St Mel’s College
Hospice Coffee Morning
Hospice Coffee Morning was held in the college on Thursday last, with TY students putting their best foot forward for cancer patients. The response both from the student body and the staff was a wonderful tribute to the work of the Hospice and once again, special mention must go to Sheila and Derek in the Courtyard Café who yet again provided us with so many goodies for our sale. The By-Pass Challenge cannot come quick enough to let go of those extra pounds! So once again, thank you to all staff and students who contributed to this worthy cause. A total of €712 was raised for Roscommon Palliative Care in memory of Ms Geraldine McManus.
The By-Pass Challenge
It is hoped to run “The By-Pass Challenge” the week before the Halloween break. Sponsorship cards are being distributed this week. As it is our only school fundraiser this year, we hope that all students and teachers will promote it in a positive light to the community so they will sponsor us generously.
Well done to Oisin MacAnBheatha from TY who made his debut appearance TG4 on Wednesday last. He is currently sporting the “Aidan O’Shea” look and is the envy of his classmates. He was interviewed by TG4 in Hair Square as part of the “Little Mayo” weekend in Longford. Thanks to all in Hair Square for involving us.
The transition year students are now all signed up to participate in An Gaisce – The president’s Award under the guidance of their Pal, Ms Mulvihill. The mission of Gaisce is to contribute to the development of all young people through the achievement of personal challenges, and the realisation of their potential. Gaisce is the most prestigious Award in Ireland for young people aged 15 to 25. The class is looking forward to completing all their challenges and going on their adventure journey next March.
The various teams are up and running now around the school and we look forward to a good year of sport ahead. There’s still plenty of room on many of the teams, so if you’re interested just watch the noticeboards and come along to training. The Senior Team are now in full swing and in the next few weeks a final panel will be decided based on those who are committed to the year ahead. Hopefully there will be more opportunities to take up swimming in the months ahead and this will certainly help to loosen out those tired legs. Our first game against Moyne in the McGee cup should provide a few sparks for this local derby. Dessie Reynolds will captain the team this year and Larry Moran will be vice captain. The first year handball competition is now in full swing and it’s great to see all the alleys packed with players during the lunchtime break. Keep an eye on the noticeboard over the week ahead to see how your classmates are faring out! The new school policy about students staying in at lunchtime means that there will be a variety of activities over the weeks ahead to give us a break from the rigours of class so if anyone has any ideas about what they would like, please contact Mr Kenny, Fr McGrath or Mr Rowley and if it’s possible to set something up to entertain students at lunchtime, the school will do its best to help out.
Student Council Elections
There has been a great buzz in the school for the last two weeks with students from all years busy campaigning in advance of the School Council Elections. Well done to all students who put themselves forward for election. The vote took place on Friday last but we do not have the names of our new council at the time of going to print.
Attic Youth Cafe
On Friday last the first year students visited The Attic Youth Café with Ms McGuinness. They enjoyed hearing about the programmes on offer and look forward to hearing who will be chosen for the first year committee. Drop in times for the coming term are: Tuesdays from 4pm and Wednesdays from 3pm. Please note that lunchtime drop in is for third year to Leaving Cert students only. Visit the ATTIC on Facebook for its latest news.
Transition Year Physics Experience Programme.
Transition year students are currently submitting applications to Ms Quinn to take part in the UCD and TCD Transition Year Physics Experience Programme. This programme runs for one week in November and December respectively. The programme takes in only 48 TY students from different schools around the country so competition is keen. The week is aimed at Transition Year students who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in Science, particularly Physics. The programme involves lectures, seminars and practical examinations in physics.