March 27, 2015

Green Schools

Our hardworking Green Schools committee organised a week long campaign encouraging the student body to Recycle Better. The theme they choose for the week was ‘Recycle Better, Recycle More’. Our environmental group have placed new recycling bins in all classrooms. They organised projects such as ‘What happens to your rubbish after it goes into the recycling bin?’ and ‘Where does your food come from?’ First years were given the chance to participate in a First Year Art Competition and congratulations to Aislinn Maher who won. Another interesting feature which the girls worked on was the ‘Green Schools Pledge Wall’ where students in the school have promised to improve their recycling habits. There was also a Green Schools Quiz based on the benefits of recycling.

The Peadar O’Cillín medal awarded to Orla Maher

Congratulations to Orla Maher, from the Leaving Certificate class of 2014 who has been awarded the Peadar O’Cillín medal. This honour is presented by the Post Primary Music Teachers’ Association to the student who has achieved the top mark in their higher level Music Examination in the Leaving Certificate. This means that Orla came first in Music in the entire country in 2014. We are incredibly proud of her. During her six years in school Orla gave generously of her time and her talent. She was a member of senior orchestra and took a full and active role in the musical life of the Ursuline. We must also congratulate her teacher Ms. McNally and the other music teachers in the school and in the Academy of Music who helped Orla to develop her full potential. Orla will receive her award in a special ceremony to take place next October. We are very proud of you Orla and hope that you will have a full and successful musical career.

Football Blitz

Our junior footballers were in action this week with both ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams playing other Tipperary schools in a football blitz. A great day was had by all. The ‘A’ team won all their matches to make it to the final. They beat Presentation, Clonmel 6-1 to 1-2, won their match against St. Anne’s Tipperary town 3-1 to 1-1. They over came Cashel 4-2 to 1-3. These wins meant that they faced Loreto Clonmel in a Semi-Final which was a tougher contest. The score in this game UCT 2-2 to Loreto’s 1-4 saw our girls secure their place in the final against the Presentation Thurles. However despite having seen off opposition all day we were defeated by Presentation at the last hurdle by two goals. The final score Ursuline 3-1 Presentation Thurles 5-1.

Our ‘B’ team also had good wins against St. Alibe’s and Templemore’s ‘B’. Despite losing to Rockwell’s ‘A’ team and Templemore’s ‘A’ team we still had garnered enough points to see us through to a Semi-Final. We played Templemore’s ‘A’ side who had beaten us earlier on in the competition on a scoreline of 4-2 to Ursuline’s 1 goal. Although our girls played well they faced a superior side on this occasion. So the ‘B’ team went out of the contest at the Semi-Finial stage.

Well done to all our players and to their coach Mr. McLoughlin.

World Championship Irish Dancing 

We wish those students who are travelling to Montreal to compete in Irish Dancing at the highest level the very best of luck. Eimear Bourke, Sarah Jane Gilmartin both 1st year students and Leonard Bowe in Leaving Cert. will represent Ireland in the World Championships. We are delighted with their achievements in this tough discipline.

Pay it Forward Day

Our hard working student councillors organised a day of positive action on the last day of term Friday, 27th of March. It was a ‘Pay It Forward’ day which was being run simultaneously in all Le Chéile trust schools. The students in our school encouraged their peers to engage in random acts of kindness. The councilors left complimentary and inspiring post-it notes on everyone’s locker. Also first thing in the morning students and teachers picked up a sticker with a number and if you spotted another person sporting the same number you gave them a hug, a broad smile, a compliment or a high five. It was a small gesture but helped to create a fun and sunny atmosphere around the school. It was a huge success in spreading love, kindness and positivity throughout the corridors.

Minor Camogie Team players

Well done on all the players involved in the Tipperary Camogie Minor team who won against Cork. We hope that they continue in their county success.

Written By Nora Tuohy