School News May 27th 2016

Athletics in Athlone.

A number of students participated in these last week. Sibéal Reynolds came second in the Long Jump and Eoin Gaffey came second in racewalking. Both qualify for the All Irelands in Tullamore in early June. Alannah McGuinness performed very well coming fourth in the 75m U/16 hurdles.

Spelling Bee.

Ms. Reynolds and Ms. McGirl have championed this all year on a weekly basis to improve literacy in their First Year English classes. This culminated in a grand final between the classes where up to 200 words had to be spelled. Participants got medals or certificates.

History Tour.

Third Year students visited the stone age heritage site at Newgrange – the early christian crosses at Monasterboice and medieval remains of the Cistercian Abbey at Mellifont. Students were accompanied by Ms. Moreton, Ms. Maxwell, Ms Earley and Mr. Duffy.

Green Flag.

The most recent green flag for “water conservation” was accepted on behalf of the school by TY students – Johnny Boyle and Maeve Bohan accompanied by Mr. Nolan. The presentation took place in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris.

Bicentenary of St. Mary’s Church Mohill.

A service marking the event was held on Saturday, May 21st with a theme of “Remember – Reflect and Rekindle”. The preacher was Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland – Reverend Dr. Michael Jackson, with prayers, readings and hymns from across the communities. The service was followed by refreshments and a chance to view historical photographs.

Treasure Island.

Student – Bronwyn Keegan was part of the Youth Theatre’s production staged recently in the Dock.

Floral Pride.

Judging has taken place and to mark this and the end of the school year Students – Cillian, Lorcan and Pat visited Lough Rynn for refreshments.

Adiós.

We bid farewell to Spanish Students – Antonio Barroco Sánches and Alejandra Vazques Adán, who were in TY and third year respectively for the academic year. We wish them well.

Lourdes.

Luke Jones has gone as a helper to Lourdes and a “bake sale” and a soccer tournament were organised as fundraisers. Thanks to all who contributed. The junior final was contested by Team Spain v Team Portugal -Team Portugal won well.

Team Portugal. Tadhg Doherty, Sean O’Riordan, Adrian Shortt, Scott Ferns, Cian McWeeney,
Team Spain. Francis Shanley, Gemma Stenson, Aaron Moran, Alejandra Vazquez, Daniel Kaczmarek.

The Senior Final was between Swansea and Stoke. Swansea won by three goals.

Team Swansea. Peter O’Neill, Fiachra McGuinness, Liam Rowley, Ryan Shanley, Evan Harkin.
Team Stoke. Tadhg Mulligan, Eoin Kenny, Sean Harkin, Brian Doyle, Jonathan Reynolds.

T.Y. Tour to Italy.

The TY group had an action packed four day tour to Northern Italy. Lake Garda was the first port of call with a cruise that took them to a cable car journey that took them 1700 m above sea level with views of the snowcapped Alps. Tours of Venice and Verona, a day trip to a theme park Gardaland and aquarium, followed by shopping in the Orio Shopping centre adjacent to Bergamo Airport Milan were the highlights of the tour. Ms. McCarville, Ms. McGrath and Mr. McHugh accompanied the students.

School Awards.

First year students of the year – Maeve Newton, Donal Duignan,
Second year students of the year – Seán O’Riordan, Caroline Dobson.
Third year students of the year – Kathy Shanley, Martin Tiernan.
Transition year students of the year – Johnny Boyle, Cora Maxwell.
Fifth year students of the year – Seóna Cosgrove, Evan & Sean Harkin.
Sixth year students of the year – Patrick Kozak, Ciara McCrann.
Overall student of the year – Caoimhe Canning.

Best Junior Cert 2015 – Molly Keegan.
Best Leaving Cert 2015 – Eileen Pfeffel Canning, Fiona McGowan.
Agricultural Science award – Kalon Harkin.
Art award – Junior Cert – Saoirse Fox. Leaving Cert – Hannah Keegan.
Construction Studies award – Gearóid Mulligan.
Woodwork award – Daragh McCrann.
Engineering award – Dylan Ward.
Metalwork award – Jordan Reynolds.
LCVP award – Jessica Dobson.
Home Economics Project awards – Gráinne Reynolds, Cloone and Kathy Shanley.
DCG award – Brian Duffy.

