New School Design
It is great to see our new school taking shape. It has been designed to fit perfectly into it’s site here in Mungret. This will provide our school with a very modern, environmentally friendly building to enhance the very modern teaching and learning that is happening in our school already.
Social Skills Programme Presentation
We are very proud to see Ms Hickey making a presentation on our Social Skills Programme, in Mary Immaculate College to the Limerick SENCO Form. This is an initative that is running in our school to help students develop their social skills/Self Esteem. This is an excellent intervention taken from the NEPS “Get Up, Stand Up” programme, which is being implemented in our school. Great to see the work going on in our school being recognised in the broader educational community…..well done to everyone involved.
BT Young Scientist Competition 2020
We are delighted to have three students representing us at the BT Young Scientist Competition in January in the RDS. This is Irelands premier science expo for Irish second level students and is an great opportunity for our students to experience a wonderful few days speaking about and presenting their projects to not alone the judges but to the general public and the media. It is also an occasion where students can learn from their peers and get ideas around careers they would like to follow in Science and Mathematics in the future. We would like to thank Mr Hill and Mr. McCarthy for their support of our students.
Ms. Farrell continues to come up with fabulous ideas to help broaden students minds in the area of science in our school. Recently we have had the Sophia Project visit our school to promote Physics and its applications. This was an excellent workshop which was fun but informative. Last week we had a “Guts for Digestion” Workshop, which omoted the area of Biology, Well-Being and Diet.
Spike Ball Team Qualify for Regional Finals
Well done to Ms. O Malley and our Spike Ball Team who qualified for the regional finals later this month. This is a new sport to our school and it is great to see our students having fun training on our courts after school. We hope you continue to enjoy the sport and wish you well in your upcoming games.
Art Trip 2019
Our Art Students enjoyed a guided tour of the Hunt Museum, the tour included a temporary exhibition featuring the artwork of people in custody in prisons in Ireland. Ms. Wall continues to do innovative projects with our students to help develop their artistic skills.
LIDL Ireland Ladies Football Blitz
Our Ladies Football Team had a busy morning last week at the Transition Year run Castletroy College Blitz. This was a great morning of fun and meeting students from other school, while at the same time representing your school. Well done to Ms. Hickey, Ms. Farrell and everyone involved in Ladies Football in our school.
Music in MCC
It is great to see the wide variety of methods being used by Ms. Mulcahy in the Teaching of Music in our School. Students get to use Musical Instruments, be part of our Choir and Trad Group, Public Performances, Visit the Concert Hall and use Technology to enhance their learning. Modern and varied approach to learning with lots of Formative Feedback and Students Active in their own Learning.
Our Music Students enjoyed the Cork Pops Orchestra in the Concert Hall last Friday. They heard music from Beethoven, Vivaldi, DJ Dashka and sang along with Keith Hanley. This was a great opportunity to visit the University of Limerick, enjoy music presented in a variety of ways and having the experience enhance their learning.
Munster Schools Swimming Championships 2019
Well done to all our students who competed in the Munster Schools Swimming Championships in the University of Limerick, on the 12th and 13th of October. We are very proud of you all who wore our colours with pride. A big thank you to Christine for organising and managing our team on the day.
Maths Week 2019
We had a very varied and enjoyable approach to problem solving during our entertaining Maths week. It was lovely to see the discussion among our students as they were trying to figure out the answers. Students being Active in their own Learning is something we cherish….not to mention having Fun along the way. Thank you to Ms. Casey, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Hill, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. McCarty, Mr. O Connor and all our Staff that helped make this such a success.
Well-Being and Athletics in MCC
A big thank you to Amy O Donoghue, Irish Athletics Superstar, for taking time out to visit us in Mungret. Despite the rain, Amy brought our students for a run in the Park and gave an insight into life as an elite athlete. Students also got some valuable tips on Health, Well-being and Resilience. Thank you to Ms. O Malley and Ms. Holmes for organising. Our students also got an opportunity to participate in Limerick Sports Partnership run Team Relay Marathon in the University of Limerick. A great opportunity for our Students to work together as a team, while sampling the excellent facilities in UL. Well done to all who took part and on finishing second in an impressive time of 2 Hrs 10 Min and 23 sec. Ms. Hickey deserves great credit for organising this and many other sporting events in our school.
There is always science related activities happening in MCC, whether it is fun experiments in Science Club, Science Week or even Space Week. Students learn all about the Solar System, Planets, Comets and Eclipses as part of the new Junior Cycle, but to see that in an Active way during a recent lunchtime event. In this event students were on the clock trying to solve the Space Week Treasure Hunt. Students Active in their own Learning and having Fun with it. Well done to Ms. Farrell for organising, another novel idea.
