Pictured above are the Macalla Team 2017. Back Row: L-R: Caoimhe Donoghue, Una Geogehegan, Marie Kelly, Ellen Irwin, Ruth McNeill, Siobhán Doolan. Front Row: L-R: Aoife Mannion, Tara Bolger, Michaela Bracken, Rosie O’Mara.
This year’s Macalla team comprises of editors, Michaela Bracken and Rosie O’Mara, sub-editors, Caoimhe Donoghue, Una Geogehegan and Tara Bolger, sports editors, Marie Kelly, Ruth McNeill and Ellen Irwin and the advertisement co-ordinators, Aoife Mannion and Siobhán Doolan. Since early September 2016 the team have been doing trojan work, researching topics, writing articles, collecting articles and sponsorship, taking pictures, composing poems and creating quizzes to meet the publication deadline which was last Friday, April 28th. The Macalla team is grateful for everyone’s support, without it this year’s Macalla would not be the enjoyable read it promises to be. This year’s magazine Macalla 2017 will be launched in the school on May 23rd and is packed full of interesting articles, poems and promises a few surprises. We eagerly await this year’s publication under the direction of Ms. Burke and Ms. Mulleague and we congratulate all involved on a wonderful production. Copies may be pre-ordered from members of the Macalla class, so to prevent disappointment place your order now!
On Friday and Saturday last some Transition Years got ready to trek through the forest of our local Mote Park and on Sunday and Monday last it was the turn for fifth year’s to experience the outdoors. The girls took time out to complete the Bronze Award for the President’s Award, Gaisce. The girls had to spend 13 weeks learning a new skill, helping in the community, completing a physical activity and an extra 13 weeks on one of these topics. To be eligible for this award, the girls had to take part in a 25-30 km walk/ activity and have an overnight stay. Mote Park was the chosen venue for this adventure and the girls enjoyed the natural beauty of their surroundings, having craic with their friends while keeping their goal, the bronze award, firmly in mind. Thanks to the teachers, Miss. Keenan and Mrs. Hession who made this adventure possible!
First Year Gaelic Football Blitz
The annual first year Gaelic Football blitz will take place on Friday May 12th 2017 and will be held in Lisnamult Gaelic pitch. This blitz is organised by the Transition Year coaching class under the guidance of Mr. Boland (P.E. Teacher). This annual blitz is a well-established event which has been running for sixteen years in our school. There are six schools competing in the event this year, Scoil Mhuire Strokestown, Glenamaddy Community School, Roscommon Community College, Athlone Community College, Carrick Community School and our own school, the Convent of Mercy. All students competing will be first year students and the games will be refereed by Transition Year students who have completed the coaching module in T.Y. Two students from the coaching module will be managing each team. When the teams are not playing matches, their two coaches will play football activities with them. At the end of the blitz the winning team will receive a shield and the winners and runners up will each receive medals. This event promises to be a most enjoyable experience for those participating and organising it.
SciFest 2017 preparations are almost complete as Mr. Harlow and second year students are preparing to attend this year’s SciFest fair which will be hosted by the School of Science in Sligo IT on May 9th. SciFest is a one-day science fair open to all second level students, which includes a competition and exhibition of projects, a selection of science talks and a prize-giving ceremony. SciFest aims to encourage a love of science through an investigative approach to learning and to provide an opportunity for students to display their scientific discoveries. This project creates a valuable link between the second and third level education sectors and between education and industry. The girls involved in SciFest from second year include Emma Fahey , Leah Fallon, Maeve Farrell, Robyn Farrell, Ella Fitzmaurice, Orna Fitzmuarice, Katie Hennessy, Aislinn Kilmartin, Claudine O’Connor, Elaine O’Grady, Anna Shanagher and Dania Dail. The girls would like to express their gratitude to Mr. Harlow for his valuable guidance and advice.
German Film Trip
On Tuesday, March 28th a group of transition year students accompanied by their teachers Mrs. Dowd and Ms. Burke, visited the Arts Centre to see the German film “About a Girl”. This wonderful and hard-hitting documentary is about a girl, Charleen, nearly 16, who is one of those teens who seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Maybe it’s her traineeship at an undertaker’s, or her passion for Kurt Cobain – Charleen seems drawn to the darker regions, but after her encounter with Linus it dawns on Charleen that the opposite of death is love – and that life deserves a second chance. All of the students enjoyed this film and would like to thank their German teachers for organising it as well as the Arts Centre staff for their hospitality.
Transition year and fifth year French students viewed a screening of "Ma Révolution" in the Arts Centre on Tuesday April 4th. This charming and humorous film was set in Paris against the backdrop of actual events of the 2011 uprising of Tunisians against a corrupt presidency, known as the Jasmine Revolution. The film focused on the escapades of a 14 year old boy called Marwenn who inadvertently gains popularity and notoriety among his peers when he is photographed as a young face of the revolution on the front page of the Parisian newspaper La Libération. Le film était amusant et c'était une bonne occasion pour les élèves de voir un film en version originale et aussi d'apprendre un peu d'histoire.
Keela Farnon, a transition year student from our school has won a competition with graduate.ie. This was a free online civic awareness competition for Second Level Students to take part in and learn about important Local and National topics. Keela has won a four day trip to Strasbourg. She will spend one full day at the European Parliament where she will take part in Euroscola which is a youth parliament and will involve taking part in a number of pre -selected topics about E.U. with students from other member states. She will also get the opportunity to visit other places of educational interest while on the tour. The mission of the competition is to engage, inform and inspire young people. Graduate.ie has been in operation since 2001. It is a government, local government and EU Funded Citizenship and Democracy Programme for second level students in Ireland. This prize was kindly sponsored by Bons Secours, Galway and the European Parliament. Well done Keela.
An Post “National Handwriting Competition
Rosie O’Mara and Sarah Cafferkey from transition year recently submitted entries to An Post’s “National Handwriting Competition”. Both students have particularly good penmanship. Students were asked to write a story in 600 words on “The history of Ireland through its objects”. Rosie secured second place in the secondary school senior category- a remarkable achievement given the large number of entrants nationally.
Pictured across are the winners of the Cara Table Quiz which was held as part of Friendship Week 2017. Back Row: L-R: Niamh Madden, Muireann O’Brien, Lydia Rattigan and Jenna Costello. Front Row: L-R; Amy Fitzmaurice, Mella Lawless and Orla Connolly.
Pictured across is second year student Laura Casey (Class 2A) who won a gold medal in the Connaught Special Olympics Swimming Gala (25 Metres Free Style) which was held recently in Galway. Well done Laura!
Pictured above is Transition Year student Ava O’Leary who has been chosen to present her B.T. Young Scientist Project, “Road-Signs: Helpful Information or Distracting Noise?” to the Garda Commissioner at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park on May 4th
Ava to present at Farmleigh
Ava O’Leary, a transition year student at our school, has been invited to present her young scientist project on road safety to the Garda Commissioner at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park on May 4th. Ava produced an excellent project on road safety entitled “Road-Signs: Helpful Information or Distracting Noise?” (Social and Behavioural Sciences Category). Her project received much attention at the BT young scientist and technology exhibition in Dublin last January. Being invited to Farmleigh House to make her presentation is very a prestigious and wonderful recognition for her efforts and hard work with this project. Congratulation to Ava on this great achievement.