The Naughton Foundation Scholarships

2019 Scholarships for STEM Undergraduate Applications is now Open - Closing Date May 18th.  Apply on line www.thenaughtonfoundation.ie 

The Naughton Foundation is awarding thirty six scholarships in 2019 to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level by students in Ireland.   Each Naughton Scholarship is valued at €20,000 i.e. €5,000 for each year of students third level course.

There will be one guaranteed scholarship for each of the participating Counties.  Mercy Secondary Ballymahon student's have been awarded the scholarships many times.

Apply on line www.thenaughtonfoundation.ie  

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Reporters : Alanah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff, Katie Quinn

Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge was celebrated in the school last week. First years participated in a poster competition, second years took part in a ‘Tráth na gCeist’, while our 5th years enjoyed a traditional céilí in the Canteen. As well as that, all students and teachers made use of their ‘cúpla focal’ in a ‘Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine’ competition. Bhí seachtain den chéad scoth againn! Beatha Teanga í a labhairt! Thank you to Ms. Nevin, Ms. Fox, Ms. Mc Cafferkey, Ms. McGovern and Ms. Daly for all their work organising the weeks events.

Boys GAA

Our U14s boys GAA team play Cnoc Mhuire Granard Thursday next the 28th in the North Leinster C Final. Good luck Lads and thank you to Mr. Larkin and Mr. Kenny for training the team.

Girls Basketball

Mercy Secondary School girls basketball team travelled to the Phoenix Centre in Carrickmacross on Tuesday the 19th March to play Virgina college. The game was very close for the first two quarters with Virginia pulling away in the end to win. Even though the girls lost the regional final, they still progress on to the All-Ireland play offs. The venue is yet to be decided. Thank you to Ms. Walsh and Ms. Coyle for training the team. Good luck girls in the play offs.

1st and 2nd Year Boys Basketball

Our 1st and 2nd Year Boys Basketball teams won the North East Regional Finals on Wednesday with impressive wins over St Pats, Navan and Cnoc Mhuire Granard. Both teams put in outstanding performances with out 1st Year team winning 48 - 22 and our 2nd Year team winning 36-32. Both teams will now advance to the All Ireland Play-offs.

We wish both teams the best of luck in the finals. Thank you to Ms.O Sullivan, Mr. Tansey and Ms. Curley for all their hard work training the team.

Book Club

On Thursday March 7th, we at Mercy Ballymahon celebrated World Book Day by hosting a variety of events including Booky Breakfast, Library visits, our monthly book club and to end a successful day writer Eammon Brennan spoke to our fifth year students.Remember "the journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page". Thank you to Ms. Gaffney for organising our book club.

Careers

6th Year Students have all finished their DARE applications - they now need to ensure they get their forms together with proof of disability into the CAO by April 1st.

5th Years are currently having their 1:1 appointments with their Guidance Counsellors. They are all being advised to apply for at least one Day Summer School which are being advertised at the moment. Summer Schools are really excellent and are held in UCD, NUIG and Maynooth University. They give you the opportunty to expereince college life as well as trying out areas of interest. Thank you to Ms. O’Neill and Mr. Larkin for all their hard work helping students decide on their future careers.

TY News

TY 1&4 attended their Holy Spirit Day in Mullingar with the Alpha team on Wednesday last. Thanks to Ms Walsh and Ms Gaffney who accompanied them.

Sports Partnership commenced a coaching course with our TY students, all of whom will avail of this opportunity. Students will then be in a position to coach young people in any sport.

Enterprise finals. Our school was represented by Brian Maloney and Robert Smith of Nanny’s Candles and Molly Doyle and Aisling Dolan who sold dog accessories. Brian and Robert were runners up in the competition. Well done to all involved!

Helen Emerson continues her workshops on Mental Health.

Lighthouse Program

Thank you to Sr Úna Purcell who mentored Derinn Finn, Ailbhe Molloy, Brona Cox, saidhbh Doherty and Danielle Nally empowering them to return to their primary school St Matthew’s and work with the young students there in their Confirmation.

Daffodil Day

A coffee moring took place last week in the staffroom to support Daffodil Day. A Bake sale was held in the Open Area. Students and teachers sold Daffodil badges to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. SWe raised €847, all proceeds went to the Irish Cancer Society. We would like to thank every one who supported this worthy cause. Thank you to Ms.Úna Daly, Ms. Curley and Ms. Fitzmaurice for organising the activities.

