October 4, 2018

Beauty & The Beast
Be our guest for the annual Ursuline Show. This year’s production is the stuff of legend, the much-loved fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. The musical, based on the popular Disney film of the same name, promises to be an evening of fun, enchantment and entertainment for all the family. This
classic tale tells the story of Belle and the Beast whom she tames with her kindness and ability to see beyond his brutish appearance to the tenderness of his heart beneath. The music by Alan Menken contains a cast of magical characters, Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Madame de La Grande Bouche and memorable tunes, Be My Guest, Tale As Old As Time and of course Beauty and the Beast. Rehearsals are in full swing with a cast of around 200 students with opening night on Saturday, 20 October.

Tickets go on sale Monday, 15 October and are available from Eileen or Bernie at the school office on (0504) 22147. We look forward to you joining us for what is always a fantastic musical extravaganza.

Munster Final Camogie Victory
Congratulations to the Ursuline 7 a side team on winning the Munster Final in Holycross on Wednesday, 3 October. They beat Cashel in their first game with the final score of UCT 3-3 to Cashel’s 2-4. Their next encounter was against Borrisokane and the Thurles girls emerged victorious beating their fellow Tipp side 3-1 to 1-1. Cashel won their game against Borrisokane so the final was a replay of the opening match with the Ursuline up against Cashel again. The Ursuline girls showed their mettle to see off the Cashel threat determined to bring the Munster title back to the school.

The result was a decisive win for UCT 5-4 to 0-2. This sees the Ursuline heading to the All Ireland Final of the 7’s competition where they will represent Munster. The Senior camogie team togged out for a challenge match against Presentation Thurles in preparation for the season ahead.

Football
Congratulation to Lauren Murtagh, Sixth Year, who won an All-Ireland in July playing with her home county, Kildare. She lined out in the centre back position and her tremendous work rate and magnificent display earned her player of the match.

Hope Trip to Kolkata
This year marks the third year the school has worked with the Hope Foundation. The Cork based charity do invaluable work with the poorest of the poor on the streets of Kolkata. Students in TY and Fifth Year expressed huge interest in taking part in the fundraising efforts to secure one of the
coveted places on the trip with 63 students presenting for interview. The successful candidates are Caoimhe Brennan, Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Michelle Bergin, Jean Grace, Rachel Madden, Annie Nolan, Ellie Hannon, Emily Kavanagh, Ellen Liffey, Marie McGrath, Kaci Kerwick and Laura Ryan. They will travel to India for a week in April with their teachers Mr McLoughlin and Ms Hynes. We wish the students the very best in their fundraising efforts for this most worthy of causes.

Fitness Day
On Monday, October 1 all TY’s got to experience a full day of fitness training with four instructors from Health and Fitness Ireland. The areas covered included quality movement, health and nutrition, circuit training, health psychology, interval training and speed and agility. The HEAT programme was offered to all participants with moderate levels of fitness while the PAD programme challenged the very capable athletic of which we have many. The instructors complemented all the students on their willingness to get involved and to give it their best. This was the first year TY’s have participated in this workshop and it proved to be very popular indeed.

Hockey
There were a number of hockey fixtures in the last week. The Senior B’s played Villiers beating them 5-0. The Junior B’s and Minor B’s ended their games against Villiers in nil all draws.

An Triail at the Belltable
Two Leaving Cert Irish classes attended the Belltable Arts Centre for a showing of their Irish play An Triail on Monday, 1 October. The production, staged by Fibin, presented this modern Irish classic in an innovative and engaging way. The story, by Mairead Ni Ghrada deals with the issue of single motherhood in 1960’s Ireland. It was a real treat for students to see a staged production of a key text they are currently studying. A great day was had by all. Thanks to teachers Ms Bourke and Mr O’Dochartaigh for organising the event.

