School Notes – 25 May 2017

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.