November 3, 2014

SOAP BOX

Congratulations to Cliodhna Heenan Transition Year who was the overall winner of the soapbox competition held in L.I.T. on Friday, October 18. Cliodhna spoke on the topic ‘The Internet does more harm than good’ is certainly a very relevant and current issue for all people today both young and old. Well done to the other students who also took part in the competition – Aisling Brennan, Nicole Patan, Brenda Wright, Ruth Everard and Muireann O’Dwyer.

Concern Debating

Concern came to Thurles to facilitate a workshop for local schools on Thursday the 23rd of October. In attendance were St. Annes, Tipperary town, Castlecomer Community School, Thurles CBS and UCT. The day was very instructional with different workshops on Communication, Refutation and Rebuttal, and Research. An insight into the process of debating was very valuable for all involved. Our sincere thanks to Concern who made the day possible, and best of luck to all participants in their future debates on topics such as ‘The Ebola epidemic demonstrates the international community’s indifference to Africa,’ ‘Scotland should have voted for independence,’ and ‘Ireland’s commitment to tackling climate change is a load of hot air.’ The first debate is against Thurles CBS and we look forward to considering the motion, ‘Ireland must deliver on its 0.7% overseas aid promise.’

Transition Year

Four TY students, Rachel Quinlan, Arianna Carroll, Danielle. Bowe and Nicole Pattan attended the annual Comhairle na n-Og convention held last week in the Horse and Jockey. Comhairle na nOg provides young people with a forum where they can come together and discuss issues pertinent to them. There were lots of interesting workshops on the day and all four girls put themselves forward for election in the afternoon. Both Arianna and Nicole were successfully elected to the Comhairle and will now serve a term of two years.

Each year the Rotary Club holds interviews for young people in our community who display leadership skills. The young person’s involvement can range from sporting achievements to volunteering and charity work. This week five Transition Year pupils were interviewed by representatives of the Rotary Club. These included Sinead Ryan, Kate Tierney, Aisling Brennan, Aoife Shanahan and Caoimhe Bourke. All five girls received great praise for their confidence and hard work. Congratulations to Kate Tierney who was the successful candidate on the day. Kate was responsible for several significant fundraisers for various cancer charities last year. She now gets to represent the school at the next stage. All five students who took part agreed that it was a very worthwhile experience.

Senior Basketball

The Senior Basketball team played a league match against Templemore this week. Unfortunately Templemore had the upper hand winning on a final score of Ursulines – 18 points Templemore 33 points. Well done Templemore and hard luck girls on this occasion. The Senior Basketball League continues after the Mid Term Break.

University Philosophical Society, Trinity College.

The usual “pilgrimage” enthusiastically undertaken by some of the school debaters took place on Wednesday 22nd. Ten girls attended a daylong workshop at Trinity College, Dublin, to explore and enhance debating skills and take on their peers in a range of subjects from feminism to radical economics. A most enjoyable day was had by all and the girls look forward to further debating opportunities during the coming year. Hillary Grogan, Claire Higgins, Teresa Ryan, Sarah Kelly, Gillian Burke, Dervla Lynch, Aisling Leamy, Cliona Collins, Emer O’Loghlen and Aine Campion represented their school on this their visit to Trinity Philosophical Society.

2nd Year C.S.P.E. Trip

On Thursday last Mr. McDonnell’s 2nd Year C.S.P.E. Class went to Dáil Éireann. They were first met by Deputy Michael Lowry who answered questions the students had on topics ranging from water charges to the qualities needed to become a politician. He then brought the girls on a tour of the Dáil starting with the infamous Dáil bar for refreshments. Then they met Eamonn, a Dáil ursher, who took great time and patience explaining to them the workings of the Oireachtas. The girls also had a brief chat with Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Minister Michael Noonan and Senator Ronan Mullins. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative experience. The students presented thank you cards to Deputy Lowry and Eamonn as a token of their appreciation at the end of the tour. Special mention to Ciara, Mr. Lowry’s PA, who was most helpful on the day.

Les Miserables –School Edition

Thursday 23rd of October was the finale of our wonderful school production of Les Miserables. There was an air of magic about the sell out shows. This was due to stellar performances from the principals and the entire cast. We were treated to the haunting melodies of ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘I dreamed a dream’ and the rousing revolutionary song ‘At the end of the day’ and the final chorus number, the uplifting ‘One More Day’. To see the entire cast on stage for this final number was a spectacular display of colour and a cacophonous delight. Congratulations to everyone involved in the many aspects of the production; the director and assistant directors, the musical directors, the orchestras; the costumes department, the stage crew, the sound and lighting crew, the art and set department, the make up department, those who raised money and sold raffle tickets, those who donated prizes and put together hampers, the front of house people and the staff who helped in many ways especially with supervision. It is a measure of the success of the show that many of the students who took part are already asking what show is being planned for next October. A big thank you goes to the parents who ferried the students in and out over the rehearsal period.

Written By Nora Tuohy