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May 25th St. Mel’s School Notes

Green Flag Award   Congratulations to the Green Flag Committee and Ms. Quinn on their success in getting the International Green Flag for Water preservation. We received word this week that our application was successful. Well done to them on their hard work on this wonderful achievement. The Green Flag will be presented to our school by An Taisce at The National Green Flag awards ceremony which takes place on May 24th in the Hudson Bay Hotel.

School Presentations Last Tuesday was a great day in St Mel’s College as we celebrated student achievements in school and in the local community. Awards were given in the following areas: school attendance, prefects, sports, social awareness, the arts and enterprise to name but a few. Congratulations to all the student winners who received awards.  Many thanks to Mr. Gacquin and Ms. Moran for arranging the Presentation Ceremony. The prestigious Fr Manning Medal was won by Brian Harte. The student of the year Mel Murtagh Cup nominees were announced: Daire O’Muiri, Ronan Moffett & Sean Kenny.  Ronan Moffett was announced the winner during our Graduation Mass in St Mel’s Cathedral on Thursday night. Special guest was past pupil Ronan Mc Greevy who is an historical author and also a journalist with the Irish Times.  A special presentation was made to Mr Jim Waldron who retires in June after almost 39 years teaching. He will be sorely missed by staff and students alike. His passion and enthusiasm for teaching English and History has influenced countless students over the years and principal Declan Rowley’s reference to Robin Williams’s character in Dead Poets Society was certainly most appropriate.

Graduation Mass  Congratulations to the Leaving Cert class of 2017 who celebrated their Graduation Mass in St. Mel’s Cathedral this evening and to Fr. McGrath and Mr. Gacquin for their work in preparing such a lovely liturgy. Well done to Brian Harte who spoke so eloquently on behalf of the class and thanks also to Josephine and Bridie for the gift of music and song.  As always there is a sense of anticipation as we wait for the winner of the student of the year to be announced and this year was no different. In presenting the awards Mr. Rowley complimented the class, wished them well in their futures and assured them that as Mel’s men our doors would always be open to them. He reminded them to bring the best of Mel’s with them and hoped that we had given them a solid foundation going out into the world; results don’t make a man but the type of man you choose to be and the decisions you make do. In the words of Ben Carson (reflection in tonight’s Mass): ” Live simply. Walk humbly. And love genuinely. And all good will come back to you”. The student of the year 2017 and winner of the Mel Murtagh Cup was Ronan Moffett. Many  congratulations to Ronan and to his fellow nominees Dáire O’Muiri and Sean Kenny. Well done also to Brian Harte who won the prestigious Fr Manning Medal.

Supervised Study Supervised study for Leaving Cert and Junior cert students is available until 12-30pm on Friday June 2nd. Full school rules with regard uniform and attendance apply.

Delphi Sports Trip

46 TY students travelled to Delphi Adventure Centre in Mayo on Thursday last. This was their end of year trip and involved an overnight stay. During their time there the students completed a number of activities including surfing, high ropes, team building activities.  It was a great experience for the lads which they really enjoyed.

An Post Rás It was great to see An Post RAs in Longford last week. Mel’s students were shouting for Daire Feeley, nephew of Ms T Farrell who was taking part in the cycle race.

MOLL Success What a performance! TY students wowed the audience with a professional, funny and dramatic performance of John B Keane’s Moll in Backstage last Monday. On stage were Jack Oates, Peadar Kenny, Alex Gorman, Seán Og Cahill, Enda Bracken, Rudy Herterich and Cormac McIntyre. They got a standing ovation and it was well deserved.  It was a fantastic show of talent and dedication- well done to all! Many thanks to Mickey Kenny and Paula Oates who took the lads through their paces as director and assistant director. Shout out to Euan Finneran who manned the lights for the two performances. It was a great night…congratulations to one and all.