Senior Sports award – Dylan Ward.
Senior Sports award – Aoife Byrne.
Junior Sports award – Francis Shanley.
Junior Sports award – Niamh Beirne.

School News May 19th 2016

Transition Years.
The group have been very busy and active of late -last week they were in Longford Kayaking and the school tour to Northern Italy is taking place over this weekend.
Michelle Hackett from the TY class is an accomplished golfer and was part of the winning foursome that won the Bornacoola GAA golf classic last weekend , and she was overall winner in Roscommon in a tournament the same weekend . Well done Michelle.

Comhairle na nOg.
Following on from Comhairle’s “Youth perception on homelessness” launched by Leitrim County Council in February last, the research centre in NUI Galway have shot a video to be launched in the autumn. School students Scott Ferns , John Heslin and Willow Kirwan feature on the video.Scott and John will attend the 2016 Childrens state event in Aras an Uachtaran in June. This will commemorate the forty children who died during Easter week 1916. John Heslin will represent one of those children on the day.

Welcome.
We welcome Ms McGovern back from maternity leave and bid farewell to Ms Grimes who deputised for her.

Class Photographs.
Leaving Certs and First Years have had their group photographs taken, copies can be ordered from the office

Floral Pride.
The school garden on the south facing side of the school is resplendent with colour, in hanging baskets and raised planters. Ms McManus is working with Killian, Pat and Lorcan on the project. Judging for the competition is this week.

School News May 12th 2016

Transition Year.

The students had two full days of First Aid, CPR and the use of an AED, facilitated by a group of professionals.

Ms. McGrath’s Art class have recently worked on ceramics using the kiln, with Salvador Dali’s work as a theme, in particular his “melting clocks”.Work is continuing in Ms Reynolds’ English class on Thursdays with Chris Thompson and we are coming up to the last session of five. This week the group are working on a brochure that depicts Ireland as a place of welcome in words and pictures.

English.

Work is continuing in Ms Reynold’s TY English class on Thursdays with Chris Thompson and we are coming up to the last session of five. This week the group are working on a brochure that depicts Ireland as a place of welcome in words and pictures.

Rugby

Students – James Doyle and Shane Mallon have been called up to the Midland Rugby Club squad at U/16 level. They play rugby with Longford RC. Well done lads.

Other Sports

Many of our students were involved in recent minor league finals at fifteen and thirteen a side. St. Manachan’s defeated Fenagh – St. Caillins and St. Francis defeated a Gortletteragh Bornacoola amalgamation.

Dearbhaile Beirne and Claire Beirne are playing football with Leitrim Ladies in the Intermediate Championship.

In Athletics Sibéal Reynolds won the Intermediate Long Jump, while first year – Chloe Dolan was fifth in the minor shot put at North Connacht Schools competitions in Sligo.

Leaving Cert Mass.

The Mass will be held in the parish church on Monday, May 16th at 2.00 p.m. Parents, guardians and family are invited. These will be refreshments in the school afterwards. The theme this year is” Journey ends – adventure begins”.

School News April 21st 2016

Abbott Longford.

Fifth Years visited the Longford facility with their LCVP teachers – Ms. Gilheaney and Ms. Grimes. Students got a power point presentation on the Longford operation, a guided tour of the facility and viewed the labs through glass. They produce diagnostic devices and chemical solutions. Thanks to Abbott for facilitating the visits.

School Bank.

A school outshoot from the local B.O.I. is up and running for the last few months and is run by TY students under the supervision of a B.O.I. employee. Students can open accounts and save. The operation is at breaktime one day per week. Students were interviewed initially and the following are involved – Maeve Bohan, Cora Maxwell, Johnny Boyle, Michael Luby, Hannah McGlynn and Michelle Hackett. The official launch was by Mayo footballer – Keith Higgins.

Mayflower Drumshanbo.

The TY’s attended a day in Drumshanbo, where there were presentations by a number of organisations. The Dog’s Trust, representative explained about how to care for a dog and the legal requirement for chipping.

