November

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Battle of the Wits TY Quiz

Congratulations to Loran Dennigan, Barry O’Brien, Liam Morgan and Gavin Mulhern who represented St. Mel’s College in the “battle of the wits” quiz in Ballymahon recently. They had a great time but unfortunately didn’t make it through to the next round. We wish Ballymahon Convent the best of luck in the Regionals. Many thanks to our hosts in Ballymahon library and to Olive and Fiona from Longford Library who invited us to take part.

U16 Junior Cup in Leinster Schools Rugby

Congratulations to captain David Connolly, coach Steve Coy and the entire panelof the u16 rugby team who last Tuesday earned their place in the Leinster Cup Quarter final after a successful game vs St Ciarans, Kells. The final score was 29 – 19. Making his debut for St Mel’s was Ben Victory who scored 2 tries. Other try scorers were Tomas Mc Dermott and Rory Lennon. Converting 3 out of 4 tries and scoring the penalty (final score in game) was Simon Moorhead. Paddy Loughlin, Evan Hogan also donned the Mel’s rugby jersey for the first time.  The game was played in Longford Rugby Club.

Sympathy

Last Monday marked the end of an era in St Mel’s College as Nan Geraghty from the Mel’s Gate Lodge was laid to rest today RIP. For over 40 years she and Tom guarded the College gates and were friends to so many Mel’s students and teachers. And so it was fitting that some Mel’s students and Principal Declan Rowley paid their respects on our behalf as she journeyed for one last time passed the college gates. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Christmas Concert

The annual Christmas Concert will take place on Wednesday 21st of December. Students are busy preparing for two performances; one during the school day and a second that evening for friends and family. See Ms Trudy Farrell or Ms Oates for further details.

Science Quiz

Well done to Conor Moran, Pauric Halpin, Ronan Moffett, Mohammud Adil, Keith Gray and Daniel Connell who took part in the annual Regional Senior Science Quiz organised by the Irish Science Teachers Assocciation in Athlone last Thursday night.

Although no silverware was won on the night both  teams put in a very strong performance and  finished just two points off the prize winners. Opposition was  tough  with 30 teams from the region including schools from Mullingar, Roscommon, Tullamore, Athlone and Longford gathered in Athlone Institute of Technology for the event.  

The event is hosted yearly by the Irish Science teachers association and was chaired by Sean Reidy Lecturer and research assistant at Athlone IT. The Quiz followed the standard table quiz format with questions drawn from the Leaving Certificate Syllabi in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and general scientific knowledge. Thanks to Ms.Dolan and Ms. Quinn for organising the event. Well done lads.

Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to all students who supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Your brightly coloured present will bring joy to another child this Christmas.

Student Council

Over the coming weeks the student council will be collecting for the St. Vincent de Paul food appeal. We ask that student and staff support their efforts by bringing in one non-perishable item.

Intergenerational Quiz

Last week eight TV boys went to St Joseph to do a table quiz with the service users. It was great fun and a great competition. The boys have been invited back to St Josephs to perform a Christmas concert. Both residents from St Josephs and TYs look forward to the next visit.

Senior Win

The sun was shining and Mel’s were in top form. Last Wednesday the senior panel made history as they togged out for the first ever senior championship match to be played on home grounds. Prior to this, Mel’s home games have been played in Killoe or Pearse Park. The upgrade of our back pitch will see all senior home games played in the college. Mel’s played Maynooth PP with a final score of 3- 9 to 8 points. Congratulations to captain Gavin Hughes, the senior panel and coaches Mr Gacquin and Mr Farrell. It was great to see so many familiar faces at the game so thanks also to parents and former teachers and students who came to cheer the lads on. #wearemels #aemulavirtus 

CAT tests

First years completed CAT tests before the midterm. These standardised tests allow the school understand pupils developed abilities and likely academic ability. The results will be used by the school to monitor individual pupil progress and set targets for development as they identify students’ strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences so that each student can maximise their potential.

Fireworks talk!

Many thanks to Garda Michael Belton for giving the 1st years a talk on Halloween safety and the use of fireworks. He reminded the students that they could enjoy the Halloween festival without breaking the law.

RNLI

We were very pleased to host our second visit from the RNLI on Tuesday October 25th. Tony Hiney, RNLI Community fundraiser for the RNLI West/North West, was delighted to return to St Mel’s following our tour de force fundraising with a “Bucket Water Challenge” last year. (Mr Kenny take another bow!) . His visit this year, accompanied by Robbie West, a volunteer crew member from RNLI Lough Ree / Athlone, was a calmer affair (nobody got soaked) but no less enjoyable. First years and TYs were treated to a no nonsense talk from Tony about water safety and the sometimes tragic aftermath that the RNLI have to deal with when open water is taken for granted. Robbie spoke of the intensive training that crew members have to engage in and invited his young listeners to consider volunteering when they leave school.  Samuel Clays (1st year) and Michael McCann (TY) were only too happy to step onto the catwalk and model the RNLI wetsuits, drysuits, wellies and headgear. We were all brought back to reality when we heard the cost of each individual item. We promised to put our heads together and think up some novel fundraising ideas to support this worthy cause. Hopefully, an RNLI visit will become an annual event in our school. Many thanks to Tony and Robbie for their engaging and informative talk.

Slashers Player of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Daire O’Brien form 5th year who won player of year for u16 and also to Mario Pirlog was awarded u14 player of the year.

Parents Association AGM

The annual general meeting of the Parent’s Association will take place on Monday November 14th in the Assembly Hall, St Mel’s College. Elections for 1st year parent’s representatives will take place.  All parents are invited to attend.

Cricket

Congrats to St. Mel’s cricket coach Neil Swaby who was short listed for Leinster Coach of the Year. Neil is a volunteer coach in St Mel’s and comes in weekly to mentor and train the newly formed cricket team.  Short list or not Neil is top of our list!