EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPORTS TIMETABLE 2017-2018
8.20 - 8.55
Table Tennis /Wii
U 15 Rugby
6 week blocks
Badminton for ALL
1st & 2nd Year Football
Junior and Senior football
1st Year Basketball
1st & 2nd Year
Spike ball for all years
6 week blocks
Senior and Cadette Basketball
Basketball for 1st Years
Table Tennis /Wii
Please note that EVERYONE can jog or walk around the school’s Sli na Slainte any lunch time. Set yourselves a goal e.g. The mile challenge - starting from the front gate, do 3 laps of The Sli and finish at the long jump pit.
Tennis/Basketball: You can borrow a tennis racket and ball as well as an outdoor Basketball from the sports hall at any lunch time and play on the outside courts. Get a partner and improve your tennis and/or your basketball skills!
Supplementary activities: If there is any activity that is not included in this extra-curricular timetable, please ask a member of The Sports Department and we will arrange for it to be added provided there is enough numbers and personnel to run the activity.
All activities are scheduled to run depending on reasonable numbers participating.
SPORTS COMMITTEE 2017/2018
Ciara Boyd, Laura Devane, Ciara Finn, Sarah Hoare, Caemnat Moore,Chloe Morris, Lucy Murphy , Casey O'Donnell, Niamh O'Shea and Orlaith O'Sullivan.
Pres Cadettes vs Tarbert 59-19
23/10 Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí
Cadettes 56- 25
Seniors 52 - 20
Team mentor Dell White.
9/10/17 Coláiste Íde
Team Mentor : Dell White
Pres Cadettes vs Colaiste Íde
Score: 37 - 16
Pres Seniors vs Colaiste Íde
26/9/17 - Ballybunion Community Centre
Team Mentor: Dell White
Pres Cadettes vs Kilrush
Team: Mary O'Connell, Rachel Kilgallen, Aisling O'Connell, Aoife Hickey, Alannah O'Sullivan, Sarah Barrett, Mary Anne O'Sullivan and Yasmine Sultan.
Pres Seniors vs Kilrush
Score - 51 - 32
Team: Jadyn Lucey, Nora O'Connell, Caemnat Moore, Emma Carmody, Ava O'Connell Buckley and Mary O'Connell.
The Green Schools committee for this year are already busy working on securing the Water Flag for the school and are actively seeking new members. The committee usually meets on Thursdays at 1.30 in Lab 1 with Coordinating teacher Mr. Brennan.
Nicole Garcia Miranda
Congratulations to Mr. Brennan and his committee for retaining the Green School Flag for Presentation Secondary School Tralee for another 2 years.
ENERGY ACTION DAY - TUESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
The Green schools committee are hosting an awareness day as part of their Green Flag activities. Mr. Gavin Harte runs ESD Training - Education in Sustainable Development - and provides specialist skills in climate change awareness, energy efficiency training and sustainable development. A number of year groups will participate in the presentation - and must provide the energy needed to power the computer etc. themselves by cycling bikes - Kinetic energy being harnessed!
ENERGY AWARENESS DAY 2016
The Green schools committee held an awareness day on Tuesday 22nd of February as part of their Green Flag activities. Mr. Gavin Harte runs ESD Training - Education in Sustainable Development - and provides specialist skills in climate change awareness, energy efficiency training and sustainable development. A number of year groups participated in the presentation - and provided the energy needed to power the computer , microphone etc. themselves by cycling bikes - Kinetic energy being harnessed! Well done to all!
Presentation Green Schools committee has been up and running for about a year and half now and we have achieved our first Green Flag for litter and waste.
- We have carried out a litter pick in the town park just next door to the school.
- We have had Mr. Eoin Morton from the Neat Streets Programme in to us twice to talk to the committee and to the first years on how we can cut down on our litter and waste in the school.
- We also plan to carry out a lot more litter awareness campaigns in the school before the year is out.
3 students from the Green Schools committee travelled to Croke Park on Thursday 30th January to collect a Gaisce Neat Street award for their excellent work on Litter control in the school. Well done to Katie Ahern - Chairperson, Cathriona Horgan Secretary and Shelley Howarth. The girls gave a power point presentation on their work to date. Thanks also to Mr. Brennan, Green Schools coordinator.
GREEN FLAG AWARDED TO PRES TRALEE:
Katie Ahern and Kate Moore collected the Green Flag on May 27th. Many congratulations to the Green School Committee on this great achievement and Thanks to Mr. Brennan and Colm our Caretaker for their ongoing support.
Students at Pres are given every opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities of all types from the sporting to the Literary. Participating in these events helps to develop a wide range of inter-personal skills as well as allowing students explore and bring to full potential the many talents they have.New members are always welcome.
The TY C. D.ramatic group have reached the regional finals of the Junk Kouture competition and we wish them well.
Group members: Edel Campion, Zainab Lawall, Niamh Rahilly.
