October 13, 2014

All Ireland 7- a -side Camogie A Champions

It is not often that students are able to say they won a Munster and All Ireland Championship in the one week. So it is with the Under 16 Camogie 7s team.

The team travelled to Blanchardstown on Saturday last to participate in the All Ireland 7s Camogie Championship against Magheragh from the North, Athenry from the West and Loreto, Kilkenny from Leinster. Having been crowned Munster Champions the previous week, preparation time was very limited but the commitment, dedication and skill of this team and its coach won through.

The first match was against Magheragh and whilst it was a tough, physical encounter, the Ursuline Team had a comprehensive win by 4-6 to 1-4. The second match against Athenry was a tighter affair and a slimmer margin of victory: 3-5 to 3-2. The final match against Kilkenny was also a tough game with bodies tiring but the Ursuline girls came through it and qualified automatically for the final, being the only team to win all its matches. Magheragh won the right for a place in the final because of its superior score difference.

The final took place with almost no rest period for the teams but the Ursuline Girls proved their stamina and skill and won quite easily in the end.

This is a great achievement for the team and its coach, Olivia Hogan, who this time last year won the Camogie 7s B Section. The step up to the A section and subsequent victories proved they were worthy of that place. Well done to all.

Les Misérables-School Edition

It is hard to credit that it is twelve years since the school presented the premiere of Les Misérables – School Edition and now it is almost time for Curtain Up on this second production of this memorable show. Frantic preparations continue to have all in readiness for the opening night on Saturday next, October 18. Memorable tunes such as “Bring Him Home”, “On My Own” and “Do You Hear the People Sing” are heard every where. The staging is in the last phase of preparation and the dedicated crew prepare to “house” the 200+ cast. Bookings can be made by phoning the school office.

Best wishes to the girls from the Presentation who will open with the Wizard of Oz this week.

Boxing

Congratulations Second Year student Linda O’Donoghue who was representing Ireland in Manchester last Saturday in the boxing ring. She is competing at a weight of 46 kg. As a result of this win Linda has been selected for high performance training in recognition of her potential. She is now preparing for the European Championships and will be meeting Katie Taylor this weekend. We’ll done Linda, we are all thrilled by your success and 100% behind you.

Music – High Achievers

Good luck to all those students who have been selected to audition for the Royal Irish Academy High Achievers Concert. They will travel to Limerick this Saturday where auditions are being held for the Munster area. Those who will be taking part are the forty students of Chamber Choir, Roisin Heenan, Ann Marie O’Dwyer and Rose Cantillon who are auditioning for voice; Cliodhna Heenan auditioning for piano and Aisling Deegan and Caoimhe Maher auditioning for violin. These students have been chosen because of their impressive achievement of 90 plus in their Royal Irish Academy exams. Good luck to everyone involved and well done to all their music teachers.

Maths Week

Maths week begins on Monday 13 of October. The Maths teachers have all been busily preparing to captivate students and colleagues with all manner of logic and reason. They plan to intrigue us all with algorithms, algebra and theorems. Described by the Department of Education as a week long festival of Maths there are many Maths related activities being organised in the school. All the Fifth year students will journey to the University of Limerick on Monday for what has been billed as a Magical Maths presentation. It will be given by the Spanish mathematician Dr. Fernando Blasco who will cover topics such as prime numbers, knot theory, sudoku, topology, number systems, mind games, Rubik’s cube, calendars or quick calculations all in an atmosphere of fun and trickery. Transition Year students have organised maths quizzes for the First and Second years and there will be Maths based riddles around the school during the week to stimulate the left side of the brain.

Senior Basketball Cup

UCT Senior team played Carrigaline Community School on Wednesday. The final result was 54 – 37 to Carrigaline. Hard luck on this occasion to Claire Fitzpatick, Eabha O’Gorman, Breana O’Gorman, Caoimhe Burke, Aoife Fogarty, Keely O’Dwyer, Sarah Stakelum, Jane Dooley and Aisling Brennan. They played really in the first quater and had a lead over their Cork rivals at this stage but Carrigaline proved to strong in the end. The girls continue training for the League.

Green Schools 

Our diligent Green Schools Committee, under the guidance of Ms. Carroll, and Ms Coffey are starting to work on their 6th green flag. In order to attain this flag the students are expected to organise activities to highlight the issue of ‘Globalisation – Litter and Waste’ and introduce some measures to tackle this environmental problem. At present the committee members are undertaking a survey which is part of their environmental audit.

World Animal Week 5th to 11th October

This week the TY students and Ms. Lawlor leant their support to a nationwide campaign by the organisation ‘The Grass is Greener.’ In an effort to help our four legged and furry friends they arranged for students and teachers to donate either a euro or dog or cat food or nuts which will be going towards neglected, abandoned animals. The food collected in the Ursuline will be given to ‘Mo Character Rescue’ in Thurles. Thanks to all those who helped out in this worthy cause.

Ursuline Hockey

After all the training and preparation, The Senior A & Junior A League League started last Wednesday, October 8 with Scoil Mhuire from Cork as the opposition. This was a home game. The final score in the Senior game was Ursuline, Thurles 6 and Scoil Mhuire 1.

The Junior A’s also played Scoil Mhuire on the same day also at home. This was also their first game in the Junior A League and the Ursuline dominated the game throughout and scored some fine goals and finished with an 8 – 0 victory.

This was a great start to a long campaign for both teams. Well done to all the players and their coaches.

Written By Nora Tuohy