Well done to all involved in producing this year’s musical, Oliver. Anyone who attended the sell out shows were transported back to Victorian England with it’s cast of shadowy undesirables who do their damnedest to corrupt the innocent orphan Oliver. There were standing ovations as the audience were treated to the well known songs from Lionel Bart’s much loved show. There were impressive performances from Kate Williams and Laragh Hatterell who shared the role of the virtuous Oliver, the flamboyant Dodger played by Erin Ryan. The hypocrisy and absurdity of Mr. and Mrs. Bumble was captured with great humour by Anna Slattery Fitzgerald and Megan Long. The indecent greed of the Sowerberry household from whom Oliver has a lucky escape was portrayed convincingly by Lucy Bell, Ciara Fogerty, Rebecca Williams and Esha Hourihane Clancy. Ruth Everard gave a stellar performance as the much loved Nancy with Sarah Murphy doing a great job in the supporting role of her friend Bet. Maeve Carew was charming as Oliver’s long lost grandfather Mr. Brownlow while Ellen Liffey and Ella Flynn led the cast of Fagan’s crew of young pickpockets. In the role of Fagan himself was Katie Taylor who was beguiling as the likeable, greedy, self interested rogue. The intimidating, ominous presence of Bill Sykes was felt on the stage and in the audience with Vivienne O’Keefe taking on this difficult character. The rest of the cast belted out the tunes with gusto to make this year’s production an enormous success. Congratulations and thanks to all those involved without whom this event would never get to the stage. Thanks to everyone who helped out in the production of the show, in particular those involved in music and orchestra, direction, lighting, sound, stage and set design, props, programmes, front of house, the raffle. Thanks also to those who donated prizes, the students who helped out in any way and the teachers who supervised backstage.
On Thursday 15th of October fifth year English students got to see renowned actor Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of tragic hero Hamlet. Alas it was not Benedict in the flesh but the play was streamed in live from London. Three of the honours English classes who are studying the Shakespeare play for their Leaving Cert travelled to the Whitewater cinema in Newbridge, Co. Kildare to view this acclaimed Westend production of Hamlet. This stage version, currently showing in the Barbican theatre, has been broadcast live to hundreds of cinemas across Britain, Ireland and is even showing as far away as Japan. All agreed that Cumberbatch and the rest of the cast delivered flawless performances and the students were also impressed with the set design. They could hear the reaction of the live audience in London making the viewing more authentic. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the play and for nearly all it was their first taste of a Shakespearean production. Not a bad introduction to the Bard – seeing one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies with one of the world’s leading actors in the title role. The students agreed that it will definitely help in their understanding of the play.
Senior Public Speakers
Europe Direct, in conjunction with the Library Association hosted a regional soapbox competition on the topic ‘Charity begins at home’. Waterford Central Library was the venue for forty three young public speakers on Wednesday 14th October. The Ursuline was well represented with seven of our students from TY and 5th year speaking in an individual capacity on the topic. With forty three able and well researched contributions delivered with style and clarity the judges certainly had a hard day’s work to decide on the regional winner. From this varied and multi talented group Michaela Kerwick emerged as the chosen one to progress to the national finals in Dublin in November. Michaela was presented with her prize, an iPad, sponsored by the European Commision Representation. Interestingly the gift of the iPad was presented by a former UCT student, Anne Marie O’Dwyer who has left us a number of years ago. It was a nice co-incidence.
Good luck to Michaela on her next outing and to Emily Bourke the local winner who also progresses to the final in Dublin.
The staff of the Ursuline would like to give a big shout-out to our hardworking, awesome student councillors who took it upon themselves to organise some goodies and treats for the teachers last Monday at break-time. The lovely, kind gesture was a total surprise to all the staff who had not the slightest idea such sweet treats were being planned for them. It made us all appreciate the fantastically thoughtful students we have the privilege to teach. Thank you to all involved.
Four very enthusiastic second year teams set out on Wednesday, 14th to prove that ‘Technology rules our lives’. After very spirited contributions from all contestants the following emerged victorious; Caoimhe Meade, Lavinia Bowe, Anne Marie O’Byrne-Casey who opposed Sinéad Lynch, Lilly Whelehan and Lucy Nugent in round one.
In round two Nessa McGrath, Kerry Tierney and Isobel Quirke supported by researcher Gráinne McNamara carried the motion against a very enthusiastic opposition comprising of Aislinn Maher, Siobhán Green, Aoife Dempsey and team researcher Nicole Rafter.
Rounds three and four are eagerly anticipated after the mid-term break. Next week six first years take the podium and test their powers of persuasion in what is, for many of them, their first such outing. Well done to all those brave and hardworking participants and to Ms. Quinn for mentoring the students in the art of public speaking and debating.
Gael Linn Debating
Congratulations to both the Junior and Senior Irish debating teams who qualified for the next round of the Gael Linn Irish debating competition. Well done to Stephanie Kelly, Romy McCarthy and Erica Carroll who debated against the Cistercian College, Roscrea and the Presentation Carlow. The Junior Irish debating team were preposing the motion ‘It is a myth that the Irish are friendly’.
The Senior debaters were the opposition in their first round, disagreeing with the hot topic right now which is that ‘The current government deserve to be re-elected for another full term of office’. The fifth year students comprising this team were Constance Quinlan, Lucy Gillespie and Clíodhna Heenan who successfully defeated Cistercians Roscrea. A big thank you to Mr. O’Dochartaigh and Ms. de Barra for all their hard work in preparing the teams.
European Day of Languages
To celebrate European Day of languages the German and French Departments combined forces to organise a variety of activities. This took place during the first week of October. This year a highlight was when our international students hailing from Italy gave powerpoint presentations to a number of years. They showed photographs and video clips of their life back in Rome and Milan. The also included very interesting information on school life in Italy which gave our girls a valuable insight into how the Italian education system differs when compared with Ireland. They also taught the first years some key Italian phrases and gave advice about visiting the tourist hotspots. Senior students watched films in French and German and as a result of this activity a French film club has been started up in the school. Students and teachers from the modern languages department also put together an exhibition for the school Numeracy Board. Well done to everyone involved.
On Monday seniors played 2nd round of the senior A championship in dr Morris park, Templemore the opposition. The half time score saw Ursuline up 2 points 3-9 to 3-7. In a very even second half both teams exchanged scores with the Ursulines winning 4-15 to 5-8. Our girls are To play Coachford from Cork next.
On Wednesday 14th of October the Ursulines won the Tipperary school 1st/2nd ‘A’ blitz in Roscrea. The Presentation Thurles and St. Mary’s Nenagh were other two teams involved. All schools had two teams participating with UCT beating St. Mary’s Nenagh 2-7 to 2-4 in the final. Well done to all our camogie players and to their trainers Ms. Hogan, Ms. O’Friel and Ms. Hynes.
Senior Ladies Football
The Ursuline Senior footballers lost their league game against the Presentation Thurles which took place in Dr. Morris Park this week. The final score was Ursuline 3-7 Presentation 3-10. The three Ursuline goals came from Aisling O’Hagan, Lauren Murtagh and Niamh Keane. Top point scorers for our side were Elise O’Connor and Saoirse Harrington. Well done to our girls on a brave performance. They kept battling on until the final whistle but it was not enough on this occasion.