February 2015

Transition Year Drama Group Through to All-Ireland Final

After an excellent performance of 'Don't Shoot the Messenger' our TY drama group qualified for the ‘All-Ireland Transition Year Drama Final’. The girls took part in the semi-final in the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom Co. Cork. The cast was directed by Susan Troy, Sherine Prendergast and Susan McGee. The final will be held on the 28th February in Macroom and we wish cast and crew the very best of luck.

Science Magic Show: Beulah McManus from the Chemistry department of the University of Limerick visited our school this week to perform a magic show entitled “Big and Bold, Hot and Cold” to TY students.  The show involved a series of fun-filled spectacular experiments showing students how enjoyable Chemistry and Physics can be whilst promoting the subjects at Leaving Cert level and beyond. The students really enjoyed the show.

Senior Basketball News: Congratulations to the senior basketball team who got through and hosted 'All Ireland' Senior ‘A’ playoffs last week. With three teams participating and only one to qualify a tough day of play lay ahead for the girls. Christ King Secondary School Cork were the first opposition and as recent 'All Ireland Senior ‘A’ Cup champions, this was always going to be a keenly contested game. Both teams started well and only a point separated them at the end of the first quarter. Some great basketball was played as the game went on and Christ King were marginally in front at the break. The Cork side extended their lead to 12 points at the end of the 3rd quarter but Presentation Thurles dug deep and never gave up. Despite playing some of their best basketball this season the Presentation girls just couldn't quite get the upper hand on Christ King. The Cork side were victorious over Presentation Tralee in the second game so were overall group winners. In the final game of the day Presentation Thurles took on Presentation Tralee for the runners-up position. The Thurles girls started well and maintained a good hold as the game progressed and went on to win by 48 points to 35. Well done to all the girls involved on the day.

Under 15 Basketball Team Presentation Thurles v The Bower Athlone:On January 16ththe second year basketball team travelled to play The Bower Athlone in their opening league game. Presentation Thurles started the game very well and took an early lead. Marie Creedon opened the scoring with some excellent shooting. Further scores came from Niamh Woodlock and Laura Daly. Score at the end of the first quarter was 19-5 in favour of Presentation Thurles. Athlone fought back but had no answers to the defensive work rate and accurate shooting of the Presentation team. Anna Dunne and Laoise Nugent were very impressive contributing eight points in total. Niamh Ryan who came back from injury was equally impressive from the point guard position. Final score 36-12 in favour of Presentation Thurles.

Presentation Thurles v Cross & Passion Kilcullen:On Thursday 22ndof January Presentation Thurles faced Kilcullen in round two of the midlands league. Presentation opened up an early lead. Marie Creedon was very impressive picking up ten points in the first quarter. Laura Daly controlled the game from the point guard position and Amy Mc Govern showed her speed and agility picking up six points off the fast break. Score at half time was 18-6 in favour of Presentation Thurles. Presentation Thurles began the second half in an impressive fashion with Lily Hobbs and Nicole Gleeson dominating the offensive and defensive boards. Caoimhe Wixted, Sarah Hayden and Jennifer O’Meara came off the bench early in the second half and scored immediately to build momentum and extend the lead. Final Score 42-20 in favour of Presentation Thurles

Presentation Thurles v Portlaoise:Our girls were focused and determined heading into the game knowing a win would secure the top spot heading into the midlands regional finals. They started the game very well. Marie Creedon dominated the boards contributing nine points for her team. Score at the end of the first quarter was 11-4 in favour of Presentation Thurles. The second quarter saw Portlaoise edge their way back into the game with excellent defensive work and three point shooting. Half Time score: 16-12 in favour of Presentation Thurles. However, this was a game of two halves. Portlaoise began the second half in an impressive fashion, completely blunting the Thurles attack. Portlaoise put on a full court press in the second half and dominated the game for the third quarter. Portlaoise led the game 28-19 heading into the final quarter. Amy McGovern and Laoise Nugent tried to rally their teammates and Presentation fought back. An excellent rebounding display from Lily Hobbs lifted the team. However, Portlaoise were the better team throughout and won the game on an impressive score line 36-24.

On Friday March 6th, Presentation Thurles will play last year’s winners Presentation Waterford in the midlands semi-final. The girls are focused and confident heading into the game knowing a win will secure a place in the All-Ireland playoffs.

Team: Laoise Nugent (captain), Laura Daly (captain). Marie Creedon, Jennifer O’Meara, Amy McGovern, Nicole Gleeson. Anna Dunne, Caoimhe Wixted, Dorianne Kelly, Niamh Ryan, Sarah Hayden, Lily Hobbs, Niamh Woodlock, Clara Shanahan, Amy Foyle, Shannon O’ Halloran, Roisin O Sullivan, and Kate Atkinson.

