Mental Health Public Speaking
Well done to the Mental Health Public Speaking team who has successfully negotiated its way to the All Ireland final. This is a first in this particular competition and so it is particularly sweet. Great credit is due to Ms Quinn for her persistence over the years and her dedication to this worth while competition.
Ruth Atkins, Lisa Fogarty, Aine Blake (Lauren Moore –sub) talked their to the final on the topic of the stresses and strains of modern living in the words of Mary McAleese:
“Modern life is fast and pressurized and our children are not immune to its consequences.”
There were three teams represented in this National semi-final, Colaiste Ide from Dingle and St Joseph’s Sec Sch, Foxford, and the Ursuline team now has a date on March 31 in Trinity College for the final. Up to this, the teams have been able to select their own topic from a given list. For the final, all teams will speak on the same topic which the team received last week:
“Personal Integrity, Community Care, Mindfulness of Spirit – the keys to our well being”
Opponents for the final will be Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin, Co Leitrim and St Mary’s CBS, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Gael Linn Debating
Meanwhile the Gael Linn Senior Debating travelled to Abbeyleix to argue its case, opposing the motion, that life is good for those in the public service.
“Is meaner doibh suid ata fostaithe san Earnail Phoibli”
The team was up against Loreto Clonmel, Loreto Dalkey and Holy Child, Killiney. Loreto, Clonmel, who was arguing in favour of the motion, was chosen to go through to the National Final.
Regional Enterprise Final
Four teams had been chosen recently by the North Tipperary Enterprise Board to go forward to the senior section of the Regional Final in Nenagh last week. One team of Second Years also entered the Intermediate Section.
“Caman let’s Play” won first place in the Senior section and now qualify to forward to the National Final in Croke Park shortly. The girls involved in this enterprise have developed a mould for the hurley that can be added easily to the base and it will make it usable on all weather surfaces without damaging it.
“Tub a Love”, a hand made and hand crafted bake mix, came second in the Senior competition. The girls had prepared, measured and weighed the mix and presented it in a decorative jar.
“Seasonal Spices” and “Nurture Nature” were the other two enterprises in the Senior section. The Seasonal Spices was a mixture of suitable spices for use to add flavour to certain dishes like roast potatoes or Spaghetti Bolognese. “Nurture Nature” is a 100% eco-friendly fertilizer, made purely from horse manure. All companies will continue their work in marketing and selling their products while those involved in the mould for the hurley will now work on the presentation of the product in preparation for the final.
A group of Second Year students who developed an educational Board Game to help students enjoy aspects of the new Project Maths Course earned First Place in the Intermediate Section and they too will travel to Croke Park for the finals.
An Gaisce – the President’s Award
Fifty senior students travelled to Birr Activity Centre last weekend to complete the physical/adventure aspect of this award. Ten students are aiming to get their Silver medal by the end of the year and fifty students are hoping to get their bronze medals. It was a tough encounter where all involved had to complete set targets of hill climbing and orienteering.
Tennis: The smell of the first cut of grass in the last fortnight signaled the start of the competitive Tennis season and many of the teams have already been in action. The Under 16 Cup team has safely negotiated its way into the next round while the Under 14 Cup team suffered a defeat against Ursuline, Waterford.
Athletics: The All Ireland Cross Country Championships took place last weekend in Waterford. Minor, Junior and Intermediate teams had qualified for the finals. The Junior team ran a great race in a very competitive field and came third, earning themselves the Bronze medal. The Intermediate team was pipped for third place and so was out of the medals.
Hockey: There was no luck for the Junior A hockey team in the Cup semi-final last week against Crescent Comprehensive. Having much the better of the possession throughout, the team conceded a goal early in the second half and could not get themselves back on level terms. Another goal was conceded close to full time and so the final result was 0-2.