GARDA YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
The 20th year celebration of the Lee Strand/Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards was held in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee on Friday 26th of January. Pres Tralee extends it’s congratulations to 2 of our students who received awards on the night. Ciara Lynch , 5th year received one of four distinction awards and Leanne Savage , 5th year received a merit award. Both students engaged in a wide range of voluntary activities both in school and outside ranging from fundraising for Special Olympics and the St. Vincent de Paul, being involved with the Red Cross and various in school activities including the school breakfast club .Well done girls – this is a tremendous achievement for you both.
U16 ALL-IRELAND BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
Huge congratulations to the Pres Tralee u16 Basketball team and their Mentor Dell White on their brilliant success in the National Basketball arena in Tallaght this evening. The girls won their All Ireland U16 Subway School Cup Final against Muckross Park College, Dublin with a final score of 33 to 28. The panel members are as follows: Sarah Barrett, Lisa Curran, Maryann Fleming, Aoife Hickey, Rachel Kilgallen, Aisling O’Connell, Mary O’Connell, Alannah O’Sullivan, Ciara Rath and Yasmine Sultan.It is wonderful to see their dedication to training and input of time paying off! Well done girls! A very special thank you to Dell who gives so much of her time to training and encouraging our basketball teams each year - this success wouldn't happen without you!
The Kerry Cross-Country running event was held in Killarney on Thursday 18th. Medals were won by 3rd years Niamh O'Mahony, Eimear O'Sullivan and Eloise Le Clainche. Well done girls!
There was huge excitement at Presentation Secondary School, Tralee on Monday 18th of December as the first ever “Pres Got Talent” show coordinated by the SRC drew talent from all years in the school.
3rd place: Anna Sheehy 6th year who performed "What You Know" by Two Door Cinema Club
2nd place : Andreea and Antonia Gergely
People’s choice “Soul Sistas” who also won 1st prize: Maedhbh Dowling, Sarah Fitzgerald, Isobel Horgan, Caoimhe Hanafin, Nora O'Connell and Sharon O'Connor.
Clear favourites with their amazing performance of the Sister Act classic “I will Follow Him”, excellent nuns’ habits with twinkling lights and clever choreography, the 6th years certainly won the approval of all!
3 SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
There was great pride in Pres Tralee when news was received that 3 students from Pres Tralee who sat their Junior Certificate examinations in June 2017 have been nominated to participate in the National Science Olympiad based on their excellent results in Science and Mathematics. Aisling Harty, Charlotte O’Halloran and Mary O’Connell all received A grades in both subjects. The girls’ Science teachers Kay O’Mahony, Clem O’Keeffe and Rita O’Donoghue extended sincere congratulations and good wishes to the girls as they take on this challenge and will be supporting them as they prepare in coming weeks for the event which will be held in DCU in October and November this year. Maths teachers Margaret O’Connell and Mary Colgan expressed their great pride in their students’ achievements.
TODDLEBOX COOK OFF 24/9/17
Well done to 2 TY students Orlaith O'Brien and Jemi John who took part in a The ToddleBox School Cook Off competition in The Macroom Food Festival on Sunday 24th of September between 3 and 4.30 p.m.
They made a pasta in a creamy vegetable sauce with a pastry base and a layer of tomato sauce and cheese on the pasta. It was what many would describe as a mixture of pizza and pasta but with many healthy elements. This way they thought toddlers could enjoy eating foods they love while still getting essentials vitamins and minerals as they are growing at a fast rate. Thanks to Ms. O'Connor for mentoring the students.
Students from Presentation Secondary School, Tralee presented a cheque for €430 to Ms. Sheila O’Connor, Kerry Representative of the Irish Children’s Arthritis Network(ICAN) on Wednesday 24th of May. TY Students of Home Economics Teacher Claire Kingston raised the funds by selling ice-cream and wafers to students in the school on sports day and at lunch-time. Well done to all!
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.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 2017
Students at Pres Tralee received certificates of appreciation recently in relation to successes in activities and participation in extra-curricular activities during this year at assemblies. Principal Ms. O'Keeffe, Deputy Principal Ms. Kelly and the Year heads were present at the assemblies to acknowledge the importance of participation in school life as well as the impact of positive student behaviour in our school on all the school community. All students who showed exemplary behaviour received a letter for their parents and a Presentation School pen.
ECO UNESCO NATIONAL FINALS
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 and to both teachers who accompanied ye to Dublin on the day along with TY coordinator Ms. O'Mahony.!
Pres-ent, an Enterprise Awards Ceremony was introduced in Presentation Secondary School, Tralee to showcase the numerous enterprises in TY 2016/2017. The creative, innovative skills of these young entrepreneurs was recognised and rewarded during the ceremony on Wednesday 17th of May. Speakers from the world of business and sport included Barry John Keane, Laura O'Mahony of Munster Rugby, Pat Carmody Bank of Ireland, Sarah Leahy and and Karl O'Brien of A.I.B. who spoke of the importance of indigenous industry for the Irish economy and the role of female entrepreneurs in achieving this aim.
