October 22, 2016

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

The first night of this year’s school musical Joseph, opened in a blaze of technicolour and song. The cast and production team have been working hard over the last month to put together a lively, enjoyable, vividly striking show. The story is of Joseph, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, who later rises to become the Pharaoh’s most trusted adviser due to his special gift of predicting the future through interpreting dreams, is a timeless, much loved story. With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, this musical first premiered in 1970 but the songs are as popular as ever. The catchy foot-tapping tunes ‘Any dream will do’ and ‘Go Go Go Joseph’ and the sorrowful ‘Close every door’ will be hummed and sung long after the show is finished. Well done to everyone involved.

All Ireland Silver Medal

Congratulations to Second Year student, Kelly Ann Ryan, who won an All Ireland silver medal last weekend. Kelly Ann and her handball partner Noelle Dowling played on Sunday, 16th of October in Loughmacrory, Co. Tyrone in the Under 14 doubles handball 60 x 30. Kelly Ann and Noelle are also the winners of the Leinster U14 doubles. The school congratulates Kelly Ann on her immense achievement.

Public Speaking

On Tuesday October 17, Emily Bourke and Clodagh Ryan attended a discovery day in the County museum in Clonmel. The workshop was for ‘Articulation’ a public speaking competition based on Art. The competition requires participants to give a ten-minute presentation based on art, an artefact or architecture. The workshop was an inspiring and informative experience and thoroughly enjoyable for all schools participating. Regional heats begin in December. Many thanks to the curators of the Museum, especially Julia Walsh Drohan, who were very helpful and encouraging. Thanks also to the gentlemen from Toastmasters who led by example in the skills of Public Speaking.

Royal Irish Academy High Achievers

Students who achieved exceptionally high results in their Royal Irish Academy Music exams in the last academic year were invited to audition for their regional concert. The auditions were held in Mary Immaculate College last weekend.
The Chamber Choir sang ‘Incantations’ by Michael McGlynn and ‘Ave Maria’ by Himes. Chamber Choir sang beautifully and well done especially to the fifteen new members who have joined since September. Ruth Everard performed in Musical Theatre category singing ‘Just Beyond the Stars’ from Peter Pan and ‘Unexpected Song’ from the musical Song and Dance. Galina Kennedy, the winner of the Dwan Salver medal 2016, sang classically for her Grade 8 exams . Naomi Ryan completed her Senior Voice Cert and grade 8 in classical song. For the audition she sang ‘My Lagan Love’ and ‘An-Die-Musik’ by Schubert. Avril Bergin also achieved a very high grade in performance piano in her Senior Cert. exams. Well done to all students who did so well and to their Music Teachers.

Concern Debating

The Concern debaters got off to a great start this week winning their first round debate unanimously against the boys from Glenstal Abbey. They proposed the motion ‘Ending world hunger by 2030 is an impossible dream’. The debate took place on home turf and the team of Vivienne O’Keefe, Michaela Kerwick and Erica Carroll were captained by Gemma O’Dwyer. Gemma spoke about the impact climate change and natural disasters have on food supplies. Vivienne talked about poverty and population growth. Michaela’s speech was about how war and conflict are linked to hunger and Erica informed the audience about poor agricultural practices. The rebuttals produced some sharp exchanges especially on the issues of charity and ethical clothing. The next debate will be after the mid term against St. Kieran’s in Kilkenny. Well done to the girls and their mentor Ms. Carey.

Storyteller -Niall de Burca

On Thursday last, three first year groups had the privilege of being invited to he Source to hear Irish storyteller extraordinaire Niall de Burca in the flesh. Niall was visiting the library for the Children’s book festival. Niall shared three stories with the girls from his show ‘Tales of the Gods – Stories from the world of Mythology’. During Niall’s performance there were bellyfuls of laughter, scares, helps and funny faces galore. Niall had the students thoroughly captivated and engaged the students really well. There was plenty of audience participation particularly with the last story. We are grateful to the Library service for inviting Niall to the Source and for giving the students the opportunity to experience his wonderful talent.

Maths Week

There was plenty numerical activity around the school this week for Maths week. On Thursday the Second Years pulled out all the stops as well as all their top hats for a ‘Maths Hatters’ competition. They made their own Maths themed hats with plenty of heads around the school sporting minus, multiplication, subtraction, division, infinity, pie signs and plenty more besides. There were prizes for the best hats. There was a Sudoku challenge on Monday with two overall winners Esha Hourihan Clancy, 6th year and the Junior winner was Alix Noonan. There were daily Maths problems posted around the school, including the staff room, to tease the brain. Some classes did simultaneous equations competition online promoted by Maths Week. TYs were out and about taking Maths related photos for the national competition ‘Have you got Maths eyes?’ Well done to the Maths department for all their hard work in making sums fun.

Second Year Debating

On Thursday, October 20 Anna Bradish led her team in proposing that ‘Fashion affects all aspects of life’ against Ellie Culliton’s opposing team.
Anna, Erica Ryan and Michaela Grace Ginty took a broad view of fashion in many spheres and presented some excellent and well-researched arguments but the opposition beat them narrowly. Ellie Culliton, Sarah C. Fitzgerald and Chloe O’Connor presented a united front with well-written, well thought out arguments and so they won the day, defeating the motion. Superb contributors on the evening were Erica Ryan and Chloe O’Connor. Public Speaking continues next week. Thanks to Ms. Quinn for organising this in school competition.

Gael Linn Debating

Congratulations to the Junior Gael Linn Debating team who was victorious in the opening round of the competition. The team included Sadhbh O’Donovan, Maresa Ronan and Caitríona O’Shuilleabhán proposing the motion ‘Ba cheart deireadh a chur at na chuirche Oilimpeacha’. The debate took place in Hospital on Thursday, October 20. Well done to the team and we wish them every success in the next round and their teachers Mr. O’Dochartaigh and Ms. Barry.

Ladies Football

The Senior C Football team played a championship game against a strong Cashel side on Monday last in Dr. Morris Park. UCT took the lead in the opening few minutes when Rebecca Collins hit the back of the net. Both sides traded points and goals up until the half time whistle and the Ursuline were trailing at this stage 6-3 to 5-2.

Rebecca Collins got a hat-trick in the first half which was added to by superb goals from Eimear Loughman and Eimear Ryan. Niamh Long and Niamh Keane got two superb points. UCT started the second half the better and goals from Eimear Mc Grath, Niamh Keane and Ciara Nyland left the score at 8-2 to 8-6 after fifteen minutes with Cashel still in the lead. They added a further two goals and a point before the Ursuline was awarded a penalty which Eimear Mc Grath struck to the roof of the net. With five minutes to go Cashel was leading 11-7 to 9-2. Eimear Mc Grath rounded off her hat-trick with a goal from a free kick while Claire Stakelum scored a brilliant individual point from a run from the half way line. The UCT goalkeeper and backs put in solid performances and it was an encouraging opening match demonstrating Ursuline scoring ability. The girls and team coaches hope to build on this for the next match against the Presentation, Thurles after the midterm break.


uct-equestrianThe Inter school show jumping competition took place on the Saturday, October 15 in Barnadown. Ciara Kelly, Second Year, competed as an individual in the open class on ‘Tullow Star’. Ciara jumped clear in the first round and got through to the jump off. She came 6th against the clock. Well done to Ciara on her confident performance.

Written By Nora Tuohy