February 28, 2019

Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Munster Final
The Ursuline was not only thrilled to have two teams competing in the Munster Final of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition but was even more delighted that both teams came out on top winning much coveted places in the National Final. This is a repeat of last year when the Ursuline also had two teams competing in the last leg of the competition. Well done to the Fifth Year team of Erica Ryan, Saoirse Grogan Ryan and Rebecca Leahy and the TY team of Ellie Culliton, Chloe O’Connell and Leah Phelan. All speakers impressed the judges with their assured deliver and their well-researched, thought provoking content. A special mention must be given to Ms Quinn their public speaking coach and biggest supporter.

Alix Noonan Rotary Club Youth Leadership Winner
Alix Noonan, the Regional Winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award recently joined 24 other young people from across Ireland on the trip of a lifetime. The group got to visit three parliaments – Stormont in Belfast, Dáil Eireann and the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In the European Parliament they got to be MEPs for a day, casting votes and debating topics like migration and the future of Europe. It was an amazing prize and Alix was honoured to be selected by the Thurles Rotary Club to represent them in this national competition. She won the Regional final due to her impressive personal achievements and her volunteering spirit, both of which demonstrated her considerable leadership abilities.

Amber Flay Day
On Thursday, 28 February the Amber Flag committee organised a positive mental health day. They started in the morning with a healthy breakfast of fruit, healthy cereals and yoghurts at 8.15 am. Thanks to the Home Economics teachers for supplying the food and healthy eating expertise. Students were encouraged to wear orange and everyone got a healthy body, healthy mind bookmark. There was a fun dodgeball match between the teachers and the Sixth Years at lunchtime. Finally best-selling author and psychotherapist, Stella O’Malley, spoke to the students about strategies they can incorporate into their lives to keep themselves positive, resilient and aware. Well done to the Amber Flag committee and their co-ordinator Ms Loughnane for incorporating a wide range of activities into the day and for taking such a great interest in the well-being of the school community.

The Minor and Junior Athletics teams travelled to WIT on Friday, 15 February after qualifying from both the Tipperary Schools Cross Country and the East Munster Schools Cross Country Finals. The Minor girls, Kate Ferncombe, Paula Quirke, Alisha Kearney, Tara Gleeson, Rebecca Danagher and Rachel Phelan ran a solid race over the 2km course with the talented Kate Ferncombe securing an individual All Ireland Final placing. Next up was the Junior girls team who ran excellently over 2.5km coming in silver medal position. Camille Ryan, Alexandra Hourigan, Grace Murtagh, Chloe Byrne, Robyn Fanning and Rachel Ryan are now heading to the All- Ireland Cross Country Final on the back of this performance. Congratulations to all competitors and to their coach Mr McDonnell.

It was a brilliant day out in Bandon for the Minor As and Junior As. As well as enjoying the gorgeous Spring sunshine both teams secured an important victory each. The Junior As won well by 3-0 in their quarter-final clash against Bandon Grammar. The Minor As were also impressive with their 2-0 scoresheet.
In other results last week the Minor As, Minor C2s and Minor Bs all won in their games against Loreto Kilkenny, while the Minor Cs drew 1-1.

Gael Linn Debating
The Senior Gael Linn all Irish Debating team of Rachel Madden, Zoe Bracken and Jennifer Murphy put in a valiant effort in their quarter-final show down in Kilkenny College on Tuesday, 26 February. They were up against Kilkenny College and Cistercian College Roscrea. The Ursuline opposed the motion ‘The Culture of Ireland is Safe in the Hands of the Young’ or ás gaeilge ‘Tá Cultuí na Típe seo Slán Sábháilte i Lámha an Aosa Óigi’. The Ursuline students spoke beautifully in Irish and argued their stance with a combination of vigour and preparedness. Well done to the team and their mentors Mr O’Dochartaigh and Ms de Barra.

The First and Second Year Basketball teams were in action on their own home court this week against Mountrath in the Midlands C League. The First Years played out of their skins to produce impressive basketball and equally impressive wins. The final scores in both games were Ursuline 44 – 14 Mountrath and Ursuline 30 – 16 Mountrath. The Second Year game saw the girls in blue put in a lot of hard work against an equally determined Mountrath opposition. It was tight all the way with Mountrath winning by the narrowest of margins in the end. The final scoreboard read Ursuline 21 – 22 Mountrath.

Fairtrade Talk L.I.T.
The TYs attended a Fairtrade talk in LIT Thurles on Tuesday, 26 February. They listened to a speaker from the Dominican Republic who enlightened them as to the importance of Fairtrade for farmers and growers in developing nations.

February 14, 2019

Tipperary Schools A Camogie Blitz
Well done to the Ursuline First and Second Year teams who competed in the Tipperary Schools A Camogie Blitz in St Patrick College, Thurles. The two Ursuline teams of mixed First and Second Years played Nenagh and Cashel. There was great display of skill by all teams and an enjoyable day was had.

The Minor B’s played Loreto, Clonmel last week. They were prepared for a tough game having suffered a bruising lost against the same side on a previous occasion. Although Loreto proved the stronger side winning 1-0 the Minor B’s were pleased with their overall performance.
The Minor A’s were in action on Wednesday against Scoil Mhuire. The full time result was a 2-2 draw with goals courtesy of Kate Ryan and Rosie Farrell. UCT won out on shuttles thanks to the accuracy of Kate Ryan, Emma McCabe and Elaine Frawley.

Public Speaking
Well done to the Fifth Year team of Erica Ryan, Rebecca Leahy and Saoirse Grogan Ryan who successfully navigated the first round of the Knights of Columbanus Public Speaking Competition held in Clonmel. The students spoke eloquently and passionately about the scourge of child hunger in a world of abundant resources. This win secures them a place in the Munster Final.

First and Second Year Debating
The winners of First and Second Year Debating, organised by Ms Quinn, were presented with their prizes on Thursday last week. The Second Year in house competition was won by Vera Ryan, Gillian Bourke and Evie O’Carroll. They opposed the topic up for discussion, ‘The Ties Between Business and Sport are Unsustainable’. They narrowly defeated the valiant proposers of the motion Camille Ryan, Audrey Lawlor and Anna McCartan. Individual Best Speaker Awards were given to Julie Ann Barrett and Sophia Whelan. In the First Year competition the teams grappled with the same motion with Rachel Ryan, Sarah Gleeson and Ellen Cass winning out in the final against Mary Ryan and Hannah and Katie O’Mahoney. The noted individual Best Speakers from First Year were Molly Lowry and Lily Buckley. Their delivery throughout the competition was both enthusiastic and passionate.

The First and Second Year teams travelled to Mountmellick last week to play Mountmellick Community School in the Midlands C League. The First years lost to a strong Laois side.
The Second Years proved their mettle with a decisive 27 – 8 win.

Fifth Year French Exchange
The 25 Fifth Year students returned from their visit to Nantes where they attended an Ursuline School or Lycée Blanche de Castille in Nantes from 3 to 8 February. They thoroughly enjoyed their time with their host families visiting the sites around Nantes including the Château and the Cathedral. They experienced French culture with a workshop in Breton dancing and a trip to the cinema to see French film Les Invisibles. The students had a wonderful cultural experience and greatly improved their language skills during the duration of the exchange.

February 7, 2019

Anna Bradish Trip to Brussels
Anna Bradish, National winner of the EU Soapbox Public Speaking award travelled to the EU Parliament in Brussels last Tuesday, 29 January. This exclusive look at the workings of the European Union Parliament formed part of Anna’s prize. She met four Irish MEPs including Séan Kelly. She was given a tour of the Parliament building and got to see debating and voting in the Chamber from the viewing gallery. Anna’s prize winning speech was on the importance of voting in European elections so it was amazing for her to get to see European politics in action.

East Munster Schools Cross Country Athletics
The Ursuline were well represented with four teams competing in the East Munster Schools Cross Country Athletics held in Waterford, WIT on Thursday, January 31. It was a great start to the day with First Year student Kate Ferncombe romping home in first place in the Minor girls race. She was ably supported by team mates Paula Quirke in eighth position, followed by Alysia Kearney, Rachel Phelan, Rebecca Danagher and Tara Gleeson. These stellar performances meant a first place slot for the Minor team. Next up were the Junior girls with Camille Ryan coming in a sure footed third. She was followed shortly after by Grace Murtagh and Alex Hourigan, eleventh and thirteenth respectively. Chloé Byrne, Robyn Fanning and Rachel Ryan completed the course to put the Junior team in a solid bronze medal position. In the Intermediate competition Kate Burke was first over the line. The other athletes who equipped themselves admirably over the tough course were Anna McCartan, Emma Osborne and Hannah Sheehy. Finally after a long wait in the freezing cold it was the turn of the Senior team. They were led home by Chloé Slattery, Fifth Year, with Isabelle Tyrell and Georgia O’Driscoll following closely behind. Well done to all teams, competitors and medalists and to their coach Mr McDonnell.

The Junior B team played Laurel Hill Secondary School in a recent Cup game. Laurel Hill were the stronger side on the day, winning 4-0.

French Exchange
A group of Fifth Years enjoyed the return leg of a cultural exchange last week with a number of students from an Ursuline school, Blanche de Castille in Nantes. The Thurles girls and French teachers Mr McDonnell and Ms Flanagan stayed with host families and participated in numerous social and cultural activities in and around Nantes. It was a very exciting opportunity for the UCT girls to see what school life is like in another country and improve their proficiency in French.

CSI Experience TY
TYs participated in a new and very exciting workshop last week. They spent a day learning about forensics, what is involved in this type of work and its importance in discerning the facts of a crime. The classes also had an opportunity to collect evidence using techniques like dusting for fingerprints when the team behind the workshop, Jim and Kieran, set up a ‘crime scene’. The students each had the chance to be part of the forensics team sent in to find the clues of what happened.

