February 14, 2010

Old Mobile Phones

The Green School Committee has been making preparations to launch a big drive to collect old mobile phones. This project has two dimensions. Firstly, all phones will be donated to the Jack & Jill Foundation and will be enormously helpful to them in the wonderful work they do and secondly if the committee can gather three hundred old phones, the school will receive an Interactive Whiteboard. So from Monday next, February 22, the Green School Committee will be more than delighted to accept any mobile phones that people may have lying about.

All Ireland Basketball Qualifiers

The Cadette Basketball team made the long journey to County Monaghan last Saturday to take part in the All Ireland play offs. Having won the Midland group, the team was well prepared for this encounter. There were four pools of three teams each, so the Ursuline opponents were Newbridge and local team Castleblaney. The first match versus Castleblaney was a tight match but the Ursuline team emerged as winners and they then awaited Newbridge whom they also had to defeat. They had a long wait before taking to the court for the second time and the two teams were drawn as they entered the last quarter when unfortunately one basket more saw Newbridge qualify for the All Ireland.

Log on Learn

The Transition Year students are showing their capabilities as teachers as they take on some older citizens who are anxious to learn their way around the computer, The Computer Room is a–buzz each week as “pupil” and “teacher” interact with each other on this most worthwhile programme.

Concern Debates

Anna Brennan, Louise Burke, Jane Bugler and Lily Cantillon travelled to Portlaoise last week to debate with Newbridge College in the first Concern debate of the knock out section. The team had the task of proposing the motion that

“genetically modified foods are essential in the fight against world hunger”

and in a keenly debated contest, the Ursuline girls won the day and they will now proceed to the next round which will take place in a fortnight’s time.

February 8, 2010

Mini Med

Following the experience of students who participated in Mini-Med in previous years, the number applying for Mini-Med this year exceeded places so eight students were pulled out of the hat for this year’s course. Mini Med takes place in Waterford Regional Hospital and WIT next week during the mid-term break so it is a clear marker that students who apply to do this course are serious about this option as a career. The course, which takes place from Tuesday to Friday, gives the students a taste of many aspects of medical practice and includes six one hour practicals. Students participating are: Hazel Blackmore, Louise Burke, Michelle Burke, Edel Campion, Maeve Herlihy, Mary Moran, Ellen Sweeney and Shannon Toohey.


It is a very quiet time for sport and the sports fields and courts are almost forlorn as so many students are involved in Mock Junior & Leaving Cert. The Minor B1, B2 and B3 hockey teams had league encounters with Crescent last week and all three teams had very comfortable wins: 5-0, 6-0 and 5-0 respectively.

Transition Years Under Pressure

To say that Transition Year students are under pressure may seem a bit of a paradox but the truth is that they are. Having entered this year’s YSI programme, deadlines are now approaching fast and furiously and yes, the pressure is on!

The Young Social Innovators programme (YSI) is a national programme that is taken up by 183 schools around the country and has an entry of some 380 projects involving six thousand students. The challenge to the young people who participate in YSI is if you believe in something passionately, then you can do something about it. Simply put: Believe in it, Act on it.

There will be two programmes put forward from the two groups. The first dead line to be met is a twelve page report on the project which has to be submitted by February 26 and following this, the students will travel to Cork to make their presentations – the “Speakout”. Based on these two submissions, sixty projects will be chosen for the Showcase on May 5 in Croke Park.

One group’s project is entitled “Guys & Dolls” and looks at the whole area of stereotyping in the area of relationships and the project’s motto is “Don’t paint us all with the one brush”. The second project is called “Introducing…Me” and focuses on the area of self-esteem and how to build it.


February 1, 2010

Catholic Schools’ Week

Catholic Schools’ Week, which is taking place nationwide this week, is being marked in the school with various activities organised by the Religious Education Department. The theme for the week “A Light for Every Generation” is beautifully depicted in the hallway as is a newly made St Brigid’s Cross. Prayer services are being conducted with every class and there are also prayers over the Intercom. As the Feast of St Blaise also fell within the week, throats were blessed on Wednesday.

