Presentation Students To Compete In National Science Olympiad

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Aisling Harty and Mary O’Connell.

THERE was great pride in Presentation Secondary Tralee when news was received that three students from the school who sat their Junior Certificate examinations in June 2017 have been nominated to participate in the National Science Olympiad based on their excellent results in Science and Mathematics.

Aisling Harty, Charlotte O’Halloran and Mary O’Connell all received A grades in both subjects. The girls’ Science teachers Kay O’Mahony, Clem O’Keeffe and Rita O’Donoghue extended sincere congratulations and good wishes to the girls as they take on this challenge and will be supporting them as they prepare in coming weeks for the event which will be held in DCU in October and November this year.

Maths teachers Margaret O’Connell and Mary Colgan expressed their great pride in their students’ achievements.

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Aisling Harty is currently in 5th year and is taking Chemistry, Biology and Applied Maths for Leaving Certificate.  Aisling, from Ballyheigue, is considering a career in Biochemistry or Bio Pharmaceuticals.

Mary O’Connell from Tralee is currently partaking in Transition Year. Mary isn’t sure exactly what subjects she is going to take but probably Biology and Chemistry as she is interested in the Sports Science area. Charlotte is not currently attending Pres.

The selection of three students from Pres Tralee is further evidence of the long-standing record of excellence in teaching and learning in the STEM subjects in Pres Tralee where the majority of Junior cert students take Science at Junior level and can then avail of Biology, Chemistry, Physics at Leaving Cert level along with Applied Maths and Higher level Maths.

Science students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of science activities from the BT Young Scientist Exhibition to Eco-Unesco Young Environmentalist awards, Scifest to SEAI One Good Idea. Science students from Pres Tralee have reached the National finals of all these competitions.

Emer Jones won the BT Young Scientist in 2008, TY students won the overall National award and Senior Category awards at the Eco Unesco awards in 2016 and 2 groups reached the Eco Unesco finals again in 2017.

Another TY group won the Senior Award in the Food Miles category of the SEAI One Good Idea competition in 2017.

“We believe it is essential for our science students to take an interest in Science beyond “the exam” and to this end we integrate the latest developments in science as part of our teaching, encouraging students to follow scientific news stories of interest on any platform.”

“The Science Department is currently busy preparing for it’s Science week activities which takes place this year from November 12th – 19th .This is another key element in getting our students involved in the world of Science.”

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