Newsletter December 2001




Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme


The L.C.V.P. was introduced into Mercy College in September 2001.

It is a full Leaving Certificate plus 3 Link Modules: Enterprise Education; Preparation for Work; Work Experience.


Enterprise Education


  • Meet and interview enterprising people in business and in the community.


  • Plan and undertake activities with the class to develop confidence, creativity and initiative.


Preparation for work


  • Develop job seeking skills i.e. letter writing , C.V.’s, interview preparation, research and investigate local employment opportunities.


Work Experience


  • Gain valuable practical experience of the world of work, investigate a variety of careers.
  •   Interview and shadow a person in career areas that interests you.


Programme Requirements


1.      Minimum of five Leaving Certificate subjects.

2.      European Language

3.      Two subjects from the following subject groupings:


-   Home Economics and Biology

-   Chemistry and Physics

-   Accounting and Business

-   Home Economics and Business or Accounting

 -   Art and Business or Accounting

-   Music and Business or Accounting

-   Biology and Chemistry  


Assessment of Link Modules


60% of the marks are awarded for the portfolio of coursework – assessed in May of 6th year.


40% of the marks for the written exam in May of 6th year.




The Link Modules grade appears on the student’s  Leaving Certificate -


Pass (50 - 64%)

Merit (65 – 79%)

Distinction (80 – 100%)




The L.C.V.P. is recognised by Institutes of Technology and Universities for Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses.


At present 42 students in Mercy College are undertaking the LCVP.  The coordinator is Ms. O’Leary and the other members of the Link Module Team: Ms. Rooney and Mr. Young.  The students have a double class for Enterprise/Preparation for work each week and a single class for computers.


Key Values of LCVP


-         Active learning through links with industry and the community.

-         Access to computers and audio-visual equipment.

-         Taking responsibility for your own learning.

-         Working with other people on teams.




Harvest Festival    


On Sunday 14th October, the School Choir sang at an Ecumenical Harvest Evensong in the 12thcentury church of St. Doulagh’s on the Malahide Road.  The service was concelebrated by Church of Ireland, Methodist and Roman Catholic clergy from Malahide.


The Choir sang many beautiful pieces and was accompanied at the Harmonium by Mr. Rodney Baldwin, director of music at St. Andrew’s, Malahide.  The Choir thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sing in such a beautiful, old church and look forward to returning to it in the near future.


Many thanks for the continued support of parents, School Board members and staff who turned out in such large numbers to hear us sing.


Maria O’Reilly, 3rd year




Sixth Year Music students, along with Ms. Daltún visited ‘Ceol’, the Irish Traditional Music Centre in Smithfield, Dublin on Monday 8th October.  The Centre, which has sadly now closed, dealt with the story of music in Ireland from ancient times to the explosion in traditional music today.  The visit was very beneficial to exam students as it covered a substantial section of their Leaving Certificate Music Course.


Songs of Praise


The School Choir sang beautifully at a ‘Songs of Praise’ service in St. Mary’s, Clonsilla , on Sunday 25th November.


Forthcoming Events


Here’s a sneak preview of some of the music events happening soon!




The Choir will record a CD of both sacred and secular music.  This will be launched at a concert in March.  Watch this space for details!  All profits from the CD will go to St. Brendan’s Parish fund for a new church organ.


·        March


The Choir will compete at Wesley and at the Feis Ceoil.


·        May


The School Choir will return to Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 4th May to sing Choral Evensong at 5 p.m.




On Monday 10th September last the Transition Year students started rehearsals in Mercy College for the Musical Grease, with Maureen Gilligan (the Director) and Emma Powderly (the Choreographer).  During this time we learned some dances and songs and the auditions were held for the main parts.


On November 5th , we were unleashed on Chanel College - they didn’t know what hit them! We got straight to work putting the dances we had learned together with the boys from Chanel.  So far, rehearsals have been going great and hopefully we'll have an even greater show!


Show Dates – 5th, 6th and 7th March 2002.


Lesley Brant, 4th Year    






The Cadette team is doing well at the moment having had great victories over Holy Faith, Clontarf and Loreto, Dalkey. They were extremely unlucky to lose to Loreto, St. Stephen’s Green, who managed to level the game with two seconds left and then to go on to win in overtime. With two games left, the Cadettes have an excellent chance of qualifying for the Semi-finals of the League. 


