December 4, 2020

TY Orienteering
Ursuline TYs have been doing an Orienteering module in PE finding control points located around the School grounds for the past number of weeks. PE teachers Ms Cregan and Ms Fahey decided it was finally time to put their new skills of map reading and navigational coordination to the test in the wilds of Tipperary. On Thursday 3 December two Orienteering sessions were planned, two groups would go to Grange Wood, Gortnahue in the morning and two in the afternoon. This was to ensure social distancing on the buses and on the course. Some groups were in it to win it, getting around in twenty minutes. Other groups took a big longer, taking a more scenic approach. There was a bit of muck, plenty of fresh air, healthy competition and one group even met a very excited dog to add to the adventure of it all. Thanks to Ms Cregan and Ms Fahey for organising this fun, fitness event.


Kaffee und Kuchen with Third Years
It was time for Kaffee und Kuchen for the Third Year German students of the Ursuline Thurles last week. This was a chance for them to get immersed in the culture of the language and in a most enjoyable way too, by eating cake. Kaffee und Kuchen is a tradition of having coffee and cake in the afternoon. This is a time to sit down and chat with friends, at home or in the Konditore, confectionery shop, and enjoy an amazing array of sweet treats. The tradition stretches back to the 17th Century and it is certainly one that the students of UCT, who are studying German for Junior Cycle, would highly recommend. Thanks to all who baked in preparation for Kaffee und Kuchen, everything was delicious and devoured.


Third Year Home Made Advent Calendar
Third Year students in Ms Callinan’s Tutor class were busy in the weeks before December designing and making an Advent Calendar Wall Hanging for the residents of St Antony’s Nursing Home in Pallasgreen. The Calendar has an envelope for each day of December, containing a joke, a poem or an inspirational quote up to and including Christmas Day. It was a lovely gesture and much appreciated by the residents, some of whom it seems are taking sneaky peeks at the days ahead, so it certainly is bringing a bit of Christmas cheer into their lives. Well done to Ms Callinan and her team of hardworking, kind hearted elves in 3A.


Hand Painted Christmas Cards for the Hospital of the Assumption
Ms Spillane’s First Year Tutor Class hand painted Christmas cards to send to residents in the Hospital of the Assumption in Thurles last week. The students wrote seasons greetings and warm messages to the residents telling them about School and what they were looking forward to for Christmas and the new year. In September this particular class also wrote letters to the residents telling them a little bit about what their life was like and how they felt living through the coronavirus pandemic, the positives and negatives. In these letters they promised the residents they would make Christmas cards to send to them and were as true as their word. The students wanted to let those living in the Hospital of the Assumption, who were not allowed visitors, that there are young people who are thinking about them and wishing them well.

Written By Nora Tuohy