School Notes – 30th March 2017

TY Trip

Mr Garvey and Ms Dempsey brought the transition years to Dublin last week. Before they had a shopping “fix” in Liffey Valley they went to the Real Bodies Exhibition in the old Ambassador cinema. This exhibition is not for the faint hearted or squeamish as the exhibition explores life by displaying real, 14 perfectly preserved human bodies and more than 200 anatomical specimens.

Music Exam

Congratulations to the leaving certs who completed the first part of leaving cert music last week as they did the practical element of their exam. This part of the exam is worth 50% of the overall mark.

School Run

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd years are taking part in the school run this week. Seniors who want to take part must register with Mr Kenny before Wednesday morning. A trip to Manchester is up for grabs in a raffle for all those who bring in over €30…more prizes on the day.

Fishing Club Trip

Mr Galvin is taking the lake sand shores of Lough Rowan as guests of the Rynn Shannon and District Angling Club…for the first fishing trip of the year. The club have been meeting regularly and are very excited anb0ut eh upcoming trip. We look forward to hearing on who reeled in the winning catch about the ones who got away!!

Ireland vs Wales Soccer Game

Mr O’ Connell strikes again with arranging a winning trip to the Ireland vs Wales game in Aviva last week. Although the score didn’t go green it was a great match and all 47 ticket holders had a great time cheering on the lads in green.

Book Launch

Former principal Mr Denis Glennon has written a book called “Selected Memories” of St. Mel’s College. The launch takes place on Friday April 7th at 8pm in St. Mel’s College. We invite all past pupils, teachers and friends of the college to attend.

Swift Nest Boxes

Transition year group B made swift nest boxes in wood work class with Mr Galvin. These were made for local environmentalist Larry Mitchell. Swifts are becoming more rare due to the lack of nesting places as they usually nest in the roofs of old buildings. Furthermore local populations have been displaced since the Cathedral fire. Some nest boxes were placed at St. Mel’s College last year and already have been visited by swifts who we hope will build a permanent colony here. These new nest boxes will be used around the greater Longford area to help preserve the population of these birds. This is a wonderful experience for TYs as they are combining wood work skills with ecology and saving the environment. We hope these are life lessons they will carry through life.