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School News March 2018

School News Week ending 2nd  March

Storm Emma: Due to the red alert last week which saw the country in a near state of lockdown, MCC remained closed for Thursday & Friday, with safety a priority for the school community. No doubt students, especially our exam years, appreciated this time to rest and revise!

“Beat the Blues” Aware talk: On 27th of February, the Leaving Cert group welcomed Helen Emerson from Aware, to advise and guide them with tips for good mental health and actions to promote a positive outlook on life. Stress management, anxiety and the importance of exercise and relaxation were among some topics discussed. This presented a great opportunity for exam students to take steps in forming a healthy, positive lifestyle. Thanks go to Ms. Columb and Ms. Hanly for organising this event.
First Year Football: 1st Year Boys played Balla Secondary School in the Connacht quarter final on Tuesday in Castlerea. They emerged victors with a score of 12-9 to 5-9. Good luck in the next round boys! Many thanks to Mr Duffy for his ongoing work with the panel.
Careers: Leaving Cert students recently had talks on post Leaving Cert courses from Templemichael College Longford and Sligo College Of Further Education (Ballinode). Knowledge of these courses, an upcoming presentation from the Defence Forces, alongside college open days are all helping our students in their future decision making.

School News Week ending 9th March

TY Enterprise: The Transition Years have been very busy recently working on their Enterprise projects. On February 22nd, the school Enterprise Final was judged in MCC by Brian Dolan and Carmel Coll from the Leitrim Enterprise Centre. A high standard of entries by all were on display, with three groups qualifying for the Leitrim Enterprise County Final, held in the Bush Hotel on March 6th. The three successful businesses were COEPTIS LTD, by Shane McGourty, Scot Ferns & Alex Nitsche Canning (Christmas logs & skin shield cream), The Makeup Masterclass by Rachel Stenson, Sophie Reynolds & Sophie Geelan (an evening hosted by three makeup artists in the school library) and Slat Mate by Adrian Shortt, a product to aid farmers working in slatted sheds. All three businesses participated in the final in The Bush Hotel, with Adrian receiving a runner up prize for his Slat Mate. Congratulations to all for their involvement and many thanks to teachers Ms. Fitzpatrick and Ms. Gilheaney for their involvement with the projects and Leitrim Enterprise for their support.

Fairtrade: On Thursday March 8th, a group of 1st Years (1C) were chosen to represent MCC at the Fairtrade parade in Carrick – on – Shannon. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the importance of supporting Fairtrade where possible in the locality. Mohill Community College is now a recognised Fairtrade school and so will continue to encourage the use of Fairtrade. Thanks to Ms. Columb who accompanied the group on their trip, where all had a great time on the outing.

Senior History Trip: The 5th & 6th Years last week headed off the school grounds and to the historical backdrop of Trim Castle, to further their Senior Cycle History studies. Accompanied by Mr. Nolan & Ms. Conefrey, the group were brought on a tour of the castle, before a visit to the Irish Military War Museum and an overnight stay in the Newgrange region. The following day, they attended the GPO Witness Museum, where students were given a closer look at the events of the Easter Rising. Glasnevin Cemetery was also on their list, with a tour of the historical area and the graves of those buried there. The students all agreed this was a great way to further their understanding of what they learn in class and the trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Mr. Nolan & Ms. Conefrey for all their organisation and hard work!

TY Bank: A group of our Transition Year students, under the guidance of Bank of Ireland Mohill and Catherine Murray, last week launched the school bank. Every Thursday (until the end of April) during Class 1 & 2, students may visit the school library to set up an account in the school, using a minimum of five euro to activate the account, or indeed lodge money to a previously existing Bank of Ireland account. This is a great initiative to encourage the habit of saving among our students and well done to all those involved!

Bereavements: We offer our sympathies to the following members of staff on their recent bereavements: Una Duffy on the death of her uncle, John O’Grady and aunt in law, Bernadette Duffy; Elaine Purcell on the death of her uncle, Pat Brosna and Martina Callinan on the death of her aunt, Eileen Glynn. May they rest in peace.

School News Week ending 16th March 2018

Senior English Trip: The 5th and 6th years were in for a treat last Thursday when they were accompanied by Ms. Dolan and Ms. McManus to Claremorris Town Hall, for a performance of John B Keane’s “Big Maggie” by the Corofin Players. Teachers and students alike were impressed and delighted at the show, with some overheard describing it as “brilliant” and “so enjoyable” to watch. Many thanks to the senior English teachers for their planning and involvement and to all students who made it a wonderful outing.

Basketball: The 2nd year girls played Carrick last week in a closely contested battle, narrowly losing out in the end with a score of 14 – 11 to Carrick. Well done to all of our girls involved in the teams, 1st and 2nd year, this school season and a word of thanks to Ms. McGovern for her involvement and dedication with the group.

Home Economics Trip: The 2nd Year Home Economics students moved their studies from the classroom with a trip last week, under the guidance of Ms. Kellegher and Ms. Noone, to Sligo. The students visited Rosses Point where they took a walk along the beach, taking in the sea air and focusing on wellbeing, before a visit to the craft shop to stock up on equipment for their sewing classes. Students returned to school refreshed and well equipped for their upcoming practical work in class at MCC! Thanks to the Home Ec teachers for organising the day.  See school’s Facebook Page for photos depicting the enjoyment!!

Healthy Schools: The Healthy Schools committee, including student representatives from each year group, were delighted with a presentation of a well earned Healthy Schools flag on Friday 16th March, during a visit from Colleen Fahy (HSE Healthy Schools Promotion). The group, led by teachers Ms. Columb and Ms. Hanly, have worked extremely hard over the last few years to encourage Healthy Living in the school, in a way that allows students to participate in a healthy lifestyle in school and out. With a theme of “Fun, Fit & Fantastic”, the school has hosted guest speakers and events such as Walk and Talk, where students took a stroll in the local area while discussing physical and mental health. Big Brother / Big Sister mentoring programme continues in school while posters showcasing the projects are on display around the halls. It is a sign of the dedication of both teachers and students involved that they have received this recognition and a huge thank you from the school community for your tireless work in making MCC the best it can be!