Mercy Ballymahon Notes

by Katie Brogan and Abbey Corrigan

 TY Activities

 Aisling Festival

The Longford Aisling festival committee are busy preparing for the Aisling Children's Arts Festival 2019. Every year some of the post-primary schools from Co. Longford take part in a Print Media Project in conjunction with the Longford Leader.  Our school is involved this year.

 Our students are very excited about the project and are looking forward to seeing their work in print.They are working towards creating the Aisling Supplement which appears in the Longford Leader the week before the festival (which this year takes place from 20th-26th October).

 Abbey Corrigan, Rachel Maguire, Leigh Gurney and Michelle Laffan travelled to the Longford Leader offices on Wednesday 11th September in Longford where they met the editor, Alan Walsh, and journalist Jessica Thompson and the other teams from Scoil Mhuire and Árd Scoil Phadraig.  They gained an insight into how a newspaper is put together, page layouts, generation of ideas for stories, setting and meeting deadlines, writing and editing their work, what a good story or piece of journalism should contain, and lots, lots more. Our TYs returned to school very excited about the project and are currently working on ideas for their stories. Thank you to our Principal Ms. Donohue who accompanied the students on the day, we look forward to reading the supplement.

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TY Schedule

September 9th to 13th was once again a busy week for TY. On Monday Sports Partnership continued in room 35 for Grainne Mhaoil students. This completes the three days of this workshop for these students. On Thursday Sports Partnership took place in room 35 with Lír students. This was day one of the three day workshop. Also TY students were preparing for their trip to the Ploughing Championships, Wednesday 18th September. This will be the first trip of the year for TY students, we look forward to their report on the ploughing next week.

 The Naughton Scholarship

Congratulations to Cian Belton who won a Naughton Scholarship this year. The Naughton Scholarships are a scheme of scholarships to promote the study of engineering, science and technology at third level by students in Ireland. Each year from February to May Leaving Certificate students can apply for a scholarship if they intend on studying science, engineering or technology at third level that year.

All applications are reviewed in August each year and the winners of scholarships are notified in September.  Full details on who is eligible to apply for a scholarship, the terms and conditions applicable to the scholarships and answers to frequent questions can be viewed on the Naughton Scholarships website, Pictured below is Cian Belton with principal Josephine Donohue and Cian Belton with past pupil Derek Shaw who was awarded the scholarship himself in 2017.


All sports facilities were busy this week as teams returned to training. Fixtures for games will begin shortly for Boys and Girls Football, Soccer and Basketball. We look forward to many successes in sport again this year, good luck to all our students who compete for our school.

 Art Club

Art club has begun on Tuesdays at lunchtime, all students are welcome. Look out for Art Competitions outside the Art room. ‘School walk’ competition open at the moment for all first years, details on posters placed around the school. Closing date the 27th September.