Presentation Secondary School Tralee
Telephone: 066 7122737 

School Roll: 61450C


The aims...

Education for maturity with emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increase in social competence in relating science to peer groups and the wider community

The promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on self directed learning and interdisciplinary learning.

The objectives...

  • demonstrate an understanding of: scientific facts and concepts, scientific methods and techniques, scientific terminology, and methods of presenting scientific information.
  • construct, analyze and evaluate: hypotheses, research questions and predictions, scientific methods and techniques, and scientific explanations.
  • demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and responsibility appropriate for effective scientific investigation and problem solving.
  • demonstrate the manipulative skills necessary to carry out scientific investigations with precision and safety.
  • demonstrate a willingness to engage with the local community in solving local environmental problems.



TY students at Pres Tralee are again participating in the ECO Unesco Young Environmentalist Awards. One group from Ms. O’Donoghue’s Science class is doing a project on Lyme disease. The aim of the project is to increase awareness of the disease, how it may be contracted and how to avoid it. Some of the students - Áine O’Sullivan and Ruth O’Connell - attended a recent Tralee Town Park Run where they addressed those participating on the day – providing key information. The group are also holding a Tick Awareness Day on Friday, February 23 in town, where they will be around the streets of Tralee from 10am to 4pm informing the public about ticks, which is how you contract the disease. The girls will also be telling people about how to avoid getting bitten by wrapping up, spray on bug repellent, wear long pants and long sleeves etc.

Other members of the groups include: Aisling O’Connell, Mary O’Connell, Niamh Rahilly, Laura Scanlon ,Natasha Tobin and  Doireann Thomas .

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On Friday 26th of January, 4th years went to IWISH cork at City Hall. WE left Tralee at 9.00 an d arrived in Cork at 11a.On arrival, we received free goodie bags and took pictures with the IWISH Instagram frame. Amy won a pair of headphones! In the main hall, various women spoke to us about their experiences and career paths in the STEM sector. They told us about the lack of girls moving into STEM for 3rd level education and were encouraging us to take a career in this sector. It was very inspirational and enjoyable. We were informed of all the different career opportunities within STEM. After the talk, we were led in groups into the exhibition hall where lots of companies and colleges within the ATEM sector were set up. Tour guides took us to different stands where we were informed about the work the companies do. After a while we were free to visit the stands by ourselves to ask questions etc.


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Due to a wet and windy September, it was only last week that the TYs got out to tidy up the courtyard and do some Autumn planting as part of their Science classes. Needless to say, the school closure for the summer months means a lack of TLC for the plants there but after a brief lesson on what needed to be done, the girls fell in with gusto and the area looked much better after just a double class so well done girls!!! Containers where examined and any marigolds etc. that could be salvaged were planted into the ground first off . After this cyclamen and winter pansies were added to the containers over the already planted spring bulbs. Then the 2 ground sections were planted with heathers, pansies and wallflowers which will keep a bit of colour over the winter months until the many bulbs planted by TY classes over the years will flower in Spring.These sections would remind one of the "stony grey soil of Monaghan" but the addition of fresh compost did wonders to the amazement of a student who commented " it looks so professional!!!" The bug hotels prepared by last year's TY students were also given a bit of a tidy-up and will continue to encourage bio-diversity in the courtyard.

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TY TRIP TO FOTA - October 11th

TY students enjoyed a Science field trip to Fota wildlife Park on Wednesday 11th of October. Despite inclement weather en route, after about half an hour, things improved and the sun shone out. Students enjoyed viewing the new lion and tiger cubs in particular but also some giant ostrich eggs! Thanks to Science teachers Ms. O’Keeffe, Ms. O’Donoghue and Ms. O’Mahony for accompanying you on the trip.

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2 teams represented Pres Tralee at the National finals of the Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist awards on Tuesday 23rd of May in the Mansion House in Dublin. Both teams - " Don't Panic - It's Organic " and "H2OMG" were highly recommended for their projects. Well done to the TY Science students in Ms. O'Keeffe's and Ms. O'Donoghues Classes ans to both teachers who accompanied ye to Dublin on the day along with TY coordinator Ms. O'Mahony.!

