Hope Foundation Trip to Kolkata
Fifth Years and TY’s were interviewing last week for the much coveted places on the HOPE Immersion Trip to Kolkata. Interest in this programme continues to grow year on year. Forty-five students applied hoping to experience first-hand the important and valuable work done by this organisation founded by Irish woman Maureen Forrest. The trip will take place during the first week of the Easter holidays. Fourteen Ursulines will be among those volunteering young people all of whom will raise substantial sums through charity drives to fund HOPE’s educational and health programmes. The students selected from their application form followed by interview are Kate Lawlor, Gráinne Gleeson, Ella Hayes, Katie Gleeson, Emma Synott, Sarah Phelan, Ella Hourigan Powell, Ruth Brannigan, Aoife Murphy, Sarah Connolly, Tess O’Donoghue, Caoimhe Ryan, Eva McBrearty, Abigail Moriarty. The substitute students who will fundraise this year to travel next year are Cathy Hogan, Juli McConnell and Lizzie Burns.
The Ursuline was well represented on the Munster U17 team that recently won the Interprovincial title. The superb panel of players, who overcame Connacht in the final by 3-5 to 1-6, included the Fifth Year duo Ròisín Bambrick and Emma Kennedy. Resounding congratulations to both girls and the rest of their Munster teammates.
Sixth Year Retreat
It was a mixture of happiness and sadness this week for the Leaving Cert class of 2020 who had their final year group retreat on Thursday, 12 September. The Mustard Seed facilitated this day of reflection, togetherness and memory making. They guided the group in meditation and spiritual exercises and encouraged the students to see beyond exam stress to the bright future ahead of them, filled with all manner of possibility.
First Year Walk
The First Years headed off on masse on Thursday 12 September for their annual beginning of term walk in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings of Templemore Park. In the company of their classmates and class tutors they had a picnic, fed the ducks and followed the fairy trail. They got an opportunity to have fun and get to know other students in their class and year group a bit better outside the confines of the classroom.
Senior A Hockey
The Ursuline hosted a Senior A Hockey Tournament on Wednesday, 11 September. UCT won against Laurel Hill Secondary School 5-1 and drew with Kilkenny College 1-1. They had less success in their clashes against Mount Mercy and Muckross but it was a fantastic day of hockey and a great start to the season with a bunch of girls who have a really positive team spirit.
Transition Years will be running the School Bank this year in conjunction with the Bank of Ireland. A representative of the Bank, Mr John Lillis, spoke with them on Monday, 9 September about what will be involved in this undertaking. There are many interested students and potential financiers up for this year’s challenge of establishing and running a school bank.