50th Celebrations Mount Mercy College

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Mount Mercy College will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2015.

This great occasion will include an open day for past pupils on Saturday March 14th.

We hope to see you all on that date. Please refer to the Mount Mercy College website for further details.

Kind regards,

 

Orla McCarthy & Ita Martin (Pro Committee).

Maths Week Posters

Junior Competition:

1st Prize Millie Fitzgerald 2nd Year

2nd Prize Adrienne Ogunne 1st Year

3rd Prize Jodi Fitzgerald 1st Year
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Senior Competition:

1st Prize Seena Thomas 5th Year

2nd Prize Ada Cybulska 6th Year

3rd Prize Clodagh Cronin 6th Year

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Nikolaustag 2014

1st year students of German display their special Nikolaustag socks & the traditional handmade German Advent Calendar

1st year students of German display their special Nikolaustag socks & the traditional handmade German Advent Calendar

The advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days to Christmas starting on 1st December and ending on Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) on the 24th. Advent calendars contain 24 windows, doors or pockets. On each day, starting on the 1st December, one of these is opened and a small item such as a piece of chocolate, small gift, poem or toy is revealed.

The advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days to Christmas starting on 1st December and ending on Heiligabend (Christmas Eve) on the 24th. Advent calendars contain 24 windows, doors or pockets. On each day, starting on the 1st December, one of these is opened and a small item such as a piece of chocolate, small gift, poem or toy is revealed.

1st year students of German pictured with principal Bean Uí Riordáin.

1st year students of German pictured with principal Bean Uí Riordáin.

 Nikolaustag 2014

Celebrated in December 2014 at Mount Mercy College

Nikolaustag 2014 (Nicholas Day) was celebrated by our 1st year students of German as they sang German Christmas carols, learned about German Christmas traditions and enjoyed the festive treats and chocolates in their specially prepared surprise Nikolaustag socks. Knecht Ruprecht (also known as Krampus in Austria and Pelznickel in Northwest Germany), the sometimes mischievous companion of Saint Nick, thankfully found no reason to leave coal or sticks in any of the socks. Exemplary behaviour amongst our 1st year students of German has once again clearly been recorded and rewarded, as Nikolaus placed only pleasant goodies including Süßigkeiten (sweets), Schokolade (chocolate), der Weihnachtsmann (Fr Christmas), Strohsterne (straw stars) and fun German word badges in the socks! Words such as ‘toll’ (great), ‘Spaß’ (fun), ‘ Na, und?’ (so what?!) , ‘Berlin’, ‘Liebe’ (love) and ‘Deutsch’ (German) were added to the mix. Well done to all our 1st year students of German and ‘Frohe Weihnachten!’

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Our Leaving Cert students of German also celebrated Nikolaustag 2014. They received small token gifts of seasonal treats to mark their final celebration of Nikolaustag and Weihnachten (Christmas) as students at MMC.

L-R: Niamh O Connor, Dara O Keeffe, Jennifer O Sullivan, Shannon Mulligan-Dunlea, Méabh Allen.

L-R: Niamh O Connor, Dara O Keeffe, Jennifer O Sullivan, Shannon Mulligan-Dunlea, Méabh Allen.

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Up, Up and Away!

An article written on behalf of the MMC Student Council

By Edel Burton, Head Girl, November 2014

Mount Mercy Students release the balloons, Thursday 20th November, 2014

Mount Mercy Students release the balloons, Thursday 20th November, 2014

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The balloon releases organised by the Student Council, Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl and accompanying teachers for the fifth and sixth year students of Mount Mercy College epitomised Twain’s belief –
” Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

​This event was held in conjunction with the school’s efforts to achieve the Amber Flag towards promoting positive mental health. The idea was to enable senior students to write down a worry or fear on a piece of coloured paper and witness it floating into the sky attached to a balloon.

​The sixth year students gathered at 1.35 pm on Thursday 20th November at the school hockey pitch and listened to a speech on worries and fears given by the Head Girl. Watching prefects and sub – prefects release the coloured balloons glistening and rising, symbolically lifted our strains. As we sang “Band Aid 30” and stood in a circle holding hands, we were unified as a year group and this provided us with much needed empowerment.

​Furthermore, the fifth years also enjoyed their uplifting experience which took place at 2.55pm on the same day, beginning with a speech on the purpose of the events and the theme of woes and stresses given by Chairperson of the Student Council, Gráinne Sexton. As the balloons were released, the group sang “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.

​Therefore, steps towards positive mental health can be as simple as a packet of balloons, some shiny string, friends and a Christmas song. As life is a balloon if you never let yourself go, you will never know how far you can rise!


* With special thanks to Ms Van Wallaghem, Ms Horan, Ms Loftus, senior members of the Student Council and all students who made this event happen including those who blew up balloons, took photographs, released balloons and participated in general organisation. Thank you.*