Mental Health Week
Last week, to celebrate Mental Health Week, the school organised an array of events which focused on promoting positive mental health and allowing pupils and staff to take a brief respite from the pressures of modern living. On Monday our second and third year pupils attended a one-man drama workshop, facilitated by Michael O Sullivan of Humourfit. The show used humour to raise awareness about serious issues such as bullying and was both highly entertaining and extremely thought-provoking. On Tuesday our fifth and sixth year pupils attended an inspirational talk by Shane Mullins, a man who suffered a serious brain injury in a drink-driving incident. Mr. Mullins spoke about the obvious dangers of drinking and driving as well as his formula for overcoming difficulties such as depression. Mr. Mullins’ philosophy focuses on four key components: determination, motivation, emotional support and social life. His talk was extremely honest and certainly inspired the pupils that were present. Other events which took place in conjunction with Mental Health Week included fun activities and games for third years on Wednesday afternoon and a table quiz for first years in aid of Aware on Friday.
Our under 16 ½ hurling panel was in action last Wednesday when they took on Midleton C.B.S., the reigning champions, in the quarter-final of the Dean Ryan Cup in Fermoy. Thurles started well and goals from Gearoid Troy and Darren Flood helped Thurles to create a nine point lead at half-time. Midleton fought back however, forcing a draw at full-time before eventually winning in extra-time on a scoreline of 25 points to 2-13. Basketball Both our under-16 and our under-19 teams competed in the first round of the All-Ireland Cup on Wednesday last. The under-16’s continued their impressive start to the season, beating Blackrock College by 46 points to 6, with Sean Mockler finishing as top scorer with 16 points. They will now proceed to the quarter-finals where Waterpark College will provide the opposition. Our under-19’s performed very well against the same opposition but were unfortunate to lose out by the narrowest of margins. The final score was 25-24.
Senior Golf Aaron Ryan, Brian Fallon, John Corbett and John Brett represented the school last Thursday at the East Munster Qualifying Section of the Schools Senior Golf Competition at West Waterford Golf Club, Dungarvan. The team played well but unfortunately did not qualify for the next round of the competition.
Our senior hurlers continued their preparations for this Wednesday’s first Harty Cup group game against St. Coleman’s of Fermoy by playing a useful challenge game against Ard Scoil Ris on Tuesday last. Soccer Our under-17 soccer panel played the school’s first ever game at that age level on Friday last when they took on Cashel Community School in a practice match. Adam Darby opened the scoring for Thurles but Cashel equalised before half-time. Both sides made a lot of substitutions during what was a very evenly matched game and it was one of those substitutes, Jack Moore, who got the winning goal for the C.B.S. midway through the second half.
On Thursday last the entire school community participated in a very successful and enjoyable ‘Fun Run’, the object of which was to raise funds to support the continuing development of sporting facilities in the school as well as to offset the cost of transport for extra-curricular activities. All the students walked to the racetrack where they either walked or ran a lap of the track before returning to the school. The school would like to thank Thurles Racetrack, the Order of Malta, the Gardai and everyone who supported the event. Open Night The school will hold its open evening for incoming first year students on Tuesday next, the 20th of October. Parents and prospective students will be given the opportunity to inspect the school’s impressive facilities as well as the chance to meet the staff. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be a good opportunity for sixth class boys to familiarise themselves with life in a modern, progressive secondary school.