’ and is one of the most promising talents in Irish women's football and a key figure in Presentation sport. We congratulate Sarah on her success.

Biomimicry Workshop: Katy Egan from ‘Presentation Ireland’ came to our school this week to give a workshop to TY students on Biomimicry.  Biomimicry is a strand of science which uses inspiration from nature to design technologies that are long lasting and sustainable.  The workshop was highly interactive and activity based, encouraging students to think about and appreciate the workings of our natural world. Organisms have adapted and evolved over a long period of time and those adaptations which are advantageous allows organisms to survive and function efficiently in their ecosystem. Students learned how natural models can be used to inspire modern technologies. They found the day hugely enjoyable, informative and stimulating in the areas of science and innovation.

Ceist Congress: On March 24th 2015, four student leaders- Eimear Duff, Courtney Conroy, Éibhlin Vaughan and Emer Whelan, nominated by our school, attended the CEIST Congress in St. Patrick’s Education Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin. The ceremony took place in the main lecture hall in the college and over three hundred students were present representing over ninety six schools from all around Ireland. The day started with an opening prayer, then the girls were divided into groups to take part in workshops throughout the day. These workshops were based on leadership, and the qualities that make a good leader. The teachers also took part in different workshops throughout the day including a mindfulness course. After the workshops, the girls received a talk from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny who spoke about his own leadership experience and the different world leaders he has met.  During lunch, the girls were entertained by the Coláiste Íosgáin school band who played and sang many popular songs. After lunch, the girls re-joined their groups and one person from each school made a short presentation on leadership in their school. Eimear Duff represented our school brilliantly. The girls were then presented with their CEIST Student Leadership badges. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and we thank CEIST for hosting this worthwhile event. 

Trip to Kolkata India with the Hope Foundation

On the 16thof March eleven Presentation students, accompanied by Ms. Hackett travelled to Kolkata, India in partnership with the Hope Foundation along with fifty five other students and ten volunteers as an immersion project. The girls carried out a substantial amount of fundraising before travelling, exceeding their targets across the board. The aim of the trip was to identify and experience development aid in action. The girls got the opportunity to witness exactly where their fundraising was going. Throughout the seven day trip the girls were brought to various Hope projects, these included child protection homes, mother and child homes, rehabilitation centres and crèches. The visit to the Hope Hospital was a very moving experience for the girls. The girls were given the background stories of most of the patients present. This experience really touched the girls and they found themselves realising just how lucky they are in their own lives. The trip was an excellent opportunity for the eleven girls. It not only gave them an insight into the work of Hope but also the culture of India. They participated in Indian dancing, received henna tattoos and dressed up in the traditional Indian saris. The experience as a whole developed the girls as individuals in terms of their fundraising, organisational and inter-personal skills. This is the third year of this trip in the school and it really proves its benefits in terms of student development. 

German Exchange 2015:On Wednesday, 18thMarch, seventeen eager fifth year students set off from the Presentation Secondary School to Dublin Airport to collect their German Exchange partners who had travelled from their small Bavarian town of Rosenheim near the Austrian border to finally meet their Irish partners. The school exchange programme is now in its fifteenth year, having been set up as a Millennium Year project by then German teacher and current Vice-Principal Mary B Lanigan Ryan.  The programme has undergone many changes throughout the years, from waiting for letters in its formative years to the modern ease of communication provided by Facebook, Whatsapp and Snapchat. Such advancements meant that the Irish students were in touch with their partners on a constant basis up to and including confirmation of boarding their flight in Germany. This year was also a first as nine boys from the CBS Thurles hosted partners, who came from the same school. Despite the changes in the Exchange Programme over the years, the fundamental principals have stayed the same. The German Department of the Presentation have strived to emphasise the importance of ‘learning and living a language and culture’. While the German girls are here in Ireland, they stay with host families or in the Presentation Boarding School for two weeks. They are treated to Irish food, culture and hospitality and have the opportunity to practice their English language. During the day, when they attend school, they assist in German classes and particularly assist 6thyear students who are preparing for upcoming State Oral Examinations. 

