It's hard to believe the month of May is upon us and hopefully a bit more sunshine too!!
Credit to the girls, they are all working extremely hard and participating in all sorts of activities with great enthusiasm and drive. It's a busy term ahead so keep up the good work.
Ar ráth Dé ar an obair !
What a beautiful day the girls in 2nd Class had on Saturday to celebrate their First Holy Communion. Thanks to all the hard work and precision preparation of Ms Cervi their teacher, the whole ceremony passed off seamlessly. Thanks also to the choir made up of pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th class under the direction of Mrs Loughnane, Mrs Parkinson and Ms Cumiskey. Their beautiful singing added hugely to the atmosphere and reverence of the Mass. A special word of thanks to the PA and the parents of third class for providing such a wonderful party afterwards in the school. With the sun shining from start to finish, it couldn't have been a better day.
Our Lady of Mercy had two teams playing in the Leinster Primary Schools' League. Both teams were made up of girls from Fifth and Sixth Class. There was an outstanding level of play from both teams and their dedication and commitment was admirable. One team, pictured above, made it to the semi-final which is being played in Clontarf next Thursday. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish the girls all the best in the match. Special thanks to Mrs Parkinson for all her time and commitment to the tennis in our school.
Special words of thanks to Fr Cormac McIlraith
We had a lovely celebration in school last Friday to formally say our goodbyes and thanks to our dear friend and former school chaplain, Fr Cormac McIlraith.
Classes from St Marys BNS and Our Lady of Mercy joined together in a special assembly to pass on our sincere gratitude to Fr Cormac and wish him well in his retirement. Pupils spoke fondly and from the heart about the special regard they had for Fr Cormac and his many wonderful attributes. It was lovely to welcome him back this morning and we hope he continues to keep in touch with us all.
It was great to see so many parents from both St Marys BNS and Our Lady of Mercy in attendance at the Cyber Safety talk organised by the two Parents Association groups and presented by Cliona Curley. By all accounts it was a very beneficial presentation with a lot of practical tips and advice given on how best to manage the internet use in our homes.
A huge note of thanks to all the grandparents who visited our school this morning. Your energy and enthusiasm was infectious throughout the school not to mention the enormous pride on the faces of the girls who had grandparents visit them in their classrooms. It was a great morning of celebration to mark and acknowledge the high regard we all have for grandparents in our lives. Special thanks to our 6th Class girls and their teacher Ms Cumiskey for organising the whole morning and to Ms Doyle and our three SNA's Therese, Karen and Susan for their assistance with the refreshments. Thanks also to Fiona, our Secretary, for extending such a warm welcome to all who visited the school this morning.
We have revised our Child Protection Procedures, to take regard of Children First (National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children, 2011)) and new procedures from the Department of Education and Skills (Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools, 2011).
Please click here for our Child Safeguarding Statement.
A huge congratulations to Abbie O Connor of 5th Class who came first today in the Under 11, 600 metre race in Morton Stadium in Santry and to Mia Shine of 6th Class who came second in the Under 12 Hurdles. A fantastic achievement for both girls. We couldn't be prouder of their success and the sportsmanship and standard of participation from all who went to Santry today.
We wish all the girls competing in the second day of the Santry Athletics, the very best of luck next Monday the 28th of May. Thanks to Mrs Parkinson and Mrs McGovern for all the time and support they have given to the girls with their coaching over the last few months and for the added assistance of Mrs Loughnane with training days.
Our Lady of Mercy Convent school will be closed next Friday, May 25th as it is a Polling station for the referendum.
We are looking forward to celebrating Book Week here in the school from Monday the 28th of May until Friday the 1st of June. Thanks to the huge amount of work and organisation by Mrs McGovern, plans are now in place for authors' visits, write a book project, library trips, story time events for infants and DEAR time for everyone as well as many other book related activities. She is also inviting every pupil to enter the Photography Competition entitled 'Hooked on a Book' and already we've seen some wonderful photos. It promises to be a really fantastic week.
Now in its third week and in advance of our Book Week celebrations and activities, May 28th -June 1st, we hope the girls are engaging well in our Readathon and reaching all their reading goals.
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