Last week the school community marked the month of November by having a very moving prayer service to remember all those who have died. The symbol for the mass was the beautiful, delicate flower, the forget-me-not. Each pupil was given a paper flower on which they could write the name of people they wished to pray for. A beautiful 4D collage of these flowers was then presented for the service. Fr Pat Coffey celebrated the ceremony with the school and spoke movingly about the importance of supporting each other in times of need. The Religious Education Department had selected very touching readings and prayers with the help of the students to enrich the service. The service was made all the more poignant by the singing of the Cecilian Choir and the Senior orchestra, yet again the Music Department had chosen extremely apt pieces that deepened the meaningfulness of the service.
SECOND YEAR RETREAT
Second Year students had a full day retreat last week facilitated by Mr Jerry Keegan. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day with many commenting on the effectiveness of the meditation session. Undoubtedly it is very important for the students to develop spiritually as well as academically in school so all students made the most of this opportunity to learn new skills and reflect upon their everyday lives.
Following the regional final in Thurles a few weeks ago, three Ursuline students headed to the National Library in Dublin to participate in the Poetry Aloud National Final. Erika Carroll, a First Year student, Lucy Bell and Megan Hayes, both Second Year students, had been selected from the Poetry Aloud Regional Final. All three students performed very well on the day, however they were not placed. Well done to the girls for participating in the competition and for reaching the final.
GAEL LINN DEBATING
Congratulations to both the Senior Irish debating team and the Junior Irish Debating team on successfully getting through to the next round of the Gael Linn Irish Debating competition. The junior team debated the topic of soccer players deserving the money they earned while the senior team debated around the topic of the secondary school curriculum and its suitability to modern day life. Both teams are currently awaiting news of the next motions and fixtures.
The Concern debating team is currently researching the whole issue of GM foods and whether or not they are key to the fight against world hunger. The Ursuline team is to oppose the motion against Our Lady’s Secondary School in Templemore next Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock in Templemore.
This year nine teams are entering the MILK IT! Competition. The competition is being run by the National Dairy Council in order to promote an awareness of the importance of dairy in the diet. Each team has to script, shoot and edit a three minute film to pitch their ideas for an advertising campaign to the judges. It is a national competition and only 100 entries will be chosen to go forward to the next round.
Transition Year students also enjoyed a very educational and fun drama workshop this week. The workshop was run by the Gaiety School Acting and each Transition Year group had a half day workshop during which they learned about characterisation, scripting and acting technique. All group produced a short drama at the end of their workshop.
FIRST YEAR TIPERARY CAMOGIE (A) BLITZ
Congratulations to the First Year Camogie team and their coach Ms O’Friel who won out the Tipperary Camogie A Blitz last week after a day of stiff competition. The Ursuline team had to play four matches to qualify for the final. The first match took place against Presentation Thurles; the Ursuline girls got off to a great start by winning the match 3-5 to 0-1. The next team they had to face on the pitch was St Mary’s in Nenagh( Second team). Again the Ursuline First Year students played a skilful game to take the victory 6-6 to 0-0. It was St Mary’s again for the next match but this time it was against their first team. It was a very close match with both teams matching each other score for score, the final whistle settled on a draw; 2-1 to both teams. The final qualifying match was played against Killaloe, again the Ursuline girls showed great determination and spirit. The final score was 2-4 to 0-0, thus ensuring the girls a place in the final. For the final it was the Presentation, Thurles against the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles. Despite having played four great matches at this stage of the day, the Ursuline girls gave it everything for the final. Their skill on the pitch was difficult to contain and they won convincingly, 11-2 to 1-2. Well done to all the teams and students who participated in what was a very enjoyable day of sport.
On Wednesday, November 20 there were four hockey matches played against Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick. The Senior A team had a might battle on their hands but managed a very respectable 1-1 draw. Meanwhile the Junior A team lost their match against Crescent, 3-1 despite playing a very good game. The Second Year B1 team was also unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Crescent in a very close match. However the First Year Yellow team had a more successful day as they had a 2-1 win, which was quite an achievement as it was their first competitive game.
The Senior B team was also on the pitch this week to play the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles. It was an action packed match with numerous goals scored. The Ursuline team snatched victory with a 4-3 finish.
The Senior Basketball team had a very nail-biting finish to the Regional Midlands Semi-Final against Clonaslee. Both teams were very evenly matched so there was never a dull moment during the match. When the final whistle sounded the Ursuline team was 1 point ahead thus securing a place in the final, the final result; 34 to 33. Good luck to the team in the final.