School News May 30th 2013

Poster Competition
Ms. Colum organised sixty entries from the college for this competition to raise awareness of used chewing gum as litter. The competition was sponsored by Leitrim County Council. Jessica Dobson, Michelle Hackett and Laura O’Neill came first, second and third in the competition. Wiktoria Fangor earned a special prize for the most creative entry.

Examinations
We wish all our State Exam students the best of luck in the weeks ahead and in particular the Leaving Certs as they leave second level education to embark on the next phase of their lives.

Shannonside
The Transition Years broadcast a twenty minute slot on Shannonside radio last week – they gave a great portrayal into life in Mohill CC and an insight into the school life of a TY student. Mary Clare and an assistant recorded the piece a number of weeks ago. Transition Year students had an outing to Zipit in Forest Park during the week.

Horseriding
The Autism class have had weekly visits over six weeks to Moorland Equestrian centre in Drumshanbo. The students enjoyed the experience – thanks to Karen and her team. Ms. Purcell, Ms. Cunningham, Ms. Conway and Ms. Garvey were in support.

Incoming First Years.
Ms. Hanly made a presentation to a well attended meeting of First Year parents on transition to Secondary School. Incoming First Years are invited to the school on Monday July 1st for a day to sample a little Science, German and Home Economics. The experience will help the group to get to know one another and will allow them to have the school to themselves for a day.

Awards Day.
The following received awards:-

Junior girls sports – Caoimhe Canning.
Junior boys sports – Keith Beirne
Senior girls sports – Aileen Flynn
Senior boys sports – Caillin Canning.
Leaving Cert Construction – Kenton McCormack
Junior Cert Construction – Alan Tuthill
Leaving Cert Art – Steven Keenan
Junior Cert Art – Odharnait McGuinness
LCVP – Rebecca Tierney
LC Engineering – Evan Ward
JC Engineering – Dylan Ward
Ag Science – Rebecca Tierney
JC Home Economics – Cait McHugh
Best Leaving Cert results 2012 – Caroline Moran
Best Junior Cert results 2012 – Fiona McGowan
Dáire McKiernan
Greatest effort awards.
First Year – David Duignan
Second Year – Niamh Donnelly
Third Year – Collette Gannon
TY – David Mulvey
Fifth Year – Robert McCaffrey
Sixth Year – Shauna McGrath

Student of the Year Awards.

First Year – Tadhg Mulligan
Second Year – Ryan Shanley
Third Year – Shauna Diffley
Transition Year – Shannon Cassells
Fifth Year – Alicia Kiernan
Sixth Year – Patricia Forde

Overall Student of the Year and winner of the Bank of Ireland Trophy – Kara Mulligan.

Lourdes
Ciara Tiernan, Louise Bohan and Michelle Beirne have travelled as assistants on the diocesian pilgrimage.

Thanks
We thank the Leitrim Observer staff for publishing our school news weekly throughout the year.

Bereavements
We sympathise with Louise and Kevin Bohan and family on the death of their grandaunt – Mrs. Fagan.
We also extend our sympathy to Orla, Robert and Joe McCaffrey and their families on the death of their granduncle – Michael Wrynn.
Condolences also to Kara and Celine Mulligan, Kate, Laura, Peter and Alison O’Neill and families on the death of their granduncle – Peter O’Neill. May they all rest in peace.

School News May 23rd 2013

History Tour
Ms. Moreton’s Second Year History class visited Newgrange, the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Mellifont and Monasterboice with its high crosses. Mr. Kehir, Ms. Gallagher, Ms. Fritz and Ms Guenineche accompanied the group.

Irish Tour
Fifth Year Irish students visited Inismór on a sun soaked day and traversed the island on bicycles. They saw Dún Aengus and got an idea of life on an Irish speaking island. They were taken by Ms R. Tiernan, Ms. McCarville and Ms. Guenineche.

