Presentation Secondary School Tralee
Telephone: 066 7122737 

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  • General


    Our motto is: Work eXercise into your lifestyle

    We work on a 3 -pronged integrated approach to include the:

    PE CURRICULUM                  



    The Core                                  

    Extension of the   Curriculum                    

    Enhancement of both

    The Curriculum is the core of PE:

    }  In years 1-3 we use the recommended JCPE (Dep. of Education Junior Cycle PE) giving breath, depth and coherence to the PE programme. Schools have to teach 7 out of the 8 strands:

    1. Adventure activities. 2. Aquatics. 3. Athletics. 4. Dance. 5. Invasion games

               6. Net and fielding games. 7. Gymnastics. 8. Health-related activity (3 to level 2).    

    }  TY. A broad programme including personal development & social responsibility.

    }  Senior Cycle.

     Junior Cycle Macro Plan 2013 2014.pdf

    The Co-Curricular or extension to the programme:

    This is a planned integration and extension of the PE programme to a captive audience.

    It has the inherent advantage of being built into the school curriculum and time table, therefore all students participate.

    It is a part of the Rich task or student challenge at the end of a block of learning for each school year.

    Extra Curricular to include the lunch and after school activities.


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  • Junior Cycle

    The Co-Curricular Rich Task programme will run as follows:

     YEAR ONE:

    In addition to the double class PE programme 1st yrs will have a Sports Morning on Cheerleading and Basketball last week of first term

    as their primary Rich Task in year 1.

     YEAR TWO: 

    In addition to the double class PE programme 2nd years will have a 1 day Outdoor Education Trip to Cappanalea in September, an Orienteering event in Ballyseedy in February. Their Spikeball Sports morning will be their primary Rich Task in year 2.


    In addition to the double class PE programme 3rd years will have a Sports Morning as their Block 1 Rich Task.

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    CHEERLEADING; using hieroglyphics and   sculptures of dance.


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  • Activities



    Well done to all the 1st years who entertained us  with their super cheer-leading routines before the start of their basketball tournament on Friday 23rd of  October  - the smiles and laughter showed us all how much ye enjoyed participating and what a great team-building exercise this is! Thanks to all the PE teachers for their dedication in preparing ye for the routines and then the basketball after. The Breakfast team came first - Robin O'Keeffe - captain, Jennifer Lymch, Tara Clifford, Vanessa Horvathova, Precious Benjamin, Tammy Bambiguade and Lizzy Brassil with team coach Mary Fitzpatrick of TY.The 4th years worked very hard in their roles of score recorders, security(?!) , music provision and shop and staff members certainly enjoyed the hospitality shown to us while we were supervising. 

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    Mon 9th September Physical Activity and Sports Clubs afternoon.

    Organised by the 5th years this was an endeavour to improve awareness and participation for all years. It required 5th years taking responsibility for the process. The posters were subsequently hung in the sportshall changing rooms a reminder.

    Tues 10th September      5th yr trip to Banna

    Fri 20th September         2nd Yr trip to Cappanalea

    Mon 23rd Sept - Fri 27th  Active Schools Week

    Tues 24th Sept.             2nd Yr trip to Cappanalea

    Tues 22nd October         2nd Yr Spike ball Tournament ( 9-1 )

    Friday 25th Oct              1st Yr Basketball and Cheer-leading ( 9-1 )


    An annual much needed fund raiser to help run the PE, Phusical Activity and Extra curricular programme. Much of the equipment and programme would be impossible without this fund raiser and a sincere thanks to all who helped and contributed in any way.

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  • News

    MAY 2017

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    The presentation of prizes for the sports Day took place on Wednesday 25th of May in the PE hall, marking the achievements of all the students who took part in Sports Day recently. Special presentations were made to Mrs. Burke who has been of huge support to the Sports Department over many years and who leads the way when it comes to fund-raising to provide funds for the many extra-curricular activities that students may avail of in Pres Tralee. Sarah Barrett of 1E  received the best overall student for points achieved on the day and Katie Ahern, head girl, received the award for participating in the most events. The Sports Committee who coordinated the events of the day also thanked all the members of the teaching staff of the Sports Department for their ongoing hard work on behalf of the students of Pres Tralee.

