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St. Mel’s Notes March 2nd

Basketball News! Hard luck to our basketball teams who were unable to overcome the Strong Colaiste Iosagain teams in the Midland schools A basketball league last Wednesday. While the 1st Years recovered well from a big 1st quarter deficit, in the end the gap proved too big to close and they lost out by 7 points. However this should be enough to see them safely into the playoff stages. The 2nd years played strong defence for much of the game but were unable to convert at the other end and were comprehensively beaten by the visiting team. They must now await the results of other games to find out if they have qualified for the playoff stages. In the meantime, 2nd Year training will continue each Wednesday at 3pm.

WELLFEST Positive mental health week ran in St Mel’s College from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March. It was a major success and really highlighted the importance of mental wellbeing. There were so many highlights from the first year Haka to world book day putting emphasis on mental health books, Niall Breslin a familiar favourite. We also had a sports day and guest speakers including GPA officer and star GAA player for Offaly and Rhode Niall McNamee. Fr McGrath ran several workshops on Friday discussing every issue that may affect mental health. Music had a huge part to play this week, we had a huge emphasis on getting into the mood and feeling positive vibes integrating the positive images all around the school. We also had surprise guests as Mario and Luigi landed with lollipops sponsored by local businesses. These pops had special messages….you are lovely, lovable and loved! The TYs were exemplary in their planning and integration. Well done lads! Thank you to all the staff for their patience and participation. It really was a famous week for the school and another positive drive for the Cycle Against Suicide. Remember IT’S OK NOT TO FEEL OK AND ABSOLUTELY OK TO ASK FOR HELP!

TY Cookery thanks to Ms. Noone who is doing a module of nutrition and cookery with the transition years. This week they cooked pancakes but focused on how to make them nutritious. We look forward to hear

Ash Wednesday Thanks to Fr. McGrath for our Ash Wednesday prayer services. He distributed Ashes to each year group in the College Chapel.

Lent On Wednesday last we gathered in the College Chapel in our different year groups to mark the beginning of our journey through Lent. Fr. McGrath reminded us that students have gathered like this for over 100 years and he emphasised how important it was for us to honour the light of faith handed down to us through the decades. Recalling the spirit of Pope Francis Fr. McGrath suggested that Lent was not about the big things but about the little kindnesses that we can show to those around us especially our parents and those who take care of us. His final question left us with something to think about…over these 40 days of Lent what might you be able to do to show a little more gratitude to your parents?

Eir Ambassador!  Reminder to Junior and Leaving cert students that Peadar Kenny (TY) is an ambassador for eir study hub. This website has some study notes and tips that exam students might find helpful. See Peadar for further details on how to access these notes.

Subject Choice Workshop Parents of third and Transition year are invited to a meeting on subject choice for the senior cycle on March 9th at 7-30pm.

 

 

St Mel’s College Notes March 9th 

Date for the Diary!

The 150th Anniversary ‘Selected Memories of St Mel’s College ‘ by Denis Glennon will be launched in the College on Friday April 7th at 7-30pm.

Jamie Oliver eat your heart out! 

Thanks to Ms. Noone who is doing a module of nutrition and cookery with the transition years. There have been great smells coming from the old boarding school kitchen. We have plenty of Jamie Olivers in the making!! 

Easter camp in Backstage

Best of luck to past pupil Darren Yorke who is organising is drama and improvisation camp over the Easter holidays. 

5km Run

Our annual 5km run will take place on Wednesday the 5th of April. This year each student will run the 5km t as we are rolling out a couch to 5k program with all 1st, 2nd and 3rd years which will culminate on this day.

1st Year Gaelic Football

Our first year gaelic football panel travelled to Clongish GAA on Thursday last to take part in the Super 10 blitz day organised by Longford GAA. This was an excellent day out with each of our travelling 38 boys getting 3 games each and pitting themselves against the best footballers at 1st year in Longford. While we were unsuccessful on the day in terms of silverware on the day the work which is being completed with this group every Wednesday is improving each of them as footballers and all will progress as we keep this going for the rest of the year.

6th Year Fieldwork

It was an early morning last Thursday when our 6th Year Geography group left the school for Derrygonnelly in Fermanagh to complete their fieldwork project. Upon arrival they were straight into work measuring width, depth and the bed load of the river while also discovering how to measure dissolved and suspended load. This was a valuable experience for all the students and will assist them greatly as they write up their projects in the coming weeks.

Irish debates

Bhaineamar an sult as an díospóireachrt idir Mheánscoil Mhuire agus Coláiste Naomh Mel. An rún a bhí ann ná “Crúthóidh Trump cogadh I Meiriceá”. Taimid an bhrodúil as na leaids; Jack Oates, Cian Ó Nualláin (an captain) agus Barra Ó Briain. Gabhaimid buíochas le Tomás Ó Maonaigh agus Tiernan Dolan, na moltóir.  The TYs are again honing their Irish skills again this week  as they prepare for a second debate against eh Scoil Mhuire. This time we hope to take away the spoils!

