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

 

Deutschmobil visit to MMC

1st Year German class enjoy Deutschmobil visit, December 2015.

1st Year German class enjoy Deutschmobil visit, December 2015. Pictured with Deutschmobil native German speaking tutors Katharina Sander (far right) and assistant (left).

1st year students examine German map during Deutschmobil visit.

1st year students examine German map during Deutschmobil visit.

Junior Cert German class enjoy their 3rd visit from the Deutschmobil. This class previously enjoyed Deutschmobil visits in their 1st year (2013) and in 2nd year (March 2015). Pictured above in December 2015.

Junior Cert German class enjoy their 3rd visit from the Deutschmobil. This class previously enjoyed Deutschmobil visits in their 1st year (2013) and in 2nd year (March 2015). Pictured above in December 2015.

The Deutschmobil visited Mount Mercy for a record third time on 4th December 2015! The Dublin Goethe Institut representatives provided fun and interactive lessons in German for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year classes. These native German speakers provided a very special and memorable learning experience for our students. 1st and 2nd year classes learned about Christmas in Germany through games, quiz and song. 3rd years learned about the body parts in German through use of diagrams and interactive games. Maps of Germany were explored with all groups. Fun, involvement, active learning and colour were the order of the day. Special treats including lanyards, badges, flags and reading materials were generously given to our enthusiastic students of German. Sincere thanks to the German Connects Campaign, the Goethe Institut Dublin and the German Embassy for the provision of such a wonderful teaching and learning resource for all students of German nationally.

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