September 30, 2012

As usual this week was crammed with activities, matches, educational trips and musical rehearsals. This week also saw the departure of the school chaplain, Fr. Tomás O’Connell, while the new school chaplain, Fr. Pat Coffey, arrived to take over this important role within our school community.


The Ursuline Secondary School would like to acknowledge the contribution the Fr. Tomás O’Connell made to the school liturgies during his time as chaplain, many thanks are offered and he is wished the best of luck for the future. Furthermore a warm welcome is extended to Fr. Pat Coffey who is the new school chaplain, the staff and students look forward to working with him during this academic year.


All sixth year geography students travelled to Silver Strand in Galway to carry out their fieldwork which is a compulsory component of the Leaving Certificate Exam, it is worth 20 percent of the total grade. This year the field study focussed on erosional processes. The students departed from the Ursuline at 8.30 on Friday morning so as not to be impeded by high tide. After a quick break in Salthill the groups got straight to work at the cliff face. Windy conditions rendered the tasks quite a challenge, however much fun was had trying to ascertain accurate results. Thankfully the sun shone for most of the day thus making for an enjoyable day on the coast. Once the students had managed to collect all the necessary data they boarded the bus again and headed back home. The students will now have a number of weeks to analyse their findings before they write up their results.


After two very challenging rounds of trials for the Concern Debating team six girls have been chosen to represent the school in the Concern Debating competition. The standard for places this year was exceptional and well done to all those girls who tried out for the team. The girls who will face the challenges of the debating season this year are Leah Carroll, Roisin Heenan, Katie Cody, Kora Delaney, Roisin Putti and Sarah Brennan.


Transition year students enjoyed a fun outing last Friday to the Excel Theatre in Tipperary town to see “Psycho Spaghetti”, a one-man show that offers insight into the teenage mind and their interactions with their peers, teachers and family. The students suffered many “cringe” moments as they recognised their own little idiosyncrasies played out on stage. All students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and agreed that it gave them a telling understanding of their own behaviour; undoubtedly they are going to be model teenagers from now on.


Last weekend saw the first production rehearsal for the show. It was undeniably a great success as the students’ enthusiasm and energy made the rehearsal immensely productive. The excitement is at palpable levels as the students hum the uplifting songs up and down the corridors, they really cannot wait to get on that stage.


The hockey teams had a very busy week as they played pre-season games to get their heads in the game. The Senior A team took on the Loreto School, Kilkenny, unfortunately they were beaten 2-0. Although the result may not have been favourable, the girls played a great game and showed great skill that will definitely come to the fore over the next few months. The Senior A also played Kilkenny College this week but alas it was not their week as they were defeated 3-0. Again the players showed amazing heart and determination as they battled on persistently, better luck next time girls!

The Junior A team had a little more success against Kilkenny college as they beat them 3-0, the students played very well and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with this season.

The Senior football team opened the league season by playing against the Presentation School, Clonmel, in the first round of the Munster League. The girls had a brilliant match but the Presentation girls were very determined and took the match 4:04 to 2:06. The team are to face Carrick-on-Suir in the next match so we wish them the best of luck and we know they will do the school proud whatever the result.

The Senior Camogie team had a formidable win against New Inn, Galway, in the first round of the Intermediate Championship. The girls battled horrific weather conditions to win the match 7:09 to 4:02. Congratulations to the team on the win and we are looking forward to the next match against the very skilful Roscrea team on the 10th of October.

Written By Nora Tuohy