Mini Med UCC
Kiera Scanlon and Sarah C. Fitzgerald, TY, along with Guidance Teacher, Ms Golden, got a fantastic opportunity to see first hand what a career in Medicine is like. They attended the Student Prep For Medical School programme organised by UCC. There were talks and demonstrations by various doctors on the wide range of opportunities a career in Medicine affords. The Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster discussed the forensic examination of a crime scene. They witnessed a live surgery and heard about the difficult ethical decisions doctors have to make from a consultant breast surgeon. The students also got an insight into how clinical skills are taught. It was certainly a worthwhile experience for any student seriously considering the study of medicine.

February 1, 2019

Model UN
The Ursuline were well-represented at the DCMUN in Cork last week with seven delegates representing various nations from around the globe. The conference, hosted by Davis College, took place in Cork City Hall with the Ursuline students being among the 580 attendees who came from across the country and abroad. Flying the flag for Ursuline Thurles were Rebecca Leahy, Dominica, Victoria Cottrell, Macedonia, Saoirse Grogan Ryan, Uzbekistan, Siobhan Greene, Cape Verde, Jennifer Murphy, Tonga, Aoife Dempsey, Ghana and Aislinn Maher, the Central African Republic. The girls represented their countries well, distinguishing themselves with both clarity and sincerity. Some of the interesting topics discussed by the group included the rehabilitation of drug users in society and ocean pollution. There were also special conferences dealing with domestic abuse and the use of drones. The experience was a very realistic snapshot of how the UN operates and the difficulties faced by smaller, less powerful nations in having their voices heard in the assembly.

Soroptimist Public Speaking
Victoria Cottrell, Fifth Year, was among ten speakers who reached the Regional Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, held in the Park Hotel, Clonmel on Saturday, January, 26. Victoria, an able and experienced speaker, presented an impassioned talk on importance of the female empowerment. She mixed knowledge and wit very capably in her speech and did both herself and her school proud.

French Exchange
The school was delighted to throw its welcoming doors open to the French students and staff from the Ursuline in Blanche de Castille, Nantes. The group of 27, including their teachers Amalie and Lara, arrived on Monday evening, January 28. They met their exchange partner from Ursuline Thurles and were treated to a flavour of traditional Irish music in the school library. Ms Flanagan and Mr McDonnell had a full itinerary planned for the guests for the rest of the week showing the best that the school and the area has to offer. They were treated to a sean-nós dancing workshop, Irish cookery demonstration and pottery workshop and attended various normal classes in the company of their UCT host student. Trips to Kilkenny, the Rock of Cashel and Holycross were also arranged. They sampled Irish sporting culture with a camogie display and a visit to Lar na Pairce GAA Museum. Saturday was spent in the company of their host families. The Thurles students are very excited about the return journey next week when they travel to their sister Ursuline school in Nantes to experience a slice of French school life.

The Senior As played Crescent in the Cup Semi Final in Crescent on Wednesday, 30 January. The team played well in harsh conditions with plenty of good hockey on display from both sides. The final score 4-1 in favour of Crescent belied the good performances put in by the Thurles girls. Well done to the team and coach Ms Cregan on a great Cup season. The Senior Bs had more luck in their Cup game against Laurel Hill Coláiste winning 3-1.

Feast of St Angela and Catholic Schools Week
The feast of Ursuline founder, St Angela Merici was marked on Friday, January, 25 with a prayer service over the intercom asking Angela to watch over and protect students, members of the congregation, teachers and staff, both past and present. The TY choir added to the liturgy with their lovely singing and as always there was a treat for everyone in the school. It was also the day chosen to mark the official opening of the new prayer room. Once the service on the intercom was completed, twelve students, two from each year group processed to the Prayer Room, in the company of their Religion teachers. The new sacred space was blessed by school chaplain, Fr Jim Purcell and was given the Irish name Tighín Dé, meaning small house of God. This will be a lovely, calm space within the school grounds where students and classes can go to have a quiet word with God.

Catholic Schools Week began on Monday, January 28. There was a prayer service on the intercom on Wednesday thanking God for the gift of grandparents. There was also a Catholic Schools Quiz with a series of 20 questions posted all around the school. Many students and classes had great fun testing their faith knowledge with this during the week.

CBS Show
Well done to the Ursuline TY’s who treaded the boards at the CBS Show Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story last week. Those students who were delighted to be part of this brilliant and enjoyable production included Kaci Kerwick in the role of Maria Elena, Maria Maher, Jade McCarthy, Kate Ryan, Kiera Scanlon, Sorcha Scott, Ellen Duggan, Kate Maher, Michaela Grace Ginty, Enya Hogan and Ella Ryan.

