November 22, 2019

Kate Ryan, Irish U16 Hockey
Congratulations to Kate Ryan, Third Year, who got the call up last week for the Irish U16 Training Panel. Kate, has been attending trials since before the mid-term break. She is fantastically dedicated to her sport and it is great to see that her hard work and training has been rewarded.

Mission Day
The Leaving Certs in the Ursuline always do a superb job each year in organising Mission Day. The money collected, through fun antics on the day, goes directly to Sr Claire Ursula, a Thurles missionary from the Convent working in Kenya. This year they outdid themselves by putting on a ‘Ladies Day at the Races.’ There had plenty of stalls and activities set out for the other years and teachers to enjoy such as pin the tail on the horse, bouncy castles, face painting, a glow disco, a guess the caption competition and much more besides. The style stakes were incredibly high with teachers and Leaving Cert students putting on their finery for the ‘Best Dressed’ Competition. The races themselves were more human than equine with a slow race, walked at a glacial pace. The joint winners were Ms Bourke and Ms Hogan, crossing the finish line in a dead heat. Ms Cregan and Mr English left the rest of the field in tatters in the piggy back race. Despite putting in quite a bit of pre-race training Mr McGlynn and Mr Kirby never got going in the three legged race, finishing poorly in last place. The races were followed by a catwalk show to find the best home-made creative headpiece from among the Sixth Years. There were some lovely hats and renowned milliner Alison Roe travelled to UCT especially to do the judging. The overall winner was a colourful origami creation designed and worn by Fiona Guidera.
Ms Egan won the best teachers hat with a Christmas inspired wide brimmed tinsel trimmed sun hat festooned with twinkle lights. Thanks to the Leaving Certs who did a fantastic job putting on Mission Day and making it so memorable. Thanks also to their Year Head Ms Bourke who kept them motivated and encouraged them in all their ideas.

Geography Bake Off
The Geography Department ran a Great Geography Bake Off open to all students on Monday, 18 November to mark Geography Week. There was great excitement as the mouthwatering mountains, volcanoes, land masses and landscapes were exhibited at lunchtime. The number of entries was phenomenal with over 30 cakes of all geographical descriptions presented for judging. Ms Gaynor from the Home Economic Department was in the unenviable position of having to pick a Junior and Senior winner. In the end Sixth Year student Saoirse Ryan’s Poulnabrone Dolmen set on the karst landscape of The Burren won in the Senior category. The Junior category winner was a highly imaginative and realistic earthquake cake complete with car being swallowed up by a massive vault line, baked by Joy McAteer and Hannah Murphy. Other activities during the week included a scavenger hunt on Wednesday and on Thursday at lunch time there was a fun Stop the Geography Bus which was won by Gráinne Callanan, Second Year.

Hockey Results
There are a number of hockey results from the last couple of weeks. The Junior As beat the Presentation from Brandon. The Senior Bs and Minor Bs had no joy against Loreto Clonmel.
The Senior As had a great win against Regina Mundi from Cork finishing out the game 4-2. The Junior As won their Regina Mundi clash impressively beating the Leesiders 4-0.
Last week First Years, Senior and Junior As were away to Mount Mercy on Wednesday, 20 November. The home advantage proved a challenge on this occasion and the Junior As succumbed 2-1 while the Senior As had to content themselves with a 0-0 draw. The First Years played their hearts out to win 1-0, Rosie O’Grady finding the net for UCT.

Comhairle na nÓg
The Ursuline was well represented at the recent Comhairle Na Nóg meeting of the Tipperary branch. The students in attendance included Julia McConnell, Ava O’Dwyer, Claudia O’Brien and Aoife Curran. Julia McConnell and Aoife Curran were selected for the current Committee. Comhairle Na Nóg is a Tipperary Youth Council and this year’s Committee, is under the Chairmanship of Sixth Year student, Aishlinn Maher. Other Ursuline students in attendance included Siobhán Green, Sixth Year and Jessica Skeffington, Second Year.

TY Work Experience
The TYs were on the first of their Work Experience placements last week. They will do three in total over the course of the year. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to experience life in the workforce and sample careers they have an interest in. Thanks to all employers who have taken on Ursuline work experience students, it is greatly appreciated.

CBS Show
Following on from auditions twelve TY students have been chosen to take part in the CBS Show in January. Quite a few will be taking on lead roles with the others singing in the Chorus. Well done to Anna Derby, Eva McBrearty, Avril Macken, Antonia Kevin, Anna Grace, Kate Lawlor, Julie McConnell, Ella Murphy, Aoibhinn Quirke, Avril Clohessy, Aoife Curran and Kate Grogan. Best of luck to the Ursuline girls and to the entire production team in the CBS. They always put on a great show.

Written By Nora Tuohy