Creative Writing – A Partnership Between MCC and UL
Mungret Community College has been working in partnership with the University of Limerick in this Creative Writing experience. Well known authors Professor Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and Professor Joseph O’Connor worked with us to facilitate a creative writing course that would be run by students on the Masters in Creative Writing Course UL, for our young writers here in Mungret. Every Friday afternoon students have been learning the skills of creative writing and this culminated in the opportunity to read these stories in UL on Friday 5th April. Students have really developed their writing skills with much thanks to the masters students and all of the hard work they put into this partnership. Students were presented with their certificates by The Dean of the Faculty, Professor Helen Kelly Holmes. Both Professor Joseph O’ Connor and Professor Sarah Moore Fitzgerald were impressed with the skill, creativity and courage our students displayed. Ms. Frazer, Mr. O Connor and Ms. A. Ryan deserve great credit for coordinating this opportunity for our students.
Hockey Developing Well in MCC
A lovely way to finish out our first year hockey league with a win against
Laurel Hill on Friday April 12th. In a very competitive and enjoyable game our girls had a well deserved win. This has been a great year for hockey in our school, the girls have worked hard developing their skills all year.
We had 34 First and Second years out in the sunshine last week for our final training session. This is just our first year playing hockey and the focus has been on enjoyment and development this year.
Thank you to Ms. Hickey, Ms. De Burca and Catholic Institute Hockey Club.
First Year Soccer Team Progress to Semi-Final
Congratulations to first year boys team who were comfortable winners over Glenstal and advance to the semi final of the North Munster Cup. Hard luck to our Second Year Boys who were narrowly defeated by Glenstal, 2-1 in their Quarter Final.
NAPD Creative Engagement Project 2019
Our First Year art students worked with artist Stephen Murphy to complete our schools Creative Engagement Project, funded by NAPD. Our students created a sculptural wall hanging representing diversity. Students learned original art forms – Chinese brush painting, Aboriginal dot painting & Islamic geometric patterns. As a result their final piece is a cacophony of different cultures. Well done to Ms. McGrath for coordinating this event and for her dedication to all things creative in our school.
Green School’s Committee Spring Clean 2019
Well done to all MCC students who participated in our Spring Clean2019 day. This event was organised by our Green School Committee. Well done to this committee on their recent positive Inspection for our First Green Flag. We hope to be presented with this flag in the coming weeks. Good to see your hard work being recognised.
Limerick and Clare ETB Sports Day 2019
Our Students had a great day on Thursday April 11th in the University of Limerick at the LCETB Schools Sports Day. This was a superbly organised event, in an amazing venue. Well done to Col. Na Trocaire, Rathkeale for organising for year.
First Year Boys Rugby in Thomond Park
Our First Year boys rugby team got an opportunity to take part in a blitz in Thomond Park. This was a great chance for the boys to play on the historic pitch. Thank you to Mr Kennedy and Mr McCarthy for organising this for our students.
Basketball All Ireland Semi Final
Our boys Basketball had a great win over Kinsale Community school by 42 to 38 points in a very exciting close game. This set up an All Ireland semi final against St Aidan’s College, Dublin on their home court in Whitehall. Despite an excellent performance by our team St. Aidan’s came out on top. Well done to Mr Kennedy, Tony Hehir, Michael and all our boys basketball players for your dedication throughout the year.
Student Council in The University of Limerick
Our Student Council were invited to the University of Limerick to experience how the university is run and to appreciate the life of a UL Student. Our Student Council has reviewed our Homework Policy and are now reviewing our Code of Behaviour. Well done to Ms. Grealish for all her work with our Students Council.
First Year Mathematics Team
Well done to our First Year Mathematics Team that took part in the Irish Maths Teachers Association competition in Castletroy on Friday. This was a great experience for our young mathematicians. Well done to all our Maths teachers for all the hard work they do with our Students.
Business Club Prize Winners
Congratulations to our Student Enterprise Teams in the recent Student Enterprise Awards, in the South Court Hotel.
Each of our entrants acquitted themselves well and learnt many skills as a result. We had prize winners in the Intermediate Category, where three of our students whose company is called “Amoremacarons” were awarded their trophy.
Congratulations to our Hurlers
It was a good day for our Hurler’s and their coaches today. The boys had a good win in the Limerick Post Primary Schools LIT sports Under 15 Hurling , Corn Donnacha O Nunain Championship over Coláiste Mhuire. Well done to everyone involved.
