Pictured above are L-R: Aisling Greene, Sibéal O’Dwyer, Rosie O’Mara and Mr. Barry McMahon (Knight of St. Columbanus), after the recently held Public Speaking Competition which was held at our school. The girls beat Roscommon Community College to qualify for the all-Ireland Final which will be held on March 11th
Knitting The Knot
Pictured above L-R: Ciara Ward, Ellie Kavanagh, Jenni Kilduff and Emma Burke who were successful in their presentation to the Dragons Den with their Young Social Innovator (YSI) project.
Pictured above are some transition year students who attended the “I WISH” seminar and exhibition at the RDS, Dublin.
Pictured above is Maeve Dervin (Transition Year) who has qualified for the All-Ireland Cross Country Final (Intermediate) which will be held in Mallusk, Co. Antrim next month.
Pictured above are L-R: Síofra Mahon, Ruth McDermott and Abby Mullally with their project at the BT Young Scientist Competition "The Condensation Tree"- An Investigation into the Quantity, Quality and Production of Water for Third World Countries. The girls will attend the Gorta- Self Help Africa ‘Science for Development Award’ later this month in Dublin.
Pictured above are L-R: Rosie O’Mara, Aisling Greene and Sibéal O’Dwyer after their success at the recently held Public Speaking Competition which was held at our school.
Pictured at the recently held Irish Quiz in Athenry are L-R; Lisa Holland, Claudine O’Connor, Sophie Moran, Eimear McCormack and Laura O’Sullivan.
Enjoying the Irish table quiz which was held recently in Athenry are L-R; Mary Elizabeth Connolly, Cara Wynne, Rebecca Carroll, Eimear Farrell.
Transition Year student Ellen Irwin who is a nominee for the forthcoming 2016 Roscommon Herald/Supervalu Sportstar of the Year Awards
Convent of Mercy through to the All-Ireland Final of the Knights of St. Columbanus Public Speaking Competition
On Monday February 27th the Convent of Mercy was host to the Knights of St Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. Encouraged by the positive feedback to the Centenary Public Speaking Competition over the past two years in which young people were given the opportunity to give language to their faith, the Knights of St Columbanus have decided to continue with this opportunity once more engaging with those youth in their final years of second level education. The Knights, in recent years, have supported a number of youth initiatives including the establishment of the Pope John Paul II Awards, a youth initiative whereby the youth commit to give service to their church and community. Our school was represented by Sibéal O’Dwyer, Aisling Greene (Fifth year) and Rosie O’Mara (Transition year). Students participating in the competition chose from a range of topics covering Young Christians, Life and Family Issues, Living the Christian life and Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation. On the day the girls competed against Roscommon Community College and the topic discussed was, “We should have profound respect for one another”. After much research on this topic and supporting evidence from scripture and church teaching the girls made their impressive and compelling presentations and were awarded the winners on the day and qualified for the All-Ireland final which will be held in Maynooth College on March 11th . Well done girls and we wish you the best of luck in the final.
Junk Kouture Success
Congratulations to five transition year groups who have been successful in the first round of Junk Kouture. Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. Over the last six years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. The groups who have qualified from our school are Emma Cuddy and Ella Mahon with their creation “Citrus Lioness”, Sarah Dunican who titled her outfit “All Chained up”, Jessica Lalwani, Leah Parker and Shauna Reilly with their artistic creation “Knitting the Knot”, Eva Devane, Maham Farooq and Jagoda Swynarzcuk with their inventive outfit “No Cents” and the fifth successful group of Lena Gaquinn, Emma Feeley and Katie Kenny with their inspired outfit “Absolutely Nuts”. The five groups will now compete in the Western Regional Finals which take place on March 8th in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Well done girls and the best of luck in the competition. The girls would like to thank Ms. Henriques (Home Economics teacher) for her help and advice.
Young Social Innovators Dragons Den Success
As part of their Young Social Innovators Project ‘Sign of the Times’ a group of 15 students from our school were successful in their application for funding to the YSI Dragons Den Panel. We are delighted to be one of only 25 schools chosen from around Ireland to pitch to the Den for either financial or mentoring support. A small number of girls from the YSI Team were invited to make their pitch to the Den Panel. Ellie Kavanagh, Jenni Kilduff, Emma Burke and Ciara Ward did a superb job on the day in their preparation and pitch to the Dragons Den. The girls were thrilled to receive €480.00 euro from the Dragons which will be used towards progressing their project. The girls are focussing on the issue of making Irish Sign Language a recognised language. Irish Sign Language is a language of the face, hands and body. It is unique to Ireland, and there are currently over 5,000 deaf people and an additional 35,000 hearing people using Irish Sign Language on a daily basis. The girls are raising awareness around this issue and hope to break down barriers faced and experienced by members of the deaf community. Currently, there is a Bill before the Seanad which is now at committee stage which proposes to provide for the recognition of Irish Sign Language on a statutory basis. It also proposes to help implement action plans, set down guiding principles etc. which will make it easier for deaf people when accessing services from many state bodies. Our YSI team are currently designing and producing a series of booklets which can be used by many local businesses, organisations and state bodies which will help to communicate with members of the Deaf Community. Congratulations Girls – a job well done!