During the visit, the German Department organised various activities to entertain our guests. On Thursday, a ‘Kaffeeklatsch’ was hosted in the newly refurbished Presentation canteen. Here all German boys and girls, along with their CBS teachers and Presentation German Department were treated to Irish dancing and music, all while enjoying a cuppa and some goodies. A Tipperary day trip was planned for Tuesday 24thMarch. An early departure from Thurles brought us to The Rock of Cashel for a guided tour where the Irish and German students learned of the exploits of Brian Boru and the reconstruction of the site from a ruling site to an ecclesiastical one. The next stop on our trip was The Mitchelstown Caves, where one and all were astounded by the acoustic mechanics of the inner chambers. We then returned to Holycross, where after a quick visit to the Abbey we enjoyed a delicious lunch in Parkers Restaurant. The following Wednesday, students enjoyed a night at the Thurles Musical Society’s Production of ‘Curtains’. Despite a small language barrier, all students thoroughly enjoyed the many laughs and jokes of the performance.  As the students have now returned home, the Irish girls look forward to their two-week return trip to Rosenheim in mid-July. During this time, the girls will attend school in Germany and practice their spoken German. They, like the German girls, will be hosted by families and will be exposed to German life and culture. Such an excellent, well-run and efficient programme would not be viable without the dedication of the German teachers and our corresponding colleagues in Germany with whom we have formed strong ties over the years. We also thank the management and staff of our school for taking the girls into their classes and giving them a big Irish style ‘Herzlich Willkommen’. 

Herzlichen  Willkommen to the  German ''Deutschmobil'':On Monday 13thof April first year students welcomed the German ''Deutschmobil '' to our school. The touring bus is a very special car, equipped with carefully chosen teaching and advertising materials for its tour through Ireland. We were delighted to be chosen for this visit from school applications all over Ireland. The visit was led by Peter Treu from The Goethe Institut in Dublin. He engaged the very enthusiastic first years with information on Germany, worksheets, fun and games. It was a wonderful learning experience, enjoyed by all. Der Besuch hat ihnen sehr gut gefallen und die Schūlerinnen haben viel gelernt. ,,Deutsch macht Spaβ  ''

CEIST All Ireland ‘Bake Off’: The 'CEIST Bake Off' was a baking competition open to all CEIST (Catholic Education An Irish Schools Trust ) secondary school students. It was organised and hosted by Árdscoil na Trionóide, Athy, Co. Kildare and was sponsored by Odlums. The aim of the competition was to encourage home baking and in particular creativity as students were asked to design, plan and make a novelty cake. The theme of the competition was ' Talents'. There was an overwhelming response to the competition with over one hundred and fifty applications received from over seventy CEIST schools. These one hundred and fifty applicants were then shortlisted to seven by the well known Odlums/TV 3 Baker Catherine Leyden. Flavia Alvarez TY whose talent is 'falconry' was among the seven finalists shortlisted. On March 27th, Flavia who was accompanied by her Home Economics teacher Ms Maura Carroll competed in the National Final in Ardscoil na Trionóide, Athy and tied for 4th place with her amazing 'owl' creation. Catherine Leyden said she was heartened by the extremely high standard and talent she had seen throughout the competition as it proved baking was a skill which was very much alive in our young people. A sincere thank you to Ceist, Odlums and Árd Scoil na Tríonóide for sponsoring and hosting the event.