Staff Collection for Haiti

A very fancy and delicious tea/coffee break time last week yielded almost € 1200 for the Haiti appeal fund. Members of Staff, talented in the cake-making department, certainly tempted the palates of all with a lovely spread which was enjoyed by all.

Mental Health Public Speaking

Caroline O’Connor, Anna Brennan and Nicola Sutton have been given a bye into the Regional Final of this public speaking competition and the preparation they had done for the theme “that the blocks of positive mental health are laid in our youth” will stand them in good stead as they now prepare a new topic.

Concern Debating

The Concern Debating team has also received notice of the motion and the opposition for the knock out stages of this debate. The team will propose the motion “that genetically modified food is essential in the fight against world hunger” and the opponents, Newbridge College, will be the guests to the school on Wednesday next, February 10.

Maths Quiz

Three teams of Sixth Year students travelled to Clonmel last Friday night to participate in the Irish Maths Teachers Association Quiz (IMTA). This was the Tipperary section and Libby Ryan, Lorraine Healy, Silvianne Strapp and Tessa O’ Gorman came first and will now go forward and represent Tipperary in the Regional finals which will be held later in the term. Well done also to the other two teams of Ursula Russell, Cara Bergin, Mary Butler, Debbie Fogarty, Anna Brennan, Aine Stakelum and Katie Larkin.

First & Second Year In House Debating

The climax of this keenly contested competition took place last week as the twenty four teams that started out were reduced to two teams of Second Years and two teams of First Year. The event was chaired most efficiently by Second Year student, Orla Lynch, and two Sixth Year students, Dervla Nash and Aoife O’ Sullivan, along with Mrs Quinn, adjudicated the debate.

The motion for both First and Second Years was “that the influence of the media has destroyed traditional values” was keenly argued by both sets of teams. The Second Year team of Emily Binchy, Jane Ryan, Isabella Harold Barry proposed the motion and they won the day against Siofra Adams, Enya Ni Tiomanaide and Anna Crotty.

In the First Year debate, the team opposing the motion won the day: Leah Carroll, Ciara Cummins, Roisin Putti. The proposition team was Katie Cody, Roisin Heenan, and Jenny Ryan.

East Munster Athletics

The Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Minor Cross Country Athletics teams travelled to Dungarvan last Friday having qualified from the Tipperary Section. And once again they were successful and all teams have now qualified for the Munster Final which will take place in C.I.T. on February 26.

The Senior and Minor teams came first, the Junior team, second and the Intermediate team came third. The competition allows for six athletes on each team and then you count the top three finishers from the team. In the Senior Section Mary Prendergast, Ann Marie Hayes and Marita Molony came third, fourth, and seventh respectively and Elaine Fitzgibbon and Ciara Burke also finished very well. The Intermediate team of Fiona McEnery (8th), Shauna Hayden (10th), Shona O’ Flynn (19th) and Cora Doyle (22nd) did enough to secure third place and a spot in the Munster Championships.

The Junior team of Caitriona Hayes, Caroline Murtagh, Eimear Ryan, Heather Casey, Siobhan Hennessy all performed well over the 1500 metres and secured the second place team. The Minor team of Ciara Cummins, Eileen Rafter and Orla Healy came first, second and ninth respectively and they came in first place and are looking very strong to take the Munster title.


There were mixed fortunes for the hockey teams as they continued League fixtures or participated in Cup first rounds. The Senior A had a home draw against Scoil Mhuire and in a very tightly contested match, there was little between the teams in the first half with both teams pressing well and defending even better. However, five minutes or so from the end of play, Scoil Mhuire scored what proved to be the winner and the Senior A will now go into the plate competition.

Junior B, Senior B had very convincing wins and scored 14 goals between them against Crescent and Laurel Hill. The Minor A also outplayed its opponents, Bandon, managing to put away ten goals in the process. The Minor B4 team went down by 0 – 3 against Presentation, Thurles.


The First & Second Year team started their league fixtures travelling to St Leo’s, Carlow last week. The First Years (two teams) defeated their opponents by 31-29 and 22 – 6 whilst the Second Year team secured a 22-22 draw.

