School News June !st 2017

School Awards. 

Sports Awards.
Senior girls award  –    Sibeal Reynolds
Senior boys award  –   Sean Harkin.
Junior girls award  –     Shaylyn Ward.
Junior boys award –      Francis Shanley.
Project Awards.
Construction Studies –  Ronan Moran.
Engineering              –  Glen Ward.
D.C.G.                    –  Evan Harkin.
Agricultural Science – Aoife Keegan.
Leaving Cert Art      – Laura O’ Neill.
L.C.V.P.                 – Tadhg Mulligan.
Junior Cert Metalwork –  Daithi Wrynne.
Junior Cert Woodwork – Shane McGourty.
Junior Cert Art          –    Aoife Hillman Allen,
Junior Cert Home Economics – Roisin Burke and Caroline Dobson.
Best Junior Cert 2016    Evelyn Reynolds.
Best Leaving Cert 2016 Wiktoria Fangor.
Career talk on Stem Careers for 5th years . 
Fifth year students in Mohill Community College recently had a school visit from the Smart Futures school visits programme.
Ms Reynolds organised the school visit with Mr Paul Lundy from Abbvie and he talked to the students about the day -to- day duties involved in his work as an Engineer with Abbvie -a pharmaceutical sister company of Abbotts in Sligo..Paul gave a very insightful and informative talk which gave the students a glimpse of what’s involved in being an Engineer .

Smart Futures is a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers to post-primary students in Ireland. It is managed by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme.
Bereavement. 
 We sympathise with Saoirse and Tara Kellegher and family on the death of their Grandfather Peter McAtasney, may he rest in peace.
Best wishes
We extend good wishes to all our students especially those doing exams and hope you all enjoy the summer holidays.
Thanks.

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.

School News April 27th 2017

Fun and Fitness Day.

The health promoting schools committee organised a day last week where each year group had access to one hours activity ranging from Tag Rugby to Zumba and team building games. Thanks to Bryan Kelly and Colm McWeeney from Carrick on Shannon R.F.C. and Sarah and Charlene Mulligan who facilitated the events some of the time dodging hailstorms.
School Bank.
Some of the  TY students were interviewed and selected to be trained to enable them to operate a bank outlet once a week. Students can open accounts and make deposits and withdrawls with some support from local Bank of Ireland staff.
Girls Active.
First year girls have engaged in exercise regimes one evening a week after school since Christmas coordinated by Ms Purcell. The girls went to Drumshanbo and were  involved with students from Carrigallen V.S.as they took part in boxercise, cycling and handball.
Big Brother Big Sister.
This mentoring programme involving first and fifth year students is running for most of the year. They all attended the cinema in Carrick to see Beauty and the Beast.
Leaving Cert Mass.
Mass for graduating students is on Monday, May 15th in the parish church. Parents, guardians and other family members are most welcome.
E.T.B. Apprenticeship Workshop
 On Thursday 27th April 17 Leaving Cert and fifth year students travelled to Sligo to attend the  MSLETB Training Centre – Sligo  “Schools Open Day” .  The trip was organised by Guidance Counsellor Myra Reynolds who accompanied the students.The students were given a talk on the Apprenticeship System along with details of the MSLETB courses on offer, followed by a tour of the workshops and training rooms, with demonstrations/talks on the modules being studied in each area.
Apprenticeships introduced from 2016 on lead to an award between Levels 5-10 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Each apprenticeship programme can be up to 4 years in duration. Diverse models of training on-and-off the job are used, as well as different models of delivery and target groups (including those already in employment). Apprenticeship development and roll-out is overseen by industry-led groups (consortia) working with education and training providers and other partners.Three of these new apprenticeships have been developed to date –
Insurance Practice,
Industrial Electrical Engineering,
and Polymer Processing Technology.

Advanced state-of-the-art training is available in the following areas :

Painting and decorating.

Plumbing.

Stonecutting and Stonemasonry.

Carpentry and Joiner

Aircraft mechanics.

Electrical instrumentation.

Pipefitting.

Mechanical automation and maintenance fitting.

Industrial insulation.

Metal fabrication.

Sheet metalworking.

Toolmaking

Electronic security systems.

Refrigeration and air conditioning.

Agricultural mechanics.
Construction plant fitting.
Heavy vehicle mechanics.
Motor mechanics.
Vehicle body repairs.

A further 15+ new apprenticeship programmes are in development and will be introduced over the next 12-18 months.

Ms Mitchell.

We congratulate Ms Mitchell and her husband on the birth of their daughter Michaela.

Bereavements.

We sympathise with Colm McGovern and family on the death of his granduncle Jack McGovern.

We extend sympathy to Amy Cosgrove and family on the passing of her grandmother Kathleen Reilly.

We also extend sympathy to Ms Maxwell and wider family circle on the death of her aunt Annamarie Flynn.May they rest in peace.

School News April 6th 2017

Transition Year.

