March 28, 2021

TV3 News & Aisling Ní Choisdealbha
The Ursuline was delighted to welcome TV3 News Reporter and former student Aisling Ni Choisdealbha on Friday, 26th March, the last day of term. She came with cameraman Eoin to do a news item on the Leaving Cert Orals and Practicals which began this week across the country. She spoke on camera to Principal Ms Mary Butler about the impact of covid 19 on students in the School. Ms Butler mentioned the social impact Lockdown is having on students in younger years who are missing their friends and the comradery of school life. She said she knew of many students who had not seen a friend since 22 December. She also highlighted the high levels of anxiety among many due to the prolonged School closure. Aisling also talked to four Leaving Cert students, Ellie McMinn, Rebecca Walshe, Ellie Culliton and Chloe O’Connell about the upcoming Orals. Rebecca who is sitting Orals in Irish, French and German along with a Practical in Music said she was a little bit nervous having lost valuable in-class time. All four students were eager to sit the Orals and Practicals because of the valuable marks awarded for this component of the course. The students said they were all happy to be back in School, felt safe and thanked their teachers for all their hard work both online and in person. Leaving Certs in the Ursuline are busy studying for the examinations in June with most students opting to sit the papers as well as take predicted grades. Well done to Ellie, Rebecca, Ellie and Chloe who spoke so well on camera and with such confidence and for giving an honest insight into what it is like to be a Leaving Cert student at this strange and difficult time.

We Need to talk about Dementia, TV3
Well done to Ursuline student Bláthnaid Reidy, Fifth Year and her Mam Maguerite who spoke so candidly and bravely on Martin King’s programme We need to talk about Dementia, aired on Sunday night, 28 March on TV3. Marguerite spoke about what it is like to get a diagnosis of dementia. Bláthnaid talked about the close, loving relationship that herself and her Mam share describing the two of them as ‘thick as thieves’. Bláthnaid was understandably emotional when she spoke about not wanting to lose her Mam and her natural worry that Maguerite might not be around to share in her big life events in the future. It was so sad to hear Bláthnaid tell the viewers she doesn’t want her mother to forget her or forget the things they do together. Marguerite spoke with such positivity, mentioning her great hope that a cure for Dementia will be found in the near future, in time to benefit her. The programme was intended to raise vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland with viewers being asked to DonateforDementia, a most worthy cause. The School is so proud of Bláthnaid for speaking from the heart and touching so many with her sincerity.

Sixth Year Jerusalema Dance
Sixth Years have missed out on so much recently as Lockdown and covid continue to drag on so it was decided on their return to School that a bit of fun was definitely in order. The Sixth Year School Councillors, the Senior Year Heads, Ms Flanagan and Ms Egan, and the PE teachers have been teaching them the Jersalema Dance that has been sweeping across the world. This socially distanced step it out to the music of Master KG featuring singer Nomcebo Zikode was a bit of craic over the last couple of weeks and the students were brilliant at giving it socks. They were filmed in their Tutor classes dancing in various locations around the School and then on Friday, 26 March they all came together for one big together Jerusalema dance on the Hockey pitches. The School was delighted to get some drone footage of this once off event thanks to Michael McCarthy who came in to lend a hand with the filming and subsequently with the editing. Well done to all the students who got in the spirit of it and really enjoyed themselves. A special mention to the graceful, talented Irish dancers Faye Morton and Amie Nolan and to Eimear Heffernan, the superb Ursu-Lion.

Leaving Cert Orals and Practicals
Best of luck to all the Ursuline Sixth Years who will be sitting their Leaving Cert Orals and Practicals over the Easter holidays. Many thanks to the teachers of these subjects who have been diligently prepping them since the return to School on 5 March.

Written By Nora Tuohy