Ursuline Secondary School

September 18, 2022


An Gaisce Hike

TY and Fifth Year Ursuline students working towards their Bronze Gaisce medal hiked in the Slieve Bloom Mountains over two days on Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17 September. This completed their adventure journey challenge which is a key requirement of the President’s self-development programme. It was tough, with 14km mountain treks on both days but the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the glorious autumnal sunshine was an added bonus. There was plenty of fun, chattering and motivational words to keep the spirits up and the legs moving. Well done to all who completed the hike, the teachers who accompanied the group and Birr Education Centre who facilitated and guided the walk.

The Opening of the Year Mass

The students and staff of the Ursuline gathered together in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, 15 September for the Opening of the Year Mass. Chairperson of the School Council, Patsy Norton welcomed everyone especially new members of staff, new students and First Years. She congratulated the previous Leaving Cert class on their academic excellence and thanked them for their contribution to the School. Julia Ann Barrett and Vera Ryan spoke to the congregation about the theme for the year ‘Everyone of us is a wonder. Everyone of us has a story.’ The quote, by American writer Kristin Hunter, was chosen by the Religious Education Department to remind students that each of them is a unique creation of God, precious in His eyes. This idea was expanded on by School Chaplain, Fr Jim Purcell, who spoke about the binding love of God, connecting all the diverse and different people, each special with their own story to tell, with all these stories overlapping and linking together through the power of divine love. A poster which included the fingerprints of all students in the Ursuline was presented at the altar, a symbol of everyone’s uniqueness, a reminder that their story is their own. The Music Department, including Chamber Choir, Cecelian Choir and Senior Orchestra enhanced the celebration with I Arise Today providing a hauntingly beautiful musical backdrop to the offertory procession. Thanks to all students and staff involved in the Opening of the Year Mass and thanks to celebrant Fr Jim Purcell.

Certified Irish Angus Beef

The 2021 Certified Irish Angus Beef National finalists did a presentation last week to Sixth Class students in St Angela’s Primary School. They talked a little about Irish Angus cattle and how they are rearing the five calves they won at last year’s National Ploughing Championship. The four students Louise Creagh, Louise Hickey, Karen Campion and Gráinne O’Donnell will be back at the Ploughing again this month to meet competition judges to update them on the progress of the now grown up calves. They will also be showing the other Ursuline National Finalists for this year the ropes and cheering them on when they receive their calves. The team to reach this year’s National Final includes Gráinne Callanan, Rebekah Smith, Evie Smyth and Kaitlyn Ryan with their impressive and comprehensive project on Farm Health and Safety.


The entire School Community of the Ursuline Convent would like to extend its deepest sympathy to our dear colleague Mary O’Sullivan, her husband Donnacha and children Aisling and Conor on the death of her lovely son Ben. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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