Prizes presented included:
Caca Collector - 1st Prize
Niamh Walsh, Bláthnaid Cotter, Niamh O'Shea, Eimear Ellard and Chloe Morris
CEO Pens-2nd Prize
Orlaith O'Sullivan, Ciara Lynch and Emma O'Keeffe
Chockyroad- 3rd Prize
Therese Keane and Jordan Quinlivan
TY Enterprise Reporter
Thanks to Ms. O'Connor and Ms. O'Grady for coordinating the event.
SEAI NATIONAL FINALS 2017
Well done to the TY students who represented Pres Tralee so well at the National finals of the SEAI - One Good Idea competition on Tuesday 16th of May in Croke Park. The "Locally Grown is Better Known " group - Ciara Boyd, Blaithnaid Cotter, Rebecca Duggan and Eimear Ellard- were short-listed as one of the top 14 in the country and their project had a focus on encouraging people to buy locally grown fruit and vegetables in season - if people are not in a position to grow their own. The team were delighted to be visited by Kerry T.D. Mr. Michael Healy Rea during the course of the afternoon who was joined by Minister for Communications, Climate action and Environment , Mr. Denis Naughton. While not in the prizewinners on the day, the group will have the follow-up opportunity to feature in an independent film being made on the issue of food miles and the effect of industrial agriculture on climate change. Well done girls. Thanks to Ms. Madigan and Ms. O'Mahony who accompanied you on the day.
AIB BUILD A BANK CHAMPIONS AGAIN!
Congratulations to the Butterfly Bank of Pres Tralee who are the AIB Build a Bank champions for 2017. Well done to Sadbh Kilgallen, Michelle Doody, Ciara Boyd, Cara Segal, Rebecca Poutney, Jennifer Hanafin as well as the experienced " Magic Team " teachers - Ms. O'Grady and Ms. O'Connor.
Well done to the students who represented Pres Tralee today at Poetry Aloud. Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition open to all post-primary students on the island of Ireland. It is organised by Poetry Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. Julia Szarota of 2nd year qualified in the junior category to get through to the National finals but was unsuccessful on the day..
Antonia Gergely, Azra Hassan, Liah O’Connell,Alannah O’Sullivan and Victoria Pula of 2nd year and Ciara Boyd, Michelle Doody, Evelyn Hayes, Jennifer Hanafin,Theresa Keane,Áine de Rís and Claudia Ward of TY also participated on the day.
Thanks to Ms. Foley and Ms. O'Flynn for coordinating auditions and coaching sessions.
Congratulations to Michelle Doody and Ciara Boyd of Transition year who have been selected to participate in the International Junior Science Olympiad qualifiers based on their excellent Junior Cert results in Science and Maths. This is an amazing achievement and we wish you both well in the next round of the event. Congratulations also to your teachers Ms. Rita O'Donoghue and Ms. Clem O'Keeffe.
TOP MARKS FOR LEAVING CERT ART STUDENT
There was great celebrations in Presentation Secondary Tralee when the news arrived that Alice Jaeger of the Leaving Cert group 2016 had achieved the highest marks of any student in Ireland in her Leaving Cert Art examination this year.This is an amazing achievement and Alice will be presented with a special award by the Irish Art Teachers Association later in the month. We extend warmest congratulations to Alice and her very proud Art teacher, Mr. O'Sullivan
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE CLASS OF 2016
Many congratulations to the following students who have been granted awards from their colleges based on their excellent Leaving Cert results in 2016:
Anna Farrell - UCC Quercus Entrance Scholarship 2016
Mairead Brosnan and Mairead Dowling - TCD Entrance Exhibition Award 2016.
TY FUNDRAISER FOR ARTHRITIS IRELAND - MAY 2016
Ms. Kingston's TY Home Economics group organised a Monster "Sweet and Savoury" Bake sale on Friday 13th of May to raise funds for Arthritis Ireland and especially to mark "Children with Arthritis Awareness month - May 2016". Arthritis is actually the biggest cause of childhood disability in Ireland with 1 in a 1000 children experiencing the condition which has symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, fever and damage to joints. The girls served savoury treats such as pizza, nuggets and chips as well as preparing a wide range of baked treats including brownies, cookies, buns etc. All the baked goods were prepared by the TY students themselves and those who didn't bake donated the savoury goods so many thanks girls for your generosity. Jasper pins were sold also for €2. The group continued the fundraising on Sports Day by selling icecream wafers at €1 - a stand that did very brisk business indeed on such a lovely fine day. Friday's event raised over €550 and the icecream during Sports Day brought the total up to €802 so huge thanks to all the Pres girls for giving so generously yet again for another worthy cause.The cheque was presented to Mr. Tom Barrett of the Kerry Branch of Arthritis Ireland.