Exam Success Best of luck to our Junior and Leaving Certs as they start their state exams on June 7th. House exams for other classes start on Monday and finish at 12-30pm on Friday June 2nd.

Summer Holidays Happy and safe holidays to all staff and students.

May 18th St. Mel’s College Notes

Fishing Club News!

The St. Mel’s College fishing club had a wonderful day fishing at the famous hot stretch in Lanesborough last Monday. The weather broke just in time giving perfect fishing conditions. The 24 lads caught a range of fish such as bream, rudd, roach, perch and pike with everyone catching loads! The group was accompanied by Mr. Galvin and Mr. Clyne. The event was kindly sponsored by Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland. Thanks to Jenny from waterways who turned up with hats and lures for each of the lads.

This outing, like the others, educates the boys not just in fishing but also about environmental issues, biodiversity and leaving no trace. Water safety is of big importance and all anglers were wearing their new buoyancy aids. Thanks to Denniston’s fishing tackle for their continued support and to Philip Gordon from the Lough Ree Angling Hub for his help. Tight lines till next time!

TY Delphi Trip TYs enjoyed a trip to Delphi Outdoor Pursuits Center last week. We look forward to reading all their news in next week’s Longford Leader.

Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Status

Congratulations to Ms Concar and the cycle against suicide committee on their work this year in promoting positive mental health in the school. They submitted an application to be an ambassador school for @CAS next year and this week we received word of their success. Congratulations and well done for this status and for all the positive work carried out in the school spreading the #itsoknottofeelok message. The Awards ceremony takes place in September.

MOLL in Backstage

BY the time this goes to print the TY group involved in the production of Moll will have wowed their audience. Huge thanks to Mickey Kenny who directed the paly and to Ms. Paula Oates for her support to the cast with rehearsals and learning lines etc.

Order your School Photos

Willie Farrell took the annual group photos last week. Group photos taken were the 1st yrs, Senior team and the Leaving Cert class. Each photo costs €10. Please leave your name, photo needed and money into the school office. See school Facebook page or twitter for a sneak preview of the photographs.

1st year Tour

The first years headed off on two coaches last Wednesday full of excitement and laughter. Their first stop was Streete where they had an indoor soccer tournament. The winner team were: Dean Coughlan, Jason Grundza, Jason McDermott, Diarmaid O Donnell, Adam Connaughton and Dylan Fay. From there they headed to Liffey Valley for retail therapy, food in Eddie Rockets . They finished off the day by going to see the film “King Arthur”. A great day was had by all! Huge thanks to Fr Mc Grath for arranging the day and to the teachers who accompanied them.

Leaving Cert Mass

The leaving cert mass takes place tonight in St. Mel’s Cathedral at 7-30pm. All parents and families of leaving vert are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served in the John Gerety Hall (school canteen) after Mass. The student of the year will be announced after Mass.

Summer Tests

Summer tests begin next Monday for 5th year students. First and Second years begin their exams on Wednesday. All timetables can be found on notice boards in the Assembly Hall.


St. Mel’s College Notes May 3rd 2017

Berlin Tour

Mr O’Connell, Mr Clyne and a group of TYs were in Berlin last week. As the notes go to print they are traveling home. All reports indicate they had a great week. Many thanks to Mr O Connell for sending photos each day so we could keep updated on their activities.

State Exams

Over the last week students in leaving cert sat their lcvp exam, construction practical and their agricultural science project interviews. Well done to all involved…another step in the leaving cert journey over. The junior certs have now completed their CSPE projects, English assessment, wood work and technology projects and science experiments.

Cycle Against Suicide

Mr Kenny, Fr McGrath and a group of senior house students joined the cycle in Granard last Friday. They cycled the Granard to Lanesboro leg of the journey. They had a short break in The Mall and our first years went to cheer them on. The Cycle Against Suicide message is itsoknotofeelok. Our team cycled 60km to help spread this message. Students are reminded to talk to someone if they feel down or sad and friends are asked to show they care by asking their friends do they feel alright. Please see any staff member if you have concerns about another student or if you’d like help yourself.

