Mission Day is always a huge highlight of the Ursuline calendar and this year it was bursting with frivolity and fun. It was held on Thursday, December 13 and all the action took place inside in the Sports Hall. The theme chosen by the Leaving Certs this year was Casino Royale. There were loads of games, obstacle courses and food. Students could get their fortune told, get their face painted or just hang out in the relaxation room. The disco was hopping with queues to get inside for a bit of a mid day bop. The sumo wrestling suits and the wrestling ring proved especially popular. Students and staff eagerly lined up at the bouncy ring with a view to taking their opponent down by literally knocking them off their pedestal. Students exchanged cash for chips and then spent these on whatever activities they wanted. Well done to the Sixth Years for organising such a great event with all money raised on the day going directly to support the work of Sr Clare Ursula’s work in Kenya providing vocational opportunities for young girls and women. Much thanks is due to Ms Molony who spearheaded Mission Day and to the students and staff who supported it.
Gael Linn Irish Debating
Junior Gael Linn and Senior Gael Linn Debating Teams both qualified out of the first round of the competition. The Junior team, under the guidance of Mr O’Dochertaigh, argued against getting rid of daylight saving time, ‘Bá cheart dúinn fáil réidh le ham coigilte sholas an lae’. Ursuline hosted the debate and faced opposition from Cistercian College, Roscrea, Loreto Clonmel and Presentation, Fethard. Ursuline’s Ethel Rose Murray, Maeve Adams and Ellie McMinn secured a win along with Loreto, Clonmel.
The Seniors included Zoe Bracken, Rachael Madden and Catríona Ní Shuilleabhán who proposed the motion ‘Tugaimid Aire mhaith dár seanóiri in Éirinn’ translated as ‘We take good care of our elderly in Ireland.’ They competed against Cistercians, Roscrea, Heywood Community School, Co. Laois and Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise. Ursuline and Cistercians successfully argued their way to the next round. Many thanks to their coach Ms Barry.
Second Year Debating
The Second Year in school Debating Competition is drawing to a close with semi-finals set to conclude before Christmas break. The teams will discuss and pick over the motion ‘Fashion is for Fools’. The students presented their three minute speeches with time for refutation, conferring and counter argument. The Second Year students involved are Kate Ryan, Laura Collins, Natalie Gilmore, Sinéad Tuohy, Ròisín Astwood, Leona Maher, Sophie Walsh, Catherine Hennessy, Mary Meehan, Megan Borland, Emily Mulrooney, Jessica Oakley, Anna McCartan, Camille Ryan, Audrey Lawlor, Yvette D’arcy, Elaine Frawley, Francesca Neilan, Lauren Mullally, Abigail Cahill, Lauren Ormond, Sophie Rowland, Sophia Whelan, Tara Queally, Gillian Bourke, Evie O’Carroll, Vera Ryan, Julie Ann Barrett, Leah O’Meara and Katie Norris. It is fantastic to see so much interest in Debating and speech writing from younger years and thanks to Ms Quinn who is indefatigable in the promotion of these skills.
The Charities Committee were delighted to welcome Paddy Stapleton to school on Thursday, December 13 to receive the proceeds of the Jersey Day held recently. This fundraiser was in aid of his sister and past Ursuline pupil Amanda Stapleton. The school and students really wanted to help and support the family in some small way during this difficult time, Thanks to everyone who wore their club, County or Country colours and donated to this worthy cause.
Mass of the Gifts
The various departments and the many students involved are currently preparing for the Christmas Mass of the Gifts which will take place in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, December 20. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a lovely Christmas liturgy.