March 1, 2010

Munster Athletics

What a day for the athletes last Friday when they participated in the Munster Cross Country Athletics Championship in Cork!

The four teams, Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior certainly performed magnificently and they were well rewarded coming away with the best School trophy and winning two of the sections.

The Senior and Minor teams came first and the Junior team came third and as well as securing the trophy on the day, they have also secured qualification for the All Ireland series.

The performances of the day happened in the Minor section when Ciara Cummins and Eileen Rafter came in first and second in a very competitive field. Well done to all the athletes who all made a significant contribution to the success of the day.

Pink Day (click here for photos)

One might have been forgiven for thinking that the Ursuline uniform had undergone a change over last weekend so “uniform” was the approach of students to Pink Day.

In order to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and to raise some money for the Breast Cancer Awareness charity, students were allowed to accessorise in pink last Monday and they paid for the privilege. The results were to say the least quite innovative, though the most popular item seemed to be pink tights! The staff also joined in and accessorised in pink and prepared pink buns with pink cream for the coffee beak. The amount raised is not clear yet, but doubtless it will be a very well received when the final calculations are made.

Public Speaking

The Mental Health Association public speaking team is busy putting the final touches to its speeches in preparation for the Regional Final of that competition this week. Anna Brennan, Caroline O’ Connor and Louise Burke are speaking about how “children have more need of role models than critics” and they take on Glenstal Abbey, the Convent of Mercy, Tralee and the Convent of Mercy, Ennistymon in the University of Limerick.

Transition Year YSI projects

The two Transition Year groups are extremely busy putting the final touches to their Young Social Innovators Project which will be presented in the City Hall, Cork on Wednesday next, March 10. Both groups have now submitted in writing their project and the next step is to present their programmes in a two minute “Speakout”. In this “speakout”, the students have to condense all their ideas and their actions into the two minutes allotted and they are allowed to use music and drama to convey their ideas.

Hockey

It is a busy time for the hockey teams as the final stages of competitions are being reached. The Minor A had a 4-1 victory over Villiers last week in the Cup whilst the Under 15 played out a 2-2 draw in the league. The Minor B1 and Minor B2 teams had 3-0 and 4-0 victories respectively against laurel Hill, Colaiste. The spotlight turns to the Junior A team now as they prepare to take on old adversaries, Mount Mercy in the semi-final of the Cup. The Junior B team is also preparing for its cup match against Villiers.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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