St. Mel’s College, Longford

UCD Awards: Congratulations to past pupils Dermot Brady, Andrew Dalton, Shane Skelly, Dan Sullivan and Robert Yorke who received a scholarly award in a special ceremony in UCD on Wednesday last. These awards are given to students who achieved 540 point or more in their Leaving Certificate. This is a very commendable recognition to receive.

UCD Awards: Congratulations to past pupils Dermot Brady, Andrew Dalton, Shane Skelly, Dan Sullivan and Robert Yorke who received a scholarly award in a special ceremony in UCD on Wednesday last. These awards are given to students who achieved 540 point or more in their Leaving Certificate. This is a very commendable recognition to receive.

ISTA Science Quiz: 6 leaving certificate students travelled to Athlone IT on Thursday last to take part in the regional finals of ISTA senior science quiz. Well done to our team Andrew Halloran, Razi Ul-Munim and Torlough Mulligan who came first place in the quiz and our second team of Luke Casserly, William Twaddle and Dominic Sherry who came in 3rd place, only one point behind the second place. Both teams have now qualified for the National Final to take place in Trinity College, Dublin on the 24th November. Well done and best of luck in the National Finals to both teams.

Science Week 2012: Last week students took part in several events to celebrate Science Week 2012. Aaron Clyne, Dylan Ryan, David Murphy, Davin Clyne and Lee Manning from 3rd year visited Abbotts with Ms Dolan for the “Operation Discovery Programme”. Students carried out everyday experiments such as chromatography, testing pH of materials and they even isolated their own DNA. A great day was had by all students. The Transition years had a very informative visit to Cameron Willis on Friday accompanied by Ms T Farrell and Ms Noone. The displays on the notice board in the Assembly Hall last week also provoked a lot of discussion about Science. The optical Illusions were especially enjoyed.

Christmas Exams: That time of year is looming again. First years will have class based tests from Monday 3rd December. 2nd and 4th year tests will be from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th December. 3rd years will be from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th December. 5th years will be from Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th December. The Mocks will be held in February before the midterm break. Better hit those books lads!

Parent Teacher Meetings: Thank you to all those 5th year parents who attended the parent teacher meeting last week. The teachers appreciated the opportunity to discuss their son’s progress. The 3rd year parent teacher meeting will be held on the 12th December 2012 from 3 to 6pm.

Under 16 Football: Well done to the under 16 Gaelic Football team who had a great win away against a very fancied St. Mary’s Mullingar team in the first round of the North Leinster League last week. The team showed quiet determination to lead 2-10 to 1-2 at half time having played with a very strong wind in the first half. The goals came from midfielders Shane Thompson and Ryan O’Keefe. In the second half great play by Dessie Reynolds, Cillian Lee and Peter Lynn repelled the Mullingar attack while up front John Hand had his best ever game in a St. Mel’s jersey scoring 1-3 and causing the Mary’s back line all sorts of trouble Final score St. Mel’s 3-12 St. Mary’s 3-6. Well done to Mr Rowley and Mr Collins who train the team.

Under 14 Football: The team followed their victory over St. Mary’s, Edenderry with a very convincing display over Athlone Community College. Four first half goals left St. Mel’s in a great position at the break and an exhibition at point taking in the second half left the final score St. Mel’s 5-20 Athlone Community College 0-1

Basketball: The Under 16 and Under 19 teams are playing away against Newbridge on Monday next November 25th. Mick Murphy is busy preparing the 1st and 2nd year teams for their competition after Christmas

Tidy Towns: Congratulations to the TY students who got a special mention at the recent tidy towns awards. The TY class help the tidy towns committee every Monday afternoon

CSPE Project: Recently Junior Cert classes 112 and 114 went on a visit to Castlerea Prison. The trip showed them the reality of prison life. The students enjoyed this trip immensely. They would like to thank you to Ms McGuire, Ms Fallon and Ms T Farrell for accompanying them.

Work Experience: The Transition Years are currently out on work experience for this week and next. We would like to extend a big thank you to all the employers who have taken on some students.

Crafty Creations: St. Mel’s Crafty Creations is a mini company set up and run by the Transition Year class. They produce high quality wooden products at reasonable prices. The company’s Managing Director is Eoin Corcoran, Finance and Promotions Manager is Mark Mulleady, Production and Quality Control Manager is Jack Kelly, Marketing and Sales Manager is Callum O’Brien and Peter Clyne is the Secretary and HR Manager. All the products are handcrafted and manufactured by the transition year class in the school’s woodwork room. Each product has a unique design and all the timber is locally sourced. 15% of the profits will be donated to Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Anyone who would like to view these fantastic products and who wish to purchase or place an order can do so by checking out the company website at www.StMelscraftycreations.weebly.com, follow us on Facebook or check out our videos on Youtube. The products will be for sale at Bank of Ireland branch in Longford as part of enterprise week from 19th – 23rd of November and the Temperance Hall on Sunday 25th of November. Hope to see you there!