November News

This month has been another busy time in the Presentation. We have celebrated Presentation Day, collected over 9o kilograms of coins and enjoyed Science Week!

We say a very sincere thank you to all those who supported the Parents’ Council Coin Collection. The money will now be counted and used to fund our Parents’ Council, our Christmas events as well as the purchase of resources.

Well done to all the classes who made such an effort. The heaviest bucket came from First Class – their bucket weighed a massive 15.7Kg! A special mention to Ms. Sheridan’s class who topped the list when we calculated the heaviest bucket based on class size. In all, over 90 Kg of coin was collected! All that’s left to do now is count it!!!!

First Class celebrate having the heaviest bucket of coins!

Science Week 2021 took place recently also and the children really enjoyed experimenting and working scientifically with their teachers. This year we also have added STEM Club to our after school activities. This is proving a great hit with the pupils and we are delighted to see the boys and girls take such an interest in Science and Technology!

Science Week
Making (and eating) Butter – Science Week 2021
Building a Maze – STEM Club
Third Class Artwork
Second Class learned about the Barn Owl after reading
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Junior Infants read The Gruffalo
Senior Infants drew Self Portraits
First Class created these amazing swans
after reading The Children of Lir
Junior Infants constructing houses as part of Science Week 2021
Senior Infants during Aistera – The Three Little Pigs

Here is a collection of photos from the past month!

Presentation Day 2021

This week we prepared to celebrate Presentation Day. Presentation Day takes place each year on 21st November and it is the day when Presentation schools, convents and organisations celebrate the wonderful life of Nano Nagle and the work of the Presentation Order throughout the world.

On Friday morning we watched a Prayer Service that the children had prepared. As we can’t gather together as a whole school at present, we watched the prayer service at the same time, giving a sense of unity and togetherness throughout the school. 

Thank you to all the teachers who helped in preparing for Presentation Day and well done to all the boys and girls who read the prayers so well. Thanks also to Mrs. Margaret Healy and Ms. Mary Everard for preparing the hyms and the accompanying music.

Happy Presentation Day to all!

Our Prayer Service

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

120 Shoeboxes!!

There was an amazing response to the TeamHope Christmas Shoebox Appeal again this year with 120 boxes being donated to support this wonderful cause. Mr. Healy explained as the children’s assembly what could and could not go into the shoeboxes. We hope that these gifts bring a smile to the faces of some children on Christmas morning. Thanks to all the parents who donated and supported TeamHope this year.

Kindness Boxed!

Our After School Activities continued this week. The children are loving being back at Cookery while our new STEM Club and the Monday Funday Club are a real hit too!

Boomerangs and Coding at STEM Club
Monday Funday Club
Cookery

Our Coin Collection continues for one more week, up until Friday, 19th November. Thanks to all the parents and children who have donated. Pupils have been searching the car, the couch and that set of drawers in the hope of adding to their class bucket.

Ms. King’s class used leaves and twigs to create these wonderful creations!
Ms. Dunne examining historic artifacts with Senior Infants

Maths & More!

This week we celebrated Maths Week. The children enjoyed a different Maths challenge each day. I must say a huge thank you to our wonderful team here in the Pres who worked so hard all week to bring Maths to life in a fun and interactive way.

Some of this week’s challenges!

Pupils also enjoyed Maths Trails, Bingo and a Maths Quiz. We hope the week helped the boys and girls to see Maths in a fun and real way. Perhaps at home you can ask your child to use their Maths Eyes to see numbers, shapes, times and measure all around your home.

Here is a gallery of Maths Week 2021.

Recently the girls from Third Class finally got to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. We congratulate them on this special occasion. A big thank you to Fr. Joe and all the volunteers in the Cathedral who helped make the day so special for the girls and their families.

Communion Class 2021

Each year the pupils are invited to take part in the Pentel Art Competition. Ms. Sheridan organises the competition and every year our school produces a number of winners. The Pentel prizes are just wonderful and we hope the pupils enjoy the experience and the spoils!

Pentel Winners

Nearly 40 pupils have enjoyed GAA Football training after school each Monday. It has felt like summer-time on some of the evenings as the girls develop the skills of the game from the experienced coaches! Sport is a wonderful way of keeping the body and mind healthy and everyone really enjoys the hour after school each Monday.

Fine Football!
Pupils enjoying our new set of Polydron!

As part of our Wellbeing programme, every pupil was involved in planting hundreds of bulbs on our school grounds. Our Caretaker Kieran guided the pupils to plant a variety of bulbs including daffodils, tulips and Irises. They even tried ‘lasagne planting’!!

Kieran Britton sowing bulbs with some eager gardeners!
Junior Infants enjoying Aistear

Finally, here is a collection of photos from the month of October – Enjoy and happy Halloween!

Green Flag Ceremony

We felt very proud today as we were presented with our 5th Green Flag from Green Schools Ireland at an online awards ceremony.

The Green Schools Committee gathered in the hall, along with coordinators Ms. Everard and Ms Laura Ralph, to watch the online event.

We were one of only 3 schools from Tipperary to receive a Green Flag for Biodiversity this year.

Well done to all the committee members, to the coordinators and indeed the whole school community who worked so hard over the past two years to achieve this flag.

Star Pupils 🌟

Each month we award Star Pupil Awards to children who make an extra special effort in a variety of different topics. This month the award was for Kindness and Manners. Next month is Sports and Activity. Later in the year we will celebrate Creativity, Friendship, Maths, Irish and Goodwill. Here are the Star Pupils for September.

Junior Infants
Senior Infants

Bus Escort Required

The Bus Escort will accompany pupils to and from our ASD Pre-school.

The Bus Escorts will work 4 hours each school calendar day (183 days per year). The escort will work from 7:15am to 9:15am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The rate of pay is €14.47 per hour.

The job requires the escort to care for the pupils on the bus and escort them into school in the morning and back home in the afternoon.

Reliability, confidentiality, excellent time-keeping and fluency in spoken English are considered essential. Appointment is subject, but not limited to satisfactory references, current Garda vetting requirements and Tusla Child Safeguarding training.

Apply by email to principal@presprimarythurles.ie or by letter to the school.
Application deadline: 16/9/2021. Expected start date: 20/9/2021

Welcome Junior Infants

The first day of school is always a special memory for pupils and their families. It is also a very special morning for school staff and this year was no exception.

This year we welcomed 51 new pupils to our school. 44 of those started in Junior Infants and we welcome them all to the Presentation.

Despite the continued Covid restrictions this week was calm and full of fun. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful staff who prepared our school so well for the re-opening. We especially thank Kieran Britton, Joan Connors and Fiona Connors for having our school spotlessly clean.

Each week we will add photos and news to our website. We encouage parents to visit our website frequently to see some of the amazing experiences which your child enjoys. It is also a great conversation starter at home!

So here are our jolly Junior Infants on their first day at school!

Ms. Bohan’s Junior Infants 2021
Ms. Ralph’s Junior Infants 2021

The children really enjoyed their first four days of school and have settled very well. Here are some photos of the children playing in their new classrooms.

Ms. Ralph’s Class having fun!
Ms. Bohan’s class getting to know each other.

We look forward to a great year ahead! Here is a gallery of photos for you to enjoy.