September 9, 2012

Oh what a beautiful week! The sunshine definitely complimented all the various activities and goings-on this week, it also tied in quite beautifully with this year’s choice of musical production. Read on to find out what pie-baking damsel and “bronc buster” hero are going to grace the stage this year.

TRANSITION YEAR

The Transition Year students had a most hectic week starting with their excursion to UL Activity Centre in Killaloe. The excursion was organised at this early stage of the year to help the girls to get to know each other and so help them to optimise their experience during this very enriching year. The day included a lot of teambuilding exercises that will, no doubt, allow the girls to make new friends and work well together as they face the exciting challenges that TY has to offer. Apparently climbing the “leap of faith” pole was a highlight! Luckily the sun shone incessantly all day so that the girls were able to thoroughly enjoy the canoeing, kayaking, sailing and many other activities.

In addition 30 very fortunate TY students are currently involved in a three-week, contemporary dance workshop with The Source Art Centre’s artist dancer in residence, Cathy O’Kennedy. Cathy is the founder of Fluxusdance, and an experienced choreographer and dance teacher. During this workshop the students will have the opportunity to learn new skills, dance, and create dances. Furthermore they will be able to work with professional dance teachers and choreographers. Their workshop will culminate in an opportunity for the girls to perform their dances with the artists of Fluxusdance at The Source Arts Centre in Sowing the Seeds of Dance which will take place on Friday the 21st of September at 7pm. This is only one of the events that will take place in The Source Art Centre to mark National Culture Day.

Transition Year students also benefited greatly this week from a SAYIT talk offered by guest speakers to the school. SAYIT (Safety Awareness Youth Information Training) is particularly important at the moment as it encourages teenagers to behave responsibly in relation to alcohol and different social issues that they may encounter as they move through the next few years.

SPORTS

This was undoubtedly a very eventful week in relation to sports in the school. Firstly the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles has been nominated for “Hockey School of the Year 2011-12”. Well done to all the hockey coaches and hockey teams who did so well last year. The Ursuline is the only school in Munster to be nominated for this prestigious award so students and staff alike are extremely proud. If you would like to learn more about this award please visit www.hockey.ie and navigate towards nominations 2012, Munster branch. There is a voting system to decide the final winner and everybody is welcome to vote, but please remember that the closing date is September 13th. Fingers crossed!

The hockey department had more joyous news as numerous Ursuline students made the panels for the South-East and Munster Under-16 hockey teams. Becky Danagher, Kate Crotty, Rachel Perdue and Lauren Costello were short listed for the Munster squad while Robin Dowling and Eva Flanagan have been chosen for the South East panel. The Inter Provincial Hockey Tournament will take place in Dublin on the weekend of the 19th of October.

An Ursuline fifth year student, Eileen Rafter, had huge success over the summer in relation to athletics. Eileen was Irish Schools’ Champion at Under-16 level for the mile distance. She had won this accolade by running the distance in an impressive 4 minutes 48 seconds last year. Eileen added to her achievements over the summer when she became Under-17 1500 metres Champion. Many congratulations Eileen!

Finally, the First years participated in a sports day this week; they got to know each other and enjoyed the lovely weather while trying out a myriad of different sports. No doubt all the First year students will be signing up for numerous teams next week as a result. The day was a tremendous success as the sports teachers were assisted by the TY students.

MUSIC

Did you guess? Yes, that’s right; the students of the Ursuline will be taking to the stage this year with a production of the uplifting favourite, Oklahoma. Yeehaw! The arduous auditions will take place this week and apparently there is enormous interest in lead parts so it’s going to be a nail-biting week. The mellifluous melodies of “Oh, what a beautiful Morning” and “people will say we’re in love” are currently lilting through the air of the school and, just like Ado Annie, you will not be able to “say no” when it hits the stage. Pardon the pun.

The Cecilian choir are also due to recommence this week, no doubt they will also be adding to their repertoire and enhancing all school events with their enchanting voices.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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