January 7, 2019

Junior A Camogie
Well done to the Junior A Camogie team who played in a Munster Semi-Final on Tuesday, January 8. They were up against tough challengers in Coachford from Cork but Ursuline put in a brave performance throughout. The full time score saw Coachford finish in front with 3-13 to Ursuline’s 2-5. Well done to the team and mentors Ms Hogan and Ms O’Friel.

BT Young Scientist
The Ursuline was well represented at the BT Young Scientist last week with two teams entered with two very different but interesting topics. Ellen Duggan, Sarah C.Fitzgerald and Jean Grace focused on the idea of ‘An Automated Dispensing Unit”. Their project is aimed at reducing plastic waste in supermarkets, by getting consumers to bring their own reusable containers e.g. glass containers, when shopping and then use the dispenser to take the exact amount of food they want. They have also incorporated the use of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) A RFID scanning device will identify an RFID tag on the lid of the reusable container. This idea is similar to that seen in the ‘Amazon Go’ stores in America, where customers can fill their trolleys and walk through scanners. The total cost is then deducted from their account with the store instead of them have to scan through each individual item. The team proposed this as a practical solution for tackling the huge problem of plastic waste.

The second team of Jade McCarthy and Eva Morrissey were entered in the Behavioural and Social Sciences Category. They conducted research into part of the RSE programme for schools. In particular they concentrated on the area of Sexual Consent and teenagers. They surveyed students in Senior Cycle to obtain information regarding their knowledge, skills and requirements in relation to the topic of consent. One of their chief findings was that over a third of Senior Cycle students learn about consent from their peers. Social media was ranked as the second most popular source of information on sexual consent. They are currently working on a proposal for the NCCA taking into regard the views of students and working these suggestions into a revised RSE curriculum. The current RSE syllabus is 21 years old and only references sexual consent with regard to age and law.

Junior Football
Well done to the Junior C footballers who won their Munster Quarter Final game against Kilrush. They played in Parteen on Thursday, 20 December winning by 4-8 to 2-7. This win sees the Junior girls into a Munster Football Semi Final the same as their Senior counterparts.

Hockey
The Senior As played a league crossover game against Crescent on Wednesday, January 9 in the Catholic Institute. It was a challenging game but they fought hard and finished strongly despite a result of 6-2 in Crescent’s favour. The Senior Bs also played Crescent yesterday in their League game losing out on this occasion 5-0. They played well but just couldn’t connect with the backboard.
The Minor Bs lost 3-0 in their game against Crescent.

Written By Nora Tuohy