April 11, 2019

PI Maths Quiz
Well done to the Ursuline team of four Third Year students who won the Irish Maths Teachers Association Junior PI Maths Quiz on Friday, 5 April. It was a closely fought contest between Ursuline Thurles, Kilkenny College and CBS Kilkenny with Ursuline snatching victory by a single point in the end. There were competing teams from around the region including Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow, and Wicklow. The UCT winners were Caoimhe Dooley, Katie Gleeson, Emma Synnott and Gráinne Gleeson and it was a great opportunity for the students to flex their mathematical muscles.

County Schools Athletics
The Ursuline was well represented at the County Schools Track and Field in Templemore on Wednesday, 10 April. The students from First Year to Fifth Year competed across a range of events including long jump, shot putt, 100 metre sprints, 800 metres, hurdles and relays. Congratulations to Louise Hickey, Lorna Ryan and Leona Maher who qualified for the final of the Junior 100 metres. Leona finished in the gold medal spot and Lorna came in fourth. Sophie Walsh and Marion Gillman both made the final of their 100 metre sprint in the Intermediate Girls and Marion finished second.

In the Junior hurdles two Ursulines got on the podium, Chloé Byrne in second and Louise Hickey in third. There were four competitors in the 800 metre final of Minor Girls, Rebecca Danagher, Alysha Kearney, Paula Quirke, and Kate Ferncombe. Congratulations to Kate who came first. She’s had a great year competing in the school singlet both at Cross Country and Track and Field. Chloé Byrne’s second medal of the day was a bronze in the Junior Girls 800 metre final. Anna McCartan came home second in the 1500 Intermediate. The Intermediate relay team managed a third place finish in the 4×100 metres. Anna Ryan, Fifth Year, took gold in three events, Intermediate Girls pole vault, shot putt and high jump. Well done to all competitors and to their coach Mr McDonnell.

HOPE Trip to Kolkata
Best wishes to those Ursuline students and teachers who are currently in Kolkata, India with the HOPE Foundation on their Schools Immersion trip. The group, including Fifth Years and TY’s, are the largest ever to travel from the Ursuline. In the previous months they have been fundraising furiously to contribute to HOPE’s ongoing work with impoverished street children in Kolkata and other Indian cities. The students will get the opportunity to see how this money is spent on providing life-saving and life changing services. Best of luck to Fifth years Marie McGrath, Noirín Harty, Emily Kavanagh, Laura Power, Laura Ryan, Rachel Madden, Ellie Hannon, Ellen Liffey and TYs Amie Nolan, Kaci Kerwick, Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Caoimhe Brennan, Michelle Bergin and Jean Grace. Thanks also to Ms Carew and Mr McLoughlin who are accompanying the students and who also raised vital donations through their own efforts.

The Senior Camogie players travelled to Nenagh on Wednesday to play St Mary’s in a Tipperary schools competition. It was a close encounter with the Nenagh side pulling through by a point against UCT in the finish.

First Years competed in a blitz organised by Tipp Talons Basketball club. It was a great chance for them to play and enjoy the game. They won a game and lost a game but had fun on the courts.

Kaja Gorwa came fourth in the All-Ireland Final of the ARTiculation Public Speaking which was held in Kilkenny Castle recently. She had compiled a very interesting presentation on ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’ a woodblock print by renowned Japanese artist Hokusai who made his best, most famous work when he was in his 70’s including the iconic Great Wave. Kaja was proud to represent her school having qualified from the Regional Final in Clonmel where she beat off some excellent speakers. She did very well in Kilkenny speaking to the audience with confidence about the techniques used by Hokusai as well as giving a fascinating insight into this artist and his work.

Written By Nora Tuohy