European School Sport Day Friday 25th September 2020
TY Green Schools Committee
Pictured below are our Transition Year Green Schools Committee. Amy Geoghegan, Faye Spollen, Sarah Molloy and Lucy-Grace Bracken have been involved in setting up a number of recent initiatives in our school. These include anti-litter campaigns, maintaining bird boxes and maintaining flower beds. 
TY Bonding Day at Lilliput
On Thursday September 17th all TY students went to Lilliput Adventure Centre on a bonding trip. It was the first TY outing of the new school year and the weather was perfect for the occasion. Our students were presented with the opportunity to engage in Kayaking, Bog Jumping and additional games and activities within their new TY class groupings.  
Leaving Certificate Results 2020
We would like to congratulate the Leaving Certificate Class of 2020 who received their results on the morning of Monday September 7th 2020. Results were excellent across the board and all graduates should be proud of their efforts. Their journey with us has been an unprecedented and unforgettable one, and all at Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan wish them well for the future. 
School Returns
Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan reopened its doors on Wednesday September 2nd and welcomed our new First Year students. The First Years, upon entering our school, were greeted by a balloon arch. The arch was made up of blue, red, yellow and green balloons, which symbolise each of our First Year class groups (1 Blue, 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 1 Green). We wish all students well on their journey with us. 
Browne's on the Green Lunch Orders
If any student would like to order their lunch on a weekly or daily basis from Browne's on the Green, they will need to fill out an Order Form available in the school, or in the Parents Portal of this website. This Order Form must be placed in a sealed envelope with the exact money (there will be no change given) and posted in the Browne's Post Office Box inside the main electric doors of the school. These orders must be put into the post box before 9:00am each morning. Browne's on the Green will collect these orders at 9:15am each morning, and they will return at 1:00pm with the ordered lunches. These lunches will then be distributed to the lunch rooms that will be assigned to each class. Once the lunches are distributed, students may remain in their lunch room or walk outside. 

 

Reopening Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan 2020-2021

Preparations for the reopening of Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan are near completion. In response to Government guidance and Covid-19 policy we have:

  • Reconfigured our timetable
  • Reconfigured our classrooms to enable physical distancing
  • Repurposed our communal areas
  • Installed protective screens
  • Installed a Covid-19 Emergency Sick Bay
  • Incorporated a one-way system throughout the interior of our school
  • Incorporated walking lanes outdoors
  • Installed signage, floor decals, and outdoor graphics
  • Installed sanitising stations
  • Installed new methods of waste disposal
  • Conducted a deep clean
  • Established new hygiene policies and procedures
  • Established new break and lunch-time procedures

We have made our school as safe as possible for our students and staff, yet the warmth of our environment still remains! We are really looking forward to welcoming all students back to our school, starting with First Years on Wednesday September 2nd 2020.

Face Masks
Since the New School Year Newsletter was published, the Department of Education and Skills has stated that face masks must be worn by all students and staff in secondary schools, alongside 1 metre physical distancing. This means that all students and staff returning to Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan must wear a face mask at all times, unless they are outdoors and at a physical distance of 2 metres. Please ensure that your child is equipped with appropriate face masks on their return to school.
Construction Studies and Woodwork
The latest technology to arrive in our school's woodworking room. A sanitising compressor which will enable fast and effective sanitisation of all of our shared hand tools and other surfaces. This will be done repeatedly throughout the school day, directly before and after any student wants to use a tool or machine. 
Physical Education
All students may wear appropriate PE gear for the full day in school, on days that they have Physical Education classes. This will be on their timetables on return. Students will wear their full school uniform on all other school days. 
Reopening Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan 2020-2021 Newsletter
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Letter from the Minister to Parents in Relation to the Reopening of Schools 
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Updated Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan Calendar 2020-2021
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SciFest@College 2020 Regional STEM Fair
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Congratulations to students Tiarnan ClarkeMacMahon, Owen Bagnell and Luke Seery who won an SFI Best Project Award at the SciFest@College 2020 Regional STEM Fair for their project 'Fighting for Breath: Is the School Drop-off Harmful to Students' Health?'. With over 430 project entries this is a great achievement. The prize consists of Dublin Crystal trophy, One-4-All gift tokens, and a SciFest certificate. Moreover, their project has qualified to participate as a finalist in the SciFest 2020 National Final, taking place virtually in November.
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Amber Flag Initiative
We are delighted to announce that our school has been awarded the Amber Flag from Pieta House for the 2019/2020 academic year. The Amber Flag initiative involves promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the school community. Our school undertook a wide variety of activities throughout the year to promote positivity. 
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A huge "Thank You" to the Amber Flag Committee and all our school community for their commitment and dedication to promoting positive mental health in our school this year. We look forward to continuing the initiative next year. 
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25th May 2020 -  Essential Information for 6th Years Re: Calculated Grades 2020
ASD Class - Frontline Workers Recognition Project
As part of a wider project to recognise the immense work undertaken by Ireland's frontline workers, students from our ASD class completed these artistic "thank you's" as a small gesture of all our appreciation for their invaluable work.
TY Student Enterprise Regional Finals
On March 12th three of our TY groups attended the Student Enterprise Regional Finals in Athlone. The Mercy Kilbeggan company Arbor Bracelets went on to win best display in the senior category. Well done to all groups involved.
All-Ireland Minor Girls XC Triumph
On March 7th our Minor Girls Athletics Team consisting of 1st Year students Morgan Corcoran, Adele Geoghegan, Emma O’Brien, Leah Geoghegan, Emma Murphy and Ellen Daly were crowned All-Ireland Minor Girls Team champions. This added to their earlier Leinster Team Championship success.  What a remarkable achievement for this talented group of athletes. Their hard work has really paid off and everybody associated with our school is extremely proud of them. Well done girls. 
Girls Rugby
Congratulations to our U16 Girls Rugby team who were crowned champions at their most recent blitz in Mullingar on March 5th. Our team played some excellent rugby and went through the entire competition unbeaten. Well done to the girls and to coach Mr. Corrigan and assisting teacher Ms. Corcoran. Our U19 Girls Rugby team also played well at the blitz, finishing with a 50% record, winning two of their four games. 
Junk Kouture Regional Final
Pictured below are some of our TY students at the Junk Kouture Regional Final in Castlebar on March 5th. Laura Murphy and Sarah Costello modeled the creations on behalf of their respective teams. Team 1 - Sarah Costello, Geri O'Brien, and Megan Quinn. Team 2  - Fiona Dixon and Laura Murphy. Both of our teams were supported on the night by some of their close friends and their guiding teachers.
Second Year CSPE Trips
On March 3rd, all 2nd Year students went on specific CSPE class trips accompanied by their respective CSPE teachers. These trips provided our students with insights into aspects contained within CSPE curricula and have provided a basis for future project work.
La Chandeleur
On February 27th our Transition Year students served our 1st Year French students crepes for La Chandeleur and Mardi-Gras. Transition Year students took all orders in French, where 1st Years ordered their crepes and toppings using French vocabulary.
Karneval and Fasching

Our German students celebrated Karneval and Fasching in German classes from February 24th to 27th.

Fifth Year A.g Science Trip

On February 26th our 5th Year A.g Science Class, accompanied by Ms. Relihan and Mr. Cox, visited Coorevin Farm in co. Tipperary, where focus is placed on beef and sheep enterprise.

TY Forensic Science Workshop

On February 25th our Transition Year students participated in a Forensic Science Workshop. They tried to figure out who committed a crime by searching for clues, studying documentation, and through analysing the evidence. Thanks to Alison who facilitated the event. 

DCU Guest Speaker

On February 24th DCU Ambassador and Dublin Footballer Johnny Cooper, pictured below with Mr. Donnelly, visited our school and spoke to our 6th Year students. Johnny provided key information about courses and college life at DCU. We would like to thank Johnny for his time and insights, they have provided great clarity for some of our students.

Bray to Greystones and JumpZone Sandyford
On February 13th our Transition Year students went on a Physical Education trip where they walked from Bray to Greystones via the spectacular cliff walk and then visited JumpZone Sandyford for some trampolining. Our students were also given the opportunity to do some shopping between the two activities at Dundrum Town Centre. The weather was perfect for the occasion and each student really enjoyed their activity-filled day out. 
Kaffee und Kuchen

On February 3rd all 2nd Year German students had 'Kaffee und Kuchen' which was organised by our German Department teachers. They enjoyed traditional German delicacies such as Schwarzwalderkirschtorte, Marmorkuchen and Herrentorte. Lots of fun was had by all.

TY English Trip

On February 3rd all Transition Year students went to Moate to attend a comedy show in the Tuar Árd, performed by stand-up comedian Ger Carey. There were plenty of laughs on the day and thanks to Ger for the great entertainment.