Mount Mercy College Green Schools Team Achieves 5th Green Flag

Mount Mercy College Green Schools Committee: staff and students weeding and setting new seeds in our wildflower patch, May 2017. Back row L-R: Ms Loftus, Katie Reynolds (P.R.O.), Rebecca O Connor (Chairperson), Ms Cotter, Vika Kharoshankaya, Sophia O Sullivan (Secretary), Ms Fitzgerald. Front row L-R: Dia Harry Thomas (Co-chairperson), Theresa Rose Sebastian, Noirín Rahilly, Zara Dhamad, Benita John, Ama Kurupchu, Elana Hawe Levy (P.R.O.), Sara Ann Biju, Ms Murphy

 

Mount Mercy College was delighted to achieve its 5th Green Flag on the theme of biodiversity at the National Green Flag Awards Ceremony on Friday 12th May in the Radison Blu Hotel in Little Island. Accompanied by teachers Ms Fitzgerald and Ms Loftus, 6th Year students and Green Schools Committee members Katie Reynolds and Rebecca O Connor represented Mount Mercy and received the flag on behalf of all the Green Schools Committee members. Our Green Schools committee worked very hard over the past two years to achieve the 5th green flag and congratulations to all involved on this wonderful achievement.

Green Flag Awards Ceremony 12th May 2017: Leaving Cert students Katie Reynolds & Rebecca O Connor seeing and discussing things from a ‘green’ perspective 

Receiving our 5th Green Flag: L-R: Ms Fitzgerald, Rebecca O Connor, Katie Reynolds, Ms Loftus, Mr Sean Hartigan (An Taisce)

Our Wildflower Patch: Update

The Mount Mercy Green Schools Committee was busy in May weeding our wildflower patch and setting new seeds. The maintenance of native wildflowers is very important for our environment as they attract bees, insects and birds, whilst also creating an attractive visual display.

Well done to our Green Schools Team on the achievement of Green Flag Number 5

Mount Mercy Students Enjoy German Play

Theaterstück (Play): Auf dem Campingplatz (At the Campsite)

Auf dem Campingplatz. Actors David Jonas-Frei and Lydia Fischer play the central characters of Jürgen and Sonja. 

At the campsite

Student Participation

All German classes (1st year to 6th year) enjoyed a German play entitled ‘Auf dem Campingplatz’ (‘At the Campsite’) staged at Mount Mercy College on the 25th April 2017 by Onatti Productions, a UK-based theatre group. Native German-speaking actors – David from Basel in Switzerland and Lydia from Berlin – provided an extremely entertaining, lively and fun-filled comic performance which included active audience participation. The superb acting combined with excellent comic timing, very clearly spoken German, expressive facial and physical gestures, and lots of laughs provided our students of German with a novel opportunity to enjoy and engage with the German language.

The play revolves around two characters, Sonja and Jürgen, who go camping. When their taxi drops them off at a remote campsite in the middle of nowhere, Jürgen is well equipped with all necessary gear whereas Sonja is struggling to cope with a night in a tent and wondering where to plug in her hairdryer! Soon they realise they have forgotten to bring any food and, with no mobile phone reception, they face into a long and hungry night. Then the arguments commence!

Here are comments on the play from some of our student spectators:
“I thought that the play was extremely entertaining. It was very funny … I could understand most of the play through the actors’ actions. I enjoyed the way that the actors involved us in the play and got us to practise our German speaking.”
– Rachel Mackey, 1st Year student of German

“It was amazing! Sonja was very funny. I could understand more than I thought I could because of the way they acted – you could tell what they were saying. I loved the way we were part of the play too. They kept picking people out to do things.”
– Kate Tompkins, 1st Year student of German

“The actors were very good. It was a very funny play. I was called to do a part – it was embarrassing, but fun!”
– Aleksandra P., 2nd Year student of German

