Semi Finals are in motion for first and second years. First years will have six teams competing to debate the motion “That we are slaves to social media.” Proposing will be Team 1 Iseult Dundon, Lucy Butler and Katie Edwards who are up against Sorcha Mullen, Avril Macken and Eva McBrearty. Team 2 consists of Michelle Flanagan, Rebecca Hogan and Gráinne Gleeson versus Sarah Cornally, Maeve Adams and Alison Ryan. Team 3 includes Hannah Sheehy, Fiona Breslin and Laurie Twomey who take on Eilish Naughton, Lucy McCormack and Alex Halley. The two teams with the highest score progress to the final.
Second years are debating in a similar vein but on a broader canvas. Their motion “That technology has surpassed human interaction and the world will have a generation of idiots” should allow some of the wit and repartee these finalists have displayed in earlier rounds to enlighten and enchant their audience. Finalist are Team 1 Leah Phelan, Chloe O’Connell and Ellie Culliton pitted against Ella Finlay, Rebecca McCabe and Nora Jane O’Donoghue and Team 2 comprising Sara Hayden, Orlaith Ryan, Katie Ruding Barnes and Eve Corbett who take on Victoria Cottrell, Róisín Kelly, Ellen Duggan and Kelly Ann Ryan. Both of these last teams have a fourth member who acts as a researcher. The successful two teams progress to the final to be held before the Yuletide festivals get into swing.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL
The Ursuline Charities Committee have been working diligently in recent weeks. On the 9th of November, the dedicated members organised the collection of 77 Christmas Shoeboxes in aid of the Team Hope Foundation. These Christmas shoeboxes included items such as toothbrushes, soap, writing paper, colours, hats, socks, scarves, skipping ropes, balls, toy cars etc. These will be packaged up and sent to young boys and girls in Eastern Europe. Many thanks to all the students who took part and those who donated so generously. To be sure these shoe boxes have made 77 children happier this Christmas time. Thanks to the mentors Ms. Egan and Ms. O’Sullivan for all the time they have spent setting up and guiding the committee.
Build a Bank
The Ursuline build a bank team who will operate under the business name of “Bondi Bankers” kicked off the year with their open day on Thurs 24th of November. A beach themed party was held at lunch time in the M&D including a photobooth, raffle, food and a chance to open up a bank account. Local Paralympic athlete Peter Ryan made a special appearance at the open day and also gave a motivational speech to two of the TY classes. He spoke about how he deals with his visual impairment and his journey to the Paralympics in Rio last summer. The day was an overwhelming success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
On Monday Nov 21st the junior Camogie team played the first round of the Junior A championship against Coachford in Mahon. On what was a bitterly cold day both teams struggled. A strong wind aided the Ursuline girls to leave the half time score 2-3 to 0-1. In the second half Coachford were very determined but couldn’t make up for their lack of scores in the first half. The final score was Ursuline 3-8 coachford 2-3.
At the same time the first years also played their Coachford counterparts in a challenge match. The team was managed by Caoimhe Perdue and had a good win 2-1 to 1-0. The Ursuline scores came from Niamh McCormack, Holly Fitzgerald and Rachel Quinlan.
The annual fun and games to herald in the Christmas season began on Wednesday in the Sports Hall. The 5th year student counsellors enlisted three teachers to participate in the Ursuline production of ‘Teachers and Tiaras’. The teachers’ beauty pageant saw Ms. Hackett, Ms. Egan and Ms. Keating slug it out for the coveted title of Ms. Ursuline 2016. After quite a few of hilarious antics from the three contestants in the end it was Ms. Hackett who got the loudest cheers and won the crown. More Christmas cheerfulness will follow next week.
November Prayer Service
The whole school community gathered in St. Ursula’s Hall on Thursday for a Prayer Service to remember deceased family and friends. The students had been preparing for the service in the previous week by making lilies on which were written the names of those they wished to pray for in the month of the Holy souls. Throughout the service the students were reminded that the lilies placed on the cross symbolised hope and resurrection and that death should not be seen as a loss. Although the service was deeply moving there was a strong tone of hope woven through the readings, prayers and music. Thanks to the music department and the religion departments for preparing the liturgy. Many thanks also to the school Chaplain for presiding over the para liturgy.
Second Year Retreats
The second years were on retreat on Friday with Gerry Keegan. They were delighted with the day of faith, fun and reflection. Thanks to Gerry for facilitating the group and giving the girls a chance to explore their beliefs in a safe and positive way.
Ciara Kelly Showjumping
Second year student Ciara Kelly recently competed in the Pony Owners & Young Riders Charity Show. This event is the finale of the showjumping year and takes place on the October Bank Holiday weekend. It was Ciara’s first time to attend and she was working towards it all year. The Green Glens in Millstreet was the venue. Ciara’s class started at 8am on the Friday. She rode in the 148cm 1 metre competition and there were 80 in the class. Her pony Tullow Star was in great form despite the tricky, technical course. Ciara cleared the first and second round in a time of 30.10 seconds and was placed 5th in what was a thrilling competition. Well done Ciara on your showjumping success.