Presentation Secondary School Tralee
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Language week at Pres Tralee made a welcome return between January 22nd and 26th with a full range of activities being provided for all year groups in the school in both German and French.

The week got off to a great start on Monday with a French play being performed for 4th and 5th year students before lunch and for 2nd year students after lunch. Performed by Native-speaking French actors from the Toulouse region,  F.T.F.S.  – French Theatre for Schools -  have been coming to Pres Tralee for a number of years .The performances  included  lots of interactive audience participation and incorporated core curriculum material.

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TY students hosted language cafés on Tuesday for 2nd and 6th years. This event has really captured the imagination of all students the last few years as waitresses take orders from customers who have to select the delicious treats on the menus of the French and German cafés – the aroma of café au lait and baked goods wafted tantalisingly into the assembly area!

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1st years participated in French and German Bingo on Wednesday – hosted by The TYs.

Running in the background of all these activities was a range of displays of posters featuring vocabulary, information about French and German culture etc. and all 1st year posters are on display in the 1st year area. Many thanks to all the members of the Language departments who had been busy preparing the comprehensive range of events for the coming week!  The emphasis on languages will undoubtedly change for our students as we face an era of uncertainty with “Brexit” on the horizon, so all activities which encourage our students to master the spoken languages will be of huge benefit to our students in the future.

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Presentations were made recently to the 2 language assistants we have had in Pres Tralee for this year -  Lena-Britt Walter, German Assistant and Olga Lévesque, French Assistant. Students and staff of the French and German language departments at Pres Tralee recognised the tremendous contribution that the 2 girls made to their development of oral language skills through a wide variety of activities during the year. Sincere thanks to both of you from all at Pres. We wish you both every success in the future. 

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TY Language students hosted the French and German cafés today and yet again there was great demand for French and German culinary delights. The TY students were involved in food preparation and display, waitressing which involved taking orders in French or German from the 2nd year students who attended as well as explaining the menu if necessary, collection of money etc.  - all in their chosen language. The rooms were beautifully decorated in advance with our Language Assistants, Lena and Olga even providing some hands-on tutoring on napkin folding! Thanks to all the language teachers for their coordination of this wonderful event.

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The winners of the 1st year Language poster competition were announced on Friday 27th  as follows:

French: 1st Rosie Kennelly 1D, 2nd Paula Clifford 1D and Joint 3rd Chantelle Donaghy 1B and Lucy Howard 1D.

German: 1st Cara Cullen 1B, 2nd Emma O'Donnell 1E and 3rd Amy Kerins 1E.

Well done to everyone who submitted such interesting and diverse posters.

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The 19th Irish Austrian Society’s Essay competition for second- level schools included this year for the first time the Catriona Dowling Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the teacher who - in the view of the Committee - has contributed most that year to the Essay competition. Over hundred essays were submitted this year - 45 from Presentation Secondary School Tralee. 

The trophy was created by the Irish Austrian Society in honour of our esteemed colleague and friend Catriona Dowling who died tragically in December 2014.  She and her students contributed to the competition for many years.  Students from 3rd, 4th and 5th year wrote essays in German for the competition this year to bring the trophy to Tralee in it's inaugural year. 

Cathriona’s family were present at the prize giving ceremony on Wednesday 11th May at the Austrian Embassy in Dublin when German teacher Marion Cronin accepted the trophy on behalf of Catriona Dowling’s students who had worked so hard to honour her memory. 

Presentation Secondary Tralee would like to thank the Irish Austrian Society for their wonderful gesture which will ensure that Catriona Dowling’s legacy lives on. 


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Students and staff at Pres Tralee are looking forward to Language and Culture week in the school from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd of January.

Activities include:


French play 4th and 5th year French students

French play 2nd year French students

Venue: TY rooms and Geography room


 Bingo All 1st years

Venue: Assembly


LunchtimeTreasure hunt 6th year language students

Quiz 3rd year language students


 Café All 4th years

 Café 2nd year French / German students

Venue: TY rooms, G&T


French Students attending Tralee language school visited the TYs at Pres Tralee:

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 We came into class and sat in pairs on one side of a table and a French student sat opposite us. Some of us had already written letters to the students so the teachers tried to match up those people so they could meet in person. We spoke to them in French and they replied in English. We spoke to each other for about 5 minutes and then all of the French students moved seats. We spoke to about 4 people each and learned a lot. We even got each other's social media names so we can have further contact with  them!

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Language week 2015

 12 - 16th January

1st year - Bingo in French and German

2nd year - French and German market, French play

3rd year - quiz

4th year - French play

5th year - French Play

6th year - Treasure hunt


Congrats to Katie Ahern of TY who won the TY section of the 2015 Irish-Austrian society Essay competition, now in it's 18th year.Katie won the Dubsky's environment Trophy for her essay in German on " Innovative Opportunities/options to protect the environment in Ireland and Austria". In her essay, Katie compared an energy -independent village in Austria to Tralee's Tobar Naofa Project. This is a huge area of interest for Katie who is the current chairperson of the Pres Tralee Green School's committee and did great work in securing the Green flag for the school last year. 

