Anna Bradish Wins EU Soapbox Public Speaking
Anna Bradish, Fifth Year, is the National Winner of the EU Soapbox Public Speaking Competition. Anna represented both her school and region in the final on Tuesday, November 27 held in the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin. She spoke with great confidence in front of Minister for State, Seán Kyne, EU representatives and politicians from across the political spectrum. Anna was not one bit fazed by either the four person judging panel or the esteemed audience. Her speech, a spirited defence of European elections, contained many fine points delivered with the right mixture of aplomb and gusto. Her prize includes money and a trip to Brussels for a most deserving winner.
November Prayer Service
The whole school gathered together on Monday, November 26 for a prayer service for the holy souls. The theme for this para liturgy was ‘Light in the Darkness’ and in preparation each student in the school decorated a glass jar using paint, paper and permanent markers on which they wrote the names of those they wanted to remember. Inside each jar was a tea-light and the flicker of 800 candles in the darkened sports hall was both beautiful and solemn. The prayer service opened with a movement with some students holding electric lights which were then placed on a wooden cross. Fr Jim Purcell, the school chaplain, presided over the service and delivered a very honest, genuine homily touching on his own experience of grief. He mentioned that life after the death of a loved one is strange. Fr Purcell told the students that someone gave him a copy of the Robert Browning Hamilton poem ‘I walked a mile with Pleasure’ and he recited it for the students and staff. He spoke about how sorrow causes actual physical pain but yet we learn so much from it about ourselves, about life, about love, about faith. The music and readings added to the sacredness of the occasion and there was a beautiful litany interspersed with the choir singing Snow Patrol’s ‘Light up’. The November Prayer Service is one of the most valuable times of worship in the school calendar as honouring our dead relatives and friends means so much and touches the deepest parts of ourselves. Thanks to everyone who made it so special.
It was a clean sweep for the Ursuline’s athletes at the Tipperary County Cross Country championships held at Thurles Crokes on Wednesday, 27. The four teams, Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior secured straight wins in what was a fantastic display of team work and individual speed and strength. The Minors set the tone for the day with Kate Ferncombe leading the girls home with a determined gold medal winning performance. The Juniors and Intermediates followed suit, both finishing in the top position. The winning streak remained unbroken by the Seniors with Chloé Slattery leading her team home to first place. What a spectacular day for all the Ursuline Athletic teams and many thanks to coach, Mr McDonnell.
Senior As were in action against Mount Mercy in the League on Wednesday, November 28. The home venue was a huge advantage with Ursuline securing a decisive 6-2 win.
The Senior Football team beat Blackwater Community College, Lismore on Monday, November 26. This comprehensive victory sees them through to a Munster semi-final. The team rose to the occasion with eminent performances from Niamh Keane, Lauren Murtagh, Maria Connolly and Eimear McGrath.
The Green Schools committee organised a successful Swap Shop, which happened at lunchtime on Wednesday, November 28. This event, in its second year, has proved to be a highly successful way to get the student body to reuse and recycle unwanted items that are in good nick. Following the maxim ‘One Man’s Trash is another Man’s Treasure’ the committee began collecting second hand stock over the previous weeks by asking students to donate that which they no longer loved nor wanted. As usual they were overwhelmed by the response. For each item brought in the student got a ticket, which could then be used to pick up anything that caught their eye in the shop. There were plenty of books, games, jewellery, perfectly packaged perfumes, make up and clothes. Students came along with a view to stocking up for Christmas either for themselves or for their nearest and dearest and there were bargains galore. Well done to the Green Schools Committee and to mentors Ms Carroll, Ms Carew and Ms Ryan.
TYs returned this week after their first work experience placement. Thanks to all employers, businesses and organisations who afforded them this valuable opportunity.
There was a talk on the opportunities available to women in the technology sector on Monday, November 26. There is a real shortage of women opting for careers in STEM and this presentation aimed to show the students what they could bring to and consequently gain from employment in Science, Engineering, Maths but in particular technology.
The immensely popular TY film workshops are taking place at the moment with students getting a unique opportunity to script, shoot, edit and produce a short, entirely original film.
The TY choir are in the final stages of preparing for the Seinn concert, which will happen next Wednesday, December 5 in the Cathedral of the Assumption. They will join voices with other TY choirs from around the diocese in this collective musical venture. This is the second year Ursuline TYs have been involved in Seinn and last year’s concert was a lovely occasion for all involved.
Leaving Cert Art Trip
The Leaving Cert Art class, accompanied by their teacher Ms Lawlor, travelled to Dublin to the Hugh Lane Gallery renowned for its collection of modern art. This trip is an important part of their exam preparation and they learned loads from seeing important works of art first hand.
Fifth Year Visit to LIT Clonmel
Career Guidance teacher, Ms Golden, brought 26 Fifth Years to LIT Clonmel for a Creative Media careers exposé. It was most informative with students learning about the type of work available to Creative Media graduates particularly opportunities in the gaming and animation industries. They also heard from a past graduate who is a story board artist with his own design company. It certainly opened the students up to the many possibilities that can stem from a qualification in Creative Media.
Second Year visit to Cathedral of the Assumption
Ms Loughnane’s and Ms Keating’s Second Year Religion classes popped out to the Cathedral of the Assumption on Wednesday, November 29 to study and reflect on the Stations of the Cross. The death of Jesus and the reasons why he was executed are studied in detail as part of their Religion syllabus. So the depiction of Jesus’ last hours in the Stations was a most experiential way for the students to learn this fundamental tenet of the Christian faith.