News of the week.

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

Website launched

A new updated  Mercy College website was launched on Tuesday last in Mercy College Atrium. In attendance were outgoing and incoming students from Transition Year and their parents, the Parents’ Council and members of the Board of Management as well as Mercy College Staff  and students from the student council. Mr Robert Cullen, Sligo Weekender  launched the new site  and congratulated the school  on  this innovative and lively website. He also  commented that with the rate of pace of change in technology, it might only be a few years before the problem of heavy school bags will be a thing of the past and when students will work from I pads and laptops instead.

Ms Louise  Kearins  of CMD Training  then spoke of the moodling course at present being completed by staff at Mercy College. It is envisaged that eventually homework and even some parts of courses will be available on line.

All PLC application forms are now available on line and a calendar of events will ensure that parents can check on line what is happening  on any  particular date.

 

Mini Companies

Congratulations to the two Ty mini companies who  won the Regional heat of the Junior Achievement Ireland Mini Company competition  at I.T. Sligo last week. They now progress to the All Ireland Finals in Dublin in May 2011 The companies are the B.A.G. (beautiful and green  recyclable gift bags ) and Tech-no -logic, a step by step  manual to help people with no computer skills to use the  internet to book hotels or holidays , pay motor tax on line etc. The teams are mentored by Ms Carr and Ms Gorby. There were 27 entries  in the companies and 8 were selected for the regional finals based on the company reports initially submitted.

Indeed last year’s mini companies have been nominated  for another award and their products are still in demand.

 

 My vision  for Europe

In the Forun for Europe’s video competition , Mr Kearins class entry reached the final four in Ireland. Students travelled to the Irish Film Institute last week with Ms Gorby and Mr Kearins  to illustrate how they made the film etc in front of a live audience. The group got a runner up prize  of a modern camcorder. It was a great experience to see and hear from the other finalists and worth getting up at 5 am to set off for Dublin. Ms Harte’s European Studies Class  received a highly commended certificate in the same competition. Congratulations to Aisling Foley who worked on both film entries.

French Embassy Quiz

Congratulations to Siobhan Mc Connon and Orla Nicholson  who won a National French Quiz done on  line on Wednesday March 2nd. The quiz was open to First and Second years  to celebrate Francophonie  and to make people aware of the greater French speaking  world. There was a limited time to complete the quiz  and answers had to be found on French websites. The questions were as varied as language use in the Congo and modern French pop stars. The girls and their teacher Ms Harte  have been invited to the Irish Film Institute Dublin  for the prizegiving  and a lunch  on March 23rd

Ash Wednesday

A ceremony of distribution of blessed ashes was performed by Fr Gillooly assisted by the Eucharistic ministers from the Senior Cycle.

 

 La Fheile Padraig

A concert was held in the school atrium on 16th at 1 pm. Girls  from all years played Irish music and sang and danced to celebrate our heritage.The event was organised by Ms Mc Intyre.