On February 8, the First and Second Years travelled to Colaiste Íosagáin in Portarlington. The First Years had a fantastic win 28 – 10. There were some superb scores from Makayla O’Donnell and Anna Ryan.
The Second Years played a great game but were up against a very experienced and skilful Portarlington team. The half time score saw the Ursuline girls a basket ahead. However in the second half there was a renewed determination from the Laois side. When the full time whistle blew UCT were on the back foot with Portarlington coming through as winners. The final score in the Second Year game was Portarlington 38 – Ursuline 26. For UCT Anna Downey was great for rebounds and in defence. Well done to both teams and to coach Ms. Casey.
Last week the TYs were invited to the Garda College in Templemore for a Road Safety Seminar. The day proved to be very thought provoking. The students came away from it with an increased awareness of what road safety means. They learned more about the main causes of road traffic accidents and learned strategies that may be fundamental in preventing their own involvement in a road traffic incident. The students listened attentively to Barry’s story of surviving a road traffic collision. Garda Eddie Brennan, the former Kilkenny county hurler, reiterated the importance of road safety. Overall the students came away from the day conscious of the impact a road traffic accident can have on the lives of victims and their families.
The TYs were on work experience last week. This is a fantastic chance for students to get a flavour of different jobs and professions. Thanks to all businesses, service providers and employers for giving the TYs an opportunity to experience the world of work.
Congratulations to the TY mini company Little Foot Farm Safety who has been selected as finalists for the National Multimedia Farm Safety Competition. The students, Claire Dempsey, Vanessa Dwan,, Doireann Egan, Avril Quirke have produced a farm safety booklet for children outlining the hazards posed to youngsters on farms. The booklet is colourful and fun while educating children about being safe while out and about on the farm. The competition is run by the HSE and is aimed at fostering good practices in the farming sector. The team will now participate in a Youth Task Event on March 15 in the Science Gallery in Trinity as part of the next stage of the competition. Congratulations to the girls to this achievement and best of luck to them in the next round.
Athletics: Munster Schools Champions
In the Munster Cross Country Championships in Tramore Valley Park, Cork city, the school had athletes running in three events. Emma Osborne (individual cpmpetitor) had a great race in the Minor 1500 metres.
In the Intermediate race of 3500m, Claire Rafter finished in second place followed in by sister Niamh, Eimear Delargy, Erika Carroll, Chloe Slattery and Maria Brennan to capture the team gold. This was a very exciting race to watch and the team finished ahead of Ursuline Waterford and Scóil Mhuire of Ennis.
Following this race, the Senior team of Aoife Delaragy, Brona Dowling, Nuala Fitzgibbon, Emma Doyle, Lucy Gillespie and Ruth Herlihy had a great race to equal the achievements of the Intermediate team, finishing in gold medal position also!
Winning both the Gold in the Senior & Intermediate races also ensured the retention of the Best School Trophy.
The two teams have both qualified for the All Ireland finals which are being held this year in Sligo, the first weekend in March! Best of luck to all the girls! Thanks to their coaches Mr. McDonnell and Ms. O’Sullivan.
Soroptimist Public Speaking: Regional Final
Well done to Fifth Year student, Lucy O’Hagan, who participated in the Regional Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition last weekend in Bandon, Co Cork. She, along with another student from Cork will represent the Region in the National Finals to be held in the Mansion House in Dublin on Saturday, March 5.
Lucy’s speech was focused on the words attributed to Charles Darwin:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
An additional aspect to the Regional Finals is the inclusion of a two-minute impromptu speech when participants are given two minutes to prepare. The topic given on this occasion was “If I ruled the World!” Lucy handled this topic with great focus and relevance and it proved to be a significant factor in her advancement to the final.
Well done Lucy and to her mentor and coach Ms Mae Quinn.