January 23, 2010

Credit Union National Poster Competition

A number of students received awards from Thurles Credit Union in its annual poster competiton and now one of these local winners, Isabella Harold Barry has been awarded Merit in the 11 – 13 years category in the national level of the competition. There will be a National Exhibition and prize giving ceremony on February 7 in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin to which Isabella is invited with her parents.

Munster Camogie

The Senior Camogie team played its long awaited Munster semi-final last week against Ballincollig, Cork. Unfortunately, the team never recovered from a rather nervous and tentative start to the match allowing Ballincollig to score two quick goals against them. A much better performance in the second saw the Ursuline girls score well and confine Ballincollig to two points only – but it was a little too late and Ballincollig ran out winners by 3-6 to 2-3.

Co Tipperary Athletics

There was success again for the Athletics teams in the Co Tipperary Cross Country Athletics championships held last week. The Minor team of Eileen Rafter, Laura Booth and Ciara Cummins earned the first team place following a strong performance from the three girls over 1200 m. Ciara came first, Eileen, second and Laura ninth, thus securing first place for the team.

The two Junior teams of Emer Ryan, Catriona Hayes, Bridget Doyle, Siobhain Hennessy, Kate Hennessy, Caroline Murtagh, Heather Casey and Aoife O’ Toole came in second and third place teams with strong performances from Caitriona, Heather and Caroline. The Intermediate teams did the same over 1500 m and came in second and third placed teams. Members of the Intermediate team are: Dorcas Aleshinloye, Andrea Ryan, Fiona McEnery, Aoife O’Dwyer, Cora Doyle, Shauna Hayden, Dearbhaile McDonald, Catriona O’Connor, Michelle Burke, Kate Osborne, Lily Cantillon, Georgina O’ Brien and Steffi Keating.

Two senior teams performed very well also and they came home over the 1500 m in first and second team places. Serena Moloney ran very well and finished first and was followed by Ann Marie Hayes in second place and Marita Moloney in fourth place. The second Senior team also ran strongly with Elaine Fitzgibbon running in seventh, Sharon Cantwell took tenth place, Karine Ronan came twelfth and Niamh Fitzgibbon, thirteenth.

The teams have all now qualified for the East Munster championships which will take place in Dungarvan on Friday, January 29. Good performances from all the teams will be required amid stiffer opposition for qualification for the Munster series and ultimately the All Ireland.


With many teams preparing for the start of the Cup campaigns, some challenge matches were the order of the day. Senior A, Senior B and Senior C all played against their counterparts from Loreto, Kilkenny and secured victories. Minor and Junior A teams also had successful challenges against Kilkenny College and Junior A has also successful overcome the first hurdle of the cup beating Bandon Grammar by 3 -0.

Junior B2, Under 15 B3, Senior C and Minor B4 all had league encounters last week against Loreto, Clonmel. Junior B2 and U15B3 drew, Senior C won handsomely by 5 – 2 and Minor B3 was beaten by 0 -3.

December 13, 2009

Entrance Scholarship

Congratulations to Emma O’Dwyer from last year’s Leaving Cert class who was awarded an Entrance Scholarship at a ceremony held in U.C.C. last week. Emma, who is studying Arts/Languages, received her award based on her Leaving Cert results.

School Council

The School Council has organised raising some funds for victims of the recent flooding. Over the last few days, during lunch and break times, the members of the Council are selling red ribbons to place on the Christmas Tree that stands in one of the courtyards. All proceeds will go to the Vincent de Paul/Red Cross flood appeal.

Concern Debating

In the third debate of the opening series of debates, Anna Brennan, Jane Bugler, Louise Burke and Ruth Heenan travelled to Cahir to oppose the motion

“that the Irish media are guilty of presenting Africa in a stereotypical and unfair way”.

In a keenly argued contest, the judges rejected the motion and gave the victory to the Ursuline team. There is only one debate remaining in the opening series and that will take place after Christmas. However, with two wins and a draw secured, the team looks set to go forward to the knock out stages of the competition.


