October 14, 2017

TY
The TY classes had a first time workshop last Thursday, October 12, with Ger O’Shea from the company ‘Develop Me’. His activity based lesson aimed to help the students enhance leadership and team building skills through reflection, discussion and problem solving. Ger introduced them to an experiential game called The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine. The aim was to get students understand the main elements of effective project management. The TY’s had to solve this challenge with limited time and resources. They enjoyed the class and are looking forward to a follow up in the new year to build on what they learned.

Ladies Football
The younger footballers travelled to Doon last Monday, October 9, to play Doon in a group game of the Junior Football Championship. They started brightly and were 2-2 up to no score within the first 10 minutes with 1-1 a piece from Roisin Bambrick and Ella Ryan. Marian Gillman then added to this with a well taken goal. Doon scored 4 points in a row to get them back into the game. Ella Ryan added two further points to her tally, the second point coming from a great run on goal and sailing between the uprights from an acute angle. The Ursuline led at half time 3-4 to 0-4. Doon started the second half strongly with 4 points within the first 10 minutes. Emma Osbourne, who worked tirelessly up and down the field, set up a number of attacks with Roisin Bambrick applying the finishing touches, scoring 4 points. Doon grabbed a goal and were then given a penalty, but, Emma Kennedy saved and cleared. With Doon still pressing on relentlessly, joint captains of Maria Connolly and Aoife Cashman, kept them at bay. Anna Derby capped off a good Ursuline performance, pointing the last kick of the game. The final score was UCT 3-9 Doon 1-9. The Junior footballers now play St. Anne’s, Tipperary in the last group game before competing in the Munster 1/4 final in mid November.

 

Hello Dolly
Tickets for this year’s musical ‘Hello Dolly’ can now be purchased or reserved by either calling into the school or ringing 0504-22147. It is going to be a showstopper with belting tunes, great orchestra numbers and witty dialogue from the larger than life character of Dolly. It will be a most enjoyable nights entertainment.

Basketball
It was a busy week for basketball. Both cadets and seniors travelled to Tullamore on Tuesday, October 10, to compete in the midlands league. However there was no luck to be had for either of the UCT teams against strong contenders Tullamore.
The cadets were also in action on Friday, 13 against Presentation Thurles but unfortunately lost by two baskets.

Hockey
The Junior B’s and Senior’s A’s both started their league campaigns in hockey last week. Both teams drew in their matches against Limerick side Villiers. The Junior B game finished nil all and the Seniors found the net to leave the full time score a gaol a piece.
Some of the first years began their hockey careers on Wednesday, October 4, in Harlequins Hockey club, Cork. Forty-five students took part in this blitz and had an enjoyable day on the pitches. Each player got to take part in three games and were keen to put their new skills into practice. No scores were kept as this was an introductory blitz for all. Thanks to Ms. Kelly for all her work in training up the first years.

DCU talk
Many thanks to Margaret Brearty who came to the school last Thursday, October 12, to give the Leaving Certs a talk on DCU. Margaret gave a general presentation on the courses offered in the university and the course requirements. She informed them that St. Pat’s, the primary teachers training college had joined with DCU. She also gave students some practical advice suggesting that they should register for accommodation in advance as soon as it is open to applicants in February. Thanks to Careers teacher Ms. Golden for organising this talk.

Fr. Michael Kennedy
Many thanks to Fr. Michael Kennedy who came into to talk to the Sixth Years about faith. He spoke to them about his own vocation and how he struggled with belief in his youth. He explained to them that faith is a gift and believing in God is an act of faith. He encouraged them to keep up the search, the questioning and the belief as best they can. He answered their questions with great honesty and gave them plenty of food for thought.

Firework Safety Talk
Community Officer Clodagh Kenny spoke to some of the first year classes this week about the dangers of fireworks in the run up to Halloween. She gave them tips for staying safe over the midterm break.

 

October 7, 2017

Mission Day
A great day of fun was organised by the Leaving Certs for Mission Day on Monday, October 2, to raise money for the Ursuline Sisters working in Kenya. The girls turned to Shakespeare as the inspiration for this year’s theme which was ‘All the world’s a stage…’ This quote provided a wonderful platform for performing, parody, dressing up and getting into character. There was Santa’s ‘Ghetto’, ‘I’m a Celebrity’, some Cowboys and Indians, a troop of circus performers and a haunted house tour. The Pink Ladies and T-birds of Rydell High from the musical Grease made a dramatic entrance. There was plenty of bopping and dancing bumper to bumper at the strictly over 11’s disco where the music was pumping.
The Gardaí were on hand to arrest anyone getting out of hand and there was a real festival vibe with a chill out zone and hippies decorating hands and faces with henna and glitter. There was plenty of food and a bouncy obstacle course to help work it all off. The students raised in excess of €3000 for Sr. Claire Ursula who is doing vital work in Kitui, Kenya helping young impoverished girls receive vocational training to improve their prospects of work and further education. Thanks to all the Leaving Certs who made Mission Day such a success and to the students and staff who supported it.

