Presentation Secondary School actively encourages its students to participate fully in the life of the school. In co-operation with the Board of Management, parents and teacher, the Student Representative Council promotes the interests of the school and involves students in the affairs of the school.
The student council is an elected group of student who represent the views of the entire student body.
Numbers may vary in a given year to suit the needs of the Year and 6th Year representation will include the Head girls
The student council meet regularly with the Head Girls and a member of the teaching staff to discuss matters raised by the students. It provides an important and constructive outlet for the students’ activities and opinions.
Although senior students make up the committee of chairperson, treasurer and secretary, the contribution of each student is given equal consideration and respect.
The role of the student council is to:
- be a voice for students by making their opinions known
- improve the environment and atmosphere in school
- provide positive role models
- organise events and guest speakers and fundraisers
- liaise with management on an ongoing basis
- raise issues put forward by their individual classes
- participate in school activities
- address issues relating to uniform, facilities etc.
- heighten awareness of issues such as bullying, human rights, environment, healthy eating, etc.
Ellie O’ Hanlon
Trina Moriarty Flynn
Áine O’Sullivan Head Girl
Aoife Dillane Head Girl
FOOD APPEAL 2018
The SRC members wish to thank all those who contributedmost generously to the annual Vincent de Paul food appeal in Pres Tralee. The items collected in the classrooms made up over 25 hampers which were collected by representatives of the local Vincent de Paul - Junior Sheehy and Maura Sheehy - on Wednesday 20th of December.
There was huge excitement at Presentation Secondary School, Tralee on Monday 18th of December as the first ever “Pres Got Talent” show drew talent from all years in the school. 2 shows were held for the school in the Pres Primary Hall - Junior cycle students between 10 and 12 and Senior students between 1 & 3. Students bought tickets for €3 which covered entry but also 1 vote in the “People’s Choice award”.
Head girls Aoife Dillane and Áine O’Sullivan compered the event - introducing the judges Mrs. Kirby, staff representative, Mr. David Rath, music teacher and Ms. Fiona O’Neill of the O’Neill sisters from Causeway.
All the performers waited anxiously in the "Green rooms"...
A wide variety of musical genres were featured on the day. Sisters Michaela and Tara Murphy, 6th year, performed “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and Grace McLoughlin, 1st year, the seasonal “O Holy Night”. Eimear O’Sullivan of 3rd year treated the audience to poll-topping tune “Fairy tale of New York” on her fiddle with Caroline Hurley also 3rd year playing a foot-tapping selection of jigs on her mandolin. Nia Raduconce amazed with her Beatboxing and Feyi Odugbesan with the classic Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Another pair of sisters – Andreea & Antonia Gergely performed "Brother" by Kodaline with accompaniment of guitar and Bodhrán. Kornelia Lemanska danced to Piano accompaniment by Yvonne Hurley. Sadhbh performed her own song "Down by the water" with her own keyboard accompaniment.All the performers went on stage at the end to present a medley of Christmas classics led by Feyi Odugbesan, Nia Raduconce and Precious Benjamin – a great finale enjoyed with great audience participation.
Events moved to main school PE hall for the presentation of prizes and thank yous but only after a surprising “Wild Card Act” with a number of staff members of Pres Tralee performing a dance routine to “Jingle Bell Rock” – well done to Ms. Cronin, Ms. C O’Mahony, Ms. Flynn, Ms. Jaeger, Ms. Boyle, Ms. O’Neill and Ms. O’Sullivan for adding to the seasonal cheer!
The Head girls thanked Presentation Primary for the use of their hall for the event, Billy and Pat Donegan for the sound and video production and the Parents Council of Presentation Secondary School, Tralee for kindly sponsoring the 1st prize of €250 for the event. The girls thanked Ms. O’Neill and Ms. Lynch for all their help at rehearsals. Flowers were also presented to Ms. Prendeville on behalf of the SRC and also the performers in appreciation of her overall coordination of the event.
Finally, Judge Mrs. Kirby announced the winners:
3rd place: Anna Sheehy 6th year who performed "What You Know" by Two Door Cinema Club
2nd place : Andreea and Antonia Gergely
People’s choice “Soul Sistas” who also won 1st prize: Maedhbh Dowling, Sarah Fitzgerald, Isobel Horgan, Caoimhe Hanafin, Nora O'Connell and Sharon O'Connor.
Clear favourites with their amazing performance of the Sister Act classic “I will Follow Him”, excellent nuns’ habits with twinkling lights and clever choreography, the 6th years certainly won the approval of all!
