MASS OF THE GIFT
As everybody prepared to celebrate Christmas the students and staff of the Ursuline enjoyed a beautiful Christmas mass. Fr. Pat Coffey officiated and gave everybody some beautiful thoughts to mull over. Fr. Coffey presented the students with a surprise gift which some First Year students opened, the gift of a helium balloon floated upwards but was constantly reachable thanks to a ribbon. The balloon was an inspired metaphor for God in our lives and represented how we can bring him closer to us when we wish. The mass was extremely poignant as both the Cecilian and Chamber Choirs sang while being beautifully accompanied by the Senior Orchestra. The congregation was deeply moved by renditions of “Winter Song” and “O Holy Night”, both of which created a festive feel to the celebration. The Offertory Procession was enhanced by a graceful liturgical dance with students offering red parcels symbolic of the gifts that the students had offered for those in need this Christmas. In addition the First Year students had a very important role during the mass as they performed a dance to “Silent Night” by candle light. Undoubtedly the mass was a perfect way to prepare for this Holy time and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the celebration.
Advent prayers continued this week as Christmas approached, students did a great job in preparing music, song and prayers that were delivered over the intercom. Well done to all of those classes who helped with our preparation for the Christmas.
Lunchtimes this week were hectic as the School Council had prepared a myriad of activities to increase festive cheer among staff and students. Not only did the X-Factor heats continue but Tuesday saw an arduous debate between teachers and students around the subject of Santa. Students had the audacity to argue that Santa is a foe but fear not, the teachers carried the motion and proved that Santa is a friend. Wednesday brought further glory for the teachers who defeated the student team in a game of “Lyrics Board”. On Thursday the students strutted their stuff in the “Wacky Jumper” Competition. This year the designs were more outlandish than ever and Ms. Egan’s Third Year students were declared winners for their colourful effort. Overall the week was filled with exciting activities and fun challenges with the teachers’ teams doing exceptionally well, hard luck girls!!
Eventually the much-anticipated X-Factor final arrived this week. Students and staff were enthralled by the standard and variety of entertainment on show. The Upperchurch Sketch won the Best Novelty Act Award while Room 15, a First Year class won the Junior Category. The Senior Category Award was won by Lucy Tobin and Aoife Walsh. The overall X-Factor winner was a Sixth Year student, Clodagh O’Dwyer. Clodagh sang and played guitar, her song was one of her own compositions. The School Council did an excellent job running the event, the concert was punctuated by spontaneous bouts of audience dancing. Without doubt it was a most exciting end to the term.
Congratulations to Cora Doyle, a Sixth Year student, who won the 2000m Senior Girls category at the Crokes Athletic Grounds recently. Undoubtedly Cora gave a great performance to take the victory in such a challenging category.
Two First Year teams faced Crescent Comprehensive School last week. The First year A team had an extremely trying match with a high score line as the match ended on a 3-all draw. The First Year B1 team also had a difficult match against the Crescent side, this match also ended in a draw with both teams scoring one goal each. Finally the Junior B1 team played the Crescent also; they had a very convincing win over their adversary with a 3-0 final score.