November 19, 2020

Ursuline TYs had a ‘School of Life’ workshop last week facilitated by Professional Etiquette Consultant, Michelle Harding. It was both practical and expansive, covering life skills, social skills, communication skills, table manners, the art of polite conversation, dinner etiquette, appropriate dress, tips on how to pact the perfect suitcase, how to iron correctly, personal grooming and presentation. The students loved Michelle’s pleasant manner and practical advice peppered with anecdotes and stories from her own life experience. She told them how Walt Disney compiled a customer service manual for his employees which included the five foot, ten-foot rule on greeting customers. She also explained how important customer care is during the pandemic, as the friendly face on the shop floor or at the counter might be the only one that some people, particularly those living alone, might see in the day. Thanks to Michelle for her great work in highlighting the importance of etiquette and reminding the students that good manners are always appreciated.

Leaving Cert Birthday Bash
Covid 19 has cut swathe across so many social gatherings since March and many milestones have been missed and postponed as a result. This is why Ursuline Principal Ms Butler, aided and abetted by the two DPs Ms Slattery and Ms Gleeson and the Sixth Year Student Councillors threw a collective 18th birthday party for everyone in Sixth Year on Wednesday, 18 November. That was the day that the whole Year group turned 18. The gathering took place at lunchtime in the General Assembly Area. There was music, banners, badges, buns, sweets, all the usual birthday fare. Hot food and a massive chocolate biscuit cake were provided by Ms Butler to mark all the significant birthdays Leaving Cert students missed because of lockdown, that they could not share with their friends. A cracking good time was had by all and everyone felt it was a good lift to the spirits as life has taken on a bit of a dull pallor these days with so many social gatherings and activities restricted. Thanks to Ms Butler and the Sixth Year Student Councillors who organised this bash, it was fun and a collective birthday party to remember.

Bloody Sunday Remembered
On Friday, 20 November the students and staff of the Ursuline wore GAA jerseys or their county or club colours to mark the centenary of Bloody Sunday. The School remembered the victims who died as a result of the Crown forces opening fire on spectators gathered to watch the Tipp and Dublin footballers in Croke Park. Even the international students wore jerseys borrowed from their host families. However, Fifth Year History student Francesca from Italy was a bit more innovative. She painted her own Tipperary jersey on a white t-shirt so as to be able take part in the commemoration. In conjunction with this the School Council also decided to raise money for that other very Irish and much loved institution, Dublin Zoo. Students were asked to make a donation and everyone was extremely generous with €1255 being contributed to help save the Zoo. Thanks to everyone who supported this worthy cause.

Written By Nora Tuohy