January 25, 2019

Junk Kouture
The whole school was treated to the unveiling of the Ursuline Junk Kouture entries for 2019 this week. The fashion preview was a very exciting occasion with everyone in awe of how the six TY teams coaxed, bended, sewed and molded the most unlikely, throwaway materials into something worthy of a haute couture runway.

Team members Nora Brennan, Caitlin Power and Cora Norton used over 15,000 bits of old erasers, along with markers and crushed pens to create the wonderful A Shoulder to Crayon. The students took education as their inspiration to highlight the opportunities having access to schooling can open up for girls and how they are severely disadvantaged by a lack of education, particularly in developing countries.

Disconnected was a dress made from 1500 metres of wire which was knitted and crocheted together. Jessica Dunne, Grainne Quinlan and Orla McLoughlin wanted to show that even though technology has revolutionized the way we live everyone is still connected.

Plastic pollution of our oceans was the theme for Lean Cuisine. Aoife Qian, Eve Corbett and Katie McCarthy used waste products from the catering industry to highlight how much plastic we use and throwaway in our daily lives. They incorporated bottle caps, plastic cutlery, 1300 aluminum containers and food nets to produce a wonderful petal-like two-piece outfit.

Orlaith Ryan, Katie Ruding Barnes and Rebecca Walshe wished to bring the issue of road safety to mind with their creation Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. They brought coffee capsules, seat belts, road safety netting and wipers together to produce a fashionable piece capturing the idea that tiredness and driver fatigue can have detrimental effects.

Horses for Corsets is the brilliantly equine inspired design from Saoirse Fogarty, Leah Ralph and Fiona Hayes. The dress is made from horse hair including a headpiece fashioned from horse nails and rosettes, The bit and girth belt and stir-up shoes complete the look.

Transportation was the idea Sarah C. Fitzgerald, Chloe O’Connell and Leah Phelan decided to focus on. All modes of travel were incorporated including train tickets, airbags, bicycle tyres and wheels in the form of roller skates. Trains, Planes and Automobiles is intended to show how transport brings us together, connecting us with family and friends, making the world a much smaller place.

Well done to all the students on the work they have put in over the last number of months and to the Junk Kouture team of teachers who advised them and helped them every step of the way. We wish all six teams the very best of luck We hope they emulate the success of the previous two years.

Junior Football
The Junior Footballers won their Munster Semi Final in impressive style on Thursday, January 24. They travelled to Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale to meet Kerry rivals Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee. From the very outset Ursuline dominated the game getting off to a super start with Katie Gleeson and Marion Gillman both raising the green flag. Katie O Dwyer, Alex Hally and Roisin Bambrick were also at hand for Thurles with three superb points. Rachel Quinlan joined the score sheet when she struck the back of the net with 10 minutes left in the half. Mercy Mounthawk put over three successive points to try and get themselves back into the game, however, joint captains of Caoimhe McCarthy and Marion Gillman led by example and pushed Ursuline to an 18 point lead scoring 0-1 and 2-1 respectively. Half time score was Ursuline 5-6 Mercy Mounthawk 0-3.

Ursuline started the second half with the same determination and a well taken goal from Marion Gillman. Jess Gleeson and Katie O Dwyer added three further points between them. Mercy Mounthawk replied with two goals but still had a massive uphill battle to try and get back into the game. Grainne O Donnell and Roisin Bambrick finished off two impressive attacks by grabbing a goal each. Chloe Byrne finished off the game with another Ursuline goal. With this decisive win under the belt they take a well-deserved Munster final spot. Final score was 10-8 to 2-4. They will now face Cashel Community School in the Munster final in what should be a thrilling local derby.

Nantes Thurles French Exchange
The Ursuline was delighted to welcome 25 French students and their two teachers to the school this week. The group from a sister Ursuline school in Blanche de Castille, Nantes arrived on Monday, January 28 and are staying with host families until Sunday, February 3. They will return in the company of 25 Thurles Fifth Years and two teachers from the French Department, Ms Flanagan and Mr McDonnell, During their six day stay in Nantes the students attend classes and see various sites the area has to offer. The school is thrilled to forge this link with a French Ursuline school and it is hoped the exchange will have positive cultural and linguistic benefits for the UCT students and their French counterparts.

Anna Ryan Athletics
Congratulations to Anna Ryan, Fifth Year who secured a double victory the National Youth Girls Pentathlon and the Munster Youth Girls Pentathlon on Saturday, January 19. To top it all off she also won the Girls U/18 Shot Putt at of the Munster Indoor Championships on the following day in Nenagh.

Kellyann Ryan, Racquetball
Kellyann Ryan, Fifth Year ended the year in style when she won the U17 All Ireland Racquetball title in December. She also bagged herself silver in the Women’s Singles and won the Women’s Novice Doubles All Ireland with partner Tia Coleman from Mitchelstown. Her younger sister Katie, Junior Cert, took home the bronze in the U15 All Ireland. Well done to both girls and wishing them every success in the season ahead.