 

SEAI National Poster Launch, Green Schools
A group of third Year students, Ellie Culliton, Zoe Bracken, Gráinne Quinlan, Victoria Cottrell, Ellen Duggan and Kellyann Ryan were guests of honour at the launch of their SEAI winning poster in Dublin on Thursday, October 5. In attendance was the Minister for Environment, Climate Action and Communication, Denis Naughton. The girls were the national winners of the One Good Idea competition with their entry, Be Wattaware, that encourages people to buy A rated electrical appliances. As part of their prize they got the opportunity to design a poster/ billboard with a graphic design artist that will now be used to promote their idea. The girls attended with their Science teacher and Green Schools mentor, Ms. Carroll, who encouraged them and helped them with this environmental project every step of the way. The launch took place in SEAI headquarters in Dublin and in his speech Minister Naughton congratulated the students on their ‘One Good Idea’ and encouraged them to keep up the good work.

 

Speech and Drama Exams
Congratulations to Juliet Smyth, 6th Year who recently achieved 95%, a distinction in her LAMDA Gold Medal Performance Exams. This is a fantastic and exceptional achievement. Juliet had to perform three different acting pieces in different styles from different genres. She also had to have in depth knowledge of the backgrounds of the playwrights and a thorough understanding of Stanislavsky, the father of method acting. Thanks also to her Speech and Drama teacher Ms. Purcell for preparing Juliet to such a high standard.

 

Basketball
The Ursuline Basketball teams had home advantage in their games against Coláiste Iosagáin, Portlaoise last week. The Cadets and Seniors were playing in the first round of the midlands league, B division on Tuesday, October 3. The Cadets had a great win, the final score being Ursuline 29 – 12 Portlaoise. The Seniors faced a stiffer challenge and Portlaoise beat them well. Both teams will be playing away to Tullamore this week. Thanks to coaches Ms. McGinley and Ms. Ryall.

 

Hope Foundation Trip to Calcutta
The school is delighted to announce that it will have thirteen TY students travelling to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation during the Easter holidays. The girls selected, after interview are Noirín Harty, Katelyn Egan, Chloe Slattery, Leah Nolan, Áine Looby, Niamh McCormack, Aoibhinn Fanning, Elena Quirke, Michaela McKelvey, Kate O’Connor, Eimear Bourke, Laura Power and Ellen. This is the largest group of students from the Ursuline to commit to this life changing opportunity. They will get a chance to see first hand the work Hope are doing with vulnerable children in Kolkata. Best wishes to them in their fundraising endeavours and also to Mr. Murphy who will be travelling with the group.

 

Build A Bank
The interviews for the AIB’s Build a Bank Challenge have been completed and the TY team to head the school bank in the year ahead will be Ellen Wright, Bank Manager, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Chief Operations Officer, Emma Jayne Burke, Marketing Manager and Caoimhe Meade, Financial Controller. Also on the team are Claire Carey and Kate Dwan. Well done to the girls and best of luck to them and their mentor Ms. Hynes.

 

Munster 7s Camogie
On Wednesday, October 4, the Ursuline camogie players headed to Charleville to take part in the Munster A Sevens Camogie Tournament. The Ursuline travelled as defending champions hoping to secure a much- coveted spot in the All Ireland Provincial Final.
In the first game they played Doon and after a close encounter emerged as winners by 3 points UCT 6-1 to Doon 4-4.
In the next game the girls were up against Clonakilty’s second team and won comprehensively 6-3 to 1-1. This saw them through to a semi-final which pitted them against Clonakilty’s first team. It was a closely fought battle and the full time whistle saw both teams level UCT 2-4 Clonakilty 3-1.
Extra time was necessary and Clonakilty emerged winners scoring two goals to Ursuline ‘s one point. The final score was Ursuline 2-5 to Clonakilty’s 5-1. Clonakilty went onto win the final. All the UCT girls played exceptionally well and the team can be very proud of their performance. Thanks to coaches Ms. Hogan and Ms. O’Friel.

