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Message to Students

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 mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie.  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.ie
For relevant students who haven’t already done so please apply for Post Leaving Cert (PLC) Courses now as the applications are open
e.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.
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Empowering Students with Chess

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

 

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Board of Management Agreed Report February 2020

 

 

Agreed Report for the attention of Staff, Parents, Students

Board of Management

24th February 2020

The Board conducted its Annual Review of Child Protection Policy

The Board was updated on Curriculum Review discussions to date and further discussed Curriculum Review and related timetabling.

 

Board of Management 2nd December 2019

Agreed Report for the attention of Staff, Parents, Students

The first Meeting of the new Board of Management took place on 2nd December

The Board reviewed School Improvement Plan 2019 – 2020

The Board reviewed Junior and Leaving Cert Exam Results and congratulated Students and Staff on same

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Our email has changed

Please note that our email has changed to mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie  (February 2020)

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Use of Astro Turf Pitch – new procedures February 2020

PLEASE NOTE THE ASTRO TURF PITCH IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

AS PART OF SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES (COVID-19)

 

Procedures for the use of the Astro Turf Pitch have changed recently. 

Following recent extensive refurbishment of the Astro Turf Pitch, new formalised procedures for public use of the Astro Turf Pitch have been put in place.

Any local/community/sports group wishing to use the Pitch is invited to make application through Mohill Community College for the use of the Astro Turf Pitch.  A representative of that group will take responsibility for having a specific Application Form completed.  This must be presented, along with a current copy of that group’s insurance.  On receipt of same the College will provide a representative of the group with an electronic fob which will allow that group to gain access to the Astro Turf Pitch.

The electronic fob allows the usage of the pitch to be tracked.

Full co-operation with these procedures is requested.

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Basketball Successes

Congratulations to 1st Year and 2nd Year Boys’ Basketball Teams on today’s successes!

 

 

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MSLETB Data Protection Policy

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School Breakfast

We are delighted to announce availabliity of breakfast in school on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8.30.  Conscious of the early start for many students we have organised through Food Cloud for breakfast two mornings per week.

The initiative is a practical expression of our support of student ‘Wellbeing’, and to gague by student responses for the last two mornings, it is going down a treat!!

Tea, toast and/or a piece of fruit will, hopefully, energise us even more for the day ahead.

A huge thank you to members of Staff and Students who have volunteered to help out.  Thanks too to Food Cloud for providing the foodstuffs.

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John Paul II Awards

Six student receive their John Paul II Awards – St. Mel’s Cathedral 21st October 2018.  Two further students unavoidably absent from the Ceremony will also receive their Award.  Congratulations all.