It has been a busy term for the students of Templemichael College, both inside and outside the classroom.
To begin with, the students had the opportunity to go watch the Republic of Ireland play against Georgia on October 6.
Forty-six students from the school were there to cheer on the team to victory.
As part of European Languages week the school held a table quiz for the students in the different European languages on September 26. The students enjoyed this fun and educational event.
The Transition Year students have been particularly busy this term.
The students have been taking part in a Big Brother-Big Sister program in the school and are helping the first years to adapt to life in a new school.
To add to this, Mr Prunty brought the Transition Year students to Paul Gurney’s recording studio for a chance to record a song for the school called “Our School”.
The TYs also opened a Tuck shop in the school. Mrs Fallon has commented that the shop is innovative and creative, selling a wide range of products from school stationary to snacks and it is teaching the students important skills such as advertising, promotion, record-keeping and team work.
Mr Slowey is helping the Transition Year students to create and keep a blog on their activities during the year.
This will come into great use on the week beginning November 24, as the students are beginning their work experience in businesses throughout the town such as; James Victory Veterinary clinic, Esquires, Boots pharmacy and Panelto Foods.
The students will gain great life experience from this and it will hopefully help with their career decisions.
The TYs also had an Enterprise talk thanks to Seline from the Youth Connect program. Seline gave the students an interesting and relevant presentation on trade unions, worker's rights and responsibilities. The students really enjoyed the talk and found it very useful.
This is our first year to take part in the Christmas shoe box appeal. During early October, Alison Murphy, a volunteer for Team Hope came into the TY class and gave us an inspiring talk about Team Hope’s work. The team is hoping to bring shoe boxes to Syria this year. The shoe boxes will be collected from school on Monday, November 14. Any donations towards the shoe box appeal will be greatly appreciated.
The students in school also took part in bag packing on two separate occasions.
The Transition Year students did bag packing for Aware in Tesco. The students from third year up to Leaving Cert also took part in bag packing in Dunnes Stores over two days in aid of St Vincent De Paul. Aware also gave the students a Beat the Blues talk at the end of September.
The students in the school also received a talk on bullying from Longford Youth service with the hope of highlighting to them the damage that can be done from bullying. The road safety authority also came in to give the students a presentation on road safety.
Templemichael College would like to say goodbye and good luck to the Spanish students who have attended the school from the beginning of the school year. They returned home on October 28.
The Spanish students studied across all years and really added to school life during their visit.
The school would also like to wish the best of luck to the Italian students who spent a week with the school during the term. To all of the students who are going home thank you, goodbye and good luck.
The week beginning October 17 was the beginning of Maths week. The school had activities and challenges including working on Magnahigh.com, a site designed for maths resources in schools. The maths teachers in the school also put maths problems and puzzles up on the notice boards throughout the school for the students to solve.
The under 15 and under 17 boys soccer teams are busy training and their season will begin once they come back after midterm break.
Finally all the staff and students in Templemichael College would like to wish Ann Marie Flynn a very happy retirement.
Ann Marie taught in Templemichael College for 39 years and was greatly admired and respected by the whole body of people who worked and attended the school down through the years.
She will be deeply missed in the school and from all of us at Templemichael College - go raibh míle maith agat.