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Congratulations to the “ Locally grown is better Known” TY Science project who have reached the National final of the SEAI One Good Idea competition which will be held in Croke park on May 16th. Ciara Boyd, Blaithnaid Cotter, Rebecca Duggan and Eimear Ellard have done a huge amount of work to get to the final 10 post-primary teams in the competition. We wish the girls all the very best of luck in the final preparations.  Check out their displays in the assembly area and the social areas! 

See more of their campaign on Facebook and Instagram on Locally Grown is Better Known ON  Snapchat LGBK17.

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TY students had  a guest speaker during Science class on Thursday 23rd of February as part of the SEAI – Power of one project “ Locally Grown is better known”. Ian McGrigor from Gortbrack Organic farm in Ballyseedy spoke to the students about the principles of organic farming and the benefits to our community. Thank you to Ian for giving of his time.

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TY students from Presentation Tralee attended the afternoon session of the iWISH conference in Cork on Thursday 9th of February. iWISH is targeted at female students making subject choices for senior cycle and encourages the students to take up STEM subjects - Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied Maths so as to be prepared for 3rd level courses  in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. There was a wide range of speakers followed by an exhibition from different companies and organisations with a Science focus. MC for the session,Dr. Pixie McKenna, encouraged the girls present not to EXCLUDE options but rather to EXPLORE, Be a CHANGER not a FOLLOWER and not to always seek to follow an established PATH but to BLAZE A TRAIL  in another direction. iWish founders Gillian Keating and Caroline O'Driscoll gave motivating talks on " Choices, Chances, Changes" and " Anything is possible". Other speakers included Mary Good, PepsiCo Food and Innovation and Jacinta Moore, Johnson Controls who spoke on the topic of "Smart Cities, Smart World" including a few minutes on how her workplace building uses technology to create greater efficiences in terms of services and utilities. A panel discussion was moderated by Ruth Buckley - iWISH founder included Margie McCarthey of SFI, Niamh Hegarty of Stryker and Barry O'Sullivan of Insight at UCC. There were lots of competitions on the various stands and Leanne Savage won and unusual prize on the Laya healthcare stand - a hurley and sliotar!  Students gave the conference a definite thumbs up and there was much chat about the issue of subject choices on the way home so it was definitely a worthwhile trip. Thanks to the Science teachers who accompanied the girls on the trip.

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Niamh Ní Dhúill , Mentor with the SEAI – One Good Idea project, visited Pres Tralee on Wednesday 25th of September to provide an information workshop for TY students and in particular the group who have reached the last 50 teams in the competition: Ciara Boyd,  Blaithnaid Cotter, Rebecca Duggan and Eimear Ellard. Their project "Freshly grown is Better Known" will focus on the topic of  Reducing Food Miles  which will be of interest and benefit to many. The workshop was certainly very thought - provoking as the students were encouraged to think about a wide range of issues in relation to where our food comes from, seasonality of food, implications of transporting food long distances as well as utilising nearby resources. Niamh certainly provided great inspiration for the group as well as the practical advice re the timeline for the project. We wish the girls well in their further project activities. 






TY students working on their ECO UNESCO campaign " Out with Japanese knotweed" had a visit on Monday 14th of March from TD Michael Healy Rae who was very impressed with the work done to date by the students in raising awareness of this very serious environmental issue.

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The AIMS to Greener Fashion group - Aoife Doyle, Isobel Horgan, Muireann Moriarty and Sarah Fitzgerald – all TY students were delighted with the success of their events last week. Following on from their upcycling work-shop and tie-dying session, a swop-shop was held on Friday at lunch-time which was a first for Pres Tralee. Teachers Ms. Cronin and Ms. Prendeville kindly provided portable clothes rails and Penney’s kindly provided clothes hangers –adding another re-cycling dimension to the swop-shop. Students who brought in items for the swop-shop were given a token for each item which entitled the student to swop for the same number of items – no money changing hands! – and many students went home with entire new outfits to their delight!

