School Calendar 2018 – 2019


FIRST TERM:  27/08/2018 - 21/12/2018 incl

SECOND TERM:  07/01/2019 - 12/04/2019 incl.

School Re-opens:  Monday 27th August 2018


Open Evening:  Monday 17th September 2018


School Closed:  Monday 24th September 2018


Mid-Term Break:  27/10/2018 – 04/11/2018 incl.


JC Teacher CPD:  22/11/2018 – students off


TY Work Experience:10/12/2018 – 21/12/2018


Carols by Candlelight: 13/12/2018 (TBC)


Christmas Exams: 17/12/2018 – 21/12/2018


Christmas Holidays: 22/12/2018 – 06/01/2019 incl

School Re-opens:  Monday 7th January 2019


JC Subject CPD: 31/01/2019 – students off


1st Year 19/20 Assessment Test – Sat 02/02/19


Mid-Term Break: 16/02/2019 – 24/02/2019 incl.


Bank Holiday:  Monday 18th March 2019


Mercy 5K run – Friday 22nd March 2019 (TBC)


Easter Holidays:  13/04/2019 – 27/04/2019



THIRD TERM: 29/04/2019 – 31/05/2018 incl.

Bank Holiday:  Monday 6th May 2019

Sports Day: Friday 18th May 2019

6th Year Graduation: Wednesday 22nd May 2019 @ 7.00pm (TBC)

TY Completion Ceremony: Thursday 23rd May 2019 @ 2.00pm

Summer Exams (1st/2nd/5th Years) Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May incl.



6th Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

5th Year

1st Year & TY

6th Year (post mock)

Thursday 25th October 2018

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Monday 19th November 2018

Tuesday 29th January 2019

Monday 4th March 2019

Thursday 21st March 2019

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



6th Year CAO/college meeting

3rd Year JC assessment information meeting

Parent Information meeting – 1st years 2019-20

Senior Cycle Information meeting

25/10/2018 – 3.30pm

19/11/2018 – 3.30pm

02/02/2018 – 9.30am

28/02/2019 – 2.30pm




3rd & 6th Years

2nd & 3rd Year CBAs

Leaving Certificate2019 Results: 15/08/19 (TBC)

3rd Year English Assessment Task: 03/12/18-07/12/18

3rd Year Business Assessment Task: 10/12/19-14/12/18

3rd Year Science Assessment Task:  28/01/19-01/02/19

Mock Examinations: 04/02/2019–15/02/2019

6th & 3rd Year SEC Oral & Practical Examinations

State Examinations:05/06/19–21/06/19

Leaving Certificate 2019 Results: 15/08/19 (TBC)

2nd Year Visual Art CBA 1:07/01/19-12/04/19

2nd Year Science CBA 1:04/03/19-12/04/19

2nd Year Business CBA 1:04/03/19-12/04/19

2nd Year English CBA 1: 26/03/19-13/05/19

2nd Year MFL CBA 1: 29/04/19-17/05/19

3rd Year Business CBA 2: 12/11/18-07/12/18

3rd Year English CBA 2: To be confirmed

3rd Year Science CBA 2: 07/12/18-25/01/19




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 2019. 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 2019

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.