Junk Kouture Finalists

Congratulations to our Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2019 Regional finalists:

Maria Gallagher, Olivia Hamilton and Alannah Reid - ‘Leave it in the Past; Papers’

&

Katie Farrell, Siobhan Kilduff and Katie Quinn - ‘Puzzle of Life’

Almost 1,400 entries were submitted to Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture this year and the judges had once again a very tough time picking the regional finalists! The regional final takes place in TF Royal, Castlebar on Thursday March 7th 2019.

Tickets for the regional shows will go on sale from The TF Royal box office and website on Monday February 18th at 9:00am. These are expected to sell out fast as they did in previous years. Tickets are €20.00 plus booking fee.

Voting

Public REGIONAL VOTE for all finalists is worth 10% of overall score, and will take place from 10am on Monday 18th February until midnight on Friday 22nd February. Voting for both will take place on app.junkkouture.com - please note that all public voters will be required to register before they can vote.  Please download the app and vote for Mercy School’s team!

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Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Reporters : Alanah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff, Katie Quinn

T.Y.

Paul from Getwest came to visit our school on Monday. He was speaking to our TYs about their outdoor pursuit trip, which will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of May. T.Y. students are very excited about the upcoming trip. They are looking forward to the water sports, climbing wall and archery.

St. Christophers Visit

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On Tuesday Ms Caroline Donoghue brought T.Y.1 to St. Christopher's Day Centre in Ballymahon as part of their Disability Awareness Course. We would like to thank St. Christopher’s for hosting the group. The students learned about the services St. Christopher’s Resource Centre and Residential Services provide to people with disabilities and their families in the Ballymahon area. They learned about how they could volunteer to help the service and about future potential career opportunities. They met some of the service users and viewed the Resource Centre’s facilities and training rooms.

Student Bank

Derek Glennon from Bank Of Ireland empowered our students from T.Y. to join the school bank team. The students will now run the school bank at lunch time. The team members are Chloe Kelly, Kevin Tansey, Jesse Aguneche, Cait Keily and Aoife Nolan. Also on Tuesday Derek gave an informative talk on cyber safety and living in our modern world. It made us all stop and think about the consequences of our cyber footprint.

We would like to sincerely thank all the employers who have taken on our T.Y. students for work experience this week. We wish the students good luck and we hope everyone enjoys their time in the world of work.

On Friday the 1st of February, we held a badminton tournament in the gym for our T.Y. students, great fun was had by all.

LCVP

Mairead Murtagh, past pupil, owner of “Murtagh’s Dog Grooming” gave a talk to our LCVP students on her experience of running her own business. Mairead set up her own business ‘Murtaghs Dog Grooming’ in Ballymahon having completed her training. Mairead’s talk was an inspiration to our students, she made her dream happen and now enjoys a successful career in her local town.

Soccer

Well done to our under 15 boys soccer team who played against Banagher College in the West Leinster Final last Friday. After extra time and penalties they came out victorious with the final result 3 : 2. Also, thanks to their coach Ms. Quinn.

Girls Football

The Senior Ladies football team played Presentation Kilkenny in the Leinster semi final in Portlaoise last Thursday. The final score was 5-17 to 1-2. Well done girls and thank you to the coaches Mr. Sean Bohan, Mr. Colin Seery and Ms. Niamh McCann. They will meet St. Joseph’s Navan in the Leinster Final.

Girls Basketball

Well done to our U16 Girls’ Basketball team who played St. Angela’s Cork in the All-Ireland quarter final last Monday. Well done girls for reaching the final 16 in the “A” Division. It was a great battle and unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Thank you to Ms. Coyle, Ms. Walsh and Ms. Carr for all her hard work coaching the team.

Assessment Test for Incoming 1st Year Students

The Assessment test will be held at School on

Saturday 2nd February 2019 from 10a.m. to 12.30p.m.

The student will need to be at the School by 9.55a.m. Please bring along a pencil and an eraser. The assessment tests are purely to assist the School in best providing for the educational needs of incoming students. They are not used for the purpose of selection or streaming. We do not want it to be a stressful process. It also provides the first opportunity for incoming 1st year students to meet one another. There will be three short breaks. A snack and drink will be provided. Your son/daughter may bring in their own food if they wish. Results of these Assessment tests will be available in September on request from school guidance counsellor.

