March 4, 2013


Congratulations to Ciara Maguire, a Sixth Year student, who won the National Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition last Saturday in Cork. Ciara spoke about the topic “Advancing Women’s Potential”, within that theme her speech was governed by the Simone Weil quote “The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.” On the day the standard of the competitors’ speeches were all of a very high standard, however what clenched the victory for Ciara was her capacity to eloquently speak ad lib on the impromptu topic. For the National Final Ciara’s impromptu speech was based on the prompt “I know what I like”. Ciara was able to articulately express her personal perspective on the topic by delving into her own personal experience as a teenager and her own life. It is a remarkable achievement for the school and congratulations must also be extended to Ciara’s coach Mae Quinn for the incredible work she did with Ciara. The Ursuline Secondary School also won the National Final two years ago when Anna Brennan was representing the school. Well done to Ciara on this momentous achievement.


Transition year Students had a real treat this week as they participated in drama workshops facilitated by The Gaiety School of Acting. The students were offered insight into acting techniques and improvising.


Earlier in the year a team of six Transition Year students were selected after arduous interviews to run the school bank, an initiative supported by AIB; Eimear Teehan is the Bank Manager, Niamh Ryan is the Assistant Manager, Kira Burke is the Sales and Marketing Executive, Lorna O’Dwyer is the Auditor while Adrienne Kelly and Eabha O’Gorman are Tellers. The girls have been trying to foster a culture of saving and awareness of money management among the student cohort by helping students open accounts, showing students how to use online banking and phone banking. The bank id called “Super Savers” and the bank motto is “Smart Students Super Save”. The official bank opening took place in January and the bank is open at lunchtime every Wednesday. Last week the girls attended the Build A Bank Regional Final in the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork. The Ursuline Bank was chosen to compete in the National Final which will take place in the RDS in April. There were 32 schools participating in the Regional Final, initially ten schools were chosen to make a presentation and answer various questions. Following this presentation the Ursuline team was one of four teams chosen to go forward to the National Final. Well done to the banking team, they have done phenomenal work in setting up and promoting the bank within the school.


The First Year In-school debating league is running at the moment and First year students are showing great prowess in relation to the rudiments of debating. In Round 1 there were 19 teams of four who teased out the argument; “Books belong in the past”. Ten teams went through to Round 2; the motion for Round 2 was “Physical Education should be an exam subject”. The standard of debating was amazing with students quoting the NCCA, the Minister for Education and using very persuasive arguments to sway the adjudicators. Six teams are now preparing for Round 3, the standard of debating is bound to be very high and the teams will debate the motion “The Voting Age should be lowered to 16”.


Congratulations to the First and Second Year camogie team who won the Tipperary Schools Camogie Blitz for First year and Second Year students. The blitz took place in Dr. Morris Park on Friday, February 22. The Ursuline team took on their old adversaries from Nenagh in the Final, the Ursuline girls drove 3 goals into the net and defeated Nenagh 3-0 to 2-1.


The Senior B team played a league match against Villiers this week, both sides played very well. The players were equally matched and the game ended on a 1-1 draw. The Junior B Section 2 team also played against Villiers but were beaten by the Limerick team 2-0. This week the Senior A are playing in the Munster Senior A Schools Cup Final in Rockwell College against Crescent Comprehensive. The team has been training hard and they will undoubtedly do the school proud. Good luck girls.

Written By Nora Tuohy