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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.

    Previous Tours


  • 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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State Exam Excellence Awards 2016

Posted on 25 Oct 2016
A reception was held on Saturday 22nd October for students who achieved the highest grades in the State Examination 2016.  The students were congratulated by Pat Fleming, Deputy Principal and Sr Bernadette, Chairperson of the Board of Management. The recipients were: Leaving Cert Ciar

1st Place in National Maths Competition

Posted on 25 Oct 2016
Mercy Mounthawk took 1st place in the John Hooper Maths Poster Competition for 2016.  The winning team of Rachel Bowler, Lauren griffin and Nessa McGarty produced a superb project called ‘The Early ‘birth’ Catches the Worm.  They explored the theory that sports peopl

TY Graduation 2016

Posted on 30 May 2016
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 t

Awards Night 2016

Posted on 19 May 2016
Wednesday 18th May was our annual Awards night in Mounthawk. It is always a great evening and an opportunity to honour those who have excelled in academics, sport, culture and Christian leadership. This year the formal ceremony was confined to 1st, 3rd and 6th years with 2nd and 5th y

Opening of Centenary Building

Posted on 09 May 2016
Monday 9th may saw the official opening of our wonderful new Centenary Building. The day commenced with a moving ceremony in the school gym which featured performances of song, poetry and dance from students. Sr Bernadette, Chairperson of the Board of Management welcomed all and point

Mounthawk Winning at Maths in Kerry

Posted on 26 Apr 2016
Our Maths quiz teams have excelled once again this year.  In recent years we have won and been highly placed at all levels and this year has been a particularly strong one for us. First our 1st year team took 1st place in the Kerry Schools maths quiz and them to add to that (apologies

Tapas Trip 2016

Posted on 04 Mar 2016
Our 6th Year Spanish students once again took to Killorglin for a fabulous tapas meal at Sol y Sombra.  This is our 6th year of this much anticipated event and we continue to be hosted with enormous generosity and warmth by Alberto and his staff. Prizes were given for the best efforts

Catholic Schools Week

Posted on 25 Jan 2016
Next week from Sunday 31st January is Catholic Schools Week in Ireland and this year the theme is Mercy.  This is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the year for Catholics worldwide. In light of this being the Year of Mercy, Bishop Ray Brown decided it would be fitting to launch Cat

Mock Exams 2016

Posted on 21 Jan 2016
The fees for the mock exams are now due and can be paid to the class tutors or online at: Students can get a copy of the timetable for the exams here: MOCK EXAMS 2016