There were great victories for both the Junior As and Junior Bs last week.
The Junior As won in their preliminary round Cup game beating Leesiders Ashton 4-0.
The Junior Bs won 2-1 against Laurel Hill Coláiste in their Cup Quarter-Final header.
The First Year Hockey players were in action this week against Villiers on Wednesday, January 23. Teams A and B won their games 4-0.

January 17, 2018

Gael Linn Debating
The Senior and Junior Irish debating teams were in action in the next round of Gael Linn. The Junior team of Ellie McMinn, Ethel Rose Murray and Maeve Adams opposed the motion that the school year is too short or ‘Tá an bhliain scoile Róisín ghearr’. They faced competition from St Joseph’s, Ballinasloe, St Anne’s, Tipperary Town and Athlone College. The Senior team took on Cistercians, Roscrea, Ballinasloe and Athlone in their heat. They opposed the motion We Had An Excellent Year Last Year in Ireland or Sárbhliain a bhí in Éirinn again anuraidh. Well done to their teachers Ms de Barra and Mr O’Dochartaigh for their work preparing the girls for competition.

The Senior As won their Quarter Final Cup game on Tuesday, 15 January in style beating Villiers 6-2. Maeve Hassett scored an impressive hat trick. The other goals came courtesy of Alannah Walsh, Emily Kavanagh and Rebecca McCabe.
The Minor As played St Angela’s, Cork in a Cup game on Wednesday, 16 January. They won 3-2 on shuttles after a full time draw of 1-1.

BT Young Scientist
Congratulations to the Ursuline BT Young Scientist teams who were in the RDS last week. Both got Highly Commended awards in their separate categories. Eva Morrissey and Jade McCarthy were singled out for praise for their project on Sexual Consent and Teenagers in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category. The other team of Jean Grace, Sarah C.Fitzgerald and Ellen Duggan were commended for their ‘Automated Dispenser’ incorporating Radio Frequency Identification in the Technology category. Well done also to their teachers Mr English and Ms Molony.

Ladies Football
Ursuline travelled to Tournafulla GAA grounds on Wednesday, January 15, to meet Dingle Community School in the Munster Semi Final of the Senior Ladies Football. After reaching the final last year Ursuline were hoping to be there again in 2019. However, they faced a very strong Dingle side who raced into a 1-1 lead in the first five minutes. Niamh Keane was central to the Ursuline, scoring a point before raising the green flag. Dingle added three further points but Niamh Long was at hand to solo clear from midfield. She then passed to Niamh Keane and she struck the net for the Ursuline. The teams were level again. With 10 minutes remaining in the half Dingle got their second goal of the match and a few minutes later pointed from a free. Eimear McGrath, who was crucial in the Ursuline attack and set pieces, pointed before the half and two points separated the teams at the midway stage. Half time score was 2-4 to 2-2. Ursuline responded quickly in the second half and Eimear McGrath grabbed a point while Ellie Ryan raced through from the half forward line to put the ball over the black spot to make the teams level once again. Dingle were quick to go back in front and their lively corner forward pointed from an acute angle. Eimear McGrath then made it all square from a free after Lauren Murtagh, who was joint captain with Sadhbh Leahy, was fouled bearing down on goal. Dingle clocked their third goal fifteen minutes from time and added two points to sneak ahead. Trailing by five points, Ursuline needed to find the net and Kate O Connor duly obliged. Anna Downey gained possession and hit a cross field ball to Kate, she rounded her marker to boot it past the keeper. Not to be out done Dingle responded by scoring a goal of their own. Ursuline piled on the pressure with Cathy Hogan and Caoimhe McCarthy from the back but Dingle only conceded a point in this spell of Ursuline dominance. Nearing the end of full time Dingle counter attacked from Ursuline pressure on the Dingle goal to score their impressive fifth goal of the day. The final score was Ursuline 3-7 Dingle 5-8.

TY Mini Company

The TYs had their Mini Company exhibition in Sr Ursula Memorial Hall on Wednesday, January 16. There was plenty of ingenuity and business acumen on display with a photo booth, bath bombs, hand-made decorations, vanity mirrors, woolly ‘Ursuline’ hats, pre-packaged hot chocolate and marsh mellows being among some of the items on sale. The team chosen to represent the school at the Student Enterprise Awards County Final is All Wrapped Up. Kate Byrne, Sarah Fitzgerald and Aisling Hickey have produced an innovative, cost effective solution to the problem of tangled cables, particularly headphones. Their small ties, with attractive covers, made from recycled handbags, are both practical and environmentally friendly.

As a result of this leg of the competition the businesses Pic Perfect and Nailed It will merge to create a product that incorporates both their ideas. Pic Perfect used melted crayons to decorate colourful photographic canvases. Nailed It produced original wall hanging designs using nails and string. By bringing the two companies together, it is hoped they will combine forces to make a new creative product and secure a place in the next round of the County Final. Well done to all teams who participated in the Mini Company Competition.

