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  • Enrolment into 1st year

    Enrolment into 1st year for September 2021 

    Some useful documents for parents of incoming 1st years are available above. The Behaviour Code, Acceptable Usage Policy and Concussion Protocol must be signed by parents and students before enrolment can be processed. Hard copies of these and forms for signing will be given to parents.

    All parents should read the Behaviour Code available below:
    D51_0159

    Mercy Mounthawk Behaviour Code-Revised-2020 amended and ratified on 19.10.2020

  • Open Day and Admissions Day

    OPEN DAY

    A Virtual Open Day was held in early November.  You can still view this virtual tour of the building on the home page of this web site.  It provides you with a chance to walk virtually around the school and to look at videos on different subjects and options.

    ADMISSIONS DAY 

    The usual Admissions Day which takes place in February each year cannot be held this year (2021) due to COVID19 restrictions.   Instead we will release a virtual information session for parents and students in early February where we will explain the procedures for subject choice and options.

     

    A waiting list of applicants has been established following the process of allocation of places outlined in the Admissions Policy.

  • Offer of Places to students in 1st year

    The offer places for students into 1st year is outlined in section 6.3 of the school’s Admissions Policy.

    Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, (see the Annual Admissions notice), places will be offered in accordance with these criteria in the following order of priority:

    1st .     Siblings of current students of Mounthawk and siblings of students who completed their post-primary education in Mounthawk, Balloonagh and Moyderwell Secondary Schools.

    2nd.     Children and grandchildren of Board Members and of staff members who are directly employed by the Board of Management on  the date of enrolment and on the 1st of September of the student’s year of entry.  (See section 7f below)

    3rd.     Students who are registered in 6th class in Balloonagh  and Moyderwell Primary schools at the time of application.

    80% of the places remaining after the allocation of places under the 1st and 2nd criteria will be allocated to students in this category. The number of places will be allocated to each school in proportion to the number of applicants from each school. For each school, places will be allocated on the basis of number of years enrolled in the school, as follows:   Places will be offered first to students who have spent 8 years on the DES roll for the school (i.e. from junior infants), next to those who have spent 7 years, 6 years down to those who have spent 1 year.  In following this process, if and when at any point the number of applicants, with the same number of years in the school, exceeds the number of places remaining, these remaining places will be distributed by lottery among these students.  Any remaining applicants who do not qualify for this lottery will be included under the 4th criterion.

    4th.      The remaining 20% of places will be allocated to all other applicants (including applicants from Balloonagh and Moyderwell who did not qualify for inclusion in the lottery under the 3rd criterion ) on the basis of a lottery among all the valid applicants

  • Operation of the random selection process

    The operation of the the ‘Lottery’ for places in the school is outlined in section 6.4 of the policy as follows:

    The random selection process (lottery) will be overseen by a panel appointed by the Board of Management consisting of a representative of the Board (the Principal), a representative of the Parents’ Council and an independent scrutineer appointed by the Board.

    The name of each student entitled to participate in this selection process will be included in a separate draw for each of the two schools under the 3rd criterion and for applicants from other schools under the 4th criterion).  A member of the panel will draw names from each container, one by one, until the maximum number of places allocated for each school under criterion 3 and all the schools in under criterion 4 is reached.

    The order in which the names are drawn from each container will be recorded on a numbered list.  Places will be offered in the order in which names are drawn from the container until the allotment of places in each category has been filled.  The remaining names on each list (i.e. those students who have not received places in that category) will remain on a waiting list within the category and will be offered places in order should such places become available within the category.  These waiting lists will remain in place until the ending of the last day that the school is open for tuition in that academic year.

    In the event that there are two or more students tied for a place or places in any of the selection criteria categories above (the number of applicants exceeds the number of remaining places), the following arrangements will apply:

    In following this process under 6.3 (third criterion), if and when at any point the number of applicants, with the same number of years in the school, exceeds the number of places remaining, these remaining places will be distributed by lottery among these students.  Any remaining applicants who do not qualify for this lottery will be included under the 4th criterion.

  • Admissions Day

    Once students have been accepted into the school, they will be informed of the date of Admissions Day (normally in Feb/March). On this day students sit a standardised assessment test which is used in conjunction with the reports from the national schools to support students in their transition into 1st year. On this day also there is a talk for parents and an opportunity to finalise subject choice.
  • Pastoral Care of 1st years

    The First Day at School

    1st year students return to school a day before the other students so that it is possible to have an induction day when they are on their own in the school. On this day they have an opportunity to start to get to know the building and their classroom and new classmates. it is an important day in the transition process.

    They will also have the opportunity to meet with their Year Head and class tutor who have specific responsibility for supporting the 1st year students. For more on the Pastoral Care structures in the school click here.

  • Mentoring of 1st years

    Mercy Mounthawk Secondary School has a long standing tradition of organizing a mentoring programme between 1st year students and 5th year students. The aim of this mentoring programme is to endeavour to show incoming 1st years the ropes for secondary school and help them in their transition from primary school to secondary school.

    Each 1st year class is divided into two groups of 10-12 students and assigned two fifth year students. On the 1st year’s inaugural visit to the school in August, they are given a guided tour of the school by the 5th year mentors, and a few basic rules and guidelines are also outlined.

    After a training session with Ms Cronin, the fifth years begin to mentor their assigned groups. The fifth years meet with their 1st year groups once a week at lunchtime for the first term. The groups discuss various topics of relevance such as bullying, peer pressure and friendship. There is also an element of fun involved including quizzes and games, with the emphasis on interaction and teamwork.

  • Girls Uniform

    Jumper: Aquamarine jumper with black stripe in v-neck and incorporating school crest

    Shirt: White shirt(No Blouses)

    Tie: Black with aqua and white stripes

    Scarf: Similar to tie (9.00 – 3.45pm – Only school scarves may be worn) (optional)

    Skirt: Aquamarine pleated skirt of wool mixture

    Tights: Black

    Shoes: Black leather shoes only (not trainers or boots, no logos or embellishments).

    Jacket: School fleece, jacket or blazer with school crest may be worn only.

    Trousers: Grey school trousers with aqua stripe (Supplier’s cut only)

    Socks: Black

  • Boys Uniform

    Jumper: Aquamarine jumper with black stripe in v-neck and incorporating school crest

    Shirt: White shirt

    Tie: Black with aqua and white stripes

    Scarf: Similar to tie (9.00 – 3.45pm – Only school scarves may be worn) (optional)

    Shoes: Black leather shoes only (not trainers or boots, no logos or embellishments).

    Jacket: School fleece, jacket or blazer with school crest may be worn only.

    Trousers: Charcoal grey (Supplier’s cut only)

    Socks: Black