Mo Chara Visit
Ms Coman’s Third Year CSPE class were delighted to welcome Nikki from Mo Chara Animal Rescue to the school on Tuesday, 2 October. To the delight of students’ she brought with her some special four legged visitors including a 17 year old staffordshire bull terrier Ricky and a four week old kitten called Bobby. The girls learned about the challenges of owning a pet and discussed the rights and responsibilities of pet owners. In preparation for the visit the class organised a bake sale to raise money for this Moyne based charity. Nikki accepted a cheque for €400 from the girls and thanked them for their efforts and interest in animal rights.

September 27, 2018

Ms Anne Ryan, RIP
It was with great sadness that the staff of the Ursuline Secondary School learned of the passing of their former colleague Anne Ryan. For those who knew her, Anne was a stalwart of the school having attended as a pupil and returning to teach once she had finished university in Cork. She was a kind, caring member of staff who took great pride in her teaching, her pupils and their achievements and the school in general. She was a committed educationalist who brought out the very best in her students and instilled in them a love of learning.
She was particularly passionate about History and her wealth of historical knowledge was astonishing. Anne could hold sway on practically any subject, such was her great mind and her enthusiasm for learning. As well as her dedication to the job she was immense fun but at the same time always kept an eye out for those who may have been a little lost, whether that was younger colleagues or students who were struggling in any way. She was a lady, a scholar and an Ursuline through and through. The staff would like to take this opportunity to extend their condolences to Anne’s family, Mattie & Maureen (Drom), John & Jeanette (Ballinasloe) & Fr Richie (California)and her beloved nieces & nephews on this terrible loss.
Anne’s Requiem mass took place in her home place, Drom, on Thursday last and the Ursuline Chamber Choir paid a fitting tribute to Anne in Music, conducted and accomapnied by Ms J Butler & Mr Farrell. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam.

Opening Mass
The school gathered together on Monday, September 24, in the Cathedral of the Assumption to celebrate and ask God’s blessing on the new academic year. A quote from Pope Francis was chosen by the Religious Education Department as the theme for the year, ‘Joy springs from a grateful heart’. School Chaplain, Fr. Jim Purcell, said Mass and in his homily he touched on the ideas of gratitude and gentleness. He encouraged the students to be gentle in the ways they support one another. He spoke about prayer as a positive way of showing gratitude. He said that in the world of today it is often said people think too much, do too much, want too much, have too much and that they forget about the value of just being.

The Chairperson of the School Council, Erica Carroll, welcomed everyone to the Opening Mass. Ms Anne Ryan was remembered in the opening address and in the prayers of the faithful. There was a procession of symbols brought to the altar to represent the many things that add immense joy and colour to life. These offerings were laid in front of a magnolia tree which itself is symbolic of joy and divine beauty. At the Our Father the First Year students gathered around the altar to sing the Lord’s Prayer using actions led by Fr. Purcell. It was a lovely way to involve the newest members of the Ursuline in this, their very first Secondary School mass. The final hymn ‘Oh Happy Day’ sent everyone away smiling with an upbeat heart. Thanks as always to the Religion, Art and Music Departments for their contribution to the Mass and to Fr Purcell who always makes the occasion so meaningful.

Fifth Year Retreat
The Mustard Seed was back last week to facilitate a retreat with the Fifth Year group. The day began with interactive, fun games to get everyone in a relaxed comfortable mood. A time of reflection followed this initial exuberance. The retreat team got the students to focus on the people in their lives and during this part of the day they also discussed the effects of judgemental behaviour and attitudes. They probed where such judgements come from and the fairness of preconceived views. The day finished with a meditation and a chance for the students to collect and be with their own thoughts. The retreat was well received by the students.

Science/Maths Olympiad
Congratulations to three 2018 Junior Cert students who, as a result of their high achievements in Maths & Science, have been invited to attend the National Olympiad in DCU. The students are Sarah C Fitzgerald, Caoimhe McCarthy & Cora Norton.

