Boarding School

Aim of the Presentation Boarding School

 

Presentation Boarding School, Thurles, is a five-day week boarding school for girls who attend Presentation Secondary School, Thurles. The boarding school is under the trusteeship of the Presentation Provincial Leadership Team and administered by a management committee set up by the Trustees.

The Boarding School continues a long and proud tradition. It was set up in 1914 as a ‘Preparatory Training College’ for girls hoping to qualify as teachers.

The ethos of Presentation Boarding School is one of care and respect for each individual boarder entrusted to its care. It endeavours to create an environment where the girls feel safe, relaxed and happy, and where they can benefit to the full from their secondary education. As well as good study opportunities, they are also given valuable training and encouragement to develop important life skills: such as the ability to live together in harmony; to be accepting and caring to one another; to learn the Christian values of kindness, forgiveness and generosity; and to deepen their faith life.

 

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The Boarding School is open to students from 7.30 p.m on Sundays to 5.30 p.m. on Fridays.

Daily Timetable

7.30 a.m.

Rising followed by Breakfast and Study
 (Mass 8.00 a.m. once a week)

9.00 a.m.     

School

1.05 p.m.        

Dinner/  Lunch

1.50 p.m.        

School

3.40 p.m.        

Games/other activities/Cuppa

4.30 -6.00 p.m. 

Study ( including music practice and speech and drama lessons)

6.00 - 6.30 p.m.   

Tea

6.30 -7.00 p.m.   

Recreation

7.00-9.00 p.m.  

Study

8.55 p.m.

Night Prayer

9.00 -9.30 p.m.  

Night Cuppa and Recreation

9.30 p.m.   

Bedtime

10.15 p.m.      

Lights Out (Seniors may study till 10.45p.m.) 

 

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The Boarding School continues a long and proud tradition. It was set up in 1914 as a ‘Preparatory Training College’ for girls hoping to qualify as teachers.

The ethos of Presentation Boarding School is one of care and respect for each individual boarder entrusted to its care. It endeavours to create an environment where the girls feel safe, relaxed and happy, and where they can benefit to the full from their secondary education. As well as good study opportunities, they are also given valuable training and encouragement to develop important life skills: such as the ability to live together in harmony; to be accepting and caring to one another; to learn the Christian values of kindness, forgiveness and generosity; and to deepen their faith life.

 

Academic Development

  • There are three study halls: one for 6th Years; one for 5th and 3rd Years; and one for TYs, 1st and 2nd Years. There is supervised study in each study hall for four hours every night.
  • A homework club is in place for the 1st Years.
  • Group Maths tutorials are provided for 3rd, 5th and 6th Years.
  • Computers and broadband are available for study.
  • Music rooms are available for music practice.

Educational Extras Provided

An after school educational programme is in place for the Transition Years: youth leadership course given by Toastmasters; book club; camera club; health and beauty workshop; oral Irish, French and German; cookery for college; personal development; interview skills; fitness, knitting/crochet club and dancing (ballroom, céilí, zumba etc).

 

Social and Leadership Development

  • A Students’ Council is in place, with members elected by each year group.
  • TY students are encouraged to help a junior student who may be struggling at a subject.
  • A buddy system is in place where a Leaving Cert girl has a special care of a 1st Year.
  • Conversation sessions between Irish and overseas students are organised so that both benefit from the others’ language and culture.
  • Mobile phones are strictly forbidden at meal times. Conversation and table fellowship are encouraged and good table manners are fostered.

 

Spiritual Development

  • Boarders attend  8 a.m. Mass in the Cathedral once a week.
  • Leaving Cert students read at Mass in the Cathedral.
  • Boarders assemble for Night Prayers before going to dorms each night.
  • Grace before/after meals said together.
  • There are opportunities for quiet prayer in the Convent Prayer Room for Leaving Certs once a week after study and occasionally for 1st Years and other year groups.
  • Students who are recently bereaved or those with sick relatives or other family worries like to come to the Convent Prayer Room.
  • Prayer services are held in the Convent Chapel for all the boarders around Presentation Day, Advent, Holy Week, before exams and at other special times as they occur.

                                                                                                                      

Physical Development and Health & Safety

  • All boarders must participate in after-school sports.
  • There is a strict limit on the use of mobile phones.
  • Dormitories are total electronic-free zones.
  • Lights are out at 10.00 p.m. for juniors and at 10.15 p.m. for seniors, after which silence is maintained so that all can have a good night’s sleep.
  • Night supervisors patrol the dorms at night.
  • Good nourishing meals are provided by an amazing cook and kitchen team.
  • A nurse comes in every day to look after sick boarders. She also administers medication and maintains a well-equipped sick bay. A medication policy is in place.
  • Fire drills are undertaken regularly.
  • A night security man is on duty for some hours at night.

   

Parental Involvement

Parents of each year group, together with their daughters, are invited to a meeting and refreshments when they return in August/September. Parents appreciate this opportunity to get to know each other.

In general, the parents are very happy and appreciative of the care taken of their daughters, of the high standard of their meals and accommodation, of the good order and friendliness which prevails in Presentation Boarding School. They often speak about the warmth and welcoming place it is and the spirit of kindliness which pervades the whole place.

 On the other hand the management of the Boarding School appreciates the kindness of the parents who entrust their daughters to their care. They are always most co-operative with the Boarding School and are very generous in sharing their expertise with us on the management committee, with extracurricular activities for the Transition Years and in any advice we seek from them.

 

 

 

 

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