Science week got off to a lively start on Monday morning when Skydome Academy arrived at the school. The learning initiative was set up in Sr. Ursula’s Memorial Hall and all first year students were able to enjoy this amazing learning experience. Skydome Academy allowed the students to learn about the planets and the Solar System using interactive methodologies. After the activities, the students had a quiz based on the day and the winners will be announced next week.
Biodiversity was also a key word this week as The Green Schools’ Committee liaised with the science department in order to raise awareness of the idea of ‘biodiversity’ in conjunction with the school’s on-going work towards obtaining the next Green Flag. All junior classes watched a presentation about biodiversity and subsequently the classes had lots of fun doing a quiz on the topic.
Careers and Technology
Over 80 fifth and sixth year physics and chemistry students attended a presentation in the mobile cinema this week. The presentation was organised by Microsoft and it was aimed at encouraging students towards seeking careers in the IT and technology sector. The session was very informative and enjoyable. Students received lovely gift bags afterwards and there were many prizes given away during the presentation such as memory sticks and X-Box games.
The Concern debating team were very unlucky this week to be beaten by Loreto, Clonmel. Leah Carroll, Roisin Putti, Kora Delany and Katie Cody put forward very strong arguments as to why they felt that the people of the developed world were responsible for the poverty in the developing world, alas victory was not to be their this week but they spoke incredibly well and had researched their topic most impressively. Well done girls! The girls are not to get much rest however as they will have to start researching their next topic very quickly in order to be ready to debate against Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore. The next debate is based on the very controversial subject of AIDS. The girls will oppose the motion that “An AIDS free world will be achieved in our Lifetime”.
The Irish debating teams are currently avidly researching their debate topics as they await their first debate which will take place on the 26th of November in the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles. The junior debating team are to oppose the motion; “Ba cheart bata agus bother a thabhairt do Trappatoni” – we should get rid of Trappatoni! The girls are building their arguments at the moment; let’s hope they can find enough reasons to convince us that Trap should stay! Meanwhile the senior debate team have a very interesting topic to debate pertaining to the clothing choices of members of the Dáil and Seanad; “Tá sé ceart go mbeadh cead ag Seandóirí agus ag Teachtai Dála a rogha éadaí a chaitheamh I dTithe an Oireachtais.” Again the Ursuline team will be opposing the motion thus arguing that members of the Dáil and Seanad should not be allowed to wear whatever clothes they wish. Both teams will compete in four way debates on the 26th of November. Ádh mór oraibh!
The sixth year music class travelled to UCD this week to attend a performance of one of their Leaving Certificate pieces. The girls benefited greatly from an informative presentation about the Romeo and Juliet Overture by Tchaikovsky, this was then followed by a beautifully performed rendition of the piece. For many students it was the first time that they had attended a classical music concert and they were mesmerised by the performance.
Friday saw the sixth years enjoying a full day of retreat; the retreat was facilitated by the group “The Mustard Seed”, and was a great success. As the Leaving Certificate students contend with the pressures and taxing work of the exams it is more important for them than ever to take time to remember what is important, to learn how to find peace and calm within themselves. The retreat was undoubtedly crucial for the students at this stage of the year.
The first year hockey team had a great match against the Presentation, Thurles on Monday the 12th of November. The grilse played a very skilful game and managed to defeat the opposing 1-0. On Wednesday the 14th both the Junior A and Senior A teams played against the Crescent College Limerick. The Crescent showed great prowess on the pitch and availed of every opportunity to get ahead. Unfortunately for the Ursuline, they did get ahead! The Senior team lost 1-3 to the determined Crescent team while the Junior team put up a great battle but were beaten 1-4 by the impressive Crescent team. No doubt both the Senior and Junior teams will have many opportunities to turn those results around over the coming weeks.
The first year camogie team participated in The Tipperary Schools First Year Camogie Blitz this week. The team impressively won four matches to make it to the final. The Ursuline team met Nenagh A team in t he first match and snatched the victory by a mere point, 0-4 to 0-3. In the second match the Ursuline girls took on the Nenagh B team and scored an incredible 3 goals and 2 points to beat Nenagh by 4 points. Cashel Community School gave the team a great challenge in the third round but the Ursuline girls tirelessly fought on and scored 5 goals and 2 points while Cashel got two goals past the Ursuline goalkeeper. In the fourth round of the blitz the Ursuline took on the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles and claimed another strong victory with a scoreline of 4-1 to 2-3. Having won every match the Ursuline team reached the final and seemed to be real contenders to take the overall title, however the Nenagh A team seemed spurred on by their earlier defeat and came back with a fierce thirst for victory. Nenagh scored 2-2 while the Ursuline failed to leave a mark on the scoreboard. Although the girls didn’t win the final match they played five very exciting matches and had four very impressive wins. Great work girls!
The Ursuline Secondary School Open Night took place on Thursday the 15th of November and the number of visitors exceeded expectations. The school was buzzing as prospective parents and students looked in on the exciting experiments bubbling away in the science labs, tasted the delicious goodies baked in the kitchens, attempted a few words in French and German, met many historical figures who were roaming the corridors, perused projects and work in all subject areas, tried out some of the Project Maths equipment, spoke a little gaeilge, visited the colourful geography room, admired the beautiful artwork, gasped at the intricacies of the technology project work, learned about the religion course, got some essential information in the business studies room and had the opportunity to meet teachers in all subject areas. The students volunteered to act as tour guides for the evening and they did an excellent job as they addressed the different issues the visiting girls and their parents had. The students delighted in the opportunity to show visitors around their school and show off their class work and projects, they proved to be excellent ambassadors for the school as they gave visitors an insight into everyday life in the school.