November 10, 2014

Credit Union Poster Competition

Congratulations to Third Year student, Emily Bourke, who came first in the 14 – 17 age category of the poster competition recently run by Thurles Credit Union. The prize giving ceremony will be held on Monday, November 10 at Credit Union House.

Mo Chara Animal Rescue

Ms. Lawlor and some animal loving TY students presented a representative of Mo Chara animal rescue with a cheque for €208 and lots and lots of cat food, dog food and nuts. The pet food and money was donated and collected in the school over the course of World Animal week (4th – 10th October). We are delighted to be able to help out such a worthy local cause in such a practical way. Well done to everyone involved.

First Year Debating

 On Tuesday 4th the first round of the First Year debating competition took place. The teams consisting of 3 speakers each debated the motion

 ‘School days are the best days of our lives’.

In spite of the fact that this motion has been debated since before the first school bags were ever slung over youthful shoulder there are always new and interesting perspectives.

The proceedings were competently chaired by Deirdre Fogarty. The two teams going on to the next stage are Jill Murphy, Aoibhinn Fanning and Emma Jane Burke who opposed the motion. The other successful trio, who also argued against the motion were Aisling Maher, Siobhan Greene and Aoife Dempsey.

As usual two individual best speakers were chosen and they proceed to a further engagement – Aisling Maher and Jill Murphy.

Open Night for prospective students and parents.

Wednesday, November 12, we will have our Annual Open Night for prospective students and their parents or guardians. Any 5th class or 6th class students who would like to view the school, meet with the staff and find out about the values and ethos of The Ursuline Secondary School are more than welcome to come along. The school will be open from 4.30 – 6.30 pm and our present first year students will be on hand doing tours of the school, answering any questions you might have and generally telling their experience of being a First Year student in our school. We will all do our very best to cater for queries and look after you on the night.

Ursuline X-Factor

Our annual school talent competition kicked off on Wednesday with the first four acts showcasing their creative abilities. There will be great excitement around the school every Wednesday from now until the Christmas break. So best of luck to all participants who are all fantastic to get up on the stage and strut their stuff. Well done to those who opened proceedings this week. TY’s Julia Crowe and Victoria Stoyonova performed a duet. The other contestants were all from First Year: Sadbh Donovan who danced, Eadaoin Carew who sang and Ciara Gleeson and Sarah Jane Gilmartin who together did an Irish dance in hard shoes.

Gael Linn Debating Team

At present the senior Gael Linn debating team are furiously preparing for the first round of the competition. The motion is

‘ Tá Rialtas na hÉireann beg beann at fhadhbanna na ndaoine bochta!’

 which translated means ‘The Irish Government have little regard for the problems of poor people.’ The Ursuline team is opposing the motion. They will debate teams from Ferrybank, Waterford, the Cistercian College, Roscrea and the Presentation, Thurles. The team comprises of captain Dervla Lynch, ably supported by Gillian Burke and Sarah Kelly. Best of luck or Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh a chailíní.

Poetry Aloud

On Tuesday, November 4, the Ursuline Secondary School hosted a variety of schools from Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary for Poetry Aloud. Students had to recite a prescribed poem, ‘Heirloom’ by Gerard Smith or ‘An Irish Airman Forsees his death’ by W. B. Yeats, depending on the category they were in. They also recited a poem of their own choosing. The standard of competition was incredibly high, and we are very proud of all participants who rose to the challenge.

 Sincere thanks to Sr. Bernadette, who facilitated the large group in St. Mary’s Hall. Best of luck and congratulations to Mary-Kate Barrett, Lucy Bell and Erica Carroll who will proceed to the next round at the end of November.

Ursuline Hockey

Both our Senior ‘A’ and Junior ‘A’ Hockey teams did battle with Mount Mercy on Wednesday. The Senior team drew with Mount Mercy in their game 2 – 2. The Junior ‘A’s won beating Mount Mercy by a goal. The final score in this match being Ursuline 3 Mount Mercy 2. The Junior ‘A’s continued this winning form the following day when they beat Regina Mundi 10 -0.


Tipperary Schools Gaelic Football

The Senior Gaelic Footballers played Doon this week. Despite having an early lead they were unsuccessful on this occasion. Congratulations to Doon who were worthy winners on the day and well done to our girls who played a great game.

Niall de Burca at the Source

Mr. Murphy’s and Ms. Downey’s first year history classes were lucky to be invited to the Source on Tuesday to listen to storyteller Niall de Burca’s latest event entitled ‘Where the poppies grow’. Niall regaled them with interesting tales of World War One. He was thoroughly captivating and entertaining. One uncanny coincidence he mentioned was that the number plate of the car which was transporting Archduke Franz Ferdinand when he was shot was A 111 118, the date of the armistice four years later when World War One finally ended. Thanks very much to Breda O’Meara and the staff of Thurles Library for organising and inviting us to this event.

TY News

Forty five future financiers put themselves forward for interviews to ‘Build a Bank’. The positions have now been filled and the successful candidates were Bridín Ryan, Bank Manager; Assistant Bank Manager, Lorna Irwin O’Grady; Grace Kelly who has responsibility for Sales and Marketing; Financial Controller, Moira Kinnane; Aoife Shanahan and Emily Moore the Customer Services Managers. Well done to everyone in TY who presented for interview.

We are delighted that so many of our TY’s will be taking to the stage with their peers from the CBS for their forthcoming production of Grease. Those students who got leading roles are Emer Carew, Sandy; Bridín Ryan, Frenchy; Ruth Everard, Rizzo; Megan Long, Marty and Amy Keelan who will take on the role of Jan. Those who will be part of the Chorus are Ciara Fogarty, Nicola Scott, Esha Hourihan Clancy, Deirdre Ryan, Grace Kelly, Olivia Hogan, Isobel Kavanagh, Avril O’Mahoney, Cliodhna Heenan, Aoife Shanahan, Lorna Irwin O’Grady, Leyla O’Connor and Brenda Wright. We hope that they enjoy being part of this popular and fun musical.

Written By Nora Tuohy