Confirmation 2022

Congratulations to the 34 girls from 5th and 6th class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly in the Cathedral last Saturday.

The children were joined by their families for the intimate ceremony. We say a huge thank you to Margaret Healy and Fr. Joe Walsh who helped prepare the girls for this special day.

Camogie Blitz

U13 Camogie Team

Our camogie team have been busy training for the past number of weeks in preparation for the County U13 Camogie Blitz which took place in Rosegreen last Thursday.

The girls played four games on the day and showed great determination throughout. The first game was against Grange NS. Laila Mulhaire, playing in goals made three wonderful saves in this game while Aoife Ryan and Robyn Carroll worked tirelessly in the middle of the field. Grange, however, proved too strong in the end and won the game.

Next up for Presentation was a game against Upperchurch NS. Patricia Dyl Phillips and Ghina Aljonwani proved stern in defence throughout this game but Upperchurch, who would eventually top the group at the end of the day, carved out an impressive win. A great goal from Nicole Egan was the highlight of the game for the girls in wine.

The hosts, Rosegreen NS, were next up. Lily Purcell and Amelie Nuvoloni were dominant at midfield but scores were hard to find in this tight game. Eve Barrett created a great chance for a goal only to see the Rosegreen ‘keeper make a wonderful save. Heartbreakingly, a last minute point snatched victory for Rosegreen but there were many positives to take from the game, not least the great displays from some of our 4th class girls, Emma Griffin, Sophie Tobin and Rachel Fitzgibbon.

Goal!

Our final game produced the girl’s best performance of the day. Ballylooby got off to a great start with two early goals but the second half belonged solely to the Thurles girls. Goals from Eva Barrett and Robyn Carroll as well as a point from Amelie Nuvoloni meant the day ended on a high.

We say a very sincere thank you to the coaches, Ms. Paula Ralph, Ms. Karen Bohan and Ms. Laura Ralph, for the commitment they have shown to training the girls each Monday after school for the past few months. We now look forward to the School Camogie League which we hope will take place in May.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and more!

Following the success of last year’s, first ever, St. Partrick’s Day School Parade, the children yet again donned the green and enjoyed marching around our beautiful school grounds to mark our National Day.

The parade brought joy and smiles to everyone involved and ended with an impromptu céilí in the school yard afterwards.

You can watch the parade on our YouTube channel.

ON the day we also took the opportunity to raise the school’s 5th Green Flag. This flag was awarded by An Taisce for the school’s work on the topic of Biodiversity.

The members of the Green School Committee, along with the coordinator Ms. Everard, also raised the European Union and Irish Flag. As part of Seachtaine na Gaeilge, the children have been learning Amhrán na bhFiann and it was wonderful to hear them sing our National Anthem as the Tricolour climbed into the bright blue sky!

Our Flag Raising Ceremony
Am Céilí

The highlight of Seachtaine na Gaeilge was our Tráth na gCeist (Table Quiz) which took place on Friday. The quiz had 8 rounds of 6 questions in each round and was keenly contested by the 19 teams involved.

Winners of the Tráth na gCeist

As part of Engineers Week, 6th class designed and built model playgrounds. Here is a great example of one!

Cross Country

On Friday last, 35 girls took part in the Primary School Cross Country Competition in Thurles Crokes. This was a wonderful day organised by CBS Secondary School Thurles. In the bright Spring sunshine, girls from 3rd to 6th class competed in races of 800m and 1000m. This was a very competitive event with hundreds of children from all around the area taking part.

Our 3rd Class team on the start line!
Our 3rd class team after the 800m race – with a medal!
Our 4th Class team ready to go!
Our 5th Class Team who won Team Silver on the day!
The 6th Class team ran 1000m!

In total 5 individual medal and a team silver was a fabulous return from the teams.

It was a wonderful success to have 35 girls competing and finishing a race over a grueling course. Well done to all the children who trained over the past month in preparation for this event. There was great progress made in the girl’s ability to run over a longer distance than usual. Hopefully Thurles Crokes will gain a few new members too!!

Seoidín Development

For the past six years Seoidín has operated out of a small room at the side of our school, a room that was once run by Sr. Ursula as a Parent’s Room. Seoidín is our pre-school for autistic children and caters for 6 pupils each year.

Over the past six years the Board of Management and the principals of the school have worked tirelessly with the Department of Education to secure funding to erect two new purpose built classrooms for Seoidín. We are delighted that we have finally completed the administrative part of this project and have moved to the construction stage.

In total €1.44 million has been granted to build the two classrooms. We hope that the construction phase will be completed by January 2023. This will mean that we will be able to cater for 12 pupils and will be able to enjoy the space and brightness of a new build.

The new Seoidín development will replace the old lunch hall at the rear of the school.
The new building is the yellow area.
The plan includes 2 rooms, a changing area, a sensory room, storage areas, an office and quiet areas. Outside a sensory play zone will be created.
This area will soon look very different!!

With any design and build project funded by the Department of Education, a Design Team and Building Contractor need to be appointed. Our design team are a local company called ABN, working our of Croke Street here in Thurles. ABN are very experienced with such projects and are currently working on a number of similar projects nationally. FDY Construction from Doon, Co. Limerick are our building contractors. Recently I met with John Brennan (Project Manager ABN) and Francis Kennedy (FDY Construction) as we planned for the commencement of works on site.

Francis, John and Kieran planning for the start of works on Seoidín

We look forward to watching this development progress over the next 12 months. There will no doubt be some disruption to traffic and parking during the construction phase but we will be making every effort to minimise this.

We eagerly await the opening of this new development and are very excited that finally Seoidín will become the modern, bright, building that was first imagined!

Happy Halloween

After a busy Maths Week, the children enjoyed a very ‘Fancy Dress Friday’ as we celebrated the Halloween Break. Ghouls and Goblins, Witches and Wizards, Minions and Marshmallows wandered through the school in a blaze of colour and smiles!

Ms. Sheridan’s Senior Infants
Third Class

The children really enjoyed the novility of leaving the uniform at home and expressing themselves in costumes, facepaint and wigs!

Second Class
Ms. Bohan’s Junior Infants
Ms. Ralph’s Junior Infants
Ms. Ryan’s class managed to take in a swimming lesson in Thurles Leisure Centre before transforming into Halloween characters!
Ms. Bourke’s Senior Infants

Our Parents’ Council organised an art competition to celebrate Halloween and on Friday, Chairperson Fiona Connors presented smashing prizes to the winning entrants. Well done to all the boys and girls who did some wonderful artwork for this competition and thank you to Fiona and all the Parents’ Council for organising the event.

Here are some of the winners being presented with their prizes.

Some of the winning artwork

We wish all our pupils and their families a very Happy and Safe Halloween. During the week Garda Dan Brennan spoke to the senior classes about keeping safe at Halloween and we encourage all our pupils to take care over the midterm.

Garda Dan Brennan talking to the children

Here are all the photos from Friday for you to enjoy!