We as a Department actively promote the take up of History at senior level. The teachers facilitate a talk from the senior History teachers for 3rd Years going into 5th Year and for 4th Years contemplating the study of the subject. This is done in in the middle of January as the students make their subject choices in the early spring.
The Leaving Cert History course provides students with a broad understanding of the key political developments in Irish History that have moulded the country – North and South.
The course also examines and builds on students’ knowledge of European history and allows for a deeper investigation of European Fascist and Communist movements.
An exciting development of the course is the opportunity to study and examine a wide range of documents central to the study of History.
For the academic years 2014/2015, the documents study will be based on Irish history allowing students the opportunity to examine historical documents on the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations Oct- Dec 1921, the Eucharistic Congress 1932 and the Belfast Blitz during World War 2.
'.....For the academic years 2016/17, the documents study will be based on European history, allowing students the opportunity to examine historical documents on the Jarrow March 1936, Stalin's Show Trials, 1936 - 38 and Hitler's Nuremberg Rallies, 1933 - 1938.
The course allows students the opportunity at both Honours and Ordinary levels to conduct a piece of Independent research of their own choice. This part of the course is conducted under Teacher guidance and is completed prior to the Leaving Cert examination.
Margaret Barry, senior History teacher, attended the opening of a permanent exhibition on Thomas Frances Meagher and the tri colour at the GPO Witness History Museum on Friday 23rd of Feb.
2018 marks the 170th anniversary of the first flying of our national flag by TF Meagher. This event was opened by the Ceann Comhairle. The History Department is affiliated to the TF Meagher Foundation which aims to teach young people and all our citizens, to respect the true meaning behind our national flag. The words Pride, Respect and Peace are printed on lapel pins that our fourth year students will sell to fundraise for a charity chosen by the school.
National Flag Day will take place on Friday 15th March and Presentation staff and students will take pride that the tri colour will be flying proudly over our school. We are conscious that our flag instils respect for peace among all people on our island and an acceptance of diversity in our nation.
BANNA - 2016
5th year students at Pres Tralee represented the school at the State Commemorations on Thursday 21st of April - the only official State event outside of Dublin. Many thanks to the teachers who accompanied the students on the day.
OCTOBER 2015 - ADOPT A SOLDIER FEATURED ON NATIONWIDE
The final chapter in the journey of Leslie McCarthey of 6th year in Pres Tralee in the Adopt A Soldier project has been featured on 2 Nationwide programmes and Leslie's research is featured on an archive put together as part of the project . Click on links below:
Nationwide Link available until the 9th of December.
Sincere congratulations and thanks to Leslie and History teacher Ms. Barry for taking us all on this amazing journey through the past.
"He died for Freedom and Honour" -
Charles Francis Conway, R.I.P.
HISTORY STUDENT MAKES A PRESENTATION AT COLLINS BARRACKS - MARCH 2015
Congratulations to Leslie McCarthey, 5th year, who made a wonderful presentation at Collins Barracks on Saturday 7th March 2015 on a Tralee soldier - Charles Conway from Lower Abbey Street in Tralee town - who died in the Great War.Leslie was chosen to speak on behalf of the Munster students in the "Adopt a Soldier " project run by the Irish History Teachers Association. The group also learned on Saturday that will be be received by President Michael D. Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain in June before they depart on a World War 1 Tour in Belgium and France.Congratulations to Leslie and to her History teacher Ms. Barry,who accompanied her on the day.
PHOTO: WITH THANKS TO MR. PADDY O'CONNOR
ADOPT-A-SOLDIER - 5TH YEAR STUDENT WINS A TRIP TO THE SOMME BATTLEFIELDS
Leslie McCarthey, a 5th year History student at Pres Tralee from Abbeydorney, entered an essay competition as part of the "Adopt a WWI soldier" programme. Leslie came 1st in Kerry and will now represent Kerry as part of a group of 32 students from Ireland ,on a trip to the Somme Battlefield region of Northern France in late June 2015.Each student will "Adopt" a soldier from his/her county who died in the 1st world war.During the visit, each student will visit either the grave or monument in the Somme region to honour the memory of his/her soldier as well as attending a special wreath-laying ceremony at the "Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme". A trip to the European Parliament will also be part of the visit.This competition was of particular personal interest to Leslie as her Great Grandfather fought in the early years of the war. This trip will certainly bring History to Life for Leslie and we congratulate her sincerely. Congratulations also to her History teacher Ms. Barry.