Literacy Week

Thanks to Mr Garvey for all of his work in preparing and organising Literacy week. Students had a DEAR class each day (drop everything and read), classes visited the school library with a view to incorporating it into classwork more often, there was a literacy corner, teachers shared tier reading habits and favourite authors and we had guest speakers!

John Greene Visit

John Greene is a past pupil of St Mel’s. He was on the winning senior team who won the Leinster title in 1990. Last week he returned to speak to our senior students about his work as a journalist. John is currently the sports editor with the Sunday Independent. This was part of our Literacy / DEAR guest speaker programme. John was writing for the Longford Leader when he was in St Mel’s so his advice to budding journalists was to start writing now…blogs, sports articles, short stories etc. Many thanks to John for his motivational and honest account of his present job and is career journey to date.

Books on Sale

Selected Memories is available in Donlons, Newsround and from the school office. The school can also arrange delivery in Ireland and the UK. Please see the school Facebook or contact the school directly for further details. Books will also be on sale in Tesco Shopping Centre in the near future.


Denis Glennon and Declan Rowley were interviewed on RTE radio recently about “Selected Memories” of St. Mel’s College. A podcast of this interview on the Today with Sean O’Rourke show is available on the Radio 1 website (broadcast date -Tuesday, May 2nd).

Lourdes Pilgrimage

We wish Dylan Smith in 5th year the best of luck on his upcoming trip to Lourdes. Dylan was selected to represent the school as a youth helper on the Ardagh and Clonmacnois pilgrimage which travels at the end of May.

Transition Year News!

Busy! Busy! Busy!! TYs have a first aid course, soccer coaching and a trip to Delphi to look forward to in the final weeks of transition year. Also, the transition year production of MOLL takes place on Monday, May 22nd in Backstage Theatre. Updates on ticket sales and cast will be posted shorted.

Upcoming Events

The fishing club have their final trip on Monday, May 15th, 1st yr and leaving cert school photos will be taken on Tuesday, May 16th. 1st year tour takes place on May 17th. The Leaving Cert graduation Mass in St Mel’s Cathedral is on Wednesday, May 24th, TY graduation night is on Thursday, May 25th. The summer exam timetable will be available shortly.

St. Mel’s Notes May 11th 2017

TY First Aid

2nd year Soccer Trip

The second years are heading to Manchester next weekend for their annual trip to old Trafford. They are going to the Man Utd vs Crystal Palace game and are very excited!

Fishing Trip

Mr Galvin and the fishing club are off to Lanesboro on Monday for their last trip of the year. We look forward to catching up on their news next week

TY Delphi

The transition years are off to Delphi in Mayo next week for two days full of adventure. They are looking forward to mountaineering, water sports and lots of laughs.


They transition years take to the stage in Backstage Theatre on Monday May 22nd at 8pm. They are preforming John B Keane’s Moll. This is a comedy about life in an Irish country presbytery. It’s a great play full of laughs and if rehearsals are anything to go by the audience have a major treat in store for them. It is being directed by Mickey Kenny ably assisted every step of the way by our own Ms Oates. Tickets are on sale in Backstage Theatre.

Summer Exams

Summer exams for 5th years take place from Monday 29th to Wednesday May 31st. Exams for 1st and 2nd years take place from Wednesday 31st until Friday June 2nd. All timetables are on the notice boards in the Assemble Hall.


The Leaving Cert Mass is on May 24th and the TY end of year presentation night is on May 25th….all parents and families are invited!!

What’s on!

The fishing club have their final trip on Monday May 15th, 1st yr and leaving cert school photos will be taken on Tuesday May 16th. 1st year tour takes place on May 17th. The Leaving Cert graduation Mass in St Mel’s Cathedral is on Wednesday May 24th, TY graduation night is on Thursday May 25th.