A group of 5th and 6th year students from Our Lady’s who competed during the week in UCC Munster Schools’ Debating Championships Quarter Finals. A huge congratulations to Caoimhe Delaney and Davina O’Flaherty who qualified for the next round.
Second year and TY students from Our Lady’s have submitted 3 dresses for the Junk Couture fashion competition. The 3 teams have been very busy working on their projects since September.
The first team of Kathleen Quinlan, Caelainn Luby and Wiktoria Leszuk made a dress entitled ‘Thirst Burst’ from recycled bottle packages from Tipperary water.
The second dress ‘Article Attire’ is made entirely from recycled newspaper and cardboard boxes. This was completed by Alisha Cleary and Kevina Fox.
The final entry entitled ‘Peacock Masquerade’ was made by Rachel Davis, Chloe Morris and Laura Davis. It was made from Peacock feathers, recycled brown paper, recycled paint and glitter.
Staff and students in Our Lady’s enjoyed an action packed week to mark the annual ‘Well Being’ week. Numerous activities and presentations were organised to remind students of the importance of looking after our physical and mental health. Artwork was displayed throughout the school to highlight the main message of the week and each year group enjoyed a presentation delivered by visiting speakers, including; The Cummins family, Fr. Joe Walsh, Tricia Purcell representing Spun Out and Psychologist Kenneth Heffernan. Fresh smoothies were made and sold each break time, lunchtime music and games were enjoyed by everyone and staff and students worked together as part of a day long cycle challenge. Transition Year students designed and distributed stickers to add to student journals in an effort to remind everyone of the importance of connecting with people, maintaining a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, getting adequate rest and setting personal goals. The week concluded with the opening of a newly refurbished relaxation space which can be enjoyed by staff and students in the future.
Our First and Second Year basketball teams started their Midlands B league campaign on Wednesday 25th January against Loreto Mullingar in Mullingar. The First Years were in action first, and this proved to be no challenge for the girls who showed great composure and raw skill. The final score of 28 points to 14 reflects their impressive effort on the day. Well done girls.
The Second Year team started strongly and were leading by ten points at half-time. The second half saw Our Lady’s extend their lead, making great use of the fast break and they went on to win comfortably on a scoreline of 37 points to 13.
The next league match is away to Tullamore on Friday February 3rd.
1st Year Panel: Deirdre Bergin, Kate Delaney, Niamh Dunne, Mikayla Doran, Amy Doran, Gillian Fogarty, Rebecca Fox, Emma Grant, Deirbhile Hennessy, Niamh Lawlor, Erin McMullen, Maya O’Toole, Aoife Ryan, Neassa Towey, Emma Walton.
Our Lady’s Wellbeing week started off on a great note with a visit from Ireland’s fittest family, the Cummins. Jim, Ciara, Henry and Mark shared their journey to success with students before bringing 2nd year students through a challenging obstacle course. Their presentation to students highlighted the determination and focus required to achieve success in life, whether it is on the sports field or in the academic world. A focus on health and fitness continues in Our Lady’s as our annual wellbeing week continues until Friday 27th. During the week students will take part in a variety of activities aimed at encouraging everyone to take care of their physical and mental health. On Thursday 26th January, members of the public are invited to the school at 7pm to hear Psychotherapist Kenneth Heffernan share his story of mental health. His talk promises to focus on overcoming the challenges faced by anyone struggling with mental health.