Katie through to Doodle 4 Google Final
Congratulations to Katie Heneghan (first year) from our school who has been selected by the google team to go through to the finals of the 2017 Doodle 4 Google competition. Katie's design was picked out of thousands by judges to get her to this stage and we need you to help get her to first place. You the public are asked to vote online for your favourite doodle from each judging group to help select the five class group winners. The official Google doodle team, made up of Google web designers, will then select the winning doodle from the five class group winners. The winner will be announced in a prize-giving ceremony and the winning doodle will be shown on the Google homepage in Ireland for 24 hours in April 2017.The winner will also receive a €5,000 college scholarship and their school will receive a €10,000 technology grant. We encourage everyone to help spread the word and help to support Katie by visiting the Doodle 4 Google website and voting for Katie's entry in group 4 titled "The Creation of equality". Best of luck Katie!! Click here to vote
"I wish", inspiring talks for women in STEM
On February 14th transition year students attended the “I Wish” programme. The Convent of Mercy, Roscommon were the only school present on the day from outside the Dublin region. “I Wish” is a national initiative which aims to inspire, encourage and motivate secondary school female students to choose STEM subjects, courses and careers. After listening to the many inspiring speakers the girls had the opportunity to view the stalls and mingle and engage with personnel from banking/accounting, engineering and robotics from different companies. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it challenging, informative and most interesting. The girls would like to thank Mr. Harlow, Ms. Finn and Mrs. Hession for accompanying them.
School’s Cross Country
Congratulations to Jessica Gannon and Maeve Dervin who have been successful in the Athletics Ireland School’s Cross Country Competition. In the South-Connacht cross country competition Maeve qualified for the Connacht Cross country competition when she secured first place in the Intermediate category while Jessica also qualified in the Junior category with fourth place. The girls enjoyed further successful at the Connacht cross country competition where Maeve came in fifth place and Jessica came in seventh place in her category. Both girls are in training for the All-Ireland cross country final which will take place next month in Mallusk, Co. Antrim. Congratulations girls on your successes to date and we wish both girls the best of luck in the All Ireland finals in March.
Pictured above is First Year Jessica Gannon who has qualified in the Junior Category for the All-Ireland Cross Country Final which will be held in Mallusk, Co Antrim.
Gorta- Self Help Africa ‘Science for Development Award’
A group of transition year students with their teacher, Mr.Harlow, have been selected for the Gorta- Self Help Africa ‘Science for Development Award’ which will be held on February 16th in the Gorta offices, Dublin. This is a follow up to the great work that was done by the project teams during the BT Young Scientists’ event in January this year. Ruth McDermott, Síofra Mahon and Abby Mullally investigated "The Condensation Tree"- An Investigation into the Quantity, Quality and Production of Water for Third World Countries. All of the invited projects have a focus and relevance to solving issues faced by people challenged with poverty in the Developing World. All who are eligible for this award and will be offered the chance to engage with other project groups as well as Gorta staff and invited guests from other NGOs and organisations. Congratulations to the girls and we wish them the best of luck with their project.
Knights of St Columbanus Public Speaking Competition
On Tuesday February 7th the Convent of Mercy was host to the Knights of St Columbanus Public Speaking Competition. Encouraged by the positive feedback to the Centenary Public Speaking Competition over the past two years in which young people were given the opportunity to give language to their faith, the Knights of St Columbanus have decided to continue with this opportunity once more engaging with those youth in their final years of second level education. The Knights, in recent years, have supported a number of youth initiatives including the establishment of the Pope John Paul II Awards, a youth initiative whereby the youth commit to give service to their church and community. Our school was represented by Sibéal O’Dwyer, Aisling Greene (Fifth year) and Rosie O’Mara (Transition year). Students participating in the competition chose from a range of topics covering Young Christians, Life and Family Issues, Living the Christian life and Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation. On the night the girls competed against St. Nathy’s College, Balaghadeerreen and the topic discussed was, “We should have profound respect for one another”. After much research on this topic and supporting evidence from scripture and church teaching the girls made their impressive and compelling presentations and were awarded the winners on the day. Well done girls and we wish you well as you continue with the competition.
