October

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YouTube Channel

Students Clement (5th yr) , Adeoyin (2nd yr) and Emmanuel (1st yr) are calling on St Mel’s students to follow their YouTube channel called CA vibe which is all about football!

School Mass

We and our opening of the school year Mass in St Mel’s Cathedral last Monday. Bishop Fancies said the mass and we thank him for always being available to visit the college on occasions such as these. The newly elected prefects were awarded theta badges of honour after Mass. Once again the music by Anita ad Josephine was amazing and we thank them for sharing their talent with us.

NUIG Talk

A great many thanks to Grainne from National University Galway (NUIG) for talking to the leaving certs last week. The talk included course descriptions and grant details and also how to make best use of going to college open days.

ATTIC

Congratulations to Ruth, Jim and all the team in the ATTIC on the official opening last weekend. The ATTIC house is a great facility for young people in Longford. Many Mel’s students avail of its many services. Transition Years will soon start a leadership programme with the Attic House .

Fishing Club News

Fishing club competition for October! Cast your reel, take a pic and send to Mr Galvin to be in for a chance to winning Club Competition.

Bin It!

The first years had a talk on litter last week reminding us all of our civic duty to bin it. There was a special emphasis on chewing gum reminding us to bin our gum when we are done.

Ireland vs Georgia

Many thanks to Mr O Connell for arranging a trip to the Ireland vs Georgia match last week. 45 lucky students and 5 teachers headed off to the Aviva Stadium las t Thursday to watch the Republic of Ireland play Georgia in the World Cup Qualifier.

Sports Round up

Training continues for the various teams each day. Please see assembly hall notice board for details of each sport. It’s not too late to join us so see relevant coach. Don’t forget that the Chess Club meets each day in the school library. Art, music and coding classes take place each Wednesday after school.

St Mel’s College Notes October 14th

Great TY Bake Off!

TY cookery class headed to 0’ Donohue’s bakery in Tullamore last week. Following a on talk on the history of the family bakery and allergens and additives they got to experience the bread making process from beginning to end. It was certainly a “hands on” experience as the lads got to make some products themselves. Part of this project involves Mel’s students going to Dunnes for their product launch of their new bread and explaining the new ingredients and process in o’ Donoghues bread. It was a great experience. Hopefully the TYs who didnt get to Tullamore last week will make a visit later in the year. .

TY Zeminar!

On Tuesday 11th October Transition Year students attended Zeminar, an event for Generation Z, particularly those aged between 15 and 20, their parents, teachers, mentors and coaches.  Zeminar aims to introduce young people to some of the best and most innovative organisations on this island. Throughout the day there were workshops, influential speakers and fun activities.  Some speakers included Maria Walsh, Jonny Cooper, Dr. Brian Carson and Doug Leddin. Students also enjoyed trying new activities like tennis, sumo wrestling, squash, boxing ring, badminton and lots more!

Facebook and Twitter

Reminder to students to follow and like the schools facebook and twitter accounts. Leaving certs are reminded by Ms Concar to follow the careers twitter which has daily regular updates on careers, grants and course options for next year.

 

1st year Blitz

Mr Kenny headed to Ballymahon with a bus of very excited 1st yrs on Tuesday last Tuesday for a football blitz. Wining one match and accepting defeat on the other didn’t dampen their spirits. Hopefully this will be the start of 5 years of success, friendship and sport for these lads. Thanks to Longford GAA for arranging this event.

Senior Football

The Senior Gaelic team played Athlone Community College last Wednesday. The skills displayed on both sides made for an excellent display of football. It was a tight first half seeing both teams evenly matched. However Robbie O’Connell gave St Mel’s the edge over Athlone with a brilliant goal from 40 yards out. St Mel’s came out with all guns blazing in the second half and were the dominant force in this battle. the final score saw Mel’s triumphant with a winning score of 6-14 to 1-7. Many thanks to our coaches/ mentor Mr Gacquin and Mr Farrell. This match was the second match in the league.

SVP Bag Pack

Thanks to our prefects who spent last Friday in Dunnes Stores helping St. Vincent de Paul with their annual bag pack. This annual event allows the local conference of SVP assist families in need.

LCVP Talk

Thanks to Selena Lindsay from Youth Connect who spoke to LCVP and 5th year Business students last week. This workshop was run by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) education programme Youth Connect. The talk focused rights and responsibilities in the workplace, trade unions, the history of worker’s rights and industrial relations issues among others. It was an interesting talk and will no doubt be useful when the exams come round.