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    The Rugby World Cup Women's Ireland 2017 visited Pres Tralee on May 23rd - a special occasion for all the girls who have taken up rugby in the school this year. Following a few words about the significance of the trophy, a friendly rugby game against Coláiste Íde in Dingle took place.Thanks to all who coordinated the event.

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     Students from Pres Tralee took part in the IRFU/Munster 7’s  Secondary Schools Competition on Thursday 2nd of February.This is a fantastic opportunity for the girls to get experience of playing other teams and improve their tactics. Well done to all!


    The Junior Basketball team played Coláiste Íde in Dingle on Thursday 2nd of February. It was a close match but unfortunately our girls lost by 1 point. Well done to all !


    Congratulations to the U14 Badminton team who won silver at the Kerry Schools Badminton competition in Killarney recently and to the U 16 team who won bronze.


     The Kerry Schools Cross-Country Championships 2017 took place in The Demesne, Killarney on Friday 20th January 2017 and Pres Tralee had a number of entrants. 

     Results as follows: 

     Minor Girls 1500m

     6th – Ciara Rath, 10th – F. O’Connor, 21st – K. Quilter,24th – J. O’Doherty,25th – C. Cullen,26th – S. Moore.

     Junior Girls 2000m

     1st - Eimear O’Sullivan,3rd – Niamh O’Mahony,4th – Sarah Barrett

     Intermediate Girls 3000m

     14th – S. Hoare,17th – C. Moore,18th – E. O’Keeffe, 23rd – C. Darcy.

     Good luck to those participating in the North Munster Schools XC which takes place on Thursday 26th January in Pallaskenry, Limerick. Thanks to Dell for accompanyng the girls on the day.


    The 1st year Basketball tournament took place on Friday 28th of November with the usual excitement of the class cheer-leading routines.Thanks to the TYs for coordinating the event with the PE department.

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    Congratulations to one of our 1st year students - Eimear McMorrow Moriarty from Fenit- who won 1st place in the Optimist Munster championships for sailing in Cobh, Cork recently - a huge personal achievement  - Well done Eimear! Another Annalise Murphy in the making we hope!




    2nd year students enjoyed activity trips to Capanalea Outdoor Pursuit centre on Monday 5th of September and Friday 9th of September - a great opportunity to get to know their new classmates and some of their teachers. Thanks to Mr. Brennan for coordinating the trips with Year Head Mrs. McCarthey.

    SPORTS COMMITTEE 2016/2017

    Well done to the following 5th year students who have been nominated to the school sports committee for 2016 - 2017:

    Eimear Brosnan, Sarah Fitzgerald, Isobel Horgan, Rachel McCarthey, Michaela Murphy, Tara Murphy, Nora O'Connell, Leona O'Shea, Erika O'Sullivan, Ciarda Supple and Chloe Walsh.

    Eimear Brosnan has been nominated as Sports Captain and Ciarda Supple as Vice-Captain.

    We wish you well in your activities during the year.






    There was great excitement in Pres Tralee on Friday 2nd of October when the Tom Markham trophy was brough to the school. Players Andrew Barry, Ferdia O'Brien, Jack Morgan and Michael Reidy were given a huge welcome by students and teachers alike in the Pres Hall and Principal expressed congratulations to the team members on behalf of the school and thanked them for the hard work and dedication to training that brought the trophy back to the Kingdom again.20151002 104743 comp

    SPORTS COMMITTEE 2015 2016

    The following students have been nominated to be members of the Sports Committee for 2015/2016: Captain - Aoife O'Sullivan, Vice-Captain - Juliette Clifford, Committee members: Natalia Mackiewicz, Doireann Morgan, Maria Daly, Aisling Thornton, Ciara Begley, Miriam Dowling, Blathnaid O'Connor, and Zoe Mulqueen. Congratulations girls and good luck for the year ahead.

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    The draw for the 2 All-Ireland tickets took place at 2 p.m. on Thursday 17th of September in the School Assembly Hall. School Principal Ms. Mary O'Keeffe drew the winning card which belonged to 6th year student Sarah Barry. Pauline then drew the line number and Mrs. Carmel Barry , Sarah's mother was the lucky winner of the 2 tickets.Congratulations to Mrs. Barry and we hope she takes Good Luck from Pres to Croke Park on Sunday! Sincere thanks to everyone who sold lines - the total sum raised will be known shortly and thanks to the PE Department, Mrs. Burke  as well as  Pauline and Aileen for all the organisation.

