February 28, 2019

Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Munster Final
The Ursuline was not only thrilled to have two teams competing in the Munster Final of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition but was even more delighted that both teams came out on top winning much coveted places in the National Final. This is a repeat of last year when the Ursuline also had two teams competing in the last leg of the competition. Well done to the Fifth Year team of Erica Ryan, Saoirse Grogan Ryan and Rebecca Leahy and the TY team of Ellie Culliton, Chloe O’Connell and Leah Phelan. All speakers impressed the judges with their assured deliver and their well-researched, thought provoking content. A special mention must be given to Ms Quinn their public speaking coach and biggest supporter.

Alix Noonan Rotary Club Youth Leadership Winner
Alix Noonan, the Regional Winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award recently joined 24 other young people from across Ireland on the trip of a lifetime. The group got to visit three parliaments – Stormont in Belfast, Dáil Eireann and the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In the European Parliament they got to be MEPs for a day, casting votes and debating topics like migration and the future of Europe. It was an amazing prize and Alix was honoured to be selected by the Thurles Rotary Club to represent them in this national competition. She won the Regional final due to her impressive personal achievements and her volunteering spirit, both of which demonstrated her considerable leadership abilities.

Amber Flay Day
On Thursday, 28 February the Amber Flag committee organised a positive mental health day. They started in the morning with a healthy breakfast of fruit, healthy cereals and yoghurts at 8.15 am. Thanks to the Home Economics teachers for supplying the food and healthy eating expertise. Students were encouraged to wear orange and everyone got a healthy body, healthy mind bookmark. There was a fun dodgeball match between the teachers and the Sixth Years at lunchtime. Finally best-selling author and psychotherapist, Stella O’Malley, spoke to the students about strategies they can incorporate into their lives to keep themselves positive, resilient and aware. Well done to the Amber Flag committee and their co-ordinator Ms Loughnane for incorporating a wide range of activities into the day and for taking such a great interest in the well-being of the school community.

The Minor and Junior Athletics teams travelled to WIT on Friday, 15 February after qualifying from both the Tipperary Schools Cross Country and the East Munster Schools Cross Country Finals. The Minor girls, Kate Ferncombe, Paula Quirke, Alisha Kearney, Tara Gleeson, Rebecca Danagher and Rachel Phelan ran a solid race over the 2km course with the talented Kate Ferncombe securing an individual All Ireland Final placing. Next up was the Junior girls team who ran excellently over 2.5km coming in silver medal position. Camille Ryan, Alexandra Hourigan, Grace Murtagh, Chloe Byrne, Robyn Fanning and Rachel Ryan are now heading to the All- Ireland Cross Country Final on the back of this performance. Congratulations to all competitors and to their coach Mr McDonnell.

It was a brilliant day out in Bandon for the Minor As and Junior As. As well as enjoying the gorgeous Spring sunshine both teams secured an important victory each. The Junior As won well by 3-0 in their quarter-final clash against Bandon Grammar. The Minor As were also impressive with their 2-0 scoresheet.
In other results last week the Minor As, Minor C2s and Minor Bs all won in their games against Loreto Kilkenny, while the Minor Cs drew 1-1.

Gael Linn Debating
The Senior Gael Linn all Irish Debating team of Rachel Madden, Zoe Bracken and Jennifer Murphy put in a valiant effort in their quarter-final show down in Kilkenny College on Tuesday, 26 February. They were up against Kilkenny College and Cistercian College Roscrea. The Ursuline opposed the motion ‘The Culture of Ireland is Safe in the Hands of the Young’ or ás gaeilge ‘Tá Cultuí na Típe seo Slán Sábháilte i Lámha an Aosa Óigi’. The Ursuline students spoke beautifully in Irish and argued their stance with a combination of vigour and preparedness. Well done to the team and their mentors Mr O’Dochartaigh and Ms de Barra.

The First and Second Year Basketball teams were in action on their own home court this week against Mountrath in the Midlands C League. The First Years played out of their skins to produce impressive basketball and equally impressive wins. The final scores in both games were Ursuline 44 – 14 Mountrath and Ursuline 30 – 16 Mountrath. The Second Year game saw the girls in blue put in a lot of hard work against an equally determined Mountrath opposition. It was tight all the way with Mountrath winning by the narrowest of margins in the end. The final scoreboard read Ursuline 21 – 22 Mountrath.

Fairtrade Talk L.I.T.
The TYs attended a Fairtrade talk in LIT Thurles on Tuesday, 26 February. They listened to a speaker from the Dominican Republic who enlightened them as to the importance of Fairtrade for farmers and growers in developing nations.

Written By Nora Tuohy