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News (30th May)

Sports Day

Last Tuesday saw the school host its annual Sports Day and as usual there was a wide variety of sporting activities for the students to enjoy. In the morning the students were divided into their year groups and they participated in Australian Rules football, soccer, hurling, dodgeball and numerous other sports .After lunch the entire school descended on the Railway Field where events included press-up wrestling, an obstacle course, the human table, the water challenge and the tug-of -war.  The sunny weather added immensely to what was a very enjoyable day.

Prize Night

The school’s annual awards night ceremony took place last Thursday night in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall. A wide spectrum of achievements was recognised on the night with awards for full attendance, academic excellence, sport, music, construction and art.The guest speaker was past pupil, Mr. Jackie Cahill T.D., who spoke fondly of his time in the school while outlining for the pupils in attendance the importance of a good education.In athletics, there were awards for Adam O Dwyer, Sean Philips, Sean Mockler, Fred Crowley, Jack Ryan and Dylan McLoughlin while Daniel Ryan was named as the overall Athlete of the Year. In basketball, Stephen O Shaughnessy, Liam Kenny, Blaine Carroll, Killian Ryan and Darren O Sullivan all picked up awards and Sean Mockler was named Player of the Year. The ‘ Ronaynes’ Junior Certificate Materials Technology Award ‘ which recognises the best Junior Certificate project went to David Ryan while Keith O Dwyer won the ‘A.I.B. Construction Studies Award’.One of the highlights of the night arrived when Jake O Brien received his award for full attendance. Amazingly, Jake never missed a single day of school, from when he started in Junior Infants to his completion of his secondary education. There were Special Merit awards on the night for Brandon Meaney, in recognition of his work in the community, and Darragh Taylor, whose Junior Cert Materials Technology project was deemed to be the best in the country for 2015.Darren Flood won the Junior Hurler of the Year award while the Senior Hurler of the Year award went to Mikey Connors. Dillon Quirke won the Harty Hurler of the Year award and Stephen Ferncombe picked up the prize for first year hurling. There were also hurling awards for Conor Stapleton, Jack Lanigan, Max Hackett, Christopher Carew and Michael Purcell.

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In football, there were awards for Paddy Creedon and Devon Ryan.  The overall prize for Sportsperson of the Year went to Sean Mockler. The award for the best Junior Certificate of 2015 was shared by Ray Fuller, Bill Shanahan and Rory Fogarty with Colman Coakley taking the award for the best Leaving Certificate of 2015. The George Willoughby sponsored Cultural Award was presented to Alex Murphy while there were awards in music for Kevin Bracken, Evan Lyons and Fionn McCartan. In art, there were awards for Brendan Atkins and Anthony Maher. The Parents’ Council sponsored Creative Writing Awards went to Sean Philips, Liam Blake, Ben Murphy, Brendan Atkins, Dominic Taaffe and Adam Webb. Jack Hickey was named as Junior Student of the Year while the highlight of the night as usual was the Student of the Year award which was won by Rory Purcell. Congratulations to everyone who received an award.Soccer Players of the YearOn Wednesday last sixth year students, Dale Loughnane and Tommy Teer were presented with perpetual trophies, kindly sponsored by Mr. Kevin Cummins, in recognition of their contribution to soccer in the school in its inaugural year. Dale, who captained the under-19 team in the Munster Senior Cup, was named as Senior Player of the Year while Tommy, who played for both the under-17 and under-19 teams, was named as Junior Player of the Year. ‘Well done’ to both.

AIB Build-a-Bank Challenge

On Wednesday last, Kerry footballing legend, Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper visited the school to promote the AIB Build-a-Bank challenge and to lead a training session for second year students.

News (23rd May)

Under-14 Football Blitz

Our under-14 footballers enjoyed a very successful day at the Rockwell Blitz on Tuesday last, winning the ‘A’ football competition for the very first time. The squad enjoyed victories over High School, Clonmel and Rockwell en route to the final, where they defeated Abbey C.B.S. by two points. ‘Well done’ to all involved.

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Pope John Paul II Awards

The Pope John Paul II Awards were officially launched at the Anner Hotel last Wednesday, the 18th of May at an event which was hosted by Fr. Vincent Stapleton and which included addresses from Archbishop Kieran O’ Reilly and guest speaker, Brendan Maher. Over fifty students from the school have committed to participating in this new initiative which encourages young people to be active members of their parish and community. After completing the requisite hours of community work each student will then present a reflection based on their experience.

