February 3, 2014

ST ANGELA MERICI’S FEAST DAY

On Monday the school community celebrated the feast day of St Angela. The Religious Education department and the Music Department organised prayers and song to mark this important day of our school calendar.

CONCERN DEBATING

Last week the Concern Debating team participated in the final debate of the league phase against CBS Secondary School Thurles. The team had also debated the previous week so the girls worked diligently to ensure that the topic in question was thoroughly researched before the debate. The motion of the debate was: “Social Media improves our understanding of major world events”. The Ursuline team proposed the motion on this occasion. The debate was most entertaining as both sides debated ferociously to prove their point, neither team seemed to allow a point to go unchallenged and it led to a thrilling debate for the audience. Fortunately the motion was carried and the Ursuline team has now finished the league phase of the debates with a maximum 12 points. The team is now awaiting information from Concern in relation to the next round; the team will have a well deserved rest from research this week! Congratulations to the team: Leah Carroll, Roisin Putti, Simone Gordon, Clodagh Nash and Rose Cantilllon.

T.Y.

MILK IT!

One group of Transition Year students has been successful in going forward to the next stage of Milk It!. The girls are currently preparing their advertising campaign and action day to raise awareness of the importance of dairy produce in young people’s diets. They have very entertaining ideas in store so watch this space!

BREAKFAST CLUB

A Young Social Innovators (YSI) group is currently running a breakfast club to ensure that students are eating a breakfast before school. The breakfast club is non-profit making and provides cereal, toast, juice, tea and coffee for a minimal coast. Well done to the girls involved who have to be in school very early in the morning to prepare the breakfast.

CAR WASH

Many Transition Year students braved the cold this week to raise money to finance their projects and mini-companies as they washed staff cars. Despite the miserable conditions students managed to clean an impressive number of cars and have fun in the process.

SPORT

ATHLETICS

The East-Munster Cross Country took place this week in Waterford IT. Four Ursuline teams competed. Claire Rafter took gold in the 1500m while her sister, Niamh, came in fifth. Erika Carroll ran a very good race to come in ninth and Jo Madden took eleventh place. The Junior team (Aoife Delargy, Aoife Booth, Lucy Gillespie, Bronagh Dowling, Jane Morrissey and Ruth Herlihy) finished in bronze medal position. The Senior team also had great success as Ciara Cummins took gold. Overall the girls obtained two individual gold medals, two sets of team gold medals and a set of bronze team medals thus making it the school’s most successful East-Minster Championship to date. Congratulations to all concerned!

HOCKEY

Congratulations to the Senior A team who beat Salerno this week 3-0 and so are advancing well in the Cup. The Second Year A team also had a win against Villiers this week; it was a close match with both teams playing very well finishing 3-2. In the First Year B Cup the Ursuline faced Villiers and had an impressive win, 3-0. The Second Year B team was out against Salerno this week, both sides were well matched and neither would allow the other team to beat them thus the match ended 2-2. The Second Year A team faced Crescent College Comprehensive in a very skilled match of hockey, the Ursuline team managed to have the edge over a very strong Crescent team as the Ursuline girls won 2-1. The Second Year B2 team also took on the Crescent B2 team; the Ursuline team took off impressively from the start and finished the match with a 10-0 result.

BASKETBALL

The First and Second Year basketball teams took on Kilcullen this week. The First Year team played very well to take the victory 40-9. Meanwhile the Second Year team also made valiant efforts but was outplayed by a strong Kilcullen team who won 41-4.

Written By Nora Tuohy