The RSA presented footage of car accidents and students were strapped into a car which then was overturned.

The Fire brigade explained their role in accidents and using robotics took the roof of a car.

A member of the Gardai explained how to be safe on the internet.

A representative from Leitrim County Council explained the career opportunities they offered.

They were then treated to a meal in the Lough Allen Hotel.

Girls Active.

First years who engaged in this after school exercise were treated to a day of activity in Drumshanbo, where they cycled a number of kilometers, engaged in Zumba dance, archery and boxercise. Ms. Purcell travelled with the students as she facilitated girls active in school.

School News May 5th 2016

Boys Blitz in Ballinamore.

First and second year boys took part in the blitz under the guidance of Mr. Nolan. They won one of their games against Drumshanbo and lost to Ballinamore. The games were played at 15 a side.

Tom Reel, Conor Mulligan, Shane Mallon, Oisin Niblock, Cormac White, Sean O Riordan, Francis Shanley, Colm Fitzpatrick, James Doyle, Aaron Moran, Ryan Lennon, Adrian Shortt, Ciaran McGlynn, Joseph Bohan, Kieran Reen, Shane McGourty, Niall McNabola, Finn Cassells, Conor Quinn, Donal Duignan, Liam Ellis, James Murphy, Joe O’Carroll, James Cunningham, Ordhran Heslin,

Transition Years.

The group continue to remain active with weekly kayaking on Lough Rynn using the lanes installed a number of years ago. They are looking forward to their tour to the Lake Garda region of Italy later in May.

Big Brother Big Sister.

The participants in this mentoring programme went to the cinema in Carrick during the week accompanied by Ms. Hanly, Ms. Purcell, Ms. Casey NYP. They enjoyed their visit and saw the movie the Huntsman.

Lourdes.

Luke Jones has been selected to travel as a helper on the diocesan trip to Lourdes this year and a fundraising soccer tournament has been organised in the school at Senior and Junior Level to be played over the next few weeks.

Bereavements.

We sympathise with Maeve Newton and family on the death of her grandmother – Mrs, Maura Newton. We also extend sympathy to Tara Copley and family on the death of her grandmother – Mrs. Copley. May they rest in peace.

School News April 28th 2016

First Year Girls Football.

First Year Girls travelled with Ms. Flanagan to the centre of excellence, Ballyhaunis on a wet, cold day for a football blitz,and despite the conditions they enjoyed the competition winning all their games.

Anna Crossley, Chloe Dolan, Natasha Doyle, Claire Fitzpatrick, Jessica Hughes, Rióna McKeon, Sarah Murphy, Bella Rowley, Ellen Woods, Jennifer Andrews, Rachel McGarry, Aine McLoughlin, Maeve Newton, Aine Mitchell, Celine Shortt, Shaylyn Ward, Sarah Boyle, Erica Ridge, Emily Harkin, Aisling Shanley, Ava Reynolds.

Health Promoting Schools.

Last week the Health Promoting Schools committee scheduled talks and workshops as well as physical activity for all students. Workshops from Aware and Drug Alcohol education as well as one on positive relationships were rolled out for students. The initiative coincided with the National “Active Schools week” and the students engaged in boxercise, zumba dance or tag rugby.
A workshop for parents and guardians on positive relationships was also arranged and was poorly attended.

A poem for Ireland.
Two Mohill Community College students had their poems placed First and Second in this competition. First year student Ellen Woods, came first and TY student – Johnny Boyle was runner up. Both students recited their poems at the 1916 Centenary celebrations at Aras on Chontae on April 24th last.

A Poem for Ireland.

In Ireland, 1916 an opportunity for freedom did arise,
A group of men caught an Empire by surprise,
Shots were fired from every direction,
What they needed was Wolfe Tone’s resurrection,
As the remains burned of the GPO,
The leaders were taken captive by the foe,

7 signatures were on the Proclamation,
A guide to a new free nation,
The leaders of the rebellion were executed,
The British couldn’t have been more deluded,
As the outcry was deafening,
For a free nation once again.

By Johnny Boyle, Transition Year.