JC & LC Mocks

Please find timetables for Mocks below. Mocks starting on 5th February for 6th years and on 6th February for 3rd years. Finishing on 15th February. Good luck to all students!

U15 Boys Soccer

Well done to our under 15 boys soccer team who played against Banagher College in the West Leinster Final yesterday. After extra time and penalties they came out victorious with the final result 3 : 2. Also thanks to their coach Ms. Quinn. 

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Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Reporters : Alannah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff

Díospóireacht
Comhghairdeas le foireann shinsearach díospóireachta Mheánscoil na Trócaire agus a múinteoir Ms.Nevin a mbeidh ag dul chun cinn chuig an chéad bhabhta eile i Mí Eanair!

Congratulations to Mercy Ballymahon's senior debating team who won their first Gael Linn debate on Monday December 3rd . The next round is in January.

Basketball

Congratulations to our U16 and U19 girls’ basketball teams who had fantastic victories over Castleblaney in the regional A league finals on December 3rd. U16 won 43-42 and U19 won 35-33. Both teams now progress to the All Ireland playoffs in January. Thanks to their coaches Ms. Coyle, Ms.Walsh and Ms. Carr.

Football

Our senior boys had a comprehensive victory in their first championship game on the 29th November, played in St Lomans Mullingar. It was a fantastic squad effort with 21 players getting valuable gametime in very windy conditions. We play Ballymahon VS in the next round of the North Leinster Championship. Full time score- Mercy Ballymahon 3-14(23) Oldcastle (St Olivers PP) 1-5 (8).

Soccer

Congrats to our U19 boys’ soccer team who won their game against Mercy Kilbeggan 4-0 on December 3rd. They are now through to the West Leinster final. Thanks to their coach Mr. Burke.

Thanks to Ballymahon AFC for the use of their excellent facilities.

Careers

Our 6th years receive excellent talks from various colleges throughout the school year. So far this year we were delighted to host Athlone IT, UCD, Maynooth, GMIT, IT Sligo and we look forward to many more in the coming months. But nothing beats having a past pupil return. Paddy Grogan gave a great insight into the option of an Apprenticeship, he is finishing his final year in Aerospace and has already been offered a permanent job starting in September! We would encourage all our leaving certs to keep all options open by applying to the CAO, Apprenticeships, PLC courses etc.

Transition Year

On Monday 3rd Ms Donoghue brought TY students to St Christopher’s Day Centre Ballymahon where both groups of students connected in a very sociable setting.

On Wednesday 5th December TY students went ice skating in Dundrum. A great day was had by all. Everyone came home safe and sound.

On Thursday 6th TY students attended an AXA Road Safety show in the Backstage. This was organised by Longford County Council. It was a very powerful show. It highlighted the importance of taking care on our roads.

On Thursday 6th and McCarron brought a group of TY students to Thomond Nursing Home carol singing. This was a very sociable gathering which everyone enjoyed.

On Sunday 9th December seven mini company groups sold their wares at the annual Craft Fair in the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule.

Open Night

Open night proved to be a very enriching experience for our school last week. We were delighted to open the doors of our school to welcome all prospective students who are set to enrol in secondary school for September 2019. There was a great buzz of excitement around the school as present students demonstrated the full range of subjects, our school offers. Our trad group gave a lively introduction to the night and set the atmosphere of excitement and anticipation for our prospective incoming first years. Closing date for Enrolment for 1st year 2019 is 4pm Tuesday December 18th.








As part of their  Disability Awareness course, TY 2 and their teacher Ms Donoghue visited St Christopher’s Day Disability Service in Ballymahon on Monday 3rd December. 

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Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Pope John Paul II Award

Fourteen 5th year students from Mercy Ballymahon, guided by Fr. Liam and Ms. Nevin, received the John Paul II Award from Bishop Duffy in St. Mel’s Cathedral on Sunday 21st October, at a beautiful ceremony. Special thanks to Ms. Bohan and Sr. Úna Purcell for their help. The John Paul II Award is available to Transition Year students, it has proven to be a most rewarding, worthwhile, enjoyable experience. Ms. Nevin, Ms. Gaffney, Mr. Mulvihill and Ms. Fitzmaurice will be leading the Award this year.

