MMC Student Council supports Annual St Vincent de Paul Appeal 2016

Members of Mount Mercy College Student Council pictured with home baked cakes sold in aid of St Vincent de Paul

Members of Mount Mercy College Student Council pictured with home-baked cakes sold in aid of St Vincent de Paul, 13th December 2016

Well done to Mount Mercy College Student Council who showed a great sense of social justice and fairness by organising a Christmas-themed cake sale to support St Vincent de Paul’s Annual Appeal on the 13th December 2016. The Student Council showed great initiative within a very short timeframe in response to hearing that SVP greatly needed support this Christmas. MMC staff and students responded very generously by buying the delicious cakes on offer. Thanks to the Student Council’s team work, organisational skills and baking prowess, the sum of 440 Euros was raised on the day for SVP!

This initiative is an example of how each of us can make a difference by taking some action, no matter how small, in order to show care for our fellow human beings. Acts of kindness, generosity and support help to foster the type of society that we would all wish to live in.

To find out more about the St Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Appeal, click on the link below:

https://www.svp.ie/Appeal-2016/home.aspx

The Student Council of Mount Mercy College wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

The Student Council of Mount Mercy College wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

 

Nikolaustag 2016 at Mount Mercy College

1st year German class pictured with Principal Bean Ui Riordain on Nikolaustag (St Nicholas day) 6th December 2016.

1st year German class pictured with Principal Bean Uí Ríordáin on Nikolaustag (St Nicholas day) 6th December 2016.

Nikolaus made his annual visit to 1st year students of German at Mount Mercy on his feast day 6th December. Students sang the German Christmas carols Stille Nacht (Silent Night) and O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree) and enjoyed the special surprise Nikolaus delivery of their treat-filled Christmas stockings containing an assortment of various Strohsterne (straw stars), Dekorationen (decorations), Süßigkeiten (sweets), Schokolade (chocolate), Gummibärchen (Gummy-bears), and quirky Goethe Institut badges with fun words like ‘lecker’ (delicious), ‘genau’ (exactly), ‘toll‘ (great), ‘Brot’ (bread), ‘Deutsch’ (German), ‘Hallo’, ‘Ja’ (yes) and ‘Tschüss’ (bye). The students also enjoyed learning about Christmas traditions in Germany through participating in a presentation about festive German Christmas customs.

Frohe Weihnachten und die besten Wünsche für das neue Jahr! (Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!) to all!

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1st year German class pictured with Principal Bean Ui Ríordáin (far right), teacher Ms Loftus (back row: far left) and language assistant Jana Reusch (far left: front row)) on Nikolaustag (St Nicholas day) 6th December 2016

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Principal Bean Ui Ríordáin and language assistant Jana Reusch pictured enjoying their Nikolaustag stockings.

Leaving Cert students of German also enjoyed celebrating Nikolaustag with festive treat surprises. They also enjoyed exploring German Christmas traditions and viewing the timeless slapstick favourite ‘Dinner for One’ movie which has been screened annually in Germany on New Year’s Eve since the early 1960s.

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Leaving Cert Nikolaustag treat napkins

 

Celebration of St Martin’s Day 2016

2nd Year students of German display the lanterns they made in celebration of Martin's Day.

2nd Year students of German display the lanterns they made in celebration of Martin’s Day.

‘Ich geh mit meiner Laterne und meine Laterne mit mir. Dort oben leuchten die Sterne und unten, da leuchten wir’ . ‘I go with my lantern . And my lantern with me . Up there the stars shine . And below, we shine.’ (Traditional Martin’s Day song)

In celebration of St Martin’s day (Martinstag), 2nd Year students of German at Mount Mercy enjoyed a handicraft lesson making paper lanterns in November 2016. Tealights were placed into the lanterns and lit upon completion, creating a festive brightness to contrast the Winter darkness outside. St Martin’s Day marks the beginning of Winter. St Martin was known as a friend to children and to the poor. His feast day falls annually on 11th November and is a special celebration in Germany. On St Martin’s Day in Germany, children make paper lanterns and carry them containing brightly lit tea-lights in street processions, singing Martin’s Day songs and enjoying receiving sweet treats. A man dressed up like St Martin often leads the procession on horseback. St Martin was known for his acts of kindness – one example of this was when he is said to have cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm to prevent the man from dying from the cold. The lanterns bring light to darkness, just as St Martin brought hope to the poor through his good actions. It is a celebration enjoyed by children of all denominations or none in Germany.

Laterne, Laterne –
Sonne, Mond und Sterne.
Brenne auf, mein Licht,
Brenne auf, mein Licht
Aber nur meine liebe Laterne nicht.
Lantern, Lantern –
Sun, moon and stars.
Burn, my light,
Burn, my light,
But not my dear lantern.
(Traditional Martin’s Day song)

Starting to make our lanterns.

Starting to make our Martin’s Day lanterns.

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Designing, sketching and cutting out various shapes such as leaf motifs before attaching them to the paper lanterns

2nd Year German class busy with 'Basteln'. The German word 'basteln' means 'to do handicraft' or 'to make things with one's hands'.

2nd Year German class busy with ‘Basteln’. The German word ‘basteln’ means ‘to do handicraft’ or ‘to make things with one’s hands’.

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A creative display of luminosity! Well done to our 2nd Year students of German for their lovely creative designs which included leaf patterns, stars and hearts.

Cork Film Fest German Movie 2016

On the 16th November 2016, Mount Mercy College Transition Year, 5th Year and 6th Year students of German attended the Cork Film Fest Schools Screening of the German movie ‘Charlene macht Schluss’ (‘About A Girl’). This movie encompasses themes of love, family, friendship, coming of age, death and ultimately hope in a sensitive and highly evocative manner.

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Festivals: Rio de Janeiro 2014, Gijón 2014, Cleveland 2015, BUFF Malmö 2015, Stockholm Junior 2015, Dallas 2015, Zlín 2015

Awards: Enfants Terribles Award Best Feature film (over 13) Gijon 2014, Bavarian Film Prize 2014 (Best Upcoming Actress: Jasna Fritzi )

Director: Mark Monheim
Germany 2014
Recommended age: 15+
Subtitled drama
104 minutes