News from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

The following are some news snippets from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co. Longford.

Awards Ceremony

Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon held their Annual Awards Ceremony in the school gym on Tuesday 22nd of May.

This ceremony was a celebration of all the achievements and highlights of the school year.

There were acknowledgements and awards in areas as diverse as CIMA Quiz Teams to Poetry, from photography to participants in Longford’s got talent.

This was the first year in which we inaugurated a number of new awards. The sports awards were given for outstanding team spirit and abilities.

Sarah Madden was selected as Senior Girls’ sportsperson of the year. Garret Higgins was selected as Senior Boys’ sportsperson of the year.

Shane Kenny was selected as Junior Boys’ sportsperson of the year and finally, Tracey Dillon was selected as Junior Girl’s sportsperson of the year.

In the Creativity Awards, - Derbhaile Flood was selected as winner in the Junior category while Francis Flood won the Senior Award. Laura Healy won the Leadership Award.

24 students received awards for one year full attendance, 4 students received awards for 2 years full attendance, 3 students received awards for 3 years full attendance and 2 students Tobi and Tomi Arisa received awards for an incredible 4 years full attendance.

Graduation Mass

Thursday night May 24th at 8pm in our school gym was the last time our Leaving Certs gathered together as a group in Mercy Ballymahon.

The occasion was the Graduation Mass. Organised very capably by Deirdre Daly, Mr O’Neill and Ms Clancy, the theme of the Mass was the upcoming theme for the Eucharistic Congress in June - Though we are many, we are one.

Ms Ryan was responsible for the fine artwork and Ms Libby Malone organised the music; the songs chosen were poignant and prayerful as always.

School Chaplain Fr Padraig McGowan, Fr Gerry Murphy, Fr Micheal Reilly, Fr Peter Tiernan, Fr Gerry Brady and Fr Joe Brilly officiated and Fr Padraig in his sermon spoke very movingly of partings, friendship and the difference we can make to this world when we live our Christianity well.

A big thank you to all the teachers, students and parents who participated on the night.

Leaving Cert Farewell

On Wednesday 23th of May, we said fond farewells to our Leaving Cert students. The day was marked by glorious sunshine, a barbecue, all kinds of fun activities such as three legged races, balloon stomping and a titanic tug-of-war.

The end highlight was a basketball match between the students and staff; the staff displaying great skills and running out winners on a scoreline of 26 to 22. Therefore, our Leaving Certs of 2012 were happily occupied for those last Wednesday sunlit hours.

There was a lovely atmosphere and the 6th years were very well behaved and respectful. Eyes were somewhat weepy for some as they passed out through the school gates for the last time… apart from their exams of course.