Pres Thurles students John Paul II Awards
Congratulations to our 1st year equestrian team who placed 6th in Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre last weekend. Included in the photo are Katie Healy, Rachel Ralph and Sophie Maher.
Well done to the twenty 5thyr students who recently returned from their German Exchange to Ignaz Günther Gymnasium Secondary School in Rosenheim, Bavaria. During their 10 day school exchange, the girls were treated to the best of German life, food and culture. After their arrival in Munich Airport the students were greeted by their German partners and travelled by train to the city of Rosenheim, which lies in the south east of Germany, not far from the Austrian border. The students attended school during the week and visited German and English classes and also experienced life in a mixed, non-uniform school. Afternoons and evenings were spent tasting local cuisine and visiting local attractions. The girls enjoyed group trips to Munich and Chiemsee Lake where they visited the famous King Ludwig II palace. A highlight for many of the students was the visit to the oldest active salt mine in Germany, situated in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria. During the guided tour the students had the opportunity to descend into the caverns of the mine to view the different chambers, the salt cathedral and the grotto built in honour of King Ludwig.
This was an unforgettable experience for the students who have now returned to school with an increased awareness and appreciation of German life, language and culture. They look forward to their partners return next April, when they will extend the Irish ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’. Many thanks to the German teachers and to the entire MFL department who facilitated this fantastic learning opportunity.
Our first year CSPE class presenting their Christmas Shoeboxes to Team Hope. A big than you to their teacher Mrs Lawless for organising the event.
SENIOR BASKETBALL TEAM QUALIFY FOR ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL:
Well done to our senior basketball players who qualified for the All-Ireland cup semi-final this week. Presentation recorded a hard fought win over our neighbours Scoil Ruain, Killenaule. Presentation raced into an early lead in the first quarter powering to a 24 to 11 lead. However, Killenaule found their feet and put the pressure on the home team. The match heated up when Killenaule reduced the Pres lead back to 10 points in thethird quarter. But the home side rallied with Amy McGovern and Marie Creedon dominating the boards both on offense and defence. The Presentation girls ran out ten point winners in the end on a score line of 55 to 45.
There were great displays from Marie Creedon (21 pts), Tasha Tully (8 pts) and Laura Daly, who were ably assisted by Jennifer O’Meara, Anna Dunne, Amy McGovern and Kate Cavanagh. Well done girls. They now look forward to the All-Ireland semi-final in January. TEAM: Marie Creedon, Amy McGovern, Anna Dunne, Laura Daly, Jennifer O’Meara, Sophie Dooley, Tasha Tully, Kaithyln Callanan, Kate Cavanagh, Kate Anna Moloney Ryan, Rachel Cleary, Laurie McMahon.
It has been a busy few weeks for our U19 and U16 basketball teams as the final rounds of the league were played. Both our senior and cadette teams have qualified for the next stage of the league campaign. Our U19 team will play Mullingar in the league quarter final next Monday at home in Thurles and our U16 team will face Tullamore away on Tuesday in a league quarter final also. Both teams have shown great determination and grit to get to this stage of the tournament. Best of luck to all involved.
Our second year basket ball team have their first outing of the year this week as they play in “Pres Fest” in Presentation Kilkenny to commemorate the Tercentenary of NanoNagle. We wish the girls the best of luck.
DECISIVE WIN OVER DOON FOR PRESENTATION CAMOGIE STARS
Presentation Thurles 3-7 Scoil Na Tríonóide Naofa Doon 0-9
Presentation Thurles qualified for the Munster ‘A’ Camogie Quarter Final thanks to a seven point victory over a star studded team from Scoil Na Tríonóide Naofa, Doon. Presentation enjoyed an early lead with points from Sarah Doheny and Casey Hennessy. However, Doon stormed back into the game and were soon ahead after a flurry of quick-fire points. The Presentation girls were aware that they needed to establish a lead playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and thanks to a three goal
blitz in five minutes they were back in the game.