The Differential Aptitude Tests (DATs) were administered to all transition year students last week. These tests are designed for use in educational and vocational guidance, and were administered by Ms. Finn (Career Guidance Teacher). Testing time was approximately 3½ hours .The rationale behind the development of the Differential Aptitude Tests is that since different kinds of abilities are useful in different jobs and in different school subjects, a battery giving measures of several abilities is likely to be more useful than a test giving a single general ability score. There are eight subtests: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Ability, Abstract Reasoning, Space Relations, Mechanical Reasoning, Clerical Speed and Accuracy, Spelling, and Language Usage. Scores can be used to produce a profile showing a pupil's strengths and weaknesses. Thank you to Ms. Finn for organising and administering the tests.
Junk Kouture Success
Good luck to the transition year Junk Kouture class who are in the final stages of their creations. Junk couture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. Over the last five years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. This year, eight dresses from our school were entered into the competition and we are all waiting patiently to find out if any group will be walking the catwalk in the regional finals in Castlebar.Well done girls on your wonderful creations and the best of luck in the competition. The girls would like to thank Ms. Henriques (Home Economics teacher) for all her help and advice.
Senior B Camogie Connacht Final
The Convent of Mercy Senior Camogie Team and their trainers Mrs T. Hession and Ms E. Connolly travelled to Mountbellew GAA pitch recently for the Senior B Camogie Connacht Final 2017. Lisa Mullen and Leah Rowe were on the attack in mid-field as soon as the sliotar was thrown in. Two early scores by the opposing team, Portumna CS, meant that the pressure was put on our full back line, of Niamh Farrell, Katie Lavin and Laoise Fitzpatrick, straight away. However it didn’t take long for the Convent girls to respond. An early point scored by corner forward, Aisling McGrath, meant that the scoreline was 0-2 to 0-1 after the first five minutes. The half forward line of Rachel Fitzmaurice, Laura Keenan and Shauna Fallon worked tremendously hard to keep the sliotar in their half of the pitch. The strong wind was blowing diagonally across the pitch, making it difficult for the girls to predict where the sliotar would go. This didn’t faze Shauna Fallon as she scored a point from a well deserved free. A goal full of skill was scored by full forward Rachel Neilen and assisted by Rachel Fitzmaurice in the tenth minute of the game. A point scored from a free by Leah Rowe widened the gap further between the two teams (0-4 to 1-3). The Portumna girls weren’t going to give up just yet, but the strong half-back line of Nora Brennan, Méabh Tiernan and Niamh Madden ensured that the Portumna scores were kept to a minimum. Convent goalie Fiona Tully made an incredible save which ensured the Roscommon girls’ lead. Another three points from the Convent, scored by centre-forward Laura Keenan, corner-forward Grainne Whyte and mid-field Leah Rowe (from free), left the girls with a comfortable lead of 1-6 to 0-6 at halftime.
Unfortunately the strong wind had changed direction and was now blowing up the pitch, against the Convent girls. Portumna took advantage of the wind and slowly began to close the gap between the teams. After only ten minutes of play, the score line was 0-8 to 1-6. Full forward Rachel Neilen scored the Convent girls’ first score of the half by securing her second goal of the match. This lifted the team spirit and gave the girls the determination they needed to keep going. Although the heads were kept high, an unstoppable goal in the twentieth minute by Portumna put the Convent girls only two points ahead. In order to deal with the incredibly strong wind, sub Laura Mannion was brought on as a sweeper in the back line. With a score line of 1-9 (12) to 2-7 (13) to the Convent, both teams were fighting extremely hard for every ball. In the fifty-third minute, Portumna scored a controversial goal which left the Convent girls two points behind. Despite the fact that the match was coming to an end, the Roscommon team never gave up. They showed huge determination and teamwork in the last five minutes of the game. Their heads were lifted slightly when Leah Rowe scored her third point of the match. Despite several attempts, the Convent girls were unable to secure another point on the scoreline. This left the final score to be 2-10 to 2-9 to Portumna. The Convent girls couldn’t have given any more on that pitch. There is no doubt that Mrs T. Hession, Ms E. Connolly and all the supporters were extremely proud of the girls on the day.
Feachtas - Tráth na gCeist
Dé Máirt seo caite, ghlac trí fhoireann as Meánscoil Muire Gan Smál páirt i dTráth na gCeist i mBaile Átha an Rí. Bhí ceathrar ar gach foireann, beirt ón tríú bliain agus beirt ón gcúigiú bliain. D’éirigh thar barr leo. Ba mhaith leis na cailíní buíochas a ghabháil chuig Ms Mulleague agus Ms Keenan a thaistil in éineacht leo.