All Ireland Qualifiers.
A number of students qualified in athletics for the All Ireland Finals on foot of success in the Connacht Finals in Athlone.

Michelle and Dearbhaile Beirne and Ashling McNabola qualified in the walk. Mollie Crossley qualified in the hurdles. Oisin Madden was unlucky as he came fourth in the 100m. Sibéal Reynolds came third in the Minor Long Jump but Minors do not progress to an All Ireland. Ms. Yorke co-ordinates Athletics in the school.

Hurling.
Second Year boys attended a hurling Blitz in Cavan. Most were newcomers to the sport, the college had two teams, it was a great experience for the boys. Mr. Duffy was in charge on the day and was impressed with the skill levels on show.

Transition Year Awards.
The Waterfront in Belfast was the venue for the Annual Awards for all participants in the Key programme from North and South of the border. The College won best enterprise award for the business “Hook-n-Hang”, where products were developed and sold for hanging clothes, keys and jewellery. Fiona McGowan and Claire Rogers were members of the group and got certificates and a 30 pound gift voucher each.

Bereavement.

We sympathise with Fiona and Shane McGowan and their families on the death of their grandmother – Mrs. Nellie McGowan. May she rest in peace.

School News May 16th 2013

Girls Active
Ms. McCarville took the girls active group to Zipit, which involves high wire activities in Lough Key on Thursday last.

First Year Trip
Fifty First Years went on a school trip to Bay Watersports near Athlone for a day of water based activities. They were accompanied by their year head, Mr. Nolan and Ms. Nertney.

First Year Boys Football
The boys were defeated in the first game of the Connacht League against Glenamaddy. From the word go the energy, enthusiasm and will to win was missing in this game, probably because Mohill had beaten Glenamaddy previously in the Connacht Championship. Nevertheless they game a good enough account of themselves scoring 5-5 to Glenamaddy’s 6-9. Mr. Nolan is in charge of this team.

Lion King.
The Autism class visited the Bord Gais Theatre to see the renowned musical – all were suitably impressed. They were accompanied by Ms. Murphy, Ms. Cunningham and Ms. Conway.

Leaving Cert Mass.
Thanks is due to all the students, parents and teachers, who together with Fr. Murphy and Fr. Burke, ensured this was a beautiful ceremony. The theme was ‘Carpe diem’ -seize the day. The choir and soloists, the ceremony of light, introduction, readings and presentation of gifts made for a very meaningful celebration of the student’s time in the college and promoted positive engagement in their further studies and life ahead.

Fundraising.
A number of Fifth Year students collected downtown for “Special Olympics – thanks to all who supported. Last weekend was a ‘no homework’ weekend that served as a fundraiser to send a student, as a helper, with the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Photographs
Leaving Cert and First Year students have had their class photographs taken recently. Copies will be available shortly from the school – enquire at the office.

School Website.
A large amount of information about the school, its ethos, policies, subject choices, course options and much more is available on our website –
www.mohillcommunitycollege.ie

Bereavement.
We sympathise with Ms. Hargaden-Ward, Evan, Dylan and Glen on the death of her brother, Kenneth Hargaden in Boston. We extend our sympathy also to his sister in laws – Ms. Angela Hargaden and Ms. Fitzpatrick and indeed to all the wider family and relations. May he rest in peace.

School News May 2013

Transition Year
TY students have had a busy week as they had a visit from Syl’s Driving School – they learned the basics of driving at Connacht Gold Mart premises and progressed to the driver theory test.
They then had a First Aid and Defibrillator course and finally they had the Child protection part of the GAA coaching course, delivered by Mr. Gaffey.

Thanks to all who enabled these useful skills and knowledge to be passed to the students. Thanks to Connacht Gold for the use of their parking bay.

Fundraising
Volunteers bag packed in Tesco, Carrick on Shannon for funds for the Autism Unit – €1,044 was raised – thanks to Tesco, those who donated and to the volunteers.
The Ceiliúradh Cainte day in the school raised €1863 for “Headstrong” a group promoting positive mental health in young people. Again thanks to all who organised and donated.

