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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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Student Surveys 2015

Posted on 23 Jan 2015
Click on the links below to begin the survey: Irish Literacy Survey 2015            

The Plough and the Stars

Posted on 06 Jan 2015
The school production of The Plough and the Stars was a resounding success! With 4 packed performances including a matinee, the cast, producers and crew can be justifiably proud of a genuine quality production.  A rich and complex play was enlivened by a talented cast and by sets that

New Extension Begins

Posted on 15 Dec 2014
Monday December 15th was a mile stone in the life of Mercy Mounthawk as we turned the sod for the new extension to the school. Since we opened on this site in 2001, our facilities, which serve a school population of 1,200, have included a set of prefabs which were necessary for classr

Carol Service 2014

Posted on 12 Dec 2014
The school Christmas Carol Service was a tremendous success on Thursday 11th December. It as held in St. Brendan’s Church and the standard of performance did not disapoint.  Enormous credit to the Religion Department especially Ms Noreen Somers, Ms Ellen McKenna and Ms Sherma Ca

TY Fashion Show 2014

Posted on 26 Nov 2014
This year’s event was a huge success. Congratulations to everybody involved especially Ms Hunt and Ms Flanagan. You can see some pictures of the event here:

Maths Poster Winners 1st Year

Posted on 24 Nov 2014
During Maths Week we staged our own Maths Poster Competition.  The winning entrants are pictured below. They are: Kate Crowley 1.2 Winner Caoimhe Edwards 1.2 Jack Prendergast 1.5 Niamh Ferris 1.5

ISTA Science Quiz Winners 2014

Posted on 20 Nov 2014
Mounthawk won the Kerry round of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz in November with a thrilling tie-break finish. The team defeated opposition from every secondary school in the county. Great credit is due to Ms Enright for mentoring the team.  The winning team consisted of Diamuid Moriart

Fashion Show 2014

Posted on 20 Nov 2014
On November 26th Mercy Mounthawk transition year students will stage an exclusive fashion show at 8pm in the school gym. The theme of this year’s fashion extravaganza is ‘Dancing Around the Globe’ . The show will feature the transition year students of Mounthawk showcasing an array of

Cycle Against Suicide

Posted on 13 Nov 2014
Mercy Mounthawk is proud to be selected as a host for the Cycle Against Suicide for 2015.  As part of the preparation for that event we held a 5k run/walk with Jim Breen himself as our special guest. The whole day was a tremendous success seeing the whole school turning orange! There