School News May 29th 2014

Green Flag Presentation

The presentation took place in the McWilliam Park Hotel Claremorris.  The flag was presented by Carmel Coll, Leitrim County Council to Aoife Cafferty, Lisa McNabola and Shauna Diffley, TY students.  Ms. Maxwell was the co-ordinator of the project.
School Awards.
Sports Awards.
Senior Girls – Jasmine Reynolds.
Senior Boys – Shane McGowan
Junior Boys – Fiachra McGuinness
Junior Girls – Dearbhaile Beirne.
Project Awards.
Construction Studies – Oisin Madden
Engineering – Daire McKiernan
Agriculltural Science – Darren Keegan.
Art (Leaving Cert) – Anna Ceroni.
LCVP – Jessica Richards.
Metalwork – Ethan Harkin
Art (Junior Cert) – Wiktoria Fangor
Home Economics – Emma Sorohan.
Good Luck
Good Luck to all our students in the State Examinations, which begin today.  May all the questions be the ones you have prepared for.
We wish all students and staff a safe and enjoyable Summer holiday.
Thanks
We express our thanks to the Leitrim Observer staff for publishing our school notes throughout the school Year.
Bereavement
We sympathise with Killian Beirne and his family on the death of his aunt.

School News May 22nd 2014

History Tour.

Mr Kehir took his 2A history class to Glasnevin cemetery where they had an excellent tour guide, they then proceeded to Croke Park and visited the GAA museum, and the activity area.  They also got the Sky tour and in fact saw the new Sky TV Sports presenters being photographed on the pitch.

Fifth Years Trip
The Fifth Year students had an outing to “Baysports” Hodson Bay Athlone for a day of water sports.
Transition Years.
They have been busy with an overnight at Lough Allen Centre for their Gaisce awards.  They have completed a two day course on First Aid, CPR and Defibrillator training.
School Awards.
The following were bestowed with awards:-
First Year – Saoirse Fox, Darragh McCrann.
Second Year – Ann Marie Reynolds, Jordan McGuinness.
Third Year – Nessa Kellegher, Mikolaj Sempka.
Transition Year – Katie Mulligan, Gearoid Mulligan
Fifth Year – Eileen Canning, Jack Heslin.
Sixth Year – Caoimhe McGuinness, Darren Keegan, Enda Conway.
Overall Student of the Year – Shannon Boyle.
Best Junior Certificate 2013 – Sean Muldowney
Best Leaving Certificate 2013 – Conall Gallagher
Further details on the awards will be in next weeks notes.
Athletics.
We applaud our All Ireland Qualifiers.
Sibeal Reynolds, who came first in the Junior Long Jump.
Dearbhaile Beirne, who won the Intermediate 2000m walk.
Molly Crossley came second in Senior 80m hurdles and
Keith Beirne who came second in Senior Shot putt.
The All Ireland is in Tullamore on May 31st and we wish them well.
Bereavements.
We sympathise with Laura and Carla Doyle and family on the death of their grandfather – Phil Elderton.
We extend sympathies to Oisin and Aifric Madden and their family on the death of their grandaunt – Margaret Mattison.
Condolences also to Colm McGovern and family on the death of his cousin – Brian Collum.

Awards Ceremony 2014

Annual Awards Ceremony took place on Friday 23rd May with some Parents/Guardians in attendance.

In addition to awards in curricular and extra-curricular activities, Student of the Year Awards were presented to two students from each year group – one male, one female.

