Young Social Innovators
The school had three entries in the final of the Young Social Innovators competition which took place in the Citywest Conference Centre last Wednesday. One of those projects, on farm safety, scooped two awards: the Making Our World Safer Award and the Social Entrepreneurs Of The Year Award. The project focused on the development of sensors for tractors which would eliminate blind spots in the driver’s vision. The students involved will now represent Ireland at the Sage Global World Cup For Social Entrepreneurs which will be held in Seoul in South Korea this August.
Last Wednesday, forty-one members of the school’s ‘Club Gaeilge’ travelled to Tramore where they engaged in team building exercises and undertook surf lessons at the ‘Freedom Surf School’. All activities were conducted ‘as Gaeilge’ and the students really enjoyed the experience. Excursions such as this one are very effective in encouraging students to take more of an interest in the Irish language.
Zambian Immersion Project
The eight students who are preparing for next October’s trip to Zambia are currently very busy with their fundraising activities. On Wednesday last the proceeds of all the school lunches (either steak baguettes or beef dinners) went to the project. This was only possible because the Certified Irish Angus Beef was kindly sponsored by Kepak and was generously prepared by Michael O’Dwyer and his team from Mitchel House. There will also be a clothes collection in the school this Thursday and Friday. Parents and students are encouraged to bring in any old clothes, towels or sheets and deposit them at the collection point at the front of the school building. The clothes will then be sold off for recycling and the proceeds of this will go to help with the fundraising for the Zambian Immersion Project.
Cycle Against Suicide
On Friday last 23 of our transition year students, accompanied by four teachers, cycled a stage of the Cycle Against Suicide. Those involved cycled from Clonmel to Thurles, despite the extremely inclement weather. After arriving, they participated in a ceremony which promoted mental health at the Presentation Convent. This event was attended by all our fourth and fifth year students.
Last Wednesday our Track and Field athletes travelled to Waterford RSC to compete in the East Munster Schools Championships. CBS Thurles put in strong performances in each category with nine of our athletes ensuring qualification for the Munster Schools Championships which will be held in C.I.T. this coming Saturday.In the Minor category both Dylan McLaughlin and Josh O'Dwyer competed in the 800m event. However, competition was tough on the day and the boys were unlucky not to qualify this time around. In the Junior category David Ryan had convincing wins in his two events, winning gold medals in the long jump and 200m sprint. Sean Mockler showed exceptional form and claimed gold in both the hammer and discus, with a personal best recorded in each of the two events. Kieran Moloney ran a strong 800m to finish first while Liam McDonagh was a convincing winner of the 1200m walk. Ben O'Dwyer and Niall Moore performed well in their events and were unlucky to come away without a medal. With such strong performances from each of our Junior athletes CBS Thurles was named Best School and reclaimed the Junior Cup, which we also won last year. There was success too in the Intermediate category as Daniel Ryan came first in his two events: the long jump and the 100m hurdles. Jack Dolan competed in the U16 mile and ran a great race by crossing the line in 5.08 and winning gold. Declan Ryan competed in two events ( the high jump and the long jump) and while the wind proved troublesome for the high jump Declan won a bronze medal for his long jump. Alberto Buitrago and Padraig Ryan competed well on the day but were pipped at the line and unlucky not to qualify. In the Senior category Mateusz Pietrzykowki won a bronze medal in the long jump.The boys who qualify will be hoping their good form continues and that more success will be had in Cork this coming weekend.
Tractor Safety Course
On Friday last twenty of our transition year pupils completed a certified tractor safety course which was facilitated by Farm Relief Services. The course concentrated on good driving positions, hitching tractors to other implements and operating trailed machinery from a tractor.Last Tuesday Mr Tom Tynan, a local driving instructor, spoke to all of our transition year students about how to attain their driving license, the importance of proper instruction and safe driving practices. This was followed on Thursday by a talk from Garda Regina McCarthy who spoke about road and pedestrian safety. Both of these events were run in conjunction with the school’s road safety initiative and the transition year Life Skills module.
Rice Cup Shield Blitz
The school had two teams competing in last Wednesday’s Rice Cup Shield Blitz which took place in Dr Morris Park. They played teams from Rice College, Ennis and Ard Scoil Ris. One of our teams made it to the final but unfortunately they did not win the shield.