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!

Fire Fighters!

The boys and girls from Senior 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.

That looks like fun!

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.