TY Bar Council Programme: Ellen Quigley recently took part in the Bar Council of Ireland TY programme. During the programme she shadowed a barrister each morning. Along with her barrister, Ellen went to the Four Courts and sat in on Civil Court cases, including the Rory McElroy and Ian Bailey cases. After lunch each day all the students on the course took part in activities which included a talk by one of the supreme courts judges Mary Ellen Ring, a talk by a member of the Gardaí and a mock trial. The students also visited King’s Inns and listened to talks from various barristers who explained to the students about the life of a barrister and their own personal experiences. The Chief Justice Susan Denham also spoke to the students and she presented everyone who took part in the course with their certificates. Overall the programme was a wonderful experience and Ellen gained a great insight into the life of a barrister.

LCVP Trip to ‘The Chocolate Garden’: On Tuesday 14thApril, the fifth year LCVP class along with their teachers Ms. Prendergast and Ms. O’ Sullivan visited The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow, Co Carlow. This trip provided a unique experience for students to learn about the confectionary business and the importance of enterprise. Students were given the very important job of sampling various grades of chocolates and flavours! They were also given a brief introduction to the story of chocolate by being shown a film of the journey of the cocoa beans to the factory and the process the beans go through to get the chocolate we know today.  They were then given a demonstration of the production process and also received a demonstration on how chocolates and Easter Eggs are made.  They also learned about how the Chocolate Garden diversified into the ice-cream making business. The real fun part came when the students put on their aprons and started making their own chocolate creations using moulds and a lot of imagination!  All students received a certificate from the Chocolate Garden for their participation and took home their hand designed goodies. It was a very enjoyable day and the students agreed that it was a very educational trip.

Camogie Blitz:The first year camogie team travelled to Moyne Templetuohy on Wednesday morning to take part in the Munster ‘A’ Camogie blitz. The girls played games against schools from Charleville, Blarney and Nenagh. For a lot of the girls this was their first experience of representing the school and they played very well. All the games were keenly contested and there were some notable performances from Mary Therese Mockler, Mary Ellen Phelan, Caitlin Carroll and Rebecca Bermingham. Next up for the girls is a Junior Plate semi-final against St.Mary’s Nenagh on Friday morning April 17th.We wish the girls the best of luck.

                                  German Exchange 2015 

On Wednesday, 18thMarch, seventeen eager fifth year students set off from the Presentation Secondary School to Dublin Airport to collect their German Exchange partners who had travelled from their small Bavarian town of Rosenheim near the Austrian border to finally meet their Irish partners. The school exchange programme is now in its fifteenth year, having been set up as a Millennium Year project by then German teacher and current Vice-Principal Mary B Lanigan Ryan.  The programme has undergone many changes throughout the years, from waiting for letters in its formative years to the modern ease of communication provided by Facebook, Whatsapp and Snapchat. Such advancements meant that the Irish students were in touch with their partners on a constant basis up to and including confirmation of boarding their flight in Germany. This year was also a first as nine boys from the CBS Thurles hosted partners, who came from the same school. Despite the changes in the Exchange Programme over the years, the fundamental principals have stayed the same. The German Department of the Presentation have strived to emphasise the importance of ‘learning and living a language and culture’. While the German girls are here in Ireland, they stay with host families or in the Presentation Boarding School for two weeks. They are treated to Irish food, culture and hospitality and have the opportunity to practice their English language. During the day, when they attend school, they assist in German classes and particularly assist 6thyear students who are preparing for upcoming State Oral Examinations. During the visit, the German Department organised various activities to entertain our guests. On Thursday, a ‘Kaffeeklatsch’ was hosted in the newly refurbished Presentation canteen. Here all German boys and girls, along with their CBS teachers and Presentation German Department were treated to Irish dancing and music, all while enjoying a cuppa and some goodies. A Tipperary day trip was planned for Tuesday 24thMarch. An early departure from Thurles brought us to The Rock of Cashel for a guided tour where the Irish and German students learned of the exploits of Brian Boru and the reconstruction of the site from a ruling site to an ecclesiastical one. The next stop on our trip was The Mitchelstown Caves, where one and all were astounded by the acoustic mechanics of the inner chambers. We then returned to Holycross, where after a quick visit to the Abbey we enjoyed a delicious lunch in Parkers Restaurant. The following Wednesday, students enjoyed a night at the Thurles Musical Society’s Production of ‘Curtains’. Despite a small language barrier, all students thoroughly enjoyed the many laughs and jokes of the performance.  As the students have now returned home, the Irish girls look forward to their two-week return trip to Rosenheim in mid-July. During this time, the girls will attend school in Germany and practice their spoken German. They, like the German girls, will be hosted by families and will be exposed to German life and culture. Such an excellent, well-run and efficient programme would not be viable without the dedication of the German teachers and our corresponding colleagues in Germany with whom we have formed strong ties over the years. We also thank the management and staff of our school for taking the girls into their classes and giving them a big Irish style ‘Herzlich Willkommen’. 