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    Darren O'Sullivan launched the PE department's annual fundraising raffle for 2 tickets to the All-Ireland final on September 9th. All funds raised will be used to provide the excellent and diverse range of Physical activities available to the students of Pres Tralee before school, at lunch-time and after school as well as the regular time-tabled PE activities which every student benefits from. Raffle cards will be distributed to all students in the coming days and everyone is asked to do their best to raise as much funds as possible! Thank you to Darren for giving of his time to talk to last year's Sports committee and to Mr. Brennan and Ms. Burke for coordinating the event.



    2014 2015

    Well done to all students who received prizes for participating in Sports Day 2015.

    Results of The Best Overall Categories from The Sports Day are as follows:
    Best Overall Athlete: Shannon Quill
    Best Participating Athlete: Tirna Brosnan
    Best Points Total Athlete: Michaela Murphy
    Best Participating Class: 4B
    Bonny Baby Winner: Niamh Rahilly
    6th Year Fancy Dress Power Walk Winner: Clara Heinrich

    Thanks to all members of the Sports Department for hosting the event.



    Well done to the 2 1st year football and basketball teams who did so well in last week's competitions .

    The 1st year football panel won the Munster post-primary schools 7-a-side blitz in Mallow on Wednesday 6th May by beating a very strong Carrigaline Community college team in a very closely fought final.Well done to Clodagh Begley,Emma Carmody,Mary O’Connell,Aisling O’Connell,Ava O’Connell Buckley,Rebecca Fitzgerald,Rachel Kilgallen,Grace Myers,Niamh Rahilly,Emma Reidyand Aine O’Sullivan and to Mentor Dell White.

    The 1st year Basketball team were runners-up in the All-Ireland A Schools Basketball final which was held in the U.L arena in  Limerick on Monday 4th of May. .

    Congratulations to the girls: Ava Buckley, Emma Carmody Aishling Harty, Rachel KiIlgallen, Niamh O’ Rahilly, Aishling O Connell, Mary O Connell Aine  O Sullivan , Emma Reidy Yasmin Sultan,  and to their Mentor, Dell White.

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    Results for Pres Tralee at the Kerry Colleges event below:

    Minor Girls

    100m               1st. Mary O’Connell   Presentation Tralee

    800m               3rd. Mary O’Connell  Presentation Tralee

    Long Jump      1st. Mary O’Connell   Presentation Tralee

    Junior Girls

    Relay               3rd. Presentation Tralee

    Intermediate Girls

    800m               3rd. Lucy McGrath     Presentation Tralee

    Relay               3rd. Presentation Tralee

    Senior Girls

    3000m              2nd. Lucy McGrath    Presentation Tralee


    Best Schools Awards

    Girls’ Schools  3rd. Presentation Tralee          

    Well done to all and Thank you to Mr. O'Connor for mentoring and  accompanying the teams.

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    Students of the sports Committee at Pres Tralee welcomed the 6-Nations trophy to the school on Friday May 1st. Sincere thanks to Ruth O'Reilly,Irish women's Rugby player, originally from Tralee and now playing with Galwegians Rugby Club and to Holly O'Byrne, trainer of the U18 Ladies team from Listowel/Tralee Rugby clubs for providing the opportunity for the cup to visit the school.As well as speaking of the great achievement of winning the 6-Nations trophy,  Louise spoke to the students about the importance of sport and physical activity in the lives of students and encouraged all the girls to give rugby a go - there is a position on a rugby team for all types of players so why not try it out! More pics in Gallery.

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    Weather conditions were not perfect but The Presentation Secondary School Athletics team still made their way to compete in The Kerry Colleges Athletics Championships in Castleisland on 28th April last.

