Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Julieann Moran and Niamh Hanley

News:

The school celebrated the opening of the new school year mass for first and sixth year students on Tuesday followed by mass for all the other students on Wednesday in St. Matthews church, Ballymahon. Thanks to Fr. Liam who celebrated the masses and to Ms. Malone in the Music department for supplying such uplifting music and to the Religion department for all their hard work in preparing all for the masses.

Thanks to Kay Mitchell who spoke to our 6th years about post leaving certificate courses available at Maynooth University last Thursday.

The transition year students enjoyed their first work experience of the year last week. Thanks to all the employers who provided our students with this valuable opportunity.

The annual School Walk will take place during the week beginning the 23rd of October. Sponsorship cards will be distributed to all families and we ask that the cards be returned before that week. Funds raised this year will go towards extra funding for the P.E. and Music departments in our school. Congratulations to Karl Mc Inerney first year who won the competition to design the poster to be used in the sponsorship card.

 Karl Mc Inerney's picture which won Poster Competition

Karl Mc Inerney's picture which won Poster Competition

Mrs. Bohan’s second year business class enjoyed a visit to Kepak last week to support the topic Enterprise which they are studying at the moment.  Thanks to Brendan O Sullivan who spoke to the class and answered their questions.

Mental Health/Mind Fest Week.

In preparation for Mental Health Awareness week which will be taking place from October 9th our Mental  Health Awareness Ambassador team of Cormac Dixon, Jenny Kelly, Cora Norton, Dylan Coady, Caitlin Farrell, Meghan Finnan, Zoe Guinane, Sophie Hogan, Bryn Peters, Evan Chalmers, Ali O’Connor, Seadhna Ryan, Gerard Brennan, Erin McCormack and Ryan Shannon are busy organising many events. These events include Mood tests, playing favourite music during lunch and break times. Crazy Shoe & Sock Day will happen on Tuesday, and €2 will be collected from each student as a fundraiser for pieta house. All students will enjoy a “Zumba” class in the gym. A Mental Health Awareness Talk will be delivered by the TY Wellness Ambassadors to all classes. 5 Minutes Mindfulness and a Table Quiz for 1st to 3rd years  will take place on Friday.

Sport:

Our senior boys’ football team were victorious over Moyne Community School. Thanks to Mr. Mc Cormack and Mr. O’Gara for coaching the team.

Hard luck to our U16 and U19 Girls’ basketball teams who narrowly lost their games against Castleblaney last Thursday. Thanks to their coach Ms. Carr.

Well done to Emer Tyrell, Denny Hebron, Amy Cox and Aaron O Connor who were selected to represent our school in the forthcoming debating competition. The subs include Edel Clabby, Olivia Hoysted, Jenny Skelly and Shane Prior. Preparation for the Public speaking competition “the knights of St. Columbanus” is under way also. Thanks to Ms. O’ Reilly, Ms. O’ Donovan and Mr. Staunton who mentor the teams.

Fundraiser:

An Evening with Katie Gallagher, Paul Prior and Painted Skies will take place in the School Study hall on Friday 13 October at 8pm. Tickets available from school office €10. Buy in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Thought for the week:

Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.