‘Congratulations’ to our Concern debating team on their unanimous victory over the girls from the Presentation Convent on Monday night last. The team, which was captained by Thomas Bourke and comprised Harry Hogan, Mark Fortune and John Lanigan, successfully proposed the motion that ‘ The Ebola outbreak demonstrates the International Community’s indifference to Africa’ in what was a very stimulating and entertaining debate. This victory makes it three unbeaten this year and the team will be in action again in January when they will propose the motion that ‘ Scotland should have voted for independence’. The opposition will be from Our Lady’s of Templemore.
Geography Field Trip
On Monday last our 6B geography class traveled to Upperchurch to study the Owenbeg River as part of their Geographical Investigation field trip. The students measured river discharge and bedload size and plotted valley transects. They will now spend the next few weeks writing up their projects, which will be worth 20 % of their grade in the Leaving Cert Geography paper. A special thanks must go to Mrs. Maureen Harty ( whose land the river passes through) for very thoughtfully providing the entire class with some hot soup. This was a wholly unnecessary but much appreciated act of generosity.
On Tuesday and Thursday of last week our transition year pupils participated in the latest fun, sporting craze, Bubble Soccer. The students donned protective suits ( body zorbs) which allowed them to collide and knock each other over, without fear of injury. The equipment was provided by past pupil, Liam Bannon of Tipperary Bubble Sports. The students really enjoyed this novel and fun activity.
Zambian Immersion Project
On Friday last interviews were held for the biennial trip to Mufilira in northern Zambia. Next October eight students, accompanied by three teachers, will spend two weeks in the Copperbelt area of Zambia. While there they will visit an adult training centre, an old folks’ home, a hospice and a primary school. Between now and then the eight chosen pupils will be tasked with raising both awareness and funds to help with the progress of many ongoing projects which are currently being run by the Christian Brothers in Mufilira and nearby Murundu.
Daniel and David Ryan represented CBS Thurles and Ireland on the Intermediate and Junior Boys teams at the SIAB Schools Combined Events International in the Emirates Arena, Glasgow on Saturday, the 13th of December. They both produced master class performances in their events setting 7 new personal bests between them on the day with Daniel holding off the English to win gold in the Intermediate Boys competition (a year out of his age)and David separating the English to win silver in the Junior Boys competition, just 27 points off the gold medal. It was a historic day for the Irish Schools team who brought home their largest ever haul of medals. Up against the might of the English, Welsh and Scottish, Ireland captured five individual medals including a gold medal for Daniel and a silver for David. Daniel also won a silver for the team event. Congratulations lads on this huge achievement.