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Transition Year

  • Transition Years Transform our Garden!

    Ty students are active members of our school Community. As active agents of change, the TY horticulture group created a pathway that would be a permanent fixture in the school. The  called it a ‘Living Classroom’ and it is a place where students and staff can relax and get some fresh air for their own mental wellbeing. At the same time people can read information about the Global Goals for human development The path is over 300m long and consists of metal plaques with various global goals on them. Accompanying the plaques are art designs and sculptures made out of recyclable materials.

    This project was called L.E.A.F, or ‘Leading Environmental Awareness Further’ and the TYs are definitely leading environmental awareness further.


    Finalists in the Young Environmentalist Awards 2018

    This project has reached the final of the Young Environmentalist Awards 2018 and it needs your votes to have a chance of winning in the competition.  The students  worked very hard through the year on what has become a very significant project that not only improves the grounds in the school but has educational import as well.

    It was a bleak start at the beginning of the Year….


    And it took a bit of thought to get the plan in place…


    And a bit of planning on paper of course….


    but the results are just great….

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    the path invites us to follow…

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    Media Studies is an important component in the TY curriculum. In this subject, students get to experience all aspects of media narrative: Photography, Film and Sound Engineering. Here is a sample of what students have created over the years:




  • Hawk Talk is a new newscast by the TY Class of 4.3. Hawk Talk is a current affairs broadcast, capturing all the goings of our school community in Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk.

    Eco-Unesco Eco Den- Cork 13/03/2014

    The Transition Year Students of Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, travelled to Cork to participate in the Eco-Unesco Eco Dens competition. This was the Munster round and five of our teams spoke to the adjudicators. It was an excellent day and they anxiously await the results!

    Inter-TY Sports Day – Tralee 12/03/2014

    The TY students of Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, as part of their YSI initiative, organised a sports day for the neighbouring schools TY students. It was a brilliant success and thanks to all the TY students who attended!

  • Launching in March 2014, a new newspaper by the TY Class of 4.3! Hawk eye will chronicle our life and times in Mercy Mounthawk.

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    Fashion Show 2017 took place on 29th November with the them of Winter Wonderland and some fantastic style on show.  There was a matinee for 1st and 2nd years and the main event was the evening performance. Around 650 people packed into the gym for the spectacle and they weren’t disappointed with a great show.

    Great praise is due to the TY students who modeled so professionally and prepared the event in such detail. Even greater praise must go however, to the new team of teachers who took on this huge annual event so congratulations to Ms O’Leary and the team on a job superbly executed.

    Special guest on the night was Maria Walsh, former Rose of Tralee, who awarded prizes for best-dressed ladies. There was also a guest appearance from Michael Healy Rae TD.

    You can see photos of the event below:

  • A great evening of awards and entertainment took place on Wednesday 25th May with the Transition Year Graduation evening.

    There were numerous awards given out on the night but the top male and female student awards went to Liam O’Leary and Ali Feely respectively.  Well done to them and to all our winners.  Congratulations to all the students on completing a very successful Transition Year.

  • Transition year Trip to Italy 2014

    “This is a brief compilation from our wonderful trip to Italy last February, 2014”

    This video was put together by Ms. Hunt.

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  • September 2012 sawchinese1 the new Chinese Language and Culture Programme designed by The Confucius Institute, UCD, being rolled out to Transition Years at Mercy Mounthawk.
    This excellent course combines a mixture of language learning, cultural studies, student based projects and is rounded off with a Chinese Oral Exam and a very tasty meal in a local Chinese restaurant. It has certainly proven to be a thoroughly educational, diverse, enjoyable and popular course for TY students as it was eagerly chosen by many!
    The excellent opportunity of an introduction to the most spoken language in the world did not go unnoticed as students expressed their keen interest in continuing Chinese studies in the future, mentioning the business and economic possibilities involved!

    Below are images from a lesson in Chinese Dumpling Making (Jan 2014)

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School Calendar

Posted on 14 Nov 2017
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Leaving Cert – Student Portal

Posted on 25 May 2020
Dear Students and Parents in 6th year, We have been informed  by the Department of education and Skills  that the Leaving Certificate 2020 – Calculated Grades Student Portal has been developed to support the delivery of calculated grades.  Please read the attached Letter and the ‘Befo

Virtual Centenary Session May 2020

Posted on 18 May 2020
Well done to all the wonderful performers in our first ever online Centenary Session and thanks to all who tuned in during the live broadcast and since.   Thanks to Alyssa Fleming for putting the video together.

Summer Assessment Details

Posted on 07 May 2020
The schedule for the final blocks of assessments for Years 1,2 3,5 are given below as well as 2 letters explaining the overall processes. Assesments for 1, 2, 5 letter for parents 07.05.2020 Assessments 3rd year 2020 letter to parents 07.05.2020   3rd Year Assessments (1) Fifth Y

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

Posted on 11 Mar 2020
For the most recent updates regarding the procedures please click here.

Hairspray 2020

Posted on 27 Jan 2020
Congratulations to all involved in the hugely successful production of Hairspray which finished on Saturday 25th. It was a fantastic show and it became the talk of the town. So many of the school community were involved to make this happen that we cannot list them here but it took stu

Basketball All-Ireland 2020

Posted on 20 Jan 2020
Bus arrangements: Buses will stop once on the way up and once on the way down. Buses should start to arrive back to Mounthawk from about 8:30pm. Buses will be clearly labelled.

State Exams High Achievers 2019

Posted on 11 Nov 2019
On Saturday 9th Nov we hosted our annual reception for students who have achieved the highest standard in the State Exams 2019. This year we had 9 leaving Cert students receive awards all of whom have 575 to 625 points or have been awarded a university scholarship. Well done to all of

Fashion Show 2019

Posted on 24 Oct 2019
Well done to Ms Stacey O’Leary, Ms Mari Kearney, their extensive support team of dedicated teachers and , of course, our wonderful Transition Year students on a fantastic Fashion Show. There was amazing colour, entertainment and style on show and it was a brilliant night’s

Awards 2019

Posted on 16 May 2019
Our annual awards night took place on Wed 15th May with a packed hall turning up to celebrate the very best achievements of Mounthawk students. Well done to all our recipients and a sincere thanks to the staff for all the work that went into planning the night. The top award winners o