School News May 25th 2017

Connacht Champions.

Leitrim U-14 girls beat Sligo in the B final. Students Shaylyn Ward, Rachel Reynolds, Riona McKeon, Aisling Shanley, Celine Shortt, Maeve Newton, Ellen McGuinness, and Roisin Bohan were on the panel.In addition Ms Hargaden Ward is a mentor. They play an All Ireland semi final in a few weeks and we wish them good luck.
Student Awards.
The annual awards were held last Friday in the P.E hall.  The following were the recipients –
First year         Gemma McNamara  and Cian O Leary.
Second year     Weronika Niewiada and James Murphy.
Third year         Saoirse Kellegher   and Scott Ferns.
T.Y.                 Alannah Ward and Daragh McCrann.
Fifth year          Aoife Shanley. and Niall Keegan.
Leaving Cert      Muireann O Kelly and Eoin Kenny
Overall student of the year. Ryan Shanley.
Connacht Athletics.
A number of students participated in the Connacht finals in Athlone recently. Eoin Gaffey got bronze in the intermediate walk,Alannah McGuinness claimed silver in the 100M intermediate and Sibeal Reynolds won bronze in the 100M senior and came fourth in the 200M. Alannah and Eoin progress to the All Irelands in Tullamore..We wish them swift feet.

School News May 18th 2017

Graduation Mass. 

The Leaving Cert graduation Mass was last week and the celebrant was Fr Murphy. The theme was unity of spirit and Fr Murphy’s homily centered around this. The ceremony as enriched by so much student participation in readings, the ceremony of light, music, singing and a lovely choir directed by Ms Flanagan.Thanks to all that helped in any way to make this a memorable occasion. Refreshments were served to parents afterwards in the school.
Transition Years.
The group are having a four day stay in the Carlingford Adventure Centre where there are a wide range of activities available to them on land, sea and sky.
Visiting Speaker.
Local man John Reynolds visited Mr Nolan’s TY history class to speak about the Selton Hill ambush ithat took place in March 1921 and left six IRA volunteers dead
Drumshanbo V.S PLC courses.
Ms Reynolds invited .Ms Heduan coordinator of the courses to speak to Fifth year and TY students.

Drumshanbo Vocational School has a long tradition of offering Post Leaving Certificate Courses to learners:  The courses are full-time and last for one to two years. PLC courses offer a mixture of practical work, academic work and work experience. They are designed as a step towards skilled employment and, as such, they are closely linked to industry and its needs. The Post Leaving Certificate courses in DVS adopt an integrated approach, focusing on technical knowledge, core skills and work experience.Some students use points acquired from PLC courses as an entry to college.  Other learners have chosen to defer a college course  , for whatever reason , while obtaining valuable vocational skills on our PLC courses.  Research conducted by third level Institute of Technologies has shown that students who have previously completed a Post Leaving Certificate course prior to commencement of college have higher retention levels. The college is currently offering four PLC courses

  1. Business IT  QQI Level 5
  2. Advanced Business IT QQI Level 6 
  3. Traditional Irish Music  QQI Level 5 – 5M2011
  4. Sound Production QQI Level 5 5M2149

School News May 11th 2017

Career Fest.

The Transition and Fifth year groups attended this career exhibition in IT  Sligo. Ms Reynolds and Ms Hargaden Ward  accompanied the students.
Herzlich Willkommen.
We welcome five  students from Aachen in Germany. They stay with host families and attend class for the two week duration of their visit. They were accompanied initially by one of the teachers from their school in Aachen. We hope they enjoy their stay.
History – Geography Tour.
Second year students together with their teachers visited the Marble Arch caves and the Burren Park in Cavan in glorious sunshine last week.
Transition Year.
The students had a two day First Aid and AED training course during the week.. The modules were delivered by paramedics based in Longford. Ms Hargaden Ward wishes to thank them for their services.
School Football Pitch.
The newly developed football pitch on the school grounds is now in use for lunchtime soccer. It will be the venue for all home football matches from September on. The facility is excellent and we acknowledge those who helped further the project in any way.
Bereavement. 
We sympathise with Tara Quinn and family circle on the passing of her uncle Luke Early. May he rest in peace.

School News May 4th 2017

Reminder.

The Leaving Cert graduation Mass is in St Patrick’s church Mohill at 2pm on Monday May 15th.
TY Trip.
The class visited Butler’s chocolate factory and Jump Zone-an indoor trampoline centre. The latter helped them work off some of the goodies from the former.Ms McCarville accompanied the students, as the making of chocolate is relevant to the Social and Scientific course.
SEC Practical Examinations.
Leaving and Junior Cert students have started their practical tests, we wish all our students well in their state exams over the next few weeks.
Spanish
We have had six Spanish students attend classes at different times this past year. They stay with host families and have integrated well into the fabric of the school. They have enriched us all with their culture and strong work ethic and pleasant attitude to all. Ms Yorke facilitates the programme.
Athletes on the move.
Sibeal Reynolds and Alannah McGuinness participated in the North Connacht Schools competition at Sligo I.T. Sibeal qualified in the senior  !00 and 200m race and the long jump. Alannah also qualified for the Connacht finals with a first in the intermediate 100m. Well done girls.
Music.
A number of our students took part in the Leitrim Fleadh last weekend with a number qualifying for the Connacht Fleadh in NUI  Galway in July. Saoirse and Tara Kellegher both qualified in their age group, Saoirse on the flute and tin whistle and Tara in tin whistle. Dervla McManus qualified in the fiddle. Geraldine Reynolds took part in the fiddle and tin whistle competitions, Brian Donohoe took part in the tin whistle competition  also. We congratulate you all.
Student teacher Soccer. 
This has become an annual fixture one which the teachers invariably won but the bookies got it wrong on this occasion, the teachers started well  and were ahead when Mr Nolan got injured. The strong student panel then came to the fore and they won on a 5-3 scoreline.
Students-Emma Hayden, Sean Bohan, Chloe Dolan, Shane Moran,Genevieve Canning, Shane Mallon, Gemma Stenson, Daniel Hamilton, Michelle Hackett,Tadhg Doherty, Emma Moran and Sean Harkin.
Teachers- Ms Flanagan Ms P. McGovern, MrNolan, Mr Beirne, Mr Duffy,Mr Cummins .We wish Mr Nolan a speedy recovery and of course there is always next year.