Mungret Community College held our Open Night for the 2020/21 Academic Year in the South Court Hotel on Wednesday October 9th at 7.30pm. It was great to meet so many of you on the night. This is an exciting next chapter in 6th Class Students Educational Career, as they look to build on all their learning in Primary School. Well done to everyone who got involved, especially to our school Choir, Musicians and our brave Students who spoke on the night …so proud of you all.
Our Enrolment/Admissions Policy is available on our website, in the Policies Section. All applications for First Year are made through the Common Applications System (CAS) for Limerick Schools.
It was great to welcome Conor Mellon, from the Teaching Council and Cosán, to our school on Thursday after school. Conor was working with us on developing a culture of staff and students reflecting on their work, with the aim of enhancing learning throughout our school. This ties in well with our SSE/SIP plan for the current academic year.
On Monday afternoons there is great work going on in our Robotics Club. A big thank you to Mr Hill, Mr O Connor and Ms. Buckley for giving of their time and skills to our students. Later in the year these students will have the opportunity to compete in competition.
Board of Management
We have been very lucky over the last three years to have had an excellent Board of Management in place, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our school is run efficiently and to a very high standard. We would like to thank the Board for all their hard work on behalf of our students, parents and staff.
Ms. Grealish continues to develop the student voice in our school. Our new council has been elected by their classmates and have had two meeting in September. On Friday 4th October they had leadership training with Mr Donal Fitzgibbon. We look forward to working together to make our school where the student voice is valued.
Modern Foreign Languages
There is a big commitment to developing languages in our school. As part of this work our first year students were designing posters and developing the skill of communication in a new languages over the last few weeks. We also had a very successful Languages day recently. Our second and thirds years will be working on their Classroom Based Assessments over the next few months.
Our PE department work closely with both Mary Immaculate College and Delta Sports Dome to provide a varied and active PE program for all our students. This also plays a key part in the well-being of our students, which is something we all value in MCC. SPHE, Tutor Class, Overnight trip to an Activity Centre and CSPE also play a significant part in helping students take an active part in their own well-being. In MCC our students well-being is not just limited to these areas but is something that is addressed in our school from the minute our students start their school day to the minute they leave in the evening.
We are delighted to see so many girls playing hockey in school this year. Ms. Casey, Ms. Hickey and Ms. Holmes continue to work with the girls developing their skills in a fun inclusive way. Our students will get a chance to represent their school throughout the season. We would also like to thank Catholic Institute for the use of their facilities for training and matches.
The rugby season is well under way and our students have enjoyed training over the last few weeks. Mr McCarthy and Mr Dunford continue to work with our teams. We wish them well for the season ahead.
Art at MCC
Ms. Wall continues to foster the artistic talents of our students. Our students get the opportunity to work in pencil, paint, clay, puppetry and printing to name but a few.
Climate Change and Environmental Issues
Our school community, as well as the wider community are very concerned about environmental issues. On Friday 20th September a number of students wanted to highlight the contrast between the beautiful trees in Mungret Park and the proposed burning of waste at the cement factory near by.
Clay Pigeon Shooting World Championships
One of our students had a wonderful Clay Pigeon World Championships finishing second in the under 20’s age group, over the summer. This was some achievement, made even better considering he is just 15. Well done to Billy John.
Connaught Boys Golf Champion
Well done to Alistair on winning the Boys Connaught Championships and on finishing runner up, beaten in a play off, in the Ulster Boys Championship in golf over the summer. Another great achievement by one of our students.
Past Pupils Union of Mungret College
We were delighted to host the Past Pupils Union of Mungret College to our school on Saturday September 14th. It was great to see such a large turn out for their annual dinner on Friday 13th September, followed by the visit to our school the following morning. The PPU has been very kind in sponsoring a bursary to the tune of 500 euro on each of the last two years. Many an old tale was relived over the weekend.
New Academic Year is in Full Swing
A warm welcome to all our school community, we are especially delighted to welcome all our incoming first years and their families to our school community. We wish you every success in the years ahead. We are also delighted to welcome our new members of staff, they join an exceptionably competent and professional learning community. Over the summer months a new section containing 4 General Classrooms and a Science Room was added to our existing campus. These rooms are fitted with all the equipment required for a modern learning environment. Well done to all those who have worked hard to ensure this project reached completion on time.
Launch of European Expo 2020
It was nice to be invited to the launch of European Expo in the Hunt Museum on Monday September 9th. This was another opportunity for some of our students to experience things going on in our city, country and at european level. The European Expo is a series of exhibitions, seminars over the course of 2020 that celebrates national and European culture and cooperation, with the European Investment Bank art exhibition at its core in Limerick City and County.
