November 22, 2018

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Alix Noonan, Fifth Year, has been chosen as the overall Regional winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2018. Alix was selected to represent the Thurles Rotary Club. She beat off stiff competition from seven other finalists from Limerick, Westmeath and Galway to win. Alix, along with Rotary winners from the other regions, will now go on the trip of a lifetime to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg where she will meet MEP’s. The prize also includes a trip to the Dáil and Aras an Uachtarain. Alix batted some tough questions from the four judges on a wide range of topics including the EU, Brexit and the environment. She was asked about her diverse range of interests and her volunteer work with Two-Mile-Borris parish John Paul II group and her involvement in building a grotto in the area. They were also interested in Alix’s Junk Kouture entry, Man Vs Nature, which incorporated the idea of the damage human beings are doing to the natural world. She was questioned about her with meeting President Michael D. Higgins last year when she spoke with him about the conservation work being undertaken at Cabragh Wetlands. Congratulations Alix on this fantastic achievement.

Ursuline was thrilled to chalk down a provincial victory for Tipperary at the FAI Futsal Munster Final on Tuesday, 20 November in WIT. It is onwards and upwards for this very talented team of first year footballers as they now get set to represent Munster at the National Final stage of this Post Primary Schools competition. It was a nail biting finish with the Ursuline girls winning against Blarney on penalties. The National Final will be played at the beginning of December. The very best of luck to this bunch of girls who are making history, being the first Ursuline team to reach a national soccer final.

Ellie Ryan, Sixth Year, has secured a place on the Munster camogie team after last weekend’s clash between North Munster and South Munster. She will now represent Munster in the School’s Interprovincial Camogie competition that takes place in Abbotstown on Saturday, November 24. Well done Ellie.

Ursuline First Year teams who recently competed in the Tipperary A Blitz

Build A Bank
There was an incredible buzz around the school at lunchtime on Friday, 16 November with the arrival of Instagram Influencer and Ireland’s fittest family contestant Oskar Lapinski. Oskar very kindly agreed to launch this year’s Ursuline Bank. The bank with it’s fun, catchy logo., ‘Just Bank’, aims to energise economic activity in the school by encouraging students to save vigorously in the weeks and months ahead. The bank is run by TY students, Orla Cornally, Shauna Durack, Eve Corbett, Amy Cloonan Fennelly, Ella Burke and Jean Grace. This enthusiastic team hope to go far in this year’s AIB Build a Bank competition. They certainly got off to a flying start on Friday and long may they continue to press ahead with their thrift promoting strategies.

The Senior As drew 1-1 against Regina Mundi on Wednesday, 21 November. The Junior As notched up a great 3-0 victory against the same Cork side Regina Mundi.

Green Schools
The Green Schools Committee have been working hard over the last while collecting used batteries for the Laura Lynn Foundation. In all they accumulated 30 boxes for this most worthy of causes. They have also been busy conducting a survey on the scourge of single use water bottles. They discovered that on average 53% of students bring this type of plastic bottle to school. They are hoping to encourage their fellow Ursuline’s to commit to using reusable water bottles as one of these is the equivalent of a staggering 168 single use bottles.
On foot of the hugely successful Swap Shop that happened around this time last year the Green Schools will be undertaking this venture again. This is in an effort to get everyone to be more conscious about the amount of stuff that we have and the amount of stuff that we buy particularly at this consumer frenzied time of the year.

Public Speaking
Victoria Cotterell, Fifth Year, won the local heat of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition held in Nenagh on Saturday, 17 November. The two other Ursuline contestants were fellow Fifth Year students Ellie Culliton and Ciara McConnell. Victoria spoke for six minutes on an Eleanor Roosevelt quote, ‘No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent.’ Included in her speech were topical issues such as bullying, social media, surviving trauma and coming out the other side stronger, more resolute. She mentioned Opray Winfrey as an example of the in dominatable human spirit. Victoria now goes on to compete for Tipperary in the Regional final scheduled for January.
Public Speaking team of Anna Bradish, Aoife Dempsey, Aislinn Maher and Kaja Gorwa reached the semi-final stage of Carlow Institute of Technology Built Environment debate. The opening motion dealt with the very topical issue of the role of the construction industry in tackling the homelessness crises. The students equipped themselves admirably in this first round and reached the highly competitive semi-final stage. In this section of the competition they had thirty minutes to research and write two speeches proposing that the construction industry should lead the way in addressing climate change. Well done to all those involved who researched, wrote and spoke so well within a very tight time-frame.

TY Trip to Lar na Pairce
Ms Bourke organised a trip for the TY’s to visit the GAA museum, Lar na Pairce, which is right on our doorstep. They had a very interesting time learning about the founding of the organisation and its cultural and sporting significance in Irish life over the last century. They got to browse GAA memorabilia and learn all about Gaelic games in days gone by. Thanks to Ms Bourke for organising this tour and to Liam O’Donoghue for introducing the students to this slice of GAA history.



Marie Keating Foundation Talk
Thanks to Eileen O’Riordan, a nurse with the Marie Keating Foundation, who came to the school last week to speak to senior classes about Cancer prevention. It was a valuable, informative presentation. The students were reminded that skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Ireland and told of the necessity of protecting against the harmful UVA rays that cause long term skin damage. Eileen informed them of the dangers of smoking which causes not only lung cancer but is linked to throat, bladder, mouth, oesophageal, bladder and pancreatic cancer. She highlighted the link between excessive alcohol consumption and cancer. Also mentioned was the importance of diet and exercise in cancer prevention, with the staggering figure that 3,400 cancers in the UK could be deterred each year just through keeping active. She encouraged the students to form good exercise habits now so that it becomes part of their normal day. She ended on a positive note by mentioning that there are 138,000 cancer survivors in Ireland thanks to early detection, improved treatments and better information on living more healthily to keep cancer and other illness at bay.

Written By Nora Tuohy