Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan School Closure
There will be no school from Friday March 13th until Sunday April 19th inclusive as per the Government announcement concerning Covid-19. More details will following regarding State Examinations etc. 
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Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan Parents Association Tractor Run 2020 Postponed
Please note that the Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan Parents Association Tractor Run scheduled for April 4th 2020 has been postponed indefinitely. 
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, what an outstanding achievement. 
TY Mini Company - Pick it Up
This is a message from Pick It Up, calling out to all music lovers!...
We are a T.Y mini-company that have created a fun ukulele song and starter book called "Heartstrings". On the 12th of March, we will be competing in the Student Enterprise - Regional Finals and we would love your support! Our book is €20 and to customise and personalise, is €30. Follow us on Instagram @pick_it_up_ukulele or contact us - 2pickitup41@gmail.com

Thank You!
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.

School Sport Update
  • On February 27th our 1st Year Boys Basketball Team were beaten 39-15 by St. Finians Mullingar
  • On February 27th our 2nd Year Boys Basketball Team were beaten 25-24 in a fantastic game by St. Finians Mullingar
  • On February 24th our U14 Girls Football Team had a comprehensive win away to Athlone Community College.
  • On February 24th our 1st Year Boys Basketball Team defeated Ard Scoil Phadraig Granard 15-11
  • On February 24th our 2nd Year Boys Basketball Team were beaten 25-13 by Ard Scoil Phadraig Granard
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. 
School Sport Update
On February 12th our Athletics Team participated in the Leinster XC Championships at Santry Demense. Congratulations to our 1st Year Girls Team consisting of members Morgan Corcoran, Adele Geoghegan, Ellen Daly, Leah Geoghegan, Emma Murphy and Emma O'Brien who are now Leinster Team Cross-Country Champions. What a performance from the girls,what a huge achievement.
School Sport Update

Our 1st Year Boys Basketball Team and our 2nd Year Boys Basketball Team were victorious in their respective season opening games on February 5th. Our 1st Year Team beat Templemichael College 25-12, while our 2nd Year Team beat Templemichael College 25-18, both games were held in Mucklagh Community Centre. Well done boys on a great start to the season. 

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. 

School Sport Update

Well done to the U15 Girls soccer team who had a fantastic win over Columba College, Killucan on Monday February 3rd. The girls won on a comprehensive scoreline. Our team has completed all their matches and must now wait to see if they have made the divisional play-offs.

French Theatre

On January 30th, all Senior and Junior French students had the opportunity to attend French workshops in our school canteen. These workshops were organised by our French Department teachers. These highly entertaining events provided our students with the opportunity to develop their linguistic ability in a fun and unique setting, whereby our students were assigned various roles to play and tasks to achieve by the leaders of the workshops.

School Sport Update

Congratulations to our Junior Girls Football Team who have progressed to the semi-final of the North Leinster Championship after defeating Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise by one point on January 30th. The scoreline was 2-10 to 2-09. This is our team's third consecutive win by a one point margin which illustrates their commitment and will to win. Well done again to Ms. Daly, Mr. McGauran and the team.

Holocaust Education Trust Ireland Talk

On January 29th Tom Hanley from the HETI delivered a talk to all our TY and 5th Year students on the Holocaust Narrative. This talk coincides with the 75th memorial of the liberation of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Thanks very much to Tom for this informative talk. 

School Sport Update
  • On January 24th our U14 Girls Football Team (Panel 1) played Our Lady's Bower of Athlone in a trial match. It is great to see the huge number of girls that we have playing Gaelic Football at this age bracket. We have two separate panels at the moment. Well done to Ms. Daly and the girls.

  • On January 23rd our Athletics Team attended the North Leinster XC at Papal Cross. We had great success with Amy Geoghegan finishing 5th in the Intermediate Girls and Michael Murphy finishing 7th in the Senior Boys. Both have comfortably qualified for the Leinster Championships. Our First Year Girls Team consisting of members Morgan Corcoran, Adele Geoghegan, Ellen Daly, Leah Geoghegan, Emma Murphy and Emma O'Brien done exceptionally well and finished with a Silver medal in their Team Event.