January 7, 2019

Junior A Camogie
Well done to the Junior A Camogie team who played in a Munster Semi-Final on Tuesday, January 8. They were up against tough challengers in Coachford from Cork but Ursuline put in a brave performance throughout. The full time score saw Coachford finish in front with 3-13 to Ursuline’s 2-5. Well done to the team and mentors Ms Hogan and Ms O’Friel.

BT Young Scientist
The Ursuline was well represented at the BT Young Scientist last week with two teams entered with two very different but interesting topics. Ellen Duggan, Sarah C.Fitzgerald and Jean Grace focused on the idea of ‘An Automated Dispensing Unit”. Their project is aimed at reducing plastic waste in supermarkets, by getting consumers to bring their own reusable containers e.g. glass containers, when shopping and then use the dispenser to take the exact amount of food they want. They have also incorporated the use of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) A RFID scanning device will identify an RFID tag on the lid of the reusable container. This idea is similar to that seen in the ‘Amazon Go’ stores in America, where customers can fill their trolleys and walk through scanners. The total cost is then deducted from their account with the store instead of them have to scan through each individual item. The team proposed this as a practical solution for tackling the huge problem of plastic waste.

The second team of Jade McCarthy and Eva Morrissey were entered in the Behavioural and Social Sciences Category. They conducted research into part of the RSE programme for schools. In particular they concentrated on the area of Sexual Consent and teenagers. They surveyed students in Senior Cycle to obtain information regarding their knowledge, skills and requirements in relation to the topic of consent. One of their chief findings was that over a third of Senior Cycle students learn about consent from their peers. Social media was ranked as the second most popular source of information on sexual consent. They are currently working on a proposal for the NCCA taking into regard the views of students and working these suggestions into a revised RSE curriculum. The current RSE syllabus is 21 years old and only references sexual consent with regard to age and law.

Junior Football
Well done to the Junior C footballers who won their Munster Quarter Final game against Kilrush. They played in Parteen on Thursday, 20 December winning by 4-8 to 2-7. This win sees the Junior girls into a Munster Football Semi Final the same as their Senior counterparts.

The Senior As played a league crossover game against Crescent on Wednesday, January 9 in the Catholic Institute. It was a challenging game but they fought hard and finished strongly despite a result of 6-2 in Crescent’s favour. The Senior Bs also played Crescent yesterday in their League game losing out on this occasion 5-0. They played well but just couldn’t connect with the backboard.
The Minor Bs lost 3-0 in their game against Crescent.

December 20, 2018

Christmas Carol Service
The annual Christmas Carol Service featuring musicians, soloists and choirs from First Year to Sixth Year took place on Monday, December 17, The Sr Ursula Memorial Hall was transformed into a delightful Christmas scene with candles, lights and festive decorations. There was a traditional group of harp, fiddles, flutes, concertina, bodhrán and tin whistle playing distinctly Irish versions of Ding Dong Merrily on High and I saw Three Ships. The Cecilian Choir and Chamber Choir sang a selection of Christmas tunes including the hauntingly beautiful The Wexford Carol and the uplifting Carol of the Bells. Harpist Ella Flynn, Fifth Year, accompanied the Senior Orchestra for What Child is This? Isobel Hillery was joined by both school choirs for her rendition of O Holy Night. The programme also featured a Fifth Year vocal quartet comprising of Deirdre Fogarty, Aideen Carew, Laragh Hatherell and Aoife Dempsey. Well done to all those who performed and to Music teacher and Choir Mistress Ms Butler who organised the programme of events. Many thanks also to those who teach in St Angela’s Academy of Music where many of the students attend music tuition.

Mass of the Gifts
The Christmas Mass or Mass of the Gifts was celebrated in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, December 20. It is always such a special occasion and a lovely reminder of the religious meaning and spiritual value of Christmas. Fr Jim Purcell, the School Chaplain, presided over the mass and gave a very gentle, inspiring homily. There was a fabulous selection of Christmas songs which Cecilian Choir, Chamber Choir and many of the school’s finest instrumentalists had been rehearsing in the lead up to the mass. There was a liturgical movement at the offertory procession which included many dancers from Sixth year. They brought boxes to the altar to symbolise the many acts of charity that take place throughout the school during the year. This dance also featured two of school’s Spanish students, Daniella and Zanaida, who incorporated flamengo style movements into the procession. The students moved with grace to the strains of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ sung by Cecilian Choir and interspersed with bell ringing by some Leaving Cert Music students. As is Ursuline tradition all First Years did a fabulous slow movement to Silent Night. They held lit candles while singing Silent Night in Irish, English and German. It was a joy to behold this beloved hymn prayed through harmonious voices and elegant movement. Thanks to all readers, musicians and dancers whose preparations made the Mass of the Gifts 2019 not only possible but wonderful.

