ARCHBISHOP’S FAREWELL VISIT
On Wednesday last Archbishop Clifford paid his final formal visit to our school for our Prayer Service. The importance and power of prayer was the theme of the day. Archbishop Clifford recounted the story of the young Irish mother, Elber Twomey, who sadly lost her family in a car accident, while on holiday in Devon two years ago. Through the power of prayer, faith and forgiveness she has come to terms with the dreadful tragedy. His Grace also told the story of Saint Therese of Lisieux, who devoted her life to prayer. Our Principal, Mrs. Collins, thanked His Grace for his support and friendship over the last twenty-six years and his faithful attendance at our school musicals. He was presented with a token of our appreciation by our Deputy Principal, Mrs. Lanigan Ryan. We wish His Grace every blessing and pray for good health and happiness in the next stage of his journey.
LIA REPRESENTS OUR SCHOOL ON WEBWISE.IE YOUTH PANEL: On the 4th of November, Lia Grogan, a sixth year student in our school travelled to Brussels with representatives from the PDST webwise.ie Youth Panel, in order to take part in the Pan EU youth and adult panel and subsequently the Safer Internet Forum 2014. Young people and parents/guardians of 21 students of different nationalities attended the youth panel which took place on the 4thand 5th of November. They engaged in a number of different workshops in which they prepared topics for discussion at the Safer Internet Forum. A lot of this preparation was aimed towards a youth-led panel workshop on the 6th of November. Lia was selected to represent Ireland on a seven person panel guiding the session. Four of the participants were young people from Holland, Luxembourg, Malta and Germany. A teacher from the United Kingdom and a parent from Spain also sat on the panel. A Q&A session was followed by a workshop. This year the 11th edition of the Safer Internet Forum took place with the theme, ‘Growing up digitally.’ More than 260 stakeholders in the field of child online safety from approximately 40 countries across the globe attended the event to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety. Participants included youth ambassadors, academics, industry representatives, teachers, NGOs, the European Commission and Ministry representatives. Further information about this event can be found at http://www.saferinternet.org/sif.
AVRIL WINS GOLD IN BAHRAIN:On Friday 31stof October Avril Deegan, a Transition Year student in our school was one of a group of Irish female athletes chosen by Laois based coaches Ian and Teresa Wilson to compete in the Bahrain Marathon Relay. The race was 50km and is one of the largest races in the Middle East with over 170 teams composed of international athletes, Olympic athletes and a silver medallist from the Asian Games. The race consisted of 16 stages 3km in length. Avril ran two stages of the race in what were windy, hot and humid desert conditions. The team of eight girls ran a brilliant race and finished in 6thplace overall and were the first female team home in under 3 hours. The girls received a gold medal and we congratulate Avril on this wonderful success.
ENTRANCE SCHOLARS AWARDS:Congratulations to past pupils Roisín Costigan, Emma Murphy and Sarah-Jane O’Riordan who were recently awarded UCD Entrance Scholar Awards at a ceremony held on Monday 10thof November in UCD. Entrance Scholars are first year students recognised for their excellent academic achievement in their leaving certificate exams. We congratulate the girls on this wonderful achievement and wish them every success in their future studies.
CAMOGIE NEWS: Presentation Thurles made the trip to Ennis to play Munster champions St. Flannan’s. It was a miserable day for camogie with wet and windy conditions. In the first half St. Flannan’s scored a vital goal on the stroke of half time to lead by 3 points. An inspirational performance from Niamh Sweeney and an outstanding save from Laura Gleeson kept the Presentation girls within a point right up until the final 5 minutes when once again St Flannan’s found the all-important goal. Special mention also to Courtney Ryan who contributed 9 points from centre back. Well done to the girls for playing with grit and determination on what was a disappointing outing for the team.
BASKETBALL SENIOR ‘A’ CUP ALL IRELAND QUARTER FINAL: Presentation seniors travelled to Galway on Thursday for the cup quarter final. The team were playing well heading into this fixture. The opposition was Calasanctius College Oranmore and over the years there have been many games between both schools. This game was competitive from beginning to end and Rachel Byrne and Soracha Henderson kept the Presentation in touch. Down 6 in the first quarter with a lot to do the defensive rebounding was a factor as Presentation edged to level the score at half time. The third quarter was where the winning and losing of the game was and the Presentation girls were frustrated with some bad calls and these seemed to lead to a loss of concentration. Robyn Moore and Caoimhe O’Dowd came off the bench and working alongside Nicola Loughnane, Keelin Nugent and Laura Loughnane kept the Presentation in touch. The inconsistency of the officials seemed to affect the Presentation team and the opportunity to advance to the last 4 slipped away on a 5 point margin. Laura Loughnane excelled under pressure and put a huge effort in to this game as did all the girls. Amy McGrath Clodagh Sherman and Tara Layden made the senior cup panel for this game even though they are third years which is an impressive achievement. Well done girls for working very hard this year.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL: Second year students Naomh Eoin recently took part in The Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the Hope Foundation. The girls filled shoeboxeswith simple Christmas gifts for children in the poorest areas of the world. We hope the shoeboxes will bring a smile to the faces of those who receive them. The students would like to thank all who contributed to this worthwhile appeal.