September 20, 2018

Dr Aisling Memorial Bursary
Meadbh Putti was the worthy recipient of this year’s Dr Aisling Butler Memorial Bursary. Meadbh achieved outstanding Leaving Cert results and is currently studying medicine in UCC. John and Evelyn Butler presented her with this gift at a ceremony in the Ursuline on Wednesday 19 September, attended by the whole school. Meadbh thanked them for their generosity and the positive legacy they have established in the name of their daughter. Meadbh was accompanied by her parents Michelle and Joe Putti and her grandparents Mary and Johnny Hoolan. The Dr Aisling Bursary was established by John and Evelyn in memory of their daughter who died in the tragic Air France disaster along with her friends Jane Deasy and Eithne Walls.

Gaisce
The annual Gaisce Hike in the Slieve Bloom Mountains was a weekend of fun and fitness for the 83 students who took part. The seven silver medallists undertook a gruelling three day, 50 km trek while those students going for bronze walked 30 km over two days. Despite sore feet, aching limbs and slight exhaustion a great weekend was had by all. Each evening tales of survival where shared along with pizza making the tiring adventure worth all the effort. Many thanks to the teachers who supervised the students, Ms Coffey, Ms Tuohy, Ms Carew and Ms Egan who co-ordinated the whole weekend.

Hannah Murphy
Congratulations to Sixth Year Student and poet Hannah Murphy who won a prize at this year’s Wild Words creative writing competition organised by Leitrim County Council to coincide with the Carrick-on-Shannon Children’s Book Festival. Hannah’s poem A Grave Goodbye is about loss and is published in the sixth edition of Wild Words. This follows on from Hannah’s success as runner up in the Trocaire National Poetry Competition in April.

Hockey

The Ursuline has quite a few students selected to play for their provinces at the Interprovincials. Best of luck to Kate Ryan, Alex Hally and Andrea Hally on the Munster u16 panel. Emily Kavanagh playing Munster u18, Emma Osborne and Alannah Walsh lining out for the South East u18 and Roisin Kelly selected as part of the Connacht u16 squad.

Assembly

The whole school assembled on Wednesday 19 September and were addressed by the new Green Schools Chairperson Grainne MacNamara. She gave an inspirational and funny speech on the continued need for students to do their bit for the environment. Despite the fact that the school has a staggering seven Green Flags there is still plenty of work to do. She finished by telling the audience that the Green School’s motto for this year is ‘Make the Ursuline Green Again.’ Erica Carroll is the new Chairperson of the School Council and she spoke to the school about the theme for the year, a Pope Francis quote ‘Joy springs from a grateful heart’. She reminded students to have a good attitude about gratitude in a speech that was littered with examples of silver linings.

September 13, 2018

Junior Cert Results
Well done to all TY and Fifth Year students on their fantastic Junior Certificate results. There were plenty of smiles, hugs, cheers and a few tears of joy shed on Wednesday when the envelopes were opened. The students should be proud of their achievements in this their first and quite daunting state examination.

Leaving Cert Geography Trip
Leaving Cert Geography students completed a very important part of their final exam on Tuesday 11, September when they undertook their field work study. The two classes, under the expert guidance of Ms Tuohy and Ms Hedigan went west along the road to Co. Clare. The first stop was the Poulnabrone Dolmen and from there the group went to Aillwee Cave to view its spectacular underground caverns. The students then undertook an investigation of transportation and deposition at Bishops Quarter beach, near Ballyvaughan. Finally no tour of Co. Clare would be complete without stopping to view the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. Then it was back to Tipp after a very busy but very rewarding day out.

Jake Carter Rocks the Ursuline
Students were treated to a surprise lunchtime visit by singer and Dancing with the Stars winner Jake Carter on Wednesday, September 12. The girls in blue were out in force to sing along with Jake to Slow Hands and Shot Gun. Excitement was at fever pitch when he took a selfie with the crowd. He took questions from many of his fans and there was great banter between him and the audience. Best of luck to him as he starts his Irish tour in the Source in Thurles. Let’s hope he keeps his promise to return to UCT at some stage in the future.

 

 

Camogie
The Ursuline were delighted to have two students on the Munster u17 camogie team, Eimear McGrath, fifth year and Ellie Ryan, sixth year. Munster won the Interprovincial All Ireland last weekend so well done to the girls on a successful outing for their province.