    Overall it was a successful day for the school as the students took home seven medals in total (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze). Mary O’ Connell was the stand out athlete of the day as she won Gold in the Minor 100m and Long Jump as well as finishing third in her 800m. Lucy McGrath carried her recent good form into these championships. Last week she finished second in The School to 5k Challenge held in Killarney National Park while here she finished second in the 3000 metres and third in the 800 metres. Finally, both the Junior and Intermediate 4X100m Relay teams won a set of Bronze medals. The Junior team was Therese Keane, Caemnat Moore, Aine Rice and Niamh Walsh. The Intermediate team consisted of Sophie McAllen, Shannon Quill, Ciara Finn and Chloe Walsh.

    The next event for The Athletics team is The North Munster Schools Championships which will take place next Tuesday 5th May (Castleisland) and Thursday 7th May (University of Limerick).

    Thank you to Mr. O'Connor for mentoring and  accompanying the teams.


    3rd year students had their Badminton tournament on March 30th 2015  and it was enjoyed by all. Thanks to the TYS for coordinating the event with the PE teachers and a special thanks to Mrs. Moran who returned to present the medals.Mrs. Moran was also present for the unveiling of a Special Plaque by the Sports Committee to mark her retirement and her enormous contribution to the Sports Department at Presentation.

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    The Kerry Schools Badminton Championships took place in Killarney on the 13th January. Presentation Secondary Tralee  had three teams competing on the day, U-14, U-16 and U-18. It was the U-18 team that were successful on this day taking home a set of bronze medals. The team was Sarah Barry, Increase Akinyemi, Clodagh McKenna and Clodagh Culloty.Well done to all and thanks to Mentor, Mr. O'Connor.


    Congratulations to all the students who participated in the school swimming gala on Monday 7th Dec 2014 in the UL Arena. 

    Xenia Carullacruz 5th yr - Gold in butterfly
    Sarah Gavagan 4th yr - Silver in butterfly
    Xenia.Carullacruz, Sarah Gavaghan, Ciara Boyd 2nd yr and Hollie Boyd 4th yr - Gold in Medley Relay

    Well done also to Emma Reidy 1st yr who participated for the first time. Thank you to Ms. Czarnoleska for mentoring the teams.

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    Congratulations to the 2nd Year, A Spikeball team that came 3rd in the All Ireland Schools Finals in Dublin on Thursday 27th February. Players: Daria Gebka ,Amanda Goldberga, Angelica Guardiano, Aoife Murphy, Ellie Stuart, Anna Sheehy and Amy Qejvani as well as their coaches: Ina Dema and Mairead Dowling. A big thank you also to their teacher Ms. Czarnoleska for all her hard work and dedication in bring the school team to this standard in a relatively new sport to the school.

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    Congratulation to all Spike ball players for an outstanding performance in Loughrea, Galway and to their 4th year coaches: Ina Dema, Mairead Dowling Special congratulations to 2nd Year A team

    Amanda Goldberga, Angelica Guardiano, Aoife Murphy, Ellie Stuart, Anna Sheehy and Amy Qejvani

     who qualified for All Ireland finals in Dublin.


     Pres Tralee was represented at the Inaugural Munster Schools competition by Aisling Hayes & Niamh Walsh 1st year and Rachel O Mahony & Claire Horgan 5th Year. This event was held at theWoodlands Equestrian Centre, Faha, Killarneyon Sat 8th Feb. The girls came 5th out of 10 teams taking part so well done girls at this first attempt.

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    Well done to Aisling Hayes of 1A who received a " Star of the Future " award from ShowJumping Ireland at their awards on Saturday 25th January in Cork. Aisling won the award for her excellent performances in competitive show jumping throughout 2013.

    Pres students took part in the Kerry Schools Badminton competition 2014.  Congratulations to:

    Roisin Moriarty, Rebecca Murphy ,Elena Barry, Leanne Hanafin, Ciara Lynch, Emily O’Callaghan,  

    Ciara Darcy, Maja Ziembicka, Rebecca Poultney, Sarah Barry, Tara Foran, Michelle McCarthy, Leanne Sugrue, Nicole Bajcsuk , Clodagh Culloty, Increase Akinyemi, Suzie Rice   and  Bledona Ashani.

    Well done especially to the U 14 and U 19 teams for getting Silver Medals.


    Congratulations to the Pres Senior Basketball team who have qualified for the All Ireland Quarter Final Tournament to be played on 1st February 2014 in Cavan

    Niamh Myers, Alison Moriarty, Cliodhna Hayes, Danielle Pierce, Grainne Quigley, Ciara Kilgallen, Jane Carmody and Maeve Carmody.

