November Prayer Service
The students and staff of the Ursuline had a virtual prayer service on Monday, 23 November, in remembrance of deceased family and friends. The motif chosen for this year’s November service was leaves. Students wrote the names of loved ones they wanted to prayer for and remember on leaves which they then coloured in autumnal shades. The leaves were a reminder that although death is a part of life it is also signal of new life and growth just waiting to burst forth beyond the winter season. Thanks to all the students who did readings, prayers and reflections and to those who sang. The Prayer Service was pre-recorded and then watched by students and staff in their classes last Monday morning. A special mention must go to Caoimhe Ryan, Sixth Year, who composed a beautiful original song especially for the November service entitled ‘I’ll Remember You.’ Her performance was moving, her voice haunting and the lyrics touching and fitting for the occasion.
The Ursuline’s three National Junk Kouture Finalists 2020 made their way to Bruff last week to showcase their fabulous designs in front of the judges. The budding couturiers were ‘Barking Up the Wrong Tree’, ‘Givin’ It Welly’ and ‘Midnight Memories’. They did themselves and the School proud with the creativity, hard work and effort they displayed from the earliest days of the competition right up to this week’s National Final showcase, delayed and altered like so much else in 2020 because of Covid. Everyone is one hundred percent behind all three teams as they wait now for the final results which should be announced in the coming weeks.
The School Council were very active putting up displays to mark Thanksgiving on Thursday, 26 November. In the previous week they asked all students to decorate the international symbol for gratitude, a spiral illustrating an infinite loop which stands for everlasting appreciation. The colourful pieces formed the central part of their November Thanksgiving exhibit and by doing this all students got to focus their minds on the things they are grateful for in their lives. They also placed beautiful homemade decorations around the building to brighten up the hallways. The Fifth Year Student Councillors are planning for the Christmas season in the School starting with an Elf on the Shelf who has shiftily begun popping up around the place. They have posted clues as to where he can be found and are giving prizes to those who can locate him and return him to the office first. They are also working on other socially distanced activities over the coming weeks to get staff and students into the Christmas spirit.