January 29, 2017

Articulation Public Speaking

Congratulations to Emily Bourke fifth year who came second in the final of the National Articulation Public Speaking Competition. Ms. Quinn, Ms. Lawlor and a crew of Ursuline Fifth Year supporters travelled to the final in Lismore Castle on Friday, 27th January to cheer Emily on. She impressed the audience with her PowerPoint presentation and informative treatise on the mysterious London graffiti artist Banksy. She highlighted his more iconic works and spoke about his significance as an artist and his contribution to Graffiti as an art form. Emily qualified from the Regional heats held in the County Museum Clonmel and was chosen to be one of only 8 contestants to reach the National final. Well done to Emily on her brilliant achievement of combining so successfully her interest in Art with her flair for Oratory. Many thanks to both her Public Speaking mentor Ms. Quinn and Art Teacher Anne Lawlor for their help and guidance.

Junk Kouture

The Ursuline have submitted three haute couture dresses for the Junk Kouture Fashion Competition. This competition encourages post primary students to design an original piece of wearable high fashion using recycle-able materials.

The three teams have been working on their prototypes since September. They started by brainstorming ideas, agreeing a design concept, sketching the dresses, reworking it and finally getting down to the brass tacks of sewing, stitching, sticking and stapling it all together to create a costume that has the ‘wow’ factor. All three Junk Kouture entries certainty wowed the students and staff who saw them modelled around the school this week.

The first team of Lucy O’Brien, Jenny O’Brien and Nora Quinlan made a floors sweeping two piece from brightly coloured discarded cow feed bags. Their ‘Maleficent’ style headpiece was made from fencing wire to complete the agricultural theme.

The second dress is an homage to Hurling and Camogie. It is made from old sliothars, recycled hurley grips, old football boots and a train made from GAA programs. For the shape of the dress the team were inspired by the shape of the sliothar. The girls who brought this dress to completion were Kellie Quirke, Aoife Coman and Meadhbh Clarke, all Camogie players and GAA enthusiasts. Kellie has represented Tipperary at County U16 and hopefully if her team make it through to the final she will represent Tipperary again but this time on the catwalk.

The final entry was made from old records by students Winona Ryan, Ròisín Heffernan and Sarah Ryan. The pitch black of the vinyl reminded them of the night sky and so they created an ensemble to reflect this inspiration. They themed their dress with a headpiece made from brightly coloured wrapping paper. The bodice is made from intricately woven burned match sticks again reflecting the glimmering, glowing, fiery activity occurring nightly above our heads. Many thanks to Ms. McCormack who worked with all teams advising, guiding and helping them every step of the way. Good luck to all three teams as they now await to hear if they have qualified for the national final.

TY News

On Wednesday afternoon TY’s had a beauty masterclass given by beauty blogger and internet sensation Lucy Fitz. This workshop was organised by Sarah Bourke as part of her Hope Foundation fundraising efforts. Lucy travelled from Limerick to hold three workshops with the TY’s. She shared many of her incredible beauty tips and applied stunning makeup on the volunteer models. The students were wowed by the social media make up artist who shared many of her handy tips and tricks of the trade.

Forensics Talk

On Thursday the TY’s had a guest speaker from the Garda College, Sergeant Frank Lavin. Frank has specialised in forensics and works as part of the Forensics team based in Templemore. Sergeant Lavin gave a 90 minute presentation about the work he does with An Garda Síochána. Visiting the sites of serious car crashes, which sometimes involve fatalities sounded like very difficult work but Frank spoke passionately about the difficult job he carries out on a day to day basis. It was particularly interesting to learn that the maths and Physics taught in school can be applied in a practical way in a real job situation like forensics. Sergeant Lavin’s presentation acted as a reminder to take great care on the roads as pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.


On Thursday 19th January the Ursuline had 6 teams competing in the badminton tournament hosted by the Presentation Thurles. There was though opposition from Nenagh, Roscrea and hosts Presentation. The U-19 A’s put up a brave fight winning 2 out of 4 singles in the first round against Roscrea and also scooping 1 of 2 doubles matches. The U-19 B’s worked just as hard but both teams found themselves outplayed by a strong Nenagh side. The U-16 and U-14 teams played with determination and put in great effort whenever they took to the court. A great day was had by all those on the Ursuline badminton teams and well done to them on their efforts.


Basketball Results

In the Midlands B league the first and second year teams played Tullamore. It was good experience for the girls playing in competitive games but unfortunately Tullamore proved to be the stronger side in both matches. The First years lost Ursuline 7 – 50 Tullamore. The Second years score ended Ursuline 17 – 35 Tullamore.


Hockey Results

The Ursuline Junior A team played their counterparts from Mount Mercy in the Junior A Cup Quarter Final, winning 3 – 1. They will now go onto to play the winners of Scoil Mhuire and Bandon. The 2nd Year A team also played Mount Mercy during the week beating them a decisive 8-1. The 1st Year Red team won their game against Mount Mercy 2-0.
In the first year blitz the UCT Yellow team played 1st Years from Rockwell, Villiers, Crescent and Laurel Hill. The UCT team beat Laurel Hill in the semifinal 3-0 and faced Crescent in the final. That game ended in a 0-0 all draw but UCT won the tournament on goal difference. Well done to all players and Ms. Sullivan their coach.


Third Years attend The Source

The Third Year classes went to The Source this week to see performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The plays were presented by Cyclone Rep Productions. During the Merchant of Venice performance Alannah O’Donoghue took centre stage during the audience collaboration segment of the play. She stared as the silver casket. The Theatre Company presented Shakespeare in a modern context and the question and answer session at the end of each act was helpful to the students in revising the key moments.

Written By Nora Tuohy