On Friday 22nd of April, two groups of our first year students presented their long awaited Geography projects to their peers and the staff of the Geography department. The projects were created by the students as a way to creatively engage with their learning of the past year. It was a very enriching experience for all of the visitors who had the opportunity to explore the projects created by the students of Room 1 and 2. The morning itself was filled with excitement and thoroughly enjoyed by our first year student body. The level of the students’ hard work, dedication and imagination were all evident on the morning. We have uploaded a series of photographs taken on the day to our current Gallery for further viewing.
The winning teams were presented with prizes and Certificates of Recognition from Mount Mercy’s Deputy Principal Ms. Van Wallegham. Well done to all of the students who partook in this great ‘day in’. It is true to say our school’s love for Geography shone through on the morning. Congratulations to the girls and their Geography teachers Ms. O’ Mahony and Ms. A Cotter.
1st Yr Room One
1st Yr Room Two
Congratulations to all who took part
A big thank you to everybody who took part in our school 5km.
It was a great sucess and the funds raised will go towards our sportshall fund.
A special thank you to our sponsors and to all who helped to coordinate the event.
On Wednesday 16th of March, Mount Mercy College commemorated the 1916 Easter Rising. It was a day intended to commemorate the events of the Rising in Dublin and Cork and we also wanted to make sure that Ireland of 1916 came alive for the students. Four classrooms were taken over and the students of Mount Mercy were transported back to Sackville Street 1916.
On the day the students were welcomed by TY students in period costume and were shown a short clip from a documentary on the Rising. Students were then given a short lecture by Aislinn Keane McCarthy about a glass window in the Honan Chapel in UCC which was part of the GPO during Easter week. There were also projects on topics ranging from music and cinema in 1916 to the contribution of Tadgh Barry and the Volunteers in Cork. Artefacts including medals from the War of Independence and the First World War, a British Army bayonet, a gun from the War of Independence and a cheque signed by Patrick Pearse were all kindly donated to our museum by staff and students. There were also wonderful pieces of art from the art department which included portraits of Countess Markievicz, the seven signatories, the burning of the GPO and scrolls giving a day by day account of the Rising.
Students then moved into the social history side of our Mount Mercy Museum as the interactive part of our day kicked off. A streetscape from the turn of the century was recreated as we had a visit from our local butcher, who showed his traditional wares, a pig’s head, trotters and some tripe. Traditional sweets,scones and fruitcakes were available for the students. Many different household items were displayed as students had to guess their uses, an alter which would have been found in many homes was on display as were older style hurleys.
A hairdressers was available, many girls took the opportunity to relive the hairstyles of the time. Traditional musical entertainment was available, the teachers put on a virtuoso display of dancing as the day progressed.
At the end of the school day all the students congregated at the front of the building to hear a specially composed song by the Second Year Music students. A new proclamation written by Mount Mercy students was read by Niamh Browne. The 1916 Proclamation was read by Morgan O’ Brien, Bean Ui Riordain read ‘The Mother’ by Patrick Pearse, a poem she had previously read on the Fiftieth anniversary of 1916 and the tricolour was raised followed by the singing of the national anthem.
The day was a great success and it created a wonderful sense of commemoration within the school. The importance of remembering our history was emphasised and the commemoration day embellished the students understanding of 1916 but just as importantly it created a connection between the generation of 1916 and the students of today.
We will be holding a 5 KM Fun Run on April 21st at 7:00PM.
All proceeds will be in aid of the school development fund.
Please contact the school for tickets.
All support is greatly appreciated.
All prizes are kindly donated by :
The Model Farm Aqua Spa