The prize also entails a scholarship for a 2 - week language course in Salzburg this summer. The Austrian Ambassador, Dr. Thomas Nader will present Katie with her prize at a ceremony in Dublin later this month.Well done Katie and thanks to German teacher,  Ms. Cronin for mentoring.

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The touring Bus,German Connects,has been visiting schools and institutions throughout the country as part of an ongoing  language campaign run by the Goethe Institut.

On March 25th,  Peter Treu,from Deutschmobil, visited our first and fifth year students..a truly innovative and versatile approach to language learning thoroughly enjoyed by all...eine tolle und wertvolle Erfahrung!Wir bedanken uns Peter..

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Congratulations to Lucinda - Jayne Hamilton who has won 2nd prize in the Transition year category of the Essay competition run by the Irish Austrian Society.Lucinda will be presented with the Dubsky's Environment Perpetual trophy on Tuesday 13th May 2014


Congratulations to Anne Farrell 5th year who has won 1st prize of a scholarship trip for 1 week to Germany next Summer in a competition organised by the Stein Study Group and to Helen Dowling who came 2nd in the competition winning €100.


Congratulations to Sarah - Jo Lynch who has won a 3 - week Scholarship trip to Germany next Summer by the Goethe Institut. Sarah Jo was invited to interview for the Scholarship on Monday 24th March based on her Junior Cert result in German. This follows on from 2 other German prizes won earlier this term by Anna Farrell and Helen Dowling. 


Congratulations to the German Debating team of Sarah Jo Lynch, Mary Kate Maguire, Aneta Gaxha and Aisling McCarthey who qualified for the Quarter finals of the National German Debating competition. The girls debated against a team from St. Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon  in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. The girls debated on the topic of " Part-time jobs and success in school". Thank you to the supporters who travelled and also to Mrs. Dowling their teacher.


Pres girls have won the first rounds of the German Debating competition and 5th year students Sarah-Jo Lynch, Mary Kate Maguire, Aneta Gaxha and Aisling McCarthey are representing the school.


Transition year French students were visited by a number of French students in Ireland on Work Experience on Friday 11th October 2013.


Congratulations to Sadhbh Keating Fifth year who was selected to represent Ireland as a juror at a French Film Festival-  FIMA - Festival Intl de Programmes Audiovisuels- in Biarritz from January 22nd to January 27th. Sadhbh was selected from applicants across the country and will sit alongside French speaking students from other European countries. The application process included a telephone interview through French. Organised through Alliance Francaise, Sadhbh was mentored by her French teacher Ms Moore and Amandine, our French language Assistant.


The German Department always strives for excellence and endeavours to impart a love for the German language and culture to all its students. It has a tradition of excellent exam results, which have led to many students winning scholarships to Germany. We always encourage participation in any language related competitions, which leads to huge benefits for the students.

In the school year 2012-2013, three Fifth Year students, Michaela Collins, Grace Carton and Sarah Craig took second place in a competition held to celebrate the Irish Presidency of the EU, for a video they put together, which highlighted the number of languages being spoken in the school.

Fifth Year student, Grace Carton won first prize of a week’s language course in Germany, for an essay she wrote on her leisure-time, in a competition run by Stein Study Abroad.

She also wrote a German essay on Ireland’s contribution to the EU Nobel Peace Prize for an Irish-Austrian Society competition. Her prize was a two week language scholarship to Salzburg in the summer. It goes without saying that pupils benefit hugely from such experience.

We will miss our wonderful assistant, Alisa who helped make last year so enjoyable, but we still look forward to further enjoyment of and success in German this year.

We will hold a Language Week from 12 - 16 January, 2015, in conjunction with the French Department .Fourth Years will be the chief organizers, but we aim for the involvement of as many people as possible.



The French curriculum to Junior Certificate focuses on communication in all areas of practical life thus enabling the students to interact in typical everyday situations when abroad as well as in the classroom. Our aim is to foster an interest and a love for the French language, culture and France.

In the Senior cycle we broaden our knowledge of the language and develop a familiarity with journalistic French. We deal with topical subjects of the day as well as developing an understanding of literary texts. We further develop our speaking and listening skills and also build on and enhance our written skills.

French culture also takes pride of place in our language learning. To that end we watch French films, enjoy a trip to the cinema or a show from a visiting French theatrical company. We also enjoy many cross-curricular opportunities with the following subjects -Art, Home Economics, Geography, History and IT. Transition year Students also undertake projects on the various French regions and will also help organise a Language and Cultural Awareness week in the week 13th-17th January, 2014.

We are pleased that our excellent Leaving Certificate French results 2014 well exceeded national averages. However we look forward to further enjoyment and successes in French this academic year. The emphasis is on enjoyment and opening up to another culture. We would hope that whether or not the student continues with French studies that they have sufficient knowledge of the language and have developed a broad interest and love for the country.


Reflective Thought

" In winter, I plot and plan.

 In spring, I move."

 Henry Rollins



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2.00 P.M. - 5.00 P.M. Monday and Tuesday

2.15 P.M – 5.00 P.M. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday