January 13, 2014


As students and staff returned to school on Monday the Feast of the Epiphany, mass was celebrated on Monday afternoon for the school community in the cathedral by Fr Pat Coffey. As usual students played an essential role in the mass and Fr Coffey spoke inspiringly about making a new start and trying to live out our promises to our selves and others. Every member of the student body and staff received a little note giving them something to work towards this year.


Congratulations to the school’s senior camogie team who played in the Munster

Intermediate A League against Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré in Templemore on Saturday, January 11. It was a cold , frosty morning so ground conditions were difficult. A hard-fought contest ensued with both teams battling valiantly throughout. So evenly matched were the teams that the game went to extra time. Despite heroic efforts on behalf of the Ursuline girls Roscrea girls clenched the victory by a point with a final score of 4-10 to 3-12. Congratulations to both teams for a tremendous game of camogie. Well done also to Ms Olivia Hogan and Ms Eimear O’Friel their mentors.


Again this year students qualified for the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS. The team was in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category with a project entitled ‘Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Brittle Bones …Need Calcium’. The team was composed of Chloe Barrett, Elaine Hayes and Sarah Louise Costello and their facilitating teacher was Mr English. The project investigated the deficiency of calcium in teenagers and how it will impact on bone development in later life.



The third Transition Year group completed the film workshop facilitated by Young Irish Film Makers last week. It was a three day workshop that focussed on script writing, filming the script and then editing the filmed material to perfect the film. Overall six films have been produced by the YT group this year and all six will be entered in the Fresh Film Festival where TY students enjoyed significant success last year.


Seven Transition Year teams entered this nationwide competition in November. All teams had to make a film pitch outlining their marketing strategy to increase dairy intake among teenagers. One team, ‘The White Tash Brigade’, was selected to progress to the next round. The team is now required to roll out their marketing strategy and put it into action. The team consists of Maeve Carew, Mollie Kavanagh, Aine Coman and Lucy Hayes.


All Transition Year mini-companies entered the RTE Junior Dragons’ Den competition before Christmas and the groups had several phone calls suggesting interest in their ideas during the week. Fingers crossed some of our students will get the chance to face the Dragons!


The Transition Year students headed Dublin for a day out last Friday, they had an early start but that didn’t dampen the excitement as the student were looking forward to a hectic day in Dublin. The first stop was the artificial ski slopes in Kilternan where the girls enjoyed a two hour ski lesson before half an hour of tubing. Thankfully there were no serious falls but there was quite a lot of tumbling with giggles! The instructors felt that several students displayed great natural promise in relation to skiing. The students then went on to the RDS to support their classmates and also to visit the hundreds of fascinating stands on display. There was a lot to see including displays such as the World of Robots, a Drumming Workshop and 50 Years of Space Exploration. The day ended with a visit to Funderland where students enjoyed the thrill of terrifying rides and various other amusements. After a long day a tired but very happy group landed back in the Ursuline, just on time for the weekend!


The Senior A team had two matches this week, the first one against Ashton School and the second against the Loreto, Kilkenny. Thankfully the girls were victorious in both. They girls scored an impressive 4 goals against Ashton who responded well by scoring two goals, thankfully the Ursuline team still had a good lead when the final whistle blew. The Loreto Kilkenny also proved difficult opponents but the Ursuline team was on form and scored 5 goals to win the match 5-2.

The Senior B team was equally busy this week with two matches. The Presentation, Thurles fought well but the Ursuline team managed to notch up 4 goals on the score board and finished the match 4-0. Later in the week the team faced Loreto, Kilkenny; it was a tough match with both teams battling hard to score. Unfortunately neither team managed to find the back of the net and the match finished nil all.

Written By Nora Tuohy