Cross Country 2022

All through the month of September, the girls from 3rd to 6th class have been running together in preparation for the Tipperary Cross Country Championship. Eventually 35 girls were selected to represent the school at the event in Thurles Crokes Athletic Field on Wednesday, 28th September.

The girls from 3rd and 4th calss had to complete a 800m course, while the senior classes ran a full kilometer (1000m).

And we’re off…

Our school competed in the Major and Large schools section which saw up to 100 children run in each race.

Team Pres!
Go team!

All that training and preparation definitely paid off as we scopped 3 individual medals and two team awards. Our 3rd and 4th class team won team bronze while the 5th and 6th class team won team silver. Considering that there was over 3500 children running and dozens of schools from all around the county, this was a wonderful achievement.

A special congratulations to Emma, Ellie and Rachel who won individual medals.

Congratulations girls!
The 3rd & 4th Class team who won Team Bronze
The 5th & 6th Class Team who won Team Silver on the day.

Here is a collection of photos from the day. Well done to every girl who bravely ran on the day. A sincere thanks to all the staff who helped prepare the girls for their races. Finally we say thanks to all the parents who joined us in Thurles Crokes and cheered the girls on throughout the day.

A Happy New Year

A new school year brings about an air of excitement to every corner of a school. The smiles of new pupils, the welcoming words of new teachers, the feeling of a new classroom and, of course, the smell of new books!

This year we welcomed 56 new pupils to our school. 43 new Junior Infants, 7 pupils to Seoidín and 6 more in other classes throughout the school. We hope that their time with us in Presentation Primary is a happy one!

Ms. Ralph’s Junior Infant Class
Ms. Healy’s Junior Infant Class

The Junior Infants have certainly enjoyed a great start to life in the Pres. This week they enjoyed an Autumn Nature Walk as well as doing art and playing in their new surroundings. It is lovely to see the boys and girls make new friends and settle so well into the school routines.

Autumn Nature Walk
Play time!
Fine motor skills development.

Our other classes have been settling back into school life also.

Here are some of them enjoying being back at school.

Ms. Fanning’s Class in our school library
Ms. Bourke’s Senior Infants enjoying the sunshine in our school playground.
Happy Days in Seoidín!
Senior Infants on a September Scavenger Hunt!!
Our Student Council held their first meeting of the school year.
On the agenda was Maths Week as well as how we can make our school yard a better place.
Ms. Sheridan’s Senior Infants enjoyed making chalk pictures on the school yard.

Much of this week’s art work has been inspired by self-portraits and based on the topic of ‘Me’. Here are some wonderful examples of the children’s work.

Senior Infants
Picasso Inspired Portraits
Me – Inside and Outside!
A Me-Inspired Island

Well done to all the boys and girls (and indeed their wonderful teachers, SNAs and school staff) who made the new school year so much fun over the past couple of weeks. It really feels like we are back to school properly now and we look forward to a great year ahead.

As ever you will find dozens of photos here for you to enjoy. You can save them by ‘right-clicking’ and selcting ‘save image’.

Job Vacancy

Presentation Primary School Requires a Bus Escort

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

The Bus Escorts will work 3 hours each school calendar day (182 days per year). The escort will work from 7:30am to 9:00am and 1:30pm to 3:00pm. The rate of pay is €13.40 per hour, plus Holiday Pay.

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, 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: 12/09/202. Expected start date: 14/09/2022

Highlights 2021-2022

It is always enjoyable, and indeed rewarding, to reflect on all the highlights of the year that was.

As they say on TV, ‘In no particular order’, here are some magical moments from last year to whet the appetite for September!

