All-Ireland Basketball Success
Our under-16 basketball panel rounded off a superb season on Tuesday last, the 23rd of February, when they added the All-Ireland League Championship to their Midlands League and All-Ireland Cup successes. Thurles started the game slowly and they trailed their opponents, Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir, by seven points at the end of the first quarter. However, impressive performances from Sean Mockler, Liam Kenny, Killian Ryan and Jack Hehir helped them into a half-time lead before they eventually ran out as victors on a scoreline of 52 points to 40. ‘Congratulations’ to all involved.
Unfortunately, despite winning all of their debates, our Concern debating team’s campaign has come to an end for this year. The team began their season well, enjoying a unanimous victory over Loreto Convent, Clonmel before adding two majority victories; against the Presentation Convent, Thurles and St. Anne’s of Tipperary respectively. A bye from the Ursuline Convent left the team with a total tally of ten points and while this was the cut-off score needed, the C.B.S. team was desperately unlucky to have been one of the teams on ten points that didn’t progress to the next round of the competition. Well done to John Lanigan, Harry Hogan, Ciaran Taaffe and Mark Fortune on performing so well throughout the season.
Our first and second year basketball teams were in league action last Friday. An impressive team performance from our second years saw them overcome their opponents, Rochfortbridge, by 40 points to 19. Our first year team also performed well, against the same opposition, but unfortunately lost the game by a single point.
On Monday last our Leaving Certificate L.C.V.P. students visited the Boru Stoves production facility in Thurles as part of their Local Area Investigation. As part of their tour the students learnt about production methods, quality assurance, the use of technology and the importance of research and development.
White Cup Hurling
Our under-15 hurling panel was in action last Wednesday when they took on Nenagh C.B.S. in the first round of the White Cup. A good team performance, in what was a very competitive and entertaining game, saw Thurles emerge victoriously on the narrowest of margins. The final score was Thurles: 0-18, Nenagh: 3-08.
Reality Living Module
On Thursday last, a representative from the local branch of the AIB visited the school to speak to our transition year students about finance, mortgages and personal loans. This practical talk focussed on important issues such as credit ratings, loan terms and interest rates. The visit was organised as part of the transition years’ Reality Living module.
Geography Field Trip
Our 6B geography class travelled to Tramore last Wednesday to study the marine processes of deposition and transportation. This field trip is an essential component of their Leaving Cert Geography Investigation project. The project is worth 20 % of the subject’s overall marks.
Transition Year Coaching Course
Over the course of several days last week our transition year pupils participated in a foundation level Gaelic Games coaching course which took place in the school. Under the expert tutelage of G.A.A. Games Development Administrator, Mr. Andy Ryan, the students learnt how to organise a training session from start to finish; beginning with the warm-up, consisting of various drills and ending with the cool-down. Later in the year all the transition years will put their newly attained knowledge into practice when they work as coaches in the local primary schools.