St Mel’s College notes

Welcome back

Welcome back

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all our students especially all the first years who joined the college this year. We hope your time in St Mel’s College will be happy. Also, we are delighted to have Ms Emma Dempsey back on our staff teaching Business and we would like to welcome Mr Kenny who has taken up the position of PE and Geography teacher.

New Management

We were all delighted to hear the news of Mr Rowley’s appointment as Principal here in St Mel’s College. The staff and students would like to congratulate Mr Rowley and wish him the very best with his new position. We all look forward to the year ahead under his guidance. We would also like to wish Mr Damian Cunningham, our previous principal, all the best in his retirement.

Exam results

Congratulations to all our Leaving and Junior Certificate students on their excellent results in the state exams. Best of luck to our recent Leaving Certificate students who are heading off to colleges throughout the country.

Abbott Operation Discovery Programme

Ms Quinn is currently selecting students from third year science to take part in the Abbott Operation Discovery Programme. As part of this programme, students will spend a full day at the Abbott site here in Longford. Their visit to the Abbott facility will include a plant tour, engaging science presentations, experiments and lunch. This will give students an opportunity to engage in hands-on laboratory work. This experience provides students with a real world application of what they are learning in school.

Transition Year

Transition Years had a busy start to the year with modules starting in Art, Drama, Self-defence and Karate. The students had their first trip away on Monday last when they were accompanied by Ms Farrell and Fr Joe to Mayo and managed to climb Croagh Patrick where they had a class mass on the summit. There was a truly international feel to the gathering with people from all over the world coming together in the little chapel at the top of the mountain for a special mass to pray for all their intentions. A great day was had by all even if the legs were a little stiff for the days afterwards! The students did this to raise money for Goal. Further details next week on the amount raised.

Coffee morning

Our annual Hospice coffee morning will be held in the school on Thursday, September 19. We hope that everyone will support us this year to raise as much money as possible to donate to Roscommon Palliative Care, who cared for Ms McManus before she passed away in June.

Running club

All students are welcome to join Mr Enright and Ms Farrell in The Mall on Wednesdays at 3pm for a 5k run.

Senior football

The Senior Gaelic panel are up and running for the new season with a great buzz slowly beginning to build among all the lads. Training so far has been a mixture of running and skills work and hopefully as the year goes on that might include swimming and water therapy to ease out any muscle aches and strains incurred during matches. The first competitive match takes place against Roscommon CBS towards the end of September and this McGee Cup match will give us all a chance to create some kind of game plan for the campaign ahead. We hope to have a full and dedicated panel finally sorted out in the next two weeks and all players are still welcome to come and try out for the panel before final numbers are sorted.

Bishop Colm

Bishop Colm celebrated one of his final Parish Masses over the weekend, and on behalf of all in our St Mel’s College community, we wish Bishop Colm good health during his retirement for many years ahead. Bishop Colm was a regular visitor here to us in St Mel’s and we thank him for all his interest and support over the years. We look forward to welcoming our new Bishop Francis to the College, sometime in early October for our opening year mass.


There will be a full round up of all sports in next weeks paper. See the notice boards in the Assembly Hall and outside the Games Room for details of training and for sign up sheets.

School library

Plans are underway to restock the school library. Further details of this in next weeks paper.