Goals from captain Casey Hennessy and Sarah Doheny sent the Presentation girls into the interval with a commanding lead. Doon pinned the Presentation girls in their own half for much of the second period but a superb defensive performance from Molly O'Connor and her colleagues kept the Limerick ladies at bay. Goalkeeper Aoife Butler was a calming influence throughout. The girls will look forward to the quarter final draw and the opportunity to continue the defence of their Munster crown.
MINOR SOCCER NEWS:
Presentation Thurles 5 Presentation Waterford 0
Presentation Thurles travelled to Waterford for the opening round of the Minor ‘A’ Munster cup, a trophy that the school had captured last year. The girls raced into a two goal lead in the opening minutes thanks to Cally Dooley and Chloe Shorley. Before the Waterford girls got a chance to settle the scoreboard, the game was effectively over when Missy Condon fired home two goals from outside the box. Emma Kelly added a fifth goal in the second half to cap off a really good day for the Presentation girls.
SENIOR SOCCER NEWS:
Presentation Thurles 6 St Mary's Nenagh 0
The All Ireland Senior ‘A’ champions maintained their interest in this year’s competition thanks to a comprehensive victory over near neighbours St. Mary’s Nenagh. Lauren McCormack opened the scoring in the fifth minute and this set the tone for the first half with Casey Hennessy adding two quick-fire goals. A fourth goal from Missy Condon secured the lead on the stroke of halftime. The second half continued in a similar fashion with goals from Emma O'Sullivan and Cally Dooley. The Thurles girls now advance to the Munster semi-final where they will face Ursuline Waterford.
Presentation Thurles 5-8 St. Mary’s Mallow 1-4
Our junior footballers had a fantastic win over St. Mary’s Secondary School Mallow last week. Our girls went in at half time two points ahead on a miserable day in St. Patrick’s College. Despite the conditions we had some heroic performances especially from first year Henrietta Kiernan playing at centre back. Rachel Moore led the charge up front scoring 4-2 on the day. Captain Caroline Shanahan led by example at wing forward and there was also outstanding performances from Chloe Cummins, Helen Cleere, Kate Kavanagh and Kaitlyn Callinan. Our girls are now through to the quarter final against Coláiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir.
To celebrate Science week, our first year students learned about the formation of the universe and our solar system in the Exploration Dome, a mobile planetarium. Colm Mc Aognhusa, an engineer spoke to a first year class about the role of an engineer and their role in product development. Junior students also took part in a poster competition depicting an invention or famous scientific discovery.
Liam Brennan from NUIG, gave an interesting and engaging presentation to senior students about Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Technology. He demonstrated how the technology developed in these areas saves lives through the use of stents and carbon printing to recreate the human face.
Aimee Stapleton from the University of Limerick gave a workshop on Gross Germs and Bizarre Bacteria. The 5th years learned about bacteria and antibiotic resistance. They also prepared their own hand-sanitizer gel.
Transition years watched the movie “Hidden figures” which depicts the true life stories of three women, known as "human computers" with NASA.
Fiona Hennessy, Neve Ryan and Siobhan Hennessy also represented our school at the ISTA Science Quiz for Leaving Cert students in Limerick Institute of Technology.
Well done to the twenty 5th year students who recently returned from their German Exchange to Ignaz Günther Gymnasium Secondary School in Rosenheim, Bavaria. During their ten day school exchange, the girls were treated to the best of German life, food and culture. After their arrival in Munich Airport the students were greeted by their German partners and travelled by train to the city of Rosenheim, which lies in the south east of Germany, not far from the Austrian border. The students attended school during the week and visited German and English classes and also experienced life in a mixed, non-uniform school. Afternoons and evenings were spent tasting local cuisine and visiting local attractions. The girls enjoyed group trips to Munich and Chinese Lake where they visited the famous
King Ludwig II palace. A highlight for many of the students was the visit to the oldest active salt mine in Germany, situated in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria. During the guided tour the students had the opportunity to descend into the caverns of the mine to view the different chambers, the salt cathedral and the grotto built in honour of King Ludwig.
