Mercy Kilbeggan 'News and Views'

Link to the February 2019 Issue of our school newsletter

Mercy Kilbeggan News and Views: Issue 1

Irish Angus Producer Group Competition Final

Pictured below are Transition Year students Harry Murphy, Sophie Bracken, Ella Ravenhill, Aideen Cullen and Adam McGoldrick. They represented Mercy Kilbeggan in the final of the Irish Angus Producer Group Competition in Croke Park on March 14th. A huge congratulations must be extended to the group and their TY Science teacher Mr. Earley. They have put in huge work on their Farm Safety project in recent weeks which is evident in the quality of their Croke Park display. 

Girls Rugby

Our Junior and Senior girls rugby teams have progressed to the Leinster Cup finals which are being held in Donnybrook on March 21st. Both of our teams finished second in their respective groups at the qualifying tournament held in Edenderry R.F.C on March 13th. The groups consisted of teams from Mercy Kilbeggan, Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Edenderry, St. Brendan's Birr, and Killina. The girls were also presented medals, highlighting their success in the qualifiers. Well done to the girls and coaches Mr. Corrigan, Ms. Raymond and Jonah O'Keefe. 

Boys Rugby

Our First and Second Year boys rugby team were victorious in all three of their blitz games against Moate CS, Athlone CC and St. Finian's of Mulligar on March 12th. We played some excellent rugby on the day and fully deserved the three victories. The boys are developing very well under the guidance of Mr. Corrigan and Fifth Year student Jonah O'Keefe, as rugby continues to grow in our school. Well done boys! 

Tractor Run Launch

Pictured at the Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan Parents Association Tractor Run Launch were Adam McGoldrick, Wesley Redding, Garrett Farrell, Patricia Boyle, Kieran Mohan, Elizabeth Redding, Bernadette Gallen, Ellen Feerey and Megan Daly. Entry forms are available at the school and all information is provided on the poster in the 'Parents Portal' section to the left of this web-page.

Caith Amach É

Tá seachtain na Gaeilge á cheiliúradh againn i Meánscoil an Chlochair faoi láthair. Dé Céadaoin, an 6ú lá de mhí Márta, tháinig an compántás drámaíochta “High Rock Productions” go Cill Bheagáin lena seó “Caith Amach É!” atá bunaithe ar shraith pictiúir na hArdteiste. Bhain na daltaí fíor-thaitneamh as agus is fíor é a rá go raibh siad sna tríthí gáire sa cheaintín an lá sin. Táthar ag súil go gcabhróidh sé go mór le muintir na 6ú Bliana cuimhneamh ar na sraith pictiúir sa bhéaltriail i gceann cupla seachtain. Beir bua is beannacht.

Tá roinnt maith imeachtaí eagraithe dúinn i Meánscoil an Chlochair do sheachtain na Gaeilge. Beimid ag tosnú ar an Luan, 11ú Márta. “Beatha Teanga í a labhairt”.

 German Debating

Our German debating team were victorious in their debate against Ardscoil Mhuire, Co. Galway on Wednesday March 6th. They are now in the semi-final of the national German debating competition. Congratulations to Emma Ham, Aideen Tehan, Rachel Flynn and Linards Uerts for an excellent performance and well done to Ms von den Driesch, who coaches the team.

 PE Xpo 2019

On March 6th four TY student groups travelled to DCU to exhibit their projects at the PE Xpo for 2019. The PE Xpo is a competition that examines the science behind sport, and student groups are presented with the opportunity to present sport and Physical Education related projects. Well done to our students, who were guided by Miss. Daly. 

Brian Walsh, Dylan Kilroe and Wesley Redding explored 'The Relationship Between Epilepsy and Sport'

Darragh Seery and Alex Egan's project investigated 'The Importance of Nutrition for Teenagers in Sport'.

Eabha Cassidy, Jessica Maloney and Erin Heeney's project was entitled 'Which Type of Training will Improve Fitness Levels of First Year Students'.

Roisin Mealiff, Ellan Ravenhill and Katie Reid investigated 'Does Inequality in Sport Affect Women's Attitudes Towards the Game'  

 Fifth Year Engineering

On March 5th, Fifth Year Engineering students visited TEG Mullingar, accompanied by their Engineering teacher Mr. Corrigan and Engineering teacher Mr. Lynch. Our students benefited greatly from visiting the specialist engineering services company and were provided with valuable insights into working within the engineering sector. 

 First Year Boys Soccer

On March 4th our First Year boys were victorious in their highly anticipated Soccer Final vs St. Finian's of Mullingar at Gainestown. Our lads were defeated earlier in the season by St. Finian's, so a complete performance would be required on final day. The boys delivered, performing exceptionally well from 1 to 11, and won the game 3-2 after extra-time. Our goals were scored by Dylan Franzoni, Shane Corcoran and Captain Cillian Rochford netted the winner in added time.  Congratulations to the boys and well done to Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Quinn, our Junior Boys Soccer coaches.

 Rosemary Midonga Qualifies for Action Aid Speech Competition Final

Rosemary Midonga has successfully qualified for the Action Aid Speech Competition Final taking place on March 20th at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. Rosemary’s work stood out from over 150 entrants to progress to the final, with students entering from over 50 schools. She is one of ten finalists who will perform their speech on finals day.

Action Aid created the competition to provide a platform for young people to offer their contribution to achieve gender equality. Two winning students will travel to Greece this summer where they will have the opportunity to see Action Aids work first-hand.

Congratulations and best of luck to Rosemary. A thank you must also be extended to Rosemary’s English teacher Mr. Flynn, and Ms. Glynn for their assistance and guidance throughout the process.

U14 Girls Football

On March 1st our U14 girls had their first championship game of the season away to Athlone C.C. The game was played in the driving rain, and the result just didn't go our way on this occasion. Our girls can build on this performance for future games. 

First Year Boys Basketball

On February 28th our First Year boys had their first win of the season in a low scoring contest against Moyne C.S. at Mucklagh Community Centre. The squad is pictured below with Fifth Year students and assistant coaches Conor Carroll and Jonah O'Keefe.

Tuar Ard and Dún Na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park

On February 28th our Transition Year students, accompanied by their English teachers, travelled to the Tuar Ard in Moate to view a stand-up comedy performance. Time was also spent at Dún Na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park in Moate. The trip was arranged by our English department.

Student Enterprise County Final

On February 28th three Transition Year mini-company groups took part in the Westmeath county finals in Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone. Well done to the our teams 'Bake My Way', 'Soap 'n' Suds' and 'Scrabble Frames' who worked very hard in the run up to the final.

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.