Well Being Overnight Educational Activities Trip
Our annual well-being overnight trip for all First Year Students took place on Thursday and Friday March 14th and 15th. Our Students got to do a range of activities from rock climbing, Kayaking, caving, archery, orienteering and plotting their own course using a map and compass for a 4 hour hill walk. The aim of the two days is to encourage our students to manage themselves away from home, develop their communication skills, develop new friendships, learn new skills and to challenge themselves in a safe environment.
We would like to thank the staff of both the Burren and Kilfinane Outdoor Educational Centres for their professionalism, their warm welcome and their kindness, which was shown to all our students and staff. Mr Kennedy, Ms Hickey and Mr Connelly put in a huge effort behind the scenes to ensure this was a great occasion for our students.
Leading learning Team
Our Leading Learning Team are working hard with all our staff to develop high quality Learning in the classroom. We had Dr. Joe O Connell visit us to work with the team on developing the language and effectiveness of Formative Feedback for our Students. This is one of the many methods we as staff are trying to develop so that our Students can take ownership of their own learning, while engaging with their Teachers and Parents/Guardians.
Munster Schools Chess Champion
Well done to Mark on winning the Munster Schools Chess Championship earlier this week. This is the first Post-Primary Schools Championship that Mark has won, but is only one in a long list of chess competitions that Mark has won over the years.
World Book Day in MCC
As we all know reading books is a wonderful pastime. We are lucky to have received a variety of new books for the start of World Book Day. These books are available to our student’s through our Library, which is run by our student’s for their classmates. This is just one of many initiatives being run to help develop student’s literacy skills.
Presentation of Cheque for Lip Sync Battles 2018/19
A cheque for over 41,000 Euro was presented to our School on Wednesday 13th February by the School’s Parent Association. We would like to thank our local community for your wonderful support in running this fundraising event. In particular I want to thank our Parents Association for everything they do for us. Kieran O Brien and Kevin Dore deserve special mention for their total commitment to this project. Your efforts will be rewarded in the facilities our students will be able to access as a result of your work. We would like to extend a special thank you to all our Lip Sync group members, who worked tirelessly at dance practice, fundraising and encouraging each other. Their efforts have been nothing short of phenomenal.
A word of thanks also to our sponsors, whether it in sponsoring an act, placing an advert in our programme or donating a spot prize your generosity is much appreciated. We would encourage people to support these local companies.
All the funds raised by this event will be used to enhance the learning of all our students in Mungret Community College. We will use this funding to expand the already excellent information technology provision in our school. We have purchased a class set of chromebooks with a portable storage and charging unit. We will continue to expand in this area and expect to secure a second class set of chromebooks, a number of apple ipads and apple tv units in the coming weeks. STEM subjects are another area that we wish to continue to develop and with that in mind we have invested in equipment for teaching Science in a modern and hands on way.
The funds raised have also allowed us to secure a defibrillator for our school community. Another area we have developed is our hard surface basketball courts, which have enhanced the recreation time of our students.
There have been many achievements and high points, over the last couple of years, but what has stood out for us has been the positive support we have received from our Local Community. The Lip Sync Battles event on the 20th October was a great example of the community wrapping its arms around our school.
New School Design Team Get Down To Work
The initial Client/Design Team Meeting for our new school building for took place at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board’s head office on Monday 11th February. Prior to the formal commencement of the meeting students from the school, along with Principal Liam O’Mahoney, Deputy Principal Helen Ryan, and the Chair of the school’s Board of Management, Cllr Daniel Butler, got an opportunity to meet the design team and view outline plans of what is being proposed for our new Post-Primary School here in Mungret.
School Opening……..Exciting Times Ahead
We are delighted to announce that Mungret Community College opened to our First Year Students on the 29th of August at 9am. It was great to see the scene in our court yard this morning as we welcomed our first students to our school. As can be seen in the photograph above our students were looking their best in their new uniforms. These are very exciting times for our students, their families, our dedicated staff, our interim board of management, LCETB and the local community.
On welcoming the opening of Mungret Community College Cllr. Daniel Butler (Chairperson of the Interim Board) said ‘I would like to acknowledge the great commitment of the board of management to get us to this point. In particular I would like to pay tribute to the diligence of school Principal Liam O’Mahoney ably assisted by Deputy Principal Helen Ryan in delivering a school ready to open within a tight deadline. The education of our community’s children is in great hands.’
Our Board has worked tirelessly over the last six months to ensure that our campus was ready to open on time. We thank each member of the board for their hard work, positive attitude and dedication which has been crucial to the schools development.
We would like to wish our dedicated staff many years of happiness and success in our school and thank them for the efforts they have put into the school prior to its opening. To our incoming students we hope that their expectations and dreams can be realised in a warm, caring, safe and happy environment.