October 28, 2012

After a very lively term, it is Halloween break and the students are delighted to have a week to revive themselves after all the activity of the last few weeks. Hopefully they will all return to school reenergized and ready for another eventful term.

AN OKLAHOMA! GOODBYE

There were many tears and smiles on Thursday night as the cast members of Oklahoma! reached the end of their run on stage. The students were delighted with the final night as they performed to a full hall and enthusiastic audience who truly embraced the performance. As make-up came off for the last time and as costumes were returned the members of the cast were most generous in their thanks to all involved, they seemed genuinely sad that they had to say goodbye to Oklahoma!, their cowboy boots and gingham dresses. Ever the dutiful, the girls had the dressing rooms in order in a flash, ready for next year!! Well done to all the girls; the principals who were so committed to their characters, the dancers who were so graceful and the chorus members who were so essential to the performance and tone of the musical- who could forget the energy with which they tore into the cowboy V farmer fight? Genuinely entertaining! Many thanks to all those who attended the musical and supported the cast this year, like the girls I am sure that you will waiting eagerly for next year’s production.

SPORT

As the musical was in full swing there was also a lot of activity in relation to sports. The Under-16 Basketball team were unfortunately unsuccessful in the second round of the cup. After a great win against Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in the first round the girls were narrowly beaten by Glanmire Community College with a final score of 44-42. The match was as exciting as the score suggests, both teams were very closely matched which made for a nail-biting encounter as both sides battled to be the side ahead when the final whistle blew. Alas the Ursuline girls were just 2 points behind at full time after a Trojan effort, a result that really did not reflect their skill and performance during the game. Hard luck on the loss girls but well done on playing such a good game.

The Junior B football team were unlucky as well as they were beaten in the league by Loreto, Clonmel. Again the girls played wholeheartedly but could not get the better of the adept footballers on the Loreto side. After a relentless on-field battle the match finished 5;11 to 2;6 in favour of Loreto, Clonmel. Better luck next day girls!

WORLD HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

As previously mentioned an Ursuline girl, Clodagh Nash, was competing in the World Handball Championships which were held in Citywest Arena in Dublin. The school is very proud to acknowledge Clodagh’s amazing accomplishment in reaching the semi-finals in four different grades at the Championship. Clodagh is part of the Irish Handball team and competed in the Girls 15-and-Under grade wall singles and in the doubles with her partner, Roisin Cahill. Clodagh played in four different categories and managed to qualify for the semi-finals in all categories. Unfortunately Clodagh was beaten in all four semi-finals but is now ranked fourth in the world in her categories. This is undoubtedly an astonishing achievement and staff and students are extremely proud of Clodagh’s success.

EQUESTRIAN NEWS

Last weekend the school equestrian team competed in the Inter-Schools Showjumping League in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. The team members are Megan O’Leary, Brona Dowling, Becky Coonan, Molly Irwin, Lucy O’Hagan, Megan Hayes and Jo Madden. Three members of the team competed last weekend namely Megan O’Leary on her pony Levi, Becky Coonan on Bailey and Jo Madden on Pedro. The course was extremely challenging and the team jumped very well, indeed the girls were unlucky not to be placed. Megan O’Leary did particularly well and she was individually placed 5th overall in the competition. The team will be competing again on the 4th of November in Kildare International Equestrian Centre.

Written By Nora Tuohy