School Calendar 2019 – 2020
(Please note some dates are provisional – reminder texts will be sent in advance of events)

FIRST TERM:  23/08/2019 - 20/12/2019 incl.

SECOND TERM:  06/01/2020 - 03/04/2020 incl.

School Re-opens:  Friday 23rd August 2019

Open Evening:  Monday 16th September 2019

School Closed:  Monday 23rd September 2019

Mid-Term Break:  28/10/2019 – 04/11/2019 incl.

JC whole staff training:  07/11/2019 – students off

TY Work Experience:09/12/2019 – 20/12/2019

Carols by Candlelight: 12/12/2019 (TBC)

Christmas Exams: 16/12/2019 – 20/12/2019

Christmas Holidays: 23/12/2019 – 03/01/2020 incl.

School Re-opens:  Monday 6th January 2020

New 1st Year Assessment Test – Sat 25/01/2020

Mid-Term Break: 17/02/2020 – 21/02/2020 incl.

School closed: Monday 16th March 2020

Bank Holiday:  Tuesday 17th March 2020

Mercy 5K run – Friday 27th March 2020 (TBC)

Easter Holidays:  06/04/2020 – 17/04/2020

In addition, the school will be closed to students for one staff training day for Junior Cycle – date to be confirmed.

THIRD TERM: 20/04/2020 – 29/05/2020 inclusive.

Bank Holiday:  Monday 4th May 2020
Sports Day: Friday 15th May 2020
6th Year Graduation: Tuesday 19th May 2020 @ 7.00pm (TBC)
TY Completion Ceremony: Wednesday 20th May 2020 @ 2.00pm
Summer Exams (1st/2nd/5th Years) Monday 25th May - Friday 29th May inclusive


3rd Year
5th Year
6th Year
2nd Year
1st Year
4th Year

Wednesday 16th October 2019
Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Monday 18th November 2019
Wednesday 15th January 2020
Tuesday 25th February 2020
Wednesday 11th March 2020

4.15pm – 6.45pm
4.15pm – 6.45pm
4.15pm – 6.45pm
4.15pm – 6.45pm
4.15pm – 6.45pm
4.15pm – 6.45pm

Please note classes finish at 3.30pm on days of Parent Teacher Meetings


3rd Year Junior Cycle assessment information meeting for parents
6th Year CAO/HEAR/Further Education information meeting for parents
2nd Year Junior Cycle assessment information meeting for parents
Parent Information meeting – incoming 1st years 2020-21
Senior Cycle Information meeting for parents of 3rd Years

16/10/2019 – 3.30pm
18/11/2019 – 3.30pm
15/01/2020 – 3.30pm
25/01/2020 – 9.30am
26/03/2020 – 2.30pm



3rd & 6th Years

2nd & 3rd Year CBAs/Assessment Tasks

Mock Examinations: 03/02/2020–14/02/2020
6th & 3rd Year SEC Oral & Practical Examinations - TBC
State Examinations:03/06/2020–24/06/2020 – provisional

More information about each Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) and the Assessment Task (AT), including dates, will be given to your daughter by her teacher and at information meetings for parents.



More information about what each Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) and the Assessment Task (AT) entails will be given to your daughter from her subject teacher. It is advised that you encourage your daughter to maintain great focus, full attendance and additional effort during the periods of the CBAs and the ATs.

N.B.       Students must be in attendance on the specific day(s) of each AT.




The certification at Junior Cycle is changing. When your daughter completes the three-year

Junior Cycle she will receive a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA).

The way English, Business Studies and Science are being assessed is different to what it was

before. These subjects will continue to have an exam in June 2020. These subjects will not be

awarded grades using the A-NG system. They will be awarded one of the grade descriptors with

the following values:


§  Distinction 90 – 100%

§  Higher Merit 75 – 89%

§  Merit 55 – 74%

§  Achieved 40 – 54%

§  Partially Achieved 20 – 39%

§  Not Graded 0 – 19%


Before June, in 3rd year, there will be an Assessment Task (AT), which will be sent to the State

Examinations Commission (SEC) for external marking. This AT will be worth 10% of the final

mark of the June exam.

Students will have two Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) in each of the three abovenamed

subjects – one in 2nd year and one in 3rd year. The grade descriptors for each CBA will

be one of the following:

§  Exceptional

§  Above Expectations

§  In Line with Expectations

§  Yet to Meet Expectations


Each of your daughter's CBAs will be assessed by the subject department in the school

linked to that CBA.


The JCPA (Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement) will contain

1. The results of the exams in June 2020

2. The descriptors of the Classroom Based Assessments

3. Three statements of 'Other Areas of Learning'.


A brief note on 'Other Areas of Learning':


This is an opportunity for students to have a voice in the wording of one aspect of their JCPA.

Students are encouraged during their three junior years at Mercy College to take part in activities

outside of the core curriculum. These may include activities such as sports, debating, drama, musicals, choir, charity work, art projects and so on. They must then choose three of these activities where they gained a benefit, used a skill or learned something new. At the end of third year they will be asked to submit their three 'Other Areas of Learning' and they will then be uploaded onto their JCPA.