Dear Students,We hope you are doing well, and coping with this new routine as we come to the end of another week of school being closed. We hope too you are staying calm and that you are adjusting well to our new circumstances.Below are some general tips which could help you maintain a sense of routine at this time:
- Try to use your normal daily school timetable to organise your day: Get up at the same time you would in a normal school day every morning, shower, dress, create a separate work/study space, use your study timetable. Take regular breaks. Talk to each other using what’s app/phone etc.
- Keep up communication with your teachers:
- Also, it’s important to keep up with class work and communicate with your teachers if you are having difficulty with any work given. Our teachers in Mohill Community College are determined to give you all the help possible to get through this successfully.
- Difficulties with e-mails need to be communicated directly to us using the school’s e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work on a quick resolution for you.
- It is good to acknowledge emails (even if we might prefer to think we hadn’t got it!). A quick ‘Thank You’ or Thumbs Up can suffice.
- Follow social distancing measures and do your socialising online: Keep you, your family and friends safe and healthy and do your bit to combat the virus by following social distancing measures (sadly a third of all confirmed cases in Ireland are aged between 15 – 34). While I know this is difficult for us all, we’re lucky that we can make use of What’sApp, the phone and other social media to stay in touch with one another at this time.
- Get fresh air and do regular exercise: It’s equally important to get fresh air, go for a walk/run. We are lucky to be surrounded by many quiet country roads in Leitrim and they’re even safer with less traffic these days. The really crucial thing is to maintain physical distance of 2 metres and to avoid groups (in the UK and Germany they are defining groups as no more than 2 people). Listen to music, watch movies, read and do something to switch off.
- Keep up the work on all your subjects: Make sure you try to do some work in every subject every day. Alternate your subjects – do a subject you like and then one you are not so fond off. Mix it up and try to find a learning style which suits you. You all know at this stage what works for you.
- Prioritise your mental wellbeing: Keep talking to your family and those you are close to and try to stay positive in this time of uncertainty that we’re all facing (mindfulness apps and body scan guided meditations/breathing exercises on youtube are great). Only watch the news once a day and avoid the constant updates.Advice for your careers guidance:Please continue to research your careers options on Qualifax. If you have any queries or need help please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Career Guidance teachers by email.Please also continue to use Careers Portal – so many resources on this site. For example, there’s a realtime noticeboard providing a timeline on university/PLC/career online events.Careersportal is a useful resource for those looking for Scholarship information. Have a look through the List of Scholarships and see if you are eligible for any of them and write a list of them and the application date. GMIT for example have just updated info on their scholarships. Go through it on the college websites like you all did in class.SUSI grant information is on https://susi.ieFor relevant students who haven’t already done so please apply for Post Leaving Cert (PLC) Courses now as the applications are opene.g Galway Technical Institute www.gti.ie Galway Community College www.galwaycc.ie etc. Cavan, Ballinode and Templemichael.You are a really great bunch and we are all in this together and we will all get through it together.Stay safe and keep doing your best with the home study.
Empowering Teenagers Through Chess
Mohill Community College
St Clare’s Comprehensive, Manorhamilton
Chess is a universal game, knowing no boundaries of age, gender, faith, ethnicity or disability, that promotes key intellectual skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, pattern recognition and concentration. Playing chess also fosters intellectual character. Its cerebral reputation boosts self-esteem and gives children grit and the tenacity to cope with adversity – which helps them grow into rounded and employable individuals. It does this by teaching children through play how to lose and how to win gracefully, to think ahead and foresee the consequences of their actions. That is why we see it as an integral part of education here at Mohill Community College .
Last Monday we travelled to St Clare’s Comprehensive, Manorhamilton to play a friendly chess tournament . The students, mainly from Junior Cycle, were nervous as it was their first chess tournament this year but they were soon put at their ease by the warm Manorhamilton welcome from St Clare’s. Ushered to the Library the pristine chess boards waited silently while the students waited patiently .
Ms Kilcawley, from St Clare’s had the pairing ready to go and as it was a friendly match the colours were chosen by the captains Michael Mc Donagh for Mohill Community College and Edward Mitchell for St Clare’s Comprehensive . The former started on white having won the draw and once the players shook hands with their opponents the fun began with the teams alternating colours round by round .
Every player got at least two games and when the first games were over the results were recorded on the pairings sheet. This was used to pair the next round but even if players lost a game, they were not eliminated. This is another positive of playing chess: players continue to participate until the final round ends, regardless of their results.
As directors of the event Miss Kilcawley and I announced the standings during the proceedings so the teams could see how they were doing. While the tournament was a friendly both school enjoyed the competition and look forward to competing against each other in ChessOssity and the Irish Chess Union events which will be taking place before the end of the year.
Both schools have active chess clubs where the students gather to enjoy chess for all its above benefits but also to prepare for local National and International Competitions.
Máire Ní Dhonnchú
Mohill Community College
Mohill Community College
Republic of Ireland
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