September 24, 2016

Transition Years

The TYs had a busy week. On Tuesday they joined other TY students from the Archdiocese in Holycross for a special school’s event organised to commemorate the Year of Mercy. There was an opening candle ceremony and then the students listened to talks from guest speakers Ciara Ormonde and Fr. Peter McVerry. Ciara spoke about her own faith and her experience working as an education director in Ghana. Here she was responsible for training teachers in the area of special needs education. Then Fr. Peter McVerry gave an inspiring talk, centred around his work with homeless young people in Dublin. He told the students background stories of some of the people he works with whose lives have been blighted by poverty and abuse. He gave a frank description of the drug problem among the youth in Dublin and the various, disturbing reasons for it. The students found the whole experience worthwhile and thought provoking.

Also on Tuesday the TYs were introduced to Thurles native, Shay Kinsella, who is making a difference in the lives of others. Shay founded the charity ‘Share A Dream’ in 1989 to make the dreams of very sick and terminally ill children come true. Since its foundation, the organisation has helped thousands of children and their families enjoy a little magic in the midst of their harrowing ordeals. Shay will soon be realising a dream of his very own with the opening of ‘Dreamland’ in Limerick. This is an all inclusive play area for children that will be accessible to any child whether they have a disability or not. Shay’s remarkable work and story were a reminder to the students that one person can make a huge, positive difference in the lives of others. Many of the students volunteered to help Shay and Share A Dream with a bagpack in Thurles at the weekend.

The Ploughing

The Ploughing is always a widely anticipated day out for TYs every year who return laden down with goody bags of free stuff. The group arrived at Screggan near Tullamore at 9 am with a full day to explore the large array of stands, exhibitions and entertainment on offer. As always there was plenty of celebrity spotting done and celebrity selfies taken to show the folks back home. Despite the inclement weather in the afternoon, a great outing was had by all.

Second Year Hike

All Second Year students took to the hills last week for a seven km hike in Upperchurch. The whole year group set off on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 14 with Ms. Short leading the pack of enthusiastic young walkers. The weather remained dry and a mucky time was had by all. It was a time for reconnecting with friends and classmates after the summer holidays. Thanks to teachers who accompanied the group.

Camogie

There are many enthusiastic Camogie players among our new First Year group. They played a challenge match against the Presentation this week. Although not successful on this occasion the students showed great improvement once they settled into the game. It was a great experience for all involved.

Basketball

Both Seniors and Cadettes were in action against Tullamore in the Midlands League. Both teams played well but lost by narrow margins. The result in the Senior game was UCT 23 – Tullamore 26. The Cadettes game finished up UCT 26 – Tullamore 29.

Hockey

Senior A and Junior A teams played home games against Bandon Grammar on Wednesday afternoon. The Juniors had a decisive victory of 7 – 0. The Senior As lost, with the final tally Bandon 3 – 1 Ursuline.

Workshop for Second Years

On Thursday afternoon the Second Years attended a workshop, in school, given by actress Angelina Ryle. Angelina performed a one-woman play about a young girl who is having a difficult time in school. Afterwards students were asked to reflect on what they had seen and think about words and actions that are hurtful and might exclude others. The afternoon ended with students being asked to say something complimentary and positive about the student beside them.

Written By Nora Tuohy