Catholic Schools Week 2017
Catholic Schools Week is an all-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. It is a celebration of Catholic schools throughout Ireland, North and South which acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make, not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church. Catholic Schools Week 2017 took place from Sunday 29th of January to Saturday 4th of February. The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week was ‘Catholic Schools: Learning with Pope Francis to Care for Our Common Home. On Wednesday 1st February, Staff and Students from the Convent of Mercy Secondary School and the Christian Brothers Secondary School came together in a joint Liturgy held in the Sacred Heart Church to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. A special word of thanks to Canon Joe Fitzgerald for celebrating the Liturgy and for his thought provoking words on the importance of realising our individual responsibility for taking care of our ‘Common Home’ – which of course is our Earth. The challenge for all of us is to examine our lifestyles by asking ourselves: are my actions impacting on existing environmental issues? Am I resolved to making the world a better place for the next generation? Am I aware that people in developing countries are suffering because of the actions and attitudes of the first world and that the world is, in fact, a common home for all? The Mass was a very spiritual and meaningful occasion which was complimented by the carefully chosen liturgy and accompanying hymns and music. Thanks to all those who participated in readings, prayers, reflection, offertory procession and to the Convent of Mercy choir under the directorship of Ms. Cox. Thank you also to Mrs. Fitzmaurice who prepared the girls for the mass.
Roscommon Herald/Supervalu Sports Award for TY student Ellen Irwin
Congratulations to Transition Year student Ellen Irwin who is named as one of the nominees for the Roscommon Herald/ Supervalu Sportstar of the Year awards. Ellen, from Ballyleague, was a member of both the Convent of Mercy All-Ireland winning 1st yr soccer team in 2014 and U-17 soccer team in 2015 under trainer Mr. Sean Boland. In 3rd year Ellen’s prowess as a soccer player led to her selection on the Connacht Schools soccer team and she represented her province with distinction in the school’s interprovincial competition. Ellen was a also a member of the school’s senior soccer team which captured the provincial title in her 3rd year and she played a key role in the junior gaelic football team that captured the provincial title in 2015. This current year, Ellen has already won her second national volleyball title with the school as a member of the Convent of Mercy cadette volleyball team under coach Ms. Sarah Farragher.
Junior Soccer Team lose out on penalties after extra-time in the Connacht U 17 Final
On Tuesday the 24th of January the junior soccer team came face to face with Taylors Hill in the Connacht U17 final in Headford. The Taylors Hill side came into this final boasting 5 international U15 and u17 players in their squad and the Convent was perceived to be the underdog on the day. However the teams were well matched from the start on the field of play with both sides playing a very tactical and a defensive game which ended the 40 minute half on 0-0 scoreline. Both teams came out strong again in the second half. However the Convent managed to push forward enough to earn a corner, which Ciara Corcoran confidently swung into the centre spot just in time for Sarah Scally to get a touch on the ball and knock it into the back of the net. The Roscommon girls stayed strong in defence for the remaining minutes of the second half but unfortunately Taylors Hill pressure on the Roscommon goal saw them score an equaliser in the dying minutes. The match ended 1-1 and the teams continued into extra time to decide the winner. Even extra time wasn’t enough to separate these two great sides as neither teams conceded a goal, which meant it had to go to penalties. After a heart-stopping 10 minutes of penalties, Taylors Hill came out on top by 4-1. It was a heart-breaking loss for the Convent girls as it was by far their best team performance all year. They had worked so hard throughout the game and 100 minutes of top quality soccer could not separate these two excellent teams. It took the penalty shoot out to decide who would be Connacht Champions on the day. It was a great year of soccer for this Junior team and thanks to the girls and their coach Mr. Boland for all the work they put in to get to this Provincial final. Team; Marie Kelly, Chloe McDonnell, Kate McPhillips, Ellen Irwin, Maeve Dervin, Ciara Corcoran, Sarah Scally, Aine Griffin, Lena Gacquin, Savannah Cassidy, Jillian Banahan, Claire Curley, Courtney Kelly, Orla Irwin and Aoife Trimble.
Connacht Camogie Bursary Award for Éala
Éala Ni Chumhaill recently received the Connaught Bursary Award from The Connaught Council Camogie Association. Éala sat her leaving cert with the class of 2016. During her six years in The Convent of Mercy, Éala was involved in many activities ranging from Public Speaking, Young Scientist and School Musicals. Éala was also a member of many sports teams including Basketball, Football, Soccer and Camogie. She achieved many successes with these teams and was an integral part of our Camogie team who won the All Ireland Colleges Final in 2014. This dedicated student was awarded our overall school sports award in her second year with us. Éala is currently studying for a B Ed in Primary Teaching in St. Patricks College/DCU Drumcondra. We congratulate Éala on her award and wish her well in her studies and sporting career.