Senior Camogie Munster A Semi-Final
Well done to the Ursuline Senior Camogie panel and coaches Ms Hogan and Ms O’Friel for reaching a Munster A Semi Final. They faced Ursuline’s Waterford who were always going to be stiff opposition. The Ursuline Thurles had the advantage of playing on home soil but this was not enough to secure a place in the final. Ursuline Waterford just pipped the Thurles girls at the post to finish with a heart breaking one-point lead. UCT played out of their skin but it wasn’t enough against a Waterford side that took every opportunity that came their way.

Christmas Activities
UCT-tv continued on Friday, December 14 with the Ursuline version of All Star Mr and Mrs. The Mr and Mrs were Ms Hynes and Mr McLoughlin who had to demonstrate just how well they knew each other. Mr McLoughlin brought gushes of approval from the audience when he declared that he wouldn’t change a thing about Ms Hynes as she was perfect.
The annual Teacher v Student debate happened on Wednesday, December 19. Representing the staff were debating enthusiasts Mr O’Byrne, Ms Geoghegan and Ms Loughnane who proposed the motion that ‘There is Feminism in the North Pole.’ There were pitted against a mighty team of Sixth years including Gemma O’Dwyer, Mary Kate Barrett and Gráinne McNamara. They argued strongly that the North Pole is not in fact an equal opportunities employer and that the fairer sex don’t fare so well there. The students won but the staff but up a brave fight, so well done to all those involved. Much thanks is due to the Fifth Year councillors and their year head Ms Bourke for organising the Christmas activities over the last number of weeks.

A merry and safe Christmas to all our students, their parents and relatives from Ms Butler, Ms Slattery and Ms Gleeson and all the staff and of the Ursuline Secondary School.

December 14, 2018

Mission Day
Mission Day is always a huge highlight of the Ursuline calendar and this year it was bursting with frivolity and fun. It was held on Thursday, December 13 and all the action took place inside in the Sports Hall. The theme chosen by the Leaving Certs this year was Casino Royale. There were loads of games, obstacle courses and food. Students could get their fortune told, get their face painted or just hang out in the relaxation room. The disco was hopping with queues to get inside for a bit of a mid day bop. The sumo wrestling suits and the wrestling ring proved especially popular. Students and staff eagerly lined up at the bouncy ring with a view to taking their opponent down by literally knocking them off their pedestal. Students exchanged cash for chips and then spent these on whatever activities they wanted. Well done to the Sixth Years for organising such a great event with all money raised on the day going directly to support the work of Sr Clare Ursula’s work in Kenya providing vocational opportunities for young girls and women. Much thanks is due to Ms Molony who spearheaded Mission Day and to the students and staff who supported it.














Gael Linn Irish Debating

Junior Gael Linn and Senior Gael Linn Debating Teams both qualified out of the first round of the competition. The Junior team, under the guidance of Mr O’Dochertaigh, argued against getting rid of daylight saving time, ‘Bá cheart dúinn fáil réidh le ham coigilte sholas an lae’. Ursuline hosted the debate and faced opposition from Cistercian College, Roscrea, Loreto Clonmel and Presentation, Fethard. Ursuline’s Ethel Rose Murray, Maeve Adams and Ellie McMinn secured a win along with Loreto, Clonmel.
The Seniors included Zoe Bracken, Rachael Madden and Catríona Ní Shuilleabhán who proposed the motion ‘Tugaimid Aire mhaith dár seanóiri in Éirinn’ translated as ‘We take good care of our elderly in Ireland.’ They competed against Cistercians, Roscrea, Heywood Community School, Co. Laois and Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise. Ursuline and Cistercians successfully argued their way to the next round. Many thanks to their coach Ms Barry.


Second Year Debating
The Second Year in school Debating Competition is drawing to a close with semi-finals set to conclude before Christmas break. The teams will discuss and pick over the motion ‘Fashion is for Fools’. The students presented their three minute speeches with time for refutation, conferring and counter argument. The Second Year students involved are Kate Ryan, Laura Collins, Natalie Gilmore, Sinéad Tuohy, Ròisín Astwood, Leona Maher, Sophie Walsh, Catherine Hennessy, Mary Meehan, Megan Borland, Emily Mulrooney, Jessica Oakley, Anna McCartan, Camille Ryan, Audrey Lawlor, Yvette D’arcy, Elaine Frawley, Francesca Neilan, Lauren Mullally, Abigail Cahill, Lauren Ormond, Sophie Rowland, Sophia Whelan, Tara Queally, Gillian Bourke, Evie O’Carroll, Vera Ryan, Julie Ann Barrett, Leah O’Meara and Katie Norris. It is fantastic to see so much interest in Debating and speech writing from younger years and thanks to Ms Quinn who is indefatigable in the promotion of these skills.


Charities Committee
The Charities Committee were delighted to welcome Paddy Stapleton to school on Thursday, December 13 to receive the proceeds of the Jersey Day held recently. This fundraiser was in aid of his sister and past Ursuline pupil Amanda Stapleton. The school and students really wanted to help and support the family in some small way during this difficult time, Thanks to everyone who wore their club, County or Country colours and donated to this worthy cause.




