Presentation Thurles News – October 2018

Presentation Secondary School Thurles presents ‘MARY POPPINS’

Preparations are well under way for our annual School Musical, “Mary Poppins”. Excitement is aloft as we get ready for our production of this renowned Broadway and West End show. With music and lyrics by Richard and Robert Sherman the musical is based on the similarly titled Mary Poppins children’s books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” With songs such as “Feed the Birds”,

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Spoonful of Sugar”, this show is sure to be a resounding success! The production team are busy putting the final touches to the show to ensure we are ready for opening night. Tickets are available from the School booking office on 087-2739411 for Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, and Saturday 20th October at 8pm in the Premier Hall Thurles with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm. Go n-éirí go geal libh go léir!

Leaving Cert Applied News

This week our Leaving Cert Applied students travelled to Templemore College of Further Education. The girls had a tutorial in Hair and Makeup in reparation for our school musical Mary Poppins. Thanks to the staff and students of the college for their time and expert guidance. It was great to meet some of our past LCA students who are studying in PLC courses in the College and for the girls to experience the courses on offer.

European Day of Languages

On Wednesday 26th September we celebrated the European Day of Languages which recognises the various languages of the European community. There are
over 200 languages in Europe, 24 official EU languages and approximately 60 minority or regional languages. We also continue to celebrate the linguistic and cultural richness of our school community, where students from all linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to reach their potential both in and outside the classroom. To mark this special day first year students attended a ‘European Language Day Quiz’ where they shared their knowledge of European languages, flags, cities, famous people and physical geographical features. Well done to the winning team Jane Brereton, Ellen Maher, Katie-Rose Clancy Quirke and Dervla Howley. Many thanks to the Modern Foreign Language department for organising the event.

Sixth Year Ecology Trip to Fota Wildlife Park

On Monday, September 24th all Leaving Cert students of Biology and Agricultural Science headed off on their annual Ecology Field Trip. This year our students carried out their fieldwork in Fota Wildlife Park, Cork. For the first three hours the girls carried out the various tasks involved in working in a woodland ecosystem. On what was a fabulous sunny day our students enthusiastically set pitfall traps, used pooters, beating trays and sweep nets in an effort to capture some woodland fauna for identification. Some groups were even entertained by the local resident red squirrel, who acted as more of a trapeze artist across the branches rather than an animal foraging for food. Our students then spent some time carrying out quantitative surveys and later in the day the education centre in Fota hosted a conservation talk which the girls found very interesting and educational. Many thanks to the Science teachers who organised this trip.

Senior Football

Presentation Thurles started their Senior Football campaign with the toughest of assignments as they welcomed John The Baptist secondary school, Limerick to Thurles on Monday last. John the Baptist have dominated the football scene in recent years and a stern test was expected. The Limerick girls registered three quick-fire points in the opening minutes and Presentation Thurles had to rely on their defence throughout the opening exchanges and Ellen Maher, Rachel Sweeney and captain Niamh Ryan were very much to the fore. A Lauren McCormack point after great work from Marie Creedon, settled the Presentation girls. Points from Casey Hennessy and a Lauren McCormack free quickly followed. As half time approached, Presentation Thurles struck the games first major score as quick thinking from Jenny Irwin created space for Lauren McCormack to raise a green flag and leave Presentation Thurles two points ahead at the break. The Limerick side were quick to respond with a second goal at the beginning of the second half. Presentation Thurles will be happy that this defeat doesn’t eliminate them from the competition. With a couple of players to return to the panel from injury in the coming weeks the girls will hope to see John the Baptist Secondary School later in the year for knock out football.