Annual U Factor Talent Contest
The annual U-Factor was held on Tuesday 13th of March and was another spectacular event! Students got the chance to showcase their amazing singing, musical and dance talents. Last year’s winner Cliodhna O’ Reardon performed the opening act by singing “Say Something”. Robyn Milner played a Spanish guitar piece while Ciara O’ Leary played a piece called Nuvole Bianche on the piano. Erika Hyde and Aimee Kennedy both performed individual modern dance pieces while there were a number of different individual and group singing acts which were excellent and highly entertaining. It was a tough job for the panel of judges but they were unanimous in selecting Amy Milward as this year’s worthy first place winner for her performance of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. Well done also to Ciara O’ Leary for coming second and Janni Hoffman for coming third for singing “Home”. As usual the joint 6th year- teacher performance brought the house down with their cool dance moves to a medley of “High School Musical” songs.
TY tour of RomeTY tour of Rome
On the 8th of March 2018, 30 Transition Year students and 4 teachers, Mr Carr, Ms McInerney, Ms Witty and Ms O’Leary set off to Dublin airport to catch our flight to Rome. Upon arrival, we were met outside the airport by Alessandro, our bus driver who would accompany us for the next 3 days. We drove an hour and a half to Anzio, a town outside Rome where we checked into our hotel, Grand Hotel Dei Cesari. We were all exhausted after a long day and soon fell asleep. The following morning, we got up early and got onto the bus and drove to the city centre of Rome. We were dropped at the Colosseum, where we met Sylvia, who would be leading the guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. She told us all about the history of the amphitheatre, about gladiator fighting and explained the layout of the city centre of Ancient Rome. After she finished the tour, we explored by ourselves. After lunch we visited the Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple to gods, and ate some gelato. After that, we went to the Trevi Fountain and climbed the Spanish Steps before getting on the bus home.
The following day, we visited the Vatican City. We split up to look around the museum at all the paintings, sculptures and tapestries and after some of us got lost, we all met up again after the Sistine Chapel. Everybody was very impressed with it, especially the ceiling. After the museums and the Sistine Chapel, we all walked together to St. Peter’s Basilica, and got into a long line to get in. I think everyone would agree that it was worth the wait. We saw the Pietà and beautiful artwork throughout the building. When we left the basilica, we had a short walk to Castel Sant’Angelo, where we got to see the sunset down behind St. Peter’s Basilica.
On our last day, Sunday, we reluctantly packed our bags and checked out of the hotel after breakfast. Alessandro drove us to the Catacombs of Rome, where we met Geoffrey, our French guide. He took us down through narrow passageways and explained the history behind the ancient burial grounds. We also saw the only unopened tomb of those excavated, which some found strange. After we came above ground, we sat outside in gorgeous weather and 18ºC temperatures. Following that, we went to the Euroma2 shopping centre where we spent 3 hours shopping. We piled back onto the bus and drove to the airport laden down with shopping bags and some of us had to sit on our suitcases to close them. Once we checked in we waited around in the Ciampino airport until it was time to take off. When we landed in Dublin, we got onto the bus and arrived back at the school at 3 o’clock in the morning; needless to say, it was a quiet bus journey! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we were already missing it back in school on Tuesday morning.
By Nicole Maher
Interior Design Workshop
School Closure Due to WeatherSchool Closure Due to Weather
The School will remain closed until Monday 5th March due to Met Eireann red weather alert for Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March.
School Closed Today 28th February.
Due to heavy snow it has been decided that in the interests of safety the school will remain closed. Any further closures will be announced on this site.
Junior Achievement Enterprise In Action Progamme
Congratulations to all those who graduated from the JA Enterprise in Action Programme. A huge thanks to Mr. Ray Clarke of AON who very kindly delivered the programme over the course of 5 weeks. Students got the chance to appreciate what entrepeneurship really entails and gained an understanding of the importance of knowing your customer and providing your product or service in the most ethical way possible. The elevator pitch exercise proved to be challenging yet enjoyable. Students really benefitted from learning from an experienced entrepreneur who has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer. It was a great programme for both teacher and students!