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GAA

We had a fantastic first day out for our boys 4 teams, who entered in a seven a side blitz, with over 30 students making their Mercy Ballymahon debut. Our U14s have had two comprehensive victories against Ballymahon Vocational School and Moyne CS.

Our U16s play their first group game against Cnoc Mhuire Granard on Thursday 25 October 2018.

Our Senior second team made their debut and had a fine win over our neighbours BVS. Our Senior Boys’ team bet Mercy Kilbeggan in the Longford/Westmeath competition. Well done to all the teams and teachers involved, Mr Sean Larkin and Mr Shane Kenny, Mr Ger O Gara and Mr John Dromey, Mr Gary Kenny and Mr Joe McCormack.

Soccer

The Boys First Year Futsal team became County Longford champions in the FAI Schools Futsal competition held in the Community Centre in Edgeworthstown on October 10th. They won all 4 matches against Moyne Community School, St Mels College, Templemichael College & Cnoc Mhuire Granard.

Training has commenced for both the U19 and U15 boys soccer teams, who are playing in the West Leinster league on the 2018/19 season. Good luck to Mr Burke, Ms Quinn and their teams in the season ahead.

Basketball

Both the Boys and Girls U16 and U19 teams are up and running at this stage. Thanks to coaches Ms. O Sullivan, Mr. Tansey, Ms. Coyle, Ms. Walsh and Ms Curley. More updates next week.

The Green Schools Project

The Green Schools Committee continues its work this year. We are working for the Green Flag in Energy, as this is the second theme in the Green Flag series. Mr Burke, Ms Donoghue, Ms Fox, Ms Fitzmaurice and Ms Murphy all work with our eager students on the Green Schools Committee to achieve these targets.

Art

Art club has taken off with great popularity. It is open to all students and takes place every Thursday at lunch time in the Art Room. TY groups are working hard alongside Narnia students on their Junk Kouture entries. Congratulations to Katie Brogan who won First place in the Aisling Festival Art competition, special category, and Laura Hand who won highly commended, also in the special category. Also congratulations goes to Aleksandra Dul (1st Year) who was placed first in our Art competition to design the School Walk sponsorship card

School Walk

The Annual School Walk took place on Wednesday the 24th October. The student population along with their teachers and SNAs took to the route with gusto. Well done to all our teachers who supervised, walked, cycled and made it possible. Thanks to Ms. O Sullivan for co-ordinating operations.

The Oscars:

Preparations for our biennial school show are well underway. The management teams are in place and auditions and rehearsals are in full swing. So mark the dates on your calendar 20th, 21st and 22nd November. It promises to be a great night. Tickets on sale after mid-term.

Triple P – Fear Less (Reducing Anxiety in Children &Teenagers)

Triple P – Fear Less (Reducing Anxiety in Children &Teenagers) are delivering a talk for parents of children and teenagers aged 6 – 14 year olds, who might be concerned about their child/teen experiencing anxiety, on Thursday 11th October from 7 30pm – 9pm in the Radisson Hotel in Athlone.

This talk is free to attend and parents do not need to book a place.

More information: bit.ly/2pH1ySG

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Author Ré Ó Laighléis was  in Ballymahon Library on Wednesday. Ré did a workshop with our Ty3 students. Ré has written lots of books in Irish that have now been translated into 8 languages and some of his short stories are now on the New Junior Cert Irish course.

It was a very enjoyable afternoon!

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Katie Gouldsbury and Tami Dania

TY:

On Monday the 14th, there was a Photography Exhibition held in the Longford Arms Hotel. Congratulations to Oisin Brogan who won the County award in the Drink Awareness competition, and Jasmine Stansbury who won Photographer of our School Award.

Congratulations to Claire Beirne and Oisin Brogan who won the TY Bake Off competition with their Muffins. Muirinn Claffey, Eva Harkin and James Murphy got second place with Chocolate chip cookies and  Shauna Gilbride got 3rd  place with her Brownies.

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Thanks to Jacob Kajan, Ciarán Hanley, Shane Prior, Oisin Brogan, Claire Beirne, and Alison Dennehy  who visited the Daycare Centre last week.

On Friday the 11th of May, the group of students participating in the Lighthouse Project, Urte Vityte, Liadhan Farrell, Ella McMonagle, Francesca McGreal, Chara Mtisi, Cillian Mckeown, Edel Clabbey and Muireann Claffey gave their final evaluation talk to the Confirmation classes in St. Matthews Primary School. Thank you to all who helped to make the preparation of Confirmation a holy and joyous time.

