December 2006 tel: 848 0014 / 848 0888 / 848 0290 fax: 848 0163 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.mercycoolock.ie
this term draws to a close the pages of this newsletter are brimmed full of the wonderful
activities that have been taking place over the past few weeks here in
The range of activities that are represented are a testament to
the commitment to
the staff of
As 2006 draws to a close may I take this opportunity to thank each of you for the huge contribution you make to Mercy College and to wish every member of the school community - students, parents, staff members of the Board of Management and Parents' Association and the many volunteers who play a huge role in school life - a happy and peaceful Christmas and a every good wish for 2007.
2006 was the first year that Maths week was nationally recognised. To celebrate this auspicious event, the maths department organised a BIG MATHS QUIZ for the students. Each day a question was posted on the notice board in the foyer and it was encouraging to see so many enthusiastic students throng the mathematically decorated foyer eager to read the question of the day and hopefully know the answer, which was always numerical. At the end of the week Caroline McDonnell and Tara Carthy were the two students who answered all the questions correctly. Both girls received HMV vouchers as did the students from each year who got most answers right. Every student who entered the quiz was presented with a Certificate.
1st year Sinead McEvoy
2nd year Melissa Casey
3rd year Aoife Brennan
4th year Shaunna Dwyer
5th year Caroline McDonnell and Tara Carthy
6th year Susan Parkes
The 4th year students attended a maths seminar in DCU, which they thoroughly enjoyed and hopefully found it beneficial.
P.S. if you want to try the questions here they are, unfortunately there will be no HMV voucher for the winner!!! Best of luck.
1. Some months have 31 days how many have 28
2. Divide 30 by a half and add 10
3. A doctor gives 3 pills to a patient telling her to take one very half an hour
How many minutes would the pills last?
4. How many 2 cent stamps are there in a dozen?
5. What would have been the value of this sentence to the Romans?
summer saw us part company with two of our longest serving teachers, Michael Hooper and Mary Browne. I know
that students past and present, fellow staff members, parents, the Board of Management and myself wish to thank them for the wonderful service they have
Every Northsider knows how important our children's hospital in
Ms. Niland and Ms. Griffin
This term the Drama Club started preparations for this years production of Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars. Auditions took place last week and students are all set to begin rehearsals after Christmas. The Junior Drama Club meets every Friday from 1.30 - 2.30. Merry
comprehensive survey about bullying was conducted throughout the school and will
be repeated at regular intervals throughout the year. Frances O'Connell from the
Friendship week was also a time of great creativity for students. Lots of beautiful posters were created by students along with essays on themes of friendship and respecting others. Both poster and essay competitions were held for the whole school throughout the week. The essay competition was won by Sinead Mc Evoy from Bronte in first year. Sinead wrote an essay on the importance of being a good friend and how bystanders can assist others. The poster competition winners were Shabnam Azad, third year, Celine Hickey, first year and Naomi Lester second year. All competition winners received vouchers for HMV.
All classes formed an anti-bullying agreement which is displayed on the wall in each of the classrooms. Follow- up lessons on anti-bullying will take place in the New Year.
Another busy term and the following represents some of the HSCL news.
Remember if any parent wishes to contact me about courses etc., please feel
free to do so.
Vincent Byrne continues to provide support for parents and children. He is available in the Parents Room on Wednesday afternoons between 1.30 and 4.00 p.m. and between 7 and 10 in the evening. This is funded by Northside Partnership. Some participants take a step further and study for a certificate and diploma in Alderian Counselling.
local committee consisting of principals, teachers, parents, members of the local community and students
A rainbow group for children bereaved by death or separation continues to run this term. It is facilitated by Monica Adams on a voluntary basis and provides a great support.
The adult Art class continues to run every Thursday morning from 10 until 12. This is facilitated by Yvonne O'Brien. If you are interested in joining this class or have any other suggestions for other adult classes please contact me at 8480888 during school hours.
Lea Fitzsimons, Austen,
As a reward for our good behaviour, on Wednesday 8th November, Ms. Keogh our Year Head brought us to the UCI cinema to see a film called "Step Up". As the weather was so bad, CIE provided us with a bus free of charge. The film was very good and I would give it a rating of 10 out of 10. Everybody had a great day and many thanks to all the teachers who brought us.
DID YOU KNOW
The smallest bone in your body is in your ear !!
Kelly Corr, Lee, 2nd year
Saturday the 28th of October I was lucky enough to be given a ticket for my sister and I to go to the X Factor in
Nikkole O'Neill, 3rd year.
On the 13th November 2006, my music class and several others went to a concert in the National Concert Hall in Earlsford Terrace. The conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra was a man called Gearoid Grant. The orchestra played illustrative music, dance movements, orchestral music and accompanied vocal works all from the Junior Certificate syllabus. Emmanuel Lawlor, a well known Irish tenor, sang two songs called Nessun Dorma and Love Changes Everything. He was extremely good, especially for singing so high and reaching all the high notes at 10.00 in the morning as the conductor Gearoid Grant pointed out to us. The concert ended at approximately 11.20. It was a great and exciting experience and maybe we will return to the National Concert Hall
Elizabeth Gannon, Deirdre McCall
and Louise Clancy 6th year
The guitar club started when Ms. Doherty asked three 6th years if they wanted to meet every Wednesday at lunch time to play guitar. Louise Clancy, Elizabeth Gannon and Deirdre Mc Call agreed to this and started the Guitar Club. The club is learning "So this is Christmas" for the School Carol Service. Any student who would like to join are more than welcome.
Sinead Cumiskey 4th year
win an all
Kerrie Hogan 5th year
Nakita Lennon 2nd year (Yeats)
my name is Nakita and on behalf of my class, I would
like to tell you about how we raised
funds for Focus
Amy Delaney, Amy Dunne, Gemma Smyth, and Amy Deane, From Mercy College, Dublin ponder a question during the first round of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings All Ireland Scools Quiz, Montrose Hotel, Dublin
The senior hockey team has done very well so far this year. We have a good strong team and hope to win the Northside League. We are also have two junior up and coming teams that are expected to do extremely well. We will keep you posted.
Sinead Cumiskey, 4th year.
On the 10th October 4th years went to Carlingford Adventure Centre for a two day trip. While we were there we took part in many
new and different activities. Some of these included rafting, pier jumping, archery, rock climbing, abseiling, team challenges, hill walking but one of the most enjoyable was the night line. This was the one every student was dreading. We walked up high into the cold dark mountains. When we reached the forest our instructors handed us blindfolds. Confused, we all put them on and soon we knew what was coming!! Although everyone was so scared, it was one of the most enjoyable activities we did. Before we knew it the fun, laughter was over and we were packing our bags for our journey home.
Amy Dunne, Lisa McDon nell, Margaret Quinn and Emma Roche
As part of the Community section of the Gaisce Presidents Award, some of the 4th years decided to set up a homework club for 1st year students. This takes place every Wednesday and Thursday after school. Any first years are more than welcome to come along.
Breakfast club is new to
The breakfast club is a brilliant way to get your day off to the right start. We look forward to seeing as many student as possible over the coming months.
Amy Dunne and
Shaunna Dwyer, 4th year
4th year students attended
DID YOU KNOW
On average a human finger nail grows about 1mm (nanometer) per second !!
Kim Wade, 5th year
On Thursday 16th November senior classes attended a play entitled "Never Saw the Day"
Produced by the Walking Forward Theatre Company. The play was about a group of close friends that played in a band together and loved life.
One day James and Vince were in a car crash. James was driving too fast and wasn't wearing his seat belt, Vince was wearing his. James ended up with severe brain damage, leaving him with a mental age of two.
All the friends stopped talking to each other until they met up on the Jerry Springer show to talk about the accident. Many lives are affected by tragic accidents such as these, but the hardest thing is that this could have been easily prevented by NOT speeding and wearing your SEATBELT. So BELTUP AND SLOW DOWN or you could be next!!
Ms Moran and Ms. Dowling
Science week took place during November. Students participated in a science quiz
and the lucky winners were Ninah Kenny and Robyn Farrell 5th year. For all of you
would be scientists here are the questions:
1. What is the name of space devoid of matter?
2. What is the common name for the tympanic membrane?
3. What planet has the shortest year?
What drug was introduced commercially by Bayer of
5. What is banana oil produced from?
to the six Leaving Certificate students from
Mrs Teeling (Guidance Counsellor)
This year the above awards have been approved for over thirty Transition and Fifth Year students. Each student will be presented with their Awards on the evening of December 14th by the President of DCU, followed by a reception.
Last June two Transition Year students took part in the "TAKE FIVE PROGRAMME". They got to visit and experience life in five Colleges - DCU, DIT, NUI Maynooth, TCD and UCD) It was a unique and enjoyable experience for them.
Finally, I would like to thank Amy Dunne and Shaunna Dwyer for attending Physic lectures in TCD. The course co-ordinator phoned me to tell me how helpful and obliging the girls were.
Ms. Moran (JCSP co-ordinator)
Ms. Moran (JCSP co-ordinator)
it to take part in the "
programme. Students will be asked to read one
book a week for five weeks. Students will be pre and
post tested to allow them to see the results. I will
keep you posted.
Janice Crosbie, 6th year
Our Geography field trip
destination we chose was Balscadden Bay in Howth, Co.
The journey out wasn't too long by DART. During the day, we learned to use different skills such as drawing techniques at different angles of the beach and measuring the keep you posted.
direction and rate of the long shore drift. My personal opinion on this is that it was very interesting and very much worth the time that was put in it. Our teacher Ms. Keogh was very helpful and made it her duty to make sure everyone knew what they were doing and if we needed a helping hand she was there.
Lorraine Quinn, 1st year
A workshop on chewing gum and stewardship (sponsored by the Evening Herald) was given to all 1st,2nd and 3rd year students. Our tutors for the day were Helen and Alex. Alex showed us a play about keeping our environment cleaner. He also told us that he was a street cleaner and he was annoyed that people didn't see him so he always felt he was invisible. Both Helen and Alex told us about chewing gum and the menace it is to our society. If chewing gum got stuck to clothing, you have to freeze it and chip it off. So what should we do? Put the chewing gum in the bin where it belongs.
We would like to express many thanks to Catherine Sadlier for all she has done for the parents committee and hope that she enjoys her retirement!! We would also like to thank everybody that returned the envelope collection and so for we have raised over 500 euros. We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year.
Helen Mc Loughlin, Lee, 1st year
Hundreds of students gathered from schools and Church choirs all around Ireland to sing lots of different songs at Dublin's annual Hallelujah Concert on Sunday the 26th November 2006. I took part in a choral concert at the Point Theatre. Some of the songs featured were Rock 'n Roll Lyrics, Eurovision Medley and a collection of dance songs. The performance, which was conducted by the well known conductor Gearoid Grant, was a huge success and was attended by a large audience of parents, well wishers and friends. I really enjoyed the experience and hope to sing at the event again next year.
DID YOU KNOW?
The loudest animal in the world
is the blue whale - it can make
sounds so loud they can be
heard 2000 miles away!!
One again several of our students have been chosed to participate in the Northside Partnership's Leadership Training Programme: Stephanie Trimble, Samantha Hatton, Denise Smith and Leanne Kavanagh. Over the course of this year they will take part in visits to Carlingford, the Fire Brigade Training Centre, among other venues as they learn leadership skills.
Karen (ex Head Girl)
after completing the Leaving Certificate
completion of the exams in 2002 I decided a change of scenery was required, and so I moved to
My memories of school life are very positive ones and my advise to current students would be to enjoy it as much as possible while you are here ( I know it sounds cliché but it is meant to be the best times in your life ) and looking back it is. I would definitely urge anybody who is thinking about the future to go to college. Work hard and the world is your Oyyster.
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