Tipperary Schools Cross Country
The Ursuline finished first place overall in the Tipperary Schools Cross Country held in Thurles Crokes on Tuesday, 26 November. It was a great day out for all teams. There was a worry beforehand that it might not go ahead due to the amount of rainfall recently. However, in true mud lark fashion, the show did go on and started off with the Minor girls 1200m race. It was a silver for UCT in this event. Next up was the Junior race, run over the same distance. It was very close with Kate Fercombe leading the field all the way around to win in comprehensive style with Orla Ryan putting in a fine run for the silver medal position. The Junior teams won gold, silver and bronze team medals which is a first at this Competition. Next up was the Intermediate and Camille Ryan lead these athletes to a well deserved bronze medal. The Senior team will be competing in the south east Munsters in February and the positions of the teams in the points race meant that Ursuline won the overall trophy for the best girls school in Tipperary! Well done to all involved and many thanks to coach Mr McDonnell.
TY Film Studies
The TY Film Studies Workshop is always a really popular event on the Transition Year calendar. The workshop facilitated by the Young Irish Film Makers based in Kilkenny go through the entire process of what it takes to make a film. The students are responsible for the story, the characters, plot, script, setting the scenes, costumes, shooting, sound, lighting, editing and production. The TY first film of the year was shot by Room 32 bringing a festive feel to the corridors with Santa hats, twinkling lights and an original story about a girl whose touch turned everything Christmassy.
Congratulations to the Ursuline Senior Ladies Footballers who secured a two-point victory over Coláiste na Déise in the Munster Schools Championship. The Tipp girls played the Dungarvan side on Thursday, 21 November with a Munster 1/4 final spot for the winner. UCT started well but failed to convert a number of superb chances before Rachel Quinlan and Chloe Slattery grabbed a goal each. Eimear McGrath, Chloe Slattery and Erin Bourke all added to the score line with a point apiece.. In the mean time Dungarvan had responded with 1-3. Niamh O Dwyer for Ursuline then hit top form and struck 2-1 within five minutes to extend the lead. Not to be outdone Dungarvan raised the green and white flag before Kate O Conner for Ursuline received a quick pass from Aoibhinn Fanning and struck the back of the net. Half time score was 5-4 to 2-4. With conditions worsening play was difficult for both sides in the second half. Dungarvan started well and had four points scored within ten minutes. Although there was equal possession the Ursuline could not seem to convert to scores. With five minutes on the clock Dungarvan grabbed their third goal to leave only a two point deficit between the teams. UCT finally got their first score of the half when Eimear Mc Grath pointed from a placed ball. Dungarvan scored another point near the end of full time and set up a nervous few minutes of injury time. Stephanie Dwan nearly secured the win only for her shot hitting the woodwork but the team managed to ward off any last minute Dungarvan resurgence and the final score was Ursuline 5-5 Dungarvan 3-9. It has been a great term for Ursuline Football as the Senior team and both Junior teams have all progressed to the Munster 1/4 finals. The Senior Team will play Ennis, Clare, the Junior 1 team will play Youghal, Cork and the Junior 2 will play Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.
John Paul II Awards
The John Paul II Awards in recognition of Parish, Community and Social Involvement continue to go from strength to strength each year. At the award ceremony on Thursday, 21 November in the Anner the Ursuline had many students receiving Papal Crosses, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Well done to Orla Cornally and Alix Noonan who both achieved their Papal Cross this year, the highest John Paul 11 Award. There were several Gold medalists including Áine Nyland, Caitlín Power, Eva Morrissey, Makayala O’Donnell, Orla Ryan, Michelle Bergin and Cora Norton. These students completed twenty weeks working in their parishes and twenty weeks volunteering in their communities. Aisling Hickey, Fifth Year, received her Silver medal and Anna Bradish, Sixth Year a Bronze Medal. The Awards were presented by Donal Walsh’s mother Elma who spoke about Donal and the contribution he made in his Parish and local community despite his illness and short life. She highlighted the importance of encouraging and enabling young people to participate in their localities in order to enhance and sustain them. Well done to all students for their ongoing commitment to Awards and to Mr Murphy, the School co-ordinator of the John Paul II Awards.
Say It Workshop
TYs had their annual Say It workshop delivered by those working in the Rape Crises Centre in Kilkenny. They learned about sexual health, sexual violence and keeping themselves safe. A really practical Programme given by those who work in the area of women’s health.
Junior Certs Study Skills Seminar
Junior Cert students had a study skills seminar prepared and delivered by their teachers last Thursday, 28 November. Students were asked to think about the type of learner they are whether that is visual, auditory, kinesthetic or read/write learner. The teachers spoke about the characteristics of each and what methods best suited each type. They gave them tips for staying on top of work, staying motivated, planning and organisation. It was a very beneficial workshop that also dealt with student well being issues such as managing stress and taking care of themselves at busy times.
There was a nice atmosphere at lunchtime on Thursday when many members of staff joined students for a bite to eat in celebration of Thanksgiving. The accompanying musical of ABBA certainly lifted the spirits and it was a really good beginning to the festive season. There will be more craic to come with Christmas activities organised by Fifth Year School Councillors starting this week to count us into the holidays.