December 1, 2017

German Debating
Congratulations to the German Debating team of Lavinia Bowe, Caitríona Timmins, Elma McEvoy and Hannah Campion who won against Wicklow opponents, Dominican College. The Ursuline, who opposed the motion ‘That school uniforms are no longer contemporary’, hosted this second round of the competition. The next round will take place after Christmas.

Well done to Leaving Cert students, Avril, Katie and Maria Ryan who were recently selected to play on the Munster Interprovincial team. They played against the Tipperary Senior Selection Team in the Ragg on Saturday November, 25.
The Junior team travelled to Tulla to play Tulla on Thursday, November 23. They held a slim, 1point lead over the Clare side midway through the game. However they finished well to proceed to the Munster Semi Final.


Last week the Junior B’s lost in their league match to Loreto Clonmel by 1-0. The First Year team 1 also went down to their opponents from Loreto 1-0.
The Senior A’s played a friendly against Loreto Kilkenny on Wednesday, November 29. They won the game 1-0.


Kerry Tierney, Fifth Year, will represent the Ursuline in the next round of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition. Kerry spoke for over five minutes on the topic of female empowerment to win the district final held in Clonmel on Saturday, November 25. Also representing UCT in the competition were Hannah Cahill and Isobel Quirk who both spoke on how the real threat to humanity is the hardened hearts of mankind and not weapons of mass destruction. Good luck to Kerry in the next stage of Soroptimist.


John Paul II Awards
Congratulations to Aoife Maher, Jane Anne Ryan and Heather Ryan who received John Paul 11 Awards in the Anner Hotel on Wednesday, November 29. This award is in recognition for the work done by the girls in their parishes.


First and Second Year Debating
The First Year Debating Semi-finals have taken place with some marvelous performances delivered by very enthusiastic and skilled speakers. The draw for the final sees Vera Ryan, Robyn Fanning and Julie Ann Barrett up against Orlaith Ryan, Kate Ryan and Francesca Neilan who will be proposing the motion. The other teams drawn against each other include Rosie Farrell, Elaine Frawley and Yvette D’arcy who will take on Róisín Astwood, Leona Maher and Sinéad Tuohy. The topic up for discussion is the nature of imagination in today’s society.
In the Second Year Debating Final the students to face each will be Eva McBrearty, Ethel Rose Murray and Sophie Shields and they will argue against Eilish Naughton, Taryn Kelly and Lucy McCormack. Well done to Avril Macken, Ciara Moloney, Caoimhe Howley, Katie Edwards, Iseult Dundon and Lucy Butler. who all spoke deftly and with great spirit on the motion of consumerism and Christmas.


RIAM High Achievers Concert
Katie Taylor, 6th Year, performed in the Munster Regional RIAM High Achievers Concert. She sang “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. Only 11 students took part in this Concert in UL on Sunday, November 19. Well done to other Ursuline students who got the High Achievers Award, Vivienne O’Keefe and Louise Broe. There were also a number High Achievers among the class of 2017, Constance Quinlan, Ruth Everard, Esha Hourihane Clancy, Megan Long and Nicola Scott. 42,000 students took Royal Irish Academy exams last year, with 300 in the entire country getting the high achievers award, nine of whom were from the Ursuline.
Best wishes to all students in St. Angela’s Academy who are taking music exams in the next few weeks.

November Prayer Service
The whole school and sisters from the community gathered together to remember their dead in the annual November Service. It was a moving occasion with students and staff having the opportunity to pray for deceased loved ones, reflecting on the theme that there are many rooms in God’s house. In the opening procession students brought up items that would be found in a house like a table, chairs, a teapot and mugs. In his homily school chaplain, Fr. Jim Purcell, spoke with honesty and tenderness about his own experience of death and how faith provided him with hope and support in sorrowful times. The singing of Cecilian choir added to the poignancy of the service which ended with a beautiful séan-nós rendition of ‘In My Father’s House’ by sisters Fiadh and Caoimhe Fitzpatrick.


TY News
Many thanks to Leaving Cert student, Bridín Murphy, who, through her involvement with Comhailre na nÓg, organised a Mental Health workshop for TY’s in the Presentation. TY students from the Presentation, the Ursuline and the CBS attended on Tuesday afternoon, November 28. The workshop, entitled ‘Let’s Go Mental’, included a talk by Jamie Harrington who spoke about his personal mental health journey and the importance of reaching out when times are particularly challenging. This was followed by a fun and lively Zumba workout reminding students that keeping healthy in mind also involves keeping healthy in body.
The TY’s also got another important talk last week from SAYIT. They were in to teach the girls about healthy relationships, keeping safe with a partner and warning signs to watch out for that all might not be as it should be in a relationship.


Christmas Activities
The Christmas activities kicked off on Friday, November 24 with UCTtv. There was a heated version of the TV game show ‘The Chase’ involving students and teachers which saw the teachers take a bit of a hammering. Thanks to the Fifth Year student Councillors who are organising the Christmas fun and to Mr. O’Donoghue, Ms. Hynes and Ms. Keating who were good sports.

Written By Nora Tuohy