November 26, 2012


Students of the Ursuline class of 2012 excelled yet again this week, the school was informed that four students are to receive Entrance Exhibition Awards. Harriet Byrne, Gillian O’Donovan, Rachel McKevitt and Deirdre Meehan are to be recognised for their high performance in their Leaving Certificate Examination. The students are to receive their awards at an upcoming reception in Trinity College. Staff and students wish to extend their congratulations to the aforementioned students and to wish them success in their future studies in Trinity College Dublin.


Last weekend marked a very successful weekend for the Ursuline public speaking team. Three girls from the Ursuline participated in the Clonmel Park Hotel in order to be chosen to represent the Clonmel District. Leah Murphy, Ava Meagher and Ciara Maguire set off for Clonmel on the 17th of November to proudly represent the Ursuline Secondary School. In all there were 13 competitors vying for 2 winner titles and a substitute place for the Regional Final. Ciara Maguire, a sixth year student, fought off stiff competition to be selected as one of the winners. The value that Ciara had chosen to discuss was “Advancing Women’s Potential”, once she had chosen this value she was then given a topic to prepare. Ciara’s speech was based on the Simone Weil quote “The most important part of teaching is to teach what it is to know.” Ciara will now go on to the Regional Final which will take place in February in Clonmel. Congratulations to Ciara, Ava and Leah on representing the school and performing so well.


LawEd: Interactive Transition Year Law Programme

Transition year students were extremely busy this week as they all participated in Law workshops facilitated by Kate Hedigan, a former Ursuline student. LawEd have put together a basic legal course that is targeted at 15-18 year olds. The course is very interactive and aims at informing students in relation to criminal responsibility, the realities of getting a criminal record, the Irish court system and the Irish prison system. In addition the course gives students an insight into the dangers of social networking and privacy issues that arise from social media in our everyday lives. Furthermore students are able to participate in mock trial in order to help them understand legal procedures; this was particularly interesting for those who are thinking of pursuing a career in law after school. The students thoroughly enjoyed the course and were shocked by the consequences that they learned of in relation to careless social networking. Students also felt that the course gave them the confidence to know how to react correctly in different circumstances. Apparently there are now quite a few aspiring lawyers among the TY cohort thanks to Kate’s inspiring workshop.

Junior Dragon’s Den

Two TY Mini-Companies participated in the Dragons’ Den competition that took place this week in Hotel Kilkenny. Second-level students from the region were shortlisted in order to be able to avail of the opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial ideas for Junior Dragon’s Den. One of the Ursuline companies is among the twenty companies who are to go forward to the national final which will take place on the 8th of December in Dublin.

The two ideas were quite inspiring, the first product is an Irish board game aimed at promoting the learning of Irish in a fun way. The game is called “Cad é Seo” and is aimed at seven year old students and up. The game is ideally played by between two to six players. The ingenious students who designed this game are Sarah Fogarty, Claire Fitzpatrick, Emma Ryan, Cartriona Skehen and Tréise Gleeson. Unfortunately this product was not selected to feature in the national final.

The second product is an Irish gift box that is targeted at the tourists who are going to come to Ireland for The Gathering. The students who designed this brilliant product are Aileen Ryan, Ellen Lanigan, Aoife Phelan and Aine O’Brien. The box includes many Irish essentials such as shamrock, Irish chocolate, Tayto and many other typical Irish products. In addition to products the box also includes some key Irish phrases and important cultural keepsakes. Congratulations to the girls as they were chosen by the Dragons to participate in the national final.

Work Experience

The Transition Year students really had a busy week especially as they were just returning to class after their first module of work experience. Overall the girls benefited from a diverse range of exciting and challenging work experience placements. The students did their work experience in veterinary clinics, hospitals, primary schools and TV3 studios. One Student even went as far as South Africa on the Niall Mellon Project as part of her work experience. The students returned to classes this week quite excited about what they had learned and about the responsibilities they had been entrusted with during the week. Many thanks to all the employers who were so accommodating and encouraging during the week.



There were numerous hockey matches this week as the hockey season is in full swing. There were three matches against Castletroy College . Two first year teams went head to head with two Castletroy first year teams. The First year hockey team (Spain) were unlucky to be defeated 1-0 after a very taxing match. Meanwhile another first year team (Portugal) also took on a first year Castletroy team, the Ursuline girls were convincing winners as they beat their adversaries 3-0. Second year B3 team played the Castletroy B3 team but were pipped at the post in a 1-0 loss. However the B2 team had a very powerful win against the Castletroy B2 team, the Ursuline girls dominated the match from the start and managed a 6-0 victory.

On the 21st of November three Ursuline Secondary School teams played against Bandon Grammar School. It was indeed a great day as all three teams were victorious. The second year A team won their match 2-0 while the Junior A team mercilessly claimed a 5-0 victory. The Senior A team also took on the Bandon Grammar School team and won 4-2. Undoubtedly these results are most positive as the hockey teams seem to be having another great season to follow last year’s huge achievements.

Finally two Ursuline teams faced Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh on Thursday the 22nd of November. The Junior B2 team were sure winners as they scored 4 goals against the Limerick team to win 4-0. The first year team (France) also had a mesmerizing triumph when they defeated Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh 8-0. Overall a great week for the hockey teams, let’s hope it continues for the rest of the season.


The camogie team played in the Junior B Championship this week and the result was devastating as they were beaten in extra time by a mere point by Carrick-on-Shannon. After a gruelling match whereby both teams managed to score 2 goals and 5 points during full time, the match went to extra time. The evenly matched teams slogged it out to the bitter end but alas Carrick-on-Shannon narrowly beat the Ursuline girls when they send a point over the bar to snatch the game. Hard luck girls.

Equestrian Competition

The equestrian team had a great weekend in Warrington, Kilkenny as they competed in another round of the Inter-Schools Showjumping Competition. The team were placed 3rd overall which was a remarkable achievement. Brona Dowling, Becky Coonan, Megan Hayes and Jo Madden represented the Ursuline Secondary School next weekend. Brona had a double clear round on her pony April Pearl, Becky also had a double clear on her pony Bailey, as did Megan on her pony Levi and Jo finished off the high standard set by the others by junking a double clear round on her pony Piper. Brona and Becky both went forward in a jump off for a speed round and both got clear rounds achieving a fast time. Great jumping girls!

Written By Nora Tuohy