 

  • Some photos of our U16 and U19 Girls Rugby Team at their Blitz on January 23rd
IMTA Maths Competition

On January 23rd our school sent three teams to an IMTA Junior Problem Solving Maths quiz held in Athlone Community College. Well done to each of our teams, especially to the team of Patrick Iskra, Odhran Gavigan, Barbara Ziarnowska, and Peter Clarke who finished in joint 3rd overall, and to the team of Brian Egan, Ella Casey, Alan Farrell, and Erin Guilfoyle who finished 4th overall.

TY Face The Phoenix
Congratulations to TY student Jason Fitzgerald who won the regional final of TY Face the Phoenix on January 22nd. Jason's business 'Happy Hooves' impressed the judges with its creativity, and Jason impressed with his effort and attention to detail. Jason received a trophy and won €500 for the school. Well done to Jason and to guiding teachers within our Business Department Ms. Stenson and Mr. O'Meara.
First Year Science
Pictured below are some of the 1 Green Science class with their class mascot, a cactus, which was kindly donated by a member of the class. The students have been tasked with the upkeep of the plant.
TY Student Enterprise
On Tuesday January 21st our TY Student groups attended a presentation delivered by Tom O'Donnell from Student Enterprise Ireland, informing them and supporting them in the creation of their mini-companies. Thanks a lot to Tom for his expertise.
Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge
On Tuesday January 21st, two 5th Year teams and one TY team represented our school at the 'Bank of Ireland Money Smarts Challenge' within the Westmeath/Longford region. The event was held at the Mullingar Park Hotel and our students performed very well on the day.
School Sport Update
  • Our Senior Boys Football Team were beaten 4-14 to 3-12 away to Boyne C.S. Trim in the North Leinster Championship on January 20th. We need to wait for other results to learn our faith.

 

  • Hard luck to our U17 Boys Soccer Team who were beaten in their League Semi-Final 3-1 on January 17th by St. Finian's Mullingar. The boys put in strong effort this year under the guidance of Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Duffy, it just was not to be on the day.

 

  • Congratulations to our Junior Girls Football Team and coaches Ms. Daly and Mr. McGauran after they defeated Oldcastle of Meath in the qualifying round of the North Leinster Championship on January 16th. Our girls won on a scoreline of 4-09 to 5-05. We now progress to the North Leinster quarter final.

 

  • Well done to the students who represented our school at the Westmeath U16 Badminton Championships at Wilsons Hospital Multyfarnham on January 16th. Thanks a lot to Ms. Mulligan and Mr. Minnock who accompanied our team. 
  • Hard luck to our U15 Boys Soccer Team who lost their League Semi-Final 3-1 on January 15th. We went 3-0 down in the first half against a strong breeze and just couldn't pull it back in the second. Our boys played well, with Josh Conroy netting our only goal of the game. We had further chances in the second half, the most notable of which saw Ryan Dennigan strike the crossbar. We were unlucky on the day, but all in all it was a decent campaign in a difficult division. Well done to Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Quinn, and the boys.

 

  • Commiserations to our U15 Girls Soccer Team who lost 3-0 to a strong Sacred Heart, Tullamore team on January 14th. A great effort was made by all.

 

  • Hark luck to our Junior Boys Hurling Team who were beaten in the North Leinster Championship Final by six points at the hands of Gallen C.S Ferbane on January 14th. The boys hurled well but the goals came at crucial times for Gallen. The boys have had a great year and have improved considerably thanks to the efforts of coaches Mr. Doyle and Mr. Minnock.
Petit-déjeuner français
On Thursday January 9th, Second Year French students enjoyed a French breakfast together in the canteen. This consisted of croissants, pain au chocolat, hot chocolate and orange juice, and students ordered their breakfast en français to practice vocabulary learned from studying French food.

BT Young Scientist 2020 

Well done to each student group and their teachers who represented our school at the 2020 BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS from January 8th to 11th. It was a highly eventful and exciting few days for our students and their projects received great recognition. Some of our students featured on RTÉ and Virgin Media news, on Facebook live broadcasts, and were pictured with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

Students: Lisa Ennis & Erin Heeney

Project Title: NCCA vs Students: Where is the Change?

Teacher: Ms. Daly

 

Student: Orna Kelly

Project Title: Goodbye Documentation, Hello Dramatisation

Teacher: Ms. S. Clarke

 

Students: Tiarnan Clarke MacMahon, Luke Seery & Owen Bagnall

Project Title: Fighting for Breath; Is the School Drop off Harmful to Student Health?