This was an unforgettable experience for the students who have now returned to school with an increased awareness and appreciation of German life, language and culture. They look forward to their partners return next April, when they will extend the Irish ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’. Many thanks to the German teachers and to the community in Rosenheim who facilitated this fantastic learning opportunity.
Our 1st and 2nd years travelled to Pres Kilkenny to take part in a basketball tournament organised to commemorate the Tercentenary of Nano Nagle. A huge congratulations to all involved and well done to 2nd year student Julie Butler who was a finalist in the shooting competition!
Huge congratulations to our past 6th year students Kate Leahy, Kate Wardick, Moira McLoughlin and Zoe McGrath who will shortly receive their Entrance Scholarships. Kate Leahy, Kate Wardick and Moira McLoughlin will be awarded Entrance Scholarships to Mary Immaculate College Limerick while Zoe will receive the Trinity College Entrance Exhibition Award. We are very proud of you girls!
CAMOGIE ALL STAR 2018:
Congratulations to our P.E. and Irish teacher Ms. Cáit Devane who won a Camogie All Star Award for the the
full forward position for the year 2017/2018. Cáit was top scorer in the championship and her hardwork
and dedication is evident in the classroom and on and the field. Well done Càit on this great achievement.
Congratulations to 1st yr student Anna Ryan who recently competed in the Junior Munster Schools Swimming Championships. Anna swam in the 100m front crawl and 100m backstroke and had personal bests in
MIDWEST APPRENTICESHIP SHOWCASE:
Nineteen 5th and 6th year students attended the inaugural Midwest Apprenticeship Showcase on Tuesday
5th November at the Limerick South Court Hotel. They learned about the many apprenticeship,traineeship and
job opportunities available in areas such as construction, engineering, hospitality, finance,information technology,
manufacturing and aviation. Students were encouraged to consider this ‘Earn and Learn’ route to a career compared to the more traditional CAO college route.
Pres Thurles flying high with the success of Mary Poppins!
Presentation Secondary School Thurles presents ‘MARY POPPINS’
Preparations are well under way for our annual School Musical, “Mary Poppins”. Excitement is aloft as we get ready for our production of this renowned Broadway and West End show. With music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman the musical is based on the similarly titled Mary Poppins children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film.
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and
Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Mary Poppins takes
the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” With songs such as “Feed the Birds”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Spoonful of Sugar”, this show is sure to be a resounding success! The production team are busy putting the final touches to the show to ensure we are ready for opening night.
Tickets are available from the School booking office on 087-2739411 for Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, and Saturday 20th October at 8pm in the Premier Hall Thurles with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm. Go n-éirí go geal libh go léir!
Leaving Cert Applied News:
This week our Leaving Cert Applied students travelled to Templemore College of Further Education. The girls had
a tutorial in Hair and Makeup in preparation for our school musical Mary Poppins. Thanks to the staff and students of the college for their time and expert guidance. It was great to meet some of our past LCA students who are studying in PLC courses in the College and for the girls to experience the courses on offer.
European Day of Languages:
On Wednesday 26th September we celebrated the European Day of Languages which recognises the various languages of the European community. There are over 200 languages in Europe, 24 official EU languages and approximately 60 minority or regional languages. We also continue to celebrate the linguistic and cultural richness of our school community, where students from all linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to reach their potential both
in and outside the classroom. To mark this special day first year students attended a ‘European Language Day Quiz’ where they shared their knowledge of European languages, flags, cities, famous people and physical geographical features. Well done to the winning team Jane Brereton, Ellen Maher, Katie-Rose Clancy Quirke and Dervla Howley. Many thanks to the Modern Foreign Language department for organising the event.
