September 16, 2012

This week was yet another busy week in the school as the Junior Certificate students got their results, the Opening of the Year School Assembly was held, the sports departments took off and the auditions for Oklahoma continued; we are waiting with bated breath to find out who is going to play the burly Curly character and indecisive Laurie.


Well done to all the students who received their Junior Certificate results on Wednesday, the results were outstanding and a testimony to all the hard work that was done last year. Three students achieved twelve A grades in Higher level papers, namely Cait Ryan, Leah Carroll and Simone Gordon. The Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles was the only school in the country to have three students achieve these exceptional results. Naturally the staff and students of the school are extremely proud of all the Junior Cert students who performed so well in their examinations.


All the students and staff of the school came together this week for the Opening of the Year Assembly. It was a lovely opportunity to give the First Year students a taste of what life in the Ursuline is like and also to congratulate all the students who took part in extra-curricular events during the holidays. Siobhan Norton, Chairperson of the Green Schools Committee, spoke to the students about the fact that the school will be endeavouring to attain the fourth Green Flag commencing this year, she urged students to get involved with the Green Schools Committee. Ruth Heenan, Student Council President, addressed the students to encourage them to participate actively in school live and remember that they are all part of the “sea of blue” that makes up the school community of the Ursuline, and that every “drop” is very important.

This year the NEWB (National Education Welfare Board) sent the school certificates to acknowledge the diligence of students with good attendance. More than sixty students were awarded certificates for having full attendance last year; undoubtedly good attendance was also clearly reflected in both the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert results. Furthermore there were an astonishing number of students who had only missed one of two days in school last year. Well done girls, let’s hope this year’s record will be even better.


Camogie got off to a good start this week as First Year students played an in-house camogie blitz on Friday. Team 1 played their match against Team 2, unfortunately team 1 were beaten but they showed great skill and determination. Well done to the members of Team 2 who have one victory behind them as they move forward in the competition. The tournament will continue for the next few weeks on Friday afternoons.

Next week will be an eventful one for those involved in basketball. The Senior basketball team are to play a friendly against Templemore on Monday while the Under-16 team will take part in a tournament in the Presentation School, Thurles on Friday the 21st. Good luck to both teams, hopefully we’ll get the season off to a good start.


An impressive number of students presented themselves for the first meeting relating to the Concern Debating team. This week will see those interested in debating taking part in trials to determine the team members for this year. Of course the upcoming weeks will also bring more opportunities for those interested in waging wars of words as public speaking competitions will also get under way.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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