PRES BRAY

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TRAN­SI­TION YEAR

By M Dou­glas, C Ivory, S Byrne and C Flood. (TY stu­dents)

As part of our fourth year ex­pe­ri­ence we or­gan­ised a bag pack from the 4th-6th of De­cem­ber in con­junc­tion with the Knights of Colum­banus. The money fundraised will go to­wards a num­ber of char­i­ties both at home and abroad. Our sis­ter school in North­ern Ghana, St. Josephs Pre­sen­ta­tion School, will have money do­nated to­wards it’s feed­ing pro­gram. Money will also be do­nated to St. Cather­ine’s School in New­cas­tle. Also ben­e­fit­ing from our fundraiser are Bray res­i­dents who will be pro­vided with Christ­mas din­ners by The Knights of Colum­banus. Christ­mas din­ners will be de­liv­ered to those who live alone or are house­bound on Christ­mas day. Stu­dents from fourth and first year in the col­lege vol­un­teered to help out. We would like to thank all those stu­dents who gave up their free time and to all who con­trib­uted so gen­er­ously. We would also like to thank the man­ager and staff of Tesco, Bray who al­lowed us to use their store.

On Tues­day 2nd of De­cem­ber a hill walk­ing ac­tiv­ity was or­gan­ised for stu­dents from class 4.3. and 4.4. The trip was or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with Moun­tain Leaders from Bray Youth Ser­vices. The 8km hike took us from Glendalough to the sum­mit of Der­ry­bawn and along the ridge be­fore drop­ping back down to the Shea El­liot Memo­rial on the Mil­i­tary Rd. The scenery was beau­ti­ful but was made even more so by the cov­er­ing of snow along the peaks. De­spite the cold weather every­one had a great day and even learned a few things about the ge­og­ra­phy, wildlife, veg­e­ta­tion of the area as well as some ba­sic nav­i­ga­tion and moun­tain sur­vival skills. We would like to thank our guides Barry, Eva, Wil­lie and Dara from BYS.

On Wed­nes­day 3rd De­cem­ber we made the short jour­ney into the RDS Christ­mas on Ice for an hour of slip­pery mad­ness. We ar­rived at the rink at 10.20 and ex­changed our shoes for state of the art shiny blue ice skates. Af­ter a shaky start we quickly adapted to the con­di­tions and be­fore long were glid­ing grace­fully across the ice. De­spite a few em­bar­rass­ing slip-ups the day was a great suc­cess.

On Thurs­day 4th De­cem­ber class 4.3 and 4.4 went on a tour of the W. B. Yeats ex­hi­bi­tion lo­cated in the Na­tional Li­brary. Both classes had re­cently stud­ied the life and works of Yeats. The ex­hi­bi­tion proved to be an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to fur­ther their knowl­edge of one of Ire­lands best­known poets and the his­tory and cul­ture of the time he was liv­ing in. To deepen our un­der­stand­ing of the his­tor­i­cal con­text of po­ems such as Easter 1916 we also vis­ited the Na­tional Mu­seum at Collins Bar­racks to view the ex­hi­bi­tion on the 1916 Easter Ris­ing. We also vis­ited the Sol­diers and Chiefs ex­hibits all of which are highly rec­om­mended.

Many thanks to our teach­ers Mr. Tansey, Mr. O Suil­li­van, Mr. O Brien, Mr. Con­roy and Ms. Collins for or­gan­is­ing the hill walk­ing, skat­ing and Yeats tour for us.

Mon­day 8th of De­cem­ber sees the start of the first round of work ex­pe­ri­ence for fourth year stu­dents. The next two weeks will give us stu­dents the chance to try out and con­sider pos­si­ble fu­ture ca­reers. We like to thank all of those em­ploy­ers who have given so gen­er­ously of their time, sup­port and ex­per­tise as this ex­pe­ri­ence will cer­tainly be of tremendous ben­e­fit to us in the fu­ture.

The TY Mu­si­cal “Back to the 80’s” be­gins on Tues­day 9th of De­cem­ber in the Mer­maid The­atre and will be per­formed with the stu­dents from Loreto. It should pro­vide an en­ter­tain­ing and thor­oughly en­joy­able evening for all. Stu­dents have been busy re­hears­ing since Septem­ber and we would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the direc­tors es­pe­cially Ms. Byrne and all those who have been in­volved for all their hard work and com­mit­ment. Break a leg!

1ST YEAR BAS­KET­BALL

Our 1st year Bas­ket­ball team have been very suc­cess­ful in both matches played in the past fort­night. In their first match they trav­elled out to St.Fin­tan’s in Sut­ton to play what was a very tight game up un­til the fi­nal quar­ter. Some ex­cel­lent scor­ing from Andy Bart­ley, cap­tain Marc Len­non and twins Ash and Reece O’Cal­laghan en­abled Pres to pull away at the fin­ish. The game ended with a well de­served Pres victory of 48-26.

More re­cently, the 1st year team trav­elled to Rath­farn­ham to play Coláiste Éanna. They again pulled off a fan­tas­tic win in what was an en­thralling match. Lewis Hayes was first onto the score­sheet with Andy Bart­ley pitch­ing in two more soon af­ter. Craig Dowl­ing added an­other bas­ket to fin­ish the first quar­ter with a fine lead. It was more of the same in the sec­ond pe­riod with Marc Len­non reg­is­ter­ing four con­sec­u­tive bas­kets with an ad­di­tional score from Alan Doyle. Coláiste Éanna did man­age to clock up bas­kets fur­ther into the sec­ond half. How­ever, Bray held a comfortable lead go­ing into the third quar­ter with 3 bas­kets com­ing from Billy Ka­vanagh. Out­stand­ing de­fense from Jack Westrich, Jodi Whe­lan, Matthew Prunty and Adam Court­ney se­cured a fine win for Pres of 54-26.

2ND YEAR BAS­KET­BALL

Our sec­ond years also met the highly fan­cied St.Fin­tan’s in what turned out to be an ex­cel­lent con­test. Pres were driven on by a strong dis­play from cap­tain Sam Con­nolly who was as­sisted by gutsy de­fen­sive play from Oisin Hen­nessey and Ben Cur­ran. Lorcan Mur­phy proved to be a con­stant threat to Fin­tan’s de­fence and seemed un­stop­pable in his scor­ing abil­i­ties. Pres were strong through­out and won 38-33 with David Mackin play­ing a great fi­nal quar­ter.

Our sec­ond years recorded an im­pres­sive 66 point win over Coláiste Éanna last Wed­nes­day. Dar­ragh McKay was first to score for Pres swiftly fol­lowed by some fine bas­kets from Ja­son Cur­ran. Strong de­fence from Jake Mes­sitt, Andy Barnes, Keith Con­alty and Nicky Casey meant that not a sin­gle bas­ket went in for Éanna in the sec­ond or forth quar­ters. Mur­phy dom­i­nated the score­sheet again claim­ing 16 bas­kets in the game. New­com­ers Josh McEvoy, James Creamer and Corey Latch­ford also had a strong in­flu­ence de­fen­sively to en­sure Pres’s victory of 74-8.

RUGBY

Best of luck to the Ju­nior Rugby team to play CBC Monkstown in the Le­in­ster League this Thurs­day. The game takes place in Sea­point Rugby club at 2.30.

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