Sixth Year Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park:
On Monday, September 24th all Leaving Cert students of Biology and Agricultural Science headed off on their annual Ecology Field Trip. This year our students carried out their fieldwork in Fota Wildlife Park, Cork. For the first three hours the girls carried out the various tasks involved in working in a woodland ecosystem. On what was a fabulous sunny day our students enthusiastically set pitfall traps, used pooters, beating trays and sweep nets in an effort to capture some woodland fauna for
identification. Some groups were even entertained by the local resident red squirrel, who acted as more of a trapeze artist across the branches rather than an animal foraging for food. Our students then spent some time carrying out quantitative surveys and later in the day the education centre in Fota hosted a conservation talkwhich the girls found very interesting and educational.
Many thanks to the Science teachers who organised this trip.
Presentation Thurles started their Senior Football campaign with the toughest of assignments as they welcomed John The Baptist secondary school, Limerick to Thurles on Monday last. John the Baptist have dominated the football scene in recent years and a stern test was expected. The Limerick girls registered three quick-fire points in the opening minutes and Presentation Thurles had to rely on their defence throughout the opening exchanges and Ellen Maher, Rachel Sweeney
and captain Niamh Ryan were very much to the fore. A Lauren McCormack point after great work from Marie Creedon, settled the Presentation girls. Points from Casey Hennessy and a Lauren McCormack free quickly followed. As half time approached, Presentation Thurles struck the games first major score as quick thinking from Jenny Irwin created space for Lauren McCormack to raise a green flag and leave Presentation Thurles two points ahead at the break. The Limerick side were quick to respond with a second goal at the beginning of the second half. Presentation Thurles will be happy that this
defeat doesn't eliminate them from the competition. With a couple of players to return to the panel from injury in the coming weeks the girls will hope to see John the Baptist Secondary School later in the year for knock out football.
Friends First Initiative:
This month saw the beginning of a new school year, and for our Transition years that means the commencement of a series of wide and varied programs. One of these programs, now in it’ 3rd year, is our “Fastfriends” initiative, in conjunction with Scoil Aonghusa, Cashel. This programme is designed for our students to interact in a Physical Education environment with students of approximately the same age group with Special Educational Needs. Week one
has been a great success with learnings, laughs and emotions experienced by all involved with creative and positive feedback – which are key aspects of the program. An emotional moment this week was when a student from Scoil Aonghusa taught a Presentation student “Lámh” (sign language) to aid with their interactive communication. This project has a very
positive impact upon student of both schools and the community, with lasting friendships formed, and further demonstrates how benefits, learnings and communication can be achieved in a Physical Education environment between the students from both schools.
It was mixed fortunes this week with Basketball in Presentation Thurles. First up was our under-16 cadette game on Wednesday last when Presentation Bandon travelled to Thurles for round one of the cup. The first two quarters were nip and tuck with neither team really imposing themselves on the game. At half time it was a one basket game
and all to play for. Some great defence from the home team saw them take charge of the third quarter. This dominance was not put on the scoreboard however and Bandon saw the game out the stronger, winning on a score line of 22 points to 28 points. The senior team had an away draw against St. Mary's College Naas in the first round of the Subway All
Ireland Schools Cup Competition. Despite a few early nerves, Presentation soon composed themselves and began to take control. The girls dominated the first half and were leading by 38-14 at half time. Presentation continued to put points on the board throughout the second half most notably led by Anna Dunne who scored 20 points. Tasha Tully also scored two great 3-point scores. Overall this was a great team performance and Presentation stayed focused until the end and emerged winners by 69 points to 34 points.
National Olympiad Competition:
Congratulations to Transition Year student Aoife Dunphy who has been selected to take part in the National Olympiad competitions in DCU in October. Aoife was selected as a result of her high achievements in her Junior Cert Maths and Science exams. The students selected at the National Olympiad will represent Ireland in the International Junior Science Olympiad in Botswana in December. We wish Aoife the very best of luck!