SUMMER 2007

 

 

 

Principal’s message Patricia Dwyer

As I write it is hard to believe that May is upon us again. What a busy

and successful year it has been. In the period of exam pressure

for students and teachers alike, it is important to take the time to

reflect on what we have achieved in the past few months here in

Mercy College.

Two subject inspections took place this year in Science/Biology and

Irish. As with Geography and Music the previous year, the reports

gave great recognition for the wonderful work being done in both

areas.

Our sparkling new windows are now fully installed. We have

increased the number of computers by adding 15 machines to a

second IT lab.

The links with DCU continue apace and students throughout

the school have benefited from a wide range of programmes,

including Discover DCU, Take Five, DCU Debating and Easter

revision courses for 3rd and 6th year students.

The healthy eating policy has been extended with lunches including

sandwiches or roll, bottled water and a piece of fruit, for 1 euro/1

euro 50 cents.

We have celebrated with success on the basketball court and

in Art, English essay, Drama and choir competitions. Visitors from

Australia and Finland graced us with their presence, while our own

students visited England and the real Capital Cork!! Fiddler on the

Roof was a great success, The Plough and the Stars performed by

our Drama Club and Mercy Melodies - made special by the fact

that our Finnish visitors joined us in music and song.

Several students will benefit from scholarships to Irish College and

French College this summer. We wish them well in their studies.

Our Junior Certificate students are facing their biggest challenge

to date and we hope their efforts are rewarded in June. It’s a

bittersweet time for departing Leaving Certificate students who

are naturally anxious to perform well in their final examinations, yet

excited about the next phase in their lives. We wish them well.

We also bid a fond farewell to Ms. Irene Whelehan. Irene has

committed almost all of her teaching career - 38 years in fact - to

the welfare of the students of Mercy College. She has provided a

listening ear to the girls when necessary, encouraging them always

to give their best, not just in the sporting arena but in all aspects of

school life. I know that all of us in the Mercy College community

wish her good health and happiness as she begins a new phase of

her life in West Cork.

Of course we are already planning for next year and look forward

to the refurbishment of our Science labs. Students will then be

able to avail of the most modern science labs in Ireland taught by

our outstanding teachers. Over the summer months we will also

enhance the teaching and learning tools in Mercy College with

the provision of at least one interactive white board and a number

of digital projectors.

Finally, I would like to thank all the teachers and support staff,

parent’s association, Student Council, Board of Management, and

you the parents and students for all that you contribute to life in

Mercy College.

Beannacht ar an obair agus go d’té sibh slan sabhaile ar ais ag

deireadh an tsamhraidh.

 

UNTIL THE NEXT TIME

 

When I was young the “old folks” used to say to us then,

young ones” that as you get older the years fly by “just like

the blink of an eye”. Never a truer word was said!!! It is hard to

believe that I have taught in this school for the past 38 years,

…… since 1969. When I first started the school was called Virgo

Clemens and as you now know it is called Mercy College.

During the time I have spent here, I have seen off a lot of Principals and I have had

the privilege of teaching every single student that set foot in Mercy College. It is

amazing to think that very many of my past students are mothers, grandmothers

and some are also near retirement age. It’s a funny old world!!

So what shall I miss most?

I will miss all the staff, students and my teaching colleagues. I will also miss the

kindness that people have shown me over the years. The end of year student

-teacher matches (despite my best efforts to help the students win by sending

off teacher after teacher -the teachers still remain victorious in all sports -hockey,

soccer, basketball and rounders).

So what shall I not miss?

The Sunday evening blues, getting up early, refereeing matches in the rain and

Saturday morning matches.

I would like to wish my 6th years the best of luck in June and I hope that they all

have a wonderful life. I will be thinking about all of you as I sit in my sun room in West

Cork!! Finally, If I ever had a daughter of my own I couldn’t think of a finer school to

send her to than Mercy College.

Best wishes, Irene Whelehan

 

SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME

 

It is a very exciting time for the schools in the local

area as a new programme has been launched

which aims to improve the number of students

staying in school and the quality of their participation

in school. This new programme is called the Coolock

School Completion Programme and Coordinator,

Linda Devitt, was recently appointed. Linda is based

in Mercy College but will also be working with

pupils from Chanel College, Scoil Chaitriona Junior

and Scoil Chaitriona Girls. Linda will be organising

lunchtime activities (hip hop dancing, sports, music

etc.), after school activities (homework clubs and

study groups) and summer programmes, she will also

be helping out with the already successful breakfast

club in Mercy College. You can pop in and talk to

Linda if you have any queries or suggestions about

the school completion programme and what you

think will work well.

 

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS Ms. E. Conneely

 

The students council had a very successful year. Attendance at meetings was excellent and

discussions were lively and enjoyable. The council requested that students be allowed outside

at lunchtimes during the fine weather. This has worked well and students have been very cooperative.

The highlight of the year was the sponsored walk. Council members worked very hard

distributing sponsorship cards collecting money and in general creating a positive atmosphere.

Over 3000 euros were raised. It has been agreed that some of the money will be spent on

cheering up” the toilet area. More details on this in the next newsletter. Wishing you all a great

summer and thanks again for all your contribution during the year.

 

DRAMA MERCY

 

LONDON HERE WE COME

The Drama Club went to the Globe Theatre in

London on Tuesday for the day. After a tour of

the theatre we worked with a Shakespearian

actor learning new ways of approaching

acting. We then went on a fantastic open-top

bus tour of all the sights in London. Fantastic!!

 

Ms. Niland and Ms. Griffin

 

THE PLOUGHAND THE STARS

Congratulations to all the girls in

the Junior Drama Club for their

wonderful performance of Sean O

Casey’s renowned play The Plough

and the Stars. They worked very

hard to put this timeless classic on

for students, family and friends on

the 9th May. To celebrate their

success, the club enjoyed a day

in London where they took part in

a Shakespearian workshop in the

Globe. Working with actors from

the Royal Shakespeare Society was

exciting and inspiring. Many thanks

to all who helped with this years

production especially Michael

O‘Donohoe, Stephanie Byrne,

Danielle Barry and Ciara Coyle.

Enjoy the Summer girls!

 

Lizzie Donovan,

Lynn Mulligan

and Amy Dunne

 

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

 

Our 4th year play was Fiddler on the Roof. This

was done in conjunction with the Transition Year

students of Chanel College. Our music coach

was Sarah and our backstage manager was

Susan and our costume designer was Pauline

and our director Jimmy. The musical started on

the 13th of March and finished on the 15th to

a packed house. Overall, it took eight weeks

to prepare but the end result was worth all the

effort. On the first night we were all extremely

anxious and nervous and needless to say

tempers were a little bit frayed, but once the

show started everybody relaxed and found

the experience memorable. A lot of friendships

were made and we would encourage all

future 4th year students to participate.

 

MERCY MUSIC

Ms. Daltún and Ms. Doherty

 

Mercy College is taking part in a very exciting

exchange programme in 2007. This will involve

members of the school choir spending 5 days in

Nurmo, in eastern Finland next year.

During the month of April, the initial stage of the

Exchange Programme took place with Nurmo Upper

Secondary School Choir and Band visiting Dublin.

They were hosted by students and staff of Mercy

College. The exchange began on Wednesday the

25th of April and lasted for five days, with a very

busy schedule for both choirs. Nurmo and Mercy

choir performed two concerts together on Thursday

afternoon and evening, with songs performed by

both choirs in Irish, Finnish and English. The Finnish

visitors also took part in classes based on Irish Culture,

Music and History.

They were also treated to an Irish food fair on Friday

morning. They tasted and had a chance to prepare

a lot of different Irish dishes including Irish Stew,

Coddle, Colcannon, scones with smoked salmon

and Bailey’s Cheese Cake. In the afternoon Nurmo

Choir visited many of the main tourist spots in Dublin

including the National History Museum and Trinity

College. The day finished with a concert of Irish Music

in Temple Bar.

Nurmo Choir also performed at the vigil mass on

Saturday in St Brendan’s Church. This was a very

enjoyable experience for the choir. The exchange

finished with a party for both choirs and the host

families in the school. We were entertained by a

traditional Irish Music group called Cibé, and were

even treated to a sean nós dance. The exchange

was a great success and the choir are looking

forward to making the return part of the exchange

to Finland next year.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those

involved for their support. In particular we’d like to

thank Mr. Young and Mrs. Dunwoody for their expert

classes given to the Finnish group on Irish History and

Irish Cookery. We would also like to thank all the

families that hosted the choir from Finland as without

them the exchange would not have been possible.

Members of Nurmo Upper Secondary School Choir and band performing in Mercy College with their conductor Ms. Hanne Orrenmaa.

 

Feis Ceoil 2007

 

Hitting the Right Note!

 

This year’s entry in the Feis Ceoil from Mercy College, Coolock

was a 33-strong choir in the Turner Huggard Memorial Cup

competition. This was the first time the school choir has entered

the 3-part competition in the Feis Ceoil.

 

The choir sang two songs, Evening Song by Zoltan Kodaly and The

Rhythm of Life by Cy Coleman. The competition, which involved

schools from all over Ireland, took place in the RDS concert

hall, Ballsbridge on March 12th 2007. The girls sang wonderfully

and received special commendation from the adjudicator for

their enthusiastic and tuneful performance. We look forward to

entering the 3-part competition again next year.

Well done girls!

 

Junior and Leaving Certificate Practical exams

 

The Junior and Leaving Certificate practical

examinations took place in April directly after the

Easter break. The Junior Certificate students were

examined by Ms. Yvonne Muldoon and performed

on a variety of instruments including Guitar, Piano,

Recorder and Voice. The girls performed very well

and were complimented by Ms. Muldoon on their

excellent performances and the welcome they

gave her in school.

 

The Leaving Certificate students were examined by

Ms. Gabrielle Harte over a two-day period. The girls

sang a selection of songs from musicals, popular

songs and classical melodies in both groups and

as soloists. Some of the students also performed

on piano and guitar. Sixth year students performed

very well and their extensive preparation was

evident on exam day. Well done to all.

 

Our annual Mercy Melodies concert took place during the

Finnish Exchange Programme on April 26th. As well as the School

Choir and the Nurmo School Choir we also had soloists from 3rd

and 6th year performing at the concert. One of our past pupils

Lisa Kenny also came along to accompany Sara Kenny on

Guitar. The concert was a great success.

 

Choir Exams

 

Our annual Choir exams took place in March of this year. Three

choirs took part in the exams this year. Our first year choir did

exceptionally well in their first choir exam. Congratulations to

all the choirs. The comments from the examiner were very

complimentary and very encouraging.

 

AWARDS

 

Guest speaker Fiona Cunningham Guest speaker Fiona Cunningham Anne Madden and Sr. Moira Lynam. Sr Moira Lynam, Chairman of the

presents the award for Best Leaving presents the award for Best Junior Anne is studying to be a Primary Board of Management Claire

Certificate 2006 to Aisling Keenan. Certificate 2006 to Danielle Barry school teacher in St. Patrick’s O’Connell with the Sr. Mary

Aisling is now studying in DCU College Gonzalez Perpetual Trophy for the

highest Leaving Certificate result in Mathematics. Claire is studying

Science and Physiology in Carlow

Institute of Technology.

 

Bank Of Ireland Overall Achievement Award, Sinéad Collins

and Aoife Brennan

 

Supreme Work 1st Year, Rebecca O'Hara,

Sarah Byrne, Beth Valentine, Natasha Rickaby

 

Overall Student of The Year, Sinéad Collins

 

Supreme Work 2nd Year, Grace CArr, Kelly Bruen,

Jessica Whitley, Ciara Murphy

 

Bank Of Ireland Academic Achievement Award, Amy Delaney

and Christiana Fabelurin

 

Bank Of Ireland Sports Achievement Award, Sinéad Cummiskey

and Carley Tyrell

 

Supreme Work 4th Year, Amy Dunne,

Emma Roche

 

Supreme Work 3rd Year, Sarah Smyht,

Kairi Nguyen, Samantha Kehoe, Shauna

Prenergast, Amy Delaney, Rebecca Gilligan,

Ayan Ali Gudade

 

1st Year Best Academic Students, Áine O'Connor,

Orlaith Keenan, Nicole Colton, Sinéad Mc Evoy

 

2nd Year Best Academic Students, Ciara Redmond, Laura

Kelly, Kattie Coffey, Amy Brannigan

 

3rd Year Best Academic Students, Bláthanaid Martin,

Aoife Brennan, Shauna Prizeman, Diana Volovei

 

5th Year Best Academic Students, Caroline Carney,

Bernadette Hogan, Louise Donoghue

 

6th Year Best Academic Students, Christiana Fabelurin, Jennifer

 

4th Year Best Academic Students, Danielle Hurley,

Louise Clancy Andrews, Danielle Barry

 

Supreme Work 5th Year, Laura Deighnan, Kim Than Ho,

Lisa O'Reilly, Grace Kavanagh

 

Supreme Work 6th Year, Lindsay Kavanagh, Julie Kelly, Orla Healy,

Karen Mc Loughlin, Deirdre McCall

 

SPORTSMERCY

 

This was a very successful season for the Basketball programme. Mercy Basketball Club won the Women’s Superleague National Title

for the first time in a fantastic final in the University Arena, Limerick. The U-14 Club team won their league, while the U11, U12, U13, U15

all finished well up the leagues.

 

We competed at 1st year, 2nd year and Cadette levels in the Basketball All Ireland school leagues and what a year it was for the

2nd years. They won the Leinster Title at B level, beating a very good Loreto Beaufort team in the finals in Inchicore 46-37. The team

then went on to win the Bronze medal at the All Ireland finals in Thurles beating teams from Naas, Cork and Kilkenny but losing to a

good team from Dingle in the round robin format. However, the future looks very bright for these young basketball players who are

enhancing Mercy College's already high reputation in school basketball.

 

The First and Second years travelled to Barcelona at Easter as part of the Mercy Club and reached their first European final losing by only

two points to a very tall German team!! This was a brilliant achievement for the girls and their behaviour on the trip was excellent.

 

All of these successes could not be achieved without the co-operation of the parents and the continued support for the Basketball

programme within the school by the Principal Ms Dwyer and Deputy Principal Mr O’Mahony.

 

Yours in Sport, Mark Ingles (Basketball Coach)

 

Mr Lyons

 

Glory, glory Man United !! 28 girls from Mercy College were at Goodison Park on

the 28th April to witness a thrilling match that all but secured the Premiership title

for Manchester United (much to the annoyance of the few Liverpool and Chelsea

fans in our group!). The match, however, was just one of the many highlights of our

action packed weekend. These included a tour of Anfield, bowling, rock-climbing,

bumper cars ( my neck still hurts!!) and SHOPPING!!!! There was also a surprise visit

to Old Trafford and a chance meeting with some of the stars of Coronation Street

at the Trafford Centre, Manchester.

Well done to all the girls who travelled. Your excellent behaviour and good humour

made the weekend one to remember. A special thanks to Ms Dwyer, Ms Boyle

and Ms O’Regan for their hard work and support throughout the trip.

 

Kerrie Ryan

 

Kerrie has reached the

top level at soccer,

playing both U17 and

U19s for Ireland. Kerrie

is currently playing for

Raheny United. During

the Easter break Kerrie

went to Holland with

the U17s Irish team and

played against England,

Scotland, Holland,

Russia and America.

England went on to

win the tournament.

Hopefully, there will be

more to come when the

U17s play against Italy in

June.

 

Ciara Madden

(5th Year)

 

LITERACY

 

Recent Educational research has shown that “Reading for pleasure” is an

essential component in improving children’s attainment of literacy skills. (Clark &

Umbold, 2006). With this in mind Mercy College has embarked on a number of

literacy campaigns this year:

 

DEAR (Drop Everything & Read)

 

January saw silence descend on Mercy for 20 minutes each day for a week.

During that time every member of the school community stuck his/her nose in a

book and enjoyed a quiet read.

 

READING CHALLENGE

 

This challenge was to read one book a week for five weeks. This was a huge

success with most students enjoying the project and reaching their target. The

girls will hopefully continue to read in the future.

 

PAIRED READING

 

Once again we are indebted to the members of the local community who

gave so willingly of their time and enabled us to run this programme. Over the

past number of years this programme has been a great success with both adults

and students. It allows for true co-operation between students, school and the

community. As always new volunteers are always welcome.

 

BREAKFAST CLUB

 

In October Ms. Boyle started the Breakfast Club

and since then, there have been plenty of students

popping in“ for a cup of tea. When it first started,

there were about eight or nine students but now there

are approximately 27 students. It is great fun and an

even greater start to the day. So, if you are ever in

school before eight thirty am come and join us.

Shauna Byrne, 1st year (Bronte)

 

ADVENTURES IN PARIS

 

Students from Room 35 went on a school trip to Paris.

They spent four days visiting places of historical and

cultural interest such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre

Museum, Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe. They

relaxed while cruising the River Seine and enjoyed the

thrills and spills of Disneyland Paris. A great time was

had by all.

 

The students of Lee visited the Helix on the 7th

December to see a production of Sleeping Beauty.

Everyone enjoyed this exciting and entertaining version

of the well-known story.

 

FIREBRIGADE

 

Stephanie Byrne

Ron Tullie and Maria Markey are currently doing

a Fire Brigade course with us. Ron is a fire

officer for the past 25 years and is stationed in

Rathfarnham. Maria is stationed in Phibsboro

for the past 5 years. During the past eighteen

months they have visited over 40 schools and

talked to over 4,000 students. The course covers

areas such as: chemistry of fire, fire extinguishers,

emergency call outs and an introduction to first

aid ( burns, fractures, wounds, falls, CPR). After

the ten weeks, there was an evaluation drill

and a final exam. It was a very worthwhile and

valuable experience. I was also delighted to see

that many women are now taking up a career

as a Fire Officer.

 

LITERARY CORNER

 

A DAY IN

THE LIFE OF A CORNFLAKE

There is no movement ….. just lying here sprawled out, not a worry in the

world …. except for the fact I am being squashed by the others. The

journey was long …. a few injuries occurred …. some lost their limbs and

some didn’t make it to the sealing of the package. But I made it along with

hundreds of survivors.

What’s that? Clicking of heels gets louder as they approach …. It stops …..

I’m getting scared now … the thought of what is on the other side scares

me. A slight tilt of the box sends us rolling, rolling around. I take it she is an

ingredient reader, she must be on a diet!!! Her heels go clicking again, a

big sigh of relief for us flakes, usually the ingredient readers use low fat milk

or worse soya milk. Its still again not a word until a high pitched scream

from a crying child disturbs it …. Its getting a little bit louder, I think they are

approaching the cereal isle… we are all praying that the weetabix gets it

this time. We wait…. The screaming of the child wanting coco-pops sends

shivers down my spine. But the mother thinks cheerios are better…. “buy

the things will ya I can’t take any more of this screaming” and then it hits

me…. Why doesn’t the kid want to buy us cornflakes? I mean I understand

that the chicken on the front isn’t all that exciting but we taste good. It

doesn’t seem right to me…. We’ve just been flung into a trolley …. We

were off guard due to the racket of the kid ….flip flop the cardboard box

is open …. We wait for it… the foil has been opened …. There’s light ….. A

dirty large hairy hand is touching us… it swallows me whole and I just lay

here waiting for nature to take its course.

 

Leanne Kavanagh 5th year

 

POWERSCOURT

 

On the 7th March, 3rd year students went

on a Geography field trip to Powerscourt Co.

Wicklow. We filled out worksheets based on

the rivers and waterfall. The aim of these sheets

is to give us a better understanding about the

formation of rivers and waterfalls.

We visited Enniskerry Village and we all had

a brilliant time. Many thanks to Ms. Whelehan,

Ms. Keogh, Ms. Conneely and Mr Lyons who

organised our trip.

 

CAREERS

 

The fifth year students have been very busy with many career related activities since

Christmas. They all attended Opportunities 2007 in Croke Park in early February which

is Ireland’s largest career and educational showcase. Dublin City University Access

Service gave ten 5th year students the opportunity to spend a day with current DCU

students. This involved going to lectures, Labs., tutorials, the computing facilities and

the library. The first ever DCU Access Debating Competition was held on the 21st

March and Mercy College, 5th year students took part. Among the motions debated

were “that this House would criminalize parents that smack their children" and "that

this house believes that the Irish language is a dead language” Congratulations to all

students who participated. Thirty Achievement Awards were presented to 4th and 5th

year students in the Mahony Hall in the Helix. The students were nominated by their

teachers for their hard work and success in one of the five different areas:

 

Sporting

Community Spirit

Art and Culture

Special Nomination

Academic

 

 

NEWSFLASH……….NEW SCIENCE LABS

 

The summer holidays will see great noise and building works going

on in the Labs. By September Mercy College will have completely

updated, refurbished laboratories. The labs will boast all of the

latest in equipment and technologies for schools.

 

WOODLAND VISIT

 

Sixth Year students enjoyed a very

pleasant day in Newbridge Demense

as they studied the flora and fauna

of the area. Ecology is an important

part of the Leaving Certificate Biology

course and this is always educational

and enjoyable.

 

FUTURE PHYSICISTS

 

Two fifth year students (Amy Dunne

and Shaunna Dwyer) attended a

Physics workshop in Trinity College

Dublin…..

 

Jessica Brady, 5th year,

Sutton Art Awards

Shabnam Azad and Claire O’Reilly

 

Ms. D. Teeling

(Careers and Guidance Counsellor)

 

HISTORY

 

Well done to the girls in Heaney for their Medieval project. They

worked hard to create a stone castle and a motte and bailey castle.

Parents were invited to a presentation on Thursday 10th May.

Ms. Niland

 

LCVP ROUNDUP

 

Shauna Hutton, Laura Moran and Jenny Prior (5th Year)

 

This year as part of the LCVP. some of the 5th year students

organised a Talent show for 1st and 2nd years. A lot of

students took part and showed their hidden talents. There

were many different acts including singing, dancing and

acting. The day was a great success and the money

that was raised from the show was donated to the Jack

and Jill Foundation. Many thanks to Ms. Cassidy and Ms.

Maloney.

 

Annmarie Byrne, 5th year

 

BUDDING MEDICAL STUDENTS

 

As part of the LCVP fifth year class the students that

study Biology and/or Chemistry attended a seminar in St.

Vincent’s Hospital, Elm Park. During the course of the day

we attended talks on the following:

 

Medicine

Nursing

Social Work

Radiography

Laboratories and Research Deptartment

Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

 

When the talks had finished we were given a tour of the

hospital by the medical students. At the end of the tour we

arrived back to the lecture hall for a summary of the day’s

course. I thought that the day was very worthwhile and it

gave myself and all who attended a very good insight into

potential career options.

 

QUIZZICAL

 

Bernadette Hogan, 5th year

 

The fifth year LCVP class organised a Quiz for first years

in the Hall on Thursday the 8th March. Throughout the

event, there were a number of spot prizes. The main aim

of this project was to help us with our organisational and

communication skills and it was also used to encourage

all the 1st year classes to mix with each other. The winners

were:

 

Sinead McEvoy

 

Robin King-O’Shea

 

Jessica Madden

 

Orlaith Keenan

 

Stephanie Kehoe.

 

Ms. E. Byrne

 

FIELD TRIP

 

1st years Eliot went on a field trip just before Easter. We

walked up to the visible speedometer on the Howth Road,

armed with measuring tapes, flags and stopwatches.

We measured the time it took vehicles to travel a certain

distance at certain speed, attracting a lot of interest from

passers by!! We used the results to see the relationship and

eventually derive formulas for speed, distance and time.

Students agreed it was a lot more fun than learning off the

formulae from the book.

 

MY CONFIRMATION

 

Amy Armstrong (5th Year)

 

On the 27th June, I joined the 6th class of Scoil Chaitriona Primary school

to make my Confirmation in St Brendans Church. My teacher Ms. Quinn

and the rest of my form class helped me prepare. When it came to the big

day I was 10% prepared and a 100% SCARLET!! The reason why I made my

Confirmation was because I was 14 when I moved to Ireland from England

and the age for Confirmation in England is 16 so I was in between. When Ms.

Quinn suggested it to me I thought ……. Why not?

In the end I had a brilliant day with my family and friends and although

it looked like I was on hormone tablets amongst the 6th class students, I

couldn’t have asked for a better time. To top it all off, my classmates threw

me a surprise party. Deadly!!

 

LOCKERS

 

Have you ever considered the life of a locker? What lies inside? The lost

sandwich or apple!! Or perhaps the lost copy, the one that had your

homework in !! Just imagine everything being jammed into a small space

and you cannot find anything …. sounds very familiar, just like a teenagers

room but on a smaller scale!!

In March, the 1st year classes had a competition to see who had the tidiest

locker. Everybody did their best to keep their lockers neat and tidy. Ms.

Keogh and Mr O’Mahony came to each class and inspected all the lockers.

The prizes were awarded as follows:

 

Sarah Byrne (Bronte)

Nayla Abdulla (Elliot)

Lizzie Warren (Lee)

Louise O. Toole (Austen)

 

We were presented with our prizes during assembly, cosmetic bags with

makeup inside. They were really lovely.

 

PARENT’S ASSOCIATION Carol Coffey

 

As another year draws to a close we would like to thank the parents and

the students for all their hard work during the year and the association

themselves -without them it would not be possible. Thanks to the LCVP

5th year students for all their help for the 6th year graduation…….brilliant

sandwich makers!! Many thanks to the prefects and student council for

their help in the Easter raffle. To remind you that the 1st prize went to Rachel

Conlon in first year and 2nd prize to Emma Lally’s father and 3rd prize went

to Ms. Dunwoody. All the money raised will go into school funds……total

raised was nearly 1000euros, To the 4th year students a job well done and

to say a big thanks to Mrs Mc Call for giving her time so generously over the

past ten years. Good luck to her daughter Deirdre and the rest of the 6th

and 3rd year exam students. Finally, on behalf of the parents association we

would like to say a fond farewell to Ms Whelehan, a great person, great fun

and a great teacher. Happy retirement Irene.

 

HSCL END OF YEAR ROUNDUP

 

Ms Somers

Another busy term and the following represents some of the HSCL. news.

Alderian Counselling, the local committee support group for parents, a

Rainbow group for children and an Art course for adults. A very successful

Computer course for adults facilitated by Mary Boyle a member of staff, was

also established this term. A large meeting of HCSL. teachers from the Dublin

area was hosted in the Parents’ room. Special thanks to Monica Heade, 5th

year students and Linda Devitt for their huge contribution.

 

Editor Paula Downes

 

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