Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Drimnagh - Open Day 2014

Following on from a very successful 'Gathering' event last year Our Lady of Mercy, Secondary School, Drimnagh, Co. Dublin staged another successful Open Day which they used to launch their new Transition Year programme.

Thursday 16th October was a busy day for the school. In the morning students from the local primary schools were treated to a tour of the school where they sampled the numerous subjects the school has to offer.

The state of the art Home Economics Room and Science Labs particularly impressed the visiting students. With the academic activities out of the way the students then got a flavour of various extra curricular activities OLM has to offer.

Home of the 2011 All Ireland Champions OLM is particularly renowned for its Basketball talent.

A busy and eventful filled morning was followed by an equally engaging afternoon when representatives from CEIST, the Board and the local community and businesses joined staff and students in a packed school hall. The school choir began proceedings with an impressive rendition of the hit Beatles song Let it Be. Soon after Dr. Gerry Jeffers spoke about the benefits of having a Transition Year programme and the positive impact it had on students who pursued the course.

He quoted numerous pieces of research as well as his own personal experience to highlight these benefits. Some Transition Year students from OLM sister Mercy/CEIST school in Inchicore also spoke about their experience of doing Transition Year and what they enjoyed about it. Through the Business Link programme OLM is linked with Communicorp owners of Newstalk and Today FM. David McIntyre and Adrian Barry from Off the Ball also spoke about their experiences of Transition Year.

Drimnagh native Chris Donoghue and co-host of Newstalk Breakfast was also on hand to share his school experience.

Chris's sister was a past pupil of OLM. While Chris did not do TY himself he said he could see the enormous benefits such a programme would bring including the extra year to mature. This was a theme picked up by another two speakers - Rebecca Uzell and Laura Murphy both past pupils who are currently pursuing a third level course in University.

The day concluded on a poignant note with a remembrance ceremony for Emma Sloan the young girl from Drimnagh who died last Christmas on O'Connell Street having gone into anaphylactic shock. Emma's death received widespread media coverage at the time. Out of the spotlight on Thursday friends and family gathered to pray for and remember Emma. After the ceremony balloons were released in her memory.

We would like to compliment the Principal Margaret Maher and all the staff and students involved in organising the day long event. You did the school and yourself proud.