Teacher: Ms. S. Clarke

Parents Association Christmas Raffle Results 2019

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Christmas Holidays

Some of our teachers and SNA staff looking festive on the final school day before the Christmas break. Enjoy everybody.

International Students Exhibition

On December 19th our International students held an exhibition in our school canteen. Our First Year students were invited to the exhibition where they were presented with the opportunity to develop their cultural knowledge. Our teachers also had the opportunity to attend the exhibition, explore student heritage, and sample the cuisine. Seventeen nationalities were represented at the event and it was well organised by our student council and coordinating teacher Ms. Glynn. 

ASD Class Christmas Trip

On December 19th the students in our ASD Class visited Rock ‘N’ Bowl in Mullingar for their end of term trip. Our students were accompanied by Department Coordinator Mr. Donnelly, ASD Class teachers, and our school SNA’s. This was very much an action-packed and fun-filled day for our students.  Our students engaged in bowling and in various other arcade games and activities that Rock ‘N’ Bowl has to offer.

Sixth Year Christmas Breakfast

On December 18th our Sixth Year students were treated to a festive Christmas Breakfast. Each student brought in an item to contribute. It proved a thoroughly enjoyable morning, and a well-deserved one for our students. Well done to the Sixth Year committee that facilitated the event and to teachers Ms. Daly and Ms. E.Clarke for their organisation, contribution, and assistance. 

AIT Indoor Athletics Day

On December 17th our Junior Athletics team attended the indoor Athletics event held in AIT. Events on the day included the 60M, 200M, 800M, 4X200M Relay, Shot Put, and Long Jump for both boys and girls. Our team collected a huge medal haul and done our school proud. A fun-filled day was had by our team. 

Third Year Ice Skating

On December 13th our Third Year students travelled to Blanchardstown for some Ice Skating. Our students really enjoyed the trip as it provided them with a well-deserved break from their studies. Our Third Year students have worked hard this term in preparation for their mock examinations and beyond, so this trip came at a great time for them.  Our students also got the opportunity to shop in Blanchardstown shopping centre. 

Transition Year Skiing and Ice Skating

On December 12th our TY students engaged in Winter sport as they travelled to Kiltiernan for some skiing and also to Dundrum Town Centre for some Ice Skating. Our students really enjoyed both activities. The activities provided great fun and memorable bonding moments for our students and their friends. There was also time for our students to explore Dundrum Town Centre for some festive shopping. 

Christmas Caroling

On December 11th and 12th our Music students, accompanied by our Music teachers, got in the Christmas spirit and visited Tyrrellspass nursing home and Golden Island Shopping Centre respectively to perform Christmas carols. Our talented group impressed at both locations and contributed to the festive atmosphere. Well done to all involved. 

School Sport Update

  • Our Junior Boys Hurling Team have progressed to the North Leinster Final after defeating Athboy 2-13 to 0-09 on December 19th. Our lads will face Gallen C.S of Offaly in January
  • Our Junior Boys Football Team have been eliminated from the Championship after a six-point defeat to Ballymahon VS on December 16th. The boys put in a huge effort this year along with their coaches. It just was not to be this time around
  • Our Senior Boys Football Team drew their opening encounter in the North Leinster B Football Championship 1-13 to 1-13 against Scoil Dara Kilcock, Kildare on December 13th. Our lads will progress to the knock-out phase with a win in their second game which takes place in January
  • Our Second Year Boys Football Team were beaten in the quarter-final of the championship away to Mercy Ballymahon on December 12th
  • Our Junior Boys Football Team beat Mercy Ballymahon 1-20 to 1-07 in their second group game of the championship on December 11th. Our boys are now back on track and will progress to the knock-out phase with a win in their final group game. Well done to Mr. Duffy, Mr. Flynn and the boys
  • Our U16 Boys Rugby Team were beaten in the cup semi-final 30-10 by St. Mary's Edenderry on December 10th. The game was played in terrible weather conditions but we started relatively well. We were in a good position at half-time as we only trailed by 7 after playing against a strong wind. However Edenderry finished the stronger on the day as we didn't make use of a strong wind advantage in the second half. Well done to the boys and to Mr. Corrigan for making great strides this year. There is plenty to build on with this group of players moving forward
  • Our Senior Boys Soccer Team drew 1-1 away to Mercy Ballymahon on December 9th

German at Mercy Kilbeggan

Our German students celebrated German feast day 'Nikolaustag' on December 6th. Also, hard luck to our German debating team who were defeated by St. Finian's Mullingar on November 29th. Our team was captained by Orna Kelly, and featured Max Mohan, Lara Henshaw and Geri O'Brien. The chairperson for the debate was Brian Egan. Lauryn McDonnell, Ella Casey, Brian MacMahon, Alex Gorsa and Emma Foyle were the additional team members. 

