Glory for Pres Thurles in Munster Athletics Finals:
Presentation Thurles won the Intermediate team event at the recent Munster Schools Athletics event in C.I.T Bishopstown, Co. Cork. The victorious team comprised of Avril Deegan, Sorcha Moloney, Muireann O’ Connell and Roisin Daly. Avril Deegan picked up a bronze medal which was the catalyst for the team’s victory. All four girls figured prominently in the top thirty of a race that had over sixty entrants from schools all over Munster. The girls now move on to the All-Ireland final in Kildare on Saturday the 7th of March where they will look to add to their Tipperary, East Munster and Munster success. This has been a fantastic journey for the four girls and the whole school wishes them well and we look forward to another great occasion.
TY Junk Kouture:Congratulations to our Transition Year students, Ellen Quigley, Louise Walsh, Eimear Dunphy and Emma Manton who have reached the Regional Finals of this year’s Junk Kouture competition. This competition puts emphasis on using recycled materials to create a costume. The girls have put in a lot of time and effort and the finished piece certainly reflects that. Cleverly titled 'Captured', it is made completely from old video tapes, video reels and old negatives. The regional finals will be held on Friday the 13th of March in the University of Limerick. We wish the girls the best of luck and we would also like to say well done to their Art teacher Mrs O'Sullivan.
TY Irish Orals: Comhghairdeas to Presentation Transition Year students who successfully completed their Irish oral exams before the Midterm break. This was a wonderful experience for the girls who will sit a 40% Irish oral exam at Leaving Certificate level. Mhol an scrúdaitheoir go hard na spéire iad.
AIB Build a Bank Regional Finals:Our Transition Year students travelled to the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork on Wednesday last for the Regional finals of A.I.B's Build a Bank Challenge. The "Rainbow Bank" team consisted of Avril Hall (Bank Manager), Avril Deegan (Assistant Manager), Eimear Dunphy (Sales and Marketing), Christine Coffey (Financial Controller), Sinead O' Connell (Customer Service) and Laura Stapleton (Customer Service). The girls put together a fantastic project and received top marks for their business plan. Unfortunately with only four schools out of the thirty three qualifying for the National Finals the girls missed out on a place, but can be extremely proud of the effort they put in and they have certainly raised the bar for next year’s group.
TY Mini Med School Programme:Last week, two TY students Caoimhe Lanigan and Michelle Ryan had the privilege of being accepted to attend the Waterford RCSI Mini Med School Programme that took place in both Waterford University Hospital and Waterford Institute of Technology from the 17th-20thof February. There were one hundred and twenty places available to Transition Year students from schools in the South Eastern Region. The programme is designed to give students an opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a doctor. The girls attended lectures on various topics such as ophthalmology, nephrology, psychiatry and many other fields of medicine. The lectures were very engaging and each lecturer held the girls’ attention in their area of speciality. The girls were also given the opportunity to witness a live operation through a video link in the operating theatre in Beaumont Hospital. The operation being performed was the removal of a gall bladder through key-hole surgery. This gave the girls a real insight into what surgery is like and the profession of a surgeon. During the afternoons, the students took part in practical sessions which showed them the many different skills required in medicine. The students thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Mini Med School Programme’ and would recommend others to take part in the programme next year. The girls were extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to experience life in the medical field of work.
All Ireland Success for Presentation Athletes
Avril Deegan, Sorcha Moloney, Róisín Daly and Muireann O' Connell were our representatives in the Schools All-Ireland Cross Country Final in Kildare on Saturday the 7thof March. The girls ran a super race to take 4th place in the team event, a superb achievement considering the number of schools competing in the race. Avril Deegan claimed a medal and a place on the Ireland Athletics team thanks to a brilliant 5th place finish. This is a fantastic achievement for Avril and the school. Well done to all of the girls, it was a fantastic end to a great year.