 

Junior A Football
The Ursuline Junior As travelled to Clonmel Sports Grounds last Tuesday, October 2 to play Presentation Clonmel in the first of their group matches. The game started well with a point from Ella Ryan before Roisin Bambrick added a goal from open play and a point from a free. Clonmel’s goalkeeper made some great saves to keep them in it until Erin Bourke and Aoibhinn Fanning eventually found the back of the net. Erin added a further point and at half time the Thurles side were up 3-3 to 2-4. Clonmel, aided by the breeze in the second half scored some excellent points and Emma Kennedy in goals for Ursuline did very well to keep a clean sheet. The girls worked hard against the breeze and Roisin Bambrick, Anna Derby and Jennie Madden all pointed to keep UCT in front. Aoibhinnn Fanning again rattled the net with 15 minutes remaining and Marian Gillman added to the score-line with a well taken goal. Roisin Bambrick and Aoibhinn Fanning were on form all day and gained further points to leave the full time score Ursuline Thurles 5-8 to Presentation Clonmel 2-11. The Junior As now play St. Anne’s, Tipperary and STN Doon, Limerick to hopefully qualify for a Munster quarter final spot. Thanks to coach Mr. McLoughlin.

 

Junior B Football
The Junior Bs had an emphatic victory against Carrick On Suir’s ‘B’ team last week in their championship game. Stephanie Dwan had a standout performance scoring 4-1 in the opening 10 minutes to put the Ursuline into a secure lead from the off. The team was overjoyed with their win and is looking forward to the next game against Fethard. Thanks to coach Mr. Kirby.

 

Hockey Results
The Junior and Senior As were out on the Astro pitches last week against Kilkenny College. The teams are preparing for the tough season ahead with these challenge matches. Senior As had a particularly tough encounter against the reigning All Ireland Champions and conceded five goals. The Juniors played out a 2-2 draw.

 

Hello Dolly
It is full steam ahead with rehearsals for Hello Dolly as the clock ticks down to opening night on Saturday, October 21 at 8.00 p.m. The booking will open on Monday next, October 16 and tickets can be reserved by phoning 0504 22147 or calling to the School Office. The Show will be staged over four nights: Saturday, October 21, Sunday Oct 22, Tuesday Oct 24 and Thursday Oct 26.

September 30, 2017

Katie Morrissey Tennis

Best of luck to Katie Morrissey, Fifth Year, who is travelling to Birmingham with the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club to represent Ireland. She is only one of four competitors selected to participate in this singles tournament and the only player from Munster. This comes on foot of what has been a busy and very successful summer for Katie on the tennis circuit. In July she won the Munster Junior Open at the Sunday’s Well Lawn Tennis Club. Also in July she won the Limerick Lawn Senior Open, Premier Grade. She is the current under 18 Tipperary County Junior Open Champion. In August she was the only Tipp competitor in the Interpros held in Rushbrook, coming third in this U18’s competition. She is a dedicated young sportswoman and clearly a great talent on the courts.

Cecilian Choir to sing for Taoiseach

The Ursuline Cecilian Choir sang at the National Famine Commemoration on Saturday, September 30, which was held this year at the 1848 Famine Warhouse in Ballingarry. The students from First to Sixth Year and Music teachers Ms. McNally and Ms. Butler were honoured to be asked to sing for the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries, at this most important national event. They sang ‘O Lux Beatissima’ and ‘April Rainbows’ the two pieces that brought them so much success at the Limerick Choral Festival in March. It was a very memorable occasion for the Choir and a chance for them to perform alongside such esteemed names as composer Micheál Ó Suilleabháin and poet Michael Cody.

TY Trip to Killaloe

The TYs had a glorious day for their annual team building and bonding trip to Killaloe. The students soared to great heights on the high ropes and splashed around in and on the water doing canoeing, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. The group divided in two to split the day between land based activities and lake based activities. Many thanks to the teachers who ventured with them to the UL Adventure Centre, Ms. Flanagan, Ms. Doherty, Ms. Short and Mr. O’Donoghue.

Psycho Spaghetti

On Thursday the TYs went on a theatre trip to The Source to see Psycho Spaghetti which is a huge hit every year. It is stand up comedy for teenagers at its best. Writer, director and one man show man Ger Carey had the girls hooting with laughter all of which was directed at their teenage selves. His hilarious glimpse into the complications of adolescence and the growing that accompanies growing up is portrayed through a series of mad-cap characters. It was a thoroughly enjoyable, rip roaring performance from start to finish.

Camogie Muster Championship

The Junior A Camogie Team played the first round of the Munster Championship on Wednesday, September 27 in Dr. Morris Park. The Ursuline used the home advantage to their full advantage against Bandon side Coláiste na Toirbhirte and were 3 points ahead at half time with UCT 3-3 to Bandon 1-6. Despite the miserable conditions the Ursuline came out fighting in the second half and opened up a strong lead. The final score was Bandon 3-8 Ursuline 7-9. It was a good start to the championship and well done to the coaches and girls who endured the driving rain with great stoicism.

