News from Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown

Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown kindly shared with CEIST the following news snippets from their school diary.

Presenatation Secondary School Mitchelstown Diary

The Presentation Secondary School Christmas market was held on Wednesday last December 3rd. The school was thrust into the Christmas spirit when students displayed their entrepreneurial skills and show cased their talents in craft, baking and design. The multipurpose room was transformed into a winter wonderland with over 20 stallholders selling their wares. There was something for all ages, with a wide range of products and produce ranging from home baked goods to pieces of art to home ware.

The first years showed what budding entrepreneurs they are offering many festive treats including hot chocolate, muffins, candy kebabs, Christmas decorations, canvas art and also personalised lyric art. The LCA 1’s were there on the day with their mini-company “Build a Snowman” a great product for all Frozen fanatics with a particular gra for Olaf. We also had the transition year students who showcased their mini-company “Boardz Inc”.

We had Ciara Shanahan who catered for all the coeliac with her gluten free home baked goodies along with Alana and Caoimbhe Corbett with their company “Alcamo” who sold everything from custom made pillows to aprons to knitting bags. A special mention to LCA 2 students who helped to organise the event and served up free festive goodies to all visitors including mulled drinks and lemon drizzled shortcakes. Overall a great day was had by everyone students and parents alike and the girls selling went home happy after turning their hard work into profit.

Pictured above are Kayleigh O’Neill and Lousie Devaney first year students. 

Basketball Success for Presentation Mitchelstown Senior Team

Pres Mitchelstown 36
Scoil Mhuire           21

Having gone on an unbeaten run in the Cork Cup defeating Loreto Fermoy, Nagle Rice, Doneraile, Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal and St. Aloysius, Carrigtwohill; Pres Mitchelstown basketball team faced their final showdown with Scoil Mhuire in the Under 19 Cork Cup on Wednesday the 3rd of December.

The team and school as a whole were both nervous and hopeful as they set sail for Neptune Stadium with one goal in mind, and that was bringing home the trophy. Under the watchful eye of coach, Noreen Pigott and assistant coach, Ms Maher, that is exactly what they did.

The opposition was an ambitious Scoil Mhuire Cork team who were touted as being favourites for this final but the Pres girls had no qualms with being the underdog. One of the main concerns was the availability of one of their key players, Clodagh McGrath, who was carrying a knee injury following a school’s Munster Ladies Football quarter-final played the previous Monday, but she managed to take to the court.

In the first quarter, the Pres girls took the lead immediately and dominated the court. Scoil Mhuire were proving difficult to break down as the defended well and they eventually pegged back the Pres lead as the second quarter finished on a nail biting score of 13-13.

With encouraging cheers from the excellent Mitchelstown supporters, Pres settled into a scoring rhythm in the 3rd quarter. Baskets from Clodagh McGrath, Breda Martin, Ciara Leonard, Janet Norris and Judy McCarthy helped the team to grow in confidence.
Much of the work in training began to pay off as excellent zonal defence work saw Pres deny Scoil Mhuire many scoring opportunities. Having held firm in terms of concession in the third quarter, Pres started to pull away in the 4th quarter with Sarah Lynch adding her name to the score sheet.

The final score was an impressive 36 to 21. The team were thrilled with their win and rumour has it that the joyous screams were overheard in Mitchelstown. The bus of team and supporters celebrated their victory in style with a gourmet meal in McDonalds, before returning out to a rapturous applause from all at the school.

Presentation Mitchelstown Senior Basketball Squad with the Cork U19 Trophy.

Back Row (l to r) – Janet Norris, Sinead O’Doherty, Breda Martin, Zoe Fitzgerald, Sarah Lynch, Roisin Murphy, Laura Guerin, Isabelle Dobz del Castellar. Front Row (l to r) – Maeve Lewis, Judy McCarthy, Clodagh McGrath, Ciara Leonard, Brid Howard.

Pictured above are Presentation Secondary School Mitchelstown students with Lorraine O’Keeffe Acting Principal who received their community Youth achievement awards organised by Tesco Ireland and An Garda Siochana - Special Congratulations to Valerie Clancy who achieved 1st placed in her age group 14-18.

Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown Choir entertaining customers with Christmas Carols at Mitchelstown Credit Union.

Transition Year students attended the Regional finals of the County Enterprise Board with their mini company BORDZ.