Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes By: Cian Belton and Niamh Hanley

 General News

The Leaving and Junior Cert Art Exams have taken place. Well done to the students who completed the exam, we wish well them with their results. Thanks to Orla Keane, Ciara Healy, Shauna Costello, Roisin Sheahan, Niamh Hanley and Julieann Moran who volunteered to model for the art exam.

Congratulations to 5th year art student Kate Courtney who will be participating in‘Square Eyes’, a student artist street mural project hosted by Cruthú Arts Festival Longford July 27th - 30th 2017. The students are trained by renowned mural artist Phil Atkinson. Kate will get the opportunity to create large murals with Phil. The finished artwork will then be toured around participating schools in the 2017 academic year. The artwork will eventually be mounted in prominent public spaces in Longford.

The third years enjoyed their annual retreat last Wednesday. Thanks to Mike Shortt and his team from Tobar Nua who gave the retreat.

Congratulations to Mr. Burke and his Green Schools team who have been awarded the green flag for our school. They will receive the flag at an awards ceremony in Athlone on Wednesday 24th of May.

Sport:

Congratulations to the first year girls’ basketball team who won two out of their three qualifying games last Saturday in U.L.  Unfortunately, the girls lost out to Mercy Waterford, the eventual winners, in the All Ireland A quarter final. Thanks to their coach Ms. Carr for all her hard work.

 First year girls’ basketball team with their coach Ms. Carr.

First year girls’ basketball team with their coach Ms. Carr.

Ms. Ryan ran a competition for first and second year students and their teachers to decide on a name for our special Autism classroom. Congratulations to Ms.Daly who proposed the chosen name “Narnia”. Ms. Daly will recieve first  prize, a lunch with the class. The chosen name NARNIA, means going through a door which looks like any door in the school, but you enter a place that is special and unique in our school. There were many other great ideas for example the three runners-up were:  2. RISE: Reaching Independence Through Structured Environments. 3. STRIDE: Students Taking Responsibility in Developing Excellence. 4. AUTISM- Always Unique, Totally Intelligent Sometimes Mysterious.

TY News

Last Monday TY 2went to the Longford Arms Hotel to the Longford Photography Exhibition with Shelly Corcoran. After the exhibition the TYs went to the Backstage Theatre to perform for TYs from throughout Longford.

All TY students competed in the TY bake-off competition. Two teams from each homegroup qualified for the final. The judges include teachers and sixth year students who taste the food and vote on the winners. Congrats.

Thanks to Orla Keane, Rebecca K Kane, Eimear Gavigan, Aileen Price, Roisin Leen, Claire Shaw, Aoife Gerety who went to local primary schools last week to coach volleyball.

Thought for the week:

Show me someone who is humble enough to accept and take responsibility for his or her circumstances and courageous enough to take whatever initiative is necessary to creatively work his or her way through or around these challenges, and I will how you the supreme power of choice. Stephen R. Covey