The TY classes had a first time workshop last Thursday, October 12, with Ger O’Shea from the company ‘Develop Me’. His activity based lesson aimed to help the students enhance leadership and team building skills through reflection, discussion and problem solving. Ger introduced them to an experiential game called The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Goldmine. The aim was to get students understand the main elements of effective project management. The TY’s had to solve this challenge with limited time and resources. They enjoyed the class and are looking forward to a follow up in the new year to build on what they learned.
The younger footballers travelled to Doon last Monday, October 9, to play Doon in a group game of the Junior Football Championship. They started brightly and were 2-2 up to no score within the first 10 minutes with 1-1 a piece from Roisin Bambrick and Ella Ryan. Marian Gillman then added to this with a well taken goal. Doon scored 4 points in a row to get them back into the game. Ella Ryan added two further points to her tally, the second point coming from a great run on goal and sailing between the uprights from an acute angle. The Ursuline led at half time 3-4 to 0-4. Doon started the second half strongly with 4 points within the first 10 minutes. Emma Osbourne, who worked tirelessly up and down the field, set up a number of attacks with Roisin Bambrick applying the finishing touches, scoring 4 points. Doon grabbed a goal and were then given a penalty, but, Emma Kennedy saved and cleared. With Doon still pressing on relentlessly, joint captains of Maria Connolly and Aoife Cashman, kept them at bay. Anna Derby capped off a good Ursuline performance, pointing the last kick of the game. The final score was UCT 3-9 Doon 1-9. The Junior footballers now play St. Anne’s, Tipperary in the last group game before competing in the Munster 1/4 final in mid November.
Tickets for this year’s musical ‘Hello Dolly’ can now be purchased or reserved by either calling into the school or ringing 0504-22147. It is going to be a showstopper with belting tunes, great orchestra numbers and witty dialogue from the larger than life character of Dolly. It will be a most enjoyable nights entertainment.
It was a busy week for basketball. Both cadets and seniors travelled to Tullamore on Tuesday, October 10, to compete in the midlands league. However there was no luck to be had for either of the UCT teams against strong contenders Tullamore.
The cadets were also in action on Friday, 13 against Presentation Thurles but unfortunately lost by two baskets.
The Junior B’s and Senior’s A’s both started their league campaigns in hockey last week. Both teams drew in their matches against Limerick side Villiers. The Junior B game finished nil all and the Seniors found the net to leave the full time score a gaol a piece.
Some of the first years began their hockey careers on Wednesday, October 4, in Harlequins Hockey club, Cork. Forty-five students took part in this blitz and had an enjoyable day on the pitches. Each player got to take part in three games and were keen to put their new skills into practice. No scores were kept as this was an introductory blitz for all. Thanks to Ms. Kelly for all her work in training up the first years.
Many thanks to Margaret Brearty who came to the school last Thursday, October 12, to give the Leaving Certs a talk on DCU. Margaret gave a general presentation on the courses offered in the university and the course requirements. She informed them that St. Pat’s, the primary teachers training college had joined with DCU. She also gave students some practical advice suggesting that they should register for accommodation in advance as soon as it is open to applicants in February. Thanks to Careers teacher Ms. Golden for organising this talk.
Fr. Michael Kennedy
Many thanks to Fr. Michael Kennedy who came into to talk to the Sixth Years about faith. He spoke to them about his own vocation and how he struggled with belief in his youth. He explained to them that faith is a gift and believing in God is an act of faith. He encouraged them to keep up the search, the questioning and the belief as best they can. He answered their questions with great honesty and gave them plenty of food for thought.
Firework Safety Talk
Community Officer Clodagh Kenny spoke to some of the first year classes this week about the dangers of fireworks in the run up to Halloween. She gave them tips for staying safe over the midterm break.