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St. Mel’s College Notes January 2017

Welcome Back Welcome back to staff and students after a great Christmas break. Don’t forget to give any school news or sports reports to Ms McGuinness for FB, Twitter and the Longford Leader. We hope that everyone is refreshed and all set to work hard this term.

CSPE Project Many thanks to John Farrell from Longford Tidy Towns and Gary Brady, County Council Environmental Officer who took time out to speak to the 3rd yr CSPE class about litter. Their talk will be a great help to the lads for their Junior Cert CSPE project.

Enrolment and Open Night. Congratulations to all the staff (teachers, SNAs, secretarial and caretaking staff) and students who helped at our recent enrolment night. It was great to have so many prospective parents and students visit our school and your hard work gave them a warm welcome and allowed them see all the great work being carried out in St Mel’s. A shout out to Conor Clancy and Brian Harte who spoke so eloquently on the night. Places for September 2017 are filling up fast so we encourage anyone who has yet to enrol to collect a form at the school office any day during school time.

Senior Soccer Our senior soccer team’s involvement in this season’s competition came to an end on Monday last in Marist College, Athlone. After a good performance in defeating Tullamore the previous week a victory against Marist would be enough to get to the League final. The first half was a fairly even contest and Marist led 1 0 at half time, despite some fine goalkeeping by Radek Rodak. However as Mel’s pushed for the necessary goals we left ourselves open at the back and Marist proved very capable of exploiting this, going on to score four more. Well done lads on a great season.

Berlin Trip Preparations are well on the way for this year’s Berlin trip taking place in the first week in May. The tour includes visits to the Brandenburg Gate, The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie Museum as well as Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and other attractions. So far 21 students have signed up and further information from Mr. O Connell. Deposit must be paid by the end of January.

GOAL MILE Thanks to all St Mel’s students and friends who togged out for the annual GOAL mile on Christmas Day. Shout out also to the students who promoted it in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

CSPE 3rd yr Soccer League Well done to the 3C CSPE class who ran a very successful soccer tournament before Christmas, as part of their Action Project. They raised €110 towards SVP. Congratulations to the winning team; Sean Carey, Daniel Kurkin, Dylan Reilly, William Higgins, Tomas McDermott and Gary Hanley. Thanks to referees Mr. Clyne and Mr. Farrell for helping on the day.

SVP Bethany House Donation Huge thanks to all staff and students who took part in Jolly Jumper Day before Christmas. We were delighted to hand over a cheque for €1000 to SVP Hostels Bethany House and St Martha’s.

CAS Student Leaders Congress Transition Years went to University College Limerick UL last Thursday for the annual student leader’s congress. The aim of the Student Leaders’ Congress is to promote positive mental health, help-seeking behaviour in young people, and the Cycle Against Suicide message that It’s ok not to feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’. We look forward to a report from student leader Andrew Gallagher in next week’s notes.

TY Update It’s a busy time for TYs as the groups have swapped over activities for the second term. Each class has started back and have classes in Photography, Cookery, Dance and health for life. They are busy planning Wellfest with Mr Garvey, our positive health week, which takes place at the end of February. Classes in Nutrition are starting in February. Work experience continues each Friday.

Mock Exams Mock exams for Junior and Leaving Certs begin on Tuesday February 7th. Students are advised to brush up on Ms Concar’s study skills workshop to make the most of their study time leading up to the exams.

TY Clean UP TYs and Ms Quinn did an impressive clean up on the footpath and ditches on Ballinalee Road outside the College fence. They were amazed with the number of litter picked up on this short stretch of road. Well done lads. We hope your sense of civic duty becomes contagious and that the litter louts about stop and think before they throw a paper on the ground.

Junior Basketball Well done to our 1st year Basketball team who had an impressive 21-15 win against Colaiste Cholim Tullamore last Wednesday in the Midland Basketball ‘A’ League. This was the first outing for this team and they showed lots of character and potential. Very well done also to their coaching team of Tadhg McNevin and Paul McKenna (TY) to secure the win in a very tight game. The 2nd year team put up a brave performance, with a very strong 3rd quarter but were unable to close the gap on a very strong Tullamore team to eventually come out on the wrong side of a 46-28 result.

Past Pupil on Forbes List Congratulations to past pupil Niall Mimnagh who was recently named one of the Forbes “30 under 30 in Europe” in their list of young business people. Niall is CEO of Minergy. Congratulations Niall!

Christmas Concert Photos from our Christmas concert are in this week’s Longford Leader. It was a great concert showcasing the many and varied musical and dance talents of St. Mel’s students. A lot of hard work went into the concert and we thank Ms T Farrell, Ms Oates and Mr Farrell for all of their work in helping students prepare for the stage. Shout out must go to all the students who performed so well! Many thanks also to the parents and families who came to see the show.

Eir Ambassador Congratulations to TY student Peadar Kenny who as selected as an Eir Studyhub ambassador for our school. A social media campaign was run through Facebook and Peadar was one of 5 selected from 500 applicants. We look forward to Peadar showcasing the study notes and tutorials to classes over the coming weeks.

1st year Soccer Well done to the first year soccer team and mentor Mr Clyne on their first outing last week. They played Rochfortbridge in the first game of the West Leinster League. They played well but unfortunately lost 3-0. They now face Moyne CS next week.

Senior Rugby St. Mel’s College took on St. Pat’s of Navan last week in what proved to be a tight match between the wot teams. Liam Harte opened the score for Mel’s in the early moments of the game. The Harte brothers, Liam and Brian, crossed the try line four times; each scoring two tries. Despite this, along with all Dylan Smith conversions, and a very physical display from Daire O’ Brien, St Pats took the win in the dying moments of the game with a drop kick goal. Paddy Duggan injured proved to be a significant loss for Mel’s but well done to the team for a well fought game. Final Score: 30 – 28 to Navan.

CAS Student Leaders Congress The TYs travelled to the University of limerick last week for the 2017 Cycle Against Suicide Leaders Congress. Over 6000 students from all over the country attended the two – day event promoting positive mental health. They heard from amazing speakers and guests – even receiving a shout out from New Zealand rugby player and Connaught coach Pat Lam. The TYs were inspired by the day’s events and are currently planning the school’s mental health week and a Schools Go Orange Day.

U15 Soccer – Quarter final in West Leinster league. St Mel’s took control of the match from the start. Game was played in very windy conditions. Despite that Mel’s were the better team for most of the game. Issac Abankwah played a captain’s part marshalling his defence with help from Sean O Sullivan. Mario Purlog went close with a few shots from outside the box. Our goalkeeper Patrick Bijok made some great saves. Game went into extra time with Mel’s well on top but no clear cut chances. Then as the game was to go to penalties, Rochfortbridge got a very dubious free from outside the box. From 25 yards they hit it into the top corner giving our keeper no chance. Mel’s pushed forward for the last few minutes but to no avail. Final Score: St Mel’s 0 Rochfortbridge 1 aet

Best of Luck Aoife! Finally we would like to wish Longford Leader reporter Aoife Carberry the best of luck as she leaves the Leader offices to begin a new adventure. Many thanks to Aoife for her support in helping us get our school news across the county each week.