Katie Morrissey Tennis
It was a busy weekend for Leaving Cert student Katie Morrissey who competed in the Four Nations tennis tournament in Belfast recently. Katie represented Ireland at u18 level winning against her Scottish opponent 6-1, 6-2. The school is so proud of Katie and her talent, which sees her participating at the highest levels of her sport.

Hockey
The Senior As had their first game of the season, a friendly against Kilkenny College on Wednesday, September 11. This afforded the team and coaches an opportunity to try out tactics and positions in preparation for cup and league games ahead.

TY Trip to Killaloe
On Friday, September 7, the three Transition Year classes headed off to the University of Limerick Adventure Centre in Killaloe. They had a fantastic day of activity based fun in the water and on dry land. The schedule for the day included kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, high ropes, archery and a climbing wall. For these tasks the girls had to use a range of skills such as balance, co-ordination, team building and also draw on their reserves of determination and motivation. The annual trip to Killaloe is a brilliant opportunity for the TY’s to get to know each better and to bond as a group. Thanks to Ms Coffey, Ms Doherty and Ms Purcell for accompanying the classes and getting stuck in themselves.

Higher Options
Quite a number of Sixth Years availed of the opportunity to attend the Higher Options exhibition in the RDS on Thursday, September 13. Students could view the myriad of college and post Leaving Cert courses on offer. They could also check out options for studying abroad and apprenticeships.

September 7, 2018

Leaving Certs History Tour
It was an early start for the Leaving Cert History class who headed to Dublin on Thursday, August 30 at 7.30 am. Their first stop was a guided tour of the EPIC museum on the Customs House Quay. EPIC, which opened in 2016, tells the story of Irish Emigrants in a visually creative and interactive way. The museum was founded by Irish emigrant Neville Isdell and is an acronym for Every Person Is Connected. With over 20 separate galleries encompassing the biographies of around 325 people of Irish heritage, the students only got a glimpse of the story of the diaspora in their two hour tour. There were sad tales of enforced emigration, poverty and destitution but also uplifting stories of the great achievements of the Irish abroad. Susan, the tour guide was vibrant and engaging even encouraging the girls to one-two-three to Riverdance in the Irish Dancing Room but they were all a bit too shy to shimmy on the dance floor.

In the afternoon the students took a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery in the company of Bridget. Bridget is a fountain of historical knowledge and a natural storyteller enlivening the stories of the graveyard’s permanent residents. Students learned about the bravery of Elizabeth O’Farrell, the humanity of Daniel O’Connell, the political ingenuity of Charles Stewart Parnell and the story of Irish Independence at the Republican plot. The last stop on the tour was the most visited grave in Glasnevin, that of Michael Collins, beautifully bedecked with flowers. Ironically, modern Irish History truly came alive for the students as they stood among the gravestones of the men and women who were at the forefront of Irish Independence. Bridget complimented the Sixth Years on their enthusiasm and interest. It was a lovely day out and the best way to learn about significant historical events and people.

Hockey
Kate Ryan from Limerick and Waterford sisters Andrea and Alex Hally have been selected for the Munster u16 Interprovincial panel. Also Ròisín Kelly, fifth year has retained her place on the Connacht u16 squad. Well done to all.

Tennis
Best of luck to Leaving Cert student Katie Morrissey who is traveling to Belfast on Friday, September 7 to represent Ireland in the Four Nations Tournament. Katie who plays with Larkspur, Cashel is on Irish the u18 team.

Fleadh Cheoil
Congratulations to Sarah Bourke, Leaving Cert, who is the All Ireland Bodhrán Champion 2018 having won in the 15-18 category at this year’s Fleadh. She played a jig, reel and hornpipe to a fiddle accompaniment.
Well done also to sisters Kate and Elaine Frawley who were part of a Groupa Cheoil that won the All Ireland 12-15 category at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann held recently in Drogheda. Junior Cert student Kate played both the harp and concertina while Elaine, in second year, was on the accordion. They are members of the Castleconnell, Ahane, Herbertstown Comhaltas branch and are well accomplished musicians.