6th Year A.g Science

Our 6th Year A.g Science class visited Coorevin Farm, Borrisokane on December 5th. Farmer Pádraig Moran showed the students around his farm and talked to them about farm enterprise. Thanks to Pádraig for a great tour and an informative talk which will help our students complete their 25% project.

School Sport Update

  • Commiserations to our U16 Boys Basketball team as they were beaten in the Leinster district final on December 4th by Portlaois. The boys had an excellent year and played some great basketball throughout, our shots just did not fall in the final. With all except two squad members underage next year we will bounce back. 
  • Hard luck to our Junior Boys Football Team who lost out in their first round of Championship game against Leinster Junior Championship holders Cnoc Mhuire Granard on December 3rd. The lads put in a good performance and have two big games in the next two weeks which will decide if they progress. A sincere thank you from the boys to Centra Kilbeggan for kindly sponsoring their training tops
  • Our U15 Girls Soccer Team beat Wilson's Hospital of Multyfarnham 5-0 in their game on December 2nd

Amy Geoghegan Qualifies for Ireland U16 A Athletics Team

Third Year Student Amy Geoghegan ran in the National U16 Cross Country All Ireland's on Sunday November 24th. She ran a fantastic race and finished a brilliant 6th place gaining her an individual medal.  She also was the first Leinster girl home and the Leinster team also won silver. The icing on the cake is that Amy has qualified to represent Ireland as part of the Irish A team in the Celtic Cross Country which takes place in Stirling Scotland on January 11th which will see Ireland, N. Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales compete. Amy will have her name on the roll of honour board in her club and will soon be getting her Ireland gear to wear. All all Mercy Kilbeggan would like to congratulate Amy on this fantastic achievement. 

Albha Oman's Repunzel Foundation Donation and Irish Cancer Society Fundraiser

A message from our Sixth Year Student Albha Oman:
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"On Saturday November 23rd I cut 18 inches off my hair and I donated it to the Repunzel Foundation. They make wigs for people who unfortunately cannot grow their hair because of cancer treatment or other medical reasons. My hair has given me great confidence over the years and it was time to pass that confidence on to some else. Hopefully my hair will make it a little easier for someone to smile through the tough times. The money I raised is being given to the Irish Cancer Society who are continuously researching cancer and cancer treatments."
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All at Mercy Kilbeggan would like to commend Albha for this incredible gesture, which typifies the spirit, character and good nature she has exhibited throughout her six years here with us. Well done Albha!

Wrafter Family Band and Friends of Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan Concert

On Wednesday November 21st and Thursday November 22nd, The Wrafter Family Band and Friends of Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan performed at two sold-out fundraising concerts in the Tuar Árd in Moate. All proceeds from both concerts are going towards the Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan New School Fund. The level of musical talent on show was truly remarkable and the audience were treated to memorable musical entertainment. The concert was headlined by the Wrafter Family Band, and also featured performances from current and past pupils of our school. A huge thank you must be extended to the Wrafter Family Band, all additional performers, all at the Tuar Árd in Moate, the Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan Parents association, and to all members of the audience for their support. Also thank you to our school Music Department teachers for their great work in developing such musical talent. The contributions of the aforementioned are greatly appreciated by our school. 

