December 23, 2016

Christmas Carol Service

On Monday, 19th of December there was a very beautiful and very special Carol Service in the school involving both school choirs, Cecilian and Chamber choirs and many of the schools talented musicians, singers and public speakers. Chairperson of the School Council, Neisha Keane Butler began by welcoming everyone to the Service. The Chamber Choir sang ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Carol of the Bells’ and they were accompanied by Cecilian choir for ‘Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘When a Child is born’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘O Holy Night’. Cecilian Choir also did renditions of ‘Do You Hear what I hear?’, ‘Angel Carol’ and ‘Who could imagine a King’.

There were prayers and dramatic readings by Katie Taylor, 5th Year and Emma Cheasty, 6th Year. Cathy Hogan and Aiden Carew came together for a trumpet duet of the perennial favourite ‘Silent Night’. Isobel Hilary did the ‘Christmas Waltz’ and Marina Buckley’s harp students did a melodic ‘Christmas Harps’ Delight’. A traditional trad ensemble comprising of Kate Frawley, Fiadh Fitzpatrick, Clíona and Eabha Nic Domhnaill and Niamh Heffernan played ‘Away in a Manger’. Niamh Heffernan also did a solo performance . There was much musical talent on display but the whole evening would not have been possible without the music teachers Ms. McNally and Ms. Butler and the many Music teachers in St. Angela’s Academy of Music. Thanks also to principal Ms. Butler whose vision made the whole Service possible.

Senior Camogie

Congrats the Senior Camogie players who secured a place in the Schools Munster Senior A Camogie final with a win against Carrick on Suir on the last day of term.  It was a hard fought contest with both sides level at the break but UCT managed to push ahead for a win. A word of thanks also to their coach Ms. Hogan.

Mass of the Gifts

On Wednesday afternoon, 21st of December, the Mass of the Gifts was celebrated in the Cathedral of the Assumption. This Christmas mass is always a special occasion for the whole Ursuline school. Many parents came to celebrate this festive occasion as well which added to the Christmas spirit. Cecelian choir sang ‘Oh holy night’ and ‘Joy to the world’ among other Christmas hymns. All the first years did a beautiful movement with candles to ‘Silent Night’ which was sung in both Irish and English. The chamber choir sang ‘Carol of the Bells’ during the offertory with all the different parts blending together harmoniously to give the effect of Christmas bells chiming in the birth of Christ. The sixth years did a Liturgical dance bringIng boxes to the altar to symbolise all the charitable deeds that are organised in the school throughout the year. They completed this dance by making a red bow on the steps of the altar in recognition of Christmas as a time of giving. In the introduction to the dance students were reminded that the most important gift is that of the baby Jesus giving himself to all humanity. Thanks to the school chaplain Fr. Hayes who officiated at the Mass and for his homily reminding us of the essential message of Christmas.

SVP Christmas Appeal

For the past number of weeks leading up to Christmas the students have been collecting food, toys and clothes for St. Vincent de Paul. The charities committee sorted through all the donations and made up hampers. These were delivered to SVP centre in Thurles on the last week of term. Many thanks to all students and staff who donated and to Ms, Egan, Ms. O’Sullivan and the girls on the Charities committee who did all the hard work.

Christmas Fun

The last week before Christmas was packed full of lunchtime games and activities. On Monday the 5th Year student councillors organised games in the lunch area. On Tuesday there was the annual debate between the teachers and the Leaving Certs. The motion that ‘Donald Trump should build a wall around the North Pole’ proved to be both topical and funny. The Leaving Certs Clíodhna Heenan, Ruth Everard and Constance Quinlan parodied Donald Trump, Ivanka and Melania with hilarious effect. The teachers team comprised of Ms. Doherty, Ms. Butler and Ms. Keating who opposed the motion of a wall around the North Pole and put up a valiant fight. However the Leaving Certs pipped them at the post.

On Wednesday there was Christmas hat competition with many first and second year classes competing for the coveted prize of a chocolate penguin. Judging the entries were Ms. Purcell, Ms. Keating and Olivia Hogan in 6th Year. The competition was fierce and standards were extremely high but it was the eco friendly hat, in the design of a Christmas tree, created by Ms. Carroll’s 2nd Year class that won.

Thursday’s entertainment in the Sports Hall was energetic with a wide variety of acts on display in Ursuline’s Got Talent. The 6th years did a vigorous rapping lip sync to Pump it Louder among other songs. There was a 2nd Year ‘One Direction’ tribute group performing a medley of their greatest hits. Kate Frawley and Fiadh Fitzpatrick both in first year did a lively trad performance. There was Irish Dancing to the Proclaimers ‘500 Miles’ with 3rd years Ciara Gleeson, Eimear Bourke and Sarah Jane Gilmartin. Lucy Butler wowed everyone with her ballet, as did Clíona Nic Domhnaill singing her own composition. Kate Grogan, 1st Year sang Lily Allen’s version of Somewhere Only We Know and five of the teaching staff did a take on the Spice Girls debut single ‘Wannabe’. There was a great atmosphere with everyone in flying form, full of Christmas cheer and looking forward to the break. Well done to the 5th and 6th Year councillors for organising this event and all the other events in the lead up to Christmas.

TY Film Workshop

This week saw the last group of TY’s complet their three day filmmaking workshop. A much anticipated highlight of the TY calendar each year the students get to experience the many and varied aspects involved in bringing a film to fruition. The course, which is specifically designed for TY groups is run by Young Irish Filmakers. Each class spends one day scriptwriting, one day shooting the scenes of their film and the final day is spent editing. The end results are six Oscar worthy productions and are a testament to the hard graft put in over nine days. It was a most enjoyable workshop offering something to everybody both in front of and behind the cameras.

Speaking of filmmaking congratulations must go to past pupil Ruth Mulcahy who was the Assistant Producer on a recently shown Channel Four Documentary on the extremes in British weather in recent years. Well done Ruth and may you have every success in your chosen career.

Written By Nora Tuohy