Pictured above at the Young Social Innovator Speakout are the transition year group who investigated a project on “Nomophobia” – the fear of being without your mobile phone. Back Row: L-R: Michaela Bracken, Clodagh King, Sarah Cafferkey, Jade Costello, Ciara Corcoran, Enya Neary, Eithne Brennan, Mary Fallon. Front Row: L-R: Ava Malone, Zoe Lynch, Rachel Hamill, Jane Horan and Niamh Kilkenny.
Pictured above at the Young Social Innovator Speakout which was held last week in Athlone are the transition years with their project “Sign of the Times” which focused on the social issue of making Irish Sign Language a recognised language in Ireland. Back Row: L-R: Ciara O’Connor, Alannah Somers, Siobhan Doolan, Jenni Kilduff, Ciara Ward, Sinead Keegan, Ellie Kavanagh, Charlotte Corcoran, Vitoria Alves De Oliveira . Front Row: L-R: Mairead O’Grady, Emma Burke, Tara Bolger, Danielle Gomez, Maham Farooq and Karoline Pazio.
Pictured above are Sarah Cafferkey, Alannah Somers, Ciara Ward and Emily Morris with their business “Sock Couture” at the County Roscommon Enterprise Final which was held last week.
Pictured above are the “Be our Guest” dancers from the school’s most recent musical “Beauty and the Beast”. The Convent of Mercy has been shortlisted in the Best Musical Number category for its performance of “Be our Guest”.
Pictured above are class 2A who organised Down Syndrome Awareness Day at our school recently.
Pictured above are the Caith Amach É team who performed for the Irish leaving cert. students last week.
Pictured above are the School’s Build-a-Bank team, “The Buzzin’ Bankers” L-R: Keela Farnon, Vitoria Alves, Zoe Lynch, Emma Cuddy and Sarah Cafferkey.
Pictured above are L-R: Laoise Flanagan (Deputy Head Girl) and Genevieve Harlow (Head girl) presenting Mrs. Elma Walsh with a token of appreciation during her recent visit to our school.
Convent of Mercy Young Social Innovator Speakout
Thousands of young people will SPEAK OUT all over Ireland throughout March 2017 on a variety of social issues. These events give young people a platform to talk about social issues and communicate their YSI project work in creative ways. After many months of research and hard work, two groups of Transition Year students from our school took part in the YSI Speakout which was held on Tuesday March 28th in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Group one performed a two minute drama on the topic of ‘Nomophobia’ – the fear of being without your mobile phone. This group consisted of 15 students: Sarah Cafferkey, Michaela Bracken, Ciara Corcoran, Ava Malone, Zoe Lynch, Eithne Brennan, Jane Horan, Niamh Kilkenny, Clodagh King, Enya Neary, Rachel Hamill, Mary Fallon, Jade Costello, Chloe Conlon and Ciara Corcoran. Group two presented their project ‘Sign of the Times’ which focused on the social issue of making Irish Sign Language a recognised language in Ireland. The girls involved in this group were: Alannah Somers, Ellie Kavanagh, Ciara Ward, Emma Burke, Jenni Kilduff, Tara Bolger, Siobhan Doolan, Vitoria Alves De Oliveira, Karoline Pazio, Maham Farooq, Kate Butt, Sinead Keegan, Mairead O’Grady, Ciara O’Connor, Charlotte Corcoran and Danielle Gomez. On the day the two groups were very impressive with their presentations. The results of the Athlone Speakout will be announced next month. We wish all concerned the best of luck with the competition.
The girls would like to express their gratitude to their teacher Ms. Fitzmaurice for all her valuable help and advice throughout the year.
Student Enterprise Awards – County Final
Five groups from our school competed in the Student Enterprise Awards County Final in The Abbey Hotel on Friday 24th of March. It was a culmination of many months of hard work and the girls were justly rewarded for their efforts. Caoimhe Miley, Emma Feeley, Keela Farnon and Lena Gacquin scooped second prize in the competition for their enterprise project entitled ’30 Days of Happiness’. The girls designed, produced and marketed a mindfulness colouring book which included 30 original hand-drawn designs together with a quotation for each day. This innovative and contemporary enterprise has appealed to people of all ages and the girls did a wonderful job in producing a very high quality product. Congratulations to all the participants who represented our school in this years final. They have gained much valuable experience in the area of enterprise, the group of Emily Morris, Ciara Ward, Alannah Somers and Sarah Cafferkey competed with their business “Sock Couture, Aine Griffin taught Irish dancing as her business. Also competing in the county final were Sinéad Keegan and Katie Kenny with their business “Mental Health Awareness” and Rachel Hamill and Mairéad Grady with their business “Creative Farming”. The experience was very rewarding and most enjoyable for all five groups. The Roscommon County Enterprise Board supported the students throughout this process and the girls found the whole experience very positive. The school is extremely proud of the girls and recognises the level of work involved for this competition. The girls would like to thank their Enterprise teachers, Ms. Fitzmaurice, Ms. Henriques and Ms.Connolly for all their help.
