October 25, 2018

Beauty and The Beast
Sadly the school production of Beauty and the Beast has come to an end but what a show it was. This year’s musical was hugely well received by audiences with standing ovations and a packed auditorium every night. The entire cast performed with energy and drive, singing, dancing, giving it their all on stage and clearly enjoying every minute of it. The main characters never faltered. They were simply superb and determined to deliver ‘Tony’ worthy performances every time they donned their costumes to thread the boards. Thanks to everyone involved with music, orchestra, production, choreography, lighting, sound, costumes, make up, tickets, programmes, raffle prizes and supervision. Each person who put in herculean effort to get the show ready on time and to such a high standard deserves heaps of praise and huge thanks. Well done everyone.

Rotary Youth Leadership Competition
Alix Noonan, Fifth Year, has been selected to represent the Ursuline Secondary School in the next round of the Rotary Leadership Competition. Alix was chosen after an interview process. There are many instances where Alix has shown leadership skills and taken on leadership roles both in school and in her community. She is a very socially aware and civic minded young person. Last year in TY she was involved in Cabra Wetlands and even spoke to President Higgins and Sabina about the local ecology of the area. She is currently involved in the John Paul II awards in the parish of Moycarkey under the direction of Fr Tom Fogarty and through this Alix was part of a group that built a grotto on the grounds of Two-Mile-Borris Church. She is a Venture Scout in her spare time. In school she has made huge contributions through her commitment to Junk Kouture and Gaisce. She is a very worthy representative and the school is immensely proud of her accomplishments. Best of luck Alix and also well done to the other Ursuline students who interviewed, Caoimhe Meade, Roisin Kelly, Kate Dwan and Rachel Madden.

Soccer
It was a historic day on Wednesday, 25 October with the Ursuline winning its very first county final in soccer. A team of first years travelled to Peake Villa in Tipperary to compete in the First Year County Tipperary Futsal Final, having qualified as mid-finalists the previous week. Well done to the team and their coach Mr McGlynn.

Camogie
The Senior camogie team played in the first round of the Munster Championship last week. They came up against a very strong Ballincollig side from Colaiste Choilm. The final score was Ursuline 1-12 Ballincollig 4-19.

Hockey
There were a number of hockey games in the previous weeks. The Senior As played a friendly against Laurel Hill Colaiste as season training continues in earnest.
The Minor As ended their league game against Mount Mercy in a 0-0 draw, while the Junior A team lost in their league game also against Mount Mercy, 1-0.
The Junior Bs had no luck finding themselves with a two goal deficit at the final whistle when they met with Laurel Hill Secondary School.
The Senior C team won well in their outing against Laurel Hill by 3-0.

Amber Flag
Ms Loughnane and her team of highly motivated fifth and sixth year students are doing great work in promoting well-being and mental health around the school. In keeping with the Halloween season they made gratitude pumpkins to be distributed to all first years in honour of them reaching the milestone of their first term in ‘big’ school. It was a nice way to congratulate them on having make this leap forward into post primary and acknowledging their coping skills.

St Ursula’s Feast Day
The feast of St Ursula was remembered in the school on Monday 22 October. There was a prayer service over the intercom in which St Ursula was recalled as the patron saint associated with the education of girls and the empowerment of women. This was accompanied by instrumental music and afterwards there was a bar of chocolate for everyone.

Basketball Results
The cadets recently beat Portlaoise Scoil Chriost Rí in the Midlands C League. The final result was UCT 32 – 22 Portlaoise. The Seniors also had success against Portlaoise beating them 48 – 34.

Written By Nora Tuohy