Ursuline Secondary School

December 3, 2023

December 3, 2023

Public Speaking

It’s been an amazing week for Ursuline Fifth Year student, Rosa Ryan. On Monday, 27 November she won the National Final of the EU Soapbox Direct Public Speaking Competition. Rosa travelled to the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin and wowed the judges with her speech ‘There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.’ Rosa triumphed over eleven other regional finalists to win the title. Then on Thursday, 30 November, she qualified for the next round of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, held in Dungarvan. There were many speakers including four from the Ursuline. Rosie Bradish, Hannah Murphy and Maura Moran joined Rosa in taking to the podium to deliver their speeches on a range of issues including the planet, the environment, the empowerment of women and human rights. Such was the high standard of competition that five finalists were chosen to deliver impromptu two minute speeches as a way of deciding the overall winner. This was no bother to Rosa who kept her cool and spoke with ease to be chosen to go forward in the competition. Much thanks to Ms Quinn who continues to promote and support the public speaking enthusiasts and debaters of the Ursuline and helped Rosa and the other competitors prepare for these prestigious, national competitions.


TY Think Languages Day

Well done to Ms Carew and the other teachers from the Modern Foreign Languages Department and the TY team of Aoife Queally, Ciara Ryan, Tara Johnson, Oriana O’Brien and Rianne Fanning who organised Think Languages Day in the Ursuline Secondary School. Tuesday, 28 November centred around TYs learning customs and phrases from a wide variety of countries and cultures. There was foreign food tasting, a Sign Language demonstration, Flamenco dancing, Polish workshops, Ukrainian workshops, Spanish workshops, a languages treasure hunt, Irish dancing, Thai Kickboxing and Jiu-jitsu. It was fun and jam-packed with many of the school’s international students teaching their peers through active participation. Everyone had such a good time they didn’t even realise they were learning loads. As a follow up twenty TY students got the opportunity to take part in the SETU Think Languages festival held at the Waterford campus. They did Spanish board games, experienced musical performances in Irish, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Lingala and Mandarin. They also got lots of treats throughout the day as well as enjoying interactive play.

World Irish Dancing Championships

Congratulations to the three Ursuline students who qualified for the World Irish Dancing Championships which will be held in Glasgow next Easter. They all attended the Irish Championships held in the INEC in Kilarney last weekend. Ava O’Dwyer, Fifth Year dances with the Flynn O’Kane school in Nenagh and she qualified in the U16 hornpipe and reel and her set dance was Vanishing Lake. Sophie Nolan, Second Year, qualified in the U14 hornpipe and reel and her set dance was also Vanishing Lake. Sophie goes to Scoil Uí Cheallaigh in Thurles. Leah Lonergan, First Year is a pupil of the Burgess School of Irish Dance in Cashel and qualified in the U13 category. Leah danced a slip jig and heavy jig and her set dance for the competition was Madame Bonaparte. Best of luck to the three girls as they continue their preparations over the coming months.

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Christmas in the Ursuline

Last Friday, 1 December marked the official beginning of the festive season in the Ursuline Thurles. In the coming weeks the Fifth and Sixth Year student councilors will be organising plenty of entertainment in the build up to Christmas. At lunchtime a big crowd of students and teachers turned up to see their friends battle it out to win the Christmas Quiz. There were some tough brain teasers like how many kilometers is it from Thurles to Lapland. The competitors, representing their year group and the staff got plenty of help from the audience who shouted up answers, which weren’t always correct but because nobody was taking the quiz or themselves too seriously it was enormously fun. Surely the Elf on the Shelf will make an appearance around the school this week with prizes for those who can decipher the cryptic clues and find his whereabouts. Thanks to everyone who took part in the first UCT Christmas caper of the season.


The Minor Gaelic footballers continued their run of good luck on Thursday, 30 November when they won against Cashel Community School in the second round of the Munster A Championship. For the opening ten minutes t was end to end for both sides with Sadhbh Murray and Cliodhna Farrell doing phenomenal work trying to keep the opposition at bay. Eventually the UCT girls found their rhythm and began to pull away to register the win. Scorers were Sophie Moynihan, 2-3; Melanie Flannery, 0-5; Jessie Shanahan, 1-0; Lorna Ryan, 1-0; Rosie O’Brien, 1-0; Bríd Woodlock, 0-1 and Annie Dempsey, 0-1. This team of U14.5 will play John the Baptist after Christmas in their last group game. Well done to all involved.

French Exchange

Ursuline TY students Anna O’Callaghan, Siobhan Dowd, Tessa Kearney, Sophie Quirke, Sophie Coughlan and Cáit Browne travelled to the Ursuline Sister school in Blanche de Castille in Nantes last weekend. The students are staying with host families and attending French Secondary School every day. They are immersing themselves in the French language and culture with an aim to improving their spoken French and understanding of the people, especially young people their own age.

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