“Take a Step in my Shoes” Well- Being Project
Miss Keenan and Mrs. O’Brien have been busy over the past few weeks with the project “Take a step in my shoes”. This project has shoes/ boots belonging to various people displayed with a message of hope. The aim of this project is to encourage all to have empathy with others and to realise that we cannot judge others until we have taken a step in their shoes. There is also a “never surrender hope” board displayed as part of this project and all who are part of our school community will be invited to add their personal message of hope to this display- words of encouragement we would give our friends should challenging times arise. This display will be added to over the next few weeks as many people contacted needed more time to forward us their shoes and message. We would like to thank those who have contributed to the project to date; Senator Maura Hopkins, Diarmuid Murtagh (Roscommon Senior Footballer), Helen McEntee TD, Jonny Cooper (Dublin County Footballer), Lucia Taylor (Canteen Manager), Tony Ward, Cllr. Tony Ward, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon Coco., Sinead Tiernan (Deputy Principal), Majella O’Donnell ( Business Woman and )and Sinead (Dublin County Footballer). We invite staff and students to take time to stop and think about the importance of the support and strength that we can give to each other.
Convent of Mercy Shortlisted for Theatre Awards
The Convent of Mercy has been shortlisted for the Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre awards 2017.This is the fourth year of the successful Awards which were set up to recognise and reward participation in the dramatics arts in Irish schools. Music, song, drama and dance are an integral part of cultural life in the Convent of Mercy. We are synonymous with the production of a sequence of successful musicals and pantomimes down through the years including: Annie, The King and I, Oklahoma, Grease, Sleeping Beauty, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Oliver. Our latest production, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has caught the attention of the judges and the performance of “Be our Guest” has been shortlisted in the Best Musical Number category. The girls accompanied by Ms. Siofra Cox (Musical Director) and Mrs. Margaret Madden (Producer/Director) will attend this years ceremony at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on May 17th. RTE’s presenter Eoghan McDermott will host the event with selected schools getting te opportunity to perform on Ireland’s largest theatre on the night. Congratulations to all concerned and we wish you the best of luck.
Down Syndrome Awareness Day
On March 21st class 2A as part of their CSPE Action project organised Down Syndrome Awareness Day in our school. Laura Casey is a member of class 2A and the girls in her class felt it was important to create an awareness of Down syndrome in our school. Laura’s favourite colour is pink so the school community was encouraged to wear a pink accessory and also to wear odd sock. The day was a great success and enjoyed by all. Class 2a would like to thank everyone for their enthusiastic response to this event and also a big thank you to Mrs. Hughes (CSPE teacher) for all her help and advice.
Caith Amach É
The sixth year students had the pleasure of welcoming back ‘Caith Amach É’ on Monday, March 20th for what has become their annual performance. Bunaíodh an grúpa seo i 2011 chun tacaíocht and cabhair a thabhairt do dhaltaí na h-Ardteiste leis an Sraith Pictiúir sa scrúdú béil. Energetic, educational and entertaining only begins to describe this high octane duo that performed their smash hit comedy show to the delight of our Leaving Cert students. The show is interactive and inventive and uses many theatrical skills to great effect. Afterwards, students had the opportunity to take part in a language workshop with the emphasis on oral skills and communication. Spreagtar na daltaí chun cainte i slí nádúrtha a chothaíonn muinín agus misneach.
The AIB Build- a- Bank challenge sees a team of six students, set up and manage a bank in their school, getting involved in everything from sourcing new customers, opening new AIB accounts to encouraging regular saving and exploring new ways to bank, such as AIB phone and internet banking. This year’s team of Vitoria Alves, Sarah Cafferkey, Zoe Lynch, Keela Farnon and Emma Cuddy recently attended this year’s Regional Finals in Sligo with their mentor Ms. Kane and AIB student officer, Michelle Neilan. The girls found this project to be an enjoyable and challenging experience and would like to thank Ms. Kane for all her help and advice. The team were placed in the top 10 on the day.
