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News (27th February)

 

School Tour

On Thursday, the 16th of February, 38 of our first and second year French students headed to Paris on a four day tour. On the first day the students were given a guided tour of the city which took in such famous landmarks as the Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pompidou Centre. That same evening the students also engaged in a boat tour down the Seine. On the following day they visited the Louvre and climbed the Eiffel Tower before going bowling in the evening. The third day of the trip consisted of a visit to Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios while the final day saw the pupils visit the Sacre Coeur church, visit the Montmartre area, tour the Stade de France and also fit in a spot of shopping. The students really enjoyed this very educational and cultural tour.

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L.C.V.P. Talk

On Monday, the 13th of February, Mr. Michael O’ Dwyer of Mitchel House addressed the fifth year L.C.V.P. class, discussing a range of aspects relating to business and entrepreneurship. Over the course of this informative and enlightening talk Mr. O’ Dwyer spoke about the difficulties associated with setting up a new enterprise as well as the practicalities of the everyday running of a business.

 

Basketball

 On the Tuesday before the midterm break our first year and second year basketball teams played league games against St. Paul’s of Monasterevin. Unfortunately, despite brave performances from both teams, it was Monasterevin who tasted victory on the day. The final league games of the season will take place this week and we wish both teams the very best of luck.

 

Cross Country Athletics

On Thursday, the 16th of February, our cross country athletes travelled to Tramore Valley Park in Cork city to compete in the Munster Schools Cross Country Championships. The school had athletes competing in the minor, intermediate and senior races on the day. It was a great outing for our minor team (U14) who came first in the team event and our intermediate team (U17) who came third in the team event. Both teams now qualify to compete in the All- Ireland Schools Cross Country Championships which will take place on Saturday, the 11th of March, in Mallusk Playing Fields in Belfast. The minor team consists of Emmet Fogarty, Stephen Mawe, Tadhg Gould, Alex Crowley, Michael Connolly and Jack O’ Mara while the intermediate team includes Fred Crowley, Jack Hickey, Eanna Ryan, Ben O’ Dwyer, Dylan McLoughlin and Kieran Moloney.

 

Rice Cup

As part of their continuing preparation for the upcoming blitzes our Rice Cup hurlers took on Good Counsel in a challenge match on Tuesday, the 14th of February.

 

News (13 February)

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.

Rice Cup

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.

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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.      

East Munster Schools Cross Country

Congratulations to our Cross Country Team who came home in 1st place the minor boys at the East Munster Cross Country Championships on Friday.  Out Intermediate team came 2nd losing out on 1st place by just 2 points.  Individual plaques for Fred Crowley 3rd and Emmett Fogarty 4th.

 

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School Musical

School Musical - Thank You For The Music

 

Our Musical will take place in the Premier Hall from Thursday 2nd to Saturday 4th February.  Call the school to reserve your tickets.

 

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News (22nd January).

arttrip2017Art Trip

Last Friday our fifth and sixth year art classes travelled to Dublin on their annual art trip. In the morning they visited the Lucian Freud exhibition at The Irish Museum of Modern Art; this is a collection of fifty of his works including portraits, self-portraits and works of still life. In the afternoon the students visited the National Gallery where they studied the exhibition on bog bodies and viewed artefacts from the bronze and iron ages.

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L.C.V.P.

As part of its investigations into local enterprises, the sixth year L.C.V.P. class paid a visit to Boru Stoves on Wednesday last. There, they viewed the different stages of production and assembly, were made familiar with the rigorous quality control protocol and learnt about the company’s investment in research and development. They also learnt about the development of new products which satisfy modern consumer demands. The school would like to thank Mr. Dan Tynan for giving them such an interesting tour of the facility and for the insightful question and answer session which followed.

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team suffered a disappointing defeat, by a split decision, in their debate against the Ursuline Convent on Thursday evening last . The motion, which the C.B.S. team was opposing was that ‘ The UN should be disbanded’. The team was captained by Harry Hogan and also consisted of Kyle English, Brendan Atkins and Mark Fortune. This leaves the team with ten points and a chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

Rice Cup

Our Rice Cup A and B panels continued their preparations for the upcoming blitzes by playing useful challenge matches against Kilkenny C.B.S. on Wednesday last.

Class of 96/97

School Reunion The school is currently organising a class reunion for those past pupils who sat their Leaving Certificates in 1997 but unfortunately has not, as yet, managed to make contact with everybody. The reunion will take place in the school on Friday, the 10th of March at 7.15pm and following this reception the reunion will move across to Noel Ryan’s bar. If you were a member of the class of 97 and are interested in attending then please don’t hesitate to contact the school on 0504-22054 for further information.

Badminton

On Tuesday last the school had six teams which competed in the Tipperary School Badminton Championship in Templemore. Our under-14 A team beat Templemore but lost to Roscrea while the under-14 B team defeated Nenagh but lost to Templemore. Our under-16 A team beat Roscrea but was defeated by Templemore and the B team was victorious against Nenagh but lost to Roscrea.