School Notes: Mean Scoil Mhuire Longford

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Sympathy

We extend our deepest sympathy to our Art teacher Ms Ryan on the recent death of her husband Colin. We also extend our sympathy to her daughter Ava on the loss of her father. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Press Pass

Congratulations to Emma McGoey TY, who has been shortlisted for a national award in the sports category of the Press Pass competition. Emma researched and wrote an inspiring article on Mayo footballer Andy Moran, which she submitted for the competition.

She has been invited to attend an awards ceremony in the Convention Centre in Dublin on March 10 th, where Today FMs Matt Cooper will act as MC. We congratulate Emma and her teacher Mrs King and wish them the best of luck on the 10th!

Positive Health Week

This week has become a very important one in the school calendar. During Positive Health Week we focus on maintaining positive physical and mental health and highlighting the importance of both. Guest speakers have always helped us achieve this and this year is no exception. We were honoured to have renowned Offaly footballer Niall Mc Namee speak to us on Tuesday about his life experience and how he coped with the gambling difficulties he faced. We look forward to Longford Person of the Year Victor Connell coming to speak to us tomorrow. The minister for mental health Helen McEntee will visit the school on Friday morning. Thank you to the beauticians, the optician, yoga instructor, healthy eating chefs and zumba teacher who have taught us a few things and helped us enjoy ourselves along the way. We look forward to the many other events taking place during the week, eg reflexology, backcare, AWARE and the grand finale on Friday evening, the school talent show.

Ceist Bake-Off Final

Congratulations to Sinead Mc Weeney. TY, who has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 CEIST Bake-Off Final which will take place in Ardscoil na Trionoide, Athy, Co Kildare on Friday March 10 th . Sinead will have to design, bake and decorate a novelty cake with the theme of ‘Mother Nature’. Best of luck to Sinead and her teacher Ms Killian.

World Book Day

On Thursday last we celebrated World Book Day and we were all treated to free book tokens. Many of the students dressed up as their favourite book character. At lunchtime the English teachers held a quiz on books. At 10.30 we had a ‘drop everything and read’ session where everyone took out their favourite novel and read for half an hour. Results of quiz and dress-up next week.

Schools Swimming Competition

Congratulations to Elizabeth O Boyle, Aine McWeeney ( both 2 nd year) and Eve Nerney TY who recently competed for Mean Scoil Mhuire in the Connaught Schools Swimming Championships which were held in AIT Athlone. Although the girls did not qualify for the All Ireland, they all performed really well on the day. Well done girls!

Basketball

Last Thursday was the day of reckoning for both our first and second year basketball teams as they faced Dunshaughlin CS in the mall. Nothing less than a win in both categories would see them advance to the Regional semi-finals. Results next week. We hope you were successful girls!

Transition Years

Transition years are currently on work experience. Thank you to all the employers who have given us the opportunity to gain this valuable experience. Last week TY3 started their GAA coaching course and they look forward to going into the primary schools in a few weeks time. we also completed our sign language exam. Hopefully everyone passed with flying colours.