School Sport Update 

  • Our U16 Boys Basketball Team have progressed to the Leinster League District Final after defeating Borrisokane CC 32-18 in the semi-final on November 22nd
  • Our U16 Boys Rugby Team won 17-5 in Drogheda on November 21st. Our boys remain unbeaten. Well done to Mr. Corrigan and the boys
  • Our Senior Girls Camogie Team drew their final game of the season away to St. Mary's Edenderry on November 21st. The final score was Mercy Kilbeggan 0-08, St. Mary's Edenderry 2-02. Thanks a lot to Ms. Raymond and Mr. Minnock for the huge effort which they have put in with Senior Camogie this year
  • Our Second Year Boys Football Team were beaten by six points by Boyne C.S on November 19th. Our boys still progress to the knock-out phase based on previous results

Soroptomists Public Speaking Competition 

Marianna Kalocsai, Rosemary Midonga, and Michaela Cox participated in the local heat of the Soroptomists Public Speaking Competition in Mullingar on November 19th. The girls are pictured below with their certificates and gifts from Soroptomists International Mullingar. Our very own Michaela Cox was the winner on the night. Michaela has qualified to represent the school at the regional final in Drogheda in January. She spoke on the subject of Education: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Well done to Michaela, Marianna, Rosemary, and their guiding teacher Ms. Glynn.

Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan Open Night 2019

Our Open Night held on November 14th was a huge success. It was great to see all the Sixth Class students and their families exploring our school and meeting our students. There was a family-like atmosphere on the night and that truly reflects what school-life is like at Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan. 

Carlow IT Open Day Schools' Debating Competition 

Well done to Orna Kelly and Aoibhe Cusack who represented our school at the Carlow IT Open Day Debating Competition on November 14th. 

Face the Phoenix 

Pictured below are the Mercy Kilbeggan Transition Year students who took part in the Face the Phoenix competition organised by Tullamore Credit Union. Each Transition Year mini-company group was interviewed about their new Business and will now be given the opportunity to sell their products on the 30th of November at a trade fair arranged by Tullamore Credit Union. Each group also received €25. Well done to each mini-company on their progress so far and thanks to our teachers within the Business Department. 

Team Hope ShoeBox Appeal

Mercy Kilbeggan is supporting Team Hope's Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. The Christmas Shoe Box Appeal sends thousands of gift-filled shoe boxes to children in Africa and Eastern Europe. The children who will receive our shoe boxes are affected by poverty in different ways. Many come from families with very little income, others live on the margins of society or in areas affected by conflict. These shoe boxes can bring joy and excitement to children living in often very difficult situations. Well done to our students, our Religion Department and thanks to all who donated to this great cause. 

Soccer

Our U15 Boys Soccer Team bounced back from a heavy defeat last week with a 4-2 victory over St. Josephs Rochfortbridge on November 11th. In an exciting game Joseph Adegbore bagged an excellent hat-trick while Jamie McDonnell grabbed a fourth for us ten minutes from time. 

Junior Boys Football Gear

Pictured below is the Junior Boys Football squad, with coaches Mr. Duffy and Mr. Flynn. The team recently got new shorts, socks and gloves, and were assisted by a generous donation from Daru School Uniforms. The boys would like to express their thanks for the donation received.

 

Fifth Year A.g Science Trip

On November 7th the Fifth Year A.g Science class visited Kiernan Milling in Granard for a tour of the mill. It is one of the biggest mills in Ireland and our group got an insight into the labs, animal nutrition, and the manufacturing and packing process. A great day was had by all. 

School Sport Update

  • Our Junior Girls Football Team beat Cnoc Mhuire Granard 3-10 to 3-9 on November 8th. Well done to Ms. Daly and the girls
  • Unfortunately our Senior Boys Hurling Team have been eliminated from the Championship after a six-point defeat to Castlepollard C.C in Mullingar on November 8th
  • Our u17 Boys Soccer Team won their first game of their league campaign on November 7th. The boys beat Mullingar C.C. 3-2 in tough conditions at Gainestown. We took the lead early on through a Padraig Carton header. We doubled our lead on the stroke of half-time when Joseph Adegbore rounded the keeper to slot home. The second half didn't start as planned and we conceded from a penalty and a free kick in quick succession. Our boys showed great courage and composure to pick themselves up and with 10 minutes to play Padraig Carton netted the winner, and his second of the game.
  • Our Senior Boys Football Team beat Cross and Passion Kilcullen in a challenge game on November 6th at St. Lomans Mullingar.

Transition Year First Aid Workshop

A huge thank you must be extended to Frankie Wright and his team from Lilliput Adventure Centre for delivering a First Aid Workshop to our TY students on November 6th. The students are thankful for receiving this potentially life-saving information.

