School News – 18th February, 2013


Our 5th year, Transition year and LCA students paid a visit recently to Lisheen mines over consecutive weeks. In recent times, students who visited Lisheen mines on school trips have found it beneficial for
subjects including  Business Studies, Geography, Science, and LCVP. Our students have been afforded the opportunity to undertake these visits thanks to business teacher Mr. Brennan and chief engineer for
the mines Jimmy Dunne.


Our Transition year students enjoyed an exciting day out last week when visiting the Criminal Courts in Parkgate Street Dublin. This was the first time any of our students had witnessed actual court
proceedings in such courts and found it a most  informative and enjoyable experience. A guided tour was also arranged with the court clerk for this trip by Ms. Molumby where we got the chance to simulate
a court case. Legal Studies forms part of the Transition year programme and excursions like this one are of immense importance to students and teachers alike. The day finished on a high with a little
bit of shopping in the city centre!


On the sporting front, things are quietening down at htis time of the year especially for our cohort of students undertaking their mock junior and leaving cert exams. However, our u-16 Gaelic footballers
are training presently for up-coming Vocational Schools county competitions. With talented players on our panel like Colm Ryan, Gavin Dunne, Gary Donnelly and Brendan Callinan we are looking forward to
such matches with an air of optimism.


A large number of 5th and 6th class primary students from Thurles and the surrounding hinterland paid visits to our school campus recently. The aim of this programme was to give students of senior primary
classes a sample or taster of life both academically and socially in our school. An enjoyable day was experienced by all involved as practical visits were made to respective subject departments such as
Computers, Science, Home economics, Woodwork, CAD etc.. Students were also treated to an array of P.E. activities in our Sports centre, The Dome. Feedback was very positive from students and staff alike and the visits finished with a well-earned trip to sample the fine cuisine in our school canteen