Sixth Year Retreat
The Sixth Years had their final ever school retreat on Wednesday, September 6. The day was facilitated by experienced retreat team The Mustard Seed. They are always excellent at getting the students to enjoy the day while also taking stock of themselves and where they are in their lives. Affirmation was the theme of the day. Conor, Peter and Stephen focused the group on accepting themselves and accepting each other. They did exercises aimed at getting the students to recognise their own goodness and the goodness of the world around them. The day finished with some guided meditation and quiet self reflection.

August 30, 2018

Hockey

Congratulations to Alannah Walsh, Mia Ryan and Emma Osborne who have been selected for the South East u18 squad for the interprovincial to be played at the end of September. Emily Kavanagh has been chosen for the Munster u18 interprovincial panel so well done to her too. It is a fantastic achievement for all the girls involved to be representing both their school and clubs at this level.
Those Ursuline students who play with the Munster u16 panel, Annabelle Ryan, Kate Ryan and Andrea and Alex Halley were thrilled to meet some of their heroes from the Irish Women’s Hockey team. The World Silver Medalists Lena Tice and Gillian Pinder posed for photos with the U16 panel and it was a fantastic opportunity for the Ursuline students on the squad to see what can be achieved by Irish sports women competing at the highest international level. Inspiration for the future no doubt.
Pictured below the Munster u16 panel with WORLD CUP SILVER MEDALISTS Lena Tice (front row 2nd from right) and Gillian Pinder (front Row far left). UCT players include Annabelle Ryan, Andrea Halley, Kate Ryan. Alex Halley is on the panel, but is missing from photo.

Katie Morrissey, Tennis

A huge congratulations to Leaving Cert student and tennis ace Katie Morrissey who won the Girls Singles u18 William Fry Junior Lawn Tennis Championships of Ireland 2018. This competition was hosted by the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club and Katie put in a stellar performance on court to win this prestigious title.

Leaving Cert Class, 2018

The students and staff of the Ursuline would like to extend their best wishes to the Leaving Cert class of 2018. They were a great year group who achieved highly in their state exams. They deserve every success that comes their way.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all the staff and students and here’s hoping that the forthcoming academic year will be both fruitful and happy for everyone. An especially warm welcome must be extended to the newest Ursuline recruits. First Years began their secondary school journey on Thursday August 30. In the morning there was an induction given by the Principal, Vice Principals and the first year class tutors. Then in the afternoon it was fun and games organised by the PE Department. There was a rounders competition for the new first year classes giving them ample opportunity to stretch their legs, run free, and get to know each in a relaxed, less formal manner. As is Ursuline tradition there was a nice treat to round off their very first day.

May 17, 2018

Navan Choral Festival
It has been a great year for the Ursuline Cecilian Choir. They finished in the runner-up position at the 39th Navan Choral Festival last week, missing out on the top spot by the narrowest of margins. They won a beautiful silver plate as well as high praise from the judges.

Gaelic Football
The Ursuline had three teams participating in the County U14 Football Blitz held in Rockwell on Tuesday, May 15. All teams played with grit and determination and two teams battled through their group stages to reach the final. The A team beat Presentation Thurles and Cashel which placed them in a final against Loreto Clonmel. The result of this encounter was Ursuline 1-1 – 4-3 Loreto. The B team had impressive wins against Cashel and Rockwell in their group stage only to find themselves overtaken by the Cashel B squad in the final. The score was Ursuline 0-2 2-1 Cashel. The B1s had a decisive victory against St Anne’s. They were narrowly pipped by girls from Pres Thurles and Pres Clonmel in their other games. There was plenty of action and great displays from all Ursuline teams on the day.

Camogie
Well done to our Senior Camogie team who reached the final of the County Blitz on Tuesday, May 15. In the end Nenagh proved to be too strong and the scoreboard finished up Ursuline 2-08 to St. Mary’s 3-12.