Irish Quiz

Two teams from our school partook in an Irish Quiz in Moate C.S on November 5th. Isabell Hayden, Rachel Maxwell, Aideen Cullen and Sophie Bracken made up one team while the team of Stephanie Scally, Leah Carroll, Ríona Egan and Nikola Wesolwska finished 5th overall.

Junior Boys Hurling

On November 5th our Junior Boys Hurling team won their Region Final against Castlepollard C.C on a scoreline of 7-11 to 5-12. Congratulations to Mr. Doyle, Mr. Minnock and the boys. We now progress in the North Leinster Championship.

Fancy Dress Day

On October 25th there was a 'Freaky Friday' fancy dress day organised by our school's Student Council. Each student was encouraged to express their creativity in their chosen costume. All funds generated will be going to Temple Street Children's Hospital. Well done to the Student Council and all our students. 

School Sport Update

  • Our Senior and Junior Girls Rugby teams had a blitz in Mullingar on October 24th. Our Senior Girls played 3 games, finishing with a record of 1W, 1D, 1L. Our Junior Girls played 4 games, winning 2 and losing 2. 
  • Our U16 and U19 Boys Basketball Teams beat Templemichael College in their respective games on October 24th. Both of our teams now progress to the semi-final of their Leinster District competition. Our U16 team won 30-16, whilst our U19 team won on a scoreline of 45-35.

BT Young Scientist 2020 

Three projects have qualified from our school for the 2020 BT Young Scientist Exhibition, taking place at the RDS from January 8th to 11th 2020. Best of luck to each group and their respective teacher in their preparations.

Students: Lisa Ennis & Erin Heeney

Project Title: NCCA vs Students: Where is the Change?

Teacher: Ms. Daly

 

Student: Orna Kelly

Project Title: Goodbye Documentation, Hello Dramatisation

Teacher: Ms. S. Clarke

 

Students: Tiarnan Clarke MacMahon, Luke Seery & Owen Bagnall

Project Title: Fighting for Breath; Is the School Drop off Harmful to Student Health?

Teacher: Ms. S. Clarke

Hamlet

On October 22nd our Sixth Years visited Athlone, accompanied by their English teachers, to view the play Hamlet. Hamlet is the chosen single text which our students are studying for their Leaving Certificate examination. The trip will help to inform and inspire their writing and scaffold their responses within single text questions. 

 

Soccer

Our U15 Boys Soccer Team were beaten 4-1 by a strong Athlone C.C. Team in the Cup on October 22nd. We took the lead after 5 minutes, after a whipped cross from Ryan Dennigan was turned into his own net by an Athlone C.C. defender. Our boys worked hard for the remainder of the game but Athlone C.C. proved to be the stronger team on the day. The attention of our team now turns to the league and the lads will work hard under the guidance of Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Quinn to build on this performance.

Wellbeing Week 

From Monday October 14th to Friday October 18th was Wellbeing week at Mercy Kilbeggan. Events organised by our schools Wellbeing committee were conducted throughout the week to support the holistic Wellbeing of our students. Examples of which include; Sixth Year Yoga, Hot Chocolate, First Year Movie, In-Class Meditations, and our TY 'Cyclothon'. Attached below are images from the TY 'Cyclothon', the First Year Movie, Sixth Year Yoga, and Wellbeing Art work.

TY Bake-Off

On October 18th our TY students participated in a Bake-Off competition organised by our school Home Economics Department. Well done to all on their culinary creations and thanks to Ms. Relihan and Ms. Stenson of our Home Economics Department. 

Lough Boora Parklands Cycling & Orienteering

On October 16th all TY students travelled to Lough Boora Parklands on a Physical Education trip. The weather was perfect for occasion and each student engaged in Cycling and Orienteering. Students cycled the 15.8 km Turraun Trail and engaged in 'Selfie Orienteering' on Lough Boora Grounds. A great day was had by all. Thanks to Pat Barrett and his team at Lough Boora for their hospitality. 

German Debating

Congratulations to our German Debating team consisting of students Lauryn McDonnell, Alex Gorsa, Max Mohan, Ciara Gately, Brian McMahon, Orna Kelly and Brian Egan for their victory away to Presentation College Tuam on October 14th. Well done to team mentor Ms. Corcoran also. 

