Congratulations to Katie Morrissey who recently became the U-14 All Ireland Tennis Champion at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis club. She follows in the footsteps of her sister Hannah-May who also won the same title 9 years previously. They are the only two siblings to scoop this prestigious prize in the 101 year history of the competition. To qualify for the final Katie, ranked number 4 in her age category, saw off stiff competition overcoming the number 7 seed in her quarter final and the number 2 seed in her semi final. This meant she faced the Irish number one seed Zara Ryan, ranked 81 in Europe, in the final. Katie was undaunted, winning in two sets 6-2, 7-6. She is a member of the Larkspur Tennis club and is coached by her brother Eamonn. Well done Katie we are all immensely proud of you.
Junior Cert Results
Well done to the Junior Cert class of 2015 who got their results on Wednesday, 9th of September. Happiness and hugs abounded a plenty when they received their certificates. Congratulations to all our students who did their best and to their parents and teachers who helped them to reach this academic milestone.
6th Year Retreat
On Tuesday our Leaving Cert students had their annual retreat facilitated in the school by the experienced retreat team ‘the Mustard Seed’. The 6th years had a fantastic day in which they got to bond as a year group, have some fun, enjoy some reflection time, examine the relationships most important to them, think about the place of God in their lives and generally have time and head space to engage in some personal growth. There was a lot of positive feedback from the students about how much they enjoyed the day and needed it. Thanks to the retreat leaders who always fit so seamlessly into our school environment.
Opening of the Year Assembly
On Wednesday afternoon the whole school community came together for our first assembly. Proceedings began with a September prayer said by Hilary Grogan and Ciara McCabe, the two Vice Chairpersons of the School Council. Then Ms. Butler welcomed everyone back for a new academic year. She greeted the new first year group and hoped they would enjoy their time in UCT urging them to get fully involved in the life of the school through participation in the many extra curricular activities that are on offer. This message was echoed by PE teacher and hockey coach Ms. Hedigan. Then Louise Cadell, the Chairperson of the Student Council, introduced herself and spoke about the theme chosen by the council for the year ahead, ‘the Best of me’. She spoke eloquently of the endless possibilities open to each of us if we are willing to explore and exhibit the best of ourselves. She likened education to a blank canvas and encouraged her peers to colour their canvas as much as possible in the year ahead. She encouraged us all by her reminder that the human potential is limitless so it’s impossible to reach a point of no growth. In quoting Seamus Heaney, Louise reminded us that every new day, every new year affords the chance to ‘begin again’. It was a positive and profound message for the year ahead. Well done Louise.
Charities Committee Fundraiser for Cabragh Wetlands
The Charities Committee are beavering away already and on Thursday the 10th of September they held a jersey day to raise money for Cabragh Wetlands. The Wetlands in Thurles are in serious need of funding to buy land so they can continue to conserve and preserve the native wildlife and fauna. The Charities Committee ably headed by 6th Year student Ciara Quinlan and under the watchful direction of Ms. Ward, were only delighted to fundraise for Cabragh. They organised this event in conjunction with the Green Schools Committee, who are currently working towards UCT’s 6th Green flag. Each science class goes on an annual field trip to this local natural habitat to learn firsthand about the environment and the importance of biodiversity. So the science department and those students interested in the sciences recognise the immense educational value of having such a wonderful natural resource on our doorstep. Overall the girls raised more than €600 for the Wetlands and we appreciate the huge amount of support that we got from our peers for this worthy charity. Well done to all involved.
Well done to one of our first years, Maria O’Meara, who was chosen to play in the exhibition games during the half time break in the All Ireland Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Galway. Maria, whose club is Cashel, played both in goal and full back in front of the 80,000 strong crowd. She was nominated to participate in this exciting event by her primary school, St. John the Baptist Girls Primary School as a result of her involvement in Cumann na Mbunscol. Let’s hope that one day, in the not so distance future Maria may be playing in Croker representing her county on her very own big occasion.
In preparation for the start of the Munster schools Hockey season which begins in November the Junior A’s and Senior A’s each played a friendly against Kilkenny College. The Junior A’s drew their game 1-1. The Senior A’s lost to the Leinster team 4-2, both our goals coming from the stick of Brona Dowling. All hockey teams are training diligently already and preparing for a tense, tough season ahead.
Production for our annual school musical has begun already and auditions for the lead roles have been held. This year UCT will be staging the ever popular, timeless musical ‘Oliver’ by Lionel Bart. We wish those who have put themselves forward for audition the best of luck.