School Notes – 26th October 2017

Seeds of Integration

This week we received our printed ‘EAL Induction’ booklet that was created by last year’s Student Council. The student council received a grant to produce these booklets from the Organizing Bureau of Secondary School Student Unions. This ‘Seeds of Integration’ project was funded to provide an inclusive environment within the school community. The council decided to create an ‘Induction Pack’ for students who arrive into our school from other countries and have English as an additional language. In the booklet it includes instructions on the school, timetable, school uniforms, maps of the school and helpful phrases that students may need to settle into our school community. There is also information on how students can participate in the school community and how to be part of the student council.

Past Pupil Launches Book

Congratulations to past pupil Ronan McGreevy on the launch of “Centenary” this week. Edited by Ronan this book commemorates the 1916 Centenary programme and compiles first-person testimonies and accounts, as well as photographs, of some of the events that took place.  Ronan was in the audience of the Late Late Show on Friday night when host Ryan Tubrity gave special mention to the The Irish Times journalist and Centenary. Ronan was our guest speaker at the school presentations last May and as a past student of Mr. Jim Waldrons was delighted to be there for the student presentation to Mr Waldron on the occasion of his retirement from teaching after 39 years.

Modern language Week Competition Update

The winners of first year  Modern Language poster competition from Ms Hayden’s class, Darragh Carberry, Alex Watts, Matthew Flynn, Alex Killane and Mikie Mulvey.

Basketball Success   

Congratulations to Morgan Nowell who was the only St Mel’s student selected to play in the Basketball Ireland Post Primary Schools “BIPPS” U15 Inter-Regionals in UL last weekend. Morgan represented St Mel’s playing for the MIDLANDS Basketball team in the Post Primary Inter Regional Tournament. The Midlands team Won the Plate final on the Sunday , which was  a fantastic result. The competition consisted of nine regional area’s playing through two Pool’s. Well done Morgan!

Maths week

Thanks to the Maths teachers for arranging events and activities in their classes to celebrate maths week. 1st years in particular enjoyed a maths table quiz while other year groups solved maths puzzles and Sudoku in class.


The TYs have started their GAISCE programme. It is great to see so many students participating in such a worthwhile award.  Best of luck to all students especially Barry who is going for his silver award medal. Please ensure all consent forms have been returned to the school PAL (Ms Laffan). Any student who hasn’t yet signed up and wishes to do so can give their name to MS Laffan.


Our under 17 soccer team got our year off to a winning start with a hard-earned victory over St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge in Gainstown last week. Isaac Abankwah opened the scoring with a powerful header in the first half but St. Joseph’s deservedly equalised just before half time. St. Mel’s upped the tempo in the second half and Cian Dooner added both goals, the first from a great cross by Stephen Ayodele. Best for Mel’s were D. Reilly, A. Kelly J. Neary and T. Ivel. Team: S. Igoe, S. Ayodele, D. Reilly, J. Finn, T. Ivel, J. Moran, A. Kelly, M. Cureja (M. O Boyle), I. Abankwah, J. Neary (C. Coyle) and C. Dooner

First Years & U-14 GAA Football News

Well done to all the 1st and 2nd years who have been attending Skill Development Sessions on Tuesday and Friday morning at 8am. These sessions are focused on the fundamental Gaelic football skills such as catching, kicking & hand passing. The aim of the sessions is to help develop and enhance these skills on students’ dominant and non-dominant sides.

Our U14 team have played two games so far in their North Leinster league. We had two tough defeats against St. Pats of Navan and Edenderry. This has not disheartened the boys who have been showing great work ethic and application to training and games.

Although they have been making huge progress unfortunately the results may not show it but with a narrow defeat to Moate and CBS Mullingar the lads showed great character. There is a huge pool of talent at this age group which will click in time to come.

We have one remaining game against Marist College. As this bunch are making steady progress we expect a promising result.


Happy Halloween and happy midterm to all staff and students. School reopens on Monday November 6th.