November 5, 2015


Well done to Fifth year student Bronagh Dowling who has been honoured with a Sports award by the Carlow Nationalist. Bronagh,who is a member of the Senior ‘A’ hockey squad, also plays interprovincial hockey for the South East Province.

The Senior As played Laurel Hill Colàiste this week winning this away game by 5 goals to nil. The Minor A girls won their match 4-1. The Minor C team also won by 5 goals to nil. In another game against Mount Mercy the Senior As again came out on top by 4 goals to nil. The Junior As also won their game 2-1. Well done to all involved: coaches and players.


The Basketball teams were on court this week participating in the Midland Basketball League against Confey College from Leixlip. The Cadettes and Senior teams won both their games. The result in the Cadettes game was Ursuline 33 Confey College 6. The Senior players were to have an even more decisive result in their game winning by a margin of 44 points. The final score for them was Ursulines 50 Confey College 6. So well done to all who travelled away for these games and to the Basketball coaches Ms. O’Friel and Ms. Casey.

We are extremely proud of the selection of our student Aoibheann Fanning who was recently chosen to be part of the Midland Regional Under 15 team. This competition was held in Galway where the Midlands team had great wins over the Northwest and Southwest regions. It is a superb achievement to make the Midlands squad so we congratulate Aoibheann on her success and dedication.


Congratulations to Eleanor Percy in TY who is the All Ireland Under 15 doubles handball champion.


Congratulations to our two resident authors Mary Doherty and Siobhán Hackett whose book Shine has been shortlisted for a Bord Gáis Energy award. They are up against Maeve Higgins, Bressie, Francis Brennan and Marty Whelan. They need public votes so they would be eternally grateful for your support. You can vote by logging onto Click on the left sidebar that says Vote and be in for a chance to win a of €100 National Book Tokens. Enter your name and email address under the Category Books Are My Bag popular non-fiction book of the year, near the bottom of the page. Please click on Shine and hit submit. Shine is a self-help book for teenage girls and their parents to guide them through the challenges of the adolescent years with positivity, insightfulness and a focus on the attributes that make each girl brilliant and unique. Available in all good book stores!

Entrance Scholarships

Well done to our most recent Leaving Certificate students who have been awarded Entrance Scholarships. Julie Murphy and Cait Ryan will receive the UCC Quercus Scholarship. Seven of the class of 2015 will be presented with Academic High Achiever scholarships from UCD. So congratulations to Kate Crotty, Ròisín Dowling, Ann Marie Kennedy, Sarah MacNamara, Annie Marshall, Aoife Phelan and Ròisín Heenan who is to get an academic high achiever and symphony orchestra scholarship. Well done to all involved, we are incredibly proud of you all and your fantastic achievement.

YSI Community of Excellence

We are delighted to be selected as one of 25 communities of excellence for Young Social Innovators.


This is a three year project and a very enthusiastic group of Fifth Year students have put themselves forward to undertake the challenge of acting as YSI advocates in the school. The theme the advocates have chosen is mental health and they will be working with all students to promote positive mental health. The team had an advocacy training day with Barry Peake on Tuesday, November 4. He helped the students to think of strategies to promote the cause of mental health throughout the school. The students on this committee are
Stephanie O Gorman, Anne Spillane, Emer Carew, Ailing Brennan, Esha Hourihane Clancy, Emma McCormack, Kate O’ Flynn, Lucy Gillespie, Anna Frances Kennedy, Neisha Keane Butler. They will have the support of the staff and students as they endeavour to focus on mental health and promoting positive mental health among their peers.

A short film Perspectives

We are delighted for three of our current Leaving Certificate students Megan O’Connor, Kathleen Flanagan and Clíona Martin who were involved in the writing, directing, producing and editing of a 10 minute film entitled Perspectives. Perspectives was made by the Thurles Young Film Makers group and shot on location in and around Thurles including the school. The premier took place in LIT on Friday, November 6 and the film will soon be available to view online. It is about a young girl, a talented artist, who is struggling to cope with Aspergers. The short glimpse into her world is both moving and provocative but handled with great empathy and understanding. Well done to the three budding Scorsese’s and to the Thurles Regional Youth Service for facilitating the making of this film.

Operation Hope

Well done to Fifth and Sixth year students who organised shoeboxes for Operation Hope. The students put together the boxes which will arrive in time for Christmas as presents for some of the world’s most impoverished children.

Student Council

The staff and students returned from mid-term break to be greeted to the heart-warming sight of bright and colourful bunting decorating the school corridors. The vibrant, striking banners are wonderfully heartening to both staff and students. The students councillors volunteered their time to string the bunting together and hang it up around the school. This was done to link in with the Council’s theme for the year ‘The Best of Me’. Each student in the school was given a triangle and asked to represent on paper something they feel they are the best at or which brings out the best in them. The students depicted personality traits, characteristics and personal achievements. Some students included something they would like to achieve in the future. The Student Councillors, in adopting this theme, have been inspired by the words of American football player Vince Lombardi ‘Perfection is not attainable but if you chase perfection you will achieve excellence.’

Build a Bank

The latest TY banking enterprise is being run by students Maria Ryan, Zoe Fitzgibbon, Davina O’Flaherty, Rebecca Williams, Sophie Hayes and Ciara Quirke. Bank 101 was launched in the school this week. The students are busy generating business and seeking out new customers as they compete in the AIB Build a Bank Challenge. The bankers organised music, food and a raffle to mark their grand opening. The main focus for the team now is to promote the bank within the school and build up their customer base. The students have chosen the theme of ‘101 Dalmatians’ and decided they will help out at ‘Mo Chara’ animal centre as part of their community outreach. They plan to make donations to the ISPCA from some of the profits they hope to make.

TY Workshop

The TYs were treated to a workshop with a hairdresser last week who spoke to the students about how to care for their hair. The girls got to practise braiding, plaiting, up styles like buns and ponytails on hairstyling doll heads which was great fun. They also learned some strange and interesting facts about hair like that there are between 100,000 – 150,000 hairs on your head. They finished off the day with a competition to come up with an original name for a shampoo. The TYs thoroughly enjoyed this practical workshop.

Written By Nora Tuohy