Fashion Show Success: Yet again our Fashion Show proved to be a great success this year, yielding much needed funds for our Astro-turf Project. We are now one step closer to realising our dream. It was a tremendous team effort to stage the event. Indeed, our school is forever indebted to the generous sponsorship of the local shops, businesses and boutiques, along with the unfailing support of our Presentation Sisters, staff, students, parents and entire school community.The feedback from the general public and from within the school itself has been positive and encouraging. We do hope every member of the audience enjoyed a great night of entertainment. We commend Simon Gleeson, the 5 Star D.J. on his professionalism in staging the sound and light system. Simon and his hard-working team worked tirelessly for days in advance to ensure the success of the evening. It was a mammoth task converting an international- sized basketball arena into an intimate, softly-lit fashion show venue. Simon rose to the challenge and we are very grateful for his generosity of time and expertise.
Let us now look forward to good weather and an opportunity to shop for fashions from the Spring/ Summer collections. Remember - If we shop locally, we keep local people in business. Ní neart go cur le chéile!
Transition Year Student Enterprise Awards: On Friday March 6th, eight Transition Year students attended the Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards in LIT Campus, Thurles. The girls displayed great business and entrepreneurial skills on the day, showcasing their business ideas in a creative and innovative manner. One group (Arctic Productions: Eimear Dunphy, Louise Walsh, Emma Manton, Ellen Quigley and Avril Deegan)) created an activity book aimed at primary school children entitled ‘Penny & Paddy’s Adventures’. The second group (Chocolate Delights: Orla Fitzpatrick, Kiannah Hanson and Ciara O’ Neill) created flavoured chocolate treats in different designs. All students did themselves proud on the day and indeed will hopefully now go on to make some profit from their clever business ideas.
University of Limerick / BSTAI Junior Certificate Business Studies Awards: Presentation Thurles students were invited to attend the Kemmy Business/ BSTAI awards in the University Concert Hall on Wednesday night last. It is a very prestigious event in the academic calendar of schools from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. Thirteen students achieved an A in their Junior Cert Business papers last year and it was only fitting that this marvellous achievement would be acknowledged. The Kemmy Business School has recognised the fantastic achievements of Junior Cert students for the last two years and will continue with this celebration into the future. The students were called individually to the stage to receive their certificate from Dr. Philip O Regan Dean of KBS. Special word of thanks to the Business Department in the school who have once again maintained this excellent standard.
Hockey News: Our second year hockey team played Villiers school from Limerick in a league match on the 10th of March in the Ursuline. It was a very exciting game as both teams worked hard to get the first score but it was nil all at half time. The Presentation girls worked very well as a unit and broken down the Villiers defence to score a goal from play by Niamh Murphy well into the second half. Presentation dominated the game after this and held on to a well-deserved 1-0 win. The senior hockey team travelled to Laurel Hill in Limerick to play a league match on a very wet and miserable day last week. The Presentation girls started the game on the attack and the first goal was scored from a wonderful piece of individual skill from Niamh Sweeney soloing into the circle and defeating the goalie. The game levelled off and both teams attacked and Laurel Hill scored an equalizer shortly afterwards. The Presentation answered with another wonderful strike from Niamh Sweeney before half time. The score at half time was 2-1. In the second half Laurel Hill responded to equalize the game but Niamh Sweeney had an answer to this by scoring another goal to make it a hat trick. Laurel Hill responded again with another goal but with ten minutes to go Louise McCormack beat the goalie to score a fourth goal and seal the victory for the Presentation. The game ended 4-3.
Action Aid Ireland: On Thursday the 12thof March as part of our Challenge to Change project "Women in the World" and also to mark International Women's Day a guest speaker was invited to the school from "Action Aid". Joanne Enright the communications officer spoke to Transition years and First year students on how Irish Aid funds Action Aid Women's Rights programmes in Kenya, Malawi, Nepal and Vietnam. Joanne gave a very interesting presentation on how their funding is spent working with vulnerable communities in an effort to end early marriage, prevent gender based violence, gain land rights for women and help girls receive an education. The girls were presented with some very interesting case studies on how Action Aid is actively involved in trying to find solutions to problems that are faced by people in developing countries. The students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and much valuable information was gained for ongoing project work.