The election of our first ever Student Council encouraged these girls to put their best foot forward as they canvassed for votes….and won!
It was a real treat to return to school sports after Covid-19 had put a stop to it….
…it’s even better when you win!!!! Go Pres!
Confirmation and Communion ceremonies made a welcome return too!
This year pupils once again got to travel the country to enjoy their school tours. One of the many school events put on hold during the pandemic.
The First Day in Junior Infants is always special…
…as is the last day!
Best wishes to all our past pupils starting Secondary School in September.
Arts Week was reptiletastic!
And as for drumming….sure it’s hard to beat it!!!
One of the biggest highlights of all was when these six girls reached the All Ireland Volleyball Final in UL.
Standing for the National Anthem before the game and finishing second in the whole country is a memory that these girls will keep forever!
Active Week is always a highlight!
Our St. Patrick’s Day Parade was great fun!
Craic, Ceol agus Damhsa!
Science Week 2022
Now who doesn’t love everything about Christmas in the Pres! #
Ho, Ho, Ho!
Pyjama Parties were a big hit this year!
Our final highlight comes from these amazing athletes.

Thank you to all the wonderful members of staff who helped create these memories for our children. And well done to all the boys and girls who put themselves out there and share their talents and skills with us each day.

See you all on Wednesday, 31st August so we can start making new memories together again!!

Active Week Highlights

Being active is essential to a child’s development. This week we celebrated activity in all its forms and the children had a wonderful week of fun. Active Week is all about trying new things – ball games, athletics, yoga, collaborative games, dance and more. A massive effort from all the staff in the Presentation made Active Week 2022 one of the best yet.

Here are some of the highlights!

This is one of my favourite photos of the week! This picture is of one of the collaborative games organised by Ms. Laura Ralph showing the determination and teamwork of the children as they race to catch the falling stick dropped by their neighbour!
Cáit Devane, Tipperary Camogie Star, visited us on Wednesday to talk to the children about the importance of sport in our lives. Her inspirational words and kind advice would encourage anyone to stay active and to stay involved in sport.
The Basketball League for 2nd and 3rd class provided some great drama as the final was decided by a last minute ‘Next Score Wins’ basket by Ailish Ryan. The team spirit and skills on display was wonderful and the future looks bright for basketball in the Pres!
The First Class Soccer League was full of fun and laughter. The boys and girls scored some super goals and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
An Orienteering route was set up around our beautiful school grounds this week for the children to enjoy. Each class could complete the route as there was a variety of levels available. Here are some of our Junior Infants taking part.
And breathe! Every now and then you need to just relax and try some Yoga! Nora guided each class through a Yoga session on Thursday and the children (and staff!) just loved the quietness and stillness in the hall.
The Giant’s Gallop on Monday was a real whole school effort as together we ran 436Km to reach the Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim!
Active Dance Class was a big hit with the children on Monday.
We were blessed with blue skies and sunshine this week and this photo really captures the joy of Active Week!
Week’s this this don’t just happen – good people make them happen! So thank you to everyone who helped in any way to plan and run Active Week 2022. A sincere thanks to Sadie for all the photos – amazing stuff!

Here’s a collection of photos for the past two days. There are more photos further down in the blog.

Galloping Giants and Dancers!

Day 1 of Active Week was a busy one for the boys and girls in the Pres.

The main event was ‘The Giants Gallop’ which challenged the whole school to run a total distance of 300 Km – which we hoped to bring us all the way from Thurles to The Giant’s Causeway. This would mean that the children would have to work as a team to run over 900 laps of the hockey pitch!

Each class too it in turns to complete laps of the pitch and there was some determined running from all involved.

We say a big thank you to Ms. Bourke who organised this event.

As ever, the children amazed us with their efforts and easily reached their target. In fact a total of 436Km were completed by the boys and girls – well done!

Today’s second activity was Active Dance with Ms. Treacy in the hall. The children enjoyed moving to their favourite tunes and certainly got plenty of exercise! Thanks to Ms. Treacy for her creativity and hard work today!

Active Dance

A Tour of Thurles Fire Station

The boys and girls from Junior Infants visited Thurles Fire Station this week and were treated to a wonderful time full of fun, information and safety tips.

