Mercy Ballymahon Notes

Notes by: Tami Dania & Sarah Cox


Over 40 students from Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon were randomly selected to take part in the OECD’S PISA 2018 survey which assesses the skills and knowledge of 15 year old students in reading, literacy, mathematics and science. Approximately 6500 students from 150 schools across Ireland took part in the PISA survey. It’s a computer based test and took place in our school on Tuesday 6th March. The parents of the selected students, school principal and English teachers were also asked to complete a questionnaire. Thanks to Mr. Larkin for coordinating the tests and to all who cooperated and completed the tests.

Longford College of further Education spoke to sixth year students about post leaving cert courses available at their college on Thursday 8th of March.


Well done to our Junk Kouture group, comprising of Bláthnaid Mc Donagh, Dearbhaile Rooney and Claire Beirne, who competed at the Western Regional Finals in Helix in Dublin on Wednesday 7th March.  15 out of 82 competitors got through to the next round. We are very proud of our competitors but unfortunately they did not get through. However they are still in with a chance of been selected as a wild card. Thanks to their mentor Ms. Bruton.

Thanks to Brian Casey, Ciara Mulligan, Ellen Shannon, Bryn Peters, Niamh Dempsey and Gordan Farrell for visiting the Day-care centre this week.

TY’s entered the final Module on Monday 12th of March. The four classes rotate Module every 8 weeks. Each Module includes different courses.

Irish dancing classes are continuing to take place every week with Mairead Casey.

On Wednesday 7th March, the 24 hour sign up sign off challenge in aid of Trócaire took place from 12:00 midnight on Tuesday to 12:00 midnight on Wednesday. Students signed out of all their social media platforms for 24 hours to raise money for Trócaire. The event was promoted by the students from TY3. There was also a bake sale held. €327 was raised in aid of Trócaire.

On Thursday 8th March, all TY students went to Belfast for a history trip organised by Ms. Casey and Mr. Tansey. They visited the Titanic Museum, Shankhill and Falls Road. They had a great time.

TY Titanic Belfast.jpg

On Friday 9th of March, Paul from Getwest met all TY students to discuss their outdoor pursuits trip in May.

The following students Edel Clabby, Jenny Kelly, Abbie O’Shea, Danny Hewitt, Mateusz Bednarek, Chloe Molloy have been busy preparing their Y.S.I. project on self-esteem “Photo, photo on my screen putting down my self-esteem”. Thanks to Ms. McGovern for her work in mentoring the students.

Congratulations to TY photographers Abbie O Shea and Meghan Finnan who have been shortlisted to appear in the National Exhibition after been shortlisted in the Mental Health Ireland’s Art & Photography Competition. Their work will appear in the Art & Photography Exhibition which will run from the 12th – 15th March in Dublin City Council Offices on Wood Quay. The National and Provincial winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 15th March from 5pm – 7.30pm in the Atrium in Dublin City Council Office, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.


The 2nd year boys’ basketball team, coached by Ms. Flannery, beat Drogheda Grammar School on Wednesday the 7th of March. Well done to the 1st year boys’ basketball team, coached by Mr. Dempsey, who beat Scoil Uí Mhuire, Louth on the same day.

Well done to the 2nd year girls’ basketball team, coached by Ms. Carr and the 1st year girls’ basketball team, coached by Mr. Walsh, who beat Castleblaney away last week.


Thought for the week:

What I have cannot be measured, nor can it be timed. You cannot put a number on it. Willpower and heart are what take me to the next level. (Chase Reynolds).