First Year Puppet Workshop
Earlier this month the 1st year students where treated to a puppet workshop facilitated by Dowtcha Puppets. Before learning how to make our own, we had the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the puppets that our facilitators Alex and Micheal had brought along with them. A few students even managed put together a short performance for us to enjoy! Following the fun and games we got down to the business of designing and constructing rod puppets. Looking at the finished products I think it is safe to say that we managed to create some very interesting characters and who knows, perhaps we have some puppeteers in the making! Thank you to all at Dowtcha Puppets for a fantastic workshop
Junior School Tour to London
On Monday the 12th February 38 Second and Third Years departed Cork for London in the company of Ms. O' Dea, Ms. McInerney, Ms. Cotter, Ms. Ryan and Ms. O' Callaghan. What followed were 3 days of a full on whistle stop tour of some of London's finest sights. On arrival the girls had an excellent tour under the direction of a very dramatic and interesting guide called Vivian Stokes. We got the chance to walk around the houses of parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Cathedral. Next we visited the National Gallery where we were able to identity great works of art by artists such as Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Turner and Vermeer. After a bite to eat in Garfunkels we headed to our hotel where we checked in and relaxed for the evening. On the following day we visited the Science Museum and Natural History Museum which were jam packed with tourists. In the afternoon we went on the London Eye and were able to take a panoramic view of the city. We certainly worked up an appetite for Pizza Express that evening. Following our meal we went to the Show "Wicked" which we all enjoyed thoroughly! On our final day we visited the Tower Of London to see the Crown Jewels and then did a spot of retail therapy at Westfield Shopping Centre before heading to Stansted Airport. By the time we arrived in Cork Airport after our flight which was delayed by an hour we were all exhausted but delighted with our action packed tour!
EU ParliamentEU Parliament
From the 24th to the 26th of January Gemma Hayes, Alex Murphy and Claire Rainy went to CIT to participate in the European Student Parliament. They were each put into separate groups to debate and defend different topics.
Claire’s topic was aviation and space flight in which she had to investigate the future of drones and other small aircrafts in our society and political atmosphere.
Alex’s topic was about the mobility in the city this involves assessing the conditions of facilities such as the coca cola bike scheme and looking into how to encourage citizens to use these facilities more often.
Gemma’s topic was driverless vehicles this was the investigation of how autonomous vehicles would be incorporated into every day life and how they would be more efficient in transporting goods.
The first two days were spent in CIT where the groups got seminars from experts in their topic and constructed the claims they wanted to put forward to the other groups at the Parliamentary Debate on the last day.
On the 26th of January the groups gathered at the Council Chamber in the City Hall for the Parliamentary Debate. Each group got to present their claims to the other groups who then would challenge their claims. After the groups had defended their claims a vote would be held on whether or not the claim would go through or not.
Once all voting had been finished Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzgerald awarded each student who participated with a certificate.
Christmas Carol Service 2017
TY students participate in Cork Enterprise Board Mini-Company Trade Fair at UCCTY students participate in Cork Enterprise Board Mini-Company Trade Fair at UCC
On Monday the 27th of November both 4th year mini-companies presented their products, market research and sales figures to the various judges that were floating around the stands that were packed into Devere Hall at UCC. The girls did themselves proud by being well prepared with power point presentations and had their signage and T-Shirts professionally printed. There was a great buzz and students managed to make a number of welcome sales. Well done to all those who participated!!
Senior students got the chance to see "Condemned to Remember".The documentary tells the story of Dublin based Tomi Reichentahl who lost 35 family members in the Nazi Holocaust and is himself a survivor . He spends his days visiting schools and colleges throughout Europe telling his story. Tomi demonstrates how racism is increasingly rampant throughout Eastern Europe, as though the lessons of the past were never learned.
He visits the village of Jedwabne in German-occupied Poland where on July 10, 1941 hundreds of Jews were massacred by their neighbours.
He celebrates his 80th birthday during the making of the documentary and visits a local Dublin Mosque to share this special day in an effort to highlight how important it is to embrace difference and not allow prejudice and ignorance to cloud our judgement of people we don't know.
The girls were delighted to get the chance to ask Mr. Reichenthal questions at the conclusion of the documentary.
UCB celebrates Space Week!UCB celebrates Space Week!
To celebrate space week the 4th years did a musical presentation on all the planets in the solar system. They made props representing each of the different planets in art class. The whole school body used the light on their iphones to recreate the stars in the night sky at assembly on morning. Students also participated in a competition to win t- shirts and pens!
3.1 Action Project in aid of Pieta House
On Friday, 20th October the 3.1 CSPE class held a very exciting afternoon with a Staff Vs. Students game of Dodge Ball and they also set up an obstacle course in the hall for students and teachers to go head to head as part of their CSPE Action Project Fundraiser for Pieta House. It was a highly entertaining afternoon for both participants and spectators as students from 3.1 challenged teachers to some highly competitive dodge ball and obstacle contests.
Each student contributed €2 for entry to the hall and a total of €326 was raised for Pieta House, the charity which provides help to people suffering with mental health issues. Pieta House were delighted with the contribution and a member of their staff dropped into school on 9th November to collect the cheque and to thank the girls personally for all their hard work and for making the afternoon a huge success. A big thanks to all who contributed and got involved with the event!
One Book one Community InitiativeOne Book One Community Initiative!
