October 23, 2020

Dr Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary
Congratulations to Kate Bourke of the Ursuline Leaving Cert class of 2020, who is this year’s recipient of the Dr Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary. Unfortunately, due to the current Covid restrictions, John and Evelyn Butler, Dr Aisling’s parents, could not present the Award to Kate in person. Kate, who is studying Medicine in UCC, was presented with the Bursary by Principal Ms Mary Butler in the company of her sister Hillary and her parents Liz and Tim on Wednesday, 21 October.
Many of Kate’s teachers came outside, where the award was presented, to wish her all the best in her studies. Kate expressed her gratitude to the School, her teachers and the entire community of UCT for their help and support and thanked the Butler family for their generosity in establishing the Bursary. She said it was a proud day for her and her family and that she would truly be inspired and guided by Dr Aisling’s spirit in her study of Medicine. Well done Kate and best of luck to you as you begin on your chosen career path.

Soccer
Congratulations to Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan and Sarah Bell Third Year who have both received the call up to play Soccer for Ireland. Grace has been selected for the U15 National Team while Sarah will be part of the U16 Irish line up. Well done girls and the best of luck to you both when you don the green jersey.

St Ursula’s Feast Day
The School celebrated the feast of St Ursula in a very new and modern way on Wednesday, 21 October with a prayer service that was streamed into each class using Microsoft Teams. Thanks to readers Katie O’Dwyer and Katelyn McGovern and soloist Lily Buckley whose rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ seemed very apt in the current climate. However, nothing could get in the way of the traditional feast day treat which everyone received as a way of celebrating and remembering St Ursula, the patroness of learning.

Halloween Dress Up
Usually around this time of the year the Ursuline would be coming to the end of a successful run of the School Show involving over 200 students. Alas in a break with a very long tradition the annual musical could obviously not proceed this year. However, the students and staff of UCT were determined to salvage some fun in these bleak times so a Halloween Costume Day was organised by the School Councillors for the final day of term. There was mighty, socially distanced, craic about the place and everyone got into the spooky spirit of things. There were celebrity guest appearances from Donald and Melania Trump, Elvis, Fungie and the cast of Fr Ted. Plenty of witches could be seen floating through the corridors and a few lads from the CBS next door who must have gotten lost on the way to school that morning. There was plenty of retro with hippies and 1980’s girls sporting hairbands, flouncy skirts, leotards and leg warmers galore. Well done to everyone who got involved to make it a great fun day of safe high jinx which is exactly what the doctor ordered. Thanks to Ms Egan and the School Councillors who did all the hard work promoting the event.

TY Talk on Gender Equality
Thanks to Laura from the Hope Foundation who came to speak to the four TY classes in the Ursuline Secondary School on Tuesday, 20 October. The theme of her talk was Gender Equality and Unconscious Bias and it certainly got students thinking about and looking at gender issues in a new way. They were surprised to learn that early marriage is widely practiced in some parts of the world and that the education of girls is not considered a worthwhile investment for their families, particularly if poverty is an issue. Thanks to Laura for her engaging and thought provoking presentation.

Written By Nora Tuohy