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TY FUNDRAISER FOR CUAN MHUIRE - MAY 2016
Ms. O’Connor’s TY Home Economics group hosted a fund-raising lunch staff lunch for Cuan Mhuire on Wednesday 11th of May. Staff members were treated to a wonderful selection of quiches, cold meats and salads followed by desserts and tea/coffee – all prepared freshly by the TY students and served up very professionally by them afterwards. Thanks to the sponsors - Dunnes Stores, Maguire’s Butchers, Tesco and Waddings Butchers - a very substantial amount has been raised for Cuan Mhuire. All Students in Presentation took part in the annual no-uniform day - paying €2 for the pleasure !- which also contributed to the funds raised.
Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s largest voluntary provider of Rehabilitation Treatment for individuals suffering from addiction and other related issues. Since its formation in 1966 by Sr. Consilio, Cuan Mhuire has treated over 75,000 people. Its main objective is the rehabilitation of persons suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. At any one time Cuan Mhuire has 600 people in treatment through their nationwide centres in Bruree, Co. Limerick; Farnanes, Co. Cork; Athy, Co. Kildare; Coolarne, Co. Galway and Newry, Co. Down.
Presentation Tralee has a very special connection with Cuan Mhuire as our former Principal Sr. Bríd works there as a counsellor and staff and students of Presentation Tralee are very proud of her dedication and time spent helping people experiencing addiction.
TRIPLE SUCCESS FOR PRES TRALEE AT ECON-UNESCO FINALS - WEDNESDAY 18TH MAY 2016
Huge congrats to all the TYs in Dublin at the Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Awards - “ If your Dog poops, you scoop” won the Waste category and also the OVERALL SENIOR PRIZE!!!!!!! Well done girls and Ms. O'Donoghue. Transition Year Science students at Presentation Secondary School Tralee have now won 2 categories at the Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist Awards in the Mansion House in Dublin on Wednesday 18 May. “Out with Japanese Knotweed” by Ms. O'Keeffe's group also won the Biodiversity category. Both groups have been extremely active in raising awareness of these issues in Tralee town and surrounding areas in recent months, have had massive media campaigns, fund-raising campaigns and a lot of poop-scooping so they definitely deserve their successes.
GERMAN ESSAY COMPETITION SUCCESS
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.
AIB BUILD A BANK 21ST APRIL 2016
Huge Congratulations to the Blossom Bank at Pres Tralee on winning 2nd prize in the AIB Build a Bank finals in Dublin on Thursday 21st of April and to mentors Ms.O'Grady and Ms.O'Connor.
ECO-UNESCO REGIONAL FINAL APRIL 2016
Congratulations to the 2 TY Science groups working on Eco Unesco projects and who both participated in the Eco-Den Regional final in UCC on Wednesday 6th of April.Ms. O'Keeffe's group has a project "Out with Japanese Knotweed" and Ms. O'Donoghues's group have been working on " If your Dog Poops, You Scoop". The issues of Japanese Knotweed and Dog Fouling have serious implications for members of the general public making these projects very worthwhile indeed. Both groups had to present their projects to a judging panel behind closed doors. They put a huge amount of work into their presentations with face-painting, board displays, hats with logos as well as powerpoint and prezi slideshows. Both groups got very positive feedback from the judges and hopefully will be successful in making it to the finals in Dublin in May.
SEAI- ONE GOOD IDEA 13TH JANUARY 2016
Congratulations to TY students: Aoife Doyle, Isobel Horgan, Muireann Moriarty and Sarah Fitzgerald who have made it through to the top 50 project entries in the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland One Good Idea project 2015/2016. The A.I.M.S. to Greener Fashion team will be looking at our fashion choices in terms of fabrics, country of origin, recycling but more importantly the "upcycling" of clothes.
GARDA YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - 12TH JANUARY 2016
Congratulations to 6th year student Leanne Hanafin and 5th year student Leona Stack who have been nominated for Garda Youth Achievement awards. Thank you to their mentors Ms. Colgan and Ms. Foley
SANTA HAT DAY - 18TH DECEMBER 2015
An amazing total of €1225 was raised on Friday 18th of December by the students of Pres Tralee towards the cost of a new Ronald Mc Donald house for the new children's hospital to be completed in 2020.Sincere thanks to all the students and staff who contributed and to Ms. Cronin who coordinated the event.
6TH YEAR SLEEPOVER FOR SYRIA - 27TH NOVEMBER 2015
Head girls at Presentation Secondary Tralee , Niamh Myers and Mairead Dowling, presented a cheque for €600 to Theresa Elumelu of Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC) on Friday 27th of November. The funds were raised through a 6th year sleepover in the school on Friday 20th.
