There were three projects accepted for inclusion in the BT Young Scientist competition which was held in the RDS in Dublin from January 11 to 14, 2012. Mairead & Annie Blake (Transition Year) decided to withdraw for this year in order to give themselves the opportunity of developing their idea for “Music’s Perfect Posture” further.
The two projects submitted were both from Transition Year students. Claire Scott & Darina Sweeney looked at the whole idea of left-handed people and asked “Is your child left-handed? Then you might be raising a creative genius” This was included in the Social & Behavioural Science section. The two girls surveyed students from the four Secondary Schools in town to find out the subjects they studied and the extra-curricular activities in which they were involved in order to prove their theory that left-handed people were more creative as it is the right side of the brain that controls the left side of the body.
Aoife Barry, Meaghan Perdue and Nicole McNamara were included in the Biological Section as they looked at the effect of magnetised water on plants. Their project was inspired by Dr John V. Milewski who drank magnetised water and used it on his plants with beneficial results. The girls then examined the effects of magnetised water on rapeseed, as it is a bio-fuel and on cress, radish and rocket. Their results indicated that rapeseed benefited the best, followed by the rocket. This project received a Display Award at the competition.
The four students involved in the Concern debate had not much time to settle back gradually after the Christmas break as they were involved in their penultimate debate in the opening series of debates. Ruth Heenan (captain), Anna Joyce, Hannah Barnes and Jenny Kelly proposed the motion that
Genetically Modified Foods are essential in the fight against world hunger”.
Opposing the motion was the team from St Anne’s Tipperary time.
There was no evidence at all of Christmas holiday lethargy as both teams engaged in the subject with energy and passion. The motion was carried unanimously by the adjudicators, leaving the Ursuline girls with a win in all their debates so far. They have a quick turn around now as they have the final debate in the opening series next week where they will be arguing that President Obama is good for Africa.
There was no gentle adjustment back to work for the hockey players either. The Senior A team, pronounced League Winners before Christmas, is now getting into gear for the Cup campaign which starts this week. Both Junior A and Senior A travelled to Kilkenny to get some match practice against Kilkenny College. Junior A won by 3-2 and Senior A played a 2-2 draw. The opposition this week for the first round of the Cup is Laurel Hill, Coláiste and it is an away fixture.
It was League business for some of the other teams. Senior C and Second Year B2 played Gaelcoláiste, Limerick and both teams came away with convincing wins: 6 -0 and 5-0 respectively. The Junior A team defeated St Angela’s Cork and the First Year East team suffered its first defeat of the season.
On the last day of term before the Christmas holidays, there was great excitement in the school for the X-Factor final, excitement more heightened by the arrival of two guest judges, members of Royseven. There were eleven acts in the final and the winners were announced by the two guest judges.
Junior Winnerr: Ciara Fogarty, Senior Winner: Fifth Year sketch and Overall Winner: Transition Year students with their Music TV programme montage.
The occasion was also used to “fine” the students for coming to school in track suits and they raised a much needed € 800 for Cystic Fibrosis.