Presentation Secondary School Thurles
Day School and Boarding School

Boarders - Holistic Student Care

Academic

  • 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 every evening.
  • 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

  • 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 are on duty through the 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.
Mitchel St, Thurles, Co-Tipperary, E41DF34
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