Some comments on the play from our German language assistant Jana Reusch:
”Am Dienstag präsentierte Onatti Productions für die Deutschschüler aller Jahrgänge ihr Stück „Auf dem Campingplatz“. Aufgeführt von den beiden deutschsprachigen Schauspielern David und Lydia, die mit diesem Stück schon erfolgreich durch das Vereinigte Königreich tourten und es nun an irischen Schulen vorführen, bietet es eine lehrreiche und vor allem lustige Abwechslung zum normalen Unterrichtsgeschehen und half den Schülern ein Gefühl für die gesprochene deutsche Sprache zu bekommen.
Meiner Meinung nach war es ein sehr lustiges und vor allem interaktives Stück, das an keiner Stelle zu lang war, sondern vielmehr dazu einlud, immer weiter zuzuhören und auf die nächste witzige Stelle zu warten. David und Lydia haben die ganze Zeit klar und deutlich gesprochen und viel Körpersprache eingesetzt, was das Verständnis für die Schülerinnen sehr erleichterte. An den Stellen, in denen sie Schülerinnen aus dem Publikum in ihr Stück miteingebunden haben, wiederholten sie alles mehrfach und der Rest konnte genießen, wie es zu komischen Situationen kam, z.B. als sich eine Schülerin im Zelt versteckte und nass gespritzt wurde. Man merkte, dass beide Schauspieler sehr viel Spaß während der Vorführung hatten und wie sie versuchten, die Begeisterung auch auf die Schülerinnen zu übertragen. Auch mit den beiden gegensätzlichen Charakteren, die sie spielten, auf der einen Seite den bodenständigen und campingbegeisterten Jürgen und auf der anderen Seite die selbstverliebte modeaffine Sonja, konnte man sich mehrfach identifizieren und mitleiden. Alles in allem habe ich das Stück sehr genossen und finde es eine gute Möglichkeit für alle deutschlernenden Schüler die deutsche Sprache mal von einer anderen Seite kennenzulernen und würde es auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen.”

Well done to Onatti Productions on this superb play and the fine performance evident throughout, greatly enjoyed by all present.

Which hat to wear? – The audience must decide …

 

German Scholarship Winner 2017

Heartiest congratulations to Mount Mercy College student Laura Murphy who was awarded a 3 week scholarship to Germany based on her exceptional performance in her Junior Cert German exam and her interview in German at the Goethe Insitut, Dublin in March.

The scholarship is awarded by The German Pedagogical Exchange Service and is funded by the German Foreign Office.

Application for such scholarships is not possible as the award is merit based. Laura’s scholarship will take her to Kiel in Northern Germany next June in a group of 12 scholarship winners. As well as participating in group activities and trips, Laura will also travel to other parts of Germany as part of her scholarship.

Well done to Laura on her outstanding achievement!

Annual 5K Fun Run

A 5 km run/walk will be held in Mount Mercy College on Thursday 11th of May at 7:00pm.

All proceeds will go to the Cork Simon Community and the School Sports Hall Fund.

Adults €10

Children €5

Prizes and refreshments are available after the event. Please Support

 

Biodiversity Habitat Walk at Mount Mercy

Green Schools Announcement

In February 2017 the Mount Mercy Green Schools Team conducted a habitat walk throughout our school grounds. The team charted and noted the variety of species and life forms currently thriving in our school environment on a habitat map. Observing the flora and fauna within our immediate environment proved to be an interesting and eye-opening experience. It further draws attention to the need to always support and protect the nature around us, just as it protects us.

Green Schools Team, Spring Habitat Walk. Green Schools committee members – students and teachers. Teachers far left Mr O Sullivan, Ms Loftus & far right: Ms Fitzgerald & Ms Cotter.

Mount Mercy is home to a great variety of trees, shrubs, flowers and wildlife, both native and non-native. Native species we observed included oak, ash, beech and hawthorn trees, the red robin shrub, heathers and ivy. Native wildlife including a variety of birds such as robins, wagtails and crows, insects, spiders, rabbits and a fox are to be seen within our school grounds. Our native Irish wildflower patch contains ox-eye daisies, corn poppies, cornflowers and corn marigolds which should bloom once more in the summer months, as well as 2 bug hotels which presented cobwebs and therefore evidence of life.

Trees, shrubs, plants and flowers are carefully tended at Mount Mercy. Hanging baskets and potted plants also thrive here. A visually attractive and well maintained natural environment works in tandem with Mount Mercy College’s supportive approach to the protection and encouragement of biodiversity.

An increased awareness of biodiversity has been raised within Mount Mercy through various means including poster campaigns, whole school announcements, information sessions and cross-curricular activity. We understand that biodiversity is important for all human wellbeing. Supporting biodiversity protects clean air and water, fertile soil, bountiful seas and a safe climate. Some practical suggestions for you to support biodiversity include:
– continue to walk or cycle to school instead of travelling by car
– continue to conserve energy at home and at school
– reduce use of pesticides on your lawn
– plant native Irish wildflowers in your garden
– reduce, reuse and recycle
– composting
– buy organic food
– use environmentally friendly cleaning products

Mount Mercy supports, protects and encourages biodiversity because there is no Planet B!

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.