Presentation College Carlow News – March 2019

International Women’s Day

Women in Sport Forum

Women in Sport Speakers with Sports Teachers and Management

Friday 8 March was International Women’s Day and the PE Department held their first official ‘Women in Sport’ forum. This event took place from 10:10 – 11:30 upstairs in the gym suite, above the PE Hall.  Guest speakers included Molly Scott – International Athletics, Lauren Dwyer – International Soccer, Nuala Mohan – Carlow Senior Ladies Football Captain and Sarah Fahy – Fitclub Carlow. The forum included the guests talking about their careers as well as giving their thoughts and ideas regarding women in sport. Female students who play on sports teams in the College attended, and both they and the teachers found the talks both informative and inspiring.


Women in STEM

What a wonderful way to celebrate #IWD2019 for a group of our TY and Fifth Year female students in #UNUM Carlow in association with @JA_Irl highlighting the role women have and can play in the ever evolving world of #STEM #Careers #WomenInSTEM #opportunity.


Empowering Women Art Competition

Megan Hosey awarded €100 in Empowering Women Art Competition

Congratulations to Megan Hosey and Ally O’Brien who have their posters displayed in Carlow College. The girls both submitted entries to the Creative Ireland “Empowering Women Art Competition”. Megan was awarded second place in the competition and received a €100 One 4 All Gift Voucher at a Ceremony in Carlow College on International Women’s Day.  First Year student Ally O’Brien also had her entry on display.


Business Workshop

As part of International Women’s Day, Bank of Ireland Carlow invited Ms. Donnelly and Fifth Year Business students to a workshop given by local entrepreneurs and business people. It was a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience.

Fifth Year Business Students at Bank of Ireland Workshop


New School Jacket

Following many requests from the Presentation College student body, the Student Council are proud to introduce our new school jacket.  Congratulations to the Student Council who raised and highlighted student concerns in relation to the old jacket. They liaised with school Management, Parents Council and the student body and led a successful campaign to help with the development of a new and improved jacket. As the saying goes “Well ye may wear!”

Student Council Introduce New Jackets l-r Daniel Pender, Jake Baker, Destiny Kingsley, Gavin Bradley, Oliwia Mojsa, Rory O Flaherty, Roisin Homans,Natalia Sluzel, Ciaran Flynn, Sean Deay, David Sherry, Brandon Jaroszczak, Kirill Fennelly and Melina Heim

Chairperson Daniel Pender and Brandon Jaroszczak model the old and new school jacket



Ms Maher’s Third Year Religion class enjoyed some pancakes with their favourite toppings, to celebrate Pancake Tuesday. On Ash Wednesday we had a lovely ceremony including the distribution of ashes in our school Oratory. There was a raffle to raise awareness of and money for Trocaire.

Third Years enjoy Pancakes


Under 15 Girls Soccer – Leinster Quarter Final

The under 15 girl’s soccer team were recently defeated in the Leinster Quarter Final against Presentation, Wexford. The girls made the long journey down to the sunny South East on Tuesday 5 March. They started well with Orla Woods, Lauren Kenny and Aoife Kelly making great connections in midfield but found Wexford’s defence hard to break down. Presentation Wexford went 1-0 up within the first ten minutes but the Carlow girls in defence particularly Sinéad Thompson and Sarah Nolan worked tirelessly against a very strong Wexford forward. The Carlow girls fought hard in the second half and had many shots by Orla Woods and Niamh Murphy but they just could not get it on target. This is the end of the season for the girls. Ms. Ryan would like to thank the team for their commitment and passion shown this year and we look forward to a great year next year. A special word of thanks also goes to teachers Ms. Kinsella and Ms. Flanagan who have helped out this year and also to TY students Padraig Thompson, Cormac McElligott and Patrick Rogers who assisted with the team.

Under 15 Girl’s Soccer Team with TY Mentors


Students Make Seed Balls

Ms. Owens and Ms. Brennan organised Eco Unesco Workshops for their classes last week. Laura-Kate Howell treated the students to hands on Biodiversity Workshops. There was great excitement as students enjoyed Magenta style learning as they collaborated, shared and participated. The highlight was the actual making of their seed balls, which they then were able to bring home. Thanks to Carlow County Council for sponsoring these very educational and enjoyable workshops. The students are looking forward to finding out what grows from their seed balls in the spring and summer.


Students Report On Their Visit To Dublin Castle and Dublinia

Ms. Owens recently brought her Second Year History and CSPE students on an educational trip to Dublin. The following is a compilation of reports written by Allanah, Ella, Shane, Mikee, Terry and Molly.

“First of all we went to Dublin Castle, where we learned that the castle had been burned down and rebuilt. We visited several rooms including the Connolly Room, the Printing Room and the Dining Room. We learned that this was where the President was inaugurated. We saw the Army before we left for the next stage of our trip.

Three Vikings and  Second Year Trip to Dublin

Our second visit was to Dublinia. We learned about Vikings and a tour guide showed us around. We walked through a Viking town which had a lot of models of different things. We learned about what Dublin was like in the past. We learned about the Viking, what they did daily and the clothes they wore. We saw their boats – which were made out of Irish wood, houses, shoes, clothes and we even allowed to try on the helmets – which were very heavy.

We learned about the different ways they had for curing sickness or pain. For example – the remedy for a toothache was a pliers! They just ripped out the offending tooth. For leprosy there was no cure so the person was given a bell to warn others away. As a treat on the way home we went shopping in Liffey Valley for a little while.”

According to Mikee “it was nice to go on a trip with friends, to get out of school and learn in a different way.” The students were complimented on their excellent behaviour by the tour guide in Dublinia and they were a credit to the school.


Trocaire Game Changers

Students recently took part in Trocaire’s Game Changers event Carlow College. The students took part in simulation games as well as various tasks that affect the life of a refugee today. The students were joined by other schools around Carlow. Students worked in teams and tried to generate ideas for games that could highlight the issue/need for change.


Seachtain na Gaeilge

On Monday 4 March Sixth Year Irish students took part in an Irish drama workshop ‘Caith Amach É’. The workshop is a fast-paced, physical comedy sketch show in which the two actors, Niall and Aidan covered each of the twenty Sraith Pictiúr on the 2019 Leaving Certificate Oral examination. Afterwards Niall and Aidan gave some words of advice for the Irish oral exam and the students had an opportunity to speak cúpla focal themselves. Some students were selected from the crowd to take part such as “Jojo”, the models, “Jordan” and even some of the teachers were dragged up on the stage. The students thoroughly enjoyed the show and laughed all the way through it. This will certainly help them through their Irish oral examinations in the upcoming weeks. 


Fairtrade Fortnight

There was a Fairtrade recipe competition for First Years in Home Economics using Fairtrade products. The winners were Ally O’Brien and Hannah Coakley with Hanna Lambe being the runner up. During the week there was also a staff hamper raffle to thank teachers for highlighting Fairtrade throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade Winner Ally O’Brien, Ms. Nagle and Hannah Lambe

Fairtrade Winner Hannah Coakley and Ms Nagle