Hello Dolly

Auditions completed, rehearsals for Hello Dolly got into full swing last week. This classic, timeless piece follows the fortunes of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, a rather impoverished lady who matchmakes for a living. However, she herself has designs on a well known Yonkers Businessman, Horace Vandergelder and she cleverly arranges “suitable” potential wives for him, but none seem to come up to the mark!

The show will be staged in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall from Saturday, October 21 to Thursday, October 26.
The cast is as follows:

Dolly Levi: Katie Taylor
Horace Vandergelder: Caitriona Timmins
Cornelius Hackl: Rebecca Williams
Barnaby Tucker: Erika Carroll
Mrs Irene Molloy: Rachel Butler
Minnie Fay: Kate Williams
Ambrose: Emma Osborne
Ermengarde: Michaela Grace Ginty
Rudolph: Aideen Carew
Judge: Lavinia Bowe
Clerk: Ciara Scanlon
Chefs: Ella Flynn & Kaci Kerwick

 

September 23, 2017

Irish Junior Science Olympiad

Two Ursuline students, Tara Lane, 5th Year and Ella Flynn, TY, have been identified by the State Examinations Commission as having achieved exceptionally high grades in their Junior Certificate Maths and Science exams. As a result of their academic achievement they have been selected to try out for the Irish Junior Science Olympiad team. The National Olympiad Competitions will be held in October and November in Dublin City University. Best of luck to both girls.

An Gaisce Hike

Well done to those students who braved the unseasonable weather last week and headed to the Slieve Bloom mountains for their Gaisce Hike. The Ursuline had record numbers of participants this year with 77 students signed up for the Presidents Award. There are six 5th Year students working towards their silver medals and they completed a three day hike covering a total of 46km. The 71 girls undertaking the bronze medal hiked over two days and trekked for 32km. It was a real chance for the students to bond and great fun was had by all despite the wet day on Saturday. Many thanks to the teachers who went with the girls, Ms. Egan, Ms. Bourke, Mr. O’Dochertaigh, Ms. Hynes, Ms. Coffey, and Ms. Spillane and also the leaders in the Birr outdoor Education Centre who are always so encouraging.

 

National Ploughing Championships

All four TY classes, 104 students headed to Screggan in Co. Offaly for the National Ploughing Championships. The wellies were out in force and were a vital accessory considering that Wednesday was by far the wettest day of the Ploughing. The group were undeterred by the elements and had a fantastic day visiting many stands and exhibitors, always on the look out for free stuff. The amusements proved a popular attraction and the sports section was a must see for many of the girls. In the RTÉ tent some enjoyed the fun of the photo booth and getting their own personalised copy of the RTÉ Guide with themselves on the cover. There was also the obligatory celeb spotting with Ray D’arcy, Clodagh McKenna, Paul O’Connell and Nevin Magurie among those sighted among the crowds. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip in spite of the soaking they got. Many thanks to the teachers who accompanied the TY’s Ms. Dwan, Ms. Purcell, Ms. Coffey and Mr. English.

 

Opening of the Year Mass

The Opening Mass of the year took place on Tuesday afternoon, 19th September. The whole school came together in the Cathedral of the Assumption to bless the start of the year and to reflect on the chosen theme for 2017/2018, ‘Together we make a family.’ The theme coincides with the year of the family as designated by Pope Francis. It also incorporates the idea that the school community reflects many the same things that happen in the home, laughter, support, caring, forgiveness, making memories, sharing stories and learning life lessons. Thanks to Fr. Jim Purcell who said the mass and reminded the congregation that in all relationships, family, school, club, our attitude of is of the utmost importance.

Ladies Football

The senior football team started off this season’s campaign with a comprehensive win over local rivals Cashel Community School. The game got off to a good start with a well taken goal from Kate O Connor who also pointed later in the half. Eimear McGrath was on set piece duty scoring a significant tally of six points before half time, two from open play. Lauren Murtagh and Niamh Long combined well in midfield and both capped off the first half with scores. Lauren scored a great goal after a solo run from the half way line, while Niamh scored two impressive points. The halftime score was Ursuline 2-10 to  Cashel 1-0. Cashel with the aid of the breeze in the second half, started well and had 2-2 scored within 10 minutes. However, Ursuline soon took control and Aoibhinn Fanning, impressive at centre forward, found the back of the net to kick start UCT’s second half. Ròisín Bambrick and Ciara Nyland put the game to rest as they tallied 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. Maria Connolly capped off a good UCT performance, charging all the way up the field from her corner back position to finish in style, with a goal. The final score was UCT 8-11 to Cashel 3-5.