The T.Y. group attended an integration  day in the Lough Allen Hotel in Drumshanbo with T.Y. groups from around the county.  Mr. Beirne accompanied the class.
T.Y. Information afternoon.
Parents of third year students interested in T.Y. next  year attended the school for a presentation of the programmes available.  Ms. Hargaden Ward is the T.Y. Coordinator.  At the end the current T.Y. class performed a dance routine to the beat of Michael Jackson’s thriller.  Ms. Flanagan had explored creative dance in an eight week P.E. module.
Second year girls basketball.
This group of feisty girls bowed out after giving a great account of themselves in the All Ireland playoffs in Glenamaddy. Their first match was against the host school which they won well. Next up was Macroom Cork and they lost this one.The  last match was against St. Johnstone  and they won this.  However, Macroom having won all their games progressed to the quarter finals of the second years C  competition.  We congratulate the girls on achieving so much in what was a character building competition.  Ms. Hargaden Ward, coach, was with them every step of the way.  Well done to you all.
Sarah Boyle, Chloe Dolan, Sophie Ferns, Emily Harkin, Jessica Hughes, Rachel McGarry, Ellen McGuinness, Rióna McKeon, Aine McLoughlin, Maeve Newton, Aine Nicholl, Ava Reynolds, Isabella Rowley, Celine Shortt, Shaylyn Ward, Ellen Woods.
Hollywood calling.
Shaun Purcell, Chief Executive of Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board arrived in the school with a camera crew to get a snapshot of a day in the life of Mohill Community College.  The purpose is to increase awareness of what the E.T.B’s role is in education at second  and  adult level across the three counties.The footage will be available soon on the msletb Facebook page.
Bereavements.
We sympathise with student Chloe McGovern and family on the death of her grandfather – Jim McGovern.
We sympathise also with Ms Hanly on the death of her father in law – Mr. Hanifa.
May they rest in peace

School News March 30th 2017

Girls Basketball.

Second years played St Catherine’s Killybegs in the North West final at a Sligo venue. The girls played really well and were ten points ahead at one stage, however the pendulum swung and Killybegs  won by a single point on a scoreline of Mohill C.C. 26,  Killybegs  27. The girls still qualify for the All Ireland playoffs at the weekend. We wish them and Ms Hargaden Ward the best of luck.
Athletics Ireland Indoors.  
Students Eoin Gaffey and Alannah McGuinness took part in events in Athlone last week. Eoin came fourth in the U17 walk and Alannah competed in the 60m and reached the final, she also ran a leg of the relay.Well done to both.
Bake Sale.
The first year Business class are holding an Easter bake sale and  raffle. The proceeds will go towards funding students Michelle Hackett and Marc McKeon who will act as helpers on the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in May.
Trocaire.
Last week Ms Anna Keegan a development officer with Trocaire gave a talk to students on their work and support for the people of Honduras. Parts of the country have been ravaged by up to six storms a year  and the people have to evacuate their homes each time to move to safer areas. Trocaire have made waterways that allow faster escape by boat and feel that in the long run the Hondurans will have to relocate permanently.    Marc McKeon.
Bereavement. 
We sympathise with Ms Hargaden Ward and Ms Kellegher on the passing of their uncle in law Pat Kellegher. May he rest in peace.

School News March 23rd 2017

Second year girls basketball.

The girls have been granted a walkover and they now qualify for the North West finals. They will play either Mercy Sligo or Killybegs. Well done and good luck in the final. Ms Hargaden Ward coaches this group.
Tag Rugby.
Mr Cummins has introduced this for first years at lunchtime on the courts. He hopes to run a mini tournament when they have had sufficient practice..
Daffodil Day.
The TY group organised a Bake and Daffodil sale to fund raise for the charity. They invited the local active age group to the school on the day for tea and cake and it was enjoyed by all. Ms Reynolds initiated the events.
History Tour.
Mr Nolan and Ms Reynolds accompanied fifth and sixth year History students to Dublin. They went on a two hour guided walking tour starting at Trinity College and ending at the G.P.O. and taking in all the historical sites along the way.They then proceeded to Collins Barracks museum where they viewed the many exhibits.
Exam Fever.
The Leaving Cert orals begin this week in Irish, German and French, and we wish all of our students well in them.
Bereavements.
We sympathise with Katelyn and Cian Dockery and family on the passing of their grandmother Susan Lennon. We offer condolences to Ms Muldowney and family on the death of her brother in law Pat Muldowney and her aunt Josephine Amooty. May they rest in peace

School News March 16th 2017

Abbott Longford

Fifth Year L.C.V.P students visited the plant in Longford with Ms. Hargaden Ward.  They got a presentation from a staff member and a tour of the facility  They were all suitably impressed.
Cinema.
Ms. Reynold’s second year class visited the cinema in Carrick on Shannon to view the version of their novel “Private Peaceful”.
 Agricultural Science.
Ms Kelly organised a trip to a local dairy farm for her fifth year students.  They saw at first hand the farm layout and milking parlour, feeding and breeding regimes.  Ms. Kelly would like to thank Mr. Devine for hosting the tour.
School Bank.
TY students were interviewed in the Bank of Ireland premises for positions in the school bank.
Backstage Theatre Longford.
This was the venue for the TY class where they attended a one man comedy show that addressed teenage issues in an alternative way.  He described teenagers as a different species in how they think, act and communicate.  He described the niches taken up by different students in a class and explained how compatible they all were with growing up.  Ms. Reynolds facilitated the visit.
Juvenile Boys Football.
Mr. Duffy accompanied the U/14’s to Strokestown for a match against Scoil Mhuire. They lost by a few points in the end.
Aaron Moran, James Doyle, James Cunningham, Gearoid Reynolds, James Murphy, Finn Cassells, Liam Ellis, Adrian Shortt, Conor Quinn, Kieran Reen, Shane Mallon, Donal Duignan, Odhran Heslin, Conor Mulligan, Cormac White, James Abbott, Baily David, Adam Galligan, Padraig Kane, Ryan Lennon, Ronan McNabola, Niall McNabola, Mark Reynolds, Shane Moran.