School Notes – 9th March 2017

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 7-30pm.

Jamie Oliver eat your heart out! 

Thanks to Ms. Noone who is doing a module of nutrition and cookery with the transition years. There have been great smells coming from the old boarding school kitchen. We have plenty of Jamie Olivers in the making!! 

Easter camp in Backstage

Best of luck to past pupil Darren Yorke who is organising is drama and improvisation camp over the Easter holidays. 

5km Run

Our annual 5km run will take place on Wednesday the 5th of April. This year each student will run the 5km t as we are rolling out a couch to 5k program with all 1st, 2nd and 3rd years which will culminate on this day.

1st Year Gaelic Football

Our first year gaelic football panel travelled to Clongish GAA on Thursday last to take part in the Super 10 blitz day organised by Longford GAA. This was an excellent day out with each of our travelling 38 boys getting 3 games each and pitting themselves against the best footballers at 1st year in Longford. While we were unsuccessful on the day in terms of silverware on the day the work which is being completed with this group every Wednesday is improving each of them as footballers and all will progress as we keep this going for the rest of the year.

6th Year Fieldwork

It was an early morning last Thursday when our 6th Year Geography group left the school for Derrygonnelly in Fermanagh to complete their fieldwork project. Upon arrival they were straight into work measuring width, depth and the bed load of the river while also discovering how to measure dissolved and suspended load. This was a valuable experience for all the students and will assist them greatly as they write up their projects in the coming weeks.

Irish debates

Bhaineamar an sult as an díospóireachrt idir Mheánscoil Mhuire agus Coláiste Naomh Mel. An rún a bhí ann ná “Crúthóidh Trump cogadh I Meiriceá”. Taimid an bhrodúil as na leaids; Jack Oates, Cian Ó Nualláin (an captain) agus Barra Ó Briain. Gabhaimid buíochas le Tomás Ó Maonaigh agus Tiernan Dolan, na moltóir.  The TYs are again honing their Irish skills again this week  as they prepare for a second debate against eh Scoil Mhuire. This time we hope to take away the spoils!


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!

Sleep Out for Simon

See assembly Hall notice board (FB and Twitter too!) for details of the Midlands Simon Community fundraiser. Monies raised will go to help the homeless in our region. This fundraiser is only suitable for staff and senior students.


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