The Ursuline will be meeting Doon and Boherbue CS, Mallow in the coming week to complete their championship group games.

Hockey Results

The Senior A and Junior A hockey teams played challenge matches against Loreto Kilkenny on Wednesday, 20th of September. The Senior A’s took full advantage of the home venue wining their game by 3-1 and the Junior A’s lost 3-1.

 

September 16, 2017

Dr. Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary
Sarah Jane Carroll is this years recipient of the Dr. Aisling Butler Memorial. Sarah Jane was welcomed back to the school on Wednesday, 13th September to receive the bursary from Evelyn and John Butler. The Butlers established the bursary in memory of their daughter Aisling, a past pupil of the Ursuline Convent, who died tragically when the Air France passenger plane she was travelling in crashed on route from Brazil to Paris. Sarah Jane, who attended the ceremony with her parents, brother and sister, thanked the Butlers for their generosity and said she would always bring her Ursuline experience with her, wherever she goes.

 

 

 

Junior Cert Results
Congratulations to all our current TY’s and Fifth Years who got their Junior Cert Results on Wednesday. There were whoops of joy and smiles of pure delight as students received their Junior Certificates, the culmination of their three years of Junior Cycle study. These were the first Ursulines to sit the new format Junior Cycle in English and the students and teachers were very pleased with how they performed.          

 

 

Isobel Quirk
Isobel Quirk, Fifth Year, did exceptionally well in the Junior Cert, being one of only four students in the country to achieve 12A’s. Isobel was featured in the national newspapers with her proud parents Jennifer and Michael and was also interviewed on local radio. She was genuinely bowled over by how well she’d done and thanked all her teachers.

 

Assembly
Students and staff gathered in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall on Wednesday morning for the opening of the year assembly. Proceedings began with a prayer said by the joint vice-chairs of the Student Council, Katie Taylor and Michaela Kerwick. Then the principal, Ms. Butler, welcomed all the new first years and reminded them that the whole school were available and willing to help them settle in. She congratulated the class of 2017 on their Leaving Cert results and wished them all the best in their future studies and careers. She told the students that the chosen theme for this year was ‘Family’ in keeping with Pope Francis’s visit to Dublin in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. The new Vice Principals, Ms. Slattery and Ms. Gleeson also addressed the student body, both expressing the hope that they would work harmoniously with the girls in the months ahead. Caoimhe Fitzpatrick, the Chair of the Green Schools Committee, reminded the students that the school was proudly going for their 8th Green Flag and so must be vigilant to live the motto of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. She urged her peers not to become complacent about environmental issues and wittingly chided that ‘the earth without trees was like a pizza without cheese.’ The final address was from Sixth Year student, Janeanne Fitzgerald, the new Chairperson of the Student Council. She told the students that the Council would be organising activities in the coming year around the theme of Family. She spoke about how school has all the characteristics of a family, love, care and support in difficult times, like an anchor in rough waters.

 

High Achievers and Excellence Awards
Well done to Ursuline students who received High Achievers Awards in their RIAM exams and Excellence Awards in LSMD exams. The RIAM High Achievers were Constance Quinlan, Ruth Everard, Katie Taylor, Esha Hourigan Clancy, Megan Long, Nicola Scott, Vivienne O’Keeffe and Louise Broe. The LSMD Excellence awards were attained by Aoife Kavanagh and Laura Jane Hickey.

 

Internet Safety Talk
On the same day a new survey revealed that 22% of children are in contact with strangers online the Ursuline Secondary School had Galway based internet safety expert Jeremy Pagden in to talk to both Junior and Senior Cycle students about keeping themselves safe online. He discussed the dangers of social media and gave them practical ways to protect themselves on the World Wide Web. Students were shocked to discover how easy it is for someone to hack into their cell phone or how sinister predators operate on the unregulated and unrestricted internet. Jeremy also spoke to parents on Thursday night about what they can do keep their children safe on social media. It was a most revealing and practical talk for both students, parents and teachers.

Higher Options
Around a hundred Sixth Years headed off to the RDS for Higher Options on Thursday, 14th September in the company of Ms. Golden, the Career Guidance teacher. The students got to meet representatives from all the colleges and universities in Ireland and learn more about the various courses on offer and course requirements. There were also stands with information on various UK and European third level institutions. Students got the chance to attend lectures outlining careers in science and nursing and there was also a very informative talk on filling out CAO applications. Attending Higher Options is a long established tradition in the Ursuline and students always get very practical information regarding the courses they are interested in. Thanks to Ms. Golden and Ms. Short for attending the conference with the Leaving Certs.