The event was coordinated by the SRC who sold the tickets at break times, attended the rehearsals and acted as valuable stage crew members! Ms. Prendeville acknowledged the huge commitment by the SRC members and staff members leading up to the event.
PANTS FOR POSITIVITY 2018
The SRC held a "Pants for Positivity " day on Friday 17th of November. Students were allowed to wear pants instead of the school skirt if they pay €2.Funds raised will be used to cover the costs of the Mental Health Week later.
Mental Health Week 2017 came to a close on Friday 10th when students at Pres Tralee were addressed by Mrs. Elma Walsh of the Donal Walsh #Live Life organisation. After the talk, the students took some fresh air and exercise on a short walk.
Key messages from Mental Health Week:
Eat Well....Exercise....Sleep well...Talk to Friends...Be careful Online...have good Friends...
Fight for You..
Stand by you
INSPIRATIONAL START TO MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
School Principal, Mary O’Keeffe and Head girls, Aoife O’Sullivan and Katie Ahern of 6th Year, addressed the school at 9.00 a.m. on Monday 6th of March to launch Mental Health Week 2017 and to encourage everyone to participate fully in the week.
Aoife spoke of the week’s message: “This whole week is about promoting Positive Mental Health and spreading the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK””
Katie quoted Winston Churchill in her address: “The Positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible”
3rd and 6th Year students attended a talk from inspirational Speaker Nikki Bradley who made a presentation “Tough as Nails” in relation to her experiences with Ewings disease - a rare form of bone cancer - at sixteen, as well as receiving a second total right hip replacement at the age of twenty six.
A new activity this year is the One Good Adult Tree in the Assembly area that allows each student to acknowledge and celebrate the adults who mean a lot to them in their lives by placing a coloured card with a name and description of why the person is so important to the student.Students will be taken to the assembly area in class groups to add their One Good Adult to the tree - already there are lots of great Moms and Dads, aunties, trainers etc. whose support is being acknowledged on the tree. Thank you to all who have participated so far.
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK SCHEDULE 2017
Mental Health Week 2017 takes place in Presentation Secondary School Tralee from Monday 6th of March to Friday 10th. An excellent and diverse range of diverse of activities will be taking place for all year groups during the week – all coordinated by the Student Representative Council.
Monday 6th: Speaker Nikki Bradley “ Fighting fit for Ewings” 3rd and 6th Years.
Tuesday 7th: Presentation : “Children of the Digital Age” 1st and 2nd Years
Wednesday 8th: Zumba
Presentation on Body Confidence – Astrid Longhurst 5th Years
Parents Presentation : “Children of the Digital Age” 7.30 p.m. Rose Hotel.
Thursday 9th : Motivational Speaker Gerry Hussey 2nd and 4th Years
Friday 10th: Presentation: Elma Walsh - Donal Walsh #Live Life
There will be lots of displays and other activities including the “Smile Zone” which was such a success last year. Good Luck to everyone for the week.
A Smile is a Frown turned upside-down!!!
VINCENT DE PAUL APPEAL
The St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Appeal was a tremendous success in Presentation Secondary School this year. Following a visit from Christy Lynch, regional organizer of SVP, the Student Representative Council was motivated to organize the promotion of the appeal and the collection of food items and Christmas treats in the school. Students, parents and teachers responded generously to the appeal, with a wide variety of food and treats being donated. While much of the food was brought in on Tuesday, 13th December, the donations continued to flow in for the rest of the week. Council members were under pressure at times to find enough hamper boxes to accommodate the amount of goods being donated! Tralee SVP president Junior Locke and a team of volunteers collected the hampers on Friday 16th Decmber. They were impressed by and delighted with the number of hampers and the quality of the foods and treats donated. The SRC and liaison teacher, Bríd Prendiville, would like to thank all students, parents and staff who gave so generously to the appeal.
The SRC training day with Mr. Seamus Whitty was held on Friday 23rd of September in St. John's Pastoral centre.
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2016
Mental Health week 2016 continued with lots of activities for students. While different groups are scheduled for formal talks and workshops during the week, there were lots of other awareness activities taking place as well. Monday saw a Challenge box set up in the Assembly area. Students were asked to take one slip of paper from the box and then according to the colour of the paper chose an activity from the matching activity sheet - lots of great ideas to get us out of our humdrum day - to - day routines.
Tuesday saw the creation of a Smilezone by an enthusiastic group of 5th years. The Smile zone is on the main corridor of the school and is marked with an entry and exit banner to encourage all of us to smile while passing that area - and yes it does work! Thanks to all for their creativity!
