October 15, 2012

MISSON DAY

Well done to the Sixth Year students who organised this year’s fundraiser for the missions. Their innovative theme; Around the World in 80 minutes, was beautifully executed and well received by all the students. The UCT-Air staff were particularly aptly clad and most welcoming as staff and students entered the “aircraft” i.e. Sr. Ursula’s Memorial Hall. There was a myriad of different stalls representing different countries; while some very well known individuals mingled with the crowd (we were quite surprised that Mr. Obama could take time away from his campaign trail to join us!!). Scattered throughout the hall were themed stalls offering scrumptious home baked goodies and fun games to entertain all. Of course the Haunted House and Santa’s Grotto attracted huge crowds on the day. Hopefully the students raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

PHYSICS DAY OUT

Transition Year, Fifth Year and Sixth Year physics students headed for Galway this week to attend Galway Science and Technology Forum. The students were taken on a scientific journey through the ages from the Big Bang to the early 21st century explorations of the mysteries of the universe. Undoubtedly this was a most beneficial day for science students as they perused the extraordinary informative displays and investigated different theories pertaining to the mysteries of the universe.

CONCERN DEBATES

This week the Concern Debate team journeyed to Portlaois to participate in a debating workshop facilitated by Concern. It proved a most fruitful day as the girls did workshops on communication, rebuttal & refutation and research. The students had the opportunity to take part in debates during the afternoon, all students felt that they had greatly benefited from the day’s activities. This week the students will be debating against St. Anne’s Secondary School from Tipperary town on Thursday evening in the Ursuline at 8pm. The motion for the first debate is as follows; “The world has more to fear from President Romney than President Obama”. Needless to say, the team have been tirelessly researching the topic for the last two weeks so they are looking forward to the challenge.

SPORT

Firstly a big “Good Luck” to Clodagh Nash, Clodagh will be competing in the Under-15 World Handball Championships next week. Everybody is keeping their fingers crossed for Clodagh as she has, undoubtedly, invested a lot of time and effort to reach this level of competition.

The Intermediate camogie team had a very convincing win this week as they took on Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré. The girls skilfully managed to defend tightly, only allowing the Roscrea girls to score two points while the Ursuline girls put 1 goal and 11 points on the scoreboard. Well done girls! In other camogie news, the First year blitz continued with Team 1 taking on Team 3 this week. It was a challenging match with little between the two sides in relation to skill but Team 3 came out victorious.

The football teams continued training this week in preparation for their match against Loreto, Clonmel next week. Hopefully all the arduous training will pay off!

Meanwhile in hockey news, the First year students participated in a blitz against Kilkenny College who travelled to Thurles for the day, and also the students of the Presentation Secondary School in Thurles. The students played very well and participation rather than victory was emphasised for this first meeting between the schools. Well done to all the girls who participated, apparently there are quite a few stars of the future in First year!

Written By Nora Tuohy