Bienvenue! Joint French Exchange with Roscommon CBS
On Wednesday evening, fifth year students from the Convent of Mercy and Roscommon CBS welcomed their exchange partners from the town of Bourgoin-Jallieu, near Lyon in France. 8 girls and 14 boys, along with 2 of their teachers, Valérie and Jean-Michel have come from the school Lycée l’Oiselet to spend a week in Roscommon. Lots of activities in both schools have been arranged to make this trip a memorable one. A welcome breakfast was hosted in the CBS first thing on Thursday morning, followed by a bilingual quiz in the Convent. Some of the quiz questions were challenging, but students enjoyed communicating and explaining everything to their counterparts. During this week, the French students will attend class to see what school is like in Ireland! The visiting French teachers are also taking part in classes. The students wish to thank their French teachers Ms. Monica Leamy and Ms. Maria Carty for organising this exchange. The management, staff and students of the Convent are extremely grateful to the CBS for the opportunity to collaborate on this joint venture. We would like to express our sincere thanks in particular to Principal, Ms. Fiona Gallagher, and Ms. Eimear O’Connor of the French Department in the CBS. Eimear founded this exchange four years ago and has done trojan work building it up to what it is now - a sharing of cultures and language between three schools, one French and two Irish. Roll on the end of April when our students will travel to France for the second leg of this exchange.
Friendship Week 2018
Friendship week was held at our school from February 19th to February 23rd. During the week we acknowledged the joy that friends bring into our lives. The theme for the week was “If you spread your wings you’ll have no idea how far you can fly”. During last week our school community made a very special effort to focus in a particular way on promoting a spirit of friendship, kindness and support for each other. The week was filled with fun events, the fifth years and their first year “Caras” enjoyed a Rose themed party and quiz, the sixth year’s and the transition years enjoyed a relaxed tea morning and chat . The third year’s enjoyed a DVD pizza party and the second years attended a workshop “Hero starts with HER”. Everyone in our school was presented with a yellow ribbon which was worn as a symbol of friendship for the week. The student’s art work, on the theme of friendship was displayed throughout the school. A special thank you to Mrs. Fitzmaurice, Mrs. O’Brien and Ms. Cleary for co-ordinating the various events of the week.
On February 24th, 11 History students accompanied by Ms. Keenan and Ms. Beades, departed for a tour of Krakow, Poland. On the first day the group visited the Auschwitz- Birkenau Concentration Camp which they found to be a very emotional experience. Here over 1,100,000 men, women and children lost their lives during the Nazi reign. This camp is a universal symbol of the worst horrors mankind is capable of. Next the girls were given a tour of the Galicia Jewish Museum, where a holocaust survivor recalled the amazing story of her time in Auschwitz. Sunday began with a tour of Krakow when the group visited the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. Later in the afternoon they travelled 140m below the surface to see the beautiful Wieliczka Salt Mines which is one of the oldest working Salt Mines in the World – it has been producing table salt for over 700 years! The girls walked through chambers with amazing carvings and statues where everything was made of salt. On their last day in Poland the group took a tram to visit Schindler’s Museum and factory when life in Krakow under Nazi occupation was described. Following this the girls had some free time to sight-see and shop and later that evening a weary group departed Poland. This was a very enjoyable and emotional trip and the girls would like to thank most sincerely Ms. Keenan and Ms. Beades for accompanying them.
All-Ireland Scór na nÓg win
Congratulations to second year student, Katie Heneghan who won the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg Recitation/Storytelling Competition which was held at the Knocknarea Arena in IT Sligo.