February 7, 2019

Anna Bradish Trip to Brussels
Anna Bradish, National winner of the EU Soapbox Public Speaking award travelled to the EU Parliament in Brussels last Tuesday, 29 January. This exclusive look at the workings of the European Union Parliament formed part of Anna’s prize. She met four Irish MEPs including Séan Kelly. She was given a tour of the Parliament building and got to see debating and voting in the Chamber from the viewing gallery. Anna’s prize winning speech was on the importance of voting in European elections so it was amazing for her to get to see European politics in action.

East Munster Schools Cross Country Athletics
The Ursuline were well represented with four teams competing in the East Munster Schools Cross Country Athletics held in Waterford, WIT on Thursday, January 31. It was a great start to the day with First Year student Kate Ferncombe romping home in first place in the Minor girls race. She was ably supported by team mates Paula Quirke in eighth position, followed by Alysia Kearney, Rachel Phelan, Rebecca Danagher and Tara Gleeson. These stellar performances meant a first place slot for the Minor team. Next up were the Junior girls with Camille Ryan coming in a sure footed third. She was followed shortly after by Grace Murtagh and Alex Hourigan, eleventh and thirteenth respectively. Chloé Byrne, Robyn Fanning and Rachel Ryan completed the course to put the Junior team in a solid bronze medal position. In the Intermediate competition Kate Burke was first over the line. The other athletes who equipped themselves admirably over the tough course were Anna McCartan, Emma Osborne and Hannah Sheehy. Finally after a long wait in the freezing cold it was the turn of the Senior team. They were led home by Chloé Slattery, Fifth Year, with Isabelle Tyrell and Georgia O’Driscoll following closely behind. Well done to all teams, competitors and medalists and to their coach Mr McDonnell.

The Junior B team played Laurel Hill Secondary School in a recent Cup game. Laurel Hill were the stronger side on the day, winning 4-0.

French Exchange
A group of Fifth Years enjoyed the return leg of a cultural exchange last week with a number of students from an Ursuline school, Blanche de Castille in Nantes. The Thurles girls and French teachers Mr McDonnell and Ms Flanagan stayed with host families and participated in numerous social and cultural activities in and around Nantes. It was a very exciting opportunity for the UCT girls to see what school life is like in another country and improve their proficiency in French.

CSI Experience TY
TYs participated in a new and very exciting workshop last week. They spent a day learning about forensics, what is involved in this type of work and its importance in discerning the facts of a crime. The classes also had an opportunity to collect evidence using techniques like dusting for fingerprints when the team behind the workshop, Jim and Kieran, set up a ‘crime scene’. The students each had the chance to be part of the forensics team sent in to find the clues of what happened.

Mini Med UCC
Kiera Scanlon and Sarah C. Fitzgerald, TY, along with Guidance Teacher, Ms Golden, got a fantastic opportunity to see first hand what a career in Medicine is like. They attended the Student Prep For Medical School programme organised by UCC. There were talks and demonstrations by various doctors on the wide range of opportunities a career in Medicine affords. The Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster discussed the forensic examination of a crime scene. They witnessed a live surgery and heard about the difficult ethical decisions doctors have to make from a consultant breast surgeon. The students also got an insight into how clinical skills are taught. It was certainly a worthwhile experience for any student seriously considering the study of medicine.

Written By Nora Tuohy