May 8, 2015

YSI – Young Social Innovators

On Wednesday, 7th of May, all four classes of TY’s headed to City West in Dublin for the YSI Showcase National Final. We had two projects which qualified for this ultimate stage of the competition. There were 60 groups of Young Social Innovators chosen to present their projects to a panel of judges out of over the 300 which I entered. The girls in Ms. Flanagan’s class examined inequality in sport, focussing on the issue of how female sporting achievements and participation can play second fiddle to the men. This project, entitled ‘Turn on the Flood Rights’ came first in the category ‘Making Our World Fair and Just.’ They were awarded a trophy for the school and each student in the group received a John Rocha designed pin as a momento. The other group to showcase their project at the YSI final was Ms. Purcell’s class with ‘112 Where are you?’. This group looked into the issue of road numbers focussing on the importance of knowing the exact number of your road for emergency services. Well done to both groups who spoke and presented with passion and dedication. The standard was extremely high as always so we were proud of our students who equipped themselves so well.

The TY’s had a talk on homelessness last week. Speaking to them was a representative from Novas, a homeless charity based in Limerick who have a hostel in Thurles. The students found the content very informative and engaged with it very well.

Hockey Results

The 2nd Year ‘B’ Cup hockey team had a successful year. They beat Clonakilty in the semi final by an impressive tally of 7 goals to nil. The goal scorers that day were Kate Condon, Kate Phelan, Lauren Murtagh and Jill Shanahan who each found the net once and Gemma O’Dwyer got a hatrick. This week they met Crescent in the final of the ‘B’ Cup. It was a close match the whole way through. There was no score until the dying minute when the Ursuline won a short corner which Lauren Murtagh scored. Congratulations to all team members on a successful conclusion to the year and their coach Ms. Rossiter.

Summer Rounders

 Now that nearly all the competitive games have been concluded the P.E. Department have organised summer rounders. The students put together their own teams and this week’s winners were team “Bruth Howling” – captained by Ruth Dowling who beat “Rundurz” – captained by Tegan Kelly. Also winning this week were “Wrong Place Wrong Time” – captained by Mia Ryan who beat “Losers” – captained by Aislinn Maher. Well done to all teams for their participation in this fun activity.

5th Year Biology Trip

5th Year students recently went on an Ecology Field Trip to Castlecomer Discovery Park. This educational day out was organised by the science teachers to enhance students’ understanding of an important module on the Leaving Cert syllabus. Eighty five students and five teachers headed of first thing in the morning eager to learn about the woodland Eco system. A great day was had by all, the rain stayed away and so they had a dry, enjoyable excursion. Thanks to the biology teachers for organising the trip.

The Raey Foundation

We are immensely proud of three of our TY students Kate O’Flynn, Eimear Carew and Julia Crowe who travelled to Ethopia to work in the Raey School. They did a lot of fundraising both inside and outside school in order to gather together the money needed to avail of this opportunity volunteering in an African country. The Raey school was founded by two teachers, Mangesha and Firiwot, to educate poor and orphaned children from the ages of 3 – 14. Aswell as educational opportunities the school provides the students with breakfast and lunch. Kate, Eimear and Julia helped the students with English, reading, maths, science, music, colouring, geography, face painting and beading. They also got to visit a facility run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. In this compound were orphans, disabled children, physically and mentally sick mothers with their kids and cancer patients. A lot of the disabled children had been abandoned by their families due to their disabilities, which was pretty upsetting for our students to hear. The trio felt truly blessed to have had this amazing opportunity to go to the RAEY Foundation in Ethiopia. They would like to thank everyone who helped them to get there. They fell huge admiration for Mengesha and Freiwott, whose vision made this worthwhile project a reality. The girls felt blessed to have had the chance to join their work in the RAEY Foundation. They absolutely loved their time in Ethiopia. It was a life changing experience. Well done Julia, Kate and Eimear.



Well done to a group of Transition Year students from the Ursuline, Thurles who qualified for the Get up and Go Mini Company National Final. Their Mini Company is called ‘Decoupals’ and is run by students Gemma O’Flaherty, Lillian Kelly, Ciara Dempsey, Megan Long and Arianna Carroll. They make household décor including lanterns, coasters and glassware using a French skill called decoupage.

In April they attended the regional final in Athlone where they won two first place prizes, for stand presentation and communications and sustainability. From this they were selected to attend the National final in Naas.

On the 4th of May, Decoupals went to the National final in The Osprey Hotel, Naas. Over 30 companies were competing for prizes including two other Ursuline companies. There were 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in 5 categories. ‘Decoupals’ were delighted to receive 2nd place in sustainability for their original products. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience of Mini Company and feel they have gained many entrepreneurial skills. It has made them realise the challenges that are associated with running a business and the hard work that it entails.

Well done to all the business studies teachers who do so much to actively promote mini company in the school.

East Munster Track and Field

Following the Ursuline’s success at the County championships we sent a team of 22 to the East Munster track and field which is held every second year in Templemore. Yet again we were very pleased with all performances from the girls with many of them continuing on from their initial success at the County championships the week previously. Ciara Cummins had a great run in the 1500 s/chase setting a new senior record in winning gold and retaining her title from last year. Aoife Delaragy had an equally good run in the senior 400m to win in 62 seconds with sister Eimear finishing third in the 300m just after sitting her Junior Cert art exam! Aoife also won the senior long jump. Claire Rafter won a very tactical 1500 junior race in just over 5 minutes with Niamh Rafter coming in third position on the junior 800m. The junior relay team finished in silver medal position. In the intermediate 800m, Nuala Fitzgibbon finished in silver medal position and Zoe Fitzgibbon won the under 16 mile. Susie Osborne had a good day with silver in the 300m hurdles and Emma Doyle took bronze in the intermediate high jump. Cliodhna Collins continued her fine form to win silver in the Shot-putt and added the senior bronze medal from the high jump to her tally of medals with Siobhra Dooley winning silver in the same event. Our senior girls’ team also took silver in a very exciting 4x100m final. A great day was had by all the athletes with an impressive hall of medals to show for their travails. Many thanks to Mr. McDonnell for his continued commitment to athletics and Ms. O’Sullivan who also volunteers in the Athletics department.

Written By Nora Tuohy