Transition Year Trip to Paris
Sixty four excited Transition Year students and their teachers were Paris bound last Monday morning the 16th of March. Flying out of Cork, the students embarked on a busy day of touring once they arrived at Charles de Gaulle. On arrival it was time for lunch at O’Paninor shopping centre en route to the city. After lunch the students visited Notre Dame Cathedral which is considered to be one of the finest examples of French gothic architecture in France and Europe. They then saw the George Pompidou centre as they made their way for their evening meal. Day two began with a coach tour of the city. After an early breakfast it wasn’t long before the sleepy heads were distracted by the sights and sounds of the busy city. Following this they spent some time in the Montmartre area where some of the girls had portraits and caricatures painted by various artists. They then visited Sacre Coeur and afterwards enjoyed a lovely lunch in the area. Next, was the Musée D’Orsay where the students saw impressionist works and sculptures by Renoir, Manet, Monet and Van Gogh. They then took in some sites, the Louvre pyramid and the George Pompidou centre before their evening meal. The Bateau Mouche awaited the girls that night for a relaxing cruise down the Seine taking in all the magnificent Parisian sights illuminated by night. Disneyland consumed the third day to the delight of teachers and students alike. Great fun was had releasing the child in everyone, and a whistle stop tour of Val d’Europe for some authentic Parisian mementos and haute cuisine rounded off a lovely evening. A trip to Paris would not be complete without a night tour of the Eiffel Tower which was truly magical. Meeting a rapper ‘Stalley’ from Ohio who was doing a documentary on his European tour proved quite a hit! A tour of the Stade de France on the last day was a most popular stop. It was a fantastic trip and the students will never forget Paris in the Springtime.
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SOAR Transition Year Workshop: On the 10th of March, Transition Year students took part in a SOAR workshop. SOAR is an organisation that is focused on increasing self-confidence, peer respect and being able to recognise their core strengths and passions. During the workshop the students got to discover who they really are even if they thought they already knew. At the start of the workshop they were shown some really inspirational videos about people who want to pursue a dream and discussed the difficulties of that process. The workshop gave the girls the opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment. The day was quite intense and emotional but bonded the girls as a group. It was definitely one of the highlights of the year.
One Good Idea: Presentation Secondary School Thurles transition year students, Frances O' Connell and Jayne Dunne have reached the final 50 in SEAI 's ‘One Good Idea’ competition. Their project is investigating farm management practices that can be carried out by farmers to reduce their Carbon Footprint. Best of luck girls.
Self-Image and Social Media:Social media plays a huge role in the lives of our young people today. It has become the primary method of communication for our youth, with Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat being the most popular social networking sites. Recently we held a talk with our junior students highlighting the link between self-image and social media. Our guidance counsellor explained to the students the dangers of social media. Social networking sites have become a platform for young people to make comparisons about how they look and feel and because of this, the students were given the message that it is ok to be who you are and to invest pride in themselves.
Senior Hockey Presentation Thurles vs Laurel Hill: Our Senior hockey team lined out against a strong Laurel Hill side last Thursday in the closing stages of the league campaign. The girls battled through the first half in awful weather conditions. Their hard work and determination left them slightly ahead at half time with a 2-1 lead thanks to two superb goals from Niamh Sweeney. After the half time break Laurel Hill stood up to the challenge and after several missed chances they forced the game to a draw. The Presentation girls knew they had it all ahead of them with the rain pouring down and the wind blowing into their faces. Midway through the second half Niamh Sweeney came to the rescue once again and blasted home her third goal of the game. The Laurel Hill girls never dropped their heads and within minutes their centre mid, an Irish International player, lifted a fantastic shot into the top right hand corner. Laurel Hill were taking complete control of the game in the closing stages however the Presentation girls never gave up. In the dying minutes of the game, against the run of play, centre back Emma Finlay stole the ball and cleared it down the left
wing directly onto the stick of left winger Louise McCormack, who attacked the goal with only one thing in mind and cleverly slipped the ball in past the goalie to leave the score 4-3 in favour of the Presentation. The whistle blew within minutes of the final goal to the relief and delight of the Presentation girls. It was a fantastic win for the girls leaving them in high spirits for their next match against Castletroy.