Indian Immersion Project Camel Night

A “Camel Night” in aid of Presentation Secondary School Ballingarry’s Worldwise Indian Immersion project will take place in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, on Thursday, April 7, at 8pm. Later this year, Transition Year students will travel to India to visit our partner school, St. Anthony’s High School, Chennai, where they will share learning activities and work with families living in extreme poverty.

The camels can’t move under their own steam so jockeys with nerves of steel and nimble wrists are required to steer them to the finish line. As the jockeys leave the parade ring, the punters rush to the tote to have a flutter on whom they fancy. Please support the Camel Night by becoming a camel owner, jockey or trainer. Tickets are available from all Transition Year Students or by contacting the school at 0529154104/ A tote will be available on the night. All are welcome for an excellent night’s entertainment.

Transition Year Girls Spikeball Leadership Award Programme

Presentation Ballingarry have been selected to take part in the Volleyball Association of Ireland’s Transition Year Girls Spikeball Leaders Award Programme 2010-11. This Programme is funded by the Irish Sports Council “Women in Sport” project encouraging girls to actively participate in sport. This fits into our transition year P.E programme.

On February 17 our school was visited by Mary Lalor and Graham Torrance, development officers from the Volleyball Association of Ireland, for a full day course. Mary and Graham introduced us to the game of Spikeball, which is an adapted version of volleyball. We learned the rules of Spikeball, how to play the game and our biggest task how to introduce it to Primary School students. As well as these skills we learned about coaching, refereeing, sports reporting and organising a Spikeball blitz.

On Wednesday, March 2, we had our first coaching session in our designated primary schools. At first we were all very nervous as we were going to coach young children this new game. However as weeks progress we are all endlessly enjoying our coaching. Both the children and the coaches have been learning so much because of the experience. There are twenty on transition year girls taking part in the programme and coaching in schools such as Sliveardagh, Ballingarry, Mohober, Lisnamrock, Mullinahone and Drangan.

A blitz where all the schools are coming together is planned for April 13. All the children are very excited about taking part and showcasing their new skills! We are very lucky as transition years in Ballingarry as we are only one of seventeen schools in the country who get to take part in this programme. It’s has helped our personal skills in numerous ways and no doubt some of us in the future will continue to coach Spikeball and keep young people in sport!