Feis Winners

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Winners Alright!!

Congratulations to Junior Infants

Bobby Gordon, Liam Gillen, Amyleigh McGoldrick and Daniel Murray and Jamie Kelly who won first second third and 2 highly commended at Feis Ceoil 2017

Ruairi Sheerin in Senior Infants and Megan McLoughlin of First Class won third and second and finally Ruadhan Sheerin in third class took home silver for the Mercy Primary School!!

The judge was very impressed with all of you …amazing achievements from all of our fantastic little orators !!

Planting in 6th Class

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Ms. Donohoe’s 6th Class planted the runner beans and carrots they had planted as seeds in pots a few weeks ago in our new school polytunnel this morning.


Aistear the Vets learning through play

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The boys and girls in Junior Infants are busy working and learning as much as they can about the vets these days! We have a fully functional vets surgery in the classroom and we get to play in groups everyday there! Everyone gets to take turns at being a vet, a receptionist , a pet owner or a vet’s nurse! We love to play and we are learning so much!!

    The Vets Surgery RolePlay area

Amazing what books you find in the waiting room!!


Treating an unfortunate puppy!

Making fast wheels for hamsters !!



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FAI 5-a-side Tournament

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Well done to all the boys from 4th and 6th class who participated in the FAI 5-a-side tournament at the Showgrounds recently. The boys competed very well in all their games and can be very proud of their performance. Well done boys!

Chess Tournament

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Ms. Donohoe’s 6th Class and Ms. Byrne’s 6th Class have been learning how to play chess this year. Chess can improve problem-solving skills in children. Today, they participated in a chess tournament with childen from other schools. Well Done to them all.


Attendance Reward

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As a reward for excellent attendance during the term, 6th Class really enjoyed their time on the Bouncy  Castle. Well done to all!

Senior Infants visited the well pet hospital.

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Miss Murphy and her 24 aspiring vets had the pleasure of visiting the well pet hospital.

A huge thank you to Darren, Susi and all their team who gave us such a huge warm welcome.

So here we are waiting to go in.

The reception area at the well pet hosital.

We listened to the receptionist take all the important details of pet and the injuries.

They even have a junior vet clinic. We had great fun in this area.

Some of us sat in the cat waiting area. They keep the cats and dogs in different areas…just incase!

Here is Darren, in the Dog Waiting area with a patient and their owner. We hope this dog is better soon. He was so well behaved.

We got to listen to Chewy’s heartbeat. It sounded “kinda weird” according to this young “vet”!

Chewy was in the dog’s consulation room. The cats have their own consultation room.

There were no cats in the surgery when we arrived so we used a toy one.

We saw the pre theatre/treatment room. In this room, the pets are prepared for theatre or procedures are carried out. They even had a bath for the pets!

Darrren showed us some of the equipment that he uses.

Next it was off to the operating theatre.

We got to see the X-ray machine and try on the lead gloves! They were just a bit heavy.


we meet 3 dogs who had to stay over night in the vets. They were very happy to see us.

This is the cat ward. They have different doors on their crates than the dogs.

Do you know why? We do!


Thank you to all at the well pet hospital who gave the children a wonderful experience at the pet hospital today. It is something they will remember for ever.



April 2017

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Message from Principal,

We are at the end of our second term and as you can see it has been a very busy time here in Our Lady of Mercy. Children have been engaged in wonderful activities involving, Feis, Sport and Gardening. I would like to send you all best wishes for an enjoyable Easter break.

