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Our Lady Of Mercy Secondary School, Drimnagh

Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Drimnagh, Co. Dublin, have kindly shared with us recent news and events from their school.

Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, was established some thirty years ago in September 1973. It is a Co-Educational School and caters for 320 students from the parish and beyond its boundaries.

Click here to view the School Mission Statement and a brief history of the School.

Rewarding Good Attendance

Students who have had excellent attendance in first term will be rewarded with a trip out of school for an afternoon as part of our School Completion Programme.

Students who attend school regularly and who come on time each day are much more likely to succeed in their examinations and feel a sense of belonging in school.

58 students earned a reward for excellent attendance. Senior students were invited to meet with Ms. Maher and received a gift voucher.

Junior students went to a roller disco on Friday 5th March. This initiative is supported by School Completion Programme.

Scientists in the Making

Discover Science Award Winners at the Scifest Exhibition Tallaght IT, Friday 8th May 2009.

Their Project was “ The Heat of Neutralisation”.

Students mixed a strong acid and a strong base together and this produced heat as we as a neutral substance.

Datalogging equipment was used to measure the reaction and readings were taken on the attached computer where a visual record of the reaction was produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured above Left to Right: Peter Brabagon, Programme Director, Discover Science and Engineering, Grenna Joyce Mirabel, Jennifer Marie Seery, Shauna McKay and Shelia Porter, Scifest Natiopnal Co-ordinator.

This was a major acheivement at a national level for our science students and one we can be proud of. Well done to all involved.

Junior Achievement Ireland

Third year class Senan received certificates from Junior Achievement Ireland having completed a six week course in “The Economics of Staying in School”.

All Third Year classes participated in this programme.

“The programme really helped us to understand why we should stay on in school & go to college”.

“You make more money & get a better job if you stay in school”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Reading!

Fantastic Progress has been recorded with many of our students who were a little bit behind with their reading. Some of the best progress was made where parents were involved in their child’s reading at home.

Spending ten to fifteen minutes every evening listening to your child’s reading is worth the effort. A number of parents were also involved in a paired reading programme every Tuesday morning. Well done to all who participated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students Council

Twelve students have been elected from first to sixth year to work with school staff and management on behalf of all students in Our Lady of Mercy. The council organised a Christmas raffle and raised almost €200 for the Trinity Access Programme, a project which supports our students who go on to Trinity College.

Skin & Blister - Team Theatre Production

Team theatre visited the school on 18th November. The Skin and Blister programme was presented to first and second year girls and it proved to be a great success.

The drama tackles issues of self identity, body image and eating disorders among young women. A powerful and effective performance was given, folllowed by a workshop for students.

Some parents attended a workshop in advance of the performance. Material was left for the SPHE department for follow up work on the topic.

Students who attended said afterwards that “It was so real... The discussion after the play was very good...boys should see it ...

64% of our Leaving Cert Students went on to Third Level or Further Eduction in 2009...

Where our Leaving Cert Student of June 2009 are:

  • 61 Students completed the Leaving Cert
  • 12 Students are now in Third Level Universities doing Accounting, Business Studies, Arts, Retail Management.
  • 27 are in Further Education doing Childcare, Engineering Technology, Office Admin and Advertising.
  • 3 are working.
  • 2 are repeating the Leaving Cert.
  • 3 are in Fás.

We wish these students every success & look forward to keeping in contact.

“Taster Workshop”

In November we welcomed some 60 6th Class students to “taster workshops” for an afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students got to try out some new subjects like science, technical graphics, home economics as well as art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These students completed their entrance test last December.

Under 14 Leinster Schools Badminton Competition

Our school is taking part in the U14 Leinster schools Badminton competition. Students practice every Monday and Wednesday. Below are some pictures of our recent match with Terenure College.