WELLFEST

Positive mental health week ran in St Mel’s College from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March. It was a major success and really highlighted the importance of mental wellbeing. There were so many highlights from the first year Haka to world book day putting emphasis on mental health books, Niall Breslin a familiar favourite. We also had a sports day and guest speakers including GPA officer and star GAA player for Offaly and Rhode Niall McNamee. Fr McGrath ran several workshops on Friday discussing every issue that may affect mental health. Music had a huge part to play this week, we had a huge emphasis on getting into the mood and feeling positive vibes integrating the positive images all around the school. We also had surprise guests as Mario and Luigi landed with lollipops sponsored by local businesses. These pops had special messages….you are lovely, lovable and loved! The TYs were exemplary in their planning and integration. Well done lads! Thank you to all the staff for their patience and participation. It really was a famous week for the school and another positive drive for the Cycle Against Suicide. Remember IT’S OK NOT TO FEEL OK AND ABSOLUTELY OK TO ASK FOR HELP!

Sleep Out for Simon

See assembly Hall notice board (FB and Twitter too!) for details of the Midlands Simon Community fundraiser. Monies raised will go to help the homeless in our region. This fundraiser is only suitable for staff and senior students.

Lent

Thanks to Fr. McGrath for our Ash Wednesday prayer services. He distributed Ashes to each year group in the College Chapel.  On Ash Wednesday we gathered in the College Chapel in our different year groups to mark the beginning of our journey through Lent. Fr. McGrath reminded us that students have gathered like this for over 100 years and he emphasised how important it was for us to honour the light of faith handed down to us through the decades. Recalling the spirit of Pope Francis Fr. McGrath suggested that Lent was not about the big things but about the little kindnesses that we can show to those around us especially our parents and those who take care of us. His final question left us with something to think about…over these 40 days of Lent what might you be able to do to show a little more gratitude to your parents?

Eir Ambassador!

Reminder to Junior and Leaving cert students that Peadar Kenny (TY) is an ambassador for eir study hub. This website has some study notes and tips that exam students might find helpful. See Peadar for further details

 

March 16th – St. Mel’s Notes

Basketball News

Hard luck to our 1st Year and 2nd Year basketball teams whose league campaigns both came to an end at the semi-final stage this week. On Wednesday the 2nd Years travelled to Tullamore to take on the winners of last year’s competition Colaiste Choilm. Having lost already this year to this opposition, St Mel’s got off to a great start leading 14-3 late in the 1st quarter. However a poor 2nd quarter saw them relinquish the lead and they were never able to close the gap, losing out 47-34 in the end.

The 1st year team made the long trip to Waterford to take on De La Salle Thursday. Having beaten this opposition by a single point at the league stage, this game was always going to be close. There was little to separate the teams right throughout the game but in the final three minutes the home team edged in front to win by 9 points in a high-scoring game.

So although the results didn’t go our way, great credit is due to both teams who fought right to the end of the games and never gave up. Also special mention must go to Tadhg McNevin and Paul McKenna of TY who coached and managed the 1st year team and guided them to this stage of the league. Well done lads. 

Prison Visit   Last week we departed with 22 students and Ms. Dempsey to Castlerea Prison. We were greeted by the prison officers and we went through a security check.

The prison officer showed us around the prison and gave us many lectures about prison life and why we should avoid a career in crime. We were first shown what looked like to be a normal housing estate but was used to keep prisoners who are either getting out soon or prisoners who may die in prison due to life sentences.

We were shown the vehicles used to carry prisoners across the country to hospitals etc. There was also church, we found out there used to be a hospital in the same area. We were then showed the canteen area and the prison cells.

The officer brought us to the control room where we saw a man controlling all the cameras and doors in the prison. In this control room we also saw the weapons confiscated from prisoners. These included knifes made from eating trays, weapons they stole from officers and handmade garrotes made from tools used pottery. There was also tin foil confiscated that was used to smoke heroin. It was a very rewarding and worthwhile trip and are very grateful for the opportunity. 

Seachtain Na Gaelige Many thanks to Ms T Farrell for arranging Irish debates for TYs and an Irish quiz Trath na gceist for the second years this week. There was great competition for the easter eggs on offer to the winning team and some very funny answers to who is the youngest teacher on staff!!

Date for the Diary!

The 150th Anniversary ‘Selected Memories of St Mel’s College ‘ by Denis Glennon will be launched in the College on Friday April 7th at 8pm. 

Backstage Theatre Visit

TYs enjoyed a funny yet thought provoking performance in Backstage last week. They attended Ger Carey’s one man show call Psycho Spaghetti which explores the complexities and of the brain. The tag line for the play was “A comic journey inside the teenage brain” . They really enjoyed their trip to Backstage.

Leaving Cert Orals French, German and Irish orals take place in the weeks leading up to the Easter holidays. Teachers are busy with mock orals this week. Students are reminded to let their teacher know if they cannot attend their mock oral so it can be rescheduled. 

School 5k

Our annual 5km run will take place on Wednesday the 5th of April. This year each student will run the 5km as we are rolling out a couch to 5k program with all 1st, 2nd and 3rd years which will culminate on this day.

on how to access these notes.

