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.
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.