St Mel’s College notes

International Junior Science Olympiad

International Junior Science Olympiad

Well done to Seán Noonan of fourth year who has been chosen on the basis of his results in Science and Maths in the Junior Certificate 2013 to go for trials to represent Ireland in the International Junior Science Olympiad in India and the European Union Science Olympiad in Greece. We wish Seán the very best of luck and well done to his teachers, Ms Imelda Murphy and Mr Eddie Collins.

Jersey Day

A Jersey Day was held in the school on Thursday last. This was to raise funds for the new school library. We hope to have the library open during lunchtimes in the near future. So far we have raised over €500. Next Thursday (October 10) will be “Donate a Book” day so we ask all students to look for unwanted books at home and to bring one into school. Many thanks to Longford County Library for their recent book donation to our library.

Games Room

The Games room is now opened to first year students at lunchtime from 12.50 -1.20 every day. It is located beside the John Gerety Hall. First year students can now pass their lunch hour with a game of pool, air hockey, table tennis and darts as well as chess, drafts or cards and many other board games. Thank you to the TY class for volunteering to supervise the room.

Student Council

The student council had their AGM on Wednesday last and elected the following committee. Chairman: Joe Noone; Vice Chairman: Ian Gerety; Secretary: Niall Farrelly; Treasurer: Rory O’Brien; Public Relations Officers: Adam Fenelon and Daniel Craig. Thanks to Ms Dempsey for all her work with this group.

Experimental Physics NUI Maynooth

Mr Collins and Ms Quinn have enrolled fourth and fifth year Physics students to take part in a workshop at NUI Maynooth. Sponsored by Intel and Yakult, the workshop offers students the chance to conduct over 20 interactive experiments, over the course of a day. It is of tremendous benefit to students as they approach the Leaving Certificate. Students receive hands-on experience of the practical side of their studies. Practical work is an integral part of learning and understanding science and students also gain an insight into University life.


We welcome Mr Benjamin Blanc to St Mel’s College. Ben comes from Marseille, France. Ben will be working in St Mel’s College as a foreign language assistant until June 2014. He will work with all French language students and help students use French as a living language and not just as a “school language”. We hope Ben has an enjoyable stay in St Mel’s College.

TY Aisling Longford Leader Project

Well done the TY students who have been working with students from Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard and Scoil Mhuire, Longford on a supplement for the Aisling Children’s Festival which takes place later this month. The Longford Leader supplement with all articles written by these students will be out on October 16. All students have been working on a poetry and short story competition for this in English classes. We look forward to seeing the winning entries in print!

Senior Football – Mc Gee Cup Semi Final

The senior team got off to a flying start in their first competitive match of the year with a solid performance against a spirited Moyne team in Killoe yesterday afternoon. A beautiful afternoon for a match, both teams took off at pace with some great points coming early on in the match. Mel’s took a decisive step forward at that stage with a cool goal finish from ice man Ruairi Clarke and with uber-fit Dessie Reynolds given plenty of room to roam, slowly Mel’s scoring power began to kick in. Ronan Sheahan continued his stellar season at full-back and with Darragh Mc Loughlin marshalling the troops at centre half, the Mel’s attack were given more and more opportunities as the game went on.

Clarke and Reynolds continued to notch up the scores up front while Peter Hanley-centre half forward, Ronan Duffy-midfield and the firey John Hand-right half forward continued to work at a ferocious pace to ensure that Moyne were never allowed to creep back into the game despite their valiant efforts. Gareth Dennigan proved to be a revelation at right half back turning a man of the match display and he formed a clever understanding with Mel’s keeper Daniel Doherty to win kick out after kick out in the latter part of the match. The quick ball into the forward line ensured that no momentum was lost right through the finishing line. Final score St. Mel’s 4-9, Moyne 1-7. Both Moyne and Mel’s will be happy with the first run out of the year and we’re sure that as the year proceeds further challenge matches between the two should provide stern tests for both teams. We wish both schools every success for the year ahead.  The Mc Gee cup final now awaits Mel’s and it is the ideal opportunity to begin to build both for the league and championship which kicks off in November, immediately after the mid-term break.