Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan is a voluntary secondary school established in 1964 by the Sisters of Mercy and is a Catholic co-educational school. The school provides second level education for students from the wider Kilbeggan area
Mercy Secondary School Kilbeggan is committed to the holistic education of all students, to ensure that individually, they each realise their full potential in a social and physical environment that is caring, supportive and joyful. We work in partnership with students, staff, parents and the community, and welcome all students from our multicultural society.
Young Scientist Success for our Transition Year Students
Five TY students from Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan, participated in this year’s Young Scientist Exhibition held at the RDS Dublin last week.
The two projects by the TY Students of Mercy Secondary Kilbeggan, were chosen from over 2,000 initial entries received from schools throughout Ireland in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category of the Young Scientist competition. The students’ coordinator for their projects was their Science teacher Mr. Edward Heery, who commended the work, effort and diligence shown by the girls in completing the projects. The girls won a ‘highly commended award’ for their project.
The first project carried out by, Katie Colton, Caoimhe Clarke-McMahon, Chloé Gannon, completed their project titled:
“Does participation in Transition Year enhance Psychological Wellbeing for participating students ? ”
The girls surveyed all TY students in September and December 2016 to see if there was any change in their self-efficacy. They also interviewed all current 5th year students who had completed TY last year. Their findings showed that the self-efficacy of the female students was indeed affected positively, whereas the self-efficacy of the male students didn’t sufficiently increase as to draw a conclusion on it. The students intend to return to the young scientist exhibition next year with further in-depth studies and evaluation carried out over the course of this year.
The second project by students of Mercy Kilbeggan was carried out by Nicole Gill and Georgia Martin. Their project titled:
“Do our daily activities influence the subject of our dreams”
Nicole and Georgia designed ‘day’ journals and ‘dream’ journals, which were given out to 5th and 6th class primary school students in Kilbeggan and Durrow primary schools.
They collected over 250 journal entries, finding from their results that, our emotions felt during the day do indeed impact on the emotions in our dreams. There was a very high correlation between daily activities and dreams at night.
Both groups intend on returning to young scientist 2018 following further in-depth research in their project areas.
Links to News:
WSE MLL January 2016
Code of Behaviour