The opening rounds of the lunch-time talent show are drawing to a close. Only three acts remain to be viewed and then the judges (two Teachers & two Sixth Years) will have to make up their minds what acts will participate in the final next week.


The Cadette Basketball team travelled to Newbridge last week to take part in the Midland semi-final. The Cadettes were anxious to emulate the Senior team who had already secured its place in the final. They did just that by defeating Newbridge by 34 – 28.

Both teams will travel to Waterford this week to participate in the final.

The Senior Camogie team is also preparing itself for the Munster final this week. They have qualified for this final for some time but have been awaiting results from the other side of the draw to know their opponents.

Good luck to all three teams.

Meanwhile the hockey teams are busily fulfilling league fixtures. Junior A was successful against Ashton by 3 -0, the Minor A defeated crescent by 6 – 3 and the Junior B1 also defeated Crescent, this time by 5 – 0. The Minor B 4 played out a scoreless draw against Ashton and the Under 15B2 lost out to Crescent by 1 – 4.

The Minor B1, B2, and B3 teams were all successful against Laurel Hill, Colaiste by 6-0, 4-0, 2-0 respectively.

November 22, 2009

Junior Cert Upgrades

As a result of appeals in certain subjects, three students achieved 12As in their Junior Cert. Anna Brennan, Louise Burke and Eibhlin Ryan now join Karine Ronan and Deirdre Meehan with the full complement of As in Junior Cert. Congratulations to all.

Debating/Public Speaking

Twenty Fifth & Transition Year students travelled to the Trinity College Public Speaking and Debating workshop last week. The workshop consists of a full day of learning the skills involved in both: from the art of impromptu speaking to the art of rebuttal – all are covered in the course of the day and all students benefited greatly from the experience.

Soroptimist Public Speaking

Three students, Mary Moran, Eibhlin Ryan and Ruth Tobin along with their teacher Ms M Quinn braved the elements last Saturday and headed for the difficult terrain of Clonmel to participate in the Tipperary section of the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition. Topics such as “What goes around, comes around” and “Intellectual Curiosity: where would we be without it?” were the popular topics of the day. Congratulations to Transition Year student, Eibhlin Ryan, who was one of three students chosen to go forward to the Regional section of the competition.


Nicola Sutton, Caroline O’Connor & Anna Brennan will take part in the first round of the Mental Health public speaking competition this week and will speak as a team contending       “that the building bricks of good mental health are laid in our youth”.

Art Competition

Congratulations to sixth year student, Emma Maher, who was awarded first prize in the senior section (17+) of the Credit Union Art competition last week. There was success too for second year student, Isabella Harold-Barry who won first prize in 9-13 age group and Shauna Hayden who won third prize in the 14 -17 age group section.

Co Tipperary Badminton

Three teams entered the Senior section of the Co Tipperary Badminton competition last week. The Senior A team of Maeve Broderick, Hannah Tobin, Claire Hughes and Edwina McGrath made it all the way to the final but was defeated narrowly by Roscrea.

Hockey & Basketball

It was another busy week for the hockey teams as they fulfilled their various league fixtures. Junior B1 and Senior B had victories over Laurel Hill, Secondary School by 2 – 0 and 2 -1 respectively. The U15 B3 team suffered a narrow loss  0 -1. The Junior A and Minor A teams had challenge matches against Loreto, Kilkenny and both teams claimed victory.

The Senior and Cadette basketball teams have already qualified for the play offs as a result of their respective wins in the Midland League so the defeats against Clonaslea last week does not affect their position.

November 15, 2009

Science Week

There is absolutely no doubt but that every student in the school knew that it was Science Week. The Science Faculty worked very hard to ensure that there was a high level of participation amongst the students for the many and varied activities that went on during the week.

The First & Second Year students had table quizzes organised and run by the Sixth Year Charities Committee and as well as students enjoying the experience, they also managed to raise funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. In both quizzes, the results were tied at the top.

The Science Crossword was also very popular and the Third, Fifth & Sixth Years participated in this and there was a winner from each year group.

