May News (2)
Written by principal Monday, 14 May 2012 09:55
Thurles C.B.S. News
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.
On Thursday, the third of May, our transition year horticultural class paid a visit to Kildalton Agricultural College in Piltown, Kilkenny. The students were given an informative tour of the college’s glass houses and orchard as well as attending a talk on the different courses and qualifications that the college offers through its links with Waterford Institute of Technology. Overall, the students experienced an enlightening and enjoyable day.
As part of their efforts to attain the Gaisce President’s Award ,24 pupils travelled to Mountmelleray Scout Activity and Sport Centre, high in the Knockmealdown Mountains, where they stayed for two days. The President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to young people between 15 and 25 years of age. In order to receive their medals students had to demonstrate achievements in four separate categories; community involvement, physical recreation, personal skill and adventure journey. The students completed a thirty kilometre trek over two days and were also kept busy by the necessity to cater for all their own meals. The students were accompanied by their teachers, Ms O Dwyer and Ms. Horan, as well as by Mr. Pat Foley, an active member of Thurles Scouts. Their adventure was a great success and all pupils will now be awarded their bronze Gaisce medals.
Tractor Safety Course
Last Thursday twenty three of our transition year pupils participated in a tractor safety course, held at Thurles Mart. The event began with an informative powerpoint presentation which focused on safety and the different component parts of a tractor. Afterwards the students received some practical instruction as to how to reverse a tractor and trailer. The students really enjoyed this ‘hands on’ activity.
Exams and Practicals
Our Leaving Cert students were busy last week, sitting practical exams in art, agricultural science and construction studies as well as a written exam in L.C.V.P.. Our Junior Cert art students also sat their practical exam last Tuesday.
On Tuesday last twenty five of our transition year students participated in a refereeing course which was organised and delivered by, Tipperary Games Promotion Officer, Mr. Andy Ryan. The students viewed an informative powerpoint presentation which focused on the rules of both football and hurling as well as watching some video clips of some of the country’s best referees in action.
Zambian Immersion Project
Preparations have already begun in anticipation of the school’s participation in the Zambian Immersion Project next year. A meeting was held last week to inform all interested students of what the project is about and how they can apply. The Zambian Immersion Project is a programme whereby eight students, accompanied by three teachers, spent two weeks in the town of Mufilira in northern Zambia around Easter time. The project aims to encourage young people to become more aware of issues such as justice, poverty and development. Students from the school have participated in the programme on four previous occasions. Any fourth or fifth year students who are interested in applying must demonstrate their commitment by raising 100 euro over the summer through some fundraising activity. Students who fulfil this requirement will then be interviewed next September.
Rice Cup B
Congratulations to the Rice Cup ‘B’ panel and to their mentors, Mr. McCormack and Mr. Butler, following their victory in the blitz competition that was held in Dr. Morris Park on Friday last. The C.B.S. team enjoyed victories over Abbey C.B.S., Nenagh C.B.S. and Ard Scoil Ris in the group stages before once more defeating Ard Scoil in the final. Well done to all involved.