March 13, 2015

29 students who achieved ‘A’s in Junior Cert receive BSTAI Kemmy Business School Awards

29 of our students were presented with a ‘Certificate of Achievement’ in Business Studies from the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. The presentation was held last Wednesday, 11th of March and was awarded to students who achieved excellence in their Junior Certificate Business Studies Exam. The students were acknowledged for their hard work, self motivation and commitment to Business Studies over the last three years. Senior lecturer in Economics, Dr. Stephen Kinsella, praised the students on their outstanding performance and encouraged them to be creators of their own learning by reading books that will expand their minds sufficiently. Good advice for all of us.

Student Enterprise Awards

On Friday 6th of March Transition Years competed in the Student Enterprise Awards. We had three mini-companies which qualified for the competition held in L.I.T. Thurles. The teams included ‘Take Charge’ who have developed an innovative product designed to prevent mobile phone chargers from breaking. ‘Shelfless’ which manufactures bookshelves that give the illusion that the books are suspended in mid-air. It is an attractive product and looks like it might not be out of place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The final team representing the Ursuline was ‘Think Big’ who are recycling cardboard boxes into toys for toddlers. The students competed against 46 other teams from Tipperary and while success was not ours this time round, a great day was had by all.

Gaisce Hike

On Friday 6th March we began the venture activity aspect of An Gaisce in the Slieve Bloom Mountains. This year 7 student completed 3 days of hiking to earn their silver medal. These students, Hillary Grogan, Lorna Ryan, Laura Ryan, Blathnin Linnane, Ciara Quinlan, Sinead Ryan and Orlaith Clancy took on the challenge with determination and gusto. These were followed by 48 Bronze students who hiked on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend was a great success. Well done to all. Thanks to all teachers who volunteered their time and to Ms. Egan the coordinator.

Presentation of Tricolour by Thomas F. Meagher Foundation

Two of our 5th year history students, Erin Ryan and Clíona Martin, travelled to Waterford on Thursday, 12th of March, to be presented with an Irish flag by the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation. The Thomas F. Meagher Foundation aims to promote pride in and respect for the Irish flag and it’s true meaning for peace in Ireland. Waterford was a fitting location as the tricolour was first unveiled by Thomas Francis Meagher at 33 The Mall, Waterford City. President Higggins attended the event. He talked to the hundreds of students present about the inclusivity of the flag. The white of the flag represents peace and that today it should symbolise an Ireland that is open to all people. They students also felt there was a real emphasis on Irish identity, what it means to be Irish and being proud of our ethnicity. Thanks to Erin and Clíona for representing the school so well at the event and to Erin’s dad who also attended.

Limerick Choral Festival

On Friday last, 6th March, the Cecilian Choir, comprising of students from 1st year to 6th year, took part in the Limerick Choral festival. They came joint third. So well done to all the girls who sang so beautifully on the day and to their teachers Ms. Butler and Ms. McNally.

First Year Basketball – Regional Semi Final

Ursuline Thurles – 51 – Secred Heart Secondary School, Tulllamore – 18

The First Year team have qualified for the Midlands Regional Final after an excellent performance against Tullamore. The Ursuline girls were focussed from the off and had established a 13 point lead in the first quarter before Tullamore had managed a score. This dominance continued for the rest of the game. They now look forward to the final scheduled to be played after St. Patrick’s Day.

Second Year Basketball – Regional Semi-Final

Ursuline Thurles – 28 – Clonaslee – 32

The Second Year team were extremely disappointed to narrowly miss out on a spot in their regional final by 4 points. They faced a strong Clonaslee side but our girls continued to battle hard throughout the game. However the strength and experience of the Clonaslee girls was enough to get them over the line. Well done to our students who fought the brave fight and played tremendously but lost out to better opponents on the day.

Senior ‘A’ Munster Cup Final 2015

Ursuline – 1 – Crescent College – 5

It was with hearts full of hope that we travelled to Villiers in Limerick on Wednesday, 11th of March to take on old rivals Crescent College in the Senior ‘A’ Munster Cup Final. By the time the 6 busses full of supporters were loaded up, the rain had given way to bright sunshine and there was a feeling that fortuity could be ours on this occasion. However despite our dreams and our prayers success eluded us. Our Senior ‘A’s had trained hard in preparation for the final and had proved their worth throughout the season. However from the very start Crescent were the dominant side. They passed well, defended with skill and their speed onto the ball was impressive all throughout the match. They scored five goals in total and never looked beatable. Our one goal came from 6th year stalwart Kate Crotty but it was too little too late. Our girls although obviously gutted at losing the final nonetheless congratulated their opponents on a great victory. Thanks to all the hockey coaches who travelled to he match and for your dedication to hockey in the Ursuline.

Athletics

We qualified for the All Ireland Schools Athletics Finals held in Clongowes last Saturday, 7th of March. The Minors finished fourth overall while the Senior and Junior teams both finished in fifth position. Claire Rafter, 2nd year, came home fourth in the Junior race. We had 14 students competing and the students and their coach Mr. McDonnell were happy with individual and team performances on the day. Thanks to all parents who came out in support.

Holy Cross Drama Festival 

On Wednesday, 11th of March a cast of TY’s staged their own unique version of Cinderella. This classic fairytale was given a bit of a makeover and Cinderella was not quite the hapless victim that she usually is. Some of our students were singled out for acting awards for their convincing performances. So congratulations to Megan Long in the role of Cinders, Ròisín Russell who was Lavinia, Nicola Scott who played the old other stepsister and Ruth Everard who took on the role of the Fairy Godmother. Well done to Ms. Slattery, the Ursuline’s answer to Martin Scorsese.

Breast Cancer Awareness

One group of 5th year LCVP students decided to raise awareness of Breast Cancer to coincide with International Women’s Day which was celebrated on Sunday, 8th of March. So on the previous Friday they organised a pink day for students in the school. They had advertised the event well in advance by placing posters around the school in every classroom and on the corridors. Students made a donation of €1 and wore pink accessories on the day. The school was awash with pink socks, hairbands, gloves, earrings, hats, sunglasses, feather boas, beads, pink pyjama bottoms and even the odd pink cape was seen swishing down the corridors. They had prizes for the students with the best accessories and most imaginative get up. It was frivolous bright fun which also managed to raise over €400 for Breast Cancer Ireland. Well done to the students who organised the event – Megan O’Connor, Emma Ryan, Camille Boisson, Sarah Ryan and Gráinne Kinnane.

Written By Nora Tuohy