School Sport Update

  • Our Junior Boys Hurling Team beat Moate C.S. by 3 points and Marist College by 2 points in their blitz games on October 18th. We now progress to play Castlepollard C.C. in the Regional Final
  • Our Senior Boys Football Team were comprehensive winners against Gallen C.S. on October 17th at 5pm in Pullough. A match where 33 players from our squad saw game time, proved to be a good run out for our boys
  • Our First Year Boys Gaa Team, coached by Mr. Hagan and Mr. O'Carroll won one and were beaten in two games at their first blitz of the year on October 17th. There were plenty of positives to build on for the boys
  • Our Senior Girls Camogie team beat Castlepollard C.C by 4 points on October 15th. Well done to Ms. Raymond, Mr. Minnock and the girls
  • Our u17 Boys Soccer Team were beaten 5-3 in the Cup against a strong Portlaoise team on October 14th. The lads showed great promise in their first outing of the season and things are looking promising for the league campaign under the guidance of Mr. Donnelly and Mr. Duffy
  • Our Senior Boys Soccer Team beat Moate C.S 4-3 on October 11th
  • Our U15 Girls Soccer Team were beaten away to Killina on October 11th
  • Our Senior Boys Hurling Team won by a large margin against Tullamore College in the second round of the Championship on October 10th
  • Our Senior Girls Team were beaten by 2 points against Moyne C.S. in the second round of the Championship on October 10th
  • Our U16 Boys Rugby Team won their game against St. Mary's Edenderry 17-5 on October 10th
  • Our U16 Boys Basketball Team were beaten by Roscommon CBS on a scoreline of 20-14 in the second round of the League on October 8th
  • Our Junior Girls Football Team won their opening Championship fixture 4-6 to 3-5 away to St. Finians Mullingar on October 8th
  • Our Junior Boys Football Team were comprehensive winners in their challenge game against Banagher College on October 7th

The Burren 

Our Sixth Year Geography class visited the Burren on a Geography class field trip on October 8th. The trip has provided some valuable insights on key curricular areas for our students as they prepare themselves for the Leaving Certificate Geography examination. 

 

Junior Cert Results Day 

There was great excitement on the morning of October 4th as Junior Cert results day had finally arrived. Students received their results at 9.30am from principal Mr. Farrell and deputy principal Ms. Gallen. All students were pleased with their results. The hard work has paid off. Congratulations to all, and thank you to all teachers for their continued dedication and support of this group of students. 

European Day of Languages 

To celebrate the European Day of Languages, the MFL department held an afternoon of language themed tasks. Transition Year students led First Years in a range of fun language activities including memory games, fun fact finding, learning to write 'hello' in different languages and a quiz. Overall it was a great success in promoting the importance of language learning and we all look forward to it being even bigger and better next year!

School Golf

On October 4th our school Golf Team got together for the first time this school year, at New Forest Estate driving range.

School Sport Update

  • Our Senior Hurling Team were comprehensive winners in their first round of Championship game against Mountmellick C.C. on October 3rd
  • Our U16 Boys Basketball Team beat Ardscoil Phadraig Granard 28-26 in the first round of the League on October 2nd
  • Our U19 Boys Basketball Team beat Ardscoil Phadraig Granard 30-19 in the first round of the League on October 2nd
  • Our Juvenile Boys Football Team beat Ardscoil Rathangan by 1 point in their first outing of the season on October 2nd
  • Our Senior Boys Football Team beat Moate C.S. 2-14 to 2-10 in the second round of the Senior A League on October 1st. Our boys now sit on two wins from two games and have advanced as winners of their group
  • Our Senior Girls Football Team were beaten in their opening Championship fixture away to Athlone C.C on September 30th

Junk Kouture Materials Drive

Please donate any unwanted Coffee Pods or Netting for TY 2019-2020 Junk Kouture Projects. Donated items can be brought to school and placed into the donation boxes in the canteen. Thank you in advance.

Pope John Paul II Knock Trip

On September 27th the seven students in our school who recently received a Gold Medal in the Pope John Paul II Awards visited Knock. They were accompanied by some of their friends, Ms. Kelly and Mr. Prendergast of our Religion Dept., and Sr. Sacred Heart. A huge thank you must be extended to Ms. Kelly and Mr. Prendergast for their dedication and work with this group. A great day was had by all at Knock. 