Well done to the 20 TY students who completed their GAA coaching course and visited St. Matthews, local primary school, for a GAA blitz with the students. Each TY student has a coaching certificate.

Congrats to Laoise Nerney, Jill Dennehy, Ciara Mulligan, Niamh Dempsey and Ellen Shannon who won 2nd place in the Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards-‘Let’s Talk about Drugs’ Competition which was presented to Laoise Nerney and Jill Dennehy on behalf of the team at the Department of Education offices  in Dublin last Wednesday. Thanks to Ms. Bohan who accompanied them and to Mick Conlan for his guidance on this project.

Other:

The school had a busy week as our annual school tours took place last Thursday. Sixth years enjoyed a day at Tayto Park with Ms. D. Daly, Mr. Staunton and Ms. O Neill. Fifth years went to Zipit in Lough Key Forest Park, thanks to Mrs. Cooney, Ms. McGovern and Mr. Munds, Mr. Farrell, Ms. Flannery and Ms. Quinn who accompanied the students. Transition year students had a 2 night stay at Portlick Adventure Center with Mrs. Bohan, Ms. Halligan, Mr. Tansey and Ms. Costello. Third years went to Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Center. Thanks to Ms. O Sullivan, Mr. McCormack, Mr. Walsh and Ms. Ryan who accompanied them. Second years went to Pure Skills in Galway with Mrs Reynolds, Mr. Dromey, Ms. Nevin and Mr. Burke. First years went to Bay Sports Athlone with Ms. Honeyman, Ms. O Reilly, Mr. Larkin, Ms. Brady and Mr. O Rourke

Sport:

Commiserations to the First year boys’ football team who lost the Leinster semifinal against Rathangan. Thanks to Mr. Larkin and Mr. Kenny who coached the boys.

Hard luck to our U14 girls whose campaign in the Leinster championship came to a disappointing end last Tuesday where they were defeated by Loreto Navan in the U14 Leinster Final in Kinnegad. Although it was not to be, all players demonstrated great skill and passion right up to the very end.

It has been an outstanding year of football for this exceptional panel of players who have shown true dedication, determination and resilience all year. 

A big thank you to everyone for all the support throughout the year and to the coaches Ms. McTiernan and Mr. Seery.

Thought for the week:

When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Olivia Hoysted and Amy Cox

Transition year:

A huge congratulation to our All Ireland winners of School Digital Champions, 2017-2018, Katie Gouldsbury, Liadhan Farrell, Tami Dania and Mateusz Bednarek. The Champions produced a video on Autism Awareness and entered it into the RTÉ Schools Digital Video Competition.  Theirs was chosen as the overall winner out of over 280 entries. As part of their prize they get a video production and editing training day at RTÉ headquarters in Dublin in September. They would like to give a huge thanks to Ms. Ryan and the students in  Narnia for all their co-operation and encouragement.

Congrats to our TY girls, Niamh Dempsey, Ellen Shannon, Laoise Nerney, Jill Dennehy and Ciara Mulligan, who came second in the Let’s Talk About Drugs National Media awards competition for their video on drug and alcohol awareness. They will attend an awards ceremony on the 16th May in Dublin. Well done to the girls and their mentor Mick Conlan.

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Thanks to Bryn Peters, Ciaran Hanley and Dylan Coady, Ciara Mulligan, Ellen Shannon, Clodagh Dillon and Oisin Brogan who went to the Day-care centre last week. Well done to Olivia Hoysted who helped out at Bridgeway’s last week.

Thanks to Ms. Quinn who organised guest speaker David Cryan to speak  on ways of leading a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and healthy eating to TY students  .  David was one of the leaders in this year’s Operation Transformation

Following on from Alpha, Simon and his team from “Youth for Christ” came to the school and did activities with the TY students on Wednesday 9th May. The students took part in cage soccer, as well as a talk about spirituality.

The 38 students participating in GAISCE Bronze award completed a 20km walk as part of their adventure trip. They walked along the canal from Ballinacarrigy back to Ballymahon. Thanks to Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Munds who accompanied them.