The Transition Year students entered “Science Snaps” in a photographic competition entitled “Creativity & Innovation” and there was a very high standard of photo submitted. These have all been entered in a National Competition run by Tyndall National Institute. One photograph was chosen from all the entries as a winning “school entry”. Pictured here is the winning photo entitled “The World’s Future is in Your Hands” by Ciara Fanning. In a week that saw the publication of the pastoral letter on the environment entitled “The Cry of the Earth”, this photo seems very apt indeed.

A team of three Sixth Years travelled to Carlow to participate in the Irish Science Teachers Association (ISTA) science quiz. Andrea Hennessy, Libby Ryan and Aoife Walsh came fourth in a high scoring quiz and were only four points off the winning team.

CSPE Action Projects

Two groups of Second Years and one group of Third Years all went in different directions in the course of the last week to do their action project for the Junior Cert CSPE examination. One second year group travelled to Limerick Jail, another went to experience the law in progress with a visit to Nenagh Courthouse and the third year group went to the Dáil.

The trip was the “fun” part but now they have to record all and set it down on paper for submission with their CSPE written paper next June.

Cake sale for Childline

A group of Third Year students held a very successful cake sale for Childline and managed to raise € 275 for the charity in the process and also they wanted to raise awareness about the work that Childline does.


It was a busy week for the hockey teams as they fulfilled league commitments. Minor B1, Minor B3 Under 15 B1 and Minor B2 all took on Villers, Limerick in their various leagues. Apart from the Minor B1 who had a 2-2 draw, it was win, win, win for the other three teams.

The Senior A, Senior B, Junior A and Minor A had league appointments with Crescent, Limerick. There was a win for the Junior A by 2 -0, a draw for the Senior B and a loss for the Senior and Minor A teams.

November 1, 2009

Guys & Dolls

The curtain came down on Guys & Dolls before the mid-term break. Many thanks go to all who attended in such large numbers and in particular to the parents of the students on stage. With such an intense rehearsal schedule, parents were on call to fetch and carry each day and the production would not have been possible without that co-operation.

Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir  had to travel to Cork on Thursday, October 22, the day after the final performance of Guys & Dolls for the recording by R.T.E. of the Co-operation Ireland All Island School Choir competition. With ninety per cent of the students being on stage the night before, great credit is due to them and their conductor, Ms Farrell, for acquitting themselves so well in Cork. The programme was broadcast on Sunday last, November 1 and the five choirs who had qualified for the television stage of the competition provided a feast of choral singing for both the audience in attendance on the night and the wider television audience last Sunday. The Ursuline Choir sang “Maria Marten Virginem” and a contrasting lively piece called “Las Amarillas”. Well done to the very experienced Choir from Presentation S.S., Kilkenny who emerged winners on the night and they now proceed to the final in the Ulster Hall, Belfast on November 15.

Archbishop Clifford’s Visit

Also on the week before the mid-term, the Archbishop paid his biennial visit to the school and met with the staff and students. A prayer service was held with the whole school community marking the visit of Dr Clifford as well as the Feast of St Ursula on the day. The Archbishop addressed the school on the theme of prayer and its importance in all our lives.


Sisters, Antonia and Edwina McGrath were both called to the Irish International hockey squad for training during the mid-term at Under 16 and Under 18 level respectively. The Senior and Cadette Basketball teams have continued their winning ways notching up their second victory of the league against St Leo’s, Carlow. The Senior Camogie team is into the semi-final of the Munster Championship following its defeat of Coachford by 6-8 to 4-6.

October 11, 2009


The Cecilian and Chamber Choirs in the school were very busy upon the return in September as they had to make a CD of two contrasting songs each, in order to enter the first ever Co-operation Ireland School Choir ’09 competition. The competition is open to all second level schools in the Republic and Northern Ireland and the CD recordings had to be submitted by September 30. From these CDs, five choirs from four regions were chosen to go forward to Regional Finals. The competition is being organised by RTE in association with Titanic Quarter.

