November 13, 2011


The return to school after the mid-term break was greeted by the sound of a bell. Not the ususal bell that students are used to listening to, but the sound of the Eucharistic Bell which was in the parish for a couple of days. The students all came together in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall and there was a lovely Prayer Service conducted by the Religious Education Department and the significance of the bell and the four icons on its pedestal was explained


As a result of review of Junior Cert Examination scripts, there were many upgrades in specific subjects but for two students, it was particularly significant. Laura Connolly and Emer Herlihy received upgrades in English and Music, respectively and this brings their results to 12 A’s each. On results day last September, three students had achieved 12 A’s, the highest number in the country, and this now brings the total of students with 12 A’s to five.


News was also received during the week that three students from the Leaving Cert class of 2011 have received Entrance Scholarship Awards from Trinity College. The three students are Anna Brennan (studying Law), Aisling O’Connor (Dentistry) and Ruth Scott (Science).


42,000 candidates take examinations every year in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. 340 of the candidates get a High Achiever Award. Each province has a concert for which the High Achievers audition if they wish to take part . Eighteen students were chosen to perform at this year ‘s concert which took place in Siamsa Tíre in Tralee recently.

Six students received High Achievers awards based on the results of last May’s RIAM exams: Áine Blake (Piano), Anna Brennan (Piano), Emer O’Herlihy (Piano), Róisin Heenan (Voice), Eimear Kinsella (Violin) and Fiona O’Sullivan (Music Theatre). Three were chosen to perform in the Concert: They were Áine Blake who played Le petit âne blanc by J Ibert. Eimear Kinsella Adoration by F Borowski and FionaO’Sullivan who sang I Dreamed a Dream by CM Schönberg and M Kretzmer

Lorna Horan Senior Examiner in the RIAM was the presenter of the Concert assisted by Dorothy McCauley Manager of the Local Centre Examinations and Audrey Behan, Examiner of Speech and Drama. The standard was very high and a great day was had by all.


In the course of the week of the show before the mid-term, the School hosted the first round of the Poetry Aloud competition. From the many students who took part, four students were chosen to go forward to the next stage of the competition: Ruth Atkins and Jenny Kelly from Fifth Year, Mary Claire Fitzgerald, Third Year and Clodagh Nash, Second Year.


The Senior A and Junior A hockey teams travelled to Limerick last week to continue their respective League campaigns. The opposition for both was Scoil Mhuire. It was a successful day for both teams who scored three goals each.


The Cadette Basketball team was in action also last week as they took on presentation, Castleisland in the quarter final of the Cup competition. Unfortunately, Castleisland proved too strong and they proceed to the semi-final.


Well done to the First Year Camogie team who reached the final of the Co Tipperary Blitz which was held last week in Dr Morris Park in Thurles. The team played four games in all and drew against Cashel, had two victories against Nenagh B team scoring 4 – 7 in the semi-final. The final placed them against the Nenagh A team which they lost by 1-2 to 3-2.

Written By Nora Tuohy