Presentation Ballingarry News – October 2019

Great Delight in Presentation Ballingarry as students receive Outstanding Junior Cycle Results!




On 16th Oct our 6th Biology students, together with their teacher Ms. Smyth carried out their annual Ecology field study in Fota wildlife in Co. Cork. This day involved a very informative lecture by a qualified Ecologist, there was also a practical element where the students had hands on experience using the equipment.
A very productive and enjoyable day was had by all.



Rehearsals are in full swing for this Seinn concert on December 5th in Thurles Cathedral. We were thrilled to be joined today by Musical Director,Ian Callanan.


Maths Week

Maths Week is in full swing with daily Maths challenges posted by the Maths Department.


Presentation Ballingarry Hosts Poetry Aloud Regional Final 2019

On Thursday 24th October fifty-one students from Presentation Ballingarry, together with students from Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel and Gaelcholaiste Cheitinn, Clonmel gathered in Presentation Ballingarry for this year’s regional final of Poetry Aloud. As oral language is an integral aspect of the Junior Cycle this competition allows students the opportunity to stand before their peers and speak two poems. Presentation Ballingarry is very proud of its close association with Poetry Ireland and the National Library. This year Maura Tobin 5th year and Anthony Grace TY will represent the school in the semi-finals in The National Library in November. Maura reached the final round last year while Anthony is new to the competition.

Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary students on the island of Ireland. It is organised by Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland in partnership with University College Cork. Since it was launched in 2006, Poetry Aloud has grown from just a few hundred entries to almost 2,000 entries in 2017.

The late Seamus Heaney was a significant supporter of Poetry Aloud. When he won the David Cohen Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, he nominated Poetry Aloud for the accompanying Clarissa Luard Award, and he remarked, “I truly believe Poetry Aloud deserves all the support it can get, because it promotes literature, and, in particular, poetry, widely, intimately and to inestimable effect. But fundamentally, I choose it because it brings poetry into the memory and affections of the young in a way that will make it a lifelong possession and value”.

Poetry Aloud Semi – Finalists Maura Tobin and Anthony Grace photographed with Poetry Aloud co-ordinator Mrs. Regan following the regional final.


First year mass of welcome

Our first years, together with their parents gathered for a mass of blessing on Wednesday night last. Students were presented with a survival kit which included a chocolate bar for a burst of energy, a band aid to remind them that they should look after themselves and each other and a pen with which to continue to write their relationship with God. Many thanks to Fr Quirke for a warm and very uplifting liturgy.


Retreats 2019

The Religion Department in cooperation with Fr Danny O’ Gorman and John and Monika Birmingham organised days of reflection for each class group in the beautiful location of “Cnoranoir.”  These days provided the students with an opportunity to reflect, have fun and bond.


Sports News


Well done to our under 19 boys basketball team who displayed great skill and resilience today, beating the Abbey School, Tipperary Town. Huge congratulations also to U19 girls basketball team on winning their league game against Presentation Thurles by two baskets. An excellent performance from all players.


Ladies Gaelic Football

Well done to our 1st year Ladies Gaelic Football team on their performance in the Tipperary PPS 1st year blitz which was held in Rockwell College. They beat St. Joseph’s, Borrisoleigh, St. Anne’s, Tipperary Town and Loretto, Clonmel to reach the final. They fought hard in the final, finishing out as runners up to a very strong Fethard team. Well done to all and to their mentor Ms. Bourke

Pictured are the Pres. Ballingarry 1st year ladies Gaelic footballers with the Mary Quinn Cup chatting with Orla O’Dwyer