Ms. Bríd Prendeville is currently acting as the teacher coordinator of the SRC and has been very busy with introducing the mentoring programme for 2015/ 2016. 36 senior students from TY and 5th year have been selected to mentor 1st years. These students have undertaken training with Mr. Seamus Whittey and met each 1st year class group on Monday 14th of September in a "get-to-know you " session. We wish Ms. Prendeville and the Mentors well for the year.
S.R.C. REPRESENTATIVES 2015/2016:
The SRC representatives took part in a 1-day training session with Mr. Seamus Whitty on Monday 21st September with a focus on team-building, team -work and prioritisation of goals for the year.
NOVEMBER 27TH - CHEQUE PRESENTATION
Head girls at Presentation Secondary Tralee , Niamh Myers and Mairead Dowling presented the cheque for €600 to Theresa Elumelu of Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC) on Friday 27th of November. The funds were raised through a 6th year sleepover in the school on Friday 20th. Following the presentation, all the 6th year students had a talk on the work of the centre and it's staff who will be working directly with the Syrian families who will be coming to Tralee.Well done to all concerned.
6TH YEAR SLEEPOVER NOVEMBER 20TH 2015
A sleepover by 6th years on Friday 20th of November was a great success. 48 Sixth Year students took part in what was a very enjoyable night. Head girls, Mairead Dowling and Niamh Myers took on the role of M.C.’s for the occasion and did so with aplomb! Supervising teachers were delighted to see all students working up a sweat , dancing along to the latest Wii Just Dance disc. We were quietly optimistic that this would lead to exhaustion and to an early night! How wrong we were! The girls were thrilled by the unexpected arrival of pizzas which were generously donated by Four Star and by Domino’s Pizza. Revived by the food, which was topped up with copious amount of sweets and crisps, the girls settled down to watch a film, which was followed in turn by a lot of chatting, giggling and even singing, which took us all into the wee small hours.
Over €500 was raised from the event, a cheque for which will be presented to the Tralee International Resource Centre shortly as they will be dealing directly with the Syrian Refugees who are expected to arrive in Kerry shortly.
Huge thanks to all who helped organise this memorable event, to the students who participated and to those who didn’t sleepover but who donated and to the teachers who kindly offered to supervise on the night.Thanks to Ms. Prendeville for coordinating the event.
SRC MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2014
This year’s Mental Health week was held between the 6th and 10th of October. At the student council we wanted to put a strong emphasis on positive mental health within the school and came up with a number of initiatives to achieve this.
We started the week with “No Moan Monday!” and challenged the teachers and students to go a full day without complaining about something – this really got everyone into a positive mind-set for the week.
On Tuesday, we set up a “Worry Bin” in the 1st year area where everyone was able to write down their worries and concerns and throw them away – freeing their minds on negative thoughts.
Students arrived in on Wednesday to find post-it’s with encouraging messages for the day ahead on their lockers.
Thursday was the “Random Acts of Kindness” day, always a lovely day in school with people going out of their way to smile, say Hello, Open doors etc.
A “Jeans for Jigsaw” day on Friday allowed students to wear their own clothes to school if they contributed €2 and we collected a Grand total of € 1115.85 for Jigsaw which will put it to great use supporting young people with developing Positive Mental Health.
Thanks to everyone for participating in these activities!
The Mentoring programme in the school is provided to help the first years adjust to the transition from Primary school to Secondary school which can prove daunting for some.
38 5th year students had their training programme on Wednesday 3rd September, facilitated by leaders from K.D.Y.S. They will shortly be introduced to the 1st years so that both groups will get to know each other.
Each 5th year will act as mentor to 3 or 4 1st years for the year. This entails being a listening ear and a willingness to help out at break or lunch-time with any issues that might arise as well as being a friendly face on the corridor.
The mentoring programme not only helps 1st years in their transition, but also encourages friendly relationships between year groups which contributes to the overall friendly atmosphere in the school.
In keeping with this year’s mental health theme, a Special bin was placed in the Assembly area during the week of February 27th. Students were asked to write down their negative thoughts, worries, difficulties, tear them up and throw them in the bin. This has always been a very popular initiative with students and a worthwhile exercise.
The S.R.C. reacted to the news of the disaster and devastation in the Phillipines by organising a No-Uniform day to raise funds which was very well supported by all students.
They also held a Giant Bake-sale in the Assembly area to raise awareness of the issue.
Mrs. O’Connor of the Home Economics Department organised her 5th year students to make soup and sell it to the students at lunch-time.
The combination of events raised €1655 which was sent to the Philippines Appeal fund , run by the Presentation sisters in Monasterevin.