SEAI National Winners
A group of Second Year Ursuline students were overall winners of the National Final of the ‘One Good Idea’ competition run by SEAI or the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The team, comprising of Zoe Bracken, Victoria Cottrell, Kellyann Ryan, Ellie Culliton, Ellen Duggan and Gráinne Quinlan also made history by being the first Junior students to scoop the overall prize. Their project, Be Wattaware, was selected out of two hundred entries to go forward to the final. The top fourteen schools presented in Croke Park on Tuesday, May 16. The format for the final was a Dragon’s Den style interview and the Ursuline girls gave an outstanding performance. They even had ‘Gangsta Granny’ in tow. They were presented with their prize by Denis Naughton, Minister for Communications and Climate Change. They will now design a poster based on their project that will be used in an advertising campaign by SEAI Ireland. It will also be used on bill-boards. The girls were so happy and proud to bring this prize home to the school. Well done to them and to Ms. Carroll who is in charge of Green Schools and who mentored the students throughout this competition.
Sixth Year Graduation Mass
On Friday, May 19, the class of 2017 had their final School Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption. It was presided over by School Chaplain, Fr. Martin Hayes and attended by the whole school, parents, grandparents and siblings of the Sixth Years. As always it was an emotional occasion for the students who are in their last days in the Ursuline. Their contribution to the school was celebrated in word, music, song and dance. A few months ago, in preparation for the Mass, the students chose the theme ‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.’ Fr. Hayes praised them for selecting such a strong and powerful sentiment for the end of their school days and said that he hoped they would always pursue the things that they are passionate about and the things that are most important in life.
Well done to Anna Ryan, Second Year and Claire Rafter, Fifth Year who took part in the Munster Schools Track and Field Competition in CIT, Cork last Saturday. Both girls are dedicated athletes and that dedication and commitment to their disciplines was rewarded last Saturday. Anna won the gold and set a new Munster record in the Junior Pole Vault, while Claire took the gold in the 3000 metre race. Well done to both girls.