School Notes – 16th March 2017

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.

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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.