February 27, 2016

German Language Scholarships 2016

Congratulations to Transition Year student Maeve Putti on the exceptional result she attained in her Junior Certificate German exam. Maeve who achieved over 90% has been invited by the German Embassy to attend an interview and language test in April at the Goethe-Institute. If successful Maeve will be offered a place on a free language course or on a scholarship programme offered by the German Government. Best wishes to Maeve in this endeavour.

Gaisce Hike

Ninety-six brave souls and their Gaisce coordinator Ms. Bourke took to the hills around Birr for the annual Gaisce hike last weekend. The students, who are aiming for both silver and bronze medals, were facilitated by the Birr Adventure Centre. Students wishing to complete the criteria for their silver medals hiked a whopping 56 Km on Friday and Saturday. There were tired bodies, muddied boots, blistered feet but happy faces when they arrived back home on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to all the teachers who helped out over the weekend and to Ms. Bourke for organising the weekend.

Limerick Choral Festival

The Cecilian Choir represented the school in the Limerick Choral Festival last Friday, February 26. The Choir has over eighty members from First Year up to Sixth Year and the only requirement for joining is a passion for singing. Ms. Farrell and Ms. McNally welcome all ranges and abilities. The students had been busy preparing their two songs over the last few weeks – ‘Walk On By’ written by Bert Bacharach but made famous by Dionne Warwick. The other piece was Cantate Domino – a more traditional but beautiful church song. The students were competing with schools from Waterford. Castlecomer, Sligo and Galway.

Basketball

On Thursday, February 25, the First and Second Years played home games against Confey College, Leixlip. Both games were very competitive with the sides very evenly matched. UCT won the first match 25-17. Katie McCarthy had a fantastic game for the Ursuline. Unfortunately the Second Years were not as lucky. It was a very tough game that ended 20-28 in favour of the Kildare side. Well done to all players and to coach Ms. Casey.

Hockey Results

The Junior A team won impressively this week by 5 goals to nil beating Regina Mundi from Cork. The Second Year As drew 2 – 2 in their Cup match against Crescent but unfortunately they lost on penalty strokes, having played a scoreless extra time period. The Senior Bs won their League match this week against Crescent by a goal – 3-2. The First Year teams faced opponents from Mount Mercy. The First Year Reds won 5 -1 and the First Year Greens drew 1-1.

Book Club

The Junior and Senior Book Club members met this week to discuss and review the books they have been reading over the past month. The Seniors read the most recent offering by author Sue Monk Kidd and have decided to take on Disclaimer, a psychological thriller by Renee Knight as their next project. The Juniors just finished reading Fangirl and will be busily leafing through The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry for their next meeting. Intriguingly, it is about a man who sets off on a six hundred mile journey on foot to deliver a message in person to Queenie Hennessy. Well done to Ms. Doherty and the other English teachers who are doing fantastic work encouraging the students to read as much as they can.

Written By Nora Tuohy