September 24, 2012

As September drifts along students and staff have completely settled into the new building and embraced the demands that the new academic year is bringing. This week was a particularly eventful week for Transition Year students, musical hopefuls, First Year students,   Green Schools Committee members, sixth years and hockey players.


Those hours of nail-biting tension, nervous humming and practicing of audition sequences finally paid off as the cast for this year’s musical production was announced. The musical Oklahoma! is a particularly good choice of musical as it demands a very large cast thus allowing for a lot of opportunities for new rising stars. Although the auditions and decision making processes this year were extremely onerous, the production team decided that Ruth Atkins is the ideal lady to rein in all the others as she will play wise Aunt Eller, her niece Laurey will be played by Julia Buckley while both Lucy Tobin and Roisin Heenan will take the part of her persistent beau, Curly. Laurey and Curly had better watch out as the sinister Jud will be played by Anna Slattery Fitzgerald, Jud is bound to try to hatch some evil plans down that Smokehouse. Sarah Henney and Adrienne Kelly, who will play Ado Annie and Will Parker respectively, are bound to cause lots of laughs but there might be a slight problem when Grainne White arrives in the guise of the Peddler. Gertie Cummins will be played by Rachel Williams while Cait Ryan will play Andrew Carnes- will he be able to keep his daughter Ado Annie out of trouble? Sarah Timmins, Irene O’Sulllivan, Claire Higgins, Aoife Fogarty, Breffni Fitzpatrick, Ann Marie O’Dwyer, Aoife Phelan, Aisling Quirke, Ava Meagher, Rose Cantillon and Norita Bourke were also cast as main characters and are going to be busy getting into character over the coming weeks. Good luck with rehearsals over the next few weeks girls, it’s bound to be great fun!


The Transition year students have had an action filled week again as they participated in MOG, a car safety course. The students found the course most informative while being presented in a humorous manner.

The students who had taken part in the dance workshops in The Source Arts Centre got the opportunity to perform on Friday evening as part of National Culture Day, undoubtedly a brilliant experience for those involved.

Transition Year Open night was also held for parents this week. The meeting was very well attended, it was an opportunity for the parents to gain real insight into the possibilities that this year will present for their daughters and it also allowed parents to fully comprehend the bountiful variety of activities that the students will take part in this year. The school wishes all the Transition Year students a most enjoyable and fulfilling year.


Sixth year students headed to the RDS on Wednesday 19th to attend the Higher Options. The students availed of the opportunity to seek information on the courses and colleges that they are interested in; therefore it was a most helpful excursion for the girls who are already thinking of their Leaving Certificate. There were thousands of exhibitors present so the girls were able to speak with representatives of different universities and colleges to help them with their career choices and best inform themselves in relation to their study options as they move forward this year.


The first Green Schools Committee meeting of the year took place on Wednesday, chaired by Siobhan Norton who brought everybody up to speed with last year’s progress and possible ideas for this year. The Ursuline Secondary School will be endeavouring to get the fifth Green Flag that is awarded for preventing biodiversity loss; this is a most challenging task as only two secondary schools in Ireland have it to date. Siobhan, the chairperson, will be most ably assisted by Ava Meagher (vice chairperson), Elaine Ryan (secretary) and Theresa Ryan (junior representative). We know that the next meeting will be one of great ideas to get us started!


First year students accompanied by their tutors went on a walking excursion in Upperchurch this week. The group were guided on their walk by Billy Clancy and the students marvelled at the amazing views and beautiful landscape that surrounded them. It was a wonderful opportunity for the first year students to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere and take in the delightful, fresh air of the Upperchurch countryside.


Congratulations all around this week in relation to the school’s hockey players and coaches. Firstly Kate Crotty was named vice captain for the Munster Under-16 team, we are all immensely proud of Kate for achieving such an important role on the team.

Furthermore the Ursuline Secondary School was named among the final four schools in Ireland who are in contention to be awarded the title; Hockey School of the Year 2012. The overall winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 20th of October in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin and will be presented by RTE’s Darragh Maloney.

Written By Nora Tuohy

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