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Also on Friday, the TYs presented the upcycled outfits to students to show students in the school some ideas re upcycling their clothes , followed by a talk with past-pupil and recent winner of the Kerry Fashion Designer of the Year Ms. Greta Lelyte. Greta came in to speak to the TY students as a group on aspects of her College course including practical issues such as sourcing and paying for fabrics for designs, choosing models for looks and how the type of fabric will vary according to the type of look being created. Greta brought in some sample items from her menswear collection with the matching preparation books to show the girls the extent of the work involved from initial inspirations, sketches, samples of fabrics for her designs. The fabric choices were of particular interest to the AIMS to Greener Fashion group who were interested to hear of the natural fabrics used, their source and cost. The AIMS to Greener fashion group will be submitting their final project video this week but will keep their followers updated on other activities via their website: as well as on Instagram and Facebook. We wish them every success in the last round of the SEAI One good Idea project and hope they get to the National final in May.

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This week (22nd – 26th February) I attended the BEES TY program the school of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences in UCC. I really enjoyed my week here and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the environmental side of science.

Being from Kerry, I was quite nervous at first to come as I thought everyone would know each other but this was not the case and everyone on the course was very friendly. I wasn’t sure what it would be like or if I would even be interested in what was going on but I found it to be a great experience of what college life is like and what type of courses I am interested in.

Over the course of the week we did had lectures on topics like geology, zoology, marine biology, plant science, environmental science and ecology, we also did a number of practical’s. My favourite lecture was the zoology lecture we had. We got a general overview of what studying zoology at UCC would be like and then we focused in on the aquatic side, doing a practical with sea urchins. I also enjoyed the marine biology lecture we got where we learned about life in the sea and how global warming is effecting certain species of animals.

On Tuesday we got a tour of the ERI where we learned about the work they do there and we were able to ask the scientist there questions about the type of work they were doing and what courses and subjects they did to get into the job they were in. One man was working on a way to use methane gas in a productive way.

We also got a tour of the main UCC campus and the library there. We learned about the history of the college and got to see the oldest book they had in their library.

On Thursday we got a talk on invasive plant species which I found very interesting. We were shown type of plant species that was brought into Ireland that had covered the bottom of Corrib Lake and had killed all its fish.

We also did bird ringing where we caught birds and were shown how they track them in the wild. They told us how each bird has a unique voice and how they can identify familiar bird’s voices.

Over all I loved my week at BEES and I can definitely see myself pursuing a career in one of these fields.

Aoife Dillane 


Well done to Mrs. O'Keeffe's Ty group who featured on Irish TV on Wednesday 9th of March in relation to their ECO-UNESCO project on Japanese Knotweed.Click on the link below:


We are Ms O’ Donoghue’s transition year class and we feel that dog waste is a HUGE problem in our town.  We are participating in The Young Environmentalist Awards run by Eco Unesco, an environmental agency and we decided to base our project on this problem.  Our aim is to promote the picking up of dog waste and to get more dog waste bins and bags available in Tralee.  We also hope that our project will inform people about the many environmental dangers of dog waste.

The first thing we had to do was research. So as part of our field research, the class walked the Lee Valley Walkway (behind the Aqua dome) and the Canal, two of the major dog walking spots in Tralee Town. We were appalled by what we saw to say the least.  As we walked every ten steps there was a pile of dog waste! We decided to pick up some dog waste as part of our field research but found here was only one bin available which we had already passed so we had the bring the waste all the way back to the school for Colm to throw away. We also walked the Town park and found the same problem to we decided that we needed to take action.

As part of our awareness raising campaign, we printed out facts and stuck them around the school, created social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram , ran a poster competition in the local primary schools and met up with a few local celebrities including our own amazing Norma Foley,  James O’ Donoghue and Darran O’ Sullivan..Our design a mascot competition was extremely successful with C.B.S Primary School taking the winning prize and now we have a mascot we will continue to use throughout our campaign.

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We held our Awareness Day on the 22nd of January and it was a HUGE success! We were overwhelmed by  the support we received from the public on the day as we took surveys, gave out doggy bags, custom made stickers with our mascot  and facts about dog fouling.  The results of our surveys will be out in the local newspapers very soon so keep an eye out!

