Before the Easter break the school was visited by seven German exchange students who hailed from our partner school in Rosenheim in Bavaria. During their time in Thurles the pupils attended classes and participated in everyday school life as well as visiting The Rock of Cashel, Mitchelstown Caves and Kilkenny as part of a cultural programme that also saw them try their hands at hurling. The exchange students really enjoyed their Irish experience, being particularly delighted to be able to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Seven of our pupils will travel to Germany in July where they will experience German life, culture and even school. The German exchange programme provides a wonderful opportunity for students to greatly improve their spoken and listening language skills.
Our under-14 soccer panel was knocked out of the East Munster Cup by High School, Clonmel on Wednesday last. Despite a spirited performance, they were defeated by their opponents by 3 goals to nil. On the same day, our under-16 soccer panel took on Nenagh C.B.S. in a very worthwhile challenge game. Despite losing one-nil the team performed very well and the match afforded plenty of players the opportunity to represent the school on the playing field.
The school will have two teams competing in the quarter-finals of the Rice Cup following impressive performances in the qualifying blitzes which took place last Thursday and Friday. On the Thursday our ‘A’ team secured their qualification for the next round following victories over Cashel Community School, North Mon and Doon C.B.S.. On Friday wins over Ennis and Tramore were enough for our second panel to also qualify for the quarter-finals.
Our White Cup hurlers enjoyed an impressive victory over St. Flannan’s in the semi-final of the competition which was played in Newport last Wednesday. A strong team performance saw them defeat their opponents on a scoreline of 5-12 to 4 points. They will now face De la Salle in the final. We wish them the very best of luck.