Choir Exams
It was a very busy morning for Ursuline Choirs on Friday, May 11 with choirs from First Year, Second Year and Transition Year all taking exams. The Cecilian Choir and Chamber Choir also sang for the examiners who were impressed by the very high standard of performance from each group.

Junior Orchestra
The Junior Orchestra had their exam on Wednesday, May 15 and their Music teacher Ms McNally was delighted with their pieces. Well done to all Junior Orchestra members for their commitment throughout the year and to Ms McNally for her musical guidance and direction.

Speech and Drama
Ms Purcell’s Speech and Drama students achieved some outstanding results in their recent exams. Isabelle Quirke and Anne Marie O’Byrne Casey both received gold medals in their LAMDA exams while Lucy Nugent and Sinéad Lynch were both awarded silver. There were numerous other gold medalists from those who took exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama these included Mary Kate Barrett, Fifth Year, Emily Kavanagh, Junior Cert, Avril Macken, Ellie McMinn and Eilish Naughton, Second Year and Francesca Neilan, First Year. Proficient Gold Medals were attained by Leaving Cert students Anna Neilan, Stephanie Kelly, Kate Molony and Melissa Odlum. Well done to all students who achieved so highly and to their teacher Ms Purcell.

Tennis
In the U16 Munster A League Ursuline won against Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire. They played in the Aghada Tennis Club and the girls did really well winning on a scoreline of 4-1. The Ursuline team was Rebecca McCabe (Captain), Emma McCabe, Heather Hourigan Powell and Catherine Hennessy.

May 11, 2018

Family Fun Day

The Parents Council organised a great array of outdoor games and entertainment for the Ursuline Family Fun Day, held on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7. It was decided that in the Year of the Family and the anticipated visit of Pope Francis in August it would be a nice idea for Ursuline families to get together for a fun occasion. There were bouncy castles as well as face painting, a hanging tough challenge, that proved to be very popular indeed, Go Cart racing and a tug of war. Ireland’s Fittest Family Winners, the Cummins Family, came along and participated in the novelty races, such as the sack race. There was ice cream to keep cool on what turned out to be a lovely sunny day. But that proved too conventional for some and instead they opted to be put in stocks and have wet sponges flung at them. There were plenty of young volunteers more than willing to soak their parents. The day was a huge success that wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of the Parents’ Council who had literally thought of everything. A huge thank you must also be extended to the TY and Fifth Year volunteers who came to school on their day off. They not only supervised the activities but participated whole heartedly in the fun and games.

Camogie Blitz

The First Years travelled to Mallow on Wednesday, May 9 for the Munster Schools Camoge Blitz having qualified from the Tipperary Schools Blitz held in Thurles recently. They played well in their games against Coachford, Cashel and Colaiste na Piarsaigh, Glanmire. They won their game against Glanmire. They put up brave displays against Cashel and Coachford and had a great day representing the school on the pitch.

Cecilian Choir
Cecilian Choir headed to Navan on Thursday, 10 May to participate in the 39th Navan Choral Festival. They have had a very successful year which began way back in September when they sang for Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, at the National Famine Commemoration in Ballingarry. Then in March they won the Post Primary Voice category of the Limerick Choral Festival for the second year running. The choir comprises of students from First Year to Sixth Year and the only requirement for joining is a desire to sing your heart out. Well done to the students and to their Choir Mistresses Ms McNally and Ms Butler.

TY

The TYs travelled to Annacotty, Co. Limerick on May 10 to the Recipe4Success Cookery School. It was a great day out and the girls got the opportunity to learn lots of new culinary skills.

