We were delighted that Tomi Reichental was honoured recently as International Person of the Year. Tomi visited the school in early September, just at the beginning of the new school year, to speak to students, about his experience as a survivor of the holocaust. Tomi was held in Bergen Belsen along with his brother, mother, aunt, cousin and maternal grandmother. While his grandmother died just before the camp was liberated his immediate family survived the war, including his father, who had managed to escape from a train bound for Auschwitz. When Tomi came to UCT, with his partner Joyce, we were all struck by his spirit of reconciliation and how he gave his time so generously to students and staff. The 6th history students were so impressed by Tomi they nominated him for a People of the Year award shortly after his talk. They also sent him a congratulations card this week to express their delight at his win. He is most certainly worthy of such an award and we wish him all the best in his very valuable work.
Ursuline X Factor
On Wednesday lunchtime students and teachers packed into the general assembly area to see the penultimate round of auditions for the Ursuline X factor. This week we were entertained by Room 32, a transition year group, who did a sketch on the teachers at the disco. The disco in question was set in 1804 and seemed quite frantic. At least the TY’s were spot on with the age of the teachers. Ed Sheeran is hugely popular at the moment and 5th Year students Ciara Tillyer and Aoife Fogarty did a beautiful version of his latest song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ with Ciara playing guitar. Another TY class Room 29, sang and signed the John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. They are learning sign language as part of their YSI project which is a wonderful skill to have. The last act on Wednesday to take part in X factor were two students who played guitar and sang Little Talks. The final stage of the Ursuline X factor will be held on Monday. Those successful finalists from all stages of the competition will perform on the last day of term in a bid to scoop the Ursuline X factor title. There will be a winner in the Junior category, the Senior category and an overall winner. The 5th year student councillors, who take responsibility for running the X factor, have games and other forms of entertainment also planned for that Friday.
Last week the Senior Gaelic Football team played in the Munster 1/4 Final against Carrigaline. The final score was the Ursulines 3-2 Carrigaline 2-8. The girls put up a brave fight but Carrigaline were just too strong on the day. Our goal scorers were Aisling O’Hagan who got two and Roisin O’Regan who got one. Other scores came from Soibhan Murchan and Roisin Dowling.
As we mentioned we had a Junior Certificate student, Lucy Bell, in the national final of Poetry Aloud. Although Lucy did not win we were delighted that she attained such a high standard and got so far in the competition. She got positive feedback from the judges who suggested that she should try her luck again next year. While at the National Library for the competition Lucy and some other finalists were interviewed by a Swedish camera crew who were there to find out more about Poetry Aloud. They asked Lucy for her thoughts on the competition. Who knows maybe Lucy will end up on Swedish television.
Our second year team B and our first year teams Red and Yellow all successfully overcame Laurel Hill this week. The scores were 2nd Year B’s – 2 Laurel Hill Secondary School – 1. The Senior A team and the Junior A teams were in action against Laurel Hill Colaiste. The Junior A’ s finished on a nil all draw. However the Senior A team won their game impressively beating Laurel Hill, Colaiste by 5 goals to nil.
The 2nd year B,s won against Villiers 5 -0, while the Junior B’s lost to Villiers UCT – 1 Villiers 3. Well done to all teams who were successful and their coaches.
Mass of the Gifts and Christmas Carol Service
We are currently practicing and preparing for our in school Christmas Carol service and our Christmas mass which we traditionally call the Mass of the Gifts. This is to symbolise the gift of the baby Jesus and also to represent the giving we do throughout the school year in supporting various charities. The Mass of the Gifts will take place in the Cathedral on Thursday, 18th at around 2.30 pm. We would like to take this opportunity to invite any parents, guardians or members of the public who would be able to attend to feel free to join us in this celebration of the Eucharist.