Cycle Against Suicide
The Ursuline was proud to be a host school this year on the annual Cycle Against Suicide. A big crowd of supporters turned out on Thursday, 4th May to cheer home the sixty Ursuline students and seven teachers who completed the 40 km leg from Rockwell to the Ursuline. The students and teachers were delighted to join the main body of cyclists in part of their journey around Ireland to highlight the important message that life is precious and that suicide is never the answer.
There was a carnival like atmosphere the next day before the official proceedings began. Music was provided by the ‘Spinnies’ and Cycle Against Suicide spokesperson, Colm Hayes, danced with the students on the avenue. However once the whole school community, guests from local schools and the Cycle Against Suicide entourage assembled in the Sr. Ursula Memorial Hall the very serious message, that this was an event primarily aimed at keeping young people safe, was emphatically endorsed. There were emotional speeches from the Chairperson of the Student Council, Neisha Keane Butler, Para-Olympian Peter Ryan and Tipp hurler, Noel McGrath. Each spoke candidly about difficulties they have encountered. They reminded the students and adults present that life presents us all with unexpected burdens and that it is important to get help and not struggle alone. The Cecilian Choir then sang a beautiful and fitting rendition of ‘O Lux Beatissima’, O’ Blessed Light, before it was time to wave goodbye to the cohort of cyclists who are undertaking the two week trip around Ireland to remind us all that ‘It’s okay not to feel okay and it’s absolutely okay to ask for help.’
Thanks to the hardworking Committee and student ambassadors who got the whole school geared up for the Cycle Against Suicide with the colourful artwork, the photo booth and the posters and banners reinforcing the importance of minding our mental health.
Get Up and Go Mini Company
Well done to TY Mini Company Farm Blue who scooped two awards at the National Final of the Get Up and Go Enterprise awards on Tuesday, 2nd May. They won in the categories of Innovation and Marketing. The company comprising of Sarah Bourke, Lisa Fanning, Niamh Keane and Jane Hyland design and produce products to aid those in the agricultural sector. Their simple but effective products include the innovative Head to Tail. This is used to assist a farmer or a vet when examining a cow in a crush. It allows the tail to be be tied effectively and painlessly to the crush, thus enabling the farmer or vet to have the use of two hands. The students were also selling a nasal paddle to help wean calves in order to reduce noise pollution and upset to the animals.
The same Mini Company team went onto to compete in the Scifest competition in LIT the following day, Wednesday, 3rd May and won first prize in the Technology category. Well done to the girls and to their Mini Company teacher Ms.Bourke.
The Ursuline had three projects entered into Scifest, held in LIT on Wednesday, 3rd May and all three received prizes in different categories. Aswell as first prize for Farm Blue in Technology there was a prize in the Science in Agriculture category for Sarah Ryan, Laura Cloonan Fennelly and Laura Maher for their investigation of the effect on milk for processing of the possible overuse of paracetic acid as an agent when sterilising milking machines and bulk tanks. The third team of Sadhbh Leahy and Caoimhe Perdue won a Maths in Science award for their survey on the effects of different texting speeds. Well done to all the teachers and students involved.
Well done to both Ladies Football teams in First Year who have been doing exceptionally well lately. Just before the Easter Break the First Year A team won a Tipperary blitz played in Presentation Clonmel. They were up against some strong footballing schools and beat Cashel in the final. The Ursuline B team also played well, winning their games against footballing stalwarts Presentation and Loreto Clonmel. Then last week they travelled to Mallow to play in a Munster blitz. They were up against tough competition in the A division but won all their qualifying games. They played Hospital’s John the Baptist in the Semi- Final winning on a scoreline of UCT 3-0 – Hospital 2-1. The final saw them face Dungarvan side, St. Augustine’s, but they determinedly came through to emerge as the top team in the Munster.
The B team also had great outings in both the Presentation blitz and the Munster blitz. In Clonmel they equipped themselves admirably, beating Clonmel schools Loreto and Presentation in the qualifiers. The B team also reached the Semi Final stage in the Munster Blitz with decisive wins over St. Bridget’s, Killarney and Tralee’s Mercy Mounthawk and came close against Còláiste Mhuire Ennis in their semi final decider. Well done to all our young gaelic footballers and to their coach, Mr. McLoughlin.
Well done to Cora Norton who travelled to meet Minister Simon Coveney in the Mansion House last week to receive her prize in the Green Schools Ireland 2040 Poster Competition. Cora was Regional runner up in the Southern Region and her entry was selected for special recognition out of 3,100.