December 11, 2011

Mental Health Public Speaking Competition

Last Wednesday the school hosted the North Tipperary Mental Health Public Speaking competition. Four schools were represented: Presentation, C.B.S. and Ursuline Thurles and the Community School, Borrisokane.

The National Public Speaking Project aims to:

• promote an awareness among young people of the importance of positive mental health and of the causes and effects of mental illness

• introduce students to public speaking

• reduce negative attitudes and prejudices associated with mental illness

In this round of the competition, the three members of the team have a choice to either speak on the one topic or to speak on three different topics. The Ursuline students, Ruth Atkins, Aine Blake and Lisa Fogarty chose to speak as a team on how “Life is busy and pressurized and our children are not immune from the pressures.”

The standard of speaking and the depth of understanding of the mental health issues was extremely high from all four schools. There had to be a winner and the Ursuline team was chosen to represent North Tipperary at the next stage of the competition after Christmas.


The final preliminary rounds of X-factor will draw to a close this week and then the decision will be made as to who will get the places in the final. There will be three prizes: Best Act from Junior Cycle, Best Act from Senior Cycle and the Overall winner. The final will take place on the last day of term.


The Senior A and Junior A teams travelled to Cork last week for league encounters with Mount Mercy. The Senior A played a strong game and had much the better possession but they conceded a goal in the last minutes and suffered the first defeat of the season. Despite this one loss, they were crowned league Champions. The eyes of the team are now firmly set on the Cup campaign which will start immediately after Christmas.

The Junior A also played Mount Mercy and the team emerged as 2 -1 winners of that encounter.

The Junior Gaelic Football team braved the elements on Tuesday last to take on Doon in the Munster semi-final and had all the play and the scores until the last five minutes when they were down a key defender and conceded four quick goals and ended the game losing narrowly!

Written By Nora Tuohy

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