November Prayer Service
The entire Ursuline staff, student body and some the Sisters from the Community gathered in the Sr Ursula Memorial Hall on Friday, November 29 to remember deceased family members and friends. The theme for this remembrance service was ‘Memories are perhaps the best gifts of all.’ The celebrant was School Chaplain Fr Jim Purcell and as always, his words struck the right cord of both hope and solemnity. He reassured the congregation that those who have passed on have been elevated or raised up by God. He also spoke about how difficult and hard grief is, it touches everyone but with time, the faith and support of God and those around us, grief softens and peace will come. The beautiful singing of Cecelian Choir enhanced the ceremony, along with readings, reflections and the Gospel, Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled, which was sung instead of read. In preparation for this service each student recorded the names of their dead on an image of a gift. These people were prayed for and remembered and the gift of their lives acknowledged.
The four TY classes joined other TY groups from the diocese of Cashel and Emly, in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, December 5 for the Seinn Concert. The students spent quite a part of the day in rehearsal and workshops in preparation for the musical event. The girls actively participated in the learning of and singing liturgical music under the direction of composer Ian Callanan. The aim of Seinn is to encourage church singing among young people and to provide schools with liturgical music for use by Music and RE departments to enhance religious celebrations and gatherings. It was a lovely concert and the School and students were delighted for the opportunity to be a part of Seinn again this year. Well done in particular to the four Ursuline soloists on the night, Therese Hayes, Julie McConnell, Sarah Gorman and Kate Grogan.
LIFT Leadership Programme
LIFT, a new leadership initiative for Secondary Schools, was piloted in the Ursuline on Wednesday, December 4. The first cohort to be trained in Leading Ireland’s Future Together, LIFT, included TY students and teachers, who will be mentors in promoting positive leadership throughout the School. LIFT was launched in 2018 with Tipperary being a pilot county. The areas that were explored by this initial group of 15 students from UCT and students from other local Secondary Schools, included empathy and listening, integrity and honesty, positivity, respect, drive and determination and competency. The trained TY leaders will now deliver an eight-week programme to Second Year students with the view to getting them to reflect on leadership qualities and think about how they can be leaders in their own way.
There was great interest and enthusiasm among the Second Years who signed up for Junior Loreto Convent Model United Nations. Twenty-four students travelled to Clonmel on Wednesday, December 4, to take part in this public speaking forum that aims to mirror the work and proceedings of the United Nations General Assembly. All students did very well and enjoyed the day with two students, Anouska Dunne and Robbyn Fitzgerald getting Best Delegate awards for representing the interests of Bahrain and Malaysia so effectively. Many thanks to their Fifth Year mentors Eva Morrissey and Jennifer Murphy.
Art Trip to Huge Lane Gallery
The Fifth and Sixth Year Art students travelled to Dublin last week to visit the Hugh Lane Art Gallery. Art appreciation is a very important part of their syllabus and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to study the Gallery’s collection that includes the Sean Scully Room and works by Francis Bacon, Jack B Yeats, Sir John Lavery aswell as Degas, Monet and Boudin and Harry Clarke’s impressive stained glass piece The Eve of St Agnes.
The Junior Camogie team won in their semi-final decider on Friday, 29 November beating Ballincollig to reach the last four in Munster. The final score was UCT 6-8 Ballincollig 2-8. Well done to the team and coach Ms Hogan.
The Minor A and Minor C Hockey teams were in action recently against Laurel Hill Coláiste. The Minor Cs drew 1-1 while the Minor As won 2-0 with goal scorers on the day Aoife Kavanagh and Aoihinn Kirwin.
Maths Modelling UL
TYs were in University of Limerick on Monday for the culmination of their Maths Modelling Workshops. Three Ursuline groups made presentations and the lecturers in UL were delighted with how they applied mathematical formulas and solutions to real life problems. Students presented their work on rising sea levels, the rate at which disease spreads in a population and how solar energy can make cities more sustainable. It was an interesting series of workshops for TYs, done in conjunction with Postgraduate Maths students and lecturers from UL, that got them to examine Maths in an innovative and practical way.