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.