1st and 2nd years participated in the one book one community initiative whereby they had to produce a project about a book that had special significance for them. Avril Caca and Maria Fidalgo achieved first place among their respective peers! The girls really enjoyed their trip to Mahon Community Centre where they received their prizes of a book voucher each!!
Students get into the swing of the Jazz festival!!!
To celebrate the Cork Jazz Festival, the Ursuline students got involved in many activities throughout the week. The week kicked off in style with a very jazzy rendition of Amy Winehouse's Valerie, sung at assembley by our own incredibly soulful student Amy Milward. Students were then treated to swing dancing classes throughout the week given by our music teacher, Mrs Sliney. A flash mob style swing dance was demonstrated by the transition year students and everyone was encouraged to demonstrate their new skills at assembley on Friday morning where Mrs Sliney hosted a 'swing-extravaganza' event! Students were also treated to a Jazz parade during lunch break where Neasa Coleman, on clarinet, led a group of transition year students through the halls of the school. Much fun was had by all!
5th year LCVP visit Musgraves!
On Thursday the 19th October the 5th year LCVP class paid a visit to Musgrave Retail Park on the Tramore Road as part of their Link Modules course. They are basing their “Action Plan” report on the excursion. Mary O’ Keeffe HR Manager gave an excellent presentation to the girls on practically every aspect of the Musgrave story to date. They were brought to the chill and ambient warehouses where they could see for themselves how stock is organised and gathered for delivery to the different Supervalu and Centra stores in Munster. Each student received a goody bag on departure which was much appreciated.
3.2 Visit Cork City Hall to witness a city council meeting in session!
On Monday the 9th of October our 3.2 class went into town after school to meet with the Lord Mayor and sit in a council meeting. Unfortunately the Lord Mayor Mr. Tony Fitzgerald was away for the day so his deputy Councillor Fergal Dennehy met with us and very kindly answered all of our questions. En route into the City Hall we noticed that a vigil was taking place outside to commemorate the 9 people who died so tragically in the Carrickmines fire last year. Mr Dennehy explained that there are 31 councillors on the city council and our ward – South East- is the largest as 7 councillors represent our constituency. We asked him about what he thought about councillors pay being limited to just €16k a year and he said that the reason why it is so low is that it is a part-time job. He told us that the former minister for the Environment and local government reduced the salary of the Lord Mayor from €90k to €30k in one sweep and that nowadays councillors find it hard to put them themselves forward for this full-time position due to its low pay and many can’t afford to do so for a year. He told us that as Deputy Lord Mayor for the day he would have to control the debate in the chamber that evening and would have to remain neutral despite his own political or personal beliefs when he is in that role. We asked him if gender quotas were used to encourage more women to stand in the last local government election in 2014 and he said no. He does believe that they will probably be used for the upcoming election in 2019. After having our photo taken with Mr. Dennehy we were then invited to go down to the council chamber. We had to be very quiet and we sat near the press. Journalists were there from the Irish Examiner, Evening Echo, Cork Independent and 96 fm. Councillor Nicholas O’ Keefe stood up and welcomed us to the chamber. We noticed that the different parties sat in different areas of the chamber. If someone spoke over the given time Mr. Dennehy asked them to finish up. Unfortunately we had to leave before the debate got into full swing. We look forward to our visit to the Dail in March and hope that we see protests outside the Dail and heated debate within.
Congratulations to Sr. Bernard.
Congratulations to Sr. Bernard on celebrating her 90th birthday!
Sr. Bernard is a former Principal of the Ursulines and only recently retired
from providing learning support. She has a very positive attitude to life and
has a great sense of humour which I'm sure explain why she is so spritely and
fresh for her 90 years young. The cake for the celebration was created by our
leaving cert student Aisling Dunne!! A true work of Art!
Visit to Ballymaloe Cookery SchoolOn Thursday the 28th of September we visited Ballymaloe Cookery School as part of our LCVP programme. We will be basing a summary report on the trip. We were really lucky with the weather as if we went the day before we would have had to contend with a mud bath on our walk around the grounds. Our guide Susan was really informative and friendly. She was very helpful in answering all our questions. We were really taken by the beauty of the fruit and vegetables growing organically and we never realised before that the 6 inches of topsoil in an organic farm determine the vitality of whats grown and as a consequence impact on our health and well-being as consumers. We tasted different herbs and edible flowers and could see how the growth of red clover is pivotal to restoring nitrogen to the soil on an organic farm. We tasted freshly picked cucumber and noticed how its flavour was far more vivid than what we buy in the supermarket. We believe how beautiful the shell house was. We were told that Blott Kerr-Wilson was responsible for decorating the interior of the shell house over a period of three months. It's truly spectacular! We really enjoyed our visit as it opened our eyes to the benefit of 'slow food' that is organically grown.
