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School News Week ending 1st June 2018

First Year Wellbeing Celebration Day: Last week, the First Years, under the guidance of Ms Flanagan, Ms Hanly and Ms Travers participated in a fun activity day of events, from subject quizzes throughout the classrooms to sporting activities outside including races, welly throwing and rounders. The day was a great success with the sun shining down on the group as they celebrated doing so well throughout the year. Well done to all who were a part of the day and a huge thanks to the teachers involved for their organisation behind the scenes. (pictures attached “first year MCC students enjoying Wellbeing Day”)

2nd Year History: 2nd years had a wonderful day in Lough Rynn last week, with a tour of the castle and gardens and enjoying afternoon tea afterwards. The students appreciated the trip as a chance to further their knowledge of local history and all had a great time, with many thanks to Ms. Maxwell who accompanied the