The Ursuline won the first round of the Goethe Institute Ireland German Debating Competition for secondary schools on Monday, November 5. They faced a formidable side from Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Co. Wicklow and were glad to secure a one point victory to see them through to the next round. The Ursuline proposed the motion that ‘Transition Year is valuable’ or ‘Das Übergangsjahr ist wertvoll’. Well done to the team of Ella Finlay, Elizabeth Grace, Andrea Hally and Victoria Cotterell on their individual and team performances in what was a lively exchange of ideas in German.
It was a busy week for Transition Years with hairdressing and law workshops. Ann O’Reilly spoke to the students about hair care and good hair practice. This workshop was so much fun as the students got to practice up-styles and braiding on doll heads with a prize for the best brand name for a new shampoo.
The law workshop gave students a comprehensive look the legal profession in Ireland. The function of the courts, barristers, solicitors, the Gardaí, the prison service, the criminal and civil justice systems, was explored in an informative and interactive way. The highlight for students was the mock trial where all the roles of a real life court room were played out for a full legalistic educational experience.
Well done to Maresa Ronan and Romy McCarthy who competed for Ireland on the U18 Eventing Team in July. Both students, who hail from Fethard, were the only two representatives from Munster on the six person squad. The competition was held in Fontainebleau, France, with the students and their ponies ‘Mac’ and ‘Paddy’ flying the colours for their country and their school.
The Senior As travelled to Kilkenny College on Monday, November 5 to play a challenge. The team were happy with their performance and are now ready for their first league outing against Cork side Ashton on Friday.
Katie Ryan, Junior Cert, was awarded her Trail Blazer gold pin in Girl Guides over the mid-term break. This is the highest National IGG award and a significant accomplishment for Katie who is a member of the Rathdowney branch of Irish Girl Guides.