SILVER GAISCE AWARD FOR 6TH YEAR STUDENT - 19TH NOVEMBER 2015
Congratulations to Aiveen Gavaghan , 6th year, who was presented with her Silver Gaisce award on Thursday 19th of November in the Radisson Hotel , Limerick. Aiveen was presented with her award by Gerry Flannery, former Munster rugby player and was the only Kerry recipient on the night. In order to achieve this Silver Gaisce award, Aiveen carried a wide range of activities - a community activity for 26 weeks by working in the Enable Ireland shop, Attending the Gym for 26 weeks for her Physical activity, taking singing lessons for her personal skill and then for the adventure category part-taking in a 3-day trek along the Sligo Way with 2 overnight camps.Aiveen began her Gaisce journey when in Transition year and Ms. Ann O'Mahony has continued to be her President's Award Leader and also attended on the night.
Huge congratulations to Czara Casey, 6th year 2015, who has been awarded the REID scholarship to Trinity College.
TRINITY ENTRANCE AWARDS - OCTOBER 2015
Congratulations to Czara Casey, Claire Crowley and Aneta Gaxha who have all been awarded Trinity Entrance Exhibition Awards 2015 based on their excellent Leaving Certificate results in 2015.
UCC QUERCUS AWARD 0CTOBER 2015
Congratulations to Agnieska Urbaniak , Leaving cert 2015 who has been awarded a UCC Quercus Entrance Scholarship 2015 based on her excellent Leaving Certificate results
MAYNOOTH SCHOLARSHIP - OCTOBER 2015
Congratulations to Claire Horgan, Leaving cert 2015, who has been awarded an Entrance scholarship to Maynooth University based on her excellent Leaving Certificate results.
INTEL AWARD - SEPTEMBER 2015
Ciara McEllistrim , Leaving Cert 2015 at Pres Tralee is one of seven recipients of the 2015 Intel Shannon Women in Technology Scholarship programme based on her Leaving Cert results. The programme invites applications each year from girls completing Leaving Certificate and going on to begin 3rd level degree courses in science and technology-related disciplines.€3,000 is awarded for each year of the degree, as well as the provision of an Intel mentor and the opportunity to complete summer internships at the Intel Shannon facility. Ciara is currently studying Computer Science and Information Technology at NUI Galway. Congratulations to Ciara on this wonderful achievement and we wish her every success in her future career.
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CHOIR VISITS BAILE MHUIRE NURSING HOME - MAY 2015
The members of the Junior choir had a very special day out on Tuesday 12th of May when they visited the Baile Mhuire Nursing home, Caherslee to perform and chat with residents. Performing a mixture of choral arrangements, solos and dance , a wonderful day was had by all. After the performances were over, the girls enjoyed chatting to the residents about times past. Sincere thanks to Rose for facilitating the visit and to Ms. Lynch who accompanied the choir.
PRES TRALEE WIN 1ST YEAR MATHS QUIZ - MAY 9TH 2015
Huge Congratulations to our 2 1st year Maths students who represented Pres Tralee so well last Friday night at the Kerry Maths Teachers 1st year quiz. Charlotte O’Halloran from 1D and Aisling Harty of 1E had been selected to represent the school at the quiz based on an in-school quiz completed by all the 1st years. Aisling was the overall winner on the night from 26 high-achieving Maths students in the county and Charlotte also performed excellently. Well done to Aisling’s Maths teacher Ms. Hand and Charlotte’s Maths teacher Ms. Colgan who accompanied you on the night.
ALL-IRELAND WINS FOR 1ST YEAR FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL - 4TH/6TH MAY 2015
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.
BOSTON CHOIR VISITS PRES TRALEE - APRIL 2015
As part of an Irish tour, the Algonquin Regional High School Jazz Ensemble and Wandering Minstrels spent a few exciting hours in Pres Tralee on Thursday 23rd April. Joined by the Pres Choir, musicians and dancers, there was a wonderful exchange of performances - ranging from choral pieces, jazz performances to Sean Nós singing, the interlude was enjoyed by all. Tralee Mayor , Mr. Jim Finucane welcomed the group to Tralee and wished them well on their trip to Ireland.Afterwards, all students and teachers enjoyed refreshments and an informal get-to-know you session. Thanks you to Ms. Lynch for coordinating the visit.
STUDENT ENTERPRISE AWARDS - APRIL 2015
The 13th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National final took place in Croke Park on Wednesday 22nd April and Pres Tralee was represented by Lauren Kelly and Maria Daly with their enterprise “ Instant Cuimhne” . Congratulations to the girls who won the prize in the category of “Most creative use of social media”.
AIB BUILD A BANK NATIONAL FINALISTS - APRIL 2015
Huge Congratulations to the TY Dream Bank team who won the National finals of the AIB Build-a-Bank Awards in Dublin on Thursday 16th April: Manager - Katie Ahern, Assistant Manager - Lauren Kelly, Customer Representatives - Sarah Kilgallen, Aishat Lawal, Marketing Advisor - Laura O'Connell and Financial Advisor -Ciara Dennehy. The team has won a prize of €5000 for the school with each individual winning a One4All voucher for €500.The team is a very worthy winner of the competition having given an incredible amount of their time and energy to build up a successful School bank this year - opening for business every Thursday, encouraging all students to save regularly, running promotions and competitions, giving presentations to Junior Business students in the school on the importance of saving regularly etc. The girls were supported all year by teachers Ms. O'Grady and Ms. O'Connor who accompanied the girls to Dublin on the day. Well done to all concerned!