All TY students had a sleepover in the gym on Thursday, the 3rd of May. Each student collected money, and in total they raised €1060 for St Martha’s and Bethany House, the Saint Vincent de Paul shelters in Longford. Thanks to the teachers Mr. Tansey, Ms. McGovern, Mr. Walsh, Ms. Fitzmaurice, Ms. Bohan and Ms. McCarron who supervised the students.

News:

A reminder for Leaving cert students that C.A.O. students can place their details on a priority waiting list for onsite accommodation in U.C.D.

Sport:

Congratulations to the first year boys’ basketball team and their coach Mr. Dempsey who won the All Ireland Final on Friday the 4th of May. They beat Mungret, Limerick in the final in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. This is the first time for our school to win an All-Ireland at this level.

Well done to the under 14 girls football team who beat Bunclody in the Leinster semi-final on Wednesday the 9th. Thanks to Ms Mc Tiernan and Mr Seery.

Thought for the week:

When you can’t control what‘s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is.

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Katie Gouldsbury and Mateusz Bednarek

Tranisition Year:

On Tuesday the 1st of May, two TY groups attended an award ceremony for the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival Schools Playwright Competition. Congratulations to Sarah Cox and Edel Clabby whose scripts were shortlisted. They won two tickets to a show in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone. Thanks to Ms. Quinn and Ms. Flannery who went with the groups.

Well done to Zoe Guinane, Olivia Hoysted, Francesca McGreal, Shauna Gilbride and Rebecca Gill who helped out at Bridgeway’s and Lucy Anne Myhill, Niamh Dempsey, Brian Casey, Dylan Coady, Bryn Peters, Gordon Farrell and Ellen Shannon who helped at the day-care during the week.

On Thursday the 3rd of Maythe Ty’s had their annual Sponsored  “lock in” in the school’s gym. All money collected goes to the homeless shelters in Longford, Bethany House and St. Martha's.

Our four school Digital champions, Katie Gouldsbury, Mateusz Bednarek, Tami Dania and Liadhan Farrell enjoyed their tour to google headquarters in Dublin with Mr. Dempsey on Thursday last.

There was a bake sale held on Wednesday 25th April in aid of St. Luke’s Hospital. It was organised by a group of ty girls who plan to take part in the ladies mini marathon in Dublin on Sunday June the 3rd and the seven Ty boys who have volunteered to help at the marathon. Together with the first years contribution to their guest speaker from St Luke’s on Friday morning and other kind donations from the public they have raised a staggering €1,022.00 which is all going towards St. Luke’s cancer hospital. The VHI Women's Mini Marathon main sponsor Today FM have chosen to work with our school this year and are going to make a clip of the different events held in our school as the students prepare to undertake this challenge. This clip will be put up on their social media accounts so that others can donate to the Charity. This clip will also be used at the start line of the run to get the thousands of us geared up for the 10km to be completed. Big thanks to Mr. Walsh, Mr. Carr, Mr. McCormack and Ms. Quinn who helped the TY students with their guest speaker and warm up for the Today FM crew.

Sports

Mercy Ballymahon’s first year girls’ basketball team qualified for the All-Ireland playoffs in the University of Limerick on the 28th and 29th of April having won 6 of their 7 games in the Regional Competition. Parents, players, coaches and supporters made the journey to the sports arena in UL for a Competition which pitted Mercy Ballymahon against Loreto Letterkenny, Regina Mundi College and Clonaslee College.

Congratulations to the 1st year girls’ basketball team who, at the end of a long campaign, can say that they are deservedly one of the top eight teams in the country. Thanks to coaches Mr. Walsh and Ms. Carr for all their work with the team. We would like to thank all players, parents and Ms. Donohue for making it a memorable and successful weekend.

Thanks to the PE teachers Ms. Carr and Mr. McCormack who taught all their students CPR during their PE classes last week.

Well done to the u14 girls football team who beat St. Marys Edenderry in the Leinster Quarter final and now play Bunclody in the final. Thanks to their coaches Ms. McTiernan and Mr. Seery.

Last week was active schools week. Throughout the week students were informed on the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle. A simple exercise routine was called over the intercom and lasted for ten minutes each day. All students and staff were encouraged to participate. The 2nd and 5th years had a basketball tournament. The sixth years played the teachers in a volleyball game. There was an Art Competition held among 1st years to design a “Mercy Ballymahon Get Active” Logo and Slogan.

