April 17, 2015

2nd & 3rd Public Speaking

The final of the 2nd and 3rd year Public Speaking takes place on 21st April. Speakers will take on the topic ” All you need is love!” In this the final competition of the year speakers will have four minutes to explore the famous lyric from Lennon & McCartney. The finalists are Emma Phelan, Lauren Cloonan, Erika Carroll, Mary Kate Barrett, Vivienne O’Keefe and Claire Casey. This competition brings to an end to year’s activities in which so many people developed and displayed a huge range of talent. Well done!

Rose of Tralee TY Visit

Maria Walsh, Rose of Tralee visited the transition years of Room 32 on Wednesday April 15th. She was invited by Aoife Hayes and Claire Stakelum. They went to meet her at the Tipperary Rose of Tralee selection and were “very” determined to get Maria to visit the school. Maria gave the girls a most inspirational talk as part of their Young Social Innovators project on “The Pursuit of Happiness”. She shared her experiences from her past year as Rose of Tralee and gave a very frank and honest account of her own life and how she came to be the winning Rose.

Still keeping with the Rose of Tralee theme congratulations to past pupil Alison Brolan who was recently selected as the Tipperary Rose. Alison is the daughter of Jodie and Colette in charge of the school shop. She goes on to the next stage of the competition and we wish her the very best of luck.

Camogie Results

There are many fine camogie players in First Year and they got a chance to showcase their skills and represent the school last week in a Munster Camogie Blitz organised exclusively for 1st Years. They travelled to Holycross to play teams from all over the province. They managed to reach the Semi Final stage but were knocked out by Cork side Charleville losing to them by the narrowest of margins, a mere point. The students were naturally disappointed to have been so close to securing a place in the final. However they played well all day and realise that they will have many opportunities to play on school camogie teams into the future. As always well done to Ms. Hogan their bainisteoir.

Hockey Results

Congratulations to our 2nd Year ‘A’s who beat old rivals Crescent in the final of the Cup by an impressive 5 goals to nil. Goals were scored by Gemma O’Dwyer who found the net on two occasions, Kellie Quirke, Róisín Heffernan and Lauren Murtagh. There was great excitement around the school when the full time score filtered through. Well done to the entire 2nd Year ‘A’ squad and to their coach Ms. Rossiter and the other hockey coaches.

In the 2nd Year A League the Ursulines also defeated Crescent by 5 goals and again Crescent by the full time whistle had not got on the scoreboard. The result of this game was Ursulines 5 Crescent 0.

Other hockey results this week included the 2nd Year B2 team who also won their match against Crescent by 2 goals to no score.

The 1st Year blue team beat St. Mary’s from Limerick by 4 goals to nil. The 1st Year Orange team also beat St. Mary’s, Limerick. The final score UCT 2 – St. Mary’s 0. The 1st Year Blues were not successful against CCC/Crescent by 1 goal.

The 2nd Year ‘B’2’s overcame Crescent by 2 goals to 0. The 2nd Year ‘B’1’s had a spectacular win against Crescent on a final scoreline of UCT 7 – Crescent 0.

The 1st Year ‘A’s played their Cup Final against Crescent but had no joy this time with Crescent proving to be too strong and winning by 5 goals to nil. Well done to all players who kitted out in the school colours this week and thanks to all the hockey coaches.

YSI Finalists

Two out of our four Transition Year teams have qualified for the final of the Young Social Innovator Awards. This is a great achievement because as always the standard of YSI projects regionally and nationally is incredibly high. Only 60 projects qualify out of 300 entries so we are delighted to have two groups representing the school in this prestigious event. The two projects selected were Room 30 who are campaigning to educate people on the value of knowing their road number. In researching their project entitled ‘112 Where are you?’ The students have discovered that most of us are blissfully unaware of the designated number of our road and yet this small personal detail could save our life or the life of a family member should we need to avail of the Emergency Services.

The other YSI project to get through is Room 31’s ‘Turn on the Flood Rights’. This class are focussing on the issue of gender inequality in sport and sporting organisations. They are hoping to see the imbalance between the sexes redressed on the field of play and promote the importance of promoting and supporting female participation in sport. This is indeed a topical issue with the publication of the Aviva Sports Challenge results recently which indicated that the fitness levels of girls generally did not improve between the ages of 12 and 15 whereas there was a sharp rise in the fitness levels of boys in the corresponding years.

Well done to both classes and their Transition Year Co-ordinators. They will be heading to the Young Social Innovators Showcase in the Citywest Hotel on 6th of May.

Build a Bank

Our Transition Year Financiers have been putting in the hard toil ever since qualifying for the national final of the Build a School Bank Challenge run by AIB. Our students were one of only 28 teams to qualify from the various regions. There were about 300 schools who entered overall. The theme for the Ursuline Bank this year was ‘The Lion King’ and our industrious and energetic executives were quite often spotted around the school in their ‘lion’ onesies encouraging their peers to save for the rainy season rather than spend, spend, spend. The students who were selected to run the school bank this year were Bridín Ryan, Lorna Irwin O’Grady, Moira Kinnane, Grace Kelly, Aoife Shanahan and Emily Moore. At the National Final the girls had to present their stand to the judges and were interviewed by a number of the head judges about their entry. The students gave a very good account of themselves and even though they did not win their efforts were highly praised by the judging panel who were impressed by their innovation and hard work. Well done girls on getting so far in the competition.

Written By Nora Tuohy