Art Guest Speaker
Last Friday past pupil, Mr. Mark Maher spoke to our second and fifth year art students about his work with the Minor Side Effects Studio Workshop, an award winning company in the field of prosthetics, props, make up and model making. Mark talked to the students about his work on shows such as Vikings, Penny Dreadful, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and gave a fascinating insight into how his industry works. The props and models which he brought with him were also well worth seeing. The art students found his talk to be both informative and enjoyable.
Munster Senior Cup
Our under-19 soccer panel exited the Munster Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage last Monday following defeat to Nenagh in a thrilling encounter which was played at Cahir Park. Nenagh scored twice early on and the omens didn’t look good for Thurles. However, a James O Sullivan goal just before the break made a contest of it once more. Thurles equalised early in the second half through a Connor Murphy penalty and then took the lead thanks to a fine strike by Matthew McKevitt. A period of sustained pressure from Nenagh led to their equaliser with twenty minutes remaining and at 3-3 both sides had chances to win the game. Extra-time was needed to separate the sides but two goals in rapid succession from Nenagh finished the contest and as Thurles pushed forward desperately in the second half of extra-time they left themselves open at the back and Nenagh added two more. In the end the scoreline was harsh on a Thurles side that played with great heart against a strong Nenagh outfit. Still, despite the disappointment of defeat the panel can be proud of their exertions this season. This is only the second year that soccer has been in the school and reaching the quarter-finals of the Munster Senior Cup represents good progress and hopefully bodes well for the future.
Our under-14 hurlers continued their preparation for their upcoming blitzes by playing useful A and B team challenge games against De la Salle on Monday last.
Internet Safety Week
Between the 6th and the 10th of February a wide array of activities took place in the school to mark Internet Safety Week. On Monday our first years participated in an anti-bullying workshop while on Friday, a guest speaker counselled them on how to stay safe online. On Wednesday our second years competed in an internet safety table quiz while on Thursday our fifth years attended an informative talk which was delivered by the ISPCC. All these events were organised by the Cairdeas members. Cairdeas is a first year mentoring scheme which aims to help younger students as they progress though their time in secondary school.
Transition Year Work Experience
Our Transition Year students are currently completing the second week of their work experience. Work experience is an integral part of the Transition Year programme as the students are afforded the opportunity to learn new skills while also gaining an insight into possible career choices for their futures. The school would like to thank all the businesses and organisations which helped to facilitate this element of the Transition Year course by offering our students their work placements.
Pre-examinations Our third year and sixth year students are currently sitting their ‘mock’ examinations. These exams provide the pupils with an important insight into the layout, structure and timing of the exams and are thus an excellent preparation for the state exams in June. We wish them all the very best of luck.