Two teams from UCT took part recently in the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking competition hosted in the Ursuline. The objective of this competition is the creation of aware young Christians and so the topics are relevant to everyday life and to the challenge of living life as a Christian in our modern world. Emily Maher, Catherine O’Dwyer and Deirdre Ryan emerged as winners. They now go on to the Munster Final. A fine performance was also put in by the boys from Glenstal Abbey and by Eimear Ryan, Claire Casey and Megan Hayes. Well done to all concerned. The winning team delivered witty and wise observations on our consumerist world.
The semi-finals of the First and Second year Debating competition will be held in the final weeks before the Christmas break. Four Second Year teams will go head to head on Monday December 14 in Room 28. The motion, chosen by Ms. Quinn is; ” That the fashion industry has too much influence in our lives today.” This is a very relevant topic for young girls as we lead into one of the busiest seasons in the fashion calendar. The teams proposing the motion are Càitríona Timmins, Tara Lane, Marese Ronan, ably supported by researcher Elma McEvoy. The other proposition team includes Caoimhe Meade, Lavinia Bowe and Ann Marie O’Byrne Casey. Those on the opposing side are Nessa McGrath, Kerry Tierney and Isobel Quirke. Their researcher is Gràinne McNamara. The second opposition team consists of Julie Mangan, Isobel Hillery and Càitríona O’Sullivan with Eleanor Doona involved in research. Speeches will be a minimum of three minutes duration, up to a maximum of four. The First Years will grapple with the same motion next week in their semi final. Best of luck to all involved.
Ursuline Mission in Kenya
Sr. Claire Ursula came to visit some senior Religion classes this week to speak about her work in the Ursuline Mission in Kitui, Kenya. Sr. Claire Ursula taught in the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles before moving to Kenya to work in schools founded by the Ursuline order. She is currently the director of St. Columba’s Technical Training College that offers young women from impoverished backgrounds a chance to learn practical skills that can help them to gain employment and provide an income for themselves and their families. They receive training in fashion design and food processing.
Another important aspect of the work is teaching the students life skills. This aims to build up the confidence and self-belief of these young women, many of whom have suffered through sexual exploitation and trafficking. Sr. Claire Ursula also spoke about the importance of music in building self-esteem and also improving the IQ and learning abilities of the girls. She said that St. Columba’s was extremely proud of their choir and that the students loved to sing and dance.
She thanked the students in Thurles for the immense financial support provided by them this year and each year. All the funds from the Sixth Year Mission Day go directly to Sr. Claire Ursula in Kitui to enable her to continue in this valuable work. This year the Sixth Years chose the theme of Super heroes and Villains for Mission Day and had a brilliant time while fundraising. So the visit by Sr. Claire Ursula was a great opportunity for the students in UCT to learn how their money is being spent. Thanks to Sr. Claire Ursula for her visit and best wishes in continuing this worthwhile work.
On Wednesday December 9, the Senior As lost their league match against Bandon. The final result was Bandon 3 – UCT 1. The Junior A game against Bandon finished in a one all draw. The First Year Red team beat Kilkenny College last week by 3 goals to nil. The First Year Green team was not so lucky, losing out to Kilkenny by one goal, the final result being UCT Green 1 – Kilkenny College 2.
Ursuline 2016 Calendar
The Charities Committee, under the guidance of Ms. Ward, has put together a lovely 2016 Calendar with an array of photos of events that have happened over the past year, interspersed with art work by a student for each year group. Each month has a positive message for all. The price is €7 and the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Pieta House. It would make a lovely practical gift for Christmas. Well done to the Charities Committee.
Mo Chara Animal Rescue
On Monday, November 30, Nikki from Mo Chara Animal Rescue, visited Mr. Kirby’s Third Year CSPE class. As part of their Action Project they organised a pet food drive for the animal welfare charity, and on the day presented Nikki with food hampers worth €250. The group was delighted to receive this donation after the recent storms destroyed much of their supplies. With the help of her own rescue dog, Ebony, and her rescue cat, Jack Sparrow, Nikki delivered to the class a presentation outlining the great work carried out by Mo Chara. The girls were shocked by some of the horrific cases that Mo Chara deals with regularly, and to learn of the scale of the problem of animal welfare in the locality. Yet seeing the happy endings that have come about, and the difference that Mo Chara makes to animals in need, it gave them hope of changing people’s attitudes is possible. The students were very thankful for Mo Chara coming to visit the school, and recommend that anyone with an interest in animal welfare visits the Mo Chara Animal Rescue Facebook page.
First Year Science Quiz
Fifth Year LCVP students held a Science Quiz in the school for all First Year students. The Fifth Years designed the quiz themselves with the help of the Science teachers. The quiz took place on Wednesday, December 9 and was a also a great way for the First Years to get to know the students from the other groups. Everyone “had a blast” and spot prizes were awarded throughout the quiz. All the First Years who took part gave 50 cent and all the proceeds were donated to charity. Well done to all the Fifth Year LCVP students from Ms. Bourke’s class for their initiative in arranging a fun, educational activity.