School News April 30th 2015

Transition Years.

This past week they have had their “Driver Education” with Syl’s Driving school.  They each got a twenty minute lesson and a talk from a paramedic as to what accident scenes are like.
They have also had half of a two day course on First Aid incorporating CPR and defibrillator training facilitated by Yvonne Leslie and Michael Spillane members of Longford Paramedic Group.  This week Ms. McCarville takes them to visit Butlers chocolate factory in Dublin and a guided tour of the Aviva stadium and that is just the warm up as on Friday they depart for their school tour to the Lake Garda region in Italy.
Transition Year Evaluation.
This takes place in the next week or so for parents and students. Ms. Hargaden Ward is encouraging parents to respond to the survey as this helps in programme planning and helps fine tune the TY curriculum.
Big Brother Big sister.
This mentoring system by older students for first years is culminating in a trip to Carrick Cinema for all concerned.  Ms. Hanly is the in school coordinator for this project.
Careers.
Tuesday afternoon last parents of Junior and TY students were invited to a presentation on senior cycle subject options from Ms. Hargaden Ward and Ms. Reynolds.  There was a good attendance.
Leaving Cert Mass
This is scheduled for May 12th at 2.00 p.m. in the parish church.  Parents, families and friends are invited to attend.
Athletics
Twenty five students accompanied by Ms. Maxwell attended the CSAA  Regional track and field Championships at Knocknarea arena at Sligo I.T.  on Tuesday last.  Six athletes have qualified for the Connacht Finals in Athlone on May 14th.  Sibéal Reynolds (Long Jump) Dearbhaile Beirne (Steeplechase and 300 M)  Alannah McGuinness (Long jump minor) Eoin Gaffey (minor walk) Sinead McNabola (minor walk) Conor Mulligan (minor walk).  Well done to all who participated.
First Year Indoor Soccer.
This tournament was organised and run by Mr. Mulvey at lunchtime on Thursdays.  The tournament came to a dramatic finish last week as a second drawn final led to penalties to decide the title.  Team captains Sean O’Riordan and Cormac White led their sides to a 2-2 tie in the replay, with a dramatic last minute goal for Cormac’s team ensuring the draw.  Penalties had to decide it.  Cormac’s team had a rough start in the shootout, with Cormac blazing over, Conor Mulligan saving Shane Mallon’s effort and Rachel Stenson hitting the post.  Sean O’Riordan and Tom Reel hit the target for their side to take an early lead but Sarah Doyle shot wide.  Into the 4th round of the shoot out with the score at 2 – 0.  Sinead McNabola converted to keep Cormac’s side in it but with the game in the balance, up stepped Genevieve Canning to win the shootout and the competition for her team on a 3 – 1 scoreline. In earlier finals, six goals from Brian McDonagh ensured that Team A won the Bronze Medal Game, and Team C had a narrow victory over Team E in the Silver Medal Game.  Cormac White finished top scorer in the tournament with 11 goals.

School News April 23rd 2015

Transition Years.

The students were involved in a collection for the Special Olympics and  the hours spent count towards their Gaisce awards.  They have had a day on driver education recently and they are looking forward to their trip to the Lake Garda region of Italy in the coming weeks.
Leitrim Youth Theatre.
The annual production this year is on the theme of bullying and will be performed in the Dock for students on Friday, May 1st.  The play is called “Cloud Busting” and involves students Shauna Diffley, Sean McLoughlin, Nour Stevens, Hannah Keegan and Bronwyn Keegan.  Break a leg guys.
First Year Soccer.
Mr. Mulvey has run an indoor five a side league for the last few months.  The much anticipated final took place last week and ended up a draw – the replay is later this week.
Congratulations.
We applaud St. Manchans Minor team who won a league final against Ballinamore last week.  The entire panel bar one are current students.

School News April 16th 2015

Examination Fever.

This week the practical and oral exams have got underway for Junior and Leaving cert students, it is the start of an intense few weeks for them and we wish them good luck in their endeavours.
Daffodil day.
The day was marked in the school by a bake sale and a collection which realised 643 euro. Thanks to Tanya  Boyle, Alannah Ward, Rhia and Chloe Cunningham for all the advance publicity and to Ms Muldowney and Ms Reynolds and all who baked and helped out on the day.
Transition Year.
The TY class accompanied by Mr Beirne  attended the Ramada Hotel, Drumshanbo for a day of education for life. The Dog Trust made a presentation on the responsibilities of owning a dog. This was followed by a high impact presentation from the Road Safety Association on the dangers of drink/ drug driving and the risk of using a phone while driving.Graphic footage was shown to drive the message home. The Fire service then gave a demonstration of the tasks they perform at accident scenes.The day was punctuated by a lovely lunch. In the afternoon we had a talk on the importance of healthy eating and exercise from Michelle Fanning.
Lily Crossley / Jack Keville.
Bereavements.
We sympathise with Shannon Cassells and her family on the death of her grandfather Mr Lattimore. We also extend sympathy to David Campbell and Dillon Rogan and their families on the death or Damien Rogan. May they rest in peace.