Flag Raising Ceremony
On Tuesday, the fifteenth of March, the school officially commemorated the Easter Rising of 1916 by raising the Irish tricolour at the front of the school building. The ceremony, which was attended by the entire school community, was overseen by past pupil, Commandant Murt Larkin of the Irish Defence Forces. After the flag was hoisted aloft, third year student Patrick Doyle read out the Proclamation following which Leaving Cert student Fionn McCartan, on behalf of the Student Council, read out an inspirational and modernised reimagining of the Proclamation. This reimagined document was written by the Student Council and focused on issues such as human rights and social justice.
Our second year basketball team was in action on Tuesday last, taking on Piper’s Hill of Naas in the semi-final of the Midlands League. Unfortunately, despite a brave performance, they were defeated by their opponents, who proved too strong for them on the day.
Certified Irish Angus beef Competition
Congratulations to CBS Thurles students Niall Molony and Kieran Cummins who were runners up in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Competition. The students were given the exciting opportunity to participate in a very practical national competition which saw them being presented with five Angus cross calves at the National Ploughing Championships two years ago. The students spent the next eighteen months rearing the animals before they eventually went to slaughter. The boys then presented their findings on a range of issues such as sustainability, meat quality, animal welfare and marketing.Kieran and Niall will also have the added bonus of being able to use this competition as the basis for their Leaving Cert Agricultural Science project this year.
All of our second year pupils participated in a table quiz on Wednesday last which was organised by our fifth year L.C.V.P. class as part of their Enterprise Education module. All proceeds from this fun event will be donated to the local branch of St. Vincent de Paul. iRunFor Fun Over the past six weeks all of our students have been participating in the iRunForFun fitness programme which was developed by Athletics Ireland. Every student was given a diary to set targets and record their training progress. They were also provided with information about healthy eating, training schedules and stretching routines. Each week the students trained both during and outside school time and over the course of last week each student then completed the One Mile Challenge run.
Last Wednesday afternoon all of our first year students participated in an Olympic Handball blitz which was held in the school yard. The event was organised and run by our transition years.
Games Fleadh 2016 On Wednesday, our first year Computer Club students and our transition year Mobile Game Programming module students attended the Games Fleadh 2016 at the L.I.T campus. Some of the biggest names in the Irish gaming industry were present at the event and the students really enjoyed the opportunity to play newly realised games and experiment with cutting edge technologies. Our students attended Q&A sessions with companies such as EA Ireland and Microsoft as well as listening to talks from game designers such as John Romera, the creator of ‘Doom’. Several competitions were held over the course of the day and among the prizewinners were: Cillian O Connor, Tommy Nesbitt, Oskar Milczarek, Conor Sheridan, Jack Lilis and Nathan Lynch.