School News May 2nd 2013

Senior Cycle Options.
A well attended meeting took place for parents of Third Year and TY students on subject choices, Transition year and LCVP. Ms. Reynolds and Ms. Hargaden Ward made the presentation.

Reminder
Leaving Cert Graduation Mass is in the parish church on May 15th at 3.00 p.m. Parents and siblings are invited – there will be a cup of tea afterwards in the college.

Maths Maestro.
We congratulate Peter O’Neill, a first year student, who came third in one of eight Regional Maths tests, organised by The Maths Teachers Association. Carrick on Shannon was the venue and Peter and Laura McManus, Jordan Cramp and Seona Cosgrove represented the school. Peter received a hand crafted trophy, a pen and a certificate – Laura, Jordan and Seona got a pen and a certificate.

Athletics.
Ms. Yorke brought a number of students to Sligo IT for the regionals. The following individuals all qualified for the Connacht Finals in Athlone on May 15th.

Sinead Reynolds – 300m, Dearbhaile Beirne – 200m, Sibéal Reynolds – 100m , Oisín Madden – 200m, Shane McGowan – High jump, Keith Beirne – shotput.

In addition, a junior and intermediate relay team qualified.
Niamh Hargaden competed in the Long Jump, , Lauren Keighran in the 200m, Peter O’Neill in the 1500m, Christy Sullivan and Shane Cox competed in the shot put. Lillie Crossley, Ashling McGwynne and Cathy Forde took part in relay races. Ezekiel Stevens competed also.

Senior Girls Football
The Senior girls lost their Connacht Final in Ballinlough last week. Their opponents Sancta Maria College Louisburgh edged ahead towards the end of the contest and no wonder as at least six of the Mohill team had played in an U/16 Connacht final in Hyde Park sixteen hours beforehand. Considering this, the four point loss was a huge result for the girls and their mentor, Mr. Kehir.
Mohill CC – 3-6
Santa Maria C – 3-10

Second Year Boys Basketball
Mohill Competed in the B All Ireland playoffs in St. Oliver’s College Drogheda on Sunday week last.
They played the home team and outclassed them winning on a scoreline, Mohill 39 – St. Oliver’s – 19
In their second game against CBS Portlaoise they continued their winning streak by winning 53 – 21.
In their third game against Coláiste Iognaid, Galway it was all square with ninety seconds on the clock, in the end Mohill lost out by two baskets. The first and second year basketballers wish to thank Ms. Hargaden-Ward for all her work with them throughout the year, especially on the two Sunday playoffs.

Ethan Harkin, David Mitchell, Fiachra McGuinness, Robert O’Byrne, Luke Jones, Barry Heslin, Glen Ward, Ryan Murphy, Seamus Sweeney, Mikoy Sempka, Oisin Fox, Conor Gallagher, Dylan Hackett, James McHugh.

Transition Years.
They have had their last Key residential of four nights duration in Beleek. They sold the products of their mini-companies at a trade fair in Enniskillen. The Awards Ceremony for all Key participants is in the Waterfront, Belfast on May 22nd.

Youth for Justice.
Thirty two Fifty Year students took part in this project titled “Friends of the Elderly” over a four month period. Students contracted to visit the elderly in their parishes and in local nursing homes – it proved a very enriching experience for old and young. The project culminated with a presentation in the Park Hotel, Sligo, where each school participating had a stand and gave a summary of their project. We applaud all involved in this endeavour, promoted by Ms. Colum and sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul.

Transition year students enjoyed the Butler’s Chocolate Experience at the Butler’s factory in Dublin during the week. As well as learning all about the manufacture of Butler’s chocolates, the students with Ms. Kellegher had the pleasure of sampling lots of chocolates and decorating their own to bring home. It was a very enjoyable day.
Well done to all of the Junior Cert Home Economics students on the great work put into their practical exams.