SOROPTIMIST PUBLIC SPEAKING
Three students participated in the Co Tipperary section of the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition last Saturday week in the Clonmel Park Hotel. Ciara Maguire, Emily Fitzgerald and Ava Meagher were among the thirteen participants from various schools around the county and further a-field. The students choose to speak on a topic from one of seven areas concerning the European Union, Education, Environment, Economic and Social Development, Health, International Good Will and Civil Rights and the Status of Women.
Ciara spoke on how “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another”. Emily chose the topic in the Health section: “So many people spend their health gaining wealth and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health!”. Ava spoke on Civil Rights and the Status of Women: “It is only when you get a critical mass of women in politics that you get women’s issues attacked.”
Ava Meagher was one of the two students chosen to go forward to the Regional Finals to be held next February.
SERVICE FOR THE HOLY SOULS
A Liturgy for the Holy Souls was held last week in the Sports Complex where the whole school came together to pray for their loved ones who had died. The theme this year was the Butterfly: symbol of the resurrection. Each class had prepared for the Liturgy in advance during November and they had made a beautiful montage of butterflies on which they had placed the names of those they especially wished to remember. The service was supported with lovely singing from the Chamber and Cecilian Choirs.
Four students had successfully negotiated the opening round of Poetry Aloud in October and they travelled to the National Library in Dublin last Friday to take part in the final. Ruth Atkins, Jenny Kelly (Fifth Years), Mary Claire Fitzgerald (Third Year) and Clodagh Nash (Second Year) performed their chosen poems very well but they were not successful.
One would be forgiven for believing that the debate between the Ursuline girls and the C.B.S. boys last week was at the latter end of the competition instead of the second debate of the round robin series, such was the standard of debating on the motion
“that Irish youth is doing its fair share to end poverty and hunger in the Third World.”
The girls were opposing the motion and won the day by a majority decision of the judges.
Based on performance in Junior Cert Maths, three students were chosen to attend Maths Enrichment classes organised by the UCD School of Mathematical Sciences. Laura Connolly, Emer Herlihy and Orla Maher were the chosen students who have the opportunity to avail of this and it can lead to the Maths Olympiad training classes which have an International aspect to it.