November 12, 2012

The school was very proud to get word this week of three leaving Certificate students of the class of 2012, receiving UCD Entrance Scholars Awards. Nicola Cleary, Jane Holohan and Jenna Pierse are to be recognised for their academic achievement, UCD students who receive this award achieved 540 points or more in their Leaving Certificate Examination. UCD offer these awards in order to recognise exceptional students. The staff and students of the Ursuline are undoubtedly very proud of Nicola, Jane and Jenna’s remarkable achievement in being among the highest achievers who entered UCD this year; furthermore both staff and students wish the girls well during their university studies. The awards are to be presented on the 15th of November in O’Reilly Hall in UCD. The school are also to receive a commemorative plaque in recognition of this great achievement.


The Regional Heat of the Poetry Aloud Competition took place in the Ursuline Secondary School on Tuesday the 6th of November. This poetry requires participants to recite poetry from well known poets while exhibiting a deep insight into the meaning of the poems. The school was delighted to welcome numerous other schools who were participating, namely Colaiste Mhuire, Gaaelcholaiste Cheitinn, Mountrath Community School, Presentation Secondary School, Scoil Ruain and St. Mary’s, Newport. The standard of the competition was very high indeed and was a real credit to all of the schools involved.

Four students from the Ursuline were successful in the Regional heats and will now proceed to the Semi-final that will take place in the National Library at the end of the month. Maeve Putti, Leah Carroll, Mary Claire Fitzgerald and Aoife Phelan wowed the judges with their renditions and undeniably deserved to continue forward to the next stage. Well done girls and good luck in the Semi-final.


The students really are a most articulate lot at the moment! Apart from the preparations for Poetry Aloud, students have also been extremely busy preparing for different Public Speaking competitions. This year the Soroptimist Public Speaking team is comprised of Ciara Maguire, Ava Meagher and Leah Murphy. At the moment they are perfecting their speeches for their first round which will take place on Saturday the 17th of November in Clonmel.

In addition Lauren Moore, Carina O’Brien, Roisin Putti and Aoife Phelan are getting ready for the Mental Health Project competition. The girls have already made great progress in relation to the project and are most committed.


The Concern Debating team will be competing in their second debate against Loreto, Clonmel this week. The debate is to take place in the Ursuline Secondary School at 8pm on Tuesday the 13th. The Ursuline team is proposing the motion that “The people of the developing world are responsible for the poverty in the developing world.” After a unanimous win in the first debate the team are hoping to carry the motion this week, let’s hope the hours of research they’ve done have furnished them with enough information to defend their side of the motion and refute any contrary arguments. Leah Carroll will captain the team again while Roisin Putti, Kora Delany and Katie Cody will make formidable allies in the debate.


Just as the curtains came down on the Ursuline musical The CBS started preparation for their production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. The auditions took place on Tuesday last week and many Ursuline Transition year students warmed up their vocals for the taxing process. Twelve Ursuline students were successful in getting parts in the chorus while three students took lead roles. Claire Fitzpatrick got the main female part of the beautiful but ditzy Audrey while Irene O’Sullivan and Claire Russell were both cast as Ronettes, drop out school girls who act as a Greek chorus and provide commentary on the happenings during the musical. Best wishes to the cast as they get ready for their production.



Two equestrian teams competed in Punchestown last Sunday in the Inter-Schools Showjumping competitions. Molly Irwin, Brona Dowling and Becky Coonan made up the first team while the second team was composed of Megan O’Leary, Jo Madden and Roisin Dowling. Although the teams were not placed they rode very well with Molly getting a clear round on her pony Annie, Brona and Roisin only knocked one pole each on their ponies April Pearl and Sweet Sugar Plum respectively. Becky and her mount Bailey were unfortunate to have two stops while Jo knocked two poles on her pony Pluto. Megan fell off her pony Levi on the last jump but thankfully she wasn’t injured.


The hockey teams began the league season with great gusto this week as they met Laurel Hill Colaiste, Limerick in the first round of the Hockey Schools League. The Senior A team had a very convincing victory as they finished on a 4-0 score. The girls played exceptionally well and didn’t let any opportunity pass them by. Undoubtedly this bodes very well for the rest of the season.

The Junior A team were equally impressive as they beat Laurel Hill Colaiste 6-0. The Junior girls showed great skill and determination as they benefited from every available ball and ensured a strong win. This team are definitely one to watch for the rest of the year.

Two Second year teams also played on the same day, however they took on Villiers. Both the A and B team won their matches. The Second year A team won 3-1 after a very entertaining match while the Second year B team defeated Villiers 4-0. Great results indeed.

The First year A team also played their first League match, a rather daunting experience for this young team. They put on a great show and scored 2 very good goals but alas it was not enough to ensure victory on the day as Villiers managed to get 4 goals. However the girls proved themselves to be very focussed and committed, traits that will no doubt ensure success this season.

Written By Nora Tuohy