December

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Student Bank

Best of luck to the TY Students on the launch of their Bank of Ireland student bank. The bank opens each Wednesday during lunch time. The bank will be running many prizes and raffles throughout the year and when they reach their goal of opening 100 accounts there will be special draw for all account holders; with one of them winning tickets to an international match. There will also be Facebook and twitter competitions so be sure to follow their twitter @melsstudentbank or their Facebook @St.Mels Student Bank

U14 Gaelic

The U14s played in the North Leinster Semi-final vs Marist Athlone in an away game last Wednesday. Unfortunately the lads didn’t have success but they played well and tried hard.  

Senior Match

As we finish the notes for this week the senior team are having a final training session for their match against Scoil Aodhan / St Aidens in Dublin on Friday. This is the second round of the championship. Hopefully the lads will have been successful and by time you are reading this they will be preparing for the 3rd round of the Top Oil Leinster Post Primary A Football Championship.

Sixth Class Open Day

Thanks to all the 6th class students and teachers who visited St Mel’s College last week.  We enjoyed having you tour our school and hope you found the tour and subject sampling beneficial. Thanks also to the teachers, prefects, student council members and 1st years who helped make it such a success.  #AemulaVirtus 

Christmas Concert

Mark your diary! The eagerly awaited Christmas concert takes place on Wednesday December 21st. There will be two performances; one for students during school time and a second one that night to allow parents, families and friends applaud the wonderful talent of St Mel’s College students. Mr Farrell, Ms Farrell and Mrs. Oates are busy rehearsing and it promises to be a good nights of entertainment.

Christmas Tests

Best of luck to 1st, 2nd and 5th years who sit their Christmas house exams on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

Advent

Staff and Students will attend Mass in St. Mel’s Cathedral on December 8th for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The St Mel’s College Carol Service will take place on Tuesday December 20th at 11-30am in St. Mel’s Cathedral. All welcome.

Junior Rugby!

The Junior Rugby team play in the quarter final of the Junior Cup against Wicklow on Monday. This is an away game. We wish the team captain David Connolly, coach Steve Coy and the junior panel every success.

Love is in the Air!

Congratulations to Mr Cannon who got married recently and to Ms Dempsey who got engaged last week. We wish them every happiness.

Parent teacher meetings

The 3rd year parent teacher meeting takes place on Wednesday December 8th. The Leaving Cert parent teacher meeting will take place on Thursday December 15th. Both meetings start at 4-15pm and continue until 6-45pm.

Sligo IT Talk for College Awareness Week

Thanks to Declan Reidy from IT Sligo who spoke to TY students last Wednesday as part of College Awareness Week. He spoke of all the new improvements; including a huge multi-million euro investment in state of the art sports facilities. He discussed some of the courses on offer, including courses in areas such as Engineering and Human Nutrition as well as the college’s clubs and societies and sports scholarships on offer. Students thoroughly enjoyed the talk and now have lots of information to start their course research!

No1!

Well done to the class of 2016 and their teachers. It was great to see St. Mel’s College number 1 in the third level feeder schools league which was published last week. We realise that this is not the only marker of a student’s success but we acknowledge the hard work students put in to get there.

Senior Team

Commiserations to the senior team who were beaten in Dublin last week. They fought a hard battle but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. You did us proud and we look forward to your next league outing. Thanks to Mr Gacquin and Mr Farrell for all of their help and dedication to the team.

Website

See our newly updated gallery on the school website and watch out for match reports in the sports section. Many thanks to Ms M Farrell for her help in updating the site and to Mr Kenny for all the sports input. We remind students to follow and like us on facebook too and twitter!

Mannequin Challenge

@CASuicide Student ambassador Andrew Gallagher along with the TY and 5th yr cycle against suicide committees made a #MannequinChallenge video this week as part of their preparations for the Students Leadership Congress in the University of Limerick in January. Great work lads in #sharethejourney and #togetherwecan. Shout out to Daire, Jack and Ronan who helped out too!

TY Enterprise

Orders are being taken for Mel’s hats and personalised sports gloves. See notice board in Assembly Hall for details of how to order.

U16 Gaelic Match

The U16 team qualified for the North Leinster Semi Final with a convincing victory over Athlone Community College. It was an excellent team performance. The team faces Marist College next to see who tops the group.

U17 Soccer

Our under 17 season continued its losing streak with another defeat against Tullamore on Tuesday last. Despite some brave defending by Lee Jordan and heroics by keeper Rory Lennon we conceded 5 goals again. Best for Mel’s were Lee Jordan, Adam Kelly and scorer Thomas Ivel. St. Mels: R. Lennon, E. Gray, P. Joyce, L. Jordan, T. Ivel, D. Sheahan, R. McGoey, P. Brady, A. Kelly, K. McDonagh and J. Fitzgerald.

TY News

They arrived home safely after ice skating in Dundrum. Seemingly the only thing hurt was Ms Farrell’s wallet when the bus stopped in the shopping centre. TYs continue with photography, karate, car maintenance and cookery classes. They are busy practising for the school concert od we look forward to seeing their dance moves!

Christmas Tests

Thanks to Mr Clyne who coordinated the tests. The non-exam classes finished their tests on Friday. All reports will be posted home before we break up for the Christmas holidays.

Parent Teacher Meeting

Parent teacher meeting for leaving certs takes place tomorrow Thursday December 15th at 4-15pm.

Christmas Concert

A date for your diary! The Christmas concert takes place on Wednesday December 21st. There will be two performances; one for students during school time and a second one at 8pm for family and friends. Mr. K Farrell, Ms. T Farrell and Mrs. Oates are busy rehearsing for what promises to be a good nights entertainment.

School Drop Off

Parents and students are reminded that student drop off is outside the school gates or by using the new car park. For health and safety reasons we ask that no parent drop students up the Avenue.

Advent

Thanks to Fr McGrath for celebrating mass for staff and students in St. Mel’s Cathedral on Wednesday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The St Mel’s College Carol Service will take place on Tuesday December 20th at 11-30am in St. Mel’s Cathedral. All welcome.