Boys Rugby

Our U16 Boys Rugby Team were victorious in all three of their opening Blitz games on September 26th. Well done to Mr. Corrigan and the boys.

Westmeath Schools Cross-Country Running Championships 2019

The Mercy Kilbeggan Athletics Team had an excellent day out at Belvedere House for the 2019 Westmeath Cross-Country Running Championships on September 25th. Our students performed extremely well and it was our best team display at the meet in years. Some of our notable finishes included: 

Four top-seven finishes in the First Year Girls 1000m, with Adele Geoghegan finishing 2nd, Leah Geoghegan finishing 3rd, Morgan Corcoran finishing 4th and Ellen Daly finishing 7th. All eight of our runners positioned in the top 17. Excellent from the girls.

Three top-five finishes in the Second Year Girls 1500m with Georgia Young finishing 3rd, Trasa Bracken finishing 4th and Sinead Bracken finishing 5th.

Shane Corcoran was 2nd in the Second Year Boys 2000m.

Amy Geoghegan was 2nd in the Third Year Girls 2000m.

David Maloney was 5th in the Third Year Boys 3000m.

Michael Murphy was 1st in the Senior Boys 3000m, with Darragh Seery finishing 4th, Phelim Brady finishing 7th and Mark Wrafter finishing 9th. 

Well done to the entire team on the great display in tough conditions. 

Girls Rugby

On September 24th our Junior and Senior Girls teams attended their first blitz of the year. Both teams wore our brand school Rugby kit. Our Junior team played some great Rugby, winning three games, drawing one, and losing two. Our Senior team also played very well at times, winning two games and they were beaten in three. It is still early in the season and the girls will build on this opening day performance by working on aspects in training. Well done to the girls, to mentors Mr. Corrigan and Ms. Corcoran, and assistant Wesley Redding.

Higher Options at RDS

On September 20th all Sixth Year students attended the Higher Options expo at the RDS. The Higher Options expo is held each year by The Irish Times and gives educational and career advice to anyone who's searching for it. Our Leaving Cert students were presented with the opportunity to get the low down on everything from college courses to the CAO, and other aspects such as the Debs. The event has been a must for students over the last number of years.

Girls Sport

There were well over 50 school girls out training for Cadette/Senior Basketball and U15 Soccer on the spectacular evening of Thursday September 19th. Keep up the great work girls, and well done to team mentors Ms. Relihan / Ms. Breathnach (Girls Basketball) and Mr. Stobie / Morris Colton (Girls Soccer). 

All-Ireland Camogie Success 

On September 12th three panel members from the victorious Westmeath team who recently won the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship paid our students a visit, bringing with them the cup that past pupil and captain Mairead McCormack lifted in Croke Park. Congratulations to the Intermediate team and thanks for the visit. It will inspire the students in our school. 

Transition Year Drumming Workshop 

On September 11th all Transition Year students, within their respective class groups, engaged in a Drumming Workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Kieran Gallagher of Kada Ka Boom Arts. Students were exposed to several percussion instruments and had the opportunity to put together and perform different collective music pieces. A fun time was had by all. 

Pope John Paul II Gold Medal Awards 2019

Congratulations to seven students from our school who were recently awarded with seven Pope John Paul II Gold Medals for their voluntary work over the past year. These awards were presented to our students by Bishop Thomas Deenihan at 8.00pm Mass in St. James's Church Kilbeggan on Saturday September 7th 2019. This was a magnificent reflection on the kind and giving nature of these students, their teachers and their families. There were seven other silver and bronze medals presented on the night to students from other schools in the Diocese of Meath. The students from Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan were Stephanie Scally, Aideen Teehan, Brian Walsh, Kevin Walsh, Lorraine Egan, Mairead Corcoran and Joanne Whaley. Full credit and thanks must go to Ms. Kelly and Mr. Prendergast of our Religion Department for organising this programme within our school. 

Transition Year Lilliput Trip

On September 5th all Transition Year students went to Lilliput Adventure Centre for an Outdoor Adventure bonding day. Our students were given the opportunity to partake in Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Bog Hopping and more. It was a great way for our Transition Year class of 19/20 to start off their year and it enabled our students, in a fun environment, to establish additional friendships within their relatively new class groups.