March 10, 2014

ASH WEDNESDAY

To mark Ash Wednesday last week Fr Pat Coffey visited the school so that all students could receive ashes, as usual Fr Coffey spoke beautifully to the students.

FIONNBAR WALSH INSPIRES POSITIVE THINKING

Fifth Year LCVP students invited Fionnbar Walsh, the late Donal Walsh’s father to the school to speak to Fifth Year students. Fionnbar spoke beautifully about Donal and showed students video clips recorded by Donal himself. He also spoke about Donal’s battle and courage as he fought cancer. However, the most inspiring aspect of the talk was the positive message that Fionnbar articulated in relation to living life to the full and appreciating the value of life.

AN GAISCE

Last weekend, 70 students headed to the the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Offaly to complete the adventure journey element of their An Gaisce medal. There were 14 silver award and 56 bronze award participants who took part. The girls did fantastically well in terrible weather conditions.

TRANSITION YEAR MINI-COMPANY SUCCESSES

This week the Transition Year students had an absolutely hectic week as they competed in both the Student Enterprise Awards Competition and the Get Up and Go Competition. The Student Enterprise Awards Competition is the largest programme of its kind in the country, with over 15,000 budding entrepreneurs across the country researching, setting up and ruining their own enterprises, with support of their teachers and local Enterprise Boards. 2014 marks the 12th anniversary of the 1st Student Enterprise Awards National Final.

The first round of the competition was held in the Ursuline a few weeks ago and eight Ursuline mini-companies got through to the Regional Finals: Budget Busters, Grow-A-Gift, Hockey Hands, Cookie Jar Company, Cake-Pops, Tune It Up and Green Shoes. An award for Innovation was awarded to Spongease, while Alzheimer’s Assists received an award for Desk Research, Wear and Be Aware received a Young Social Entrepreneurs award and Briathar Banter got an award for Education.

The mini-companies them proceeded onto the Regional Final last week where Hockey Hands won the title of Regional Champions, Green Shoes came third while both Tune It Up and Budget Busters received Special merit awards.

The Mini Company Get Up and Go Regional competitions also took place last week; the Mini Company “Get Up and Go” programme is designed to promote an understanding and appreciation among Transition Year Students of how a business works and to promote entrepreneurial skills and an overall interest in enterprise education. Different rounds were held in Cork, Galway and Athlone and as a result of these competitions numerous Ursuline Mini Companies will proceed to the National Finals. Tune It Up, Grow-A-Gift, Budget Busters, Spongease and Vintage Desire will all compete in the National Final. The Cookie Jar Company got third prize for sustainability; Helpful History received the third prize in finance and many of the companies who are going forward to the National Finals also won numerous other prizes and awards on the day. Well done to the Mini Companies and their teachers who have done incredible work this year.

JUNIOR CERTIFICATE BUSINESS STUDIES AWARDS

On March 6, students who received an A grade in Junior Certificate Business Studies were invited to the Junior Certificate Business Studies Awards at the University Concert Hall in the University of Limerick. The awards were hosted by the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI). In all 21 students received an A grade on the Junior Certificate Higher Level Business Studies paper which was a phenomenal achievement.

CONCERN DEBATING

The Concern Debating team is currently researching the next debate having made it out of the league phase and progressed onto the Knock-out stage of the competition. The next debate will be held in Castlecomer Community College on Tuesday 18 at 7.30pm when the Ursuline team will oppose the motion that: “Hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olypics is money well spent by Brazil”.

SOROPTIMIST ALL-IRELAND FINAL

Owing to the fact that Ciara Maguire, a Leaving Cert student from last year’s class, won the All-Ireland Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition last year; the Ursuline Secondary School was host to the final this year. It was a tremendous honour for the school and Ciara was asked to speak at the final. Mae Quinn, who for many years has given her time to public speaking in the school, was asked to adjudicate for the final.

SPORT

HOCKEY

The Junior A team played a friendly match against Muckross Park, Dublin.Despite playing a very good match the Ursuline team lost 1-0.The First year A Cup team had more luck as they played Villiers from Limerick and scored an impressive 9 goals while Villiers didn’t manage to get on the score board. Villiers also played against the Second Year A Cup team and again the Ursuline team took victory, 3-1. The Second Year B2 Cup team also faced Villiers, again the girls played extremely well and won the match 4-0.

TENNIS

The tennis season is also well under way; the Under-14 team is comprised of Katie Morrissey, Megan Hayes, Caoimhe Perdue and Shauna Fogarty. To date the U-14 team has won two matches against Stella Maris Tramore and the Ursuline Waterford. The Under-16 team members are Ciara Fogarty, Susie Osborne, Ruth Hassett and Cliona Heenan. They have so far played St Anne’s Tipperary town who they defeated.

Written By Nora Tuohy