February 4, 2013

Communication and persuasion were the key concepts among our students this week as the Public Speaking team were fresh home from Trinity College having battled against keen adversaries while the Concern Debate team were also locked in a war of words in Limerick. Meanwhile Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students alike faced the daunting mocks with a little trepidation and a lot of determination. The Ursuline Secondary School was awarded yet another prestigious hockey award this week while some aspiring writers won new books for our expanding library.


The Ursuline Secondary School was honoured to accept the Annerville Award for Hockey 2012 last weekend at a special awards ceremony which took place in Clonmel. The school was already named Electric Ireland Hockey School of the Year 2012 so the staff and students are very proud of the school’s remarkable achievement in receiving two such celebrated awards. Many congratulations to all students and coaches involved.


On January 18 and 19 four Transition Year students, namely Leah Murphy, Martha Kirwan, Aoife Phelan and Leah Carroll, participated in the Phil Speaks Debating Competition in Trinity College, Dublin. The debating was parliamentary style and each team consisted of two people. Four motions were argued on the day;

• This house would abolish state pensions.

• This house believes that adoption agencies should give priority to gay and infertile couples.

• This house would torture the enemy.

• This house would create a legal market for organs.

The girls eloquently argued their way into the quarter final but alas they did not make it to the semi-final. It was a tremendous learning experience and the girls acquitted themselves with style and competence. Well done girls!


The Concern Debating travelled to Limerick this week to debate against Laurel Hill Colaiste. The Ursuline team was opposing the motion; “The world is unable to sustain its growing population.” The debate was presented with great imagination and passion by both sides but thankfully Leah Carroll led the Ursuline side to victory with a unanimous decision from the adjudicators. The team consisted of Leah Carroll, Roisin Putti, Kora Delany and Katie Cody. The team was very strongly supported by Sarah Brennan and Roisin Heenan who were invaluable researchers and critics while the team prepared for this debate. Congratulations girls!


Congratulations to the girls who participated in the John West writing Competition. The school was awarded a set of books by Tipperary writer, Frank Ryan, which will be greatly appreciated by the ever-growing school library. Well done to all the students who composed pieces for this competition, we know there are many budding writers among you.



The First Year (Italy) team had a close match against Laurel Hill Secondary School this week, the girls battled ferociously to win 3-2 at the final whistle. The Second year B2 also took on LHS, it was a very evenly matched game with both sides eagerly trying to score but the game ended in a nil-all draw. Meanwhile the Second year A3 had a very convincing win against LHS as they took a 7-0 victory.

The Second Year A3 was out a second time this week against Laurel Hill Colaiste, again they played a brilliant match to win 2-0. The Second year A4 also played LHC and managed to score a goal against a very skilful side to narrowly edge towards a win. The First Year (Portugal) team faced LHC on the pitch as well this week. Again the LHC girls put up a strong fight but the Ursuline girls found the back of the net twice to secure a 2-0 win.

Written By Nora Tuohy