October 7, 2017

Mission Day
A great day of fun was organised by the Leaving Certs for Mission Day on Monday, October 2, to raise money for the Ursuline Sisters working in Kenya. The girls turned to Shakespeare as the inspiration for this year’s theme which was ‘All the world’s a stage…’ This quote provided a wonderful platform for performing, parody, dressing up and getting into character. There was Santa’s ‘Ghetto’, ‘I’m a Celebrity’, some Cowboys and Indians, a troop of circus performers and a haunted house tour. The Pink Ladies and T-birds of Rydell High from the musical Grease made a dramatic entrance. There was plenty of bopping and dancing bumper to bumper at the strictly over 11’s disco where the music was pumping.
The Gardaí were on hand to arrest anyone getting out of hand and there was a real festival vibe with a chill out zone and hippies decorating hands and faces with henna and glitter. There was plenty of food and a bouncy obstacle course to help work it all off. The students raised in excess of €3000 for Sr. Claire Ursula who is doing vital work in Kitui, Kenya helping young impoverished girls receive vocational training to improve their prospects of work and further education. Thanks to all the Leaving Certs who made Mission Day such a success and to the students and staff who supported it.


SEAI National Poster Launch, Green Schools
A group of third Year students, Ellie Culliton, Zoe Bracken, Gráinne Quinlan, Victoria Cottrell, Ellen Duggan and Kellyann Ryan were guests of honour at the launch of their SEAI winning poster in Dublin on Thursday, October 5. In attendance was the Minister for Environment, Climate Action and Communication, Denis Naughton. The girls were the national winners of the One Good Idea competition with their entry, Be Wattaware, that encourages people to buy A rated electrical appliances. As part of their prize they got the opportunity to design a poster/ billboard with a graphic design artist that will now be used to promote their idea. The girls attended with their Science teacher and Green Schools mentor, Ms. Carroll, who encouraged them and helped them with this environmental project every step of the way. The launch took place in SEAI headquarters in Dublin and in his speech Minister Naughton congratulated the students on their ‘One Good Idea’ and encouraged them to keep up the good work.


Speech and Drama Exams
Congratulations to Juliet Smyth, 6th Year who recently achieved 95%, a distinction in her LAMDA Gold Medal Performance Exams. This is a fantastic and exceptional achievement. Juliet had to perform three different acting pieces in different styles from different genres. She also had to have in depth knowledge of the backgrounds of the playwrights and a thorough understanding of Stanislavsky, the father of method acting. Thanks also to her Speech and Drama teacher Ms. Purcell for preparing Juliet to such a high standard.


The Ursuline Basketball teams had home advantage in their games against Coláiste Iosagáin, Portlaoise last week. The Cadets and Seniors were playing in the first round of the midlands league, B division on Tuesday, October 3. The Cadets had a great win, the final score being Ursuline 29 – 12 Portlaoise. The Seniors faced a stiffer challenge and Portlaoise beat them well. Both teams will be playing away to Tullamore this week. Thanks to coaches Ms. McGinley and Ms. Ryall.


Hope Foundation Trip to Calcutta
The school is delighted to announce that it will have thirteen TY students travelling to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation during the Easter holidays. The girls selected, after interview are Noirín Harty, Katelyn Egan, Chloe Slattery, Leah Nolan, Áine Looby, Niamh McCormack, Aoibhinn Fanning, Elena Quirke, Michaela McKelvey, Kate O’Connor, Eimear Bourke, Laura Power and Ellen. This is the largest group of students from the Ursuline to commit to this life changing opportunity. They will get a chance to see first hand the work Hope are doing with vulnerable children in Kolkata. Best wishes to them in their fundraising endeavours and also to Mr. Murphy who will be travelling with the group.


Build A Bank
The interviews for the AIB’s Build a Bank Challenge have been completed and the TY team to head the school bank in the year ahead will be Ellen Wright, Bank Manager, Niamh Fitzpatrick, Chief Operations Officer, Emma Jayne Burke, Marketing Manager and Caoimhe Meade, Financial Controller. Also on the team are Claire Carey and Kate Dwan. Well done to the girls and best of luck to them and their mentor Ms. Hynes.


Munster 7s Camogie
On Wednesday, October 4, the Ursuline camogie players headed to Charleville to take part in the Munster A Sevens Camogie Tournament. The Ursuline travelled as defending champions hoping to secure a much- coveted spot in the All Ireland Provincial Final.
In the first game they played Doon and after a close encounter emerged as winners by 3 points UCT 6-1 to Doon 4-4.
In the next game the girls were up against Clonakilty’s second team and won comprehensively 6-3 to 1-1. This saw them through to a semi-final which pitted them against Clonakilty’s first team. It was a closely fought battle and the full time whistle saw both teams level UCT 2-4 Clonakilty 3-1.
Extra time was necessary and Clonakilty emerged winners scoring two goals to Ursuline ‘s one point. The final score was Ursuline 2-5 to Clonakilty’s 5-1. Clonakilty went onto win the final. All the UCT girls played exceptionally well and the team can be very proud of their performance. Thanks to coaches Ms. Hogan and Ms. O’Friel.


Junior A Football
The Ursuline Junior As travelled to Clonmel Sports Grounds last Tuesday, October 2 to play Presentation Clonmel in the first of their group matches. The game started well with a point from Ella Ryan before Roisin Bambrick added a goal from open play and a point from a free. Clonmel’s goalkeeper made some great saves to keep them in it until Erin Bourke and Aoibhinn Fanning eventually found the back of the net. Erin added a further point and at half time the Thurles side were up 3-3 to 2-4. Clonmel, aided by the breeze in the second half scored some excellent points and Emma Kennedy in goals for Ursuline did very well to keep a clean sheet. The girls worked hard against the breeze and Roisin Bambrick, Anna Derby and Jennie Madden all pointed to keep UCT in front. Aoibhinnn Fanning again rattled the net with 15 minutes remaining and Marian Gillman added to the score-line with a well taken goal. Roisin Bambrick and Aoibhinn Fanning were on form all day and gained further points to leave the full time score Ursuline Thurles 5-8 to Presentation Clonmel 2-11. The Junior As now play St. Anne’s, Tipperary and STN Doon, Limerick to hopefully qualify for a Munster quarter final spot. Thanks to coach Mr. McLoughlin.


Junior B Football
The Junior Bs had an emphatic victory against Carrick On Suir’s ‘B’ team last week in their championship game. Stephanie Dwan had a standout performance scoring 4-1 in the opening 10 minutes to put the Ursuline into a secure lead from the off. The team was overjoyed with their win and is looking forward to the next game against Fethard. Thanks to coach Mr. Kirby.


Hockey Results
The Junior and Senior As were out on the Astro pitches last week against Kilkenny College. The teams are preparing for the tough season ahead with these challenge matches. Senior As had a particularly tough encounter against the reigning All Ireland Champions and conceded five goals. The Juniors played out a 2-2 draw.


Hello Dolly
It is full steam ahead with rehearsals for Hello Dolly as the clock ticks down to opening night on Saturday, October 21 at 8.00 p.m. The booking will open on Monday next, October 16 and tickets can be reserved by phoning 0504 22147 or calling to the School Office. The Show will be staged over four nights: Saturday, October 21, Sunday Oct 22, Tuesday Oct 24 and Thursday Oct 26.

Written By Nora Tuohy