January 23, 2016

Model U.N. Workshop

Four T.Y. students had an opportunity to catch a glimpse of international relations and diplomacy working hand in hand at the Model U.N. workshop in Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel on Monday, January 18.

Janeanne Fitzgerald, Emily Bourke, Michaela Kerwick and Laoise Stapleton are amongst several other students in the Tipperary/Kilkenny area who have the privilege to participate and emulate the official U.N. Each student will represent a country. The UCT girls are delegates for Romania, Oman, Greece and Lithuania!

The workshop was presented and hosted by Fifth Year students from Loreto, Clonmel who gave their visitors tips on how to write opening speeches and clauses. They also demonstrated how voting takes place and discussed what happens at the lobbying convention!

The girls’ task is to write clauses to resolve problems within the topical issues of health and youth, migration and refugees and women’s rights.

Best of luck to our novice diplomats who will attend the Model U.N. Convention in Clonmel in March for three days. Thanks also to Ms. Burke who is guiding them in their preparations.

TY First Aid

Both last week and this week, the TY students got the opportunity to participate in very valuable First Aid training. The course was facilitated by Christine O’Reilly. She explained to the students how to be safe at the scene of an accident. They were shown how to resuscitate an unresponsive patient. The girls found it reassuring to learn how much they can do to help a victim with even a basic knowledge of First Aid. They thoroughly enjoyed the course but also felt that these particular skills could one day be of enormous benefit.

YSI

The group of committed Fifth Year students involved in the Ursuline YSI initiative are continuing in their mission to raise awareness around mental health issues and promote positive mental health. This week the team of ten were busy putting up posters in each classroom and did a big display for the reception area of the school. The theme they are focussing on is ‘Change your words – Change your mind-set.’ They are encouraging students to turn negative phrases into positive words and actions. They are suggesting to their peers to make 2016 the year of ‘I Can’. Recently the YSI team asked students to nominate songs that make them happy. This feel good music can now be downloaded for free on Spotify under the name Ursuline YSI playlist. Well done to the girls on all their efforts to make us all feel better about ourselves.

Concern Debating

A bus-load of Fifth Year supporters travelled to Clonmel on Wednesday January 19, to cheer on the Concern debating team. They were up against the Loreto, Clonmel, opposing the motion that       ‘AIDS and HIV will be eradicated in our lifetime.’

The team of Deirdre Ryan, Becky Coonan and Ruth Everard were ably led by captain Aisling Brennan. They informed the audience that a shocking 1.2 million people died from AIDS in 2014 alone. While the proposition pointed to the great advances made in treating AIDS and HIV, with the use of Anti Retro Viral Drugs, the UCT girls countered that people in sub Sahara Africa could not afford such expensive treatment. They also pointed out that controlling the virus was not the same as eradication. They did an exemplary job arguing a difficult motion. The adjudicators commended both teams on their research, speech content and delivery. They declared a draw and awarded both the Ursuline and Loreto 1.5 points each. The students, although disappointed not to win, felt they had argued the motion to the best of their ability and could have done no more on the night. Well done to all team members and Ms. Carey their mentor.

Basketball

On Wednesday January 20, the First and Second Year Basketball teams played their first game of the league away to St. Mary’s, Naas. The First Year game was very exciting and both teams played their hearts out. On the day luck was against the Thurles girls and the final score was 18 points to 15 points in a very close game.

The second game was another tough one. All students played to their full potential however Naas proved to be the stronger team. They beat the Ursuline 44-27. On the day the girls lost to a better, more physical side. Well done to coaches Ms. Casey and Ms. O’Friel.

Hockey Results

A number of Hockey games were played on Monday, January 18 against Loreto Kilkenny.

The Ursuline Junior A team won their game by 4 – 0. The 2nd Year A team came through with a two goal win. The final score UCT 4 – 2 Loreto . However the Ursuline did not have it all their own way. The Senior Bs lost by a goal – Ursuline 1 – Loreto Kilkenny 2. The First Year Green team was also defeated 4 – 1.

There were more matches later on in the week. The First Years won their game against Loreto, Clonmel by a goal, the final score of that encounter 2-1. The Minor C game against Loreto finished in a 1-1 draw. The Junior As beat Laurel Hill Coláiste 2-0. The Junior Bs had a whopping 7 goal victory against Laurel Hill Coláiste, 7-0. The Limerick side also conceded 7 goals in the Minor B game which ended UCT 7 – 1 Laurel Hill Còlàiste.

Written By Nora Tuohy