Open Evening: An open evening for 6th class students and their parents took place on Monday 28th January 2013. The evening was a great success. Thank you to all those that attended and we hope to see you all in September as students of our college. Many thanks to all our St. Mel’s students who came in to help on the night. Enrolment takes place in the school this Saturday, 2nd February 2013 from 9:30 to 12:00. Students are asked to bring their PPS number and official birth certificate with them. Any student who was unable to attend the open evening please contact the school to obtain a copy of our prospectus.
Meeting: The second year parent teacher meeting will take place today, Wednesday the 30th January 2012 from 3pm to 6pm.
Physics Trip: A group of students travelled to University College of Ireland – Maynooth on Wednesday last where students there showed them the facilities. Our students got to participate in some experiments and ask questions. The students felt it gave them a better, more in depth understanding of the experiments on their physics course. Thanks to Mr Collins and Ms Quinn for organising the trip.
GAA: The senior team had a very good win over St. Coleman’s, Claremorris in a challenge match in Killoe recently. The final score was St Mel’s 1-12 to St Coleman’s 1-7. Unfortunately they were defeated in extra time by the South Leinster Champions, St. Peter’s of Wexford in the championship. Final score St. Mel’s 3-7 St Peter’s, Wexford 2-14. The team were subjected to a number of dubious refereeing decisions in normal time at a stage that they led by four points and the game seemed to be going their way. In extra time one point separated the sides with one minute left and St. Mel’s last attack was broken up, St. Peter’s scored a goal from the last move of the match. This is a very young team with eleven of the players eligible again next year so hopefully the team will have learned the lessons for the future challenges. Well done to all who put in such an effort all year and to Fr. Joe McGrath and Mr Rowley for their commitment to the team. The last game of the season will be the McGee Cup final against Cnoc Mhuire Granard. This final will take Place after the mid-term break
Basketball: The first and second year Basketball teams are busy preparing for their upcoming competitions at the moment with Mick Murphy
Soccer: The Under 17 soccer team regained the West Leinster Cup in Mullingar AC grounds recently. The St. Mel’s team were the much better side in the first half and deserved more than the 1-0 lead they held at half time courtesy of a fantastic goal by Shane McCormack. Colaiste Coilm Tullamore preformed much better in the second half and piled on the pressure on the St. Mel’s defence which was well patrolled by birthday bot Quinten Lee. A second goal by Dylan Ryan should have sealed the victory but a mix up in the St. Mel’s defence led to a goal for Tullamore and to a tense last 10 minutes. Best for St. Mel’s were Q Lee, R O’Keefe, O Ryan, and R Clarke. The team now move onto the Leinster Champions League Quarter Final
Cross Country: The cross country team travelled to Sligo last Thursday for the cross country regional finals. There were some notable performances from Ronan Moffett, Niall Farrelly and Niall Nerney. The next outing is the Connaught Finals in February
Transition Year: TY are now participating in their golfing module as part of their Leisure Studies. They are in the golf range every Friday morning under the watchful eye of Pete Duignan, Golf PGA pro. They have now started their course on First Aid with members of Longford Ambulance Service. Cookery with Caroline Magovern continues on Thursday mornings.