As November came to an end last week the school marked the occasion with a very moving prayer service officiated by Fr. Pat Coffey. The whole school community took the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died through prayer, music and song. Indeed it was a most moving service and Fr. Coffey spoke inspiringly about the importance of acknowledging grief and speaking about loss and loved ones.
Last week both fifth year students and second year students participated in very beneficial retreats facilitated by Gerry Keegan. It was a tremendous experience for the students and undoubtedly helped them to learn a little more about themselves and those around them. Furthermore it allowed the students to enjoy a day free of the usual busyness of school life and to reflect on what is going on for them at this point.
The in-school X-Factor competition was launched last week with amazing demonstrations of talent from the students who performed. The competition will continue for the next few weeks and culminate in a huge final during the final week of term. The acts have varied from solo singers, duets, instrumentals and whole class group performances. Without doubt the live rounds are brightening up our winter lunchtimes. Wonder if Simon Cowell will turn up for the final?
The Gael-Linn Irish debates took place in the Presentation Secondary school this week and the standard of debating “as gaeilge” was remarkable. The Ursuline Senior team qualified to go through to the next round which will take place after Christmas, details are yet to be finalised. They spoke very confidently and showed a great mastery of the Irish language in order to ensure their progression to the phase of the competition. The Junior debate team also exhibited enormous talent as regards their spoken Irish and debating skills, however the level of debating and speech content was extremely high and the Junior team were unlucky not to qualify for the next round.
Fifth year and second year students were offered further opportunities to develop their skills and talents this week as the school welcomed Super Generation study skills facilitators. The study skills team coached the students in skills to help them manage their time, prepare good revision notes and learn key concepts in relation to each study area so that they will be completely focussed when working. In the past these workshops have proven most successful so the second and fifth years will undoubtedly be able to draw on these skills as the move towards their exam years next year.
On Wednesday this week approximately thirty Ursuline students will take part in a Cross Country event that will be held in Crokes Athletic Grounds. The competition is part of the Tipperary Schools Athletic Championships. This is the first major athletics event since the start of the year and the girls have been training hard for numerous weeks in anticipation. Best of luck girls!
This week is also an important week for the Basketball players in the school as the Cadet team will be playing in the Midlands Semi-final on Tuesday. The match will be played in the Ursuline and the girls will be taking on Scoil Chriost Rí, Portlaoise. The team has been very committed to their training and all the players are looking forward to this challenge. Keep you head in the game girls!!
The hockey players had another fruitful week this week as the garnered another two victories. On Wednesday the Senior A and Junior A faced Mount Mercy, Cork in the Inter-Schools Hockey League. Both teams seemed to mirror the other’s performance as both teams had 4-1 wins. Both teams showed immense talent and speed on the pitch and had very convincing wins indeed.