The ‘If Your Dog Poops, YOU SCOOP’ crew will continue monitoring the problem of dog waste and are in talks with the council. We plan to put up a display in the main council building and get some more bins around the town of Tralee in the near future!  So keep updated with our campaign on our facebook page ‘If Your Dog Poops, YOU SCOOP’.

Nela Budayova 


We are a group of transition year students here in Presentation Secondary School Tralee.  At the beginning of the school year we entered into a science competition by the name of Eco-Unesco.  Our project 'Out with Japanese Knotweed' falls under the category of biodiversity within the competition. The aim of our project is to raise as much awareness about Japanese Knotweed as we can. 

Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant species that was brought over to our country in 1860 from Japan and it has been spreading wildly amongst us ever since.

We as a group have done our upmost to   raise  awareness of this issue with  the public.  We have carried out surveys, presented slideshows to both local primary and secondary schools and have held several competitions and fundraisers. We have received a huge amount of support from local celebrities, our group  has been featured on “ Irish TV” and

However we will not stop here ! We have great plans for the future and we would like you all to follow us on our journey ahead, which you can do either by visiting our Facebook page ' Out with Japanese Knotweed ' or by visiting our website at ' '


TY students had a talk on Friday 27th of November from Ms. Orlaith Brennan, a Bio-medical engineer and lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons. Orlaith spoke of her own educational journey through the Science Technology Engineering and Maths sector and the qualifications that brought her to her current position as well as the various aspects of research she has been involved with. Later in the afternoon , the girls had a talk on the EcoUnesco project competition that many of them are entering.Thanks to the TY Science teachers Ms. O'Donoghue and Ms. O'Keeffe  for coordinating the talks.



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Isabel O'Donoghue and Bláthnaid O'Connor represented Pres Tralee at the Eco Unesco awards on Wednesday May 13th in Dublin with their project entitled " Whacky Water ". While they didn't win any prizes on the day , to be accepted was a great achievement so well done girls. Thanks to your Science teacher Ms. O'Donoghue for mentoring and accompanying you on the day.

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As part of the engineering module, we learnt about the 3 main types of bridges - Beam, suspension and arch.We found that using what seemed like weak and flimsy recyclable materials correctly could create something simple but effective.We really enjoyed working as part of a team and using our problem-solving skills to assemble a working bridge from what seemed like rubbish - much harder than using Lego!

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Transition years began the task of planting bulbs and sowing seeds to provide some Spring colour in the courtyard as part of their TY Science programme on Tuesday 4th November. The project was left a little later than usual due to the very dry Autumn we've had but each of the 3 science groups will plant a section of the courtyard and some containers to add to the display started a number of years ago when each 1st year class group planted a container for display in the courtyard.The students will learn the basic principles behind growing plants in containers or in the ground - a basic skill that everyone can use in the future , whether people have gardens, balconies or simply window boxes! There was also great teamwork, design skills, problem solving and fun involved while also enjoying some fresh air. We look forward to the display!




Following on from a traditional  Acid Base titration using Indigestion tablets and a a titration using the data-logging equipment, TYs used the acid and carbonate reaction to make " Lava Lamps" to great effect!

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 All TY students travelled to Killarney early in Thursday 25th September for the Annual field trip. This years location was Knockreer , opposite the Cathedral in Killarney. On arrival, we walked up towards Knockreer House to locate and area of woodland.We were divided into different groups and assigned different tasks involving identifying plants in the area and the factors that influenced their growth.We got the slope of a hilly area, average ground cover of organisms and environmental factors such as wind speed, light intensity, air and soil temperature. After a short break for lunch, we had a talk in Knockreer house itself by Mr. Alan Mee, Project Manager of the Golden Eagles project.We were told how they introduced the bird into Killarney National Park, where they got the Baby Eagles, how far they had travelled within Ireland and even up to Scotland. It was a very interesting talk and we learned a lot.

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Reflective Thought

" In winter, I plot and plan.

 In spring, I move."

 Henry Rollins



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