Fashion Show

Transition Year Fashion Show
Our annual school fashion show organized by the Transition Years went ahead on the 10th November 2013, at the usual location of the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
The fashion show could not have possibly been the success it was without Ms Van Wallaghem enlisting the help of Dane O’Sullivan, choreographer, and Eileen Keane, our fashion show co-ordinator. The professional guidance of these people was crucial in the formation of our show.
The models would not have looked as professional as they did without the input of Bronagh from Origin Hair, Irene from Educo Gym, and Deirdre from Beauty Spot.
We were very appreciative of the clothes given to us by a selection of shops such as Buckleys, Paper Dolls, Amity, Dunnes Stores Bishopstown, and Penneys, to name a few. We especially would like to thank the generosity of our many sponsors who donated kindly to our chosen charities, the CUH (Cork University Hospital) Children’s Charity, and Marymount Hospice.
The day from a student’s perspective:
The day of the fashion show itself was long but rewarding. We had an early start at 10:15 in the morning, with our hair and makeup for the day done before we arrived at the Oriel House Hotel. The DJ and MC arrived, and we did a run-through of the show, practicing the modelling and dances. At 2:30, the hotel’s function room began to fill up with parents and various other guests, and the excitement backstage was palpable. The first show was executed very well, and it soon came to an end. We had a break to relax and eat before the second show began at 7:30. Some of the nervous energy began to wear off and turned into excitement. The second show went off with a bang, and the function room was packed with people. It was, overall, an enjoyable day for everyone involved.

Alexandra Brickley -Leaving Cert 2013 is awarded the Gold Medal from the Irish Institute of Biology

Warmest congratulations to Alexandra Brickley, Class of 2013, for her outstanding achievement in being awarded a gold medal from the Irish Institute of Biology for her Leaving Certificate Biology results.  The Institute awards a gold metal to each of the highest performing Biology students who score 395, or greater, out of a possible 400 marks.  Such excellence is very rare and this year only four gold medals were awarded out of a cohort of approximately 32,000 students sitting the Biology exam.  Alex was awarded her gold medal at a ceremony in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin by the Chairperson of the Institute, Dr. Kay Nolan.  This award represents a fusion between Alex’s innate interest and aptitude and her strong work ethic, the encouragement and support of her parents and the guidance and expertise of Mount Mercy staff and Ms. Helen Reidy Alex’s Biology teacher.  Alex is currently studying medicine in UCC, alongside two of her classmates, and we wish her every success in her future medical career.


 Alex Brickley Biology Gold Medal


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Camogie match

On Tuesday the 5th of November, Mount Mercy’s under 16’s camogie team defeated Kinsale community school. Mount Mercy were in the lead from the beginning scoring a point in the first 5 minutes. At half time mount mercy were leading by a goal. In the second half Michaella Buckley took a free that put the ball straight into the goal. Kinsale upped their game in the second half and scored 3 points in the space of ten minutes. Mount Mercy fought back and the game ended with MMC winning 2-6 to 1-6

German Breakfast Morning 25th October 2013

On Friday the 25th October, 1st year students enjoyed a German breakfast morning. The menu included warm bread rolls, seeded rolls, juices, a selection of German cheeses, salami, ham, strawberry, raspberry and apricot jams, butter, honey, Nutella, “Stollen” (traditional seasonal German fruit cake with marzipan), chocolate cake, gummi-bears and a selection of German chocolates.

The 1st year students of German participated in the event with great enthusiasm. They enjoyed sampling various foods on offer whilst learning about German customs and words. Transition year students of German helped to ensure the smooth running of the morning by preparing signs for the food in German, heating the bread rolls in the home economics kitchen and helping to distribute the food whilst wishing each student “Guten Appetit!”  . Sincere thanks to all involved for making this occasion an extremely enjoyable and successful event.

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Our First Years Organise Cake Sales during Mission Week

Cake Sales In Aid Of The Hope Foundation

From the 21st to the 25th of October the First Year students of Mount Mercy College held cake sales in aid of The Hope Foundation. The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity set up in 1999 to help restore basic human rights to the unprivileged section of society in and around Calcutta. Each First Year class held a cake sale every day of the week at lunch time where they sold cakes, biscuits, sweets and even pots of jelly. The aim of the cake sales was to make the First Years aware of the children in Calcutta and the work that is done by the Hope Foundation. Presently the organization is serving more than 18,000 children of people living in Calcutta and surrounding areas. The funds from the cake sales are going to the Hope Foundation. Ms Quain also held a fancy Halloween dress competition for the First Year students where half of the funds raised went to the Hope Foundation and the other half to the building of the school’s sports hall. Ms Quain had chosen the first year students to hold the cake sales because she felt it would be their first introduction to peace and justice which we highlight in MMC. This year was the second year that MsQuain had organised the cake sales. They were both held in October, during the mission week. Last year the first years had raised over 800 euro and this year they have exceeded €900. Well done girls ! 


Providence School in Shilong, North East India

Attached is the photo of the students of Shillong, North East India. Part of the money from the bake sales went to buying karate suits for the younger students in the photo. Providence is an experimental school in which students learn academic subjects and practical trades. The students are mostly from the Khasi tribe in the area and, although primary education is free in India, these kids wouldn’t be able to attend a regular school due to the cost of books and uniforms. In the past year the school has recognized the importance of promoting hobbies among the students. Already five students have reached state finals. Now, thanks to Mount Mercy’s First Year bake sale, more of the students will get a chance to compete.