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St. Mel’s College April 6th 2017

Selected Memories on Sale Now!

C’est fini! Leaving certs breathed a sigh of relief last week with the conclusion of the oral Irish, French and German. Thanks to all the language teachers for the extra tuition and mock orals in the lead up to the exam. Congratulations also to the leaving certs who completed the first part of leaving cert music last week as they did the practical element of their exam. This part of the exam is worth 50% of the overall mark.

TY Trip Mr Garvey and Ms Dempsey brought the transition years to Dublin recently. Before they had a shopping “fix” in Liffey Valley they went to the Real Bodies Exhibition in the old Ambassador cinema. This exhibition is not for the faint hearted or squeamish as the exhibition explores life by displaying real, 14 perfectly preserved human bodies and more than 200 anatomical specimens.

Ireland vs Wales Soccer Game Mr O’ Connell strikes again with arranging a winning trip to the Ireland vs Wales game in Aviva recently. Although the score didn’t go green it was a great match and all 47 ticket holders had a great time cheering on the lads in green.

Swift Nest Boxes Transition year group B made swift nest boxes in wood work class with Mr Galvin. These were made for local environmentalist Larry Mitchell. Swifts are becoming more rare due to the lack of nesting places as they usually nest in the roofs of old buildings. Furthermore local populations have been displaced since the Cathedral fire. Some nest boxes were placed at St. Mel’s College last year and already have been visited by swifts who we hope will build a permanent colony here. These new nest boxes will be used around the greater Longford area to help preserve the population of these birds. This is a wonderful experience for TYs as they are combining wood work skills with ecology and saving the environment. We hope these are life lessons they will carry through life.

Trcóaire Well done to Mr Kiernan and his TY religion class who raised €148 for Trocáire with a senior soccer tournament. The student winners played and beat the teachers 2 nil. Shout out goal scorers Shane Morrissey, Sean Creevey. Apparently the referee needed security getting off the pitch as some of the teachers appeared to be sore loosers!

Musical Success ! Full report in next week’s notes on the Mels students who took part in the musical. They were fantastic!!! I

School 5km Run

Congratulations and well done to all students and teachers (Fr Joe!) who took part in the annual 5k last Wednesday. There was a great sense of excitement and competition as Mr Kenny sounded the start of the race. The winners were: Senior House 1st Cain O’ Nuallain (20-20), 2nd Liam Harte (22-35) and 3rd Daire O’ Brien (22-50). Junior House winners were: 1st Ahmed Alsaleh (20-40), 2nd Shane Courtney (20-55) and 3rd Dean Coughlan (21-35). Fr Mc Grath flew the flag for the teachers and came in with in the top 15 runners with a great time of 25-50. Special shout out to Mr Kenny for organising the event and for the teachers who helped-out on the race circuit and those who minded the “house” during the race. The top seller went to Tim Connellan who won lunch for a week in the canteen and the class prize went to 1A who get an afternoon on the astro turf for their efforts. Each student who took part was entered into a raffle. Prizes here were a football trip to Manchester (Jason Mc Dermott), a tablet (Shane Igoe) and a sports voucher (Kian Galvin). This is the only fundraiser in the school year and we thank all parents and friends of St Mel’s who sponsored students for this event. 

Fishing Club Trip

The St. Mel’s fishing club had their first fishing outing of 2017 last Tuesday. They were fishing Lough Rowan as guests of the Rhinn Shannon angling club. It was a fantastic day out with loads of fish being caught and lots of fish lost at the net. This is a wonderful fishery with loads of top class brown and rainbow trout. All of the fish caught today were between 2lbs and 5 lbs and all fighting fit.

Huge thanks to Emmet and Mark from the Camlin and District angling club who gave up their day off to help out and instruct the lads. Also to Mr. Sheridan for all his help. The lads were encouraged to catch and release today and also the important issue of leave no trace.

Overall it was a very enjoyable day and we are looking forward to our next outing to the hot water stretch in Lanesborough near the end of May. Tight lines! 

Good to talk   Victor Connell is pictured with members of St. Mel’s Cycle Against Suicide TY Committee, they raised €500 as part of the school’s GO Orange Day during our recent WELLFEST, this money was donated to Good to Talk. Good to Talk provides counselling services to the local community at a reduced rate. Thanks also to Andrew Gallagher and Peadar Kenny for their help in organising the collection and also for their advice to transition years.


