October 6, 2014

Mission Day

Who doesn’t like to go to the movies? Well on Tuesday last the movies came to UCT. There was a touch of Hollywood glamour for our annual Mission Day. The Sixth Year Students organised fun and frolics for the whole school. The students chose the theme of ‘At the Movies’ and we were treated to a host of celebrities such as Indiana Jones, The Simpsons and Cleopatra. A few Disney characters were also spotted out and about. The Mad Hatter made an appearance. There were a few Dalmatians who had escaped the clutches of Cruella De Ville. The star guest was Snow White accompanied by her Prince Charming, her wicked step mother and seven teachers who were incognito as dwarfs. After a morning of showers the clouds cleared and the sun shone down on us. The Sixth Years had organised obstacle courses, raffles, bouncy castles and slides. A few teachers were nominated for the ice bucket challenge and were unceremoniously drenched with freezing water to the delighted cheers of on looking students. Well done to all the 6th Years for their organisation, their ingenuity and hard work. To date students have raised over 3000 euro with all the money going directly to Sr. Clare Ursula in the Ursuline missions in Kitui in Kenya. She will be using the money to help fund building and training projects at St. Columba’s Technical Training College. This facility offers vulnerable young women and girls the chance to learn vocational skills with the view to helping them gain employment and overcome poverty and discrimination. So well done to all involved on a successful mission day.

Munster Sevens ‘A’ Camogie Retain Title

On Wednesday the senior camogie players participated in the Muster Sevens ‘A’ Camogie tournament held in Holycross. There was some tough opposition to win the Munster title. The Seniors were victorious in all matches but one: beating Nenagh, Cahir and Charleville and losing to St. Flannans by 3-2 to 3-4. However, the girls had done enough to qualify for the final where St. Flannans were the opposition again. This match was an entirely different stoty and the Ursuline girls dominated throughout. The full time score in the final was Ursuline 9-3 to St. Flannan’s 2-1, thus retaining the title they won last year.

As a result, qualification for the All Ireland Sevens ‘A’ Camogie Final is the order of the day and the finals will be held in Blanchardstown on Saturday, October 11. Well done to all the girls and their coach Ms. Hogan. The team was as follows; Maureen Ryan, Olivia Hogan, Caoimhe Bourke (captain), Laura Kieran, Sarah Stakelum, Claire Stakelum, Ciara Dempsey, Moira Kinane, Emma McCormack, Katie Ryan, Megan Long, Caoimhe Perdue, Niamh Long, Lillian Kelly, Ciara Nyland, Ruth Hassett, Maria Ryan, Mollie Kavanagh, Avril Ryan, Eimear Ryan.

Basketball

This week our Cadette and Senior teams travelled to Portarlington for League games. The results were as follows. The Cadettes, on their first competitive outing of the season, were beaten by 16 to Portarlington’s 46. The Seniors match was a much tighter affair and the girls fought to the last but eventually went down by 4 points. Final Score: Ursuline 22 – Portarlington 26.

Gaelic Football

The Senior Gaelic Football team was in action on Thursday against the Presentation Clonmel. They beat the Presentation by 3- 4 in the Senior C Schools Football competition. The final score was Ursuline 4-8 Presentation 1-4. The goal scorers for the Ursuline were Maria Kinane,Kathryn Connolly, Caoimhe Bourke and Roisin O’Regan.

Hockey

The preliminary training sessions are done, the panels are selected for the various teams and it is now time to enter Munster League competitive action. The Senior A & Junior A will travel to Cork on Wednesday to take on Scoil Mhuire.

TY Youth Connect Workshop

This week the TY’s enjoyed a workshop with Darren from Youth Connect. This workshop is organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. It was designed to offer students an insight into the world of work and income and equality. This will complement the work experience component of the TY course. The workshop also led to a competition with students being given a chance to win a trip to New York. Darren will be back after mid-term break to do a workshop with 5th and 6th year history students on the 1913 Strike and Lock-Out which is a key component of the Leaving Certificate History Syllabus.

Les Miserables

Booking for this ever popular show will open on Monday next, October 13. Early booking is advisable and seats can be booked by either calling to the school or phoning 0504 -22147.

Senior and Junior Bookclub

This month the Senior Bookclub has chosen to read the recently published Anyush by Martine Madden. The book has been described by the acclaimed Tipperary author Donal Ryan as ‘beautiful, haunting and very important work.’ Also Martine’s daughter Sarah is a pupil of the school so naturally best wishes go to with her debut novel. Meanwhile Junior Bookclub members are reading The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean.

Young Scientist

There are seven teams of students who have submitted applications for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition. The students will find out in the next few weeks whether or not their submissions have been successful. We wish them the best of luck and will keep our fingers crossed for them all.

Written By Nora Tuohy