Fashion Show 2015

Now that Spring is in the air we can soon shed our Winter woollies and think about Spring and Summer fashions. A colourful collection of the newest trends will be revealed at our Annual Fashion Show on Thursday, March 5th, in our Sports Complex. The venue proved to be the ideal location for the event last Spring and plans are now well underway to carpet the Complex, build the cat-walk, set up the lights and decorate the venue for the social event. We are happy to invite Primadonna's Model Agency to return to the cat-walk this year and along with our own "model students", from both Primary and Secondary schools, and the popular C.B.S. boys and our own staff members, we believe they will provide a great line-up for the evening. The artistic talents of the Transition Year students will also be on display, including the winning entry for The Junk Kouture competition.

Every effort is being made by our hard-working staff, students and Parents' Council to ensure that the audience enjoy a wonderful evening's entertainment. Guests are invited to attend the Cheese and Wine Reception from 7.15pm and the show is scheduled to commence promptly at 8pm. All funds raised are targeted for our Astro- Turf Project, which we hope to bring to fruition in the not-so-distant future. We appreciate the support of our faithful friends, families, local businesses and community in undertaking this dream project. Please come along, bring a friend and support the cause! Míle buíochas!

Transition Year Dublin Cultural Trip:Our Transition Year students recently made their annual trip to Dublin to enjoy a day filled with culture. It was an early start for the students, as they began their journey to the capital. Their first stop was the Dáil where they were given a tour of Leinster House and the Seanad.  The tour started out in the public gallery, where Minister for Health Leo Varadkar was taking questions in the chamber below.  Next up was a choice of three museums the National Gallery of Ireland, the Natural History Museum or the National Museum of Irish Archaeology each student decided on their preferred option and visited it.  In the National Gallery they got to appreciate works from Caravaggio and Monet as well as experience the galleries current exhibitions ‘Lines of Vision’ and the ‘Hennessy Portrait Prize’.  In the National Museum they experienced pieces from the Bronze Age, the Iron Age as well as their particular favourite – the Bog Bodies. In the Natural History Museum or the more commonly known ‘Dead Zoo’ the girls got to marvel at galleries of animals from Ireland as well as overseas. They certainly came away with a greater appreciation of the abundance of culture on their doorstep.  After lunch on Grafton Street students continued on to Dublin Castle for a guided tour. Here they were shown St Patrick’s Hall where the Presidential inauguration takes place along with banquets for visiting heads of state. Then it was on to Croke Park which was the highlight for many of the girls as they visited the players’ area, dressing rooms and walked out on to the hallowed turf. Finally the girls were treated to a trip to the cinema to see the Oscar nominated Stephen Hawking film ‘The Theory of Everything’.  

Transition Year Law Education:TY students had the opportunity to learn about the area of law recently. Kate Hedigan a solicitor with experience in Criminal Law was the facilitator for this day long workshop. The students were informed about the legal profession and many other aspects of the law. Later in the day they had the opportunity to take part in a mock trial with students acting as witnesses, prosecutors and defendants in a court setting.  The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and we thank Kate for sharing her experiences with the girls.

Transition Year Bar Council Programme:Ellen Quigley TY was selected to participate in this programme from February 2nd– 6th. A total of one hundred students from schools all over Ireland were selected to participate in the Bar Council Programme. As part of the programme, a barrister hosted a group of five students for each morning of the five day programme. The barrister involved the students in a variety of classes and exposed them to the daily life of a junior barrister. Students had the opportunity to ask questions of the host barrister during the morning sessions. After lunch each day students were divided into larger groups and brought to the Criminal Court Complex. Ellen really enjoyed the experience.

UCC TY Prep-for-MedRecently a Prep-for-Med day was held in UCC. Two transition year students accompanied by Ms. M O' Brien Transition Year co-ordinator attended the event. The girls went through many different “stations” where they were given the opportunity to learn how to take blood pressure, blood samples, perform CPR and general first aid. They had an opportunity to talk to some of the medical students at various stages in their studies, some lecturers and also paramedics. After lunch they attended various talks related to different fields of medicine. The Deputy State Pathologist, Dr. Margot Bolster addressed the students, and gave them an insight into the not so glamorous but nonetheless interesting side of Pathology. Following this talk the girls met with gynaecologist Matt Hewitt who gave them a brief overview of his work before they watched a live C-section being performed in the University Hospital. This was a hard act to follow, but Jason Van der Velde from the West Cork Rapid Response Unit was equal to the challenge, showing them live videos ofhimself and his comrades saving lives, from the minute they get the call to when they hand over the patient at the hospital. Throughout the day the girls experienced many interesting and varied aspects of the world of medicine. We would like to thank UCC for affording us this great opportunity.





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