Other News:

Eleven of our teachers took part in staff golf outing on Friday 27th at Newforest Golf club, Tyrellspass. Congratulations to Ms. Donohue, Mr. Dromey and Mr. O Gara who won the tournament. Mr. Walsh got the closest pin and Mr. Bohan got the longest drive.

Our LCVP students completed their exam on Wednesday the 2nd of May.

Thanks to Moate business college who spoke to the leaving cert students last Thursday re post leaving cert courses available at their college in September next.

Our Narnia students enjoyed a tour to Tayto Park last week accompanied by Ms. Ryan, Ms. Costelloe,Helena Brady and Claire Doyle

Thought for the week:

If you want something you never had you have to do something you’ve never done.

Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Tami Dania and Sarah Cox

Transition Year:

On Thursday 26th April, TY1 and TY2 visited Boda Borg as a part of their TY Logic class. They were accompanied by their teachers, Mr. Dromey and Ms. Daly.

TY students participated in a Farm Safety course held at the Ballymahon Mart on Wednesday 25th April. Students who attended : Keith O'Halleran, Patrick Smyth, Richard Sweetnam,  Chara Mtisi, Patrick Conlon, Eoghan Bannon,  Ella Mc Monagle,  Richard Prior,  Shane Prior,  Dylan Coady,  Bryn Peters,  Edel Clabby,  Dillon Ryan,  Jack Murtagh,  Ciaran Mc Donnell , Ciaran Hanley, Richard Laffan and Brian Casey. Thanks to Mr. Munds for accompanying the students.

Three TY students, Ali O’Connor, Zoe Guinane and Rebecca Gill, attended the science competition Scifest which took place in The Helix in DCU. The title of their project was ‘An investigation into the way in which digital devices alter our perception of time’. The competition took place on Tuesday the 24th of April. There were 350 students participating in the event and 166 projects.

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The girls’ experiment involved participants reading an extract from a book in a physical copy and then from a digital device. In each case the participants had to read for what they estimated to be two minutes. They were timed and the actual time and the perceived time were recorded. The experiment was carried out on over 200 people. A survey was also carried out on over 250 people and it included questions regarding lifestyle in relation to their use of digital devices and reading. The results they got proved that there is a relationship between our perception of time and the use of digital devices in which digital devices lengthen our perception of time.

The girls received great feedback from the judges and were awarded Best Project in Life Sciences for the Intermediate/Senior Category. They received D.C.U hoodies and want to say a huge thanks to their science teacher Ms. Fiona Noone.

Thanks to  Brian Casey, Gordan farrell, Jacob Kajan, James Murphy, Ryan Shannon, Niall McGarry, Liadhan Farrell, Amy Cox, Lucy Ann Myhill Sean Kenny, Laoise Nerney and Olivia Hoysted for visiting the Day Care Centre this week and to Francesca McGreal and Shauna Gilbride who visited the Bridgeways homework club last week.

Sport:

Congratulations to Mr Dempsey and the first year boys’ basketball team who beat Abbey Grammar Newry, Knockbeg College Carlow and St Brendan’s Belmullet at the All Ireland playoffs on Tuesday the 24th of April which were held at Mercy Ballymahon. They are now through to the All-Ireland semi-final against Old Bawn Community School, Tallaght, which will take place in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght on Friday the 4th of May.

Commiserations to Ms. Carr and the second year girls’ basketball team who lost just one of the three games at the All-Ireland playoffs on Friday the 20th April which also took place in Mercy Ballymahon. The girls beat the Presentation Killarney and Coláiste Einda, Galway before losing to Mercy Waterford who are current All Ireland champions

News:

First year students visited Knock for their annual retreat on Thursday 26th of April. They were accompanied by TY students, Sophie Hogan, Caitlin Farrell, Rebecca Gill and Zoe Guinane and teachers, Ms. O’Reilly, Ms. Fitzmaurice, Mr. Larkin and Mr. Walsh.

The Ag Science students completed their orals on Thursday last. This Oral exam and project is worth 25% of their Leaving Certificate Ag. Science exam.

Our school trustees CEIST have been seeking volunteers to help out at the World meeting of families in August 25th and 26th. To date 40 students from Transition and 5th year have volunteered. They will be helping out during the Pope’s visit to Ireland in Croke Park and the Phoenix Park and will be staying overnight at another CEIST school in the Dublin area. Thanks to Mrs. Bohan for coordinating the students.

Thought for the week:

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have