FCFE Open Day

thanks to all in Longford College of Education for an informative open afternoon. They have a wide selection of courses available at level 6.

Subject Choice Meeting

Thanks to Ms Farrell, Ms Concar and Mr Rowley for excellent presentations to 3rd yr and TY parents on subject choice which took place last Thursday.

 

St. Mel’s Notes March 23rd 

Leaving Cert Orals

French, German and Irish orals take place in the weeks leading up to the Easter holidays. Teachers are busy with mock orals this week. Students are reminded to let their teacher know if they cannot attend their mock oral so it can be rescheduled. 

Book Launch Invitation

The 150th Anniversary ‘Selected Memories of St Mel’s College ‘ by Denis Glennon will be launched in the College on Friday April 7th at 8pm. 

School 5k

This year each student will run the 5km as we are rolling out a couch to 5k program with all 1st, 2nd and 3rd years which will culminate on this day. The run takes place on 5th of April. This is the only fundraiser the school runs and we look forward to the support of all students as funds raised are used to enhance and student facilities and buy new sports equipment.

TY Enterprise

On the 22nd of March, four TY Enterprise Companies from St. Mel’s College, Longford, showcased their Mini Companies at the Local Enterprise Finals, which took place in Longford Shopping Centre. We were lucky enough to pick up two awards at the Finals, showing the hard work and dedication our students put in throughout the year.

Rustic Reindeer: This was a company set up by Gary Noone intended to sell handmade wooden Reindeer’s, an ideal Christmas present/decoration for any home. These were made to the highest of qualities by Gary and were sold at a very reasonable price of €15. At the Local Enterprise Finals, Gary was lucky enough to pick up a ‘Special Merit Award’ in recognition for his hard work and dedication to his company. Well done to Gary on his achievements and best of luck to him and his business in the future.

St. Mel’s Bobble Hats: This company was set up by Cian O Nuallain, Barry O’Brien, and Diarmuid Sheahan. They sold good quality, affordable bobble hats to students, teachers, and past pupils. These hats were customised with the Mel’s crest embroidered on them. They were an ideal Christmas present, and perfect for the cold weather! They proved to be very popular throughout the school. The lads picked up an award for ‘Best Business Report’ as a result of their hard work. Well done to the lads on this achievement, they worked very hard on this project. Best of luck to them and their business in the future.

MEPO Gaelic Gloves: This TY Mini company was set up By Maitiú O’Donohue, Evan Farrelly and Paul Brady. They provided customers with high quality, low cost, fully customised Gaelic Gloves. These gloves came with the option any club/county crest the customer wanted and also with the option of applying initials to the gloves. An ideal pair of gloves which are unique to each and every customer. Well done to the boys on the hard work they put in throughout the year and best of luck to the lads and their business in the future.

Finegan Artisan Chocolate: Jack provided the public with delicious handmade artisan chocolates, worthy of being sold in any shop throughout the country. They were great value for money and went down a treat with many customers both in school, and in the shopping centre on Wednesday! They were sold at a very reasonable price and were a huge success among customers. Well done to Jack on the hard work and dedication he put into this project and best of luck to him and his business in the future!

Many thanks to Ms. Emma Dempsey who worked very hard with the lads throughout the year. None of this would be possible without her continued dedication and support for the lads. Also, thanks to TY student Aaron Nelson who provided the lads with some exceptional artwork to display at their stalls. Aaron is a future artist in the making! Also many thanks to Sadie who talked to the lads on a regular basis and gave them expert guidance throughout the project. 

Leaving Cert Music

Congratulations to the students who completed Leaving Cert music in the school last week. Many thanks to Mr. Kevin Farrell for his guidance and support.

TY Applications

The final application date for transition Year 2017/2018 has closed. Subject choice forms for third years and present TYs are being given out. Ms Concar advises students to choose subjects carefully. Each student going into 5th year will have a meeting with Ms Concar this week to help.

 

March 30th St Mel’s College Notes 

TY Trip Mr Garvey and Ms Dempsey brought the transition years to Dublin last week. 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.

Music Exam Congratulations 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.

School Run  All 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are taking part in the school run this week. Seniors who want to take part must register with Mr Kenny before Wednesday morning. A trip to Manchester is up for grabs in a raffle for all those who bring in over €30…more prizes on the day.

Fishing Club Trip Mr Galvin is taking the lake sand shores of Lough Rowan as guests of the Rynn Shannon and District Angling Club…for the first fishing trip of the year. The club have been meeting regularly and are very excited anb0ut eh upcoming trip. We look forward to hearing on who reeled in the winning catch about the ones who got away!!

Ireland vs Wales Soccer Game Mr O’ Connell strikes again with arranging a winning trip to the Ireland vs Wales game in Aviva last week. 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.

Book Launch Former principal Mr Denis Glennon has written a book called “Selected Memories” of St. Mel’s College. The launch takes place on Friday April 7th at 8pm in St. Mel’s College. We invite all past pupils, teachers and friends of the college to attend.

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.