So it was that last week that the school received news that the Chamber Choir had been chosen as one of the five choirs from the Munster/Leinster region. This involves the Choir travelling to Cork on October 22 for the Regional Final and this part of the competition will be transmitted on RTE 1 on Sunday, November 1. This is a terrific achievement for the Choir and its conductor, Ms Farrell and accompanist, Ms McNally.

The competition in Cork will be very keen indeed as the Choir will be up against very experienced choirs from Presentation, Kilkenny, Newtown, Waterford, Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare and Presentation, Ballyphehane Cork.

The winner of each of the Regional Heats will receive €1,000 and will qualify to participate in Co-operation Ireland School Choir ’09 final which will take place in the Ulster Hall, Belfast on November 15 and will be transmitted live on RTE 1.


The success of the Chamber Choir has necessitated a change of date for the run of Guys & Dolls. The usual finishing night is Thursday, but as a large number of students in the cast are members of the Chamber Choir, the final night for this year’s show will be Wednesday, October 21 to enable the Choir to set out for Cork on the Thursday.


Past pupil, and runner up in the BBC’s search for a Nancy in the I’d Do Anything series, Jessie Buckley, returned to the school last Sunday to watch a rehearsal of Guys & Dolls. Unable to make it to any of the performances, Jessie was greeted warmly and with great delight by the students, especially the four Sixth Year students involved in the show who had played parts with her in West Side Story.

Meanwhile, the last touches are being put to the show as the cast prepares for opening night next Saturday, October 17 and will continue on Sunday Oct 18, Tuesday, October 20 and as advised above, Wednesday, October 21. Bookings can be made by calling or phoning the school office at 0504/22147 between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. each day.

September 20, 2009

Guys & Dolls :

Auditions have been completed and the first production rehearsal took place on Sunday last so all is now in full swing as the cast prepare for opening night on October 17. The cast is as follows:

Sky Masterson:……………..Aoife Walsh

Sarah Browne:………………Aoife Ryan

Nathan Detroit:……………..Fiona O’ Sullivan

Adelaide:……………………..Jessica Bambrick

Mimi:…………………………..Eva McNally

Arvide:………………………..Georgina O’ Brien

Nicely Nicely Johnston:……Cliodhna Bourke

Benny Southstreet:………..Alison Burns

Rusty Charlie:……………….Orlaith O’ Sullivan

Big Jule:………………………Gwen Fitzpatrick

Harry the Horse:……………Laura Joy

Lt. Branningan:……………..Anna O’ Donnell

General Cartwright:……….Ellen Murray

Angie the Ox:………………..Lily Cantillon

Society Max:…………………Eibhlin Ryan

Liver Lip Louie:……………..Susan Lowry

M.C Hotbox:………………….Phillipa Bourke

Agatha:……………………….Rachel Williams

Joey Biltmore:………………Grainne White

Transition Year

The two Transition Year groups have settled well to their tasks: mini-companies, community care, car & road safety workshop etc and they also enjoyed their first outing of the year in Killaloe last Friday. They went to the Killaloe Activity Centre where they participated in all kinds of land and water sports and for once the weather looked down kindly on them!


Sixth Year student, Hannah May Morrissey travelled to Glasgow, Scotland recently to represent Ireland in a four nations Tennis Tournament – Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales. There were four teams in all from each country: Under 12, Under 14, Under 18 and a Senior team. Hannah May participated in the Under 18 team and played three singles matches and three doubles matches over the course of the three day event. The overall winner of the tournament was Scotland.


In preparation for the competitive season ahead, the Senior A is having a friendly invitation blitz this week. The school is hosting this event and seven other teams in all will travel for the day’s session of matches: Loreto Dalkey and Foxrock, Loreto, Wexford, Middleton College and Mount Mercy, Cork and Kilkenny College & Loreto, Kilkenny.


The Religious Education Department is busily preparing for the opening of the year school Mass which will take place next week. The theme for the year is:

“Live simply. Love Generously. Leave the rest to God”


The Cecilian and Chamber Choirs have been very busy in the last two weeks as they prepared to record a C.D. for entry into a competition as part of “Co-operation North”. The practices have now been completed and the recording made on Monday last and it will be submitted for adjudication.