Each child experienced the thrill of holding the fire hose, sitting into a fire engine and trying on some of the fire fighter uniforms. We say a sincere thanks to all the crew in Thurles Fire Station who were so kind to each child and so generous with their time.

The main reason for the visit was to teach the children some fire safety tips such as ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ if you see a fire in a building. The also learned to ‘Drop and Roll’ if your clothes ever catch fire.

Cup Champions!

Walking down the school avenue to appaulse from a Guard of Honour from the whole school, with the Division 2 LGFA Football Cup, will surely be one of the memories that joint captains Anna Crawford and Paulina Kwapinske will recall when preparing for their graduation ceremony in two weeks time.

A Great Memory!

The annual LGFA Football tournament took place in Dr. Morris Park on Wednesday last. The girls from the Presentation were placed in a very competitive Division 2 League where they would face Templemore, St. Michael’s Tipperary Town and Newport NS.

The first game against St. Joseph’s Templemore was tough from start to finish. Early goals from Amelie Nuvoloni and Lily Purcell gave the team some much needed confidence and slowly the girls settled into the game. Stout defending from Patricia Dyl Phillips and Nicole Egan, as well as a string of good saves from Eva Barrett in goal, helped keep us ahead as the half time whistle blew. Facing a strong wind for the second half, Anna Crawford went on a solo run, swerving between the Templemore defence before smashing the ball home for a crucial goal. Robyn Carroll and Emma Griffin worked tirelessly at midfield, while substitutes Yara Khalouf and Ellie Quinlan made a differnce when introduced. In the end, Presentation PS won on a scoreline of 4.1 to 2.3. Five score each, but as the old saying goes, ‘goals win matches!’

Victorious in game 1 against Templemore

Next up was a top of the table clash with St. Michael’s NS Tipperary Town. Again a strong wind made playing conditions tough. St. Michaels’ took an early 2 point lead as their midfield duo proved too strong and dynamic in the early stages of the game. Again Amelie Nuvoloni and Lily Purcell added their names to the score sheet with points to level the game. A goal from Tipp Town just before half time put them in the driving seat and coaches Karen Bohan, Paula Ralph and Laura Ralph gathered at the break to discuss changes and tactics to turn the game around. Thankfully there was plenty of talent on the bench to make that difference. Katie O’Dwyer, Mya Byrne, Marta Perkone, Savannah Quinlan and Gemma Jordan were all introduced and the effect was immediate as the later, Gemma Jordan scored two great goals to secure a hard fought victory. Huge credit must go to Savannah, Patricia and Anna at mid field who won hard ball before supplying Gemma to finish.

Action from the game against St. Michael’s

The bright sun came out for the third group game against Newport NS and things equally looked bright for the girls in wine as they powered to a third straight victory. Freya Breathnach, Ghina Aljohwani, Ava O’Flynn all played their part as the team grew in confidence and were suddenly stringing passes together and playing with great style. Laila Mulhaire, arguably the player of the match in this game, was a powerhouse at full back, gathering and clearing ball after ball. Points from Emma Griffin (2), Robyn Carroll and Amelie Nuvoloni put Presentation ahead before goals from Paulina Kwapinske and another brace Gemma Jordan put real space between the teams. The final score 3.4 to 1.3 put the girls into the Cup Final where they would again play Templemore.

This was the girls fourth match in a row but there appeared to be no fatigue setting in! Instead the girls from the Pres seemed to be inspired and more determined than ever. Five goals from Lily Purcell (2) and a hat-trick from the Goal-Getting-Gemma Jordan would prove a insurmountable task for Templemore to come back from. Patricia Dyl Phillps in goal made some great interceptions and found teammates with almost every kickout. Again Laila Mulhaire and Nicole Egan were immense at full back while Anna Crawford and Savannh Quinlan covered every blade of grass available. Eva Barrett, Ava O’Flynn and My Byrne all made important contributions in the final quarter to help the team to a 5.4 to 2.2 win – cue the celebrations!

Michael Tuohy presents the cup to the joint captains Anna and Paulina
Cup Champions!