 

Fifth and Sixth Year Retreats
Thanks to Conor, Peter and Linda from the Mustard Seed who facilitated retreats with Fifth Years and Sixth Years recently. Both groups got a chance to bond and also to reflect on themselves and what is important to them. The day revolved around fun games, discussion, meditation and generally getting an opportunity to fuel the spiritual aspect of their lives. Best wishes to Linda who has been coming to the school for the last five years as part of the retreat team as she embarks on a new chapter in her life as a librarian.

September 9, 2017

Sixth Year History Trip
On Thursday, 7th of September, the Leaving Cert History Class headed to Dublin for a day of historical discovery. They visited two of the most important sites in the story of modern Ireland – Kilmainham Gaol and Glasnevin Cemetery. Their tour guide in Kilmainham, Pat, showed them the cells of the Pearse brothers, De Valera, Countess Markieviez, Thomas Clarke and Tipperary poet and rebel, Thomas MacDonagh. They saw the ring given to Grace Gifford by her condemned husband, Joseph Plunkett and the chapel where they married on the eve of his execution. In the afternoon they were given a guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery by Bridget. She brought the stories of ‘dead’ famous people alive for the students. She was a most engaging guide and enthralled the girls with images of a meteorite descending from the heavens at the funeral of Parnell and crafty grave robbers walking ‘drunken’ corpses through the gates of the cemetery. It was an interesting trip and gave the students a much greater insight into key personalities on their course. Thanks to Ms. Egan and Ms. Keating who accompanied them.

TY News
The TY classes participated in a car safety and maintenance workshop given by Michael Gleeson. The students enjoyed learning about how cars work and the driving experience in an interactive way with Michael’s specially built MOG car. The girls saw the various working components of a car as Michael revealed the parts under the bonnet and panelling. There was also a emphasis on driver responsibility, the importance of obeying the rules of the road and maintaining a road worthy vehicle. The students really enjoyed the workshop and thanks to Michael for presenting this most serious of subjects in a fun and lively way.

All TY classes are currently involved in an ecology study of Cabra Wetlands for the next four weeks. The biology teachers are taking each class out to Cabra once a week to study the biodiversity of this unique and local wetland environment. The students will learn, see, record and study much of this natural habitat over the course of the next month. It will give them some insight into the beauty and complexity of the nature which is thriving right on their own doorstep.

 

Ursuline Trad Musicians head to Italy
Best wishes to traditional musicians Laurna Ryan, Ciara Cheshire, Sarah Bourke and Caoimhe Meade who have been invited to play in Rome and Potenza Picena, in North Eastern Italy. The students are members of Tipperary traditional music orchestra ‘In Tune for Life’. They are travelling first to Rome for a performance in San Silvestro Church before going North to Potenza. They will also be playing in some of the smaller towns around Potenza which were affected by the 2015 earthquake. This is a fantastic opportunity for the students, who are in 2nd year, TY and 5th year to showcase traditional Irish music and their own musical talents to Italian audiences.

 

Hello Dolly
Students will soon begin auditions and practice for the 2017 Ursuline show ‘Hello Dolly’. The last school production of this particular musical was in 1998. It tells the story of matchmaking socialite Dolly Levi who loves nothing better than to meddle in the love lives of others. It is a fun show with crowd pleasing big numbers, none more so than the title song ‘Hello Dolly’. Dolly was immortalised in the film version by Barbara Streisand and her distinctive duet with Louis Armstrong is as popular today as was when the film was first released. It is an old-fashioned, big musical production with lots of singing, dancing and witty dialogue. It will definitely be worth booking tickets to see.

September 2, 2017

6th Year Geography Trip
Last week the Sixth Year geography students headed for their annual field study to the Counties of Galway and Clare. First on the agenda was a study of coastal erosion at Silverstrand followed by a visit to the ancient burial site of Poulnabrone. They stayed overnight in Kilfenora and on Friday morning went to the Burren Centre. They met Tony Kirby in Ballyryan for a guided walk across the Burren. Tony, an expert on the Burren, has been featured on Nationwide. Finally the girls boarded a ferry in Doolin to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher from the best vantage point of all, the sea and capped off their geographical experience with a look around the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. Thanks to teachers Ms. Callinan and Ms. Tuohy for arranging the trip and accompanying the students.

 

Athletics Anna Ryan
Anna Ryan, Junior Cert, is certainly an athlete to watch in the future. She had a tremendous 2017 season setting new records in East Munster and Munster in her chosen discipline of pole vaulting. This placed Anna in a very strong position for the All Ireland Schools Track and Field, held in Tullamore in June and she certainly did not disappoint. She won the gold in style setting a new National record of 2.92 metres in the Junior girls pole vault. She also scooped the silver in the Junior girls discus.

