Our first year boys GAA team qualified for the Leinster final winning against Wexford CBS on a score line of 5-11 to 5-7. Final is set to be played this week, venue and time yet to be decided as we went to print. Good luck to the first year boys in the final.Thanks to coaches Mr Larkin and Mr S Kenny.
TY All Ireland Script Writing Competition
The TY students entered the ‘All Ireland Film Festival Script Writing Competition’. In order to participate they individually had to type up a 2000 word script on the title ‘Connections’. Unfortunately no student was shortlisted this year but all received a certificate of completion at a fantastic awards ceremony in The Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone. Well done to all the students who took part and their English teacher Ms. Quinn for her guidance.
Women's Mini Marathon
Once again TY students and staff( Ms. Quinn, Mrs. Minogue, Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Ms. Donohue) will be completing the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June. This year their chosen charity is Ballymahon Day Care Centre. In order to fundraise for this extremely worthwhile charity, 1st and 2nd year students were taken on a tour of Ballymahon Day Care Centre and a bake sale was held within the school. So far the tally is €540.30. A massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic cause, it is much appreciated. Lastly, best of luck to all taking part on the 2nd of June. Without a doubt it will be a day you will never forget!
Leaving Cert Graduation
Congratulations to our Leaving Certificate Class who graduated last Thursday. They celebrated the end to their secondary school education with a beautiful Mass and graduation ceremony. The night was preceeded by a super last day of activities, on the Wednesday. The teachers cooked a tasty bar-b-que and the day ended on a long established tradition of walking up the avenue with the Principal, Deputy Principal, Year Head and teachers. Thank you to all who helped out on the day and a video of the last moments can be viewed on the school website. An emotional goodbye, but a very proud moment for our school as we send our students on to the next chapter of their lives. We wish them every success in their future lives.
Congratulations to all our students to took home an award on Tuesday last from our Awards Ceremony. Stuents received awards for attendance, student council, exam success, sporting success and specific subject excellence. The Leaving Certificate students received awards for their excellence in their role as school leaders, Roisin Leen Ceist Award, Aisling McCormack Leadership Award, Ronan English Mercy Award and Claire Shaw Student of the Year Award. Well done to everyone your hard work has paid off.
Congratulations to our TY students who graduated from TY on Tuesday last. The night was a wonderful celebration of all the activites and success’ that took place during their year, everyone enjoyed a cup of tea afterwards and chatted about all the high points of the year. Thank you to Mrs Bohan our TY Co-ordinator, Ms. Gaffney, TY Year Head and all the teachers involved with TY, and who make it a fantastic experience for our students.
Junior Cycle Exams and Leaving Certificate Exams
It is exam time once again and we would like to encourage our students coming up to their exams. We wish you the very best of luck and your hard work will pay off. Good luck Leaving Certs and Junior Certs from everyone at Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon.
Once again TY students and staff( Ms. Quinn, Mrs. Minogue, Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Ms. Donohue) will be completing the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June. This year their chosen charity is Ballymahon Day Care Centre. In order to fundraise for this extremely worthwhile charity, 1st and 2nd year students were taken on a tour of Ballymahon Day Care Centre by its manager Breda Greeves and a bake sale was held within the school. So far the tally is €540.30. A massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic cause, it is much appreciated. Lastly, best of luck to all taking part on the 2nd of June. Without a doubt it will be a day you will never forget!
Please support our school in our Easter Raffle fundraiser which takes place on 11th April.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Reporters : Alanah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff, Katie Quinn
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Reporters : Alannah Reid, Siobhan Kilduff
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
Oscars Gone Wild - TY Production 2018
20 - 21 - 22 November 2018
(Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Tickets VIP €15, Adult €10, Child €7
Bookings tel. 0906432267
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
Photos of 1st & 6th yrs students will be taken on Tuesday, 16th October. Full details below.
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.
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!
Notes by: Katie Gouldsbury and Tami Dania
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.
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.
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
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.