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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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Hooper Maths Awards

Posted on 12 Nov 2014
There was great success for our students in the combined skills of Mathematics and design in the Hooper Medal Maths Poster Competition. Three teams from Mounthhawk won Merit awards at the recent prize-giving ceremony at the Department of Education headquarters on Marlborough Street in

Visit of Sam Maguire

Posted on 20 Oct 2014
We were delighted to welcome not one, but two All-Ireland Football Trophies to Mounthawk.  Kerry footballer Barry John Keane brought the Sam Maguire cup and our own Andrew Barry the Tommy Markham cup.  There was great excitement in the gym where the entire student body and staff gathe

Awards Night 2014

Posted on 15 May 2014
Here are a selection of pictures from this years school awards.  Congratulations to all our winners!  

Choir Competes at Cork Festival

Posted on 02 May 2014
Our school choir performed at the Cork Choral Festival on 1st May marking our return to the competition after several years of absence.  The choir performed 2 pieces under the guidance of Ms Sinéad Muldoon-Walsh and Ms Caitríona O’Sullivan and with staging by Ms Elaine Costelloe

All-Ireland Gymnastics Champion

Posted on 07 Apr 2014
An incredible achievement by Rachel and a just reward for hard work and dedication to her sport.  

Basketball Links Up With Tralee IT

Posted on 27 Mar 2014
In September 2013 we created a sports link with Tralee I.T. and their Health and Leisure department. As a result Pat Flanagan who is the head lecture in sports and leisure created the link where we could offer 3rd year Health and Leisure students an opportunity to work with our senior

Maths Quiz Success

Posted on 13 Mar 2014
Well done to our Senior Maths team  who came joint second at the recent national final of the Irish Maths Teachers Association quiz held at NUI Galway. Team members were Aine Daly, Michael Grimes Donal Mullins and Liam Gannon. The teams from Mounthawk had previously won both 1st and 2

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014

Posted on 07 Mar 2014
Meánscoil na Trócaire Cnoc an tSeabhaic 10ú -14ú Márta 2014 Sceideal na Seachtaine Dé Luain  Seoladh Oifigiúil le Sandra ní Bhambaire  Comórtas Póstaeir do lucht na céad bliana Dé Máirt  Seisiún Amhránaíochta le daltaí na scoile  Tráth na gCeist leis an dara bliain  Biongó leis a

Garda Youth Awards Winners

Posted on 06 Mar 2014
Three of our students were recently awarded a Garda Youth Achievement award: Greg Leahy: LCA 1 won a merit award for his positive contribution to the school community and to the mental health awareness initiative in the school. He is positive, hardworking, willing to give of his time