 

Romy McCarthy wins European Bronze
Well done to fifth year student Romy McCarthy who won a bronze medal for Ireland in July. Romy was part of the Irish U16 eventing team who travelled to Kaposvar in Hungary to compete in the European Championships. She was one of only six young riders chosen to be part of a team that competed in showjumping, cross country and dressage. She did very well on her pony ‘Aoife’s Star’ and was happy to be placed mid table.

 

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann
Congratulations to the Ursuline students who did exceptionally well at the Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis recently. Fiadh Fitzpatrick won first place in the uileann pipes, slow airs competition and Sarah Bourke came second in the céile drums category.

 

Jersey Day
Well done to the sixth year students who organised a jersey day in school on Friday, September 1st in aid of the Ursuline missions in Kenya. There was an array of colours on display showing the myriad of teams supported by the Ursuline girls. There were a few students and teachers sporting Galway and Waterford jerseys, no doubt with their fingers crossed that their side would do the business on Sunday.

 

First Years Welcomed
On Thursday the Ursuline welcomed its newest members when first years arrived for their first day of secondary school. They met their class tutors and Year head in the morning and in the afternoon they participated in fun team sports such as egg and spoon, wheelbarrow and sack races. This was organised by the PE teachers and fifth year sports prefects. It gave the first years a chance to meet and chat with lots of students who will be in their year and they finished the day in the best way, with an ice cream.

May 27, 2017

Colette Fitzpatrick Visit

The school welcomed past pupil, broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick, back on Thursday morning for the final assembly of the year. The whole school gathered into the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall to say hello to Colette and say goodbye to the Sixth Years. The TV3 news anchor gave students an encouraging talk touching on many important themes such as the value of friendship, the virtues of the real world over the virtual world, the importance of seizing opportunities that come your way and being happy in your work. She was positive and inspiring and the students embraced the wisdom of her message.

Awards

The next part of the proceedings was the annual awards ceremony. The Sports award was shared between Tipperary Camogie goal keeper, Caoimhe Bourke and Captain of the Senior A Hockey Team Brona Dowling. The David Moloney medal for performance was also shared between Aisling Brennan who was a dedicated debater throughout her time in school and Ruth Everard who starred in many of the school musicals and was a member of Chamber Choir. The Bank of Ireland award was presented to Nicole Patan for her kindness and tremendous spirit of volunteering over the past six years.

The Helen Larkin Fitzgerald Award for the Student of the year was given to Neisha Keane Butler for her energy and commitment to the school. The award also recognised Neisha’s keen sense of inclusion and her constant efforts to make sure everyone in her year and other years felt welcomed and valued in school.

The Dwan Salver for Musical Achievement in Exams went to Third Year student, Caitriona Timmins and the Hyland Trophy for contribution to the musical life of the school went to Sixth Year Student, Cliodhna Heenan.
The Sr Ursula Memorial Medal for creativity went to Fifth Year student, Izzy Walsh, for her beautiful painting “Frank”.

Attendance

The importance of good attendance was stressed at the Assembly and thirteen Sixth Year students were awarded for full attendance in Sixth Year. There were three students also acclaimed as they had never missed a single day throughout their time in Secondary School: Niamh Browne, Ruth Hassett & Stephanie O’Gorman. Well done.

An Gaisce

The Gaisce Bronze and Silver medals were awarded to the students who successfully completed all the tasks and requirements this year. The final award was a unique and unusual award for this year, presented to the whole student body – the Best Supporters in the World Award. Everyone received an ice cream at the end of assembly for supporting all the school teams and activities this year with passion, heart, gusto, plenty of chanting and even some flash dancing at the Kate Russell in Banbridge. It was a very popular award given the lovely warm weather that day.
In the afternoon the Sixth Years gathered together for one last time as a school group for tea and cake and to receive their yearbook and their Year group photograph. It was a very special but poignant moment for them. Their school days have finally come to an end, bar the small matter of the exam in June. Best wishes for the future to the class of 2017.

Summer Games

There were plenty of sporting highlights and high jinks in the week before the summer tests with the final of the Rounders competition between the Teachers team and the Students. The game ended in an eight all draw and it was decided that a sudden death penalty kick would be the fairest way to decide the outcome. Mr. McLoughlin scored for the teachers to ensure victory. The following day the students were out for revenge in a teachers versus students dodge ball competition. It was a bit chaotic but a lot of fun in the glorious sunshine. The Sixth Years had decorated the hockey pitches with a Hawaiian theme and there was even a student/teacher dance off at half time to entertain the crowds.

