November 24, 2017


Congratulations to Ruth Brannigan, Alannah O’Donoghue, Orlaith Ryan and Anna McCartan who came 3rd place in the open team inter-schools showjumping competition. This was held recently in Warrington Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny.

Public Speaking

Siobhán Greene, Aislinn Maher and Aoife Dempsey represented the school in Carlow Institute of Technology on November, 16. The very interesting debate was organised by the School of Construction and the first motion was ‘That the House believes we can trust construction experts.’ The Ursuline team opposed the motion with energy and enthusiasm. They succeeded in reaching the semi final. In this they proposed ‘That there is no glass ceiling for women in construction.’ It was a great day’s debating and a lovely learning experience for all thirty teams involved. Congratulations to the TY’s and to their public Speaking teacher, Ms. Quinn.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
Best wishes to the Soroptimist public speakers who will compete in Clonmel on Saturday, November 25. Those involved include Kerry Tierney, Isobel Quirk and Hannah Cahill. They will talk on the empowerment of women and how the real threat to humanity is hardened hearts and not weapons of mass destruction.

First Year Debating
There was an enthusiastic response from first years to the in house debating competition with a total of ten teams involved. The semi final was held last Monday, November 20 with Ms. Quinn overseeing the proceedings. There was some lively and colourful discussion on the motion ‘That in modern life there is no room for imagination.’
It is the turn of second years next Monday when they will discuss ‘The capital C in Christmas stands for consumerism not Christ.’

The Senior team took the road to South Tipp on Monday, November 20 to play Greenhills, Carrick-on-Suir in the Munster A Championship. Conditions were wet and heavy underfoot. The UCT girls did not let that deter them and held five point lead at half time 1-6 to 0-4. Every score was hard won and the Ursuline knew they had a lot of work to do to secure a win. Two further goals in the second half made the vital difference to see the UCT side into a Munster Quarter Final. The full time score was Ursuline 3-12 Carrick-on-Suir 0-8.

There was loads of action on the astro turf last week. Early in the week the Senior A’s held Mount Mercy to a 1-1 draw. The Junior A’s successfully beat Mount Mercy 4-0.
On Wednesday, November 22 they lost to Bandon 3-2. The Junior A’s and Minor A’s both won in their games against Bandon. The Junior A’s scored two goals to Bandon‘s no goal. The Minor A victory was an even more emphatic 4 goals to nil. The Minor A’s also won in their game against Scoil Mhuire the previous week, played in Harlequins in Cork.
First Year teams A and B played against their counterparts from Laurel Hill Coláiste and both teams came out on top 2-0.

TY Film Workshop
The first of the TY film workshops got underway this week with plenty of action and interesting characters on the corridors. This workshop, facilitated by Kilkenny based Young Irish Film Makers is always one of the high points of the TY programme.

Law Workshop
Kate Hedigan is currently giving her hugely popular law workshop to TY’s. She takes each class through the various aspects of the legal profession. She informs them about labour laws pertaining to young people. They learn about the court system and the workshop culminates in a mock court room role play. This is great fun but also extremely helpful in getting students to understand the experience of a trial or court appearance.

Green Schools
Well done to the Green Schools Committee who organised a swap shop in school on Thursday, November 23. This was done to raise awareness about all the stuff we accumulate. It also reminded the students and staff that the need to reduce, reuse and recycle is ongoing. It also gave everyone a chance to load up on free Christmas presents. There was plenty of stuff to swap and the shop certainly generated a lot of interest.

Written By Nora Tuohy