November 22, 2010

475th Anniversary Mass

Preparations are well advanced for the liturgical celebration that will take place in the Cathedral, this Thursday at 7.30. The Mass will mark the 475th anniversary of the founding of the Ursuline Order by St Angela Merici in 1535. The theme for the Mass comes from the words of St Angela herself when she called on her followers to “Lead a New Life”.

The Ursuline Community, the staff and students of Scoil Angela and the Secondary School extend a warm welcome to all parents, past pupils and all in the parish of Thurles and beyond who would like to attend.

Debating/Public Speaking

It was a busy week for the Debaters and Public Speakers in the school. Three Transition Year students Eve Ryan, Denise Sutton and Emily Fitzgerald took part in the Mental Health Association of Ireland competition against Thurles C.B.S. The three girls spoke as a team (there is an option to choose three separate subjects) on “The human ideal – mensa in corpore sano”. The judges praised both teams for the high level of content and skill and they chose the boys from the CBS to go through to the next round.

The Concern Debating Team of Louise Burke, Ruth Heenan, Aine Blake and Ruth Atkins travelled to Our Lady’s, Templemore for its third debate in the round robin series. They opposed the motion that “European promises on climate change are a lot of hot air”. In a very entertaining debate, the girls got the nod from the judges and the motion was defeated.

On Saturday last, two students, Anna Brennan and Eve Ryan went to Clonmel to take part in the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition. This is a competition for individuals. Anna Brennan was selected as one of two students to go forward to the Regional Finals for her speech on the environment and Eve Ryan was selected as “first sub” in the event of either of the two winners being unable to attend.

T.Y. Trip

The Transition Year students travelled to Dublin last week to visit Kilmainham and the National Gallery of Ireland. They also then took the opportunity to attend the Grand Canal Theatre for the production of Hairspray currently running there. A great day and evening was had by all!

Written By Nora Tuohy

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