Mass of the Gifts
The various departments and the many students involved are currently preparing for the Christmas Mass of the Gifts which will take place in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Thursday, December 20. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a lovely Christmas liturgy.

December 7, 2018

Well done to the Ursuline soccer team who represented Munster in the FAI Post Primary First Year Girls National Futsal Finals. They won the Mid-Tipperary division before coming out on top in both Tipperary and Munster. In the National Final they faced teams from Leixlip, Sligo and Carndonagh. The standard was incredibly high but the girls showed great character in the finals as they had done at every stage of the tournament. It was an honour for the team and the school to represent their province in this the Ursuline’s first ever National Soccer Final. Congratulations to the team Kayla Treacy, Sarah Bell, Kate Carr, Grace Fitzpatrick Ryan, Miah Bourke, Muireann Treacy, Grace Ryan, Molly Ryan, Kate Bergin, Kate Ferncombe, Emily Keane, Danielle Ryan and to their coach Mr McGlynn.

Congratulations to the Senior A Camogie Team who are through to a Munster Semi-Final after their win against the Presentation, Thurles on Tuesday, December 4. There was fine displays of skill from both sides in this local derby played in Dr Morris Park amid dry but cold conditions. The team now go on to face fellow Ursuline’s from Waterford with home advantage.

Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund
On Thursday, December 6, the school Charities Committee organised a jersey day to raise money for the Amanda Stapleton Benefit Fund. Amanda is a past pupil of the Ursuline and all the donations from the jersey day will go to help her and her family during this difficult time. She is in our thoughts and in our prayers.

Congratulations and well done the TY students who have been selected for the CBS Show. Kaci Kerwick will play Maria Elena and there will be strong Ursuline participation in the chorus. Those who successfully auditioned include Maria Maher, Jade McCarthy, Kate Ryan, Kiera Scanlon, Sorcha Scott, Ellen Dugan, Kate Maher, Michaela Grace Ginty, Enya Hogan and Ella Ryan. Best of luck to them and the rest of the cast and crew of the Buddy Holly Show on what is bound to be a great stage production.

The Seinn Concert in the Cathedral on Wednesday, December 5 was a big undertaking comprising of TY students from all across the diocese of Cashel and Emly. The Ursuline and its students were delighted to be part of this wonderful musical event that saw so many young voices raised in song and worship. The TYs had been busily preparing for Seinn with their Music Teachers and in their Choral classes over the past number of weeks. Well done to everyone involved and in particular thanks to the teachers who took care of the musical arrangements for the Ursuline.

The First Years played a challenge against Rockwell on Wednesday, December 5 and were delighted with their win. There was plenty of action in a game that was an ideal chance for mentors to work on team building and tactics.

AILO Adapt Workshop
A number of Ursuline students attended the AILO Adapt problem solving workshop in St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny on Tuesday, December 4. The aim of this workshop was to prepare students for the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad or AILO.

Mena Noone on the Late Late Toy Show
For First Year student Mena Noone this year’s Late Late Toy Show was extra special. She was there singing and dancing her heart out in the opening number. She joined host, Ryan Tubridy, at the very beginning and the very end for The Greatest Show from the hit film The Greatest Showman. Along with the other performers she did a fantastic job in what was a very memorable start to the Toy Show.

The Minor As and Junior Bs played Crescent last week but there was no luck for either team on the day. The Minor result; Crescent 4 – 2 UCT and the Junior B result; Crescent 4 – 1 UCT. The Junior Cs won in their match against Crescent by 1-0.
On Friday, November 30 the Senior Bs lost 5-2 in their outing against Laurel Hill Secondary School. The Minor Bs beat Laurel Hill on the same day 1-0.

Well done to the Fifth Year Student Councillors who are organising festive fun and games at lunch time to get the school into the swing of Christmas. They started on Friday, November 30 with a lunch time quiz between students and teachers. The students taking on the intellectual might of the teachers were Chloé Slattery, Anna Derby and Gemma O’Dwyer. The teachers taking on this fearless bunch included Mr Kirby, Mr O’Dochertaigh and Ms Keating. The quiz ended in a draw for both sides but the most entertaining aspect of it all was the cubby bunny half-time contest between two good sports From First Year Megan Kelly and Anouska Dunne, They literally had the audience in stitches.

Junior Football
Ursuline Junior Footballers progressed to the Munster Quarter Final last Thursday, November 29 beating Scoil Pol, Limerick. Conditions were poor and both teams were aided by a strong wind in each half. Ursuline, against the wind in the first half, put in a great team performance to go in at half time a point in front. Midway through the second half Scoil Pol took the lead and Ursuline found themselves on the back foot. However, great leadership from joint captains Caoimhe McCarthy and Marion Gilman brought UCT back in front to finish six points ahead. The Juniors now face Clare champions, Kilrush CS for a Munster semi-final spot.