Calcutta visit with the Hope Foundation
This is the second year that our students will be travelling to Calcutta with the Hope foundation. During the Easter holidays six students will get the opportunity to go and visit various projects carried out by the Hope Foundation in Calcutta. The work of the Hope Foundation is focussed on helping street and slum children in Calcutta or Kolkata as it is now known. Our students will have the chance to visit schools and orphanages in disadvantaged parts of the city and learn first hand the very valuable work carried out by the organisation. The six students who have been selected for this once in a lifetime trip are Emma O’Dwyer, Katie Kavanagh, Shona Power, Aoife Grace, Avril Ryan and Ciara Nyland. We wish them well in their many fundraising endeavours in the months ahead.
Youth Connect TY workshop
The TY’s had a valuable workshop on the world of work facilitated by Youth Connect. They learned about fair pay, how to recognise if they are being treated fairly in the workplace, the minimum wage, knowing their rights as workers, getting their voice heard and the importance of student council as a forum for raising student issues. They also found out about holiday entitlements for part time workers and the role of trade unions. The talk, as well as being practical, linked in with many of the topics covered in business studies.
One minute silence for Victims of the Famine
On Monday, 28th of September, fifth year history students organised a short prayer service in honour of the victims of the Great Famine. The 170th anniversary of this terrible tragedy was remembered over the weekend in many public places. The students drew parallels between the sinking of coffin ships in the North Atlantic carrying poor Irish emigrants and the plight of Syrian refugees making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. The students asked the school to observe a minute of silence in respect of the one million Irish people who lost their lives due to starvation and disease. They finished the prayer service with a prayer for all those in the world today who do not have enough to eat.
The Junior Hockey players were out on the pitches preparing for the season ahead with the A’s, B1’s and B2’s all playing games against Villiers
The Junior B1 team won their game 2-0, the Junior B2 players were also successful against Villiers, winning 3-0. The Junior A’s lost by two goals in a final score of 3 – 0.
The Senior A’s had home advantage to Rockwell in the first game of the Senior League played on Wednesday, 30th September. UCT won 5-1.
Our Senior players were up against some tough opposition when they met Cashel this week in Dr. Morris Park. It was a tense game with some fantastic displays of football on both sides. Cashel had the upper hand in the finish with the final score Ursulines 2-13 Cashel Community School 6-4. There were great performances from Louise Caddell, Elize O’Connor and our top point scorer Caoimhe Bourke. Well done to all our players and coaches Ms. Callanan, Mr. Kirby and Mr. McLoughlin.
In the Cadets Midlands League the Ursuline were happy with their win against Templemore. The final result was Ursuline 23 – Templemore 4. The next league games sees both the Seniors and Cadets take on their counterparts from Naas.
U 19 Munster Schools Tennis
In our first outing of the year our U19 tennis players were up against St. Anne’s of Killaloe. The team of four comprised of Galina Kennedy 6th Year, Susie Osbourne 6th Year, Cliodhna Heenan 5th Year and Ciara Fogarty 5th Year. The girls played 5 matches in total, 2 singles and 3 doubles. Susie and Ciara both won their singles matches and the team won two out of the three doubles games. Well done to them all.
Linda Donoghue wins Esker Box Cup
Well done to Junior Cert student Linda Donoghue who won the Esker Box Cup in Lucan, Co. Dublin last weekend. Linda was competing over the three days. The Esker Box Cup is an All Female event and is one of the most important amateur competitions in Irish female boxing. There were 154 female boxers registered from 63 clubs across Ireland and the UK, featuring all grades from Girl 1 up to Elite level. Linda won the best Senior Boxer competing against other girls aged from 11 – 16. She also won the overall under 52kg competition. Linda is a member of Cashel Boxing Club and is continuing with her Munster high performance training every Saturday. Well done to Linda and we wish her all the best in her continued training and future competitions.