News from Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry

Shocking Images of Syrian Children Inspire 1st year Student To Give Up Her Mobile!

Well done to Carmel Norton, 1st year student, Presentation Secondary School Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary, who was so moved by the horrific images of suffering Syrian children that she volunteered to put her phone in the school safe for a period of two weeks.
Carmel then invited students and staff to sponsor her and following this wonderful sacrifice Carmel has raised €259.00 which she will donate to The Red Cross for their work in Syria.
Carmel was supported by her class who organised a “Crazy Hair Day.”
On that day students and staff coloured their hair, wore wigs and ribbons all to raise money for the children of Syria.
In total the fundraising event raised €550.70.
Well done to all involved and to Ms. Norton for coordinating the event.


Presentation Ballingarry Celebrates National Poetry Day

“Today is P is for Poetry,” the opening line of Tony Curtis poem as recited by the first years as students, staff, parents all gathered with special guest and past pupil Dr.Catriona Cutterbuck to celebrate National Poetry Day.
The theme of this year is “Poetry Connects” and as the entire school community came together for an hour, poems which told many stories or recounted events in History were spoken and each poem connected the gathering with another time, another place.
Olga O’Meara delivered a moving tribute to John Montague who died earlier this year while Maria McGrath read “Translations” by Eilean Ni Chuilleanain in memory of those who died in the Magdalene laundries.
This gathering which was organised by Ms. Teresa Regan also celebrated Presentation Ballingarry’s close association with Poetry Ireland.
Since 2009 Presentation Ballingarry has had a Poet/Writer in Residence working with the Transition Year class and each year the students have published a collection of their work.
For the past two years students have been challenged, yet have thoroughly enjoyed working with Paula Leyden.
Paula has published The Butterfly Heart and The Sleeping Baobab Tree. Both books have achieved huge acclaim. Through creative writing Paula explored the global problems faced by refugees.
The students were given a chance to engage imaginatively with the issue, and work creatively in a range of genres, including poetry, prose, drama, film.
Ms. Cahill launched the compilation of their work which also included items on conservation. For the second year students also included some interviews with some of the local senior citizens.
Guest Speaker, Dr. Catriona Clutterbuck shared how poetry helps us renew our sense of the scope and intricacy and possibility of the world we live in and share, and that this happens through the sound of the words in a poem (along with its form more generally), being indivisible from its meaning.
Former staff member Carmel O’ Brien read one of her own poems while poems in Irish and French were also spoken.
This was a very enjoyable morning which concluded with Ms. Regan reading Martin Dyar’s poem Death of the PostOffice.
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