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Welcome Back

A new year! Welcome back to all staff and students after a long summer.  The opening of the year School Mass is on October 2nd. We are delighted that Bishop Francis is able to join us for this Mass as we celebrate the start of a new school year.  The Prefects for 2016/2017 will be awarded their Prefect badges by Bishop Francis after Mass.

Andrew and St. Mel’s are ambassadors!  

St. Mel’s is an Ambassador School for Cycle Against Suicide. The Ambassador School Programme established in 2013 aims to encourage schools to become actively involved in mental health promotion. As an Ambassador school we hope to lead the way locally with events promoting positive mental health. Andrew Gallagher from 5th yr was one of 14 students nationally named Student Leader Ambassador for the charity. Andrew and his 5th year classmates are already planning a spin off event. More details to follow.


We look forward to a full update on the new sports year in our notes next week.

International Students

We welcome students from Spain, Italy, France and Germany to St Mel’s! They will spend a few weeks in our school learning English and experiencing our education system. Some of them will be in the school until Hallowe’en and a few are spending the year with us.

School Drop Off

Parents and students are reminded that student drop off is outside the school gates or by using the new car park.  For health and safety reasons we ask that no parent drop students up the Avenue.

Congratulations to Leaving Certs

Congratulations to our leaving certs on their great results. The school is very proud of your achievements and we wish you the best of luck for your future.

TY News

Transition year got off to a great start with the annual climb of Croagh Patrick recently and this adventure made the front page of the Leader. We are happy to report that Jack is back among us and has suffered no ill effects from dramatic day on Croagh Patrick. TYs also visited TY EXPO and Collins Barracks last Tuesday. Courses in Photography, self-defence and cookery have all started. Work experience started last week  and we thank all local businesses for their support as work experience is an important part of the transition programme.

Junior Cert Results Success

Once again students of Ty and 5thyr have excelled themselves with fantastic Junior Cert results. There was a great ait of excitement when Mr Rowley handed out the brown envelopes! Congrats to Liam Morgan who achieved the highest results. Liam will receive the Geraldine McManus Cup for this achievement at the annual school presentations next May.

Twitter and Facebook

We remind students and friends of St. Mel’s College to follow us on Twitter @StMels and find us on Facebook for the latest school news and pictures.  Senior students should also follow Ms Concar and the St Mel’s Guidance twitter @StMelsCareers .

September 22nd 2016 St Mel’s Notes


The noticeboard in Assembly Hall is full of sports news for the new term. Trails for the Senior GAA team have taken place and their first outing is a Blitz in AIT this Friday and the u16 and U18 basketballers also had their first match (report next week). Students should watch the notice board in the Assembly Hall for training times and schedules. Sport has always been an integral part of life here in St. Mel’s since 1865 so no matter how good you are or how average you might be; the main thing is to get involved. Sports on offer are: Rugby, GAA, Basketball, Soccer, Athletics, Cricket.

Trainers for 2016- 2017 are: Senior GAA – Mr. Gacquin & Mr Farrell; U16 – Mr Cannon & Mr Collins; 1st yrs & U14 Mr Kenny; Soccer – Mr. O Connell, Mr Enright & Mr Clyne; Rugby – Steve Coy and Basketball – Mr McWeeney. All training has resumed so see teacher coaches for further details. Cricket training has not started back yet.


There’s no time to be bored in St Mel’s! After school activities last Wednesday included art, music, coding, soccer, Gaelic and basketball so definitely something for everyone’s taste!

Chess Club

Mr. Dolan has started a lunchtime chess club. It takes place each day in the school library (upstairs in new building). New members welcome!

Prefects appointed

The final prefects are being appointed this week. Prefects are an important part of the school community forging links between staff and students while also representing students and the school at public and civil events. We look forward to congratulating them when Mr. Gacquin finalises the nominations this week. Their first task as prefect will be participating in the opening of the year school Mass which takes place on October 3rd.

Agricultural Science Tour

The 5th and 6th year agricultural science classes enjoyed a great day at the ploughing championships in Tulllamore last week. Thanks to Mrs Dolan and Ms Moran for accompanying them. No doubt this will be a great help to the students as they prepare for their exams.


TY ALPHA starts again this week. This 16-week parish based programme allows TYs explore the basics of our Christian faith. Many thanks to the parish volunteers who facilitate this course. TYs have started courses in GAA coaching, cookery and photography. Work experience continues each Friday and we thank local businesses for their support.

Social Entrepreneur Talk

Many thanks to John O Shea for visiting St Mels last week. Former CEO of GOAL, John spoke about the importance of having a social conscience in today’s world. He spoke of those in the ‘forgotten world’ and urged TYs to think of thinking about social enterprise when considering a career. It was a very inspiring and motivational talk and we look forward to welcoming him back in the future.

School Notes – St. Mel’s College Sept 30th  

Higher Options

On Thursday 15th September, Leaving Certificate students attended Higher Options and visited the campus at University College Dublin. The Irish Times Higher Options is one of Ireland’s biggest student events with over 170 colleges, universities and institutes of further education present. Students had the opportunity to meet and speak directly with representatives from all the main Irish universities and colleges, as well as many from the UK, Europe and further afield. Equipped with a mass of information we later visited the UCD campus to gain an insight into life at university and we even bumped into a couple past pupils.

This is an important time for Leaving Certificate students, and on the foot of this outing, students need to put a lot of time into researching every aspect of their desired courses. The Guidance Office is open every day if students need to drop in with questions and all leaving certificate students should follow @StMelsCareers on twitter for closing dates, open days and other college information.

Rugby Success

Congratulations to our Junior and senior teams who got the year off to a inning start. Both teams played Moyne CS last week. The senior team captained by Darragh O’Connor had tremendous 58 – 19 win. Gerard Flynn scored seven tries; while Daire O’Brien, Dylan Smith and David Callaghan scored one a piece. The Junior team was captained by David Connolly and their winning final score was 29-12. Apologies from St Mel’s twitter and Facebook for getting score wing during the week. Many thanks to coach Steve Coy. Keep a watchful eye on noticeboard for next fixture.

TY Enterprise

Many thanks to Sadie Wheatley for delivering an engaging workshop to our transition year students on the Student Enterprise Awards last Wednesday. This is a national competition with regional finals and is organised by the local Enterprise Board. The TY students had a brainstorming session in the morning. Already they have some fantastic ideas for this year’s competition.

Something Fishy!

The St. Mel’s Fishing Club had a wonderful day fishing the famous hot water stretch in Lanesborough last Monday. The weather was glorious and the stretch was full of fish! The lads suggested that we should do this every Monday!  Mr Galvin, fishing expert extraordinarire, says “It was a great opportunity to educate these young anglers about watersafety and also to let them experience different types of fishing.” Many species of fish were caught including pike, perch,roach, bream and rudd. Thanks to Liam Sweeney of the Lough Ree angling hub who helped out today and supplied life jackets and tackle. Also to Chris Clyne and to Emmet Galvin, James Conway and Joe Mc Dermott from the Camlin Angling Club. These are all very experienced anglers and we’re a huge help to the lads on the trip. The fishing club will continue with the fish of the month competitions and meetings in school over the winter. They are already looking forward to their next outing next spring.