Convent of Mercy North –Western Champions
Congratulations to the Second Spikeball team from our school and their coach Ms. Farragher who were crowned North-Western champions on Wednesday last in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. The Convent girls came first in their group of five teams; Balla Secondary School, Ballinasloe, Charlestown and Mercy Strokestown. The girls will now compete in the All-Ireland final which will take place Wednesday January 17th in UCD. This team comprises of second year students Hollie Harkins, Kawanny Marques, Ciara Carr, Niamh Cuttle, Jessica Gannon, Limani Tsatiashivilli, Anna Campbell, Roisín Kilcline, Niamh Fitzgerald, Katie Henneghan, Amy Fitzmaurice and Ellen Cafferkey. Well done girls on this great achievement. A big thank you to Ms. Farragher for all her help with the team and also thanks to transition years Chloe Egan and Amy Hanley for their help with the team.
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
Five projects were accepted into the competition. The project titles are: “Creating Change: How Reading Can Create Empathy for Marginalised Groups”, Niamh Petrie. (Social and Behavioural Sciences). “The Creation of a Gluten Detection Kit” Keira Crosbie and Megan Farrell (Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences); “The Future of The Mobile Phone”, Louise Fetherstone, Áine Keenan and Courtney Kelly (Social and Behavioural Sciences Category); “To Examine If Oral Electrolytes Supplements In The Form of An Over The Counter Purchased Drinks Have An Effect On Cardiovascular Performance, Tested During Exercise”. Emma Donnelly, Sheena Kilroe and Oonagh Kelly (Biological and Ecological Category); “The Effect of Kinesiology Tape VS Placebo in Sports Injuries Involving Muscles.” Zara Hunt, Mairead Tully and Roisín Tully (Biological and Ecological Category). Sinéad Kelly “Could a Smartphone or website be an all-in-one guide to emergency situations and services for young people” (Social and Behavioural Sciences Category).
No Uniform Day
On Friday, December 16th the annual no uniform day was held in aid of the 6th year graduation and the Sacred Heart Patient Comfort fund. The sixth year’s decided to add colour to the day by dressing up as Santa’s elves, presents, gospel singers and farm animals to mention a few. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and will be one of their more memorable days in Meánscoil Muire gan Smál. The sixth years would like to thank all who supported this day.
Claire Byrne Live!
On Monday, December 18th our 5th Year Business students were invited to be part of the audience for The Claire Byrne Live Show. On the night the girls saw Claire interview Kevin Myers about this recent dismissal from The Sunday Times newspaper. Michael O’Sullivan and Matt Murphy, two friends who decided to get married solely to reduce their tax bill, were there to tell their story and afterwards, Columnist Donal Lynch, journalist Aisling O’Loughlin and personal finance expert Sinéad Ryan were there to discuss the meaning of marriage in modern Ireland today. Other guests included George and Mary Surgrue who recently won the Charity Impact Award, they were there to tell Claire about the work they do with Chernobyl Children International. Willie O’Dea was also on hand to talk about the murder of a 78 year old lady in Limerick last week. Finally, the coach and some team members of a teenage footballer who died suddenly last week while playing a match were there to pay tribute to their teammate. After the show, Claire made time to chat to our girls and allowed them to take plenty of photos. The girls really enjoyed the trip and felt it was well worth the late night! They would like to thank Ms. Connolly for organising the trip and Ms. Mulleague and Ms. Beades for accompanying them.