May 4, 2018

Gaelic Football
Congratulations to our First Year Gaelic Footballers to were crowned Munster B Champions at a blitz in Mallow last week. They travelled to the Complex on May 2nd to compete in the Munster Schools First Year Blitz. With over forty schools competing the standard of football was very high. Ursuline A won their first match comprehensively against Carrigaline with standout performances from Kate Ryan and Elaine Frawley in the backs and Grace Murtagh in midfield. In the next match UCT lost narrowly to Youghal having failed to convert a lot of chances set up by Anna Duggan and Anna McCartan. In the semi-final, against Milltown from Clare, the girls were up against it and the score line at the end of full time was all square, 1-1 a piece. During extra time both defensive lines were superb and the game remained a draw. The game went to kicks. Milltown missed the first kick and Ursuline sent up Clodagh Morris, who had been outstanding all day. She duly obliged by pointing over the black spot. Milltown and Ursuline both missed their second kick. Milltown scored their third kick but Ann McDonnell sent the Thurles side into the final when she stepped up the mark. In the final, against Mercy Mounthawk there was only a point between the sides at half time. Ursuline started the second half brightly and within a few minutes Emma McCabe had hit the back of the net twice. The first year team were delighted with their win of 3-3 to 1-1. This is a great achievement for them and builds on the success of winning the Munster ‘A’ last year.

Camogie
The youngest camogie players in the school secured their place in the Munster Schools First Year Blitz to take place in Mallow after a convincing win in the Tipperary Schools Camogie Blitz in Thurles Sarsfield on Thursday, 3 May. Ursuline beat Borrisokane in the final. They were delighted to get this opportunity to play together as a team.

Athletics
The UCT athletes were out in force at the South East Munsters’ on Wednesday, 2 May. The Ursuline successfully scooped three gold medals. Anna Ryan, Junior Cert, came first in the Pole Vault setting a new South East record. She also took gold in the shot putt. Louise Hickey, First Year, came first in the Junior 200 metres final. Other medal winners included Marion Gillman, Junior Cert, who was second in the 100 metres Intermediate Final and Emma Osborne, Junior Cert, who picked up the silver in the U16 mile.

TY’s
The TY’s attended a very informative workshop in LIT on Wednesday, 2 May on road safety. They heard people speaking on the forensic work that takes place at the scene of a crash and also heard a survivor tell his story. Through the use of a simulator the students got to experience the horror of a car crash. It was a most educational day for the TY’s and thanks to the local Garda traffic corps for organising this event.

Scifest
The Ursuline had five projects entered into scifest on Thursday, 3 May. Congratulations to Emma Jayne Burke, Kate Williams and Anna Downey who won the Environmental Award for their investigation into how the extraction of resveratrol from Japanese knotweed could be used as a biofuel. The other teams entered included Ella Flynn, Orla Cornally and Laura Mockler who investigated the amount of time primary school children spend gaming. Eabha Brennan, Maria Brennan and Aoife Carroll investigated the effect of various milks on acne. Rachel Butler and Kate Ryan did research into how well Irish people can distinguish between the various different types of tea. Niamh Casey and Elaine Chute looked at how the International Phonetic Alphabet could be applied to the teaching of foreign languages. Well done to all the TY’s who participated and who successfully brought their investigations to project stage.

Alice Meagher talk in ‘The Source’
The Fifth and Sixth Year Art students were delighted to be invited to ‘The Source’ to hear artist Alice Meagher talk about her work and what inspires her prints and sculptures. The also got a chance to see Alice’s exhibition in the ‘The Source’ and it gave them great insight into the work of an artist.

Hockey
The Minor As lost to Crescent in the League Final on Monday, April 30. The game finished 3-1. The Minor Bs played the Cup Final against Crescent, losing on strokes in the end.

April 27, 2018

Athletics
It was a great day for the Ursuline at the County Athletics Championships in Templemore on Wednesday, March 25 with twenty-four athletes competing across all age groups and events. First off the blocks was National Pole Vaulting Record holder Anna Ryan with an emphatic and decisive victory in this event. Her jump of 1.53 also secured her second gold of the day in the high jump. Leaving Cert student Claire Rafter, making a welcome return after injury, won the Senior 800 metres. Anna McCartan, First Year, had a fine victory in the 400m, winning her first ever county title in style. Next up on the track was Aoife Murphy, Second Year, who ran a very good time and was just pipped at the post to finish in second position in the 800 metre final. Lizzie Burns got bronze in the Junior hurdles. The best of the Ursuline long jumpers in the Minor event was Alex Hourigan followed by Louise Hickey and Lorna Ryan. In the Junior Long Jump Sophia Whelan finished the best of the UCT competitors.

