Presentation Ballingarry News – November 2019

Presentation Ballingarry Caretaker, Nuala Goldsboro Celebrates 25 Years of Dedicated Service

Ms. Cahill makes a presentation to Nuala in appreciation of her 25 years of service.

In 1994, Nuala Goldsboro was appointed as Caretaker at Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry so it was with a deep sense of appreciation that Principal Ms. Cahill, Deputy Principal Mr. Moran together with staff arranged a surprise celebration to mark Nuala’s dedicated twenty-five-year service. Principal, Ms. Cahill thanked Nuala for her commitment to the school and applauded her supportive presence and hard work. Deputy Principal, Mr. Moran highlighted Nuala’s involvement in all aspects of school life from opening the school in the morning, running the school shop to keeping an eye out for the student who may have forgotten a lunch or a locker key. Staff members thanked Nuala for her support, her friendship and her willingness to help.

Never one to seek the limelight, Nuala expressed her own appreciation and commented on how she and her six children have a very close bond with the school. This close bond is reflected in the Goldsboro family sponsoring the “Joe Goldsboro Award” at the annual prize giving ceremony in memory of Nuala’s late husband Joe, who died in 1997.

The evening concluded with Ms. Cahill making a presentation to Nuala on behalf of the management and staff.


Open Night

We look forward to welcoming all 5th and 6th class primary school children to join us on our open night on November 21st. Come along and see first hand what our amazing school has to offer.


Student Leadership in Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry

Student leadership in Presentation Ballingarry involves giving our students opportunities to practice a range of leadership skills in a supportive, learning and social environment. Leaders are required to communicate well, engage in critical thinking, lead groups in problem solving and planning.

The leadership framework within Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry provides opportunities and experiences that facilitate our students’ transition from school life into the community and beyond into the world of work and adult responsibility.

Each year group is represented on our Student Council and are given opportunities to highlight issues of interest and concern through the year representative. The student council meet every fortnight and are currently working on several issues including researching the introduction of an official PE tracksuit.

The Head Boy and Head Girl represent the school at all official functions and are automatically elected to the student council. Mrs. Regan is the liaison teacher for the student council and on Friday last she facilitated a student council training session.

Introducing our Student Council 2019- 2020.
Back Row L-R: Peter Fiala, Emma Murray, Katie Coady, Jane Thompson, Ben Taylor, Annaud’ Dwyer, Abi Cleere, Anthony Grace.
Front Row L- R:  Brian O’ Dwyer, Sarah Cranitch, Niamh Mullally, Anna Ryan, Nicola O’ Dwyer (Head Girl) Carmel Norton & Patrick Deacon. Missing from photo Daire O’ Brien {Head Boy} Jack Hindley.


Sports News

Lady’s Football

Well done to our students; Dearbhla Morrissey, Éabha Hogan, & Erín O’Brien who were presented with medals at the Tipperary Ladies Football Awards Night. The girls were members of the Tipperary team who won the All-Ireland Under 17 Blitz.


Senior Hurling

The senior hurling team got their Munster campaign underway last week, with a super performance to beat St. Brogans College Bandon Co.Cork. In very tough conditions, the boys got some fine scores and ran out winners on a score line of 5-15 to 0-5. Tougher tests lie ahead but it is a great start for the boys.


New Jerseys for the Ladies’ Football – sponsored by Mr. Pat Morrissey

Mr. Pat Morrissey, Fethard Electrical, is photographed following his presentation of a very much appreciated set of football jerseys to the senior and junior ladies football team at Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry. Pat’s daughter, Dearbhla (5th year) designed the Jerseys and she and her sister Raghnait (1st year) together with their team mates will be proud to represent the school on the sport’s field wearing their new jerseys.

Ms. Bourke, ladies’ football team coach, thanked Mr. Morrissey and announced this year’s captain Emma Cody (6th year). Ms Cahill expressed her thanks to Mr. Morrissey, not only for the jerseys but also for his unfailing support of the teams.

L- R front: Chloe Breen, Aoife Horan, Saoirse Bourke, Dearbhla Morrissey, Aoife O’ Brien, Emma Cody (Captain) Nicola O’ Dwyer

Middle: Ms Bourke (Coach) Laura Murphy, Karol Ryan, Isobel Maher, Niamh Boland, Keelin Ryan, Rose O’ Donnell. Sponsor Mr. Pat Morrissey{Fethard Electrical}

Back Row: Mr. Moran (Deputy Principal) Katie Egan, Sarah Cranitch, Aine Ryan, Ciara Fitzgerarld, Ciara Butler, Anna Ryan, Gemma Gahan, Ms. Cahill (Principal).


Remembering our loved ones in November

Leah and Daniel placing hears on the tree of remembrance

The Religion Department have created a sacred space, including a tree of remembrance on which students can hang a heart to remember a loved one, this November. This tree will be blessed by our chaplain and mass will be celebrated in memory of all those whose names hang on the tree. We also remember in a special way the deceased sisters of the Presentation community whose remains are in the graveyard on the school grounds. May they and all our loved ones’ rest in peace.


6th year English students visit the Theatre

The 6th year English class enjoyed an excellent production of Hamlet in Firkin Crane Theatre. This production, directed by Joe Dowling and featuring a cast from the Gaiety School of acting explored all the essential elements of this wonderful Shakespearian tragedy.


Friends of Nano

As part of our Presentation Day celebrations, we were delighted to launch “Friends of Nano” 2019-2020. This group of students have committed themselves to meeting  monthly and will engage in projects and activities to ensure that the flame of Nano shines brightly in our community.

Back Row L- R: Josh Kealy. Aoife O’ Brien, Isabelle Corbett, Emma Geeves, Ronan Mullally, Ben Taylor,Molly White, Shauna Dunne.

Front Row L-R : Eoghan O’ Shea, Hannah White, Leah Corcoran, Summer Walsh, Keira Jayne Cleere, Bronagh Ivors, Matthew Breen. Missing from photo Jake Treacy


Trial Day

We were thrilled to welcome over one hundred primary school pupils and their teachers to a taster day. The pupils got to experience a little of what is in store for them when they make the transition from primary to secondary school. All of the students went home delighted with themselves, having tested their talents in the Kitchen, the Science Lab, the Art and Woodwork Room and on the sport’s field. We look forward to welcoming them once more on November 21st for our open night.