MSD Bright Ideas Competition:On Thursday 16thApril, Presentation students travelled to Merck Sharp & Dohme, Ballydine, Clonmel to present their projects at the  Bright Ideas Competition.  The girls had great success on the day winning first place in all three categories. The judges were particularly impressed with the girls’ excellent presenting skills and enthusiasm on the day. It is the company’s aim to promote science amongst school students in order to encourage science as a career choice. 

Junior category:  1stplace €500 – Second year students Estelle Parkinson, Ellen O’Donnell and Alice Ryan – “A device to prevent lives being lost to slurry fumes” 

Intermediate category:1stplace €500 – Transition Year students Jayne Dunne and Frances O’Connell – “Lower Carbon farming”

2ndplace €250 – Michelle Ryan and Caoimhe Lanigan – “Assessing the effect of E-cigarettes on the growth of cancer cells compared to normal cigarettes”

Senior category:1stplace €500 – 5th year students Eibhlin Vaughan and Caroline Fogarty – “The forgotten Backgarden”;

2ndplace €250 - 6thyear students Mary O’Connor and Charlotte Hatton – “A comparative study of the nutritional content of milk between cows on varying diets”

3rdplace €150 – 5thyear student Francesca Onorato – “Food is Culture”.

Well done to TY students Flavia Alvarez, Emma Finlay and Keelan Flynn who also presented on the day.

TY Workshop in Digital Humanities and Information Technology in UCCTechnology is taking yet another step forward in our ever changing world and this is starting to be reflected in the courses available to prospective students in Ireland. University College Cork is offering a new course, Digital Humanities and Information Technology, to accommodate these new developments. In light of this, twenty of our Transition Year students travelled to UCC to attend a one day workshop based on this new and exciting course.        The course was given by Dr. Mike Cosgrave and the students learned that knowing how to gather information and sorting it in a certain format will be vital in the future. Mr. Paul O’Shea showed them how they would accomplish this by giving them a tutorial in HTML and XML. The students also learned about Arduino, the open source prototyping platform for electronics and saw the amazing equipment in action before building their own basic circuits. The girls really enjoyed this informative day.

Soccer News: The Presentation Minor team bowed out of the All Ireland semi-finals this week to a very strong Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise. An unsettled start by the Munster champions proved costly to the Presentation girls. Net minder Rachel Sweeney was under immense pressure and pulled off some great saves to keep her team in the game. Yet Scoil Chríost Rí used this period to score two early goals. The second half was a different story with the Presentation girls pushing forward and showing what they are made of. Leading by example from defence, Katie Ryan and Emer Harnett dominated in the back line giving the rest of the team opportunity to drive forward. Sarah Foley, Siobhan Hennessy and Casey Hennessy were superb in midfield with captain Anna Gavin leading by example as always. Using her speed and great footwork, Lauren McCormack had a couple of great chances up front but the Portlaoise outfit denied them all. The Presentation girls fought until the final whistle showing great teamwork and determination. This Presentation team showed great maturity for a team so young, and the future looks bright for soccer in Presentation Thurles.

 

 

 

 

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