January 30, 2012

Mental Health Public Speaking

With Mock Leaving Cert Examinations underway since Friday last, it was good to get some of the fixtures in public speaking and debating out of the way before them. The Mental Health Public Speaking team of Ruth Atkins, Aine Blake and Lisa Fogarty and sub. Lauren Moore travelled to Kilkenny to take part in the South Eastern Regional Final. Their opponents were Coláiste Eoin, Hacketstown and St Brigid’s, Callan. The Ursuline team decided to develop the topic they had chosen for the first round:

“Modern life is fast and pressurised and our children are not immune to its consequences”

These words by former President Mary McAleese gave the students the opportunity to explore the consequences for mental health of this pressurised life style.

The Adjudicators were very impressed with the high standard of Public Speaking skills that were displayed by all three teams and the insights they had gained into the mental health issues. They awarded the win to the Ursuline team and the girls now go forward to the All Ireland semi-final which will take place next month.

Ursulines Talk it Up

Gael Linn Debating

(l to r): Ruth Atkins, Aine Blake and Lisa Fogarty who successfully talked their way into the All Ireland semi-final of the Mental Health Public Speaking competition

On the same day, the Gael Linn Debating team of Jane O’Quigley, Laura Connolly and Tamsin Greene Barker headed south to Clonmel to oppose the motion

“Tá ár bhféiniúlacht mar thír caillte again in Eirinn”

Four teams in all, Loreto Clonmel, St Leo’s Carlow and Stella Maris were in action: two proposing the motion and two opposing. The adjudicators chose two teams to go forward to the next round: Loreto, Clonmel who had proposed the motion and the Ursuline team (opposing).


Transition Year

The Transition Year students headed for Dublin last Friday for their much anticipated trip to see Dirty Dancing in the Grand Canal Theatre. They also used the opportunity to visit Kilmainham and the Zoo and a great day was had by all.

The TY students are working very hard at the moment to prepare themselves for their YSI submission which is due by early March. Each of the three groups is busy researching and preparing its brief.


It was also a very busy week for sporting teams in the school. The First and Second Year Basketball teams had their first competitive outing of the year and both teams were successful against opponents, Nenagh. First Years won by 28 – 15 and Second Years by 16 – 14.

The Junior A Hockey team was successful in its first Cup outing against Bandon by 1 – 0 and the Second Year A team had a 1 – 0 victory in the league against the same opposition. There were also league fixtures completed for Second Year A, First Year West, Second Year B2 against Laurel Hill Coláiste and all three teams had a win. The Junior B 2 team played out a 1-1 draw against Villiers while the Junior B1 team lost by 2 – 4 in its Cup competition.

The Athletics teams, Minor, Junior, Intermediate (2 teams) and Senior participated in the East Munster Cross Country Championship and all were successful in securing qualification in the Munster Cross Country Championships which will take place on Thursday week.

Written By Nora Tuohy