Visit from former Cork hurler Conor Cusack
Former Cork hurler and mental health ambassador Conor Cusack visited the school on Thursday 4thDecember. For those who were present it was a morning that will live long in their memories. Conor's message of hope, positivity and togetherness left a positive impact on the girls. Conor spoke about his own struggles with depression and how he has overcome them. There was a strong anti-bullying message throughout his address combined with a message to support and look out for one another, and the girls really embraced the experience with a very active question and answer session at the end. Our own mental health week kicks off on Monday the 8thof December and we look forward to a positive week as we continue to promote mental health awareness within our school.
NOVEMBER MEMORIES: A mass to remember the deceased relatives and friends of staff and students in our school was held on Wednesday last. Fr. O’Connell our school chaplain gave very comforting words to those students and staff who have been bereaved during the past year. “For each of us life is like a journey. Birth is the beginning of our journey to God and death is just another mile stone on our road to eternal life.” To all of those we have loved and lost may we treasure their memory and may they rest in peace.
ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP COMPETITION: Congratulations to Ellen Dunne who represented Tipperary at the Rotary Youth Leadership Regional Final in Waterford on December 1st. Ellen progressed to this stage after winning the local club stage of the competition. This competition focuses on personal achievements, work experience, planning and organisation. Ellen was an excellent representative for our school in this competition.
Well done to our Transition Years and Leaving Cert Applied students who went out on work experience recently. The girls embraced the opportunity to experience life in the work place and really enjoyed the week. We are very grateful to all the businesses who welcomed the girls into their work place and gave them this opportunity.
CAMOGIE NEWS:Presentation Thurles qualified for the senior ‘A’ national camogie league final after a thrilling victory over Scoil na Tríonóide Doon. In a pulsating semi-final Presentation Thurles were never behind at any stage despite the fact that the Doon girls had a chance for a free from 21 yards away in injury time to win the game, but could not find a way past the inspired Laura Gleeson. On a day where the Presentation had 15 stars Laura Gleeson produced her greatest ever display in the red jersey. Laura Loughnane was scorer in chief with an impressive tally of 2-2. The key moment arrived with ten minutes to go when Sarah McKevitt scored a crucial goal to edge Presentation Thurles into a 2 point lead which they never relinquished. Final score Scoil Na Tríonóide 4-8 Presentation Thurles 3-13. The girls now advance to the Senior ‘A’ League final. Well done girls.
ATHLETICS NEWS: Our athletics teams took part in the Tipperary Cross Country championships in Thurles Crokes on Wednesday the 3rdof December. It was a very successful day, with Avril Deegan winning gold in the intermediate girls’ race. Avril was followed home by Caitlin Dwyer making it gold and silver for the Presentation girls. Keelin Nugent maintained good form taking silver in the girls’ senior event. Katie Bergin represented the first years with a brilliant performance to take bronze in the minor race. The girls won silver in the teams minor and junior events thanks to the efforts of Katie Bergin, Sorcha Moloney, Aisling Dwyer, Sophie Dooley, Kerry Browne and Áine O’ Connell. Well done girls.
CREDIT UNION POSTER COMPETITION: The Art Department had great success in the Chapter Level of this year’s Credit Union Art Competition. Breda Ryan, 1st Year won first prize in the 11-13 years category, while Thèrese Dwan Transition Year also won first prize in the 14-17 years Special Category. Congratulations to both girls and also to their Art teacher Mrs. Miriam O'Sullivan.
RELIGION DEPARTMENT NEWS: November and December have been busy months for our religion department. Our annual Mass for the Dead was held in the school chapel, where during mass candles were lit to remember our deceased family members and friends. Our third year students attended a retreat given by Sr. Anne Lyons and Brother Jim O'Hagan. It was a day filled with spirituality, prayer and meditation. Last week we also had confessions to prepare for Advent and next Wednesday afternoon we will have our annual Christmas Carol Service.
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: Our Transition Year students had a unique experience last Friday when they participated in a wheelchair basketball workshop under the expert guidance of Paul Ryan, Sports Development Officer with the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Association. His enthusiasm got the girl’s attention from the outset as they learned the varied aspects of this specialised sport. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and were actively involved throughout the day. They learned the basic skills of the sport and ended the day with a highly competitive game. This opportunity gave the girls an insight into disability sport and we thank Paul Ryan for giving of his time.
TY CAKE DECORATING: On Monday 8th December the Transition Year classes were given a chance to try out some cake decorating. Local lady Joanna Loughnane visited our home economics kitchens and shared her knowledge and skills of cake decorating with the girls. The girls had great fun and also learned some tips that they can put to use in the New Year when the Ceist Bake Off begins. This competition requires the students to design a cake reflecting the theme of ' talents '. We look forward to admiring their creations and of course to tasting some cake too! Thanks very much to Joanna for spending the day with the TYs and sharing her expertise.
CAO & COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT: On Tuesday evening 9thof December Mr. Murphy, Guidance Counsellor delivered a comprehensive presentation to 6thYear students and their parents dealing with all the main issues involved in preparing for college. The main topics were:
- How to choose/decide on third level courses
- CAO application process
- College Costs
- DARE/HEAR/Access routes
- Student accommodation
- Careers and Employment
The presentation was followed by a question and answer session. Both students and parents found this to be a very informative evening.
GAELIC FOOTBALL NEWS:The junior ladies football team travelled to Kilsheelan on Monday last where they had an impressive victory against Kilmac. The forward line was led in style by Saoirse O’Meara and Lauren McCormack whilst the defence was on top form thanks to Emma Purcell and Joan Harty conceding only 1 goal and 3 points. Their 17 point victory has brought the Presentation girls into a quarter final against Glanmire which will be played after the Christmas holidays.
SENIOR ‘B’ HOCKEY NEWS: The senior ‘B’ hockey team opened their cup campaign with a disappointing defeat to Coláiste Choilm of Cork. The Presentation girls had a great start thanks to a fantastic goal from Niamh Sweeney. The girls were on top form and in control of the match when a goal from the opposition just before the half-time whistle left our girls with a lot to think about at half time. The home side, Coláiste Choilm, came out with a fighting spirit after half time and blasted in two more goals. A late attack from the Presentation girls was not enough and so the game ended in a 3-1 defeat.