School Notes – 2nd March 2017

Basketball News! Hard luck to our basketball teams who were unable to overcome the Strong Colaiste Iosagain teams in the Midland schools A basketball league last Wednesday. While the 1st Years recovered well from a big 1st quarter deficit, in the end the gap proved too big to close and they lost out by 7 points. However this should be enough to see them safely into the playoff stages. The 2nd years played strong defence for much of the game but were unable to convert at the other end and were comprehensively beaten by the visiting team. They must now await the results of other games to find out if they have qualified for the playoff stages. In the meantime, 2nd Year training will continue each Wednesday at 3pm.

WELLFEST Positive mental health week ran in St Mel’s College from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March. It was a major success and really highlighted the importance of mental wellbeing. There were so many highlights from the first year Haka to world book day putting emphasis on mental health books, Niall Breslin a familiar favourite. We also had a sports day and guest speakers including GPA officer and star GAA player for Offaly and Rhode Niall McNamee. Fr McGrath ran several workshops on Friday discussing every issue that may affect mental health. Music had a huge part to play this week, we had a huge emphasis on getting into the mood and feeling positive vibes integrating the positive images all around the school. We also had surprise guests as Mario and Luigi landed with lollipops sponsored by local businesses. These pops had special messages….you are lovely, lovable and loved! The TYs were exemplary in their planning and integration. Well done lads! Thank you to all the staff for their patience and participation. It really was a famous week for the school and another positive drive for the Cycle Against Suicide. Remember IT’S OK NOT TO FEEL OK AND ABSOLUTELY OK TO ASK FOR HELP!

TY Cookery thanks to Ms. Noone who is doing a module of nutrition and cookery with the transition years. This week they cooked pancakes but focused on how to make them nutritious. We look forward to hear

Ash Wednesday Thanks to Fr. McGrath for our Ash Wednesday prayer services. He distributed Ashes to each year group in the College Chapel.

Lent On Wednesday last we gathered in the College Chapel in our different year groups to mark the beginning of our journey through Lent. Fr. McGrath reminded us that students have gathered like this for over 100 years and he emphasised how important it was for us to honour the light of faith handed down to us through the decades. Recalling the spirit of Pope Francis Fr. McGrath suggested that Lent was not about the big things but about the little kindnesses that we can show to those around us especially our parents and those who take care of us. His final question left us with something to think about…over these 40 days of Lent what might you be able to do to show a little more gratitude to your parents?

Eir Ambassador!  Reminder to Junior and Leaving cert students that Peadar Kenny (TY) is an ambassador for eir study hub. This website has some study notes and tips that exam students might find helpful. See Peadar for further details on how to access these notes.

Subject Choice Workshop Parents of third and Transition year are invited to a meeting on subject choice for the senior cycle on March 9th at 7-30pm.