Ursuline Secondary School

September 11, 2022

September 11, 2022

Leaving Cert Art Trip to Kilkenny

On Tuesday, 6 September the Ursuline Leaving Cert Art students visited the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny followed by the National Craft and Design Centre in the afternoon. This trip is an essential element of the Leaving Cert Art syllabus and gives students an insight into different artistic styles, expressions and mediums. In the Butler Gallery their tour guide Pauline showed them the permanent O’Malley collection of works by Tony and Jane O’Malley and also paintings by well-known artists such as Robert Ballagh, Sir John Lavery and Evie Hone. They also viewed the temporary exhibition of artist Kevin Atherton. Atherton’s current exposition spans his fifty years an artist and explores his earlier work reflecting on the relativity and relatability of past pieces in today’s society. Atherton compares his younger artistic self with his work now and looks at how he has developed, changed and matured as an artist. His work included audio visual presentations, video installations and sculptural works. It was cutting edge and very important as students could experience creativity and imagination explored through a wide variety of media.

After lunch the two classes moved onto the National Craft and Design Centre where they viewed pieces from over 40 artists seeing a huge range of contemporary Irish craft and design. They also got chance to view some to the artists workshops and chat to them about their inspiration and life as a working artist. It was an enjoyable art filled day with the students developing an appreciation, understanding and deeper connection with their subject. It also showed them that galleries and art exhibitions are accessible to everyone and should be enjoyed by all.

Interprovincial Hockey

Well done to Ursuline’s Aoife Kavanagh, Fifth Year and Kate Kenny, Second Year who represented their school, clubs and provinces last weekend at Interprovincial level. Aoife’s Munster U18s beat Leinster South by a goal. Kate, playing for Leinster South U16s in her first ever Interpros match, had a great 3-0 win over Munster. Kate in defence was quick and skilful and her efforts helped to keep a clean sheet for her side. Aoife has moved up the ranks from Munster U16 to U18 and proved a natural in front of the goals to contribute to her side’s victory. Both students tog out again for their provinces in October and we wish them the very best when Aoife’s U18 Munster meet Ulster and Kate’s U16 South Leinster play Connacht.

Senior A Hockey

A new year, a new hockey season and new faces on the Ursuline Senior A team with players coming up from the Junior end to fill the gaps left by the departing Sixth Years of the class of 22. On Wednesday, 7 September the Seniors played a tournament and got off to a flying start. They won decisively against Laurel Hill Secondary School beating them 7-1 with five different Ursuline goal scorers which included two by Anna McCartan and one apiece for Fay Lannen, Abigail Hourigan Powell, Aoife Kavanagh, Rosie O’Grady and Rachel Barry. Their game against Mount Mercy resulted in a 2-1 win and in both games UCT came back into it from a goal down. The team showed character and commitment to emerge as victors despite the driving rain and starting off both matches on the back foot. Best of luck to all players in the season ahead.

Certified Irish Angus Beef National Finalists

For the second consecutive year students from the Ursuline Thurles will be attending the Ploughing and returning home with five Irish Angus calves to rear. Last week Evie Smyth, Gráinne Callanan, Kaitlyn Ryan and Rebekah Smith had a media training and communication seminar online to help them prepare for the spotlight of being National Finalists in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition, 2022. Their project, which focussed on Farm Health and Safety, made it through a number of different rounds that included compiling an initial video, tough of interviews at various stages and a presentation in Croke Park in front of judges from the Beef Industry including the Competition sponsors Keepak and ABP. Nevertheless, the team of four remained undaunted, they had their research done and were confident in their findings and key recommendations. All the hard work will be worth it when they bring home the calves later in the month and make history for the Ursuline as the only School to reach a coveted spot in the National Final two years in a row.

TY Sponsored Walk/Run

Ursuline TY classes took an afternoon stroll for charity on Thursday, 8 September raising money for local youth charity Jigsaw. Some of the braver and fitter among them ran or part-ran the 10K loop from the school up to Thurles Racetrack, around it and back. All times were tracked using the Strava App and the plan is to repeat the exercise in six weeks to see if students have improved their fitness in the meantime. A little healthy PE challenge to begin the TY year.

TY Develop Me Workshop

The Ursuline TYs had their first workshop when the leaders from Develop Me came to introduce students to the concepts of strategic planning, effective management strategies and successful teamwork tips. The facilitators divided the classes into teams who had to navigate, negotiate and tackle the obstacles they faced in an experiential game called ‘Solving the Problem of Tom’s Canyon Ford.’ It was a race against the clock as well as an exercise in working well with others to complete a task. The game is meant to mirror the challenges posed by being part of a team but also how to utilise the talents of members in such a way as to produce a fortuitous outcome. The students had fun and learned loads about themselves and their classmates.


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