Tullow Community School
BIOLOGY LAB DAY NUIM
Leaving Certificate biology students have once again participated in the Laboratory Day in NUI Maynooth. The students were guided through the most important experiments by the PhD students in the college. Many of the students expressed the value of repeating the experiments (which they had done previously in school).
They enjoyed the excellent facilities of the college. They experienced life in college as a working student. They also visited one of the research labs. They were accompanied by their teachers Ms. E Tuohy and Mrs. M McQuinn.
ANTI BULLYING WEEK
The annual Anti Bullying week has just concluded. First year and fifth year students attended a play depicting the devastating effects of bullying on young people. The sense of self esteem was perceived as hugely significant to a young person.
The first years saw a play on Mental Health awareness called the "Value of Life". This focused on the value of every life and how precious every life is.
Competitions on the theme of bullying were held in Art, Poetry and Short Story Writing.
An evening seminar on Cyber Bullying for parents will be held on Thursday 7th March in the school.
UNDER 15 SOCCER
Tullow CS won the south Leinster league final after a great performance against local rivals St Mary's Carlow. It was always going to be a tough game with players from the same clubs on opposite school teams and it was Tullow who came out on top after scoring all four goals in the game.
The early exchanges were tight with both teams cancelling each other out and Tullow's Rory O' Connor had the first chance of the game in the 12th minute when he broke free and his shot rolled across the goal line.
Five minutes later and Tullow were in front when captain Liam Whelan scored a cheeky goal. He was played in on goal and instead of smashing home or rounding the keeper he cleverly dinked the ball over the keeper. Whelan almost doubled the lead five minutes later when his shot hit the post and rolled along the line. St Mary's broke and almost scored with there first chance only for excellent goalkeeping by Alan Maher in the Tullow goal.
Tullow started the second half well and doubled there lead when a brilliant through ball from Jamie Farrell found Whelan who ran onto the ball and lobbed the keeper from outside the box. St Mary's got back into the game almost straight from tip when a long ball into the box saw the Tullow center half head the ball into his own net. This seemed to inspire the carlow team and they controlled the final 17 minutes looking for an equlaiser. It didn't come and in the last minute Jamie Farrell broke away and scored the goal of the game beating five players and smashing the ball home from close range to give Tullow the win.
Two students from Tullow Community School were recently invited to take part in an interview regarding CAO options in the Sue Nunn show on KCLR.
Niamh Kelly who is considering a career in the area of media and radio journalism and Laura Sheehan, head girl at the school, spoke to Sue Nunn about the CAO process and their tips for getting through the form successfully.
Afterwards the girl's met with the cast of Mrs. Browne's Boy's who were also in the studio on the same day.
Junior league Leinster semi-final v's St. Fintan's Sutton was played in very wet and muddy conditions on Wednesday 16th January in Tullow RFC.
After a 40 minute delay, due to a bad injury to a Sutton player the game finally got underway but was reduced to 20 minutes a half.
Tullow took the initiative with a try after five minutes of the restart by Colin Byrne. After a great Break by Darragh Murphy they continued the momentum with another try by Ruairdhi Coleman to lead 10-0 at half time.
In the 2nd half tullow were under a lot of pressure but a great individual break and try by Sean Doyle from just outside his 22 put Tullow in the driving seat. After a late surge from Sutton resulted in a try and sustained pressure on Tullow's line, Tullow held out for a hard fought but deserved 15-7 win.
FIRST YEAR SOCCER LEAGUE
St. Kieran's 1 2 Tullow C S: Tullow's first year soccer team played St Kieran's Kilkenny on Wednesday last in their first league game and came away with a fantastic two one win thanks to the heroics of goal keeper Alan Broderick Maher who made save after save.
Tullow started the better and were in control for the first ten minutes and got the deserved lead when Mikie Slattery smashed home a brilliant shot from the edge of the box.This seemed to lift St. Kieran's and have the opposite effect on Tullow who gave up playing the controlling game and sat back. St. Kieran's dominated and had six attempts all saved by Alan in the goal. St. Kieran's pressure final told off in the final minute of the half when they got a deserved equaliser. Tullow started the second half much better and they took the lead again when Ross Hanley scored from close range. Tullow then continued to push for more goals but couldn't find them.
The final fifteen minutes saw St. Kieran's dominate and once again Alan Broderick Maher was to the rescue with some great saves especially in the final minute when he made a wonder save to give Tullow the points.
TRANSITION YEAR TRIP
Transition year students, along with their teacher's Mr. O'Reilly and Mrs. Kelly, went on a trip to the Irish Aid Headquarters in Dublin on Thursday 10th January. While there they received a 90 minute workshop on how Ireland gives aid to third world countries. The students found the practical workshop fun and interesting.
From there they moved across to the RSD to the Young Scientist Exhibition. There they spend two hours looking at the different experiments on display.
The students really enjoyed the long day out which started at 8am and didn't finish till 4.45pm.