L-R: Larisa Sabou and Niamh Busby, Scholarship Winners
Heartiest congratulations to Mount Mercy College Transition Year students Larisa Sabou and Niamh Busby, who were respectively awarded 4 week and 3 week scholarships to Germany based on their outstanding Junior Certificate results in German and their interview performance in German at the Goethe Institut in March. Each year approximately 29 scholarships are funded by the German Foreign Office for Irish Transition Year students. These are offered by the German Pedagogical Exchange Service for language courses in Germany.
It is not possible to apply for these scholarships as selection is based on merit i.e. the students’ Junior Certificate performance in German. The best 70 students nationwide are invited by the Department of Education and Skills to an interview/language test at the Goethe Institut in Dublin. Out of this group, the top 5 students are then awarded a 4 week fully sponsored language course which takes place in Germany between June and September. This scholarship includes trips to Cologne/Bonn, Berlin and Hamburg / Munich as well as a 2-week stay with a German family, during which the Irish students go to school with their German counterparts.
Approximately 24 Irish students are selected for participation in the 3 week language courses in Germany. Expenses for accommodation, meals, trips and the language course are paid for.
Well done to Larisa and Niamh on their outstanding achievements!
MMC student wins trip to Germany
Heartiest congratulations to Dara O Keeffe, a 6th year student of German in MMC, who has been selected as one of two national winners of an EIL Travel award to Germany. Dara will spend 3 weeks in Germany next August with young people from all over the world immersed in the German language and culture, and engaged in community work. Dara was selected for the award based on her high standard of German, her interest in the German language and culture, and her excellent track record of involvement in voluntary and community work. She has been very active in the charities SHARE, for which she acted as a Mount Mercy executive in 5th year, and the Hope Foundation. She has traveled to Calcutta with fellow MMC students and teachers as part of her Hope Foundation activities. She has also actively volunteered with the scouts for several years. She has studied German for the past 6 years at Mount Mercy College and has previously visited both Germany and Austria.
Although just two individuals from Ireland are selected for this prestigious award, 40 countries are represented and therefore this will be a most exciting and interesting experience within an international context. Accommodation and meals are included in the award and some money is given towards the cost of flights.
EIL Intercultural Learning Ireland aims to “provide intercultural learning experiences which enrich lives, promote understanding of other cultures and challenge individuals to be more globally aware and responsible”. To find out more about this not-for-profit organisation, visit their website:
Green Schools Announcement
Just as this newsletter goes to print we have heard very good news from An Taisce that Mount Mercy College has been awarded The Travel Flag!
On behalf of the Green Schools Committee, I would like to thank the school community for their dedication and hard work over the past two years in helping us to achieve this, our fourth Green Flag.
Over the course of the last two years the Green Schools Committee successfully raised awareness of the importance of traveling to school using sustainable modes. Small steps like this can ultimately achieve a lot in reducing our carbon footprint and making our environment a healthier place for us all.
The Travel Flag is a great achievement as we are one of just a small number of secondary schools in Ireland to receive this flag. We hope this dedication and hard work will continue over the coming years.
Well done and a big thank you,
Chairperson, Green Schools Committee
On Saturday 18th April 2015, Mount Mercy TY students of German travelled to Dublin to complete the Goethe Institut Fit in Deutsch 1 exam which took place in Coláiste Iosagáin, Booterstown.
This exam corresponds to level A1 on the six-level scale of competence laid down by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and provides an internationally recognised qualification outside of the state Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations. It includes oral, aural, writing and reading components.
The MMC group enjoyed a collaborative journey by train to and from Dublin with the Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig group who also completed Fit in Deutsch exams on the day. Both groups were accompanied by their teachers, Ms Loftus (MMC) and Ms Scoby (Coláiste Choilm). The sound of German was clearly audible throughout the train journey to Dublin as students prepared for their oral examinations.
Our MMC group enjoyed a well deserved lunch and shopping in Dublin city upon completion of their exam. Well done to our TY students for their dedication, participation and hard work!
TY students pictured at the Spire in Dublin. L-R: Julia O Mahony, Maeve O Sullivan, Emma Sheehan, Niamh Busby.
Senior students of German from Leaving Cert, 5th year and TY classes are pictured above with the German language team. The MMC senior group enjoyed learning about German music .
2nd year students of German pictured with the teaching duo
1st year students with the German team.
On 12th March 2015, we were delighted to once again welcome the Deutschmobil to Mount Mercy College. Representatives from the Goethe Institut provided three very impressive, fun-filled, highly engaging and interactive taster lessons on the following themes: famous people and places in the German speaking countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland (for 1st year students), German food and culinary customs (for the 2nd year class) and German Music ( for senior students in TY, 5th and 6th years). A visit from the Deutschmobil is a special treat and we very much appreciate the efforts of those who provide such fun and welcome classes. Not only is the subject material extremely interesting, it is also wonderful to be taught by native German speakers and to have the chance to communicate with them in German. Our students also very much appreciate the high level of organisation and planning which goes into making these lessons such a success. Many different methods are used to fully engage and hold the students’ attention – for example fun quizzes where students work in teams, competitions, provision of cultural information, colourful display materials and presentations, listening to music and identifying vocabulary. In short, no stone is left unturned in the quest to provide as much fun as possible whilst also providing a valuable educational experience. A high standard of efficiency and attention to detail is clearly evident. Our students were also the happy recipients of fun German Connects / Goethe Institut lanyards, bracelets, pens and badges generously provided by the teaching team.
Sincere thanks to the language team for providing such a wonderful top class teaching experience for our students of German. Thank you to the German Embassy and the Goethe Institut Ireland who finance the visits which means that there is no cost whatsoever for schools involved. This initiative is part of the German Connects campaign. To find out more visit the website:
L-R: Orlaith Connolly (5th year) and Niamh O Connor (Leaving Cert)
We are delighted to congratulate MMC students of German, Orlaith Connolly (5th year) and Niamh O Connor (6th year), who were both awarded “Highly Commended” certificates for their original translations which competed with entries from secondary school students all over Ireland in the Schools Translation Competition held by NUI Galway in January 2015. The challenge for students of German was to creatively translate the 19th century German poem ‘Sehnsucht’ by F.G. Wetzel. Entries were assessed on their creativity, originality and use of language. The girls’ achievements are particularly special as there were just three national awards given in the German category – one overall winner and two highly commended certifications, both of which were attained by Mount Mercy College students. Heartiest congratulations to Niamh and Orlaith! Well done to all our students of German who participated enthusiastically in this competition.
Below are some quotes about the art of translation which provide food for thought on this highly specialised and skilled activity!
“If I am selling to you, I speak your language. If I am buying, dann müssen Sie Deutsch sprechen.” Willy Brandt (1913 –1992) German statesman and politician, Nobel Peace Prize winner 1974
[ On the theme of translation ….] …. “…….the work is and will always be one of the weightiest and worthiest undertakings in the general concerns of the world.” J. W. Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, playwright and diplomat
“Translators are the closest readers – the ones who pay the most meticulous attention to every shade of meaning of every word…..
When I think of this profession I think of priestly, tireless dedication to getting it right.” Emma Donoghue, award winning Irish writer.