Written by principal Monday, 30 April 2012 11:45
Thurles C.B.S. News
U.C.C. Open Day
Some of our fifth year students got a taste of college life last Friday when they attended the open day at University College Cork. The students toured the campus and attended presentations on degree programmes in the Boole Theatre as well as consulting information stands and meeting with academic staff. This informative excursion should help the students to gain a better insight into possible academic options for their futures.
The annual James O Donoghue ‘Hurling Development Fundraiser’ Golf Classic will take place on Friday, the first of June at Thurles Golf Club. Teams of four cost € 160 per entry . As usual there will be some great prizes up for grabs. You can also choose to sponsor a tee-box for € 50. If you wish to book a slot on the timesheet or if you require any further information then please contact the organisers by ringing the following number; 087-6127921. All proceeds from the golf classic are used to support the development of hurling in the school.
For the past three weeks volunteers from the Order of Malta have generously given of their time to provide our fourth year students with a comprehensive first aid course. Students who successfully completed the course were rewarded with basic level first aid certificates. The training programme comprised both theoretical and practical sessions and was structured to give participants the skills and confidence to apply the theory in practical situations. Among other things, the students learned how to place somebody in the recovery position, how to wrap bandages, how to make a sling and how to deliver C.P.R. . The school would like to thank the Order of Malta and in particular Mr. Pierce Murphy, Ms. Brenda O Meara and Mr. Denis Jordan for providing this very useful training.
Driver Education Programme
On Tuesday and Wednesday of last week our Transition Year students participated in a day long driver education programme delivered by the Irish School of Excellence. This course is designed to provide the students with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of driving and to foster responsible attitudes and driving behaviours. Our students began by practicing how to pass the driver theory test. After three attempts, designed to familiarise the students with the rules of the road, the pupils were given the task of buying a car on-line and attempting to insure it, all with a budget of 5000 euro. Later, they learned how to change a tyre and how to use a satnav before actually driving a vehicle. The students really enjoyed the course, finding it both informative and practical.
Orals, Practicals and Projects
This is a busy period for our Leaving and Junior Cert students. Last week our sixth year language students sat their German and French oral exams while our music students also had to perform their music practicals. Last Friday was also an important date as it was the deadline for the submission of project work in geography, history and construction studies. Our third years also had to complete projects in science and C.S.P.E. for the Friday deadline.
There was an information night for the parents of incoming first years held in the school on Monday last. Parents were informed about the timetable and the subjects their sons will be studying in September. They were also informed of the support structures which are designed to ensure that the incoming first years settle in smoothly. The evening, which ended with a very positive question and answer session, was very well attended.
On the 13th of March the school was assessed by An Taisce for its first green flag,’Litter and Waste’. After being assessed the committee are now pleased to announce that they have been successful in acquiring their first flag. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Green Schools Committee who have worked tirelessly over the past couple of years to improve the way the school disposes of its waste material and to promote tidiness in the school. The committee now aims to keep waste management and litter as key priorities in the school while also attempting to attain the second flag, ‘Energy’.
Talk By Mr John Lonergan
The Parents’ Council oganised a very sucessful talk with Mr John Lonergan for parents last week. There was a good turnout and all present were hugely impressed with the advice and guidance that was imparted during the evening.