Our Transition Year students are once again participating in the Young Social Innovators programme. Their project this year is entitled ‘Operation Christmas Child Boxes’ and they have already begun to collect toys and other gifts which will be distributed to disadvantaged children . The Young Social Innovators is a competition which encourages young people to take a more active role on social issues. The students will later have to give a presentation on their project at a ‘Speakout’ event in Cork.
The school’s senior golf team was in action on Monday last when they competed in the Irish Schools’ Matchplay Competition at Adare Manor Golf Club. The team consisted of Aidan Ryan, Ruairi Dwan, Tom Meehan and Shane Moloney. They played very well, particularly Aidan who shot a 74, but of the twenty six teams that competed there was only one team which could qualify. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable day and those involved would like to compliment the staff of Adare Manor for their very hospitable welcome.
First Year Hurling
Last Thursday our first year hurling panel played a useful challenge match against Johnstown. This was a helpful run-out as the team continues to prepare for the Tipperary First Year Leagues. Also, on Tuesday last our first year ‘C’ team participated in a hurling blitz in Nenagh. They played Newport and St. Mary’s of Nenagh in two very competitive games and they acquitted themselves very well. Twenty seven players got game time on Tuesday and it is great that so many first year students get the opportunity to represent the school on the hurling field.
Commiserations to the Harty Panel following their narrow defeat to St. Flannan’s in Newport on Wednesday last. Despite the wet conditions Thurles started well and led at half-time by 1-6 to 8 points. However St.Flannan’s fought back and eventually won the game on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-12. Thurles have two group games remaining, with their opponents being Blackwater College and St.Coleman’s of Fermoy.
Geography Field Trip
On Tuesday last Mr. Kelly’s geography class travelled to Rossmore to observe the flow of the Multeen River. This field trip was undertaken as part of the Geographical Investigation which constitutes 20% of the students’ marks in the leaving cert geography course. The students were able to see meanders and were able to witness the processes involved in their formation. Overall it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable excursion.
The Dean Ryan panel played a useful challenge match against St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny on Thursday last.
Poetry Slam Workshop
On Friday last our transition year pupils participated in a Poetry Slam workshop. Facilitated by the poet Steve Murray, the workshop inspired the pupils to write their own poems by concentrating on key topics and drawing up lists of appropriate adjectives and nouns from which they would then construct their works. The students really enjoyed the experience and hopefully it will instill in them a new appreciation for poetry.