The Ursuline were delighted to welcome prospective students and their parents to the school for the annual Open Night, which took place on Tuesday, November 13. The corridors and classrooms were brimming with energy, enthusiasm and colour with students and teachers on hand to show all that the Ursuline has to offer. The first years did a tremendous job as tour guides for the evening showing sixth class and fifth class students around the school. There were interactive displays in the Science Labs, Home Economics kitchens, Technology and Tech Graphics Rooms. There a few characters to be seen around the place including Michael D. Higgins, his bodyguard, a few Suffragettes, Hogwarts wizards, a Roman Patrician, Cervantes and even Albert Einstein. The halls wafted with music provided by choirs, orchestras and a band of ukulele players strumming along to popular tunes Riptide and Despacito. The students proudly showed displays of all the many activities that happen School Council, Young Scientist, the Show, Junk Kouture, Mini Company not to mention the sports demonstrations that took place on the Astro-Turf and in the Sports Hall. Thanks to all the students and staff who were involved in making Open Night 2018 a great success.
Rotary Youth Leadership
Congratulations to TY student Alix Noonan who beat off stiff competition locally to be chosen as this year’s candidate forthe Rotary Youth Leadership. She will now represent her school and the local Rotary branch in the Regional leg of the competition.
John Paul II Awards
The Ursuline were very proud of the students who received John Paul II awards last week in the Anner Hotel. AlixNoonan, Caoimhe Meade, Orla Cornally, Erica Carroll, Aoife Meagher and Heather Ryan were recognised for the positive contribution they have made to parish and community work.
Congratulations to Ellie Ryan, Leaving Cert, who has been chosen to play with the North Munster Interprovincial Schools side. Ellie with be part of the panel who take on the South Tipperary Schools team on Friday evening.
The Senior A camogie team are into a Munster quarter final after a decisive win against Borrisokane on Monday, November 12. The final score was 1-18 to 1-3.
The first year camogie teams played in a Tipperary Schools’ blitz on Wednesday, November 14. The first team won against Cashel 3-2 to 1-2 to go through to the final against Nenagh. The second team beat both Cashel and Nenagh. Well done to the newest camogie stars to don the Ursuline jersey.
Congratulations to Emily Kavanagh, Fifth Year, has been selected for the Irish U17 Development Panel. This panel will come together a number of times this year to strengthen the squad for next year’s U18 internationals. Andrea Halley, Fifth Year, has done exceptionally well in her trials for the Irish U16 panel making it to the last 22.
Well done to the Senior As who won their first League game against Ashton in Cork, on Friday, November 9 in weather conditions that could best be described as apocalyptic.
In other hockey results the Minor As ended their game against Villiers in a nil all draw. The Minor Bs played Villiers winning 1-0.
In first year hockey results the Red team had no joy against Kilkenny College while the first year Blue team had more success beating Kilkenny College 1-0.
Those who fought and died in World War One and those who returned wounded in body, mind and spirit were remembered this week. A short prayer service recalled this important centenary of the Armistice on November 11, 1918. Included in the memorial was a reading of ‘The Fields of Flanders’ by John McCrae and a haunting rendition of the Last Post, played by two of the Ursuline’s trumpeters.
Ursuline Thurles travelled to Clonoulty last Thursday to take on St. Anne’s in the last group game of the Junior FootballChampionship. Ursuline, knowing that a win would secure them a spot in the Munster 1/4 Final duly obliged. The game proved to be a challenging contest from the outset as St. Anne’s raced to a 1-2 to no score lead in the first five minutes. But it was early days and once the Thurles side settled into the rhythm of the game they started to produce the goods. There were points from Rachel Quinlan, Jess Gleeson and a hatrickof points from Katie O Dwyer. St. Anne’s scored a further 1-2 by the twenty minute mark to keep them ahead. Ursuline, leadby captain Caoimhe McCarthy, hit a purple patch and she set up attacks for Katie O Dwyer and Niamh Shanahan who both scored impressive goals. Cathy Hogan added to the score line by running from midfield past four Tipp defenders to raise the green flag. The half time score was 3-5 to 2-4 to Ursuline. St. Anne’s started the second half by putting pressure on UCT and had put a few between the uprights before Cathy Hogan added a point for Ursuline. Kate Burke then added a further point from a tight angle. St. Anne’s grabbed a lifeline ten minutes from time by scoring a goal and were hoping to add a further goal only for the very reliable Amy Cloonan Fennelly in goalswho saved a crucial penalty. Club players, Rachel Quinlan and Kate McGrath were most impressive on the day being part of every attack and every defensive play. This duocapped off a great Ursuline performance by scoring a point and goal respectively to send the UCT side through to the Munster 1/4 final in two weeks.
The Ursuline Senior Basketball team have reached the quarter-final of the Midlands C League. They now face MoateCommunity School, determined to secure a victory and a much-coveted semi-final slot. Best of luck to the team and their coach Ms McGinley.
Shoe Box Appeal
Well done to the Charities Committee who worked in conjunction with Ms Coman’s CSPE classes to organise shoe boxes on behalf of Team Hope. This worthwhile cause sees shoebox presents being distributed to young boys and girls in developing countries. This will most likely be the only gift these poor children will receive. Thanks to all students who so generously filled and brought in shoeboxes.
Public Speaking and Debating
Junior Debating is alive and well in UCT with 30 first year teams and 20 second year teams signed up to compete in Ms Quinn’s in house debating competition. The motion up for discussion is ‘Being young is no longer fun.’ It promised to be a hotly debated, impassioned contest, as always.