Home School News

The following courses commenced in January 2010:

  • First Aid
  • Drugs Awareness
  • Computers
  • Parenting Awareness
  • Stay Safe
  • Irish Book Club

Basketball

U16B All-Ireland Play Offs

We travelled to Thurles on the 5th Feb 2010 to compete in the All Ireland playoffs for under 16B girls. All of our team are under 15 and are eligible to compete at the same age group next year. Our first game was against Presentation Ballyphelane from Cork.

With a squad of 7 girls, we started well going into 16-7 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, the cork girls were very physical and worked their way back into the game at half time the score was 20-17 to OLM. With players picking up fouls and feeling tired we had to rotate players and managed to extend our lead to 8 points at the end of the 3rd. Through great defence and determination we held on to win 35-31.Top scorers were Katie Moloney 13 Jenny Sheehan 12 Aoife Nolan 6 and Shauna Gannon on 4 points.

Our next game with only 20 minutes of a break was against Castleisland Kerry who had already beaten the Cork girls by 12 points. We were able to change our 2nd years for this game that gave us 2 fresh players. Castleisland were big and very athletic and ran the floor well we ended up 16-4 down at the end of the 1st Quarter, fatigue was a big factor but the girls dug deep and the second quarter was 10-9 to them leaving the score 26-13 to Castleisland at the half.

In the 3rd a lot of shots were dropping short for OLM while Castleisland were hitting the impossible, the score at the end of the 3rd was 41-20. Things looked very gloomy, we said to the girls to keep your head up, we were very proud of them and go out in the last quarter and give it your best. They did just that, with a display of great heart, skill and determination they fought for every ball and would not lie down. They won the last quarter 16-6, the game ended 47-36.

Quote from Coach Gerry Farrell after the game: “It is a long time since I felt so proud of a team, they walked out feeling 6 feet tall and Castleisland were glad the game was over.”

Quote from team captain: “It was really great for our team to get this far, we all really enjoyed our day in Thurles. Hopefully we can lift the cup next year”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Full U16 Team (Back Row L-R Gerry Farrell (Coach), Shauna Buchanan, Katie Moloney, Jennifer Doyle, Stephanie Mockler, Jennifer Taaffe. Front Row L-R Ingrid Gaffney, Shauna Gannon, Jenny Sheehan, Shannon Farrell, Aoife Nolan and Ms. Hall).

2nd Year Girls Basketball

Our Lady of Mercy 2nd Year girl’s basketball team are undefeated in the league this season, with one match left to play. We are through to the Dunlin semi finals but as yet do not know who we will play against.

Our girls have played all matches with great skill, determination and dedication. Our coach Gerry Farrell has done superb work with our team.

OLM team are: Saoirse Higgins, Jennifer Doyle, Shannon Farrell, Sandra Gannon, Megan Carey, Ingrid Gaffney, Shauna Jordan, Leanne O’Keefe, Laura Walker, Amy Gibson, Kelly McGrattan and Aoife Nolan.

Best of luck to Gerry and the girls in the next few matches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured above the 2nd Year Team (Back Row L-R J, Dolye, S. Jordan, K. McGrattan, L. O'Keefe, A. Gibson. Front Row - A. Nolan, S. Gannon, S. Higgins, K. Doran, S. Farrell, I. Gaffney, M. Carey and G. Farrell (Coach).

Congratulations to Katie Moloney who has been selected onto the U16 Irish squad. Also to Ingrid Gaffney, Aoife Nolan, Kerri Doran and Laura Walker who have been chosen to represent Dublin in the Bravo Basketball Tournament, Sweden in May".

Visit from Storyteller - Niall de Burca

"A man came to our school on Thursday afternoon 11th MArch. His name was Niall de Burca.

He is the best storyteller ever. He provided us with a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and education. He was exciting, funny and frightening. he used great facial expressions and body movements.

I remember the Banshee story, it was very funny. When he told us a scary story about a King, I jumped right out of my seat. He was a great laugh and please can you bring him back again" Aidan Hill, 3rd Year Student.