January 11, 2013

The first week back after the Christmas break brought much excitement and bustle as students organised themselves for a busy term. The exam students, in particular, came back fresh and rejuvenated ready to take on the pre-examinations with gusto.

BT YOUNG SCIENTISTS EXHIBITION

The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the Young Scientist Exhibition as two groups of students headed to the RDS to represent the Ursuline under the guidance of Ms. A. Molony. Martha Kirwin and Aoife Phelan are two transition year students who investigated factors that might lead to TBC (Total Bacteria Count) in milk, they headed to the RDs with a very impressive model cow in tow. Orla Healy, Caít Ryan and Alexandra White also investigated an agriculture related topic. They looked into the effect that Agri-Environmental Schemes such as REPS and AEOS are having on farmers’ attitudes towards the environment and farming methods. Both groups had done impressive work before the Exhibition and they featured on both Tipp FM and national radio in relation to their projects. Although the girls were not placed the experience they gained is immeasurable. The entire TY group also headed to Dublin on Friday to see the Exhibition and be inspired by the fantastic projects on display. Well done to the girls for coming up with such interesting ideas and completing the research.

INTERNET SAFETY

Again this year the school invited Dr. Maureen Griffin to speak to First Year students and parents in relation to Internet Safety for Schools. At the moment internet safety is a very serious issue and it has very serious implications for both students and parents. First Year students were spoken to during school time while parents were invited to an evening session with Dr. Griffin. Dr. Griffin highlighted the responsibility of the parent in relation to internet use and guidance in order to ensure that students are communicating only with friends of their own peer group and in an appropriate manner.

SPORT

HOCKEY

The Cup got off to a very positive start this week as the Senior B team Beat Laurel Hill Secondary School 3-0. The First Years also played Laurel Hill Secondary School and were unfortunate to be beaten 0-2. The Junior B team also played Laurel Hill Secondary School in a League match; they played a very impressive match to take the victory 7-0. Meanwhile The Junior A took on St. Angela’s, Cork. It was an exciting match and the Ursuline girls were on target as they scored 7 goals to take a 7-0 victory.

Written By Nora Tuohy