Congratulations to the following worthy recipients:

SPORTSPERSONS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Junior Boys Award:  Fiachra McGuinness      Junior Girls Award:  Dearbhaile Beirne

Senior Boys Award:  Shane McGowan               Senior Girls Award:  Jasmine Reynolds

 

BEST LEAVING CERTIFICATE 2013                                                         Conall Gallagher

BEST JUNIOR CERTIFICATE 2013                                                            Sean Muldowney

 

LEAVING CERT AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AWARD                                 Darren Keegan

LEAVING CERT ENGINEERING AWARD                                                 Daire McKiernan

LEAVING CERT CONSTRUCTION AWARD                                                    Oisin Madden

LEAVING CERT ART AWARD                                                                               Anna Ceroni

LCVP AWARD                                                                                                   Jessica Richards

JUNIOR CERT METALWORK AWARD                                                                   Glen Ward

JUNIOR CERT WOODWORK AWARD                                                               Ethan Harkin

JUNIOR CERT ART AWARD                                                                         Wiktoria Fangor

JUNIOR CERT HOME ECONOMICS AWARD                                               Emma Sorohan

 

STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014

FIRST YEAR 

SAOIRSE FOX     DARRAGH McCRANN

SECOND YEAR

ANNE MARIE REYNOLDS      JORDON McGUINNESS

THIRD YEAR

NESSA KELLEGHER      MIKOJAI SEMPKA

TRANSITION YEAR

KATIE MULLIGAN      GEAROID MULLIGAN

FIFTH YEAR

EILEEN CANNING      JACK HESLIN

SIXTH YEAR 

CAOIMHE McGUINNESS     DARREN KEEGAN      ENDA CONWAY

OVERALL STUDENT OF THE YEAR

SHANNON BOYLE

Thank you to Parents’ Association for sponsoring Student of the Year Trophy which has been awarded since 2010.

Thank you  to Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB for sponsoring the other prizes awarded, and to Keaney’s in Carrick-on-Shannon for ensuring that they were beautifully engraved and ready for our Awards Ceremony.

 

Green Flag 2014

Awarded our second Green Flag, a summary of the Project and photos from the Awards Ceremony will follow shortly!

School News May 15th 2014

Castlesaunderson Scouting Centre
First Year students and their Maths teachers travelled to Belturbet for a day of activities – in the morning they engaged in activities relating to Project Maths – mapping, using trundle wheels and  calculating speeds.  The afternoon involved orienteering, archery and survival skills.  Ms. Tiernan, Ms. Muldowney and Ms. McGovern accompanied the students.
 
Lourdes
Fifth Year student, Lisa Moran departs later in the month as a volunteer with the dioscesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Lisa has got financial support from the community through bag packing.  Lisa wishes to thank the retailer, contributors and bag packers for their help.  We wish Lisa good luck on her trip.
 
Transition Year Debates.
Ms. Reynolds has promoted “Thursday debates” between TY students who debated in front of first and second year students.  A winner was declared at the end and feedback was given.  Among the topics debated were – “The internet brings more harm than good”, “Junk food should be banned from schools”,” Fracking should be banned in Leitrim”, “Homework is very educational”,” Animals should not be kept in captivity.”  “Lyrics that glorify violent and criminal lifestyles should be banned”.  These are just a flavour of the range of topics for debate.  Well done to all concerned.
 
Spelling Bee.
A spelling contest between first year classes created great excitement and no little learning.  Ms. Reynolds assisted by Ms. Callinan promoted this endeavour.
 
Bereavements.
We sympathise with Yvonne & Sharon Reynolds and their family on the death of their grandmother – Mrs. Mai Maguire.
 
We extend our sympathy to Dáire McKiernan and his family on the death of his grand aunt – Mrs. Pauline Donoghue.  May they rest in peace. Reply Forward

School News May 8th 2014

Athletics Results.
A number of students qualified for the Connacht Finals at Sligo IT recently.
 
–  Michelle Hackett – Shot Putt.
–  Sibeal Reynolds – Long Jump/ 100 m.
–  Michelle Beirne – Racewalk.
–  Keith Beirne – Shot Putt/400 m.
–  Dearbhaile Beirne – Racewalk/300 m
–  Molly Crossley – 60m hurdles.
 