St. Mel’s College Notes April 27th

St. Mel’s Book on Sale!

Selected Memories of St. Mel’s college is now on sale in Donlons shop beside the Cathedral, Newsround and in St Mel’s College. The college also facilitate postal sales. Details of costs are on our Facebook page. Contact the college office for further details.

Selected Memories

It was surely an auspicious occasion! On April 7th we launched “Selected Memories – St. Mel’s College 1865 – 2015” by Denis Glennon and the stars of the show were definitely Denis and the 464 page beautifully bound hardback book. When principal Declan Rowley wondered how to commemorate 150 years of college tradition he was inspired in asking Denis to write a book to tell the story. Last night we saw the fruit of his efforts in the beautifully designed (Turners and Elizabeth McLoughlin) which is full of stories, history and photos which span 150 years. It surely was a labour of love on Denis’s behalf and his passion and dedication for the college, past pupils, priests and teachers shines brightly on every page. We thank Denis and his family for this wonderful legacy! Thanks also must go to all the past pupils, teachers and friends of the college who attended and made the night such a success. It’s a stylish book which we hope will find its way into houses all over Longford and beyond. Appreciation also to the staff and students who transformed the Assembly Hall into a space fitting for such an occasion. Our school motto is Aemula Virtus –  Strive for Excellence and this book lives up to and far exceeds that motto. Míle buíochas Denis Glennon!

Easter Raffle

Thanks to Smiths Gala Newtownforbes for donating a HUGE Easter hamper. We raffled it on before the holidays and raised €315 for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Money raised goes towards flights for the student helpers who go on the trip. The student helpers assist the less able and infirm enjoy this special time in Lourdes. Mr Gacquin won the hamper and Ms Hayden, John Doris, Daire O Mhuiri and one other lucky student whose name we’ve forgotten here all won Easter eggs!!! Thanks also to the 5th years who sold the tickets in the lead up to the raffle!

Tour de Longford!

We are looking forward to hearing how our senior cyclists and Mr Kenny got on last week as they joined the Cycle Against Suicide tour of Ireland for a day. They cycled the Granard to Lanesboro leg of the cycle. In preparation for this, they had a cycle safety workshop last Tuesday.

Berlin Tour

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates on the Berlin tour. Mr O’ Connell and his group embark on a 5 day tour of Berlin on Monday. Auf Wiedersehen!

TYs on Stage!

Watch this space for performance dates of MOLL performed by the transition years. They have been busy practicing over Easter and word is that it’s going to be a hit show! Best of luck to the cast for their final rehearsals of this popular play.

Cricket Success

Congratulations to St Mel’s students Arun Kumar, Usman Naveed, Hussain Muntaz and Taqub Ali who were on the winning Longford Cricket team last weekend. The Longford side beat Adamstown Cricket Club who have a strong reputation in circles. This was the first win of the new season for Longford.  Cricket Leinster said Longford are a team to watch this season! Well done lads. Get well wishes to Neil Swaby who trains the school cricket team.

D.E.A.R. Week

It’s Drop Everything and Read Week (DEAR). Classes will DEAR once each day so remind to bring in something to read. It can be a newspaper, comic or a novel . These DEAR classes are to encourage students to read. Short story packs are being compiled for leaving certs who want to combine the DEAR class with exam prep; they can read award winning short stories to them with their essay writing. There is a literacy corner on the top corridor of the new building. DEAR week also gives us insight into the reading habits of our teachers. Students are advised to keep a keen eye on classroom doors for more on this. Thanks to Mr Garvey and the TYs for organising literacy week. We look forward to a report on speaker sand events in next week’s notes.

Leaving Cert Exams

Best of luck to our leaving cert students who complete the link modules (lcvp) examination this week and also to students of construction studies as the construction practical takes place on May 8th and 9th. This is a busy time for Agricultural Science students also with grade interviews taking place this week and the ag science inspector coming next week to finalise assessment.

Winner Alright!

Congratulations to Cian Ó Nualláin from TY who recently came 2nd in the National Career Skills Competition. This competition was open to all secondary schools in Ireland. Cian entered the competition as part of his Ty careers module. He explored Primary school teaching as a future career choice. Cian’s project stood out with the judges as he submitted it “as Gaeilge”. He won a pair of Beats headphones. The awards ceremony takes place on May 10th in Dublin. Maith thu Cian!