Ursuline Secondary School

May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022

Track & Field Munster Finals

Saturday May 21st, saw the school send it’s biggest T&F team for many years to a Munster Final. Depending on the event either 2 or 3 girls qualify for the All Ireland’s in Tullamore on June 4. Of equal importance to many of the girls is obtaining a PB, or personal best. Yesterday we had both! Leona Maher, running as a senior for the first year and winner of both the 100 and 200 in South East, narrowly missed out on Tullamore and will be back in the same events next a year older and faster than ever.

Emily Davidson was another of our dual eventers and achieved her primary aim of qualifying for her Tailteann Games team for the All Ireland’s by winning the bronze medal in the long Jump. She just missed out in the 100m by the slimmest of margins with the judges having to decide on the places by photo finish.
Alana Spillane was our main competitor in the U.16 mile. She ran a great race posting 2.38 for the first 800m and finishing in bronze medal position in 5.40. Alana ran a very intelligent race and moved from 5th to 4th and then into 3rd in the final 200m and was closing fast on silver in the last 50m.
Our sole minor girl was Sarah McGinley in the shot putt. Sarah has been improving out of sight in recent weeks and has thrown 3 personal bests including 8m35 yesterday to finish in the top 6 in Munster! Her PB has improved by over 50cm in recent weeks and Sarah is one that we will be keeping a close eye on over the next number of years.our final event at 5.05 yesterday was the 4x100 meters.
We had Emily, Anna O’Donoghue, Aoibheann Fogarty and Mia Brennan finish in 4th place, just outside the medals, of the 8 teams. The relay is always both the fastest and most chaotic race and our team did the school proud! Many thanks to all the girls for travelling on the Saturday and to the parents and club coaches who were there to support them. If you have any inclination whatsoever to get out and get involved in athletics or indeed any other sport we will do our best to facilitate you. Most athletes start off as fun runners and progress from there!

Child of Mary Graduation Mass, Friday 20 May

Congratulations to the Leaving Cert class of 2022 who had their Child of Mary Graduation Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Friday, 20 May. They celebrated this special occasion in the company of family, friends, teachers, classmates, sisters of the Ursuline Community and the whole school. It was an uplifting Mass filled with music, song, meaningful words, reflections, prayers and liturgical dance and it was so good to be back celebrating this important milestone in the Cathedral after a Covid hiatus of two years. The Mass was organised by the Sixth Years with the help from the Religious Education, Music, Art and Technology Departments and was based on the theme chosen by the students ‘Go forth and set the world on fire.’ School chaplain Fr Jim Purcell gave a warm and moving homily based around the theme. He told them to be true to themselves and true to others and they will set the world on fire. He also encouraged them to reach out to God in their lives and to look for His support and comfort. Thanks to everyone involved in this lovely celebration especially the Sixth Years who made their parents and school so proud with the reverent and joyous way they embraced the liturgy.

TY Trip to Tayto Park

The TYs took their final trip of the year heading off to Tayto Park on Wednesday, 18 May. They had a great time going on the famous Cu Chulainn Rollercoaster and plenty of other attractions during the day. It was a fun filled and enjoyable excursion for the students in what has been a busy TY programme since September. Thanks to the teachers who travelled with them.

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