Ursuline was well represented in the shot putt with Elma McEvoy in the Senior cate

gory finishing in fourth place, a mere three centimetres off the bronze. In the Intermediate event UCT finished in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh positions filled respectively by Izzy Tyrell, Alanna Collins, Zoe Bracken and Lucy Nugent. In the final events of the day our Minor Team of Lorna Ryan, Rachel Ryan, Olivia Delargy and Louise Hickey finished in silver medal positions in a highly competitive relay. The day ended with the Senior team of Claire Rafter, Emer Delargy, Alanna Collins and Marion Gillman bringing home the bronze. Other notable performances on the day included Sophie Walsh finishing in fourth place in a fast Junior 100 metre final, Marion Gillman just losing out in the Intermediate 100 metre final and Emer Delargy in a sixth place finish in the Senior 100 metre final and Lauren Ormonde finishing in fourth place in the minor Shot Putt.

Musical Evening
Parents and staff were treated to an evening of sumptuous music on Wednesday, April 25 at the annual Ursuline Musical Evening. Included on the programme were both school orchestras, both school extra-curricular choirs (Cecilian & Chamber), First Year Choir, traditional musicians and soloists from St. Angela’s Academy of music. Highlights on the night were a voice and flute duet featuring Keri Ann Walsh and Caitriona Timmins doing a beautiful rendition of Panis Angelicus. Irene Flynn sang ‘Lascia chio pianga Rinaldo’ by Handel with great maturity. Cora Norton played IO on the piano like a virtuoso.
In the finale the Senior Orchestra brought the house down with Hans Zimmer’s lively ‘Pirates of the Carribean.’ Both award winning choirs, Cecilian Choir and Chamber Choir sang the pieces that brought them such success at national level in the Limerick Choral festival and Cork Choral Festival respectively. Well done to all students and staff involved in what was a great evening’s entertainment.

Hockey Results
The Minor As won 2-0 in a playoff against Rockwell on Tuesday, April 24 making them Section 1 winners. The Minors are now scheduled to play a cross over match against Crescent next week.
The Senior Bs played against Regina Mundi in the Cup semi-final. The final score in this away game was Regina Mundi 3 – 1 UCT .
In the Minor A Cup Final UCT lost out to Mount Mercy. The full time result was Mount Mercy 1-0 Ursuline.

 

Public Speaking
The First Year public speaking competition organised by Ms Quinn was won by Julieann Barrett with Roisin Astwood and Megan Boland coming in joint second place. Julieann and Megan both spoke about celebrities as role models, the positives and negatives of this modern cultural phenomenon. Roisin chose to base her speech on the topic of girls in sport. Congratulations and well done to the other finalists Sinead Tuohy, Francesca Neilan and Emily Mulrooney. Although several students veered towards the celebrity topic there was a wide range of ideas and colourful arguments.
The motion ‘That humanity has brought the world to the brink of annihilation’ was hotly contested by Erica Ryan and Kaya Gorwa who proposed and Victoria Cottrell and Anna Bradish who opposed the motion. By a very tiny marking difference the motion was defeated making Victoria and Anna the overall winners of the competition. Well done to all for great information filled speeches laced with humour and well-reasoned arguments.

 

Poetry Ireland

Congratulations to Leah O’Meara and Camille Ryan winners in the First and Second year categories of the Post Primary Schools Poetry Competition. The competition, run by the Kilkenny Education Centre, in conjunction with Poetry Ireland, asked students to compose poems on the theme School Life/Learning. The girls attended a special prize giving ceremony in the Watershed Leisure Centre Kilkenny on Poetry Day Ireland on Thursday, April 26. They were accompanied by their teacher Ms Egan. Well done to everyone involved.