Leitrim Ladies Minor Football.
Leitrim beat Roscommon in the Minor B Connacht final last week.  A number of our students featured –
Caoimhe Canning, Claire Beirne, Aisling McNabola, Dearbhaile  Beirne and Nicole Higgins.
Well done girls.
 
Strokestown Park.
Strokestown House and its gardens, woodlands and famine museum are in the news currently.  They have sponsored a “Schools Sculpture competition”.  The theme to be inspired by the famine.  The sculptures will be located in the woodland along the walkways and will be voted upon by visititors from June until September.  Ms. McGrath together with the TY Art class created ceramic “teardrops” to represent the suffering and sadness of the famine.  The teardrops were inscribed with family names and townlands that were heavily impacted by the famine.  The sculpture also had CD’s intermingled with the teardrops to reflect hope for the future.  Ms. McGrath thanks Saoirse Kilroy and Shauna Diffley, who helped with the placement of the sculpture during Easter Holidays.

School News May 1st 2014

Green Schools Ireland.
An Taisce has awarded the Green Schools International Green Flag to Mohill Community College recently.  The Flag will be presented by An Taisce on 27th May, 2014 at the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris.  Transition years completed an energy awareness programme throughout the whole school, conserving energy consumption in  the school.  This involved questionnaires, surveys, task work, research and implementation of methods of conservation.  They were mentored by Ms. Maxwell.
 
Leaving Cert Mass 2014.
The Mass is in the parish Church on Monday, May 12th at 3.00 p.m.  We invite parents, guardians and siblings to this celebration – refreshments in the school afterwards.
 
 
The Health Promoting Schools Project
The Health Promoting Schools Project has been running in Mohill for a number of years. Over the past number of years our school  has promoted the topics of: Healthy Eating, Physical Health, Mental/Emotional Health, Environmental Health awareness, Respect and values, Healthy body, healthy mind. This year the Committee decided that instead of coming up with a new theme we would focus more on what we had achieved over the last few years and find a way to bring all our learning together. The members felt that it was essential for today’s young people to have hope and to experience a happy, fulfilled and positive educational experience while attending Mohill Community College.  With this in mind they decided to look at ways that we can all make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others. A lot of discussion followed and they came up with the theme ‘Making a Difference’. Activities carried out throughout the year included a survey of students on their needs, school calendar, and topics discussed included anxiety, mental health, anti-bullying, LGBT, nutrition, physical activity. On April 29th some members of the Health Promoting Schools committee travelled to Sligo IT for the Health Promoting Schools awards day. This event took place in order to recognise the achievements of the schools who participated in the scheme and to recognise the amount of work and quality of work that schools have put into the project. Present at the event were  Maire McCallion, (Lecturer, Health Promotion programme, Sligo IT ), Lisa O Hagan, National coordinator healthy schools,  Mike Rainsford (Suicide Prevention Officer HSE), Ann Lawlor and Teresa Cawley (Health Promotion HSE).
Athletics
Ms. Yorke brought a number of students to Sligo to compete in the Regionals and a number  have qualified for the next meet.
Barcelona.
The Transition Year Group returned from their trip to Spain enriched by their experiences.  They visited Tarragona, got a guided tour of the Camp Nou Stadium and visited a Science Museum.  They then had a hair raising day at the PortAventura Theme Amusement Park.  By all accounts they had a very enjoyable break.;  Ms. Kellegher, Ms. McCarville and Mr. Kehir travelled with the group.
Transition Year Activities.
They are spending some time at Lough Allen for the Gaisce Awards and looking forward to a driving school and a First Aid/CPR course in the weeks ahead.
Girls Active
First and Second Year girls involved travelled to Drumshanbo for a day of activities, where they met up with participating students from other schools.
Bereavements.
We sympathise with Kerri Daniels, Second Year, on the death of her great grandmother.  We extend our sympathy to Keith Keegan on the death of his grandfather – Mr. Tom Cusack. and to Ms. Dolan on the death of her grandmother – Mrs. Rose Hughes.  May they rest in peace