Young Scientist Competition 2018
The science students under the guidance of Ms. Callaghan attended the BT Young Scientist Competition 2019 which took place at the RDS in Dublin from January 9th to January 12th. This exhibition celebrates its 55th year, making it one of the longest standing exhibitions of its kind in the world. Building on the schools success over the past few years, three projects are being entered for this years’ BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which is much more than a competition, it is an unforgettable experience of a lifetime for the students who take part. The girls submitted their entry proposals last November and after much consideration by a panel of screening judges the successful groups were informed of their success in securing a place in this year’s exhibition. The three groups and their projects that represented our school at the 2019 BT Young Scientist Competition are “Reading for Equality - An Investigation into the Gender and Racial Bias in Children's Classical and Modern Books and if it can create Stereotypes”, submitted by Maeve Farrell (Social and Behavioural Sciences Category), “The Impact of Closing Post Offices in Rural Ireland”, submitted by Nicole Burke and Ciara Conlon (Social and Behavioural Sciences Category) and “Does Practice Really Make Perfect?” submitted by Neasa Madden and Emma Mannion, (Social and Behavioural Sciences Category). Best of luck to the girls.
No Uniform day
On Thursday, December 20th the annual no uniform day was held in aid of the 6th year graduation and the NCBI. The sixth year’s decided to add colour to the day by dressing up as Santa’s elves, food stuffs, hippies and personalities 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.
Convent of Mercy wins The Strokestown Park Investec School Sculpture Competition 2018
Congratulations to fifth year students Ciara Fallon, Anna Finan, Ciara Crosbie and Sinead Kelly and the students from Ms. Frances Kilcommin’s Art class who were announced as winners of The Strokestown Park School Sculpture competition 2018. This year students were asked to design and produce a sculpture based on an allocated letter of the alphabet that is inspired by an aspect of Strokestown Park. The work of this year’s entrants was put on display on the Alphabet Walk in the walled gardens of Strokestown Park during the summer months. The winning sculpture was ‘Fashion’. This sculpture is inspired by Olive Hales Packenham Mahon’s collection of clothes.
Senior B Volleyball All –Ireland Final
Congratulations to Ms. Farragher and our Senior B Volleyball team who competed in this year’s Senior B Volleyball All-Ireland final. The girls and their coach Ms. Farragher got a heroes send off from our school on last Wednesday morning. The girl’s opponent on the day was Rockford Manor School, Blackrock, Dublin. The girls fought hard during the match and despite a great team performance and skilful rallies the Roscommon girls were defeated on this occasion. Congratulations to all involved on reaching this stage of the competition- a wonderful achievement. The girls would like to sincerely thank Ms. Farragher for her dedication and help with the team and a big thank you to Mr. Quinn for accompanying the supporters on the day.
Cadette C Volleyball team through to the All-Ireland Semi Finals
Pictured above are the Convent of Mercy Cadette C Volleyball team who qualified this week for the All-Ireland Semi Finals at UCD on December 17th. Back Row L-R: Limani Tsatiashvili, Roisín Kilcline, Sinéad Mannion, Reece Higgins, Sally Bolger. Front Row L-R: Nicole Reaney, Ciara Carr, Anna Campbell, Niamh Kelly and Ava McFadden.
James Patterson’s Big Book Giveaway
On Monday the 19th of November we received the news via email that the school had been chosen as one of the winners of ‘James Patterson’s Big Book Giveaway’. The school was the lucky recipient of €390 worth of books from Mr. Patterson and Scholastic Book Club.
James Patterson, bestselling author of Middle School and Dog Diaries, loves spreading the excitement of books and reading and this year, he teamed up with Scholastic Book Clubs to give away over £50,000 worth of books, starting with £25,000 this term.
Scholastic Book Clubs agreed with James Patterson that children need as much access to books as possible so that they can learn the joy of reading. Schools and libraries are sometimes the only places where children experience books and Scholastic Book Clubs and James Patterson want to support schools as they inspire children to start, and keep, reading.
Some of our avid student readers were consulted and were very involved in choosing the books from the Scholastic Website. We asked them to recommend books that they felt their peers would enjoy reading and some of the most beautiful and exciting books were delivered to the school last week.
Thank you girls for choosing such wonderful books and thank you so much Mr. Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs, we are very excited to get reading.
On Monday, December 10th, the school’s annual “Trade Fair” took place. This fair saw the fruits of the Transition Years integral module, “The Student Enterprise Awards”, take place in the Assembly Hall. The “Student Enterprise Awards” is a nationwide competition that is run in conjunction with Transition Year students. The competition sees an individual / group set up and run their own business during the year. This is a highly prolific section of the T.Y. programme and our school has been traditionally strong with a high entrepreneurial presence. The assembly hall was a hive of activity on Wednesday last as products and services of the following companies were on display; “Crew Neck Tops”, “Deck the Baubles”, “Sweet Trees”, “Pic Me”, “Family Coat of Arms”, “Wooden Wonders”, “Happy Petals”, “Pick Me”, “Wooden treasures”, “All Scrubbed Up”, “Fantastic Faces”, “Love in a Jar”, “Braclets & Scrunchies”, “Stress Heads”, “Deck the Baubles” “Hot Chocolate Mug Sets”, “Charger Care& Repair”, “Relaxation Station”, “Beanie Bois & Christmas Cards”, “Get Lit”, “Personalised Photo Frames” and “Sweet Trees”. This colourful array conveys the fact that the future is bright for this year’s Transition Year students. A special thank you to all who helped in any way in making this event such a success and in particular, Ms. Connolly, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. O’Reilly (Enterprise Teachers) and Frank Beirne (Caretaker).
Congratulations to all involved in the Convent of Mercy production of ‘Hairspray’. With Mrs. Majella Flanagan as Producer/ Director, Mrs. Siofra Byrne as Musical Director, and Laoise Flanagan as choreographer, the production was a success with an extravaganza of music, drama, song and dance.
Good Luck Aisling
Best of luck to second year student Aisling Hanly who is currently in Finland representing Ireland in the European Deaf Futsal championship. The 2018 European Championships are taking place in Tampere, Finland. Aisling and the Irish team flew to Finland last week and will be based in Tampere for the duration of the tournament. Earlier this year, Aisling was instrumental in securing a place for Ireland in the finals; she scored three goals in the final group game against Italy which Ireland won 6-2. Aisling has made history as the youngest player to ever score at that tournament. Ireland begins this Championship with an opening match against Spain, followed by matches against Germany and Norway on the following two days. Well done Aisling on this fantastic achievement.