November 20, 2016

Transition Year

Hair workshop

Last week the TYs got to experience a hair workshop called ‘Rootine’ by hairdresser Ann O’Reilly. General hair care and styling were all introduced to the girls, with up styles proving to be a big hit with everyone. Ann travelled from Dublin with a car boot full of heads with which the TYs got to work for the day. This fun, practical workshop was enjoyed by all.

Work Experience

All TYs got a taste of the world of work last week as they partook in their first of three weeks of work experience throughout the year. A diverse range of work placements were being explored by the students including the Irish Army, cookery schools, primary schools, stud farms and many other forms of employment. The school is always very grateful to all employers and businesses who facilitate the students’ introduction to the working world and look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return to school next week.

Fifth Year Rotary Interviews

Five Fifth Year students were selected to partake in interviews organised by the local Thurles Rotary club. The purpose of the interviews is to identify young people in our community who display leadership qualities. Those who were chosen for interview had a vast array of talents ranging from sporting skill, involvement in local charities and volunteering. The students who completed the interview process were Bridín Murphy, Ciara Nyland, Ciara Leahy, Sophie Hayes and Laurene McCarthy. Well done to all of them and many thanks to Evelyn Nevin of Thurles Rotary for facilitating everything. Congratulations to Sophie Hayes who was selected and we wish her the best of luck in the next round of interviews.

Junior Cert Results

Congratulations to TY student Erika Carroll who got 12 As in her junior Cert. Erica was awarded an upgrade in one of her subjects to bring her tally of As to the magical number of 12. It is well deserved after her dedication in preparing for her Junior Cert. She joins Gemma O’Dwyer who received 12 As when the results were first issued.

Technology Award

Well done to Jade Whelan who attained the highest grade in Ordinary Level Technology in the whole country. Jade will attend an awards ceremony this weekend in Gorey to mark her great achievement.

The Cummins Family

The whole staff and school are rooting for the Cummins family on ‘Irelands Fittest Family’. Ciara is a past pupil of the Ursuline who was very actively and successfully involved in school athletics. Best of luck to Ciara, her brothers Mark and Henry and her Dad Jim who are proving to be tenacious contestants. Fingers crossed the Cummins family can go all the way.


This week the Senior Camogie team was in action against Laurel Hill. The Ursuline beat the Limerick side 2-11 to 0-5. The Munster Championship game was played on Tuesday, 15th in Kilcolman and this win sees the Ursuline into a Munster semi-final. The final score does not accurately reflect the tough opposition Laurel Hill proved to be and the win was hard fought.
Also congratulations to all the UCT girls on the All Ireland winning minor Camogie team and Munster Intermediate team who received their medals recently at an awards night in the Anner hotel.


There were a number of hockey fixtures this week. The Senior A team won against St. Angela’s from Cork 4 – 0. The Junior As also beat St. Angela’s by 7 goals to nil. There were three different hockey teams comprising of 2nd years out on the pitches. The 2nd Year As won in their game against Kilkenny College 5 – 2. The 2nd Year B1 team also beat Kilkenny College 4 – 0. The 2nd Year B3s lost in their match to Presentation Thurles 3 – 1. There were Munster League games against Rockwell College. The Junior B’s won by 2 goals to nil. The Senior Bs also played Rockwell but were unsuccessful with Rockwell winning that encounter.


Leaving Cert student Cliodhna Heenan successfully auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra and was accepted into Desk 2 of 1st violins. Well done Cliodhna.

Chamber choir and Naomi Ryan of the Leaving Cert class of 2016 sang at the Munster High Achievers concert last weekend in the Lime Tree theatre in Mary I. Other high achievers who received their awards on the night were Avril Berlin, Galina Kennedy and Ruth Everard. Well done to all the students who achieved so highly in their Royal Irish Academy music exams.

Careers Fair

The Fifth Year students went to the Careers Fair in the CBS this week. The girls got to discuss courses and career options with the College representatives present. They spoke to people from UL, UCC, Maynooth, WIT and got lots of information on the content of the various courses on offer and picked up prospectus to peruse and research their options. Thanks to the CBS for extending the invitation to us.

Written By Nora Tuohy