Lourdes Trip

Last Tuesday saw the school hold a non-uniform day in order to raise funds for Cathal Bourke and Jack O Sullivan’s upcoming trip to Lourdes. The boys will be travelling to Lourdes on the fifteenth of June where they will represent the school as part of the Cashel and Emly Youth Group and will act as helpers and assistants for the elderly and the sick. We wish them the best of luck.

Athletics

CBS Thurles had a hugely successful day at the Munster GloHealth Track and Field Championships which were held in WIT on Saturday.  Having amassed an impressive tally of medals the school was awarded best Junior Boys team, best Intermediate Boys team and finally best Overall Schools Team on the day.  Eight students wore the CBS singlet and they all won medals in their respective events.  Adam O'Dwyer won gold in the Junior Boys pole vault and silver in the Minor Boys 100m.  Jack Ryan won two gold medals, winning the Junior Boys 100m and Junior Boys triple jump. Liam McDonagh won silver in the Intermediate Boys 2000m walk, Kieran Moloney won gold in the Intermediate Boys 800m and Jack Hickey won bronze in the 400m. Sean Mockler won gold in both the Intermediate Boys hammer and discus events while Declan Ryan won bronze in the Intermediate Boys pole vault. Our intermediate relay team of Jack Hickey, Sean Mockler, Kieran Moloney and David Ryan ran a superb race and won gold. Daniel Ryan put in a solid performance in the Senior Boys category, winning gold in the long jump and silver in the pole vault.   The track and field team is now looking forward to the All-Ireland GloHealth Championships in Tullamore on Saturday, the 4th of June.  We wish them every continued success.

Gaisce Trip

Last Thursday, as part of their efforts to attain the Gaisce President’s Award , forty  seven transition year pupils travelled to Birr Outdoor Education Centre, where they spent two days trekking and kayaking. The President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual awards programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to young people between 15 and 25 years of age. In order to receive their medals students have to demonstrate achievements in four separate categories; community involvement, physical recreation, personal skill and adventure journey. Their trip was a great success and all pupils will now receive their Gaisce medals.  

News (16th May)

Young Social Innovator

The school had considerable success at the national final of the Young Social Innovators programme which was held at the Citywest Hotel on Tuesday, the 10th of May.  Colin Nolin, Barry McGrath, Jack Harty, Dylan Grace, Anthony McCarthy, Dylan Costello and James Ryan were awarded the ‘Step Up’ prize for their ‘Farm Sense’ project which focussed on farm safety while another of the school’s presentations, ‘Bee Aware’, which looked at the sustainability of our bee population, was ‘highly commended’. The school also had a YSI ‘Advocate Team’ which presented in the ‘Communities of Excellence’ category. ‘Well done’ to all involved. The school has now won four awards at the national finals over the last three years.

Ecology Trip

On Tuesday last our fifth year biology class travelled to Cabragh Wetlands where they conducted surveys of the flora and fauna as part of their Leaving Certificate coursework. Rice Cup Blitz On Wednesday last our Rice Cup ‘C’ panel competed in the Rice Shield tournament against teams from Kilkenny C.B.S., Callan C.B.S., Nenagh C.B.S. and Rice College, Ennis. Although the team was not successful on the day the event was in keeping with our policy of attempting to give game time to as many first year students as possible.

Sixth Year Graduation Mass The class of 2016 attended their graduation mass last Thursday night in the James O Donoghue Sports Hall. Celebrated by school chaplain, Fr. Tomas O Connell, the mass was an enjoyable celebration of an important milestone in the students’ lives as they prepare to say a nostalgic farewell to their school days. We would like to wish all the sixth year students the very best of luck with their upcoming exams and wish them all the best for the future.

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Track and Field

CBS Thurles enjoyed a successful day out at the East Munster Track and Field competition which was held in Templemore last Wednesday. Adam O'Dwyer of first year won gold in the minor boys 100m and gold in the junior boys pole vault while Sean Phillips won silver in the minor boys 1500m. In the junior boys category Jack Ryan won golds in both the 100m and the triple jump. In the intermediate boys category Liam McDonagh won gold in the 2000m walk, Kieran Moloney won gold in the 800m, Sean Mockler won golds in the discus and the hammer, Declan Ryan won silver in the high jump and bronze in the pole vault and Jack Hickey won bronze in the 400m. The intermediate relay team of Kieran Moloney, Sean Mockler, Jack Hickey and David Ryan also won gold medals. In the senior boys section Daniel Ryan won gold in the pole vault and gold in the long jump. Next stop for these boys is the Munster Schools Track and Field in WIT this coming Saturday. We wish them all the best.

