A group of eleven Transition Year Students from the Convent of Mercy attended the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which was organised and facilitated by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office. The event was held in Croke Park on Thursday 28th September 2017. This was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to engage in meaningful discussion and debate around issues affecting young people in Ireland today, topics such as technology and communications, mental health and well-being, as well as other social issues were discussed. Over 200 other students from around the country as well as representatives from other Youth Organisations took part in this memorable and historic event. The day began with an opening address from Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children followed by a number of high profile keynote speakers who addressed the young people on the day. These included: Dr. Mary Aiken, Cyber Psychologist, Harry McCrann of Kid Tech and Digital Youth Council of Ireland, Jamie Harrington, Mental Health Advocate, Professor Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Diarmuid McKeever and Roisin McArdle, winners of the Foroige Youth Citizenship award, Ruairi McKiernan, founder of ‘SpunOut.ie’, John Burke founder of ‘Elevate’ youth wellness organisation and mountaineer and finally Joanne O’Riordan, disability campaigner. Students also got an opportunity to engage in a variety of ‘Festival of Rights’ activities which were fun-based and most enjoyable. Names of girls who attended: Emma Whitney, Hazel Murray, Ella Kearney, Emily Horan, Fiona Hoare, Aoife Kilcline, Rachel O’Grady, Davina Tuohey, Anne Higgins, Alice Kiernan and Lucy Henderson. The girls would like to thank Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Mr. Harlow for accompanying them for this event.
On Thursday last, a group of 82 Leaving Cert students travelled to the RDS to attend the “Higher Options” Conference organised by the Irish Times and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The conference aim was to help students decide what career path they wish to pursue. Representatives from both Ireland and England were available to answer relevant questions students had in relation to course content and on specific matriculation requirements. There were also scheduled lectures regarding the CAO and UCAS systems, which were very informative. On behalf of all the students, we would like to thank Ms. Finn who organised the trip and Ms. Keenan who accompanied the girls.
Pictured above are some Fifth Year Students who attended a Career Summit which was held in Dublin last week.
Willkommen, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our German exchange students and their teachers from Rottweil in South Germany, who arrived in Roscommon on Thursday 21thSeptember. The fifteen students who attend the Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium in Rottweil and three of their teachers are spending a week with host families in Roscommon. The aim of the exchange programme is to promote learning and cultural exchange between our students and those visiting the town. A number of events and activities will be taking place over the duration of their stay. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those families who have generously offered to host students. The exchange programme would not be possible without their assistance.
Congratulations to the Junior Cert. students of 2017 on their excellent results. 100 students received their results last Wednesday and there were happy faces all around and great satisfaction at the culmination of three years hard work. Thank you to all the teachers for their assistance over the years and the best of luck to all the students as they embark on their senior cycle within our school.
Delighted Junior Cert students who received their results last Wednesday L-R:
Eleanor Walsh, Katie Johnson and Alana O’Malley.
Junior Cert. delight. Pictured above are Back Row: L-R: Alana O’Malley, Mairead Tully, Rebecca Carley and Yasmin Kilmartin. Front Row: L-R: Helen Corcoran, Sheena Kilroe and Fiona Hoare after receiving their Junior Cert. results last week.
On Monday September 11th Mr. Wayne Denner, entrepreneur, speaker and author, delivered three informative talks to all students in our school and a group of parents. During the delivery of his “Online Reputation Matters Program”, he inspired and motivated students to protect their reputation and well being online and maximise their individual talent in today's digital world and provided sound advice on becoming more employable using social networks, the internet and smartphones. He highlighted the importance of students protecting themselves online and reminded them to give more thought to what we post before we post it, because “once information goes online, it stays online and it’s difficult to near impossible to remove all trace of it. All three sessions were most informative and the students would like to thank Mrs. Hunt for organising them.
Pictured above are Transition Year students with Mr. Wayne Denner during his “Online Reputation Matters Program” which was presented to all students in our school last week.
The Transition Year students of 2017 had their adventure trip in Killary Adventure Centre, Mayo. The students, accompanied by their teachers, visited the centre from September 7th to 8th. First was a trek down by the beautiful fjord. Here the activities ranged from gorge walking, kayaking, high ropes, archery, “the giant swing” orienteering and the ultimate turf challenge. After lunch it was literally ‘head first’ into the bog holes. Everyone was slightly hesitant to take the plunge but worries were soon forgotten and everyone was covered head to toe in mud. The turf challenge entailed crawling through tunnels and swimming in vast amounts of mud. Next it was to ‘The Dome’ for evening activities. Lights went out at about 11:30pm much to everyone’s delight as all were absolutely exhausted after the long day. Water sports were on the agenda for day two and after a quick tutorial on how to kayak, everyone was eager to get into the water. For the next adventure everyone was very nervous. The instructor led the girls along the edge of a cliff until they reached a wooden platform. There was only one thing needed here and that was courage. The sheer adrenalin of landing in the water was amazing. Later on the girls went gorge walking which required less bravery than the cliff jumping and a lot of the girls enjoyed it more! The following activity was known as the high ropes. This activity was a dream for dare devils but a nightmare for those who preferred solid ground. People were balancing unsteadily on a ten metre high platform and jumping for their lives to reach safety. There was also a vertical obstacle course which was a competitive race to the top. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this activity. The final activity was the Killary challenge which was a course that had many team building puzzles and games along the way. It certainly fulfilled its role as the whole team bonded and worked well together to complete each aspect. The two day adventure filled trip gave students the opportunity to get to know one another and bond in an environment outside the normal school setting. Team-building, fun and excitement was at the top of the agenda for all pupils taking part in the trip. The Transition years would like to thank most sincerely Ms. Devaney, Ms. Farragher and Ms. Keane who accompanied them on this trip.
Pictured above are the Transition year students from our school during their recent bonding trip to Killary Adventure Centre, Co. Mayo