TY STUDENT WINS NATIONAL GERMAN ESSAY COMPETITION - APRIL 2015
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.
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.
ICTU YOUTH CONNECT AWARDS - FEBRUARY 2015
Congratulations to the Pres Tralee teams who qualified for the last 15 in the National finals and who attended the Oscar-style Youth for Decent Work Award ceremony in the Savoy Dublin, on February 26th hosted by Love Hate actor Aaron Heffernan. Pres Tralee was the only school to have 2 videos in the last 15 and were "nominated" for awards in 2 categories.
Transition year students Amy Doyle, Lauren Kelly and Jade Diggins created a video on the topic of "A Youth Perspective" which looked at how income inequality can have an impact on teenagers and were nominated forBest Interpretation. Shelley Howarth, Caitriona Horgan, Bronwyn Hanafin and Olivia Carmody created "A class on Income Equality” which featured th example of a nurse and a CEO of a major company, comparing their wages and life-styles and were nominated in theBest Acting category. Although there weren't any "Oscars" on the day, our girls did us proud. Congratulations to all and to teacher Ms. O'Connor.
BT YOUNG SCIENTIST - JANUARY 2015
Ciara Begley of Transition year represented Presentation Tralee at this year's BT Young Scientist competition. All TY students prepared a project proposal as part of their TY coursework in Science and a number went on to enter the BT competition but were not accepted. Ciara got a last minute call just before the Christmas holidays and bravely, with a couple of weeks to go, decided to accept the challenge of preparing a project in 2 weeks instead of the usual 2 months! "Does Physical training cause injuries?" is the title of Ciara's project and is looking at the importance of warm-ups and warm-downs in GAA football and hurling, the type of injuries players get during training, the amount of time spent training, the numbers of teams players play on etc.
ADOPT-A-SOLDIER - 5TH YEAR STUDENT WINS A TRIP TO THE SOMME BATTLEFIELDS - NOVEMBER 2014
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.
ROTARY AWARDS - NOVEMBER 2014
At the beginning of November, 10 students from Presentation Tralee participated in the preliminary Tralee Rotary Club Youth Leadership Interviews.Mairead Dowling and Aiveen Gavaghan were selected to proceed to the 2nd round in the Imperial Hotel Tralee.Mairead Dowling was chosen to take part in the 3rd round held in the Malton Hotel Killarney on Wednesday 19th November but unfortunately was not successful on the day.Well done to Mairead and Aiveen and to their mentor Ms. Barry
SOROPTIMISTS' PUBLIC SPEAKING NOVEMBER 2014
Congratulations to 5th Year students Mairead Dowling, Kelley Pierse and Aisling Clarke, who competed in the Soroptimists' Public speaking competition on Saturday 15th November in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. All 3 students were successful, with Mairead and Kelley securing joint 1st place and Aisling being awarded 3rd place. Mairead and Kelley will progress to the regional level of the competition which is due to be held in January. Well done to all three girls and thank you to mentors Ms. Prendeville and Ms. Dowling.
LIONS CLUB AWARD - NOVEMBER 2014
Congratulations to Aiveen Gavaghan who represented Pres Tralee at the Lions Club Awards in Tralee on Wednesday 5th November 2014 and was selected as the Lions Club Ambassador for Tralee Lions club. The Lions Club Young Ambassador award acknowledges students who make a positive and proactive contribution to their local communities. Aiveen is a busy teenager , being involved in many activities both in school and in the community. she does voluntary work with Enable Ireland and Blennerville Youth club as well as being involved in musical activities in the Immaculate Conception Church on a regular basis. She has taken part in fund-raising activities for many organisations such as the St. Vincent de Paul, Irish Cancer Socety and Special Olympics. In school, Aiveen has been active in the School Bank, an Enterprise company, setting up the School Breakfast club and working on a Gaisce award. Aiveen will now go on to the Munster final of the competition and we all wish her well.
POETRY ALOUD - OCTOBER 2014
Well done to Katie Ahern and Aishat Lawal of Transition year who are now through to the Regional finals of the Poetry Aloud competition in November.
LIONS CLUB YOUNG AMBASSADOR AWARD - OCTOBER 2014
Good luck to Patriz Brosnan, Helen Dowling and Aiveen Brosnan who have been nominated to represent Pres Tralee in the upcoming Lions Club Young Ambassador Awards.awards
JUNIOR DRAGONS DEN
Congratulations to the B-NEE company who qualified for the Junior Dragons Den shown on RTE on Sunday June 1st
NDC MILK-IT AWARDS – MAY 2014
Congratulations to the LEGENDairy team from Transition year who made it to the last 10 teams of Senior secondary school students from ten counties who have been short-listed to take part in the 2014 national finals of the NDC Milk It Awards.