    We wish you all the best in the next round.


    Congratulations to All Spike ball players involved in official Spike ball Competition On 29th November

    All our teams including 4th year team won the games they played.Both 1st and 2nd year teams came first in their respective draws.

    Congratulations to:

    Emma Carroll, Blathnaid Cotter, Rebecca Duggan , Jadyn Lucey, Emily Molloy, Andrea O’Callaghan, Rebecca Poultney, Anna Carmody, Laura Devane, Amy Foley, Kaley Molloy, Rebecca Negru, Lisa Radulescu, Caoimhe Tobin, Sarah Buckley, Maedhbh Dowling, Aoife Doyle, Daria Gebka, Amanda Goldberga, Angelica Guardiano, Sarah Fitzgerald, Lauren Foley, Elena McLaughlin, Aoife Murphy, Ellie Stuart, Anna Sheehy, Ciarda Supple, Amy Qejvani, Emily O’Callaghan, Ina Dema, Mairead Dowling, Katie Dillon, Niamh Myers, Sophie Hannafin, Seana Dobelar, Sinead Brosnan AND Aiveen Gavaghan


    The Michael Darmody Award was presented to Ms. Anne Moran, Head of P.E. Dept. at Presentation Secondary School Tralee, in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Physical Education in Ireland at the National Conference of the Physical Education Association in Waterford in October 2013.

    [Michael Darmody worked as a Physical Education Inspector with Dept. of Education for many years. His tenure of office was marked by great strides in the development of curricula and of the physical and human infra-structure of physical education in Ireland…He imagined a new future for physical education in Ireland and worked strategically and tirelessly towards it’s attainment.]

    The citation regarding Ann for the award included reference to 3 main areas.

    Firstly, the development within the school of a peer-mentoring system in P.E. for a student with Downs syndrome which led to the development of a 6-week intervention of adapted sports activities for young people with disabilities. The pupils come to Presentation, are paired with TY students and experience a range of activities such as curling, botchella, enlarged skittles and spike volleyball ending in a task tournament. The scheme has been extremely enriching for all concerned, especially the Transition year students..

    Secondly , her acknowledged role in mentoring students and pre-service teachers. Ann has lectured in her own personal philosophy on how to conduct research, moving from reflection to critical reflection and from undocumented action research to documented research. Anne is much sought after as a Mentor for third-level P.E. students who are very fortunate to benefit from her enthusiasm and experience as well as the excellent P.E. system she organises in Pres Tralee.

    Thirdly her reform of the Annual school sports day. The annual sports day was revamped a number of years ago and is no longer a full day for the entire school. Instead a structured activity morning per year group through the year is held with tournaments such as basketball, volleyball ,cheer-leading etc at the end of the students Activity block in that sport during the previous term and then a whole school afternoon in May with the traditional athletics as well as fun events for all – regardless of their athletic ability!

    During her time at Pres Tralee,
    Anne has overseen the development of P.E. within the school from ad hoc single periods to the current situation where every student has a double PE class every week with a detailed and varied programme for every year group and a comprehensive Extra-curricular activity programme. This progress has seen the need for the employment of more P.E. staff and Anne has been joined in recent years by Mr.Gabriel Brennan and Ms. Patrycja Czarnoleska as well as part-time coaches for Basketball , badminton etc. An Active schools week is held each year where staff and students alike partake in such activities as a “Walk in the Park” before school, aerobics at lunchtime etc. with a Sports Committee made up of 5th year students playing an integral role in organising this and other events such as the Annual Sports day. The school now has a “Slí na Sláinte for everyone to use at lunch-time etc. and there is no longer an excuse for anyone who “forgets gear” to opt out - they can still partake in exercise!


    Emma McCarthey was selected on the South-West Under 15 Inter Regional team that played in the All Ireland tournament in the Kingfisher U.C.G. on the weekend of the 18th/20th October 2013.The event is used to select an U16 All Ireland team that will compete in the European Championships in 2015.

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Reflective Thought

" In winter, I plot and plan.

 In spring, I move."

 Henry Rollins



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School Office Hours

8.30 A.M. – 1.15 P.M.

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

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