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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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Les Misérables

Posted on 14 Jan 2016
The school production of Les Misérables was nothing short of an absolute triumph.  There is enormous credit due to everybody involved for staging a theatrical experience of the highest calibre.  Audiences were enthralled every show by performances, staging and costumes.  It was a stun

Parents’ Council Activities

Posted on 14 Jan 2016
The Parents’ Council are as busy as ever working to help the school in many different ways. Upcoming Events This year’s Table Quiz will be held in the Brogue Inn on Thursday March 3rd at 8.15pm sharp and we hope to get a good turnout again this year for this very relaxing and so

2nd Year and 5th Year Choices

Posted on 08 Jan 2016
2nd Year Information You can download the subject choice booklet for 2nd year below: Second Year Subject Booklet for Sept 2016 Excellent Subject Fact Sheets from the NCCA are available here Ms O’Mahony’s Talk to 1st Yrs and Parents 2016 Mr Fleming’s Study Skills Pres

‘Color Run’ 2015

Posted on 23 Nov 2015
Mounthawk was awash with colour on Friday 20th November as we had our first ever ‘Color Run’ as part of Health Promotion Week.  About 600 students ran/walked/jogged the 5 km route in cold conditions as they were greeted with colour throwers at regular intervals.  It was a

Success at Kerry Science Quiz

Posted on 21 Nov 2015
22 teams took part in the regionals of the ISTA’s senior science quiz this year in the ITT South campus on Thursday 12th Nov. The Tralee event was one of the 12 competitions that took place simultaneously across the country to select those who will take part in the national fina

Health Promotion Week

Posted on 16 Nov 2015
Health Promotion Week 2015 sees the school focus on students’ well-being for 5 days of talks, events and activities. The emphasis this year is on internet safety.  As our young people grow into a world where the digital environment takes more and more of their attention and as p

Fashion Show 2015

Posted on 11 Nov 2015
This year the TY Fashion Show was held on Nov 25th leading to the theme of ‘One Month ’til Christmas’.  There was a wonderfully festive theme throughout the night and it all made for great fun.  well done to the hard-working committee and to Ms Hunt and Ms Flanagan f

High Achievers Recognised

Posted on 19 Oct 2015
On Saturday 17th October we hosted an awards reception for students with the highest grades in the state examinations 2015. Leaving Cert. Sean Dowling (600 points)  is now studying Mathematics in UCC. Sean typifies the kind of balanced student who always does well.  Not only did he ex

Junior Cert Results Impress

Posted on 09 Sep 2015
The Junior Cert class of 2015 can be very proud of their efforts.  There were remarkable results for 5 students who got an excellent 10A’s and another 3 with 9A’s, but throughout the year there was a very high standard. Art students can be particularly pleased as, once aga