Councillor Kieran McCarthy visits 3.2 class for their CSPE Action ProjectCouncillor Kieran McCarthy was very good to come out and visit our 3.2 class on the 18th of September last. He was greeted by Shakira and Maria and escorted to the double lecture room where Ciara welcomed him in Irish and Betul translated in English. He was then grilled on his role as a councillor by all of the girls in the class. He was very thorough in answering all of their questions and wished the class well on their upcoming visit to Cork City Hall on the 9th of October as they will be sitting in on a council meeting in session. Tiaunna presented Councillor McCarthy with a box of chocolates and a card signed by all members of the class!
Ursuline Open Night 2017Congratulations to all students and teachers involved in organising another very successful open night. The corridors and classrooms were buzzing from the hive of activities that were going on all over the building! Prospective students got the chance to learn a French song, decorate a cup cake, witness chemical experiments being carried out and participate in games in the PE hall. While all of this was going on parents were given a presentation on what our fantastic school has to offer!
TY trip to Kinsale Outdoor Education CentreOn the 18th of September, 2017, our year went on a trip to Kinsale OEC, accompanied by Ms Sheehan and Mr Cronin. We left the school at approximately 9:10 on the morning of our trip and travelled to Kinsale by bus. The journey there wasn't too long, but we spent our time chatting and singing songs. When we arrived, we were greeted by four instructors; Sebastian, Adam, Ciara, and Matty. They told us that we would spend our morning kayaking and our afternoon doing rock-climbing, archery, and team games. We were taken to our changing rooms where we put on wetsuits, jackets, buoyancy aids, and helmets. We got into two coaches and were driven to the nearest beach. We were given three options; we could go in a single-seater kayak, a double kayak, or a canoe. We carried our boats and our paddles down to the beach where they gave us a quick tutorial and told us some safety precautions, and then we were off. The day was warm and the sky was clear as we rowed to a rocky beach. One of the instructors, Sebastian, showed us the inside of a small cave. We spent the remainder of the morning rowing our boats around and doing a small bit of swimming. We made our way back towards the beach around lunchtime, but left some time to tie our boats to the pontoon and spend a while swimming and diving around before rowing our boats back to the beach. We drove back to the centre and changed from our sandy wetsuits into clean clothes. We had a half an hour for lunch and then it was back to activities. We started by putting on harnesses and helmets and ensuring they were secure. Few students were brave enough to climb a shaky tower and do a 'Leap Of Faith' but nearly everyone had a go at the climbing wall. Next to the climbing wall was an enclosure for archery. We all enjoyed both activities and got quite competitive after a while. We played a few games and then it was time to go. We thanked our instructors and teachers and got on the bus once more. We were all quite tired but we really enjoyed our day!
Gaisce Trip to Cape ClearOn the 7th of September, 15 of our 5th year group headed to Cape Clear Island to complete our Gaisce Adventure. We have now all received our bronze medals as a result. We got a bus to Baltimore from the school at 10AM. We spent some time in Baltimore village before we caught the 12PM ferry. The ferry was great fun for us all when the waves were soaking us all on the front deck! When we arrived on the island, we walked to our Hostel and dropped off our bags. We had a small lunch before heading out on our hike. We started with a quick botany tour of the island from Jeff. We then beaded up to the hills to begin our hike. We walked up numerous steep climbs. The views were magnificent and we could see the whole of the island from the top. We even saw a sea arch to the great delight of the geography students. On our way back, after a two and half hour walk, we stopped to get some goat's ice cream. We rang our parents at the only spot that had service and went our way. Most of us cooked pasta for dinner back at the hostel and we all learned that night that hunger is definitely the best sauce! We got dressed foe bed and chatted in our rooms until the teachers got sick of us! We called it a night and hit the very high bunk-beds. At 7.30AM, some of us woke for an early morning swim with Ms. Sheehan. It took some effort but it was all worth in the end. We were all completely numb by the time we got out but we were all very refreshed afterwards. We walked back to the hostel and fought for a hot shower while some cooked a delicious fry downstairs. We packed up and caught the 12PM clock ferry which was a much calmer boat ride! We were all fast asleep on our bus journey back to the school. Overall, everyone really enjoyed the remote adventure which allowed us to get to know each other on another level without our phones or constant notifications. We would like to thank Mr. Carr and Ms. Sheehan for planning such and enjoyable school trip. By Carla Barry 5th year
Junior Cert 2017Congratulations to all our 4th years on their splendid Junior Cert results!
Congratulations to all our Leaving Certs 2017!Debs 2017
We are really proud of all of our Leaving Certs 2017 as 86% achieved their first choice in their CAO applications . Our Leaving Certs are pursuing their studies in a variety of different areas such as Law, Medicine, Arts, Accountancy, International Development, Early Childhood studies, Childcare and many more. The very best of luck in all your future endeavours!