Camogie in MCC
Well done to all our girls (old&new) who attending training in our school. The sessions are full of fun&even the odd fistpump. We were delighted to see our Limerick Camogie U14 player Amy o’H get her opportunity to play last Sunday in Croke Park. A big thank you to Ms Hickey for committment to girls sport in our school and well to her insightful commentary on the All Ireland Junior Final in Croke Park on Sunday.
Climate Action Forum in Tait House
Four of our students got the opportunity to attend the Climate Action Forum hosted by Tait House and attended by the Minister for the Environment, Mr Richard Bruton TD. This gave our students a chance to be part of the debate on the actions being proposed by the government and other agencies to address the urgent need to change our behavour for the sake of future generations. We hope to continue this debate and take actions at school level through our Green Schools Committee and our Committee On Climate Charge.
Kind Donation from Regeneron
We would like to thank Regeneron for the kind donation of two laptop computers and a desk top computer to our school. This again is a great example of the good will we recieve from our local community as we continue to develop and grow as a modern Teaching and Learning Centre. In particular we would like to thank two of our parents in the school, Mr Justin McSweeney and Ms Monica Jain for facilitating this for us.
Arts and Culture Night 2019
Our Annual Arts and Culture Night was a huge success this year. This years event took place on Thursday Night May 16th in the hall in Mungret College. Everyone deserves great credit for the high quality of our Student’s work that was on display, ranging from Woodwork Displays to Visual Art to Creative Writing to Geography Projects to a Variety of different Languages used on the night. The Highlight of the night was the incredible talent our students displayed on the stage. The musical performances of all our students, under the direction of our highly skilled music teacher Ms. Mulcahy, was an experience to saviour. The night was summed up best by the standing ovation that greeted the students at the end of the night. A big thank you to Mungret College for providing us with an amazing hall and to our Parent Association for all the catering. This was another occasion for us to be so proud of our wonderful students and staff.
Second Year Geography, Physical Education and Well Being Trip to Clare
Our Second Years had a great trip to Clare on Friday May 17th. The Geography part of the trip brought our students to the Ailwee Caves, for a guided tour. This was followed by a trip down the Wild Atlantic Way to Lahinch for a Surfing Lesson. The fine, sunny weather on the day added to the occasion. Well done to Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Hickey, Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Grealish for organising the day.
First Year Walking Tour of Limerick City
Our First Year Students had a Local Living History Day on Friday May 17th. This was a great occasion for our students to get to experience the History of Limerick by having a guided walking tour of our city. They took in the Hunt Museum, King John’s Castle as well as many other sites as they walked on a lovely bright and warm day. Thank you to our History Department, Ms. Frazer, Mr. O Connor and Ms. Ryan for organising this event.
Grand Parents Morning
We had the honour of welcoming the grandparents of our students to MCC on the afternoon of Wednesday May 15th. This turned out to be a very special occasion and it was great to see the warm interaction between our students and their grandparents. Well done to Treaty 1 and Ms. Murphy for organising. We are looking forward to many more occasions like this in the future.
Model United Nations
Ms Hickey and Ms. Ryan brought our MUN Team to the Junior Event in Mallow earlier this month. Our students got the opportunity to debate important issues as they represented a variety of countries and NGO’s. This gives our students the experience of public speaking and understanding the challenges that different countries experience. Issues debated on the day were Climate change, Internet Safety and Cybercrime. Well done to the whole team for the work you have put into Model United Nations this year.
Student Council Final Meeting of the Year
Our Student Council had their last meeting today of the Academic Year. During this year these students have represented their classes well in bring issues of concern to our students to the forefront. Ms. Grealish has worked very closely with this group, who met on a fortnightly basis throughout the year. To thank the council for their work they were invited to the Milk Thistle today for a treat.
First Year Boys and Girls Secure County Basketball Titles
Well done to both our First Year Boys and Girls Basketball Teams on winning their respective county titles. This was a fitting end to the year for both these teams as they have worked hard on their skills all year. Mr. Kennedy deserves great credit for the time he puts into these teams.
Professor Sarah Fitzgerald Visits Our School as part of Creative Writing 2019
Prof. Sarah Fitzgerald, from the University of Limerick, visited our students to help develop their writing skills. She took the time to give a presentation, take questions and even join our book club for a creative writing picnic in Mungret Park. Well done to all involved in this language development experience which has run throughout the year. Thank you Ms. Frazer for organising.
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
It was 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.
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.