December 17, 2012

As Christmas approaches the school is a hive of activity. The School Council is busy organising lots of different treats for all the students this week. Furthermore the preparation for the Mass of the Gifts is well underway thus adding to our awareness of the most important aspects of this festive time. The school also received great news in relation to another prestigious hockey award.


As students and staff prepare for Christmas, each week of Advent is marked through prayer. Different class groups are chosen to reflect on the meaning of Christmas and remind everybody of the really essential things to be mindful of at this time of the year such as being kind to others and being generous with your time. Students are delivering their touching messages through prayers, reflections and song: their efforts are greatly adding to the excitement felt as Christmas approaches.


At present students are showing their concern for others as they offer tokens for the Mass of the Gifts which is taking place this week. The choir and orchestra are busily practicing for the ceremony while the First Year students are rehearsing for their important role in the mass. Of course the Religious Education Department are also working with students and Fr. Coffey to ensure that the mass will be as meaningful as possible.


There were numerous X-Factor heats this week and very diverse acts took to the stage to share their talents. Novelty acts, sketches, sola artists, dancers and groups graced the stage wowing the crowds and the judges. The tension is building, the votes are being cast with difficulty, and the audiences are waiting to hear the all important news; which acts are going to make it to the final? The live final will take place on Friday. Who will take the title this year?  Have a look here to see some of the action so far.


Congratulations to Second year students who participated in the Tráth na gCeist that took place in Nenagh recently. The Irish quiz was organised by Comradh na Gaeilge. The Ursuline Second Year students claimed first place and also joint second place showing great prowess in relation to both their general knowledge and their Irish language skills. Well done girls!


In addition to the astounding success that is the Ursuline X-Factor the School Council are also busy organising a “Wacky Jumper” competition with a Christmas theme, the participants are currently designing the very original jumpers that will be judged next week. The students are also looking forward to the Teacher v Student Christmas Debate that will take place this week. Three of the school’s most experienced debaters are to challenge a team of teachers. Needless to say the teachers are quivering in their boots as they await what is bound to be a very arduous debate.


Congratulations to the TY Mini-Company who represented the school in Dublin last week-end. The girls had been successful in the regional final of Junior Dragon’s Den and proceeded to the National Final. The enterprising group was composed of Aoife Phelan, Aileen Ryan, Ellen Lanigan and Aine O’Brien. The students have designed a trinket box that is filled with items that are synonymous with Irish heritage. The girls were impressive in their explanations of their product and concept design on the day; however they were not one of the groups chosen to pitch to the Dragons. Learn more about their product by browsing the site, the students will continue to market this product over the next few months.


Over the past few weeks the School Council have been running Skills Fairs at lunchtime to allow students to showcase their different talents. To date the Second Year, Transition Year and Third Year students have facilitated the event with students showing their knowledge and talents. In addition to simply demonstrating the different skills the students also teach other students these expertises. Some of the examples of skills so far have included harp playing, collage creation, make-up application, hair braiding, gymnastics, rising the sliotár and basketball. Congratulations to the School Council for instigating such a beneficial initiative in the school.



The school is very honoured to have been selected by the United Sports Panel to be awarded the Annerville Award for Hockey 2012. The awards ceremony will take place on the January 26 in Clonmel. The school was previously named Electric Ireland Hockey School of the Year 2011-12 so to receive another hockey award this year is quite remarkable. Congratulations to all those involved.


The Second Year B3 team had a win over the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles on Tuesday, December 11. The Ursuline girls scored two goals to our neighbours’ one goal. On Wednesday the hockey players were out in force as three matches were played. Again Second Year students were on the pitch but this time it was the B2 team who challenged Rockwell College. After an exciting game the teams ended on a nil all draw. The Junior B1 team also took on their Rockwell counterparts. The Ursuline girls played an impressive game and defeated Rockwell 2-0.

This week also saw the start of the Senior A Cup. The Ursuline Senior A team faced Ashton, after a very tough match the Ursuline team took the match 3-1. What a great start to the Senior A Cup.

On Thursday the Junior A team also had a great victory against Regina Mundi, a match they won convincingly with a 3-0 score line.


On Sunday 9 the equestrian team competed in Broadmeadows Equestrian Centre. The team members were Molly Irwin on her pony Annie, Becky Coonan on her pony Bailey, Jo Madden on her pony Piper and Susie Osborne on her pony Rosie. The team came third overall while Becky and Jo also did very well in the individual competition with Becky coming second and Jo taking fourth place.

Written By Nora Tuohy