October 11, 2015

Peadar O’Cillín Medal – Orla Maher

Orla Maher was awarded the prestigious Peadar O’Cillín medal on Saturday, October 10 at a ceremony in Sligo. This honour is presented by the Association of Music Teachers to the student who achieves the highest mark in Leaving Certificate Music. Orla, who sat her Leaving Cert in 2014, attained the highest percentage in her music in the entire country in that year, a phenomenal achievement. While in school, Orla was involved in Chamber Choir, Senior Orchestra. She was proficient in five instruments and was always generous in sharing and volunteering her musical talent. She is currently studying Music in the Cork School of Music.

High Achievers Awards

Out of the 42,000 students taking Royal Irish Academy Music exams annually the best 400 are granted a High Achievers Award. To merit this award a student must obtain a distinction mark in at least two of their prescribed pieces. We are thrilled that 12 of our music students and our Chamber Choir made the grade this year. They were successful in the following instruments: Piano, Violin, Classical Singing and Musical Theatre. The high achievers from all over the country now have the opportunity to audition for four Regional Concerts and one in Dublin. Approximately 15 are chosen to take part in each of these. They take place in November and students are then chosen from each region to take part in the Gala Concert in The Royal Irish Academy of Music in December. The students who have now opted to audition for the Concert in the Munster region are: Avril Bergin, Emer Carew, Grace Glasheen, Ruth Everard, Cliodhna Heenan, Roisin Heenan, Galina Kennedy, Anne Marie O’Dwyer and Nicola Scott. We congratulate them all on their achievement and all our good wishes go with them as they travel to Limerick on Saturday.


The rehearsals for our musical this year, Oliver!, are in full swing. This much-loved show is based on the famous novel by Charle Dickens. Oliver Twist is born into a life of poverty when his mother gives birth to him in a workhouse. She dies shortly after he is born leaving poor Oliver orphaned. He is working for an undertaker when he escapes to London and meets up with the crafty Artful Dodger who introduces him to Fagan. The seemingly benevolent Fagan is in fact the crooked, unyielding leader of a gang of young pickpockets. Oliver manages to escape their clutches only to be snatched back and forced to take part in a robbery with the ominous Bill Sykes.

The musical score by Lionel Bart includes a good mix of well known rousing and thoughtful songs like ‘Consider Yourself’, Pick a Pocket or Two and ‘As long as he needs me’. The show will run for four nights Saturday, October 17, Sunday 18, Tuesday 20 and the finale will be Thursday 22. Tickets can be booked now through the office by calling 0504-22147. Good luck to the cast, crew, production team and staff who are working hard to ensure it will be a thoroughly enjoyable show.

Hockey Results

The Senior B team lost to Villiers this week. The final score was Villiers 4 – UCT 0. The Senior As finished their match against St. Angela’s in a scoreless draw.

Munster Sevens “A” Camogie

On Monday, October 5, Ursuline Thurles played Charleville in Holycross in the Munster Sevens “A”. With only the two teams contesting the winner would represent Munster in the All Ireland. Half time score saw Ursuline ahead 4-1 to 1-3. The final score was Ursuline 7-6, Charleville 4-3. So congratulations to our Seven a side Camogie team and their manager Ms. Hogan and coach Ms. O’Friel on their Munster success.

Camogie -Senior A Cup

The seniors played the first round of the Senior A championship on Tuesday. Our opponents were Carrick on Suir. Final Score Carrick on Suir 0-13 Ursuline 1-4. They play Templemore on Monday in the next round.

First Year Parents Meeting

A meeting was held on Tuesday, October 6, for the parents of the new first years who have just started in secondary school. It was an opportunity for parents to revisit the school, meet with their daughters’ tutor and discuss how their daughter has made the transition for primary to post primary school. The parents were first brought to the Tutor’s classroom where they heard about the various aspects of school life encountered by first years on a daily basis. They also had a chance to ask the tutor general questions about how the students have settled. They then attended a General meeting where they were told about the role of the year head, important rules, the standard of behaviour expected from all students and the difficulties and concerns students sometimes have around social media and technology. There was a general sense from the meeting that the newest members of our school community have settled in well, displaying a positive attitude to school life and getting involved in extra curricular activities. Their general good manners were also noted and praised by the staff members present. Two first year parents, one mother and one father, were then elected onto the parents’ council. Once the formalities were dispensed with it was time for parents, tutors and other staff to mingle over tea and coffee. Thanks to all the teachers and staff who were present and prepared for this important meeting and to the parents who attended.

Back to the 80’s

We were delighted that so many of our Transition Years were given the chance to audition for the CBS show Back to the Eighties. The students who got lead roles were Sophie Hayes as Tiffany Houston, Rachel Butler as Yel Easton, Irene Flynn who will play the part of Eileen Ryan and Katie Taylor taking on the persona of Ms. Brannigan. Other students from TY who will make up the cast include Rachel Dowling, Maeve Putti, Bridann Tierney, Rebecca Williams, Ciara Quirke, Kitty Lambe, Stephanie Deegan, Aoife Grace, Kate Hogan, Rachel Ryan, Megan Long, Rebecca Cole, Emer Delargy, Grace Glasheen, Davina O’Flaherty and Zoe Fitgibbon. Well done to all students who auditioned and we are thrilled so many of our girls were selected. We can’t wait to go Back to the 80s- as the show is sure to be a trip down memory lane for many of us.


The Seniors played against Naas in the Basketball League during the week. Despite having home advantage our girls were beaten by a stronger side. The final result was Naas 41 – UCT Thurles – 24. Despite the obvious strength and skill of the Kildare side our team showed a lot of grit and determination and did play very well on occasions.

Build a Bank

AIB Build a Bank interviews were held in the school last week. Thirty students applied and were put through the interview process. The following students were selected to represent the school in the competition this year. The manager will be Sophie Hayes who will be ably assisted by Maria Ryan in the role of Assistant Manager. Ciara Quinlan will be in charge of Sales and Marketing. Customer services will be handled by Zoe Fitzgibbon while the finances will be controlled by Davina O’Flaherty. Rebecca Williams will fill the position of District Officer. Well done to the successful candidates and all those who attended the interviews. We wish this new banking team the very best of luck in the competition and in sourcing and developing their customer base within the school.

Mental Health Week

The importance of looking after our mental well-being was highlighted this week by the student council. Bláthnín Linane spoke to the whole school reminding them that taking care of themselves mentally was just as important as taking care of themselves physically. She told the students that there was plenty of help available for those who are struggling in any way. This is an important message and hopefully will help all young people everywhere to recognise when they need help. Also we all need to be aware of the needs of other people, remind them it’s okay not to feel okay and that we empathise and will be there for them in any way we can.

Written By Nora Tuohy