Mercy Kilbeggan 'News and Views'

Link to the February 2019 Issue of our school newsletter

Mercy Kilbeggan News and Views: Issue 1

Forensic Workshop

On February 15th our Transition Year students engaged in a Forensic Science Workshop. Students were presented with a fictitious murder crime scene, In groups students had to sift through the crime scene evidence, while drawing on their logic and reasoning skills, in an attempt to crack the case and find the perpetrator. It was an enjoyable morning for our students and they engaged very well. The workshop was organised by our Science Department.

Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk and Jump Zone Sandyford

On February 14th our Transition Year students travelled to Bray on a Physical Education Trip. Here they completed the spectacular 5.2 km Bray to Greystones Cliff walk. After the walk, time was spent in Dundrum Town Centre, before travelling to Jump Zone Sandyford for some Trampolining. It was a great trip for our students as they were presented with additional avenues where they can be physically active.

Second Year Boys Basketball

On February 13th our Second Year boys basketball team won their first game of the season away to Ardscoil Phadraig Granard on a scoreline of 36-08. It was their third ever school basketball match and there has been significant improvement and development made in such a short time period. Odhran Gavigan with 12 points, Joseph Adegbore and Peter Clarke led the charge for our athletic squad and the signs are promising moving forward. 

TY RSA Experience

On February 12th Transition Year students attended the RSA Experience. This travelling event, ran by RSA, saw our students engage in theoretical and practical road safety activities. Our students were spoken to by members of the RSA, and were presented with different perspectives on road traffic accidents. The workshop provided invaluable, first-hand, information for our students concerning road safety and incorporated a crash simulator which opened the eyes of many. We would like to thank the RSA for their facilitation of this workshop and Kilbeggan Shamrocks GAA for the use of their facilities.


First Year Girls Basketball

Congratulations to our First Year girls basketball team who won their first match representing M.S.S.K on a scoreline of 12-9 against Templemichael College Longford on February 6th. The girls are coached by Ms. Relihan, Ms. Bhreathnach and Ms. Heffernan.

Health Fest 2019

Fifth Year Home Economics students travelled to the National Sports Arena in Dublin for Health Fest 2019 on January 31st. Here our students undertook a number of challenges and engaged in a range of health-related activities, with Mercy Kilbeggan students Karen Keegan and Charlene McMahon finishing in the top 10 of Karl Henry's plank challenge. Interviews with dietician Orla Walsh and James Kavanagh finished off the day.

Student Awards

Congratulations to Stephanie Scally and Emma Ham who received an award for excellence in Junior Certificate Business Studies results at Maynooth University on January 29th. They were accompanied by their Business Studies teacher Mr. Quinn.

German Debating

Our German debating team were victorious in their debate against Heywood Community School, Co. Laois, on Friday January 25th. They are now in the fourth round of the national German debating competition. Congratulations to Emma Ham, Aideen Tehan, Lisa Ennis, Rachel Flynn and Linards Uerts for an excellent performance and well done to Ms. Von Den Driesch.

Cross Country Running

Congratulations to Second Year student Amy Geoghegan who came first in the Junior Girls section at the 2019 North Leinster Cross Country running Championships. The event was held at Papel Cross in the Phoenix Park on January 24th. 

Music Trip

Sixth Year students, accompanied by Music teachers  Ms. Carroll and Ms. Conmy, travelled to the National Concert Hall in Dublin on January 21st. Our students were lucky to attend a valuable analysis and a magnificent recital of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture. It was performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.


Macbeth Trip

The Sixth Year students of Mercy Kilbeggan travelled to Dublin on January 17th, accompanied by their English teachers, to view the play Macbeth at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Macbeth is the chosen text for section A of English paper II for our students. It is hoped that having the opportunity to view the play will further inspire and inform our students’ writing.

Concern Debating

Our Concern debating team prior to taking on Our Lady's Bower Athlone on January 15th. Emma Ham, Tara Farrell, Aideen Tehan and Talia Gidman-Maloney make up our team. Our Concern Debating team is guided and assisted by Ms. Glynn.


Senior Camogie

Pictured below are our senior girls Camogie squad with their coaches Mr. Corrigan and Ms. Raymond prior to their North Leinster Camogie semi-final against St. Fergal's Rathdowney on January 15th. The result did not go our way on this occasion, but our young team have gained invaluable experience for next season. 


Irish Angus Beef Competition 2019

Congratulations to our Transition Year students Adam McGoldrick, Ella Ravenhill, Aideen Cullen, Roisin Mealiff, Sophie Bracken and Harry Murphy for Completing Stage 2 of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.


BT Young Scientist 2019  

Six of our Transition Year students had their projects exhibited at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition which took place at the RDS from January 9th -12th 2019. We extend a huge congratulations to our girls.

Lisa Ennis and Erin Heeney's project investigated "Attendance in a co-educational school or single sex school, which has the most significant impact on the anxiety levels of teenage girls?"

Emma Ham's project investigated  "Do people take care of objects better if they anthropomorphize them?"
Katie Reid, Ella Ravenhill and Roisin Mealiffe's project looked at "Does inequality in sport affect womens' attitude towards the game?"