Football Blitz

Last week the Ursuline U15 footballers attended a blitz in Rockwell and reached the final. The girls played superbly throughout the Blitz but unfortunately they didn’t take their chances in the final and hit a good few wides. They beat Cashel and St. Anne’s to qualify from the group. They beat traditional footballing School, Loreto Clonmel in the Semi Final decider. However Cahir proved too strong for them in the final although the Ursulines were delighted to secure the runner up spot. Thanks to Mr. Kirby and Mr. McLoughlin for their coaching throughout the year.

May 20,2017

SEAI National Winners

A group of Second Year Ursuline students were overall winners of the National Final of the ‘One Good Idea’ competition run by SEAI or the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The team, comprising of Zoe Bracken, Victoria Cottrell, Kellyann Ryan, Ellie Culliton, Ellen Duggan and Gráinne Quinlan also made history by being the first Junior students to scoop the overall prize. Their project, Be Wattaware, was selected out of two hundred entries to go forward to the final. The top fourteen schools presented in Croke Park on Tuesday, May 16. The format for the final was a Dragon’s Den style interview and the Ursuline girls gave an outstanding performance. They even had ‘Gangsta Granny’ in tow. They were presented with their prize by Denis Naughton, Minister for Communications and Climate Change. They will now design a poster based on their project that will be used in an advertising campaign by SEAI Ireland. It will also be used on bill-boards. The girls were so happy and proud to bring this prize home to the school. Well done to them and to Ms. Carroll who is in charge of Green Schools and who mentored the students throughout this competition.

Sixth Year Graduation Mass

On Friday, May 19, the class of 2017 had their final School Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption. It was presided over by School Chaplain, Fr. Martin Hayes and attended by the whole school, parents, grandparents and siblings of the Sixth Years. As always it was an emotional occasion for the students who are in their last days in the Ursuline. Their contribution to the school was celebrated in word, music, song and dance. A few months ago, in preparation for the Mass, the students chose the theme ‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.’ Fr. Hayes praised them for selecting such a strong and powerful sentiment for the end of their school days and said that he hoped they would always pursue the things that they are passionate about and the things that are most important in life.

Athletics

Well done to Anna Ryan, Second Year and Claire Rafter, Fifth Year who took part in the Munster Schools Track and Field Competition in CIT, Cork last Saturday. Both girls are dedicated athletes and that dedication and commitment to their disciplines was rewarded last Saturday. Anna won the gold and set a new Munster record in the Junior Pole Vault, while Claire took the gold in the 3000 metre race. Well done to both girls.

May 13, 2017

Get Up and Go Mini Company

Well done to TY Mini Company Farm Blue who scooped two awards at the National Final of the Get Up and Go Enterprise awards on Tuesday, 2nd May. They won in the categories of Innovation and Marketing. The company comprising of Sarah Bourke, Lisa Fanning, Niamh Keane and Jane Hyland design and produce products to aid those in the agricultural sector. Their simple but effective products include the innovative Head to Tail. This is used to assist a farmer or a vet when examining a cow in a crush. It allows the tail to be be tied effectively and painlessly to the crush, thus enabling the farmer or vet to have the use of two hands. The students were also selling a nasal paddle to help wean calves in order to reduce noise pollution and upset to the animals.


The same Mini Company team went onto to compete in the Scifest competition in L.I.T. Thurles the following day, Wednesday, 3rd May and won first prize in the Technology category. Well done to the girls and to their Mini Company teacher Ms.Bourke.

Scifest

The Ursuline had three projects entered into Scifest, held in LIT on Wednesday, 3rd May and all three received prizes in different categories. As well as first prize for Farm Blue in Technology there was a prize in the Science in Agriculture category for Sarah Ryan, Laura Cloonan Fennelly and Laura Maher for their investigation of the effect on milk for processing of the possible overuse of paracetic acid as an agent when sterilising milking machines and bulk tanks. The third team of Sadhbh Leahy and Caoimhe Perdue won a Maths in Science award for their survey on the effects of different texting speeds. Well done to all the teachers and students involved.

Anna Ryan Athletics

Congratulations to Anna Ryan in Second Year who won gold medals in both the discus and the pole vault at the East Munster Track and Field held recently. Anna also set a new East Munster record with her vault of 2.80. She has now qualified for the Munsters in both these disciplines.

Munster Camogie Blitz

The Ursuline First Year Camogie players headed off to Charleville last week for a Munster Blitz. They played teams from Charleville and Bandon but met with tough competition from both Cork sides. They finished the day with a game against Doon. It was great experience for them with some very competitive matches and a chance to soak up the glorious sunshine. Well done to all First Years who travelled and participated.

Football Blitz

The Ursuline had two teams competing in the U15 Football Blitz held in Rockwell last week. The A team got to the semifinals but were beaten by Loreto Clonmel. The B team played some tough games in their group. A great day was had by all.