Colette Fitzpatrick Visit
The school welcomed past pupil, broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick, back on Thursday morning for the final assembly of the year. The whole school gathered into the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall to say hello to Colette and say goodbye to the Sixth Years. The TV3 news anchor gave students an encouraging talk touching on many important themes such as the value of friendship, the virtues of the real world over the virtual world, the importance of seizing opportunities that come your way and being happy in your work. She was positive and inspiring and the students embraced the wisdom of her message.
The next part of the proceedings was the annual awards ceremony. The Sports award was shared between Tipperary Camogie goal keeper, Caoimhe Bourke and Captain of the Senior A Hockey Team Brona Dowling. The David Moloney medal for performance was also shared between Aisling Brennan who was a dedicated debater throughout her time in school and Ruth Everard who starred in many of the school musicals and was a member of Chamber Choir. The Bank of Ireland award was presented to Nicole Patan for her kindness and tremendous spirit of volunteering over the past six years.
The Helen Larkin Fitzgerald Award for the Student of the year was given to Neisha Keane Butler for her energy and commitment to the school. The award also recognised Neisha’s keen sense of inclusion and her constant efforts to make sure everyone in her year and other years felt welcomed and valued in school.
The Dwan Salver for Musical Achievement in Exams went to Third Year student, Caitriona Timmins and the Hyland Trophy for contribution to the musical life of the school went to Sixth Year Student, Cliodhna Heenan.
The Sr Ursula Memorial Medal for creativity went to Fifth Year student, Izzy Walsh, for her beautiful painting “Frank”.
The importance of good attendance was stressed at the Assembly and thirteen Sixth Year students were awarded for full attendance in Sixth Year. There were three students also acclaimed as they had never missed a single day throughout their time in Secondary School: Niamh Browne, Ruth Hassett & Stephanie O’Gorman. Well done.
The Gaisce Bronze and Silver medals were awarded to the students who successfully completed all the tasks and requirements this year. The final award was a unique and unusual award for this year, presented to the whole student body – the Best Supporters in the World Award. Everyone received an ice cream at the end of assembly for supporting all the school teams and activities this year with passion, heart, gusto, plenty of chanting and even some flash dancing at the Kate Russell in Banbridge. It was a very popular award given the lovely warm weather that day.
In the afternoon the Sixth Years gathered together for one last time as a school group for tea and cake and to receive their yearbook and their Year group photograph. It was a very special but poignant moment for them. Their school days have finally come to an end, bar the small matter of the exam in June. Best wishes for the future to the class of 2017.
There were plenty of sporting highlights and high jinks in the week before the summer tests with the final of the Rounders competition between the Teachers team and the Students. The game ended in an eight all draw and it was decided that a sudden death penalty kick would be the fairest way to decide the outcome. Mr. McLoughlin scored for the teachers to ensure victory. The following day the students were out for revenge in a teachers versus students dodge ball competition. It was a bit chaotic but a lot of fun in the glorious sunshine. The Sixth Years had decorated the hockey pitches with a Hawaiian theme and there was even a student/teacher dance off at half time to entertain the crowds.
Last week the Ursuline U15 footballers attended a blitz in Rockwell and reached the final. The girls played superbly throughout the Blitz but unfortunately they didn’t take their chances in the final and hit a good few wides. They beat Cashel and St. Anne’s to qualify from the group. They beat traditional footballing School, Loreto Clonmel in the Semi Final decider. However Cahir proved too strong for them in the final although the Ursulines were delighted to secure the runner up spot. Thanks to Mr. Kirby and Mr. McLoughlin for their coaching throughout the year.