Newsletter Christmas 2014

The Parents’ Association was re-established in the last academic year after the appointment of Mr. Rowley as the new Principal. It is no coincidence that this has coincided with a reversal in the slide in numbers of children coming to the College and ensuring that St. Mel’s continues to be a school where a high class education is provided to all students.

One of the first activities of the Association last year was to build on the general goodwill and disposition of the people of Longford towards the College and it was decided to run what was a very good, enjoyable and profitable “Night at the Dogs” in the local Greyhound Stadium. The fruit of this initiative was the erection of the palisade fencing along the Ballinalee Road border of the College grounds, which has served to make the College a safer place for all the children.

The picture is of the Parents’ Association making the presentation of the proceeds of the Dog Night to Mr. Rowley, Principal.

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Anti-Bullying Seminar – The Association also organised an Anti-Bullying Seminar on 6th November last in the College for the Parents of all second level children in the town of Longford and its environs, and a most informative evening was provided by a representative of the National Parents’ Council.

Current Fundraising – In order that fundraising does not become the enduring theme of the Association, it was decided to carry out the fundraising initiative early in this academic year. To this end, a raffle has been organised by the Parents’ Association and the draw has been fixed for the night of the Christmas Concert in the College, Thursday 18th December.

The prizes are excellent. The main prize is sponsored by the Irish Prison Service through the auspices of Ciaran Nevin, Parents’ Committee member who has secured a unique and indeed a very valuable 1st prize. This is a hand-made Rocking Horse, made by the prisoners in Wheatfield Prison to the highest international safety standards and will undoubtedly become a collector’s item in the future.

Other prizes are sponsored by Dr. Paul Trueick, and Lloyds Pharmacy (thanks to Emer Carey for organising)

The proceeds will go towards the upgrading of facilities for Special Education Needs in the College, a very worthy and deserving cause. Tickets are only €3 each or two for €5 and a card of tickets has been given to every family with a student in the College. Students should note that there will be a sellers prize of a 7” tablet for “Cards sold by Students” where more than €30 is returned by that student. This prize is kindly sponsored by CTS Computers.

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New Junior Certificate Proposals

The Parents’ Association are considering preparation of a submission to the National Parents’ Council-Post Primary regarding the New Junior Certificate proposals. All Parents are welcome to make a contribution. If there are points that you would like to make relating to these proposals, which will have a significant effect on all our children in second level education, please outline your submission and drop it into the College Office for the attention of the Chairperson and Secretary of the Parent’s association. (See names on previous page)

 Retirement – The Parents’ Association wishes Mr. JJ Flynn all the very best on his retirement after 32 years teaching Technical Drawing & Graphics in St Mel’s College. We hope he has a long and enjoyable retirement.

Happy Christmas – Finally, the Parents’ Association would like to wish all Parents and Children a very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the 2015 year to Parents and all the Students of St. Mel’s College.