UCD Entrance Exhibition Awards
Notification was received last week of Entrance Scholarships for Eight Leaving Cert students who achieved 560 points or more in Leaving Cert. Gillian Burke, Ellen Fitzpatick, Laura Kennedy, Phoebe Lambe, Jenny Morrissey and Kate Spillane will all receive their Entrance Scholarships in a ceremony in the O’Reilly Hall on Thursday next, November 17.
In addition, Kate Walsh and Clodagh Nash will receive an Academic High Achiever Award and Clodagh also receives a Bord Na Gaeilge Scholarship. Well done to all.
Susie Osborne, who is studying Medicine, receives an Entrance Scholarship Award in a ceremony the following week.
Niamh Kearney in Kenya
Towards the end of the last academic year, the school organised a crazy sock day in aid of the charity Mission Direct to raise money for their projects in Africa. Sixth Year student, Niamh Kearney, travelled to Kenya during the summer to do volunteer work with Mission Direct. She was helping with construction work at a school. She and many other young volunteers were building dormitories to improve the sleeping and living conditions for the impoverished children who attend a school in the village of Nkapili. The desire of young Kenyan people to be educated against overwhelming social and financial odds struck a cord with Niamh. She can still vividly remember the children in the school singing a song everyday entitled ‘God help me with my education’.
Before travelling to the remote area of Nkapili, Niamh spent a few days in the small but densely populated city of Narok. Here Niamh says she met amazing, inspirational people who were warm and welcoming despite the hardship of their lives. She witnessed the extreme poverty of this developing country. She met street children, some as young as six, whose parents did not have the room for them in overcrowded homes nor the financial resources to take care of them. She heard the stories of young women who had been forced into marriage and were now trying to eek out a living for themselves and their children by making beaded jewellery, footwear and clothes. Mission Direct was helping the women to market their produce and was also providing education for the women and their children.
During her short time in Kenya, Niamh visited many places where Mission Direct has already completed projects such as the Bomet Primary School for mixed ability learning, Stephanie and Aaron’s street boys project, the fountain of life church and women’s circle, Mission with a Vision girls refuge and St. Peters HIV home based care project.
Since returning to school Niamh has given a PowerPoint presentation to all Sixth Year classes talking enthusiastically about her experience volunteering in Kenya. She had an incredible time, got to meet incredible people, and did incredibly valuable work. She really is an incredible girl and the whole school is very proud of you Niamh .
A Doll’s House
Last week fifty students in Sixth year headed to the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge to see a production of Ibsen’s iconic play A Doll’s House. The play is being studied as a single text by some classes and for other Sixth Year’s it is one of their three comparative texts. The students really enjoyed the play and many were extremely impressed with the depiction of Torvald Helmer. They also noticed many clever changes in dialogue making the play more relevant to modern day audiences. The theatre visit was a refreshing way to revise the text and the girls could enjoy watching it acted out live on stage, the way Ibsen intended. It was a great evening and thanks to the English teachers who organised it.
Junior Football Championship
The Ursuline Junior Ladies Football team won a very important championship game this week against Carrigaline, Cork. The match was played in Ballyporeen and the final whistle score was Ursuline 11-15 to 0-9 to the Lee-siders. There was great play from all the team with Niamh Keane and Emer Heffernan proving particularly decisive in the battle. Marian Gilmore also scored well for UCT. This win, and given that Kinsale have pulled out of the competition, sees the Ursuline through to the Munster semi final. Well done to all players and to coaches Mr. McLoughlin and Mr. Kirby.
R.I.A.M. High Achievers Concert
As a result of their excellent marks in the R.I.A.M Choir Examinations last May, the Chamber Choir was invited to take part in the Munster High Achievers Concert on Sunday last in Limerick. This dedicated group of singers await word as to whether they will sing at the All Ireland High Achievers Concert in Dublin before Christmas. Well done to all and to their conductor, Ms Butler.
Many individual students also received High Achiever status and one of last year’s Sixth Years, Naomi Ryan, also participated in this concert. Naomi is now studying Music in Maynooth University.
The Basketball players were out in action against old rivals Còláiste Iosagain, Portarlington this week in both the U16 and U19 Bs. It was a narrow victory for both UCT teams. In the U16 B game the Ursuline girls won by a single score: 28 points to Portarlington’s 27. The U19 Bs finished on a final tally of 27 to Portarlington’s 24. Well done to both teams and to Ms. O’Friel their coach.