1st and 2nd Years


Training continues every Monday and Thursday at 4.00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 4.30 p.m.  The leagues for these grades commence in January so it is still not too late to join in.  We would love to have more players and possible set up an “in-house” league.  So come along and try basketball – you'll enjoy it.


Other News


Congratulations to Ann Marie Butler, who is at present training with the National Development Squad.  The final team for the European  Championships will be named shortly and we wish her all the best.


Congratulations also to former coach, March Ingle who left to take up the position of Head Coach of the Manchester Giants in the BBL.


Finally, I would like to ask everyone to keep an eye on the Basketball notice board for any changes to schedules or fixtures and invite anyone interested to come along and support the games.


Mick Brew





This year Mercy College have six teams entered in Leagues: one Senior, two Junior, one Minor and two First Year teams.


We have had mixed fortune in the Leinster Cup.  All the players are working very hard in practice.  We play all our “home” games in Manor House – to whom we are most grateful, as our new pitch will not be ready to play on until September.


The Paris Eurodisney Trip is well on the way.  There will be approx 60-65 students travelling.


Northside League matches will start in earnest in January and we wish all the teams every success.


Training days are as follows:-


1st Year      Mon.  12.45 – 1.25 p.m.

2nd Year     Mon.   1.25 – 2.00 p.m.

2nd year     Tues. 12.30 – 1.20 p.m.

1st year      Wed.  12.30 – 1.20 p.m.

Senior & Junior Wed.    3.45 – 4.45 p.m.

Senior & Junior  Fri.    12.30 – 1.20 p.m.


New players are always welcome!




A Homework Club for 1st. 2nd and 3rd Years has been organised by Ms. Whelehan.


It meets every Tuesday and Thursday after school for just an hour.  You have a chance to do your homework and study in peace without your older or younger brothers and sisters annoying you.


Fourth Year students are present to help you with your homework, that is, if you need help.

We meet in the Library, so if you need a dictionary or other books, you have them nearby.


I would strongly recommend the Homework Club.


Suzanne Blake 




The Computer Room recently took delivery of eleven 800mhz computers.  These replaced the eleven 486s which had served the school well over the last seven years.  The school also acquired a new Pentium 4 computer which can be used to edit videos.  These purchases were made possible by a grant for the new Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.  The recently announced grant for all schools to improve computer equipment will hopefully allow us to replace some of the five year old computers.




Le 18 Octobre dernier, deux classes de Terminale (6th Years) et une classe de Premiere (5th Years) sont allées voir un tres bon film francais qui s’appell ‘AMELIE’.  Ce nouveau film original, amusant et émouvant a été beaucoup apprec par les éleves (et par leurs profs accompagnateurs Madame McAlister et Monsieur Hogan).


C’est un film plein de petites surprises comiques et de personnages fascinants et ce n’était pas difficile a comprendre – grace aux soustitres en anglais!


L’aspect le plus memorable du film, c’était peut-étre la musique spécialement composée, une musique mélancolique et émouvante, qui semble dire.  Le temps passe vite, la vie est courte – profitez – en!  Ou, comme dit le poéte francais Ronsard;  ‘Vivez, si m’en croyez, n’attendez a demain.  Cueillez des aujourd’hui les roses de la vie




On November 9th, our Senior Debating Team took part in the Aer Rianta and Junior Chamber Fingal Student Parliament.  The event was held in the Great Southern Hotel, Dublin Airport and Mercy College was one of twelve schools which participated.  The issues debated were, “The Ssound of Aircraft Acceptable to a Community?” and “Dublin Airport Must Continue to be the Economic Engine of Fingal“. Our team, Louise Costello, Natalie Bruen, Caroline Brennan and Niamh Whyte did our school proud by winning the overall debate and the best school prize.  Each member of the team received a digital camera and the debating society received a cheque for £300.00


N. Fagan, J. O’Toole, A. Carthy and E. Fagan from Room 22.


In early December our Debating Team also took part in the Public Speaking Project organised by the Mental Health Association of Ireland.  They made a presentation on the topic “Real communication is lost in the clutter”. 


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