Elma Walsh Visit
On Thursday last Elma Walsh, mother of Donal Walsh spoke to the senior students of our school. Donal’s refreshing directness, coupled with his ability to celebrate every moment in life impressed a nation when he spoke so eloquently against suicide on Brendan O’Connor’s Saturday Night Show in 2013. He was on air for just 19 minutes, but his impassioned plea to young people not to take their own lives had a far-reaching and lasting effect. Donal’s message was simple — live life to the full no matter what. In a remarkably moving and eloquent letter, he said that he felt nothing but anger when he heard of young people committing suicide and he pleaded with them to seek help, or to stop and consider the consequences of their actions. “So please, as a 16-year-old who has no say in his death sentence, who has no choice in the pain he is about to cause and who would take any chance at even a few more months on this planet, appreciate what you have, know that there are always other options and help is always there,” he wrote. Elma started her talk by saying that Donal was a normal teenager. She talked about his illness, his faith and his legacy. The #LifeLive Foundation was set up in Donal’s name by his parents Elma and Fionnbar and has raised €300,600. The Teen Room he campaigned to have built at Crumlin Hospital is up and running. Elma interacted with the girls and had a question and answer session after her talk. The girls felt most fortunate that Mrs. Walsh took the time to come to our school and share Donal’s story and message with them and they have expressed great interest in fundraising for this cause in the near future. Head girl Genevieve Harlow and Deputy Head Girl Laoise Flanagan presented Mrs. Walsh with a token of appreciation from the school.
Pictured above is Sarah Dunican, with her project “All Chained Up” who has qualified for the National Final of Junk Kouture 2017
Pictured above is the school’s Chamber Choir with director Ms. Siofra Byrne, who won the Prestigious Wesley Colleges Interschool’s Choir Competition last week.
Pictured above are L-R: Catherine Leyden (Odlum’s and Ireland AM), Danielle Saunderson (Third year) and Ms. M. Cleary (Home Economics teacher) at the CEIST All-Ireland Bake-off which was held last week in Árdscoil na Tríonoide, Athy
Pictured above enjoying Friendship Week are Tara Cuttle and Hannah Staunton from Fifth Year
Pictured above are Third Year Students enjoying Zumba Dancing last week.
Pictured above are Fifth Year students L-R: Wiktoria Snigorska, Shauna Fallon, Tara Dolan and Ellen Doorly who attended the CEIST Student Leadership Conference in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra last week.
Five groups from our school competed in the Regional finals of this year’s Junk Kouture competition at the Helix in Dublin last week. Bank of Ireland 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. Bank of Ireland 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, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and in 2015 extended its creative platform to Scotland. Big congratulations to Sarah Dunican, a transition year student, who was successful in making it to the National Finals which will be held in the 3 Arena on April 27th. We wish Sarah and her teacher Ms. Henriques the best of luck in the final.
Convent of Mercy Wins Wesley Colleges Interschool’s Choir Competition
On Friday, March 3rd, 44 students who are members of the school Chamber Choir travelled to Dublin to compete in the Wesley College Interschool’s Music Festival. The choir has been rehearsing all year in the school’s music room and performed Michael McGlynn's 'Dulamán' and Gwyneth Walker's 'Crossing the Bar' in the competitions. There were 18 schools competing in the competitions. The high standard of performance from all the choirs present provided great entertainment for the adjudicators and for the audience. Our school was awarded second prize in the SSA competition and first prize in the SSAA competition. The girls were presented with the William Kirkpatrick Cup much to the delight of all present. The students were thrilled with the result as they have worked hard on their pieces all term. The school’s chamber choir consists of the following students: Soprano I: Stacey McCormack-Reith, Sibéal O'Dwyer, Zoe Finan, Laura Mannion, Niamh Farrell, Caoimhe Gaughan, Kara Gilleran, Lauren Hunt. Soprano II: Eilis Regan, Mary-Elizabeth Connolly, Ella Fitzmaurice, Anna Finan, Hazel Murray, Zara Hunt, Shauna Reilly, Ellen Doorly, Catherine Fee, Katie Brennan, Eimear Collier, Molly Mew, Ella Healy. Alto I: Sophie Coen, Ciara Fallon, Ella Kearney, Emma Burke, Ava Giblin, Laura Regan, Aisling Casey, Aífe Feeley, Laoise Flanagan, Aoibhe Tiernan, Tara Cuttle. Alto II: Lauran Jordan, Nessa Madden, Emma Donnelly, Ava Donnelly, Taylor Hogan, Simone McNeill, Líosa Kilcline, Aoife McLoughlin, Michelle Farrell and Claire-Anne O'Reilly. Page Turner: Niamh Finnegan.
Many thanks to all involved and a special thank you to their Director Ms.Siofra Byrne for her time and expertise in preparing the girls, to Aoife McLoughlin who sang as the soloist for 'Dulamán' and to Aífe Feeley who accompanied the choir for this competition. Well done to you all on such a wonderful achievement!