YSI Winners 2016

CBS Thurles fly the Tipperary flag at YSI Finals  

On Tuesday last all roads led to City West hotel and conference centre for the finals of the Young Social Innovators finals of 2016. Over 5000 TY students from every corner of Ireland and a grouped visitors from Norway, came to witness the shortlisted teams battle out for the awards in different areas of social innovation. A number of Tipperary schools were shortlisted but it was one of the two CBS Thurles teams, Farmsense step-up which came away with the award for the best YSI step-up project for 2016. This is the fourth award in three years for CBS Thurles in the YSI finals, which is a fantastic achievement for the school and it's students.  

 

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Farmsense began in 2015 and won the awards for social entrepreneurship and making the world safer. The concept was to create a sensor for tractors that could pick up people in the drivers blind spots. This project received the backing of many safety groups and the process of getting the Farmsense  sensor into production had begun. Last years team travelled to Seoul in South Korea to represent Ireland in the social entrepreneur Sage World Cup. Stepping up such a successful project was always going to be a difficult and onerous task but this never fazed the students who believed that they could follow in the foot steps of these boys and move this idea closer to becoming a reality.   

From the work completed last year these students realised that the motion sensor was not going to work efficiently and they moved on their research and development accordingly. The latest version qualified for the BT young scientist and at this event links were made with potential investors offering to help fund R&D. At the YSI speakouts in March this group convinced the judges that they were indeed on the right track and moving forward this project. Again on Tuesday last the caught the attention of the judges and secured the award for stepping up a project. The team is Colin Nolan, Barry McGrath, Jack Harty, Dylan Costello, Dylan Grace, Anthony McCarty and Jimmy Ryan.

  CBS Thurles also had a group in the making our world greener Category. Bee Aware are attempting to raise awareness of the falling number of Bees in Ireland and around the world due to our human practices. An alliance was made with Vendanta Lisheen Mines and together an area of bio diverse land is being made bee friendly to help grow and support a thriving bee population. This project got commended on their work.   Finally the social advocate team from the school presented in the Communities of Excellence area. This is for schools that have successful social innovation running in the school and the advocates encourage students across the school to work to help people less well off than themselves. The schools theme this year was Health and Well-being and the advocate team were presented with Certs and a plague for the work completed during the school year. 

News (10 May)

Transition Year History and Geography Trip

On Thursday, the 28th of April , our transition year students travelled to Belfast for their history and geography overnight trip. That morning they visited the impressive and enlightening Titanic Centre where they learnt about the building of the Titanic and the history of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilding yard and the White Star Shipping Line. In the afternoon the pupils participated in guided tours of both the Falls Road and the Shankill Road, where they viewed murals and were told about the city’s violent recent history by guides who themselves had been involved in ‘The Troubles’. It was an eye-opening and fascinating experience for the pupils. On the following day the students visited the world-famous basalt columns of The Giant’s Causeway before crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in scenic Ballintoy.

Under-15 Football Champions

‘Congratulations’ to our under-15 footballers on defeating High School, Clonmel in the final of the Cusack Cup on Thursday last, the 5th of May.  The team, which was captained by Sean Collins, produced a wonderful display of attacking football on the day and goals from Jack Lanigan and Devon Ryan helped the C.B.S. to a comfortable victory. The final score was Thurles: 2-17, Clonmel: 2-2.

Cairdeas Trip

The twenty four transition year students that took part in this year’s Cairdeas buddy scheme travelled to the Delta Force activity centre on Thursday last where they engaged in paintballing and other teambuilding exercises. Cairdeas is a system where transition year students help to mentor and support first year pupils.

Under-16 Soccer

Our under-16 soccer team was in action last Friday when they took on Tramore in the semi-final of the South-East Munster Cup. Unfortunately, they were defeated by a very strong Tramore side.

Cabragh Wetlands

As part of their Junior Cert science coursework several of our second year classes paid visits to Cabragh Wetlands last week to study local habitats.

Tractor Safety Course

On Tuesday last twenty of our transition year pupils completed a certified tractor safety course which took place in Mid-Tipp Mart. The course concentrated on good driving positions, hitching tractors to other implements and operating trailed machinery from a tractor.

MOG Car Safety Demonstration

On Friday last our transition year students attended a car safety demonstration course intended to teach young drivers about the limitations and frailties of a motor vehicle, thereby dispelling the notion of "invincibility" behind the wheel. The students were able to examine the internal workings of a specially modified car and gain an insight into the dangers of driving with damaged parts. It was a very interesting demonstration which helped to encourage responsible driving among young people.

 

Car Safety talk in Templemore

All Transition year students attended in Templemore Garda Training college last week about car safety and the work of an Garda Siochana.