Marguerite Stenson.
Please note school closes at 12.00 Noon tomorrow Friday for the Easter Holidays. All children can wear their own clothes on this day.
The Department of Education & Skills are introducing a new Language Programme to all Primary Schools. Teachers will receive training for this programme on Wednesday 3rd May. The school will be closed on this date.
In line with recent years we have had another huge enrolment for Junior Infants which is indicative of the high esteem the school is held in. We hope the new pupils and their parents enjoyed their visit to the school and look forward to meeting them again in the coming months.
The bay area in front of the school is not a parking or “set-down” area. It is reserved solely for the use of the taxis and buses for the children in The Autism classes. Please respect our children’s safety by observing this rule.
First Confession for 2nd classes took place in St. Annes Church on 23rd March @ 7.00pm. We ask you to especially remember these children and their families in your prayers at this very significant time in their lives. Thank you to Ms. Flynn & Ms. Rolston and the S.N.As. for preparing the children so well.
The Confirmation candidates participated in the Ceremony of Light Service in St. Anne’s Church last night. They were joined by their parents, family members and sponsors. Well done to all who took part and a special word of thanks to Fr. Steve for the beautiful service.
A successful Seachtain na Gaeilge was held in our school. Thank you to Ms. McGettrick for providing Irish dancing classes and to Mr. Connolly for Gaelic training sessions. Comhghairdeas to all our winners especially our Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine Andrea Lee Andal (Mr. O’Hara’s class) and Róisín Van Aswegen (Ms. Flynn’s class).
The Senior Infants have been very busy in their Veterinary Surgery this term. Ms. Murphy’s class will be visiting the Well Pet Hospital to meet Darren the Vet and see him at work.
ENGINEERS WEEK: (There are lots of budding engineers in Our Lady of Mercy!!!).
Many classes took part during Engineers Week in March. Classes attended an Engineering Show in Sligo I.T. Some participated in a live online chat with an engineer based in Dublin and other classes carried out engineering activities in their classrooms. There was some great planning, designing and building which can be seen on the school blog.
The Tin Whistle band from 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes performed in Feis Shligigh last Sunday. They played 2 lovely tunes called Out in the Ocean and The Kerry Polka. They played the tunes beautifully and were delighted to receive 1st place. They all received a medal and a shield that will be displayed in Reception. Thanks to Seamus McCormack for teaching them tin-whistle every Monday. Well done to all.
Congratulations to Bobby Armstrong, Lexie-Leigh Regan, Angelo Jimenez, Grace Tiernan & Grace McMorrow who all received medals at the recent prize giving ceremony of Feis Ceoil Art competition.
Members of the choir are tuning up for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion. We began our rehearsals this week in preparation for our accompaniment at Confirmation and we are looking forward to as many children as possible joining us for Communion also.
Community Games Choir: 20 Children have put their names forward for the Community Games Choir. Rehearsals for this will begin after Easter, after school time. Keep an eye out for notes in the school bag regarding this.
It has arrived! We are delighted to welcome a new addition to our school grounds. It is fantastic to see children beavering away and improving their gardening skills in our brand new polytunnel.

Good Luck to the children in 6th class who are taking part in a major Chess Tournament in The Clayton Hotel on Friday.

Table Quiz:

Children from 6th class participated in the annual Cumann na mBunscol table quiz in Collooney on February 28th. Well done to Callum, Cameron, Failenn, Áine, Faye, Trinity, Elijah and Erin.
5- a-Side:
On the 29th March boys and girls from 4th, 5th & 6th Classes took part in a 5-a-Side Soccer Blitz held in the Showgrounds. Both teams played four matches and did very well.
Cumann na mBunscol::
Dylan Streete and Failenn McLoughlin represented our school in the Cumann na mBunscol placekicking competition recently. They were both placed 4th in the county and displayed huge skill and accuracy with their scoring.

After Easter we are lucky to have Darragh Healy from Sligo Rovers FC to come in to work with 5th & 6th classes to deliver fun football sessions and interactive classroom based sessions on nutrition, racism, SRFC and local football teams. We are really looking forward to the 7 week programme.

HSCL (Home School Community Liaison): Contact Person: Sarah Jane Lewis 085 1583953.
If you are interested in any of the following activities for parents, they are free of charge and you can drop in anytime to attend.
Craft Club: Mondays @ 9am
Coffee Morning: Tuesdays @ 9am
Yoga: Tuesdays @ 9:30am
Gardening in the Polytunnel: Tuesdays @ 11am

Kidstalk took place in Senior Infants & 1st Class, thank you to all the parents who volunteered to take part, the children really enjoyed having you with them in class!

Thank you to the two dads, Paul & Zenebe, who volunteered to move a big load of topsoil into our new polytunnel, your help was much appreciated.

Old Uniforms: Please bring in any unwanted school and PE jumpers to the HSCL Room, we are especially in need of bigger sizes.

NEW ROAD DEVELOPMENT (in front of school):
I would like to draw your attention to a new road that is proposed directly across the road from The Pearse Road entrance to the school. This road will bring increased traffic and disruption to an already busy junction. The Board of Management has concerns around the impact of this new development on your children’s safety. Please bring your concerns to your local T.Ds. and Councillors.

Our Easter Reflection was held yesterday in St. Anne’s Church. It was a wonderful celebration of “giving” in line with the Polish Tradition “Swieconka” of donating food to the needy at Easter.

As part of our Lenten preparations we have collected food that has been donated to a local homeless charity during our Easter Service. Many thanks to all of you who sent in donations.

Congratulations to Ms. Yolande Flynn on her recent engagement. Wishing her and Tony well in the future.


FRIDAY 5TH MAY 2017 @ 11.00am.
SATURDAY, 27TH MAY 2017 @ 11.30am.

Feis Shligigh 2017

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Congratulations to the boys and girls from 2nd, 3rd and 4th Class that competed as a tin whistle group in Feis Shligigh this evening. They played two tunes beautifully and were thrilled to hear they received 1st place. Thank you to Seamus Mc Cormack, who comes to teach them every Monday. Well done to all, we are very proud of you.

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