ALL-IRELAND TALENT SHOW SEMI-FINAL - APRIL 2014
Well done to Miriam Dowling of 3M who has reached the All-Ireland Semi-finals of the Schools Talent Search. Thanks to all those who donated to vote for Miriam - all funds raised go to Cancer Support services.The next round is on Sunday April 6th in the Greenhills Hotel in Limerick.
MATHS QUIZ – APRIL 2014
Congratulations to Emma Pierce, Maedbh Pierce, Aoife O'Sullivan and Aoife O'Mahony who came second in the first Kerry Pi Maths quiz for Junior cert Maths students held on Friday 4th April in the south campus of I.T.T. All the top teams were very close score-wise with the Pres girls being just 1 mark behind the 1st team.Thank you to Teachers Ms. O'Connell and Ms. Hand who accompanied the girls on the night.
AIB-BUILD-A-BANK APRIL 2014
Well done to the School Bank - OPERATION YOUNG GENERATION - who reached the final 6 at the AIB BUILD-A-BANK National finals in Dublin. This is an amazing achievement and a tribute to the huge amount of work done by the Transition year students Manager - Mairead Dowling, Assistant Manager- Niamh Myers, Customer Service - Aiveen Gavaghan and Lucy Foley, Financial Controller - Katie Dillon and Sales and Marketing manager -Anna Sugrue during the year and to their mentors Ms. O'Grady and Ms. O'Connor.
STUDENT THEATRE REVIEWS – APRIL 2014
Congratulations to Alice Jaeger of Transition year who was short-listed in the top 100 in the Senior Category of the Bord Gais Student Theatre Awards from an entry of 7,500 for her review of the film "WarHorse"
ALL-IRELAND SCHOOLS TALENT COMPETITION - FRIDAY 7TH MARCH
3 PRES FACTOR performers took part in one of the first heats in the All- Ireland schools Talent competition in Limerick on Friday night the 7th of March. Sarah Barry 5th year played a piano piece, Elena Barry of 1st year a violin piece and Miriam Dowling 3rd year sang a favourite traditional ballad. While the musicians played wonderfully, it was to be Miriam's night as the Judges chose her as one of 5 acts to go through to the next round on Sunday March 23rd. Congratulations to Miriam and Best of Luck in the next round.
As more students perform in PRES FACTOR during the year, we are sure to have many more entries for this competition next year. PRES FACTOR takes place on Thursdays at lunch-time, is not a competition but a chance for students with musical talents to perform and gain confidence and experience by doing so. All types of music, song and dance welcome - just give Mrs. O'Mahony details in advance so necessary details like space for dancing can be planned!
NATIONAL FINALS FOR SCHOOL BANK - MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
OPERATION YOUNG GENERATION - The school bank are having yet another successful year participating in the AIB Build-a-Bank competition. The students participated in the regional finals in the Silver Springs hotel in Cork on Monday 24th February. There were a number of different aspects to this round of the competition: an initial 2 minute presentation to judges about the individuals themselves followed by a 10 minute presentation to a Senior judge regarding the day-to-day running of the bank. Operation Young Generation were delighted to be short-listed as part of the final 10 based on these presentations and then made a 2 minute presentation on stage to a full audience. Eventually the Pres bankers were announced as one of the final four to take part in the National finals in March. Well done to :Manager - Mairead Dowling, Assistant Manager- Niamh Myers, Customer Service - Aiveen Gavaghan and Lucy Foley, Financial Controller - Katie Dillon and Sales and Marketing - Anna Sugrue.
SATURDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2014 - SOROPTIMISTS
Increase Akinemi of 5th year was selected from a group of 10 regional finalists in the Soroptimists Public Speaking competition as one of 2 students going forward to the National Finals in Thurles on March 8th.
GARDA YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS2014
4 Pres students have been selected to receive Garda Youth Achievement Awards. These awards are presented in recognition of the great contribution young people have made and continue to make to their communities in Kerry.The Kerry division of an Garda Síochána in association with Lee Strand hosted an awards night in Tralee on Friday 24th January.To receive a nomination for a Garda Youth Achievement Award is an achievement in itself. However, 3 students in Presentation were selected by the judging panel to receive an award: Shauna O'Connor and Deirdre Laffan 5th Year and Lorna Canty 6th Year all received Merit awards and Mary Doody received a Distinction award.
WED 19TH JANUARY 2014 - GERMAN DEBATING
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 yesterday. 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.
JANUARY 2014 - NDC MILK IT AWARDS
Congratulations to the "Legendairy" team of Moira Hanafin, Aisling Clark and Leanne Hanafin of Transition year who have qualified for round 2 of the N.D.C. Milk It awards as one of the top 100 teams in the country. The Secondary school Advertising Awards 2014 aim to promote the importance of Dairy to teenage Peers by those participating. The girls aim to help students in the school achieve their daily requirement of 5- dairy- portions- a- day by introducing frozen yogurt at lunchtimes in coming weeks.The girls must now expand their project to show how their creative and strategic campaign can be activated with a Portfolio due on March 3rd. We wish them well in the next round as they remind all girls in Pres that they are building their bones now for later in life - Calcium and Vitamin D being vitally important for this life-stage.
NOVEMBER 2014 - COMPUTING
5 students from Pres Tralee were selected to participate in a new Irish Beaver Computing contest based on their Excellent results in their Junior Cert Maths exam.Laura Healy, Sarah Jo Lynch and Agnieska Urbaniek (Junior Cert 2013), as well as Claire Crowley and Czara Casey (Junior Cert 2012) l participated in the online computational thinking challenge for students. The students were presented with their certs by Ms. Margaret O'Connell, Maths teacher.
Congratulations to Increase Akinyemi 5th Year who came Joint 1st in the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition On Saturday November 16th.Mary-Kate Maguire, also 5th year came Joint 2nd in the competition. Well done also to Leslie McCarthy and Tomi Odugbesan who also participated and thank you to their teacher Ms. Prendeville.We wish Increase well in the next round in February.
BT YOUNG SCIENTIST
Congratulations to Hannah O'Connor and Aoife Sheehan of Transition Year whose project has been selected to participate in the 2014 Young Scientist in January 2014.
Congrats to the German Debating team on winning the first round of the Goethe Competition against Ard Scoil Rís in Limerick. Team Members:
COMHAIRLE NA N'ÓG
4 students from Pres Tralee - Clare Horgan, Patriz Brosnan and Muireann Keating 5th year and Vanessa Jay Panagsagan were selected to sit on the current Comhairle na nÓg on Friday October 4th. Comhairle na nÓg is part of a Government initiative to ensure that young people are involved in decision-making at a local and National level. Each year there is a County Comhairle na nÓg event at which an A.G.M. is held and a new Comhairle is elected. This allows young people from all over Kerry to come together to discuss issues that affect their daily lives including mental health, alcohol and drug abuse.
YOUNG ENTREPENEUR - 1 YEAR ON
My last six months have been full of amazing opportunities, I could have never dreamt of. In June I received an email from RTE asking me to participate in a segment called Kidspeak. Of course I was thrilled and accepted. The following week I went up to Dublin and filmed my 50 second segment with the most amazing crew out there. This segment will be aired on RTE 2 starting this week and continuing up until the new year.
A week or two before the Rose of Tralee I received an email inviting me to have afternoon tea with the one and only Don O'Neill.What a guy !!! We discussed everything from the inspiration for his next collection to Dynasty !!! Don O'Neill truly is one of those people who are genuinely nice and deserves to reach great heights in the fashion world.
One of the most exciting opportunities I have received came in the form of a simple invitation. It was an invitation from the European Commission and the Committee of Regions to speak at the Innovation Union - the contribution of Europe's regions and cities conference. I will be make an 8 minute presentation on my entrepreneurial experience. The conference will take place in Brussels at the end of November.
On October 12th my blog had its first anniversary, on this day it also hit 100000 views ! I feel like I blinked and the year disappeared, and it was the most amazing year. It definitely had its highs and lows but I would love to go back and do it all over again. In the space of a year my life has completely changed, I receive invitations to pr events and launch parties most weeks. My blog has been featured in local, national and international media.
Thank you everyone who has supported me during the past year, especially my two TY business teachers, Mrs.O'Grady and Ms.O'Connor.
KAITHLIN CORCORAN 5TH YEAR
TOUR 2018 - BARCELONA
The 5th year school tour for 2018 will take place to Barcelona from the 8th to 11th March.
A meeting of parents/guardians will take place on Tuesday 27th at 7:30pm in the school. It is essential to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact the school.
If you have not received the following forms & information leaflets please come to Ms Foley for them:
- Insurance form
- School Tour policy & acceptance letter
- payment of the balance of the cost of the tour.
Please check your passport & renew ASAP.
Apply for EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD (replaces E111) online.
These are free. For full details see below.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE SCHOOL TOUR:
GUITAR - Wed 1.30p.m in Demo - Alfie
SUDUKO - Ongoing puzzles on the Notice board at the entry to the Assembly area next to courtyard
GREEN SCHOOLS - Thursdays lunchtime Lab 1, Mr. Brennan
ICT: Thursday 1.10 - 2.00 .contact Ms. M.O'Connor
FILM CLUB - Friday lunchtimes from Friday 6th October
BOOK CLUB - Thursdays in the Geography room. Contact Ms. Walsh
SCIFEST/ECO UNESCO/BT YOUNG SCIENTIST - contact your Science teacher
An ICT club will take place on Thursdays between 1.30 and 2.00 p.m. in Computer room 1 for any students who require assistance with computer-based home-work or projects. Please give your name to Ms. Moira O’Connor.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss