Another year over,
and what a quick one at that! Once again, the students and staff of
Seachtain na Gaeilge allowed us to celebrate the Irish language with quizzes and dancing among other activities. Our participation in the School Completion Programme saw students put on a Hip-Hop display at Easter, while the Drama Club produced "Pride and Prejudice" in May. Mercy Melodies gave parents, students and guests a wonderful evening of musical entertainment, while a visit to the foyer of the school is a treat on the eyes, with beautiful pottery on display courtesy of the Art department, and wonderful embroidery from Home Economics.
Guest speakers throughout the year came from a variety of colleges and professions as part of the Careers programme. Students also heard about the work of the Defence Forces on United Nations duty, about the impact of the Holocaust and on issues such as mental health and homelessness.
School life in the
21st Century extends far beyond the classroom, not only in terms of travelling
to places like
Since last summer we have added three interactive whiteboards, seven digital projectors and thanks to the fund raising efforts of the Parents' Association we are in the process of purchasing a defibrillator. With the two science labs completed in the autumn, we turned our sights to further building improvements. Through the Dormant Accounts funds we applied for a new library and cafeteria. We also applied for a Book Cafe through the JCSP, as well as the JCSP library. As part of the Summer Works Scheme we have also applied for new toilets. It is unfortunate that the downturn in the economy has meant that all of the above are on hold, with the Minister for Education cutting the Summer Works Scheme and no word yet on our other applications. It seems that the promises made this time last year in the run up to the general election were just that • promises! With numbers increasing in the school, space is at a premium and we will continue to fundraise to achieve our strategic plan.
As the year draws
to a close, may I extend my grateful appreciation to all of the
I have enjoyed my
final years - all 23 of them in
Cait Mc Alister
During March, a visitor from the Capuchin Day Centre came to the school to talk to us about what they did in the community. We raised over €200 by selling cakes and we donated the money to the Capuchin Day Centre.
Shauna Byrne, Bronte
This year's Breakfast Club has been a huge success. It has gone from strength to strength. Our breakfast club assistant Monica Adams does a great job getting the girls off to the right start each morning with a good breakfast. Our numbers have really increased this year, with on average 30 girls joining us each morning. Join us any morning from 8.00am to 8.50am. Choose from toast cereal, fruit, yoghurts, orange juice, apple juice, and tea and start your day the right way!
Ms M Boyle and Linda Devitt
department has been very busy since its trip to
Ms T Niland
On the 23rd April, the 5th year Geography students went on a Geography field trip to Balscadden, Howth with Ms Keogh and Ms Conneely. Our project was based around Coastal Transport and deposition. While we were there, we measured the beach gradient and threw oranges into the water. At this point we thought that our teachers had finally lost the plot!! So why did we throw oranges into the sea? We did this to test the rate and direction of the longshore drift and while we were at it, we counted the breaking waves to see if they were constructive waves. We also took photographs from different places along the beach and drew sketch maps. Thankfully, the weather was great and the sun was shining, we enjoyed ourselves so much that we are all looking forward to our next trip.
Sinead Maguire, 5th year
This year the
transition year students from
The WorlD of Work
Part of the course involves work experience. We go out for two weeks in December and two weeks in March. The main idea behind work experience is to show students what it would be like to work in potential career areas. Many enjoyed their work experience but many disliked their choice of potential career, it really is a learning curve and it does influence our future choices for both subjects and careers.
Stephanie Carr, Rachel Cantwell and Yvonne Mc Loughlin
We went to DCU for
a course on web designing. Along with other schools, we spent a week learning
about web design. The instructors were very understanding and taught us how to
do HTML codes and how to make a lovely presentation about our own web page in
more computer literate.
On 3rd May three
volunteers from 4th year went to Northside Shopping
Centre to sell flip flop badges. The collection was in aid of Serve. Serve is
an organisation that helps gender equality and impoverished women in countries
Shauna Farrelly and Rebekah Wright
Every Thursday morning we go over to St. Catherine's Primary school to help with paired maths. We play all different type of number games such as dominos and snakes and ladders. We spend ten minutes playing a game with a group of pupils and then move on to another table.
The kids were really nice and fwienedly, ibutplpkeinaleldchitldren,tthey er d sa o t were no prizes to behativeheraet gn the end of the session. We loved every minute we spent there and would love to do it again.
Sarah, Amy and Rebecca
This year's mini-company classes were excellent groups. The first group worked very hard in producing the 2008 calendar, which was a great success. Due to the demands of the play, the second group decided to take a more practical approach and really used their entrepreneurial spirit by marketing and selling delicious pizzas and great goody bags. They visited local businesses to source supplies for the products and worked really hard to make their mini- companies work.
Ms M Boyle
When we entered the hall, we saw loads of drums, tambourines, cowbells and shakers. We were all given instruments to play.
Mind you it took quite a while to get the rhythm going and we did sound like a "bag of cats" to start off but eventually we sounded really good. We had four parts to learn, the first was the call, the second was the entry, the third was the middle and the fourth was the end. It was hard to get the timing right but after many attempts, we got it right. At the end, we put on
a show for anybody willing to hear us!!
Shauna Farrelly and Rebecca Gilligan
For this year's
school tour, the girls of
And what a weekend we had!
First we started
off with some shopping in
The next day, we
explored the science museum and some of us got to travel into space, well as
near to space as we will ever get! Then back to the shops for some retail
therapy. That afternoon we got to go to the
On our last day we got to mix with celebrities in Madame Tussauds. Poor Posh Spice didn't look at all happy at the way we were crowding around David! Some of the girls got to have a Big Brother experience in the diary room where they sang and danced as if they were really on the show. After all that excitement we headed for an afternoon of shopping, just in case we didn't get enough the two earlier days. Then it was a very tired group that headed off to the airport that afternoon. All in all it was a fantastic tour, all the girls were brilliant and made us really proud. A special thanks to Ms Dwyer, Ms Kelly and Ms Doherty who helped make the tour possible.
Ms M Boyle
The school completion programme is in full swing and this term saw the introduction of Hip Hop. Just looking at the girls made me feel exhausted. Hip Hop is on every Friday in the school from 1.30pm to 2.30pm in the hall. Any more interested Hip Hoppers are very welcome to come along.
The Homework Club for 1st year students is a great success. Students get support and help from Ms O' Regan and Ms O'Toole. It takes place every Wednesday and Thursday from 3.55pm to 4.55pm. Next year we hope to expand on the success of the Homework Club by opening it to both 1st and 2nd year students.
SCP has also sponsored the Drama Club's presentation of Pride and Prejudice, the photos show the dedication and hard work put in by students.
Other initiatives that the SCP were involved in were: the breakfast club; basketball after school; arts and crafts project; the new attendance tracking system; literacy and numeracy equipment; sponsorship of students to take part in the Astro Park Easter Camp and sponsorship of various school trips.
If anybody wants to contact me, Linda, feel free to do so. Have a great summer. Linda Devitt
aims to give students an insight into the world of work and work ethics. It
offers the opportunity for a business to build sustainable links with the
LCVP students in 5th year have been attending the Skills at Work Programme. Since the beginning of the programme in March they have attended sessions on Business in the Community, A Day in the Life of Office Depot Employees and CV Workshops. The LCVP students are looking forward to continuing on the programme in September 2008.
Ms A Dunwoody
The students of
Martin Luther King said "Before we leave the breakfast table we've already depended on half the world. We're not going to have peace on Earth until we realise that".
Ms O' Regan, Catherine, Angela and 2nd year class Lee
On the 7th May Mercy College welcomed the French Theatre in Schools production of "La Visite". The four native French actors (three jeunes homes et one jeune femme) spared no energy in their lively portrayal of numerous different characters, whose comic gestures and facial expressions triggered much laughter in the audience of eighty students, from 1st to 6th year. A big BRAVO to the seven jeunes actrices who each volunteered to play a role. Elles s'appellent Lisa Cassidy, Sinead Cumiskey, Claire O'Reilly, Kelly Bruen, Sandra McCormack, Simone Byrne and Sarah Purcell. They all performed with great panache.
MERCI also to those students who were pounced on without warning and yet agreed to take to the stage. Elles s'appellent Beth Valente, Kirsty Fox, Blathnaid Martin, Lee- Anne Gilsenan and - after lengthy persuasion during which an actor had to use all his Charme Francais and all his Force Physique - Shauna Farrelly!!
Oscar winning performance of the day however must go to the 3rd year students who - faced with the terrifying option of saying either OUI or NON - gave a master class in how to blush deeply, then more deeply, then more deeply in 60 seconds flat. Quelle actrice! Quelle performance! Julia Roberts Attention! (Hazel has made it known she wishes to remain anonymous).
All in all the students thought the whole play was trés amusant, trés comique and are already looking forward All in all the students thought the whole play was trés amusant, trés comique and are already looking forward to the return next year of Monsieur Xavier and his Troupe Theatre to perform their new Piece de Theatre.
Going to the DoGS!!
On the 23rd January, 2nd year students in Bronte went to the DSPCA in Rathfarnham. The DSPCA was founded in 1840 and was originally known as "The Cats and Dogs home". Here all types of animals are cared for, from cats and dogs to birds, pigs and goats, and any other animal that needs care and attention. First we watched a video about the DSPCA. Unlike many homes for unwanted animals, we heard how animals can stay there for as long as they need to. The animals are allowed to roam around and some are in isolation. The DSPCA receives a grant from the Government but they rely on donations from the general public and business to keep them going. Most of us left there wanting to adopt an animal.
Charlotte Dwyer, Bronte
The girls from
The Students of Willow and Lee have been participating in an American Scrapbooking Course since January. This course involved gathering pictures of special occasions and presenting them in a decorative way on a 12 x 12 page. Students had to learn to use different types of stencils, stampers and cutting dies to create different effects. Each student created a personal photo album which is a beautiful record of special occasions in their lives. Many thanks to the School Completion Programme which made this course possible.
A special thanks to Rosemarie O'Kelly who introduced this creative art to us and has guided us through a most enjoyable and addictive course.
The school year of 2007/2008 has been very eventful in Mercy, with a large number of girls involved in Athletics, Cross Country, Gaelic Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball.
The school competed in four age categories in the FAI schools league with Volleyball was very popular with the girls and they did extremely well having each team reaching the playoffs. In our first year of the competition all girls just played for one season. The 2nd year team reached the All-Ireland playoffs must be commended for their hard work and look forward to next year. in the J6 and J4 competitions. It is hoped that Mercy will be challenging for top spots next year.
A large number of girls competed in the North Leinster Cross Country in January. The 1st year team of Jadine Brennan, Michele Gribbin, Roslyn McCarthy, Iesha Healy, Kelly Callan and Nadine Duffy had great success winning the U-14 B Team Event. In the summer term many 1st year girls did athletics every Monday after school. All the girls competed in Santry Stadium on May 7th and did very well with some very tough opposition.
Mark Ingle successfully coached the U-16 to a Dublin Schools Title. The U-14 team made up of 1st and 2nd Years also were Dublin Finalists. All of these girls are also very active throughout the year in the DCU Mercy Club.
1st Year Cross Country Team
The school fielded an U-14 Gaelic football team which was coached by two 5th years Leanne May and Sinead Cumisky. The girls beat St. Mary's Killester but unfortunately were knocked out by Holy Faith Clontarf. A lot of these girls have now joined up with Parnells GAA club which is very encouraging for next year.
I would like to
thank all the girls who came to training and represented
MerCy SPorTS Day
TEACHERS MAINTAIN THEIR UNBEATEN RECORD DESPITE THE EFFORT OF IRISH INTERNATIONAL KERRIE RYAN
One of the highlights of a brilliant sports day is the 6th year challenge soccer match with the teachers. Yet again, the teachers were victorious with a 2 - 1 win over the students. Only two players were sent to the sin bin, Michael for a hand ball - claiming it was an accident and Kerrie for kicking the ball at the Principal!! Despite the students getting a dubious penalty, I must commend the teachers, all nine of them for their bravery for standing on the goal line when the penalty was being taken.........the ball still went in!! Many thanks to the 26 students and nine teachers for taking part. I will be available for refereeing next year despite the heckling from the crowd !!!
On the 1st May the
choir travelled to
The next morning was spent preparing for the choir competition. Before we left for City Hall we had an impromptu performance in the lobby of the hotel for a group of business people that were staying there. In City Hall we performed Beidh Aonach Amarach, and the Rhythm of Life. We were delighted with the performance and look forward to next year.
On Wednesday 23rd April, 3rd year students from Joyce and Shaw accompanied by Ms Walsh visited Dublin Zoo. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the day. Highlights of the trip were seeing the latest addition to the elephant family, the recently christened "Budi", watching the feeding of the sea lions and of course the antics of the chimpanzees and gorillas. Apologies to any passers-by who may have been frightened by the scary masks peering out the bus windows on the return journey.
First yEar EntrEprEnEurs
Congratulations to both Elm and Beech, 1st year for their enterprising ideas. Ideas ranged from jewellery, candles and a variety of food products. Well done girls. Ms S Maloney and Ms M O'Leary
CoNGraTUlaTioNS To first Year STUDeNTS!
A record number of
First Year students entered The Dublin City University Essay and Art
Competition "College Enhances Chances". All were awarded
certificates. Laura Cahill (Essay) and Amy McGrath (Art) were selected to
Transition Year and Fifth Year students represented the school at a recent Debating competition in DCU. They attended a debating workshop and then were given a week to prepare two motions. Thanks to Gemma Smyth, Rebecca Gilligan, Sarah Murphy and Caroline McCormack for their courageous and inspiring performance.
As the class of 2008 enter their last few weeks before their Leaving Certificate, it is interesting to note how many students this year have applied for College courses on the CAO or PLC route. They have certainly taken the advice of "keep your options open" seriously. They have applied for a myriad of courses at every level following "their hearts" and thereby their own interests and personality.
Good luck to them all in the coming exams and in life. Support and care are
always open to them as present or past pupils.
Deirdre Teeling (Guidance Counsellor)
As part of the CSPE Action Project the girls in Eliot got their project on the
way when they invited Sergeant John O'Reilly from the Defence forces to come and speak of his experiences working abroad on UN peacekeeping missions. The girls enjoyed listening to him and asked a lot of questions.
They all learned a lot from the day.
Many thanks to all the students who sold tickets for the Easter raffle, the money will be used to buy a defibrillator and to train the staff in the use of it. Anything that can save a life is well worth the money, so a big thank you for your generosity. Many thanks to Linda, Jacinta, Bernadette and Kathleen McCall for all their hard work. The 6th year graduation was a great success and a special thanks to 5th year LCVP students who helped, it will be your turn next year. Not forgetting Monica who makes the best sandwiches!! It was also a pleasure working on the 4th Year High School Musical, it was brilliant.
We really need new volunteers to join the Parents Association, we would make you very welcome and we really do have a lot of fun!! So please, any volunteers should give your name to the girls in the office. We would also like to thank Chanel College Parent's Association and Jackie Whelan (HSL) co-ordinator for a brilliant night, our turn next year - see we do have fun so join up now!! Have a great summer.
As part of our 5th
year RE course this year we studied the holocaust. Last autumn we took part in
the crocus project by planting crocus bulbs in the school grounds. The Holocaust
Education Trust of Ireland gives the participating schools crocus bulbs to
plant in memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children and thousands of other
children who died in the Holocaust. The yellow flowers symbolize the yellow
stars all Jewish people were forced to wear under Nazi rule. In
In 2nd and 4th
year the students learned about a school in
Two of our students, Caroline from 5th year and Beth from 2nd year attended the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony in the Mansion House in January.
As well as taking
part in these events, Ms Quinn arranged for a survivor of the Holocaust to come
and speak to 4th and 5th year students about his experience. On Thursday, 8th
May, Tomi Reichental did
just that. Tomi explained to us in great detail about
his childhood in
Carolyn Conlon 5th Year
Thug an tseachtain deis ar leith do dhaoine oga an teanga a chloisteáil a úsaid chomh maith le cúpla focal nua a fhoglaim. Bhí roinnt imeachtaí ar siúl sa scoil i rith seachtain na gaeilge:
Tráth na gceist Boird
Táimíd fíorbhuíoch de Stiofáin Ó Cionnaith a tháinig go dtí an scoil chun CÉILÍ a dhéanamh leis and gcéad bhliain agus an dara bliain.
Bhain gach duine sult as an bhféile arís I mbliana!
Leanne Gilsenan & Ciara Wynne 1st year - Cedar
Sixth year students enjoyed an Ecology field trip to Newbridge Demense in Donabate. They examined plant & animal populations in the woodland.
Students are enjoying classes in a clean, modern environment. We wish to thank our students for their help moving, unpacking, checking invoices and getting organised.
P a i r e D reaDiNG
Over the past number of years the Paired reading programme has been a great success with both adults and children. Adults and students read together in a relaxed and non competitive environment. It allows for true co-operation between students, school and community. We are indebted to the members of the local community who give so willingly of their time and enabled us to run this programme. As always new volunteers are always welcome. Ms P Moran
The Sr. Mary Gonzalez Perpetual Trophy for best Maths result in LC Christina FabeLurin
Best Junior Cert Results 2007 Amy Delaney
Best Leaving Cert Results 2007 Jennifer Hurley. Jennifer is now studying Arts in St Patricks College
Dr Patricia Lenane
Left Mercy in 1987. Went to UCD studied Medicine, She is now a Paediatrician, Specialising in Skin Disease, Attached to Mater & Temple St. Hospitals
Overall Student of the year 2008 Caroline Carney
Newly elected Head Girl: Emma Roche, and Deputy Head Girls Shaunna Dwyer & Samantha Hatton
Prejudice comes to the Northside, so a change of
title was required. The Drama Club has been rehearsing very hard to perfect
their lines for their performance of "Northside
and Prejudice". The drama is based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
but with a modern twist. We had an absolutely brilliant time performing and we
hope that the audience had a blast!! Hopefully, there were some talent spotters
in the crowd and
Council meets Tuesday during lunch. Issues discussed included the current
Discipline and Homework Policy. These issues were also discussed at staff
meetings throughout the year. 4th year Council members were anxious to secure
lockers and this was discussed with management and they were organised in
October. The issue of uniform was the centre of much debate. The Council have
begun to investigate the possibility of adding a "sweatshirt" type
jacket to the uniform. Initial research was disappointing as students felt they
were too expensive, more work is needed on this issue. The Council linked up
with the parents association to distribute tickets for the annual school
raffle. An exciting development this year were our links with the student
Ms E Conneely Student Council Liaison Teacher
5th years have had
a busy year - shadowing days in
Students applying to the CAO have had three sessions on application procedures and how to research etc., As the CAO is a process that begins in 5th year and continues until July 1st of 6th year (the final date for change of mind). Students have also begun to research PLC courses. There are so many courses out there. The World is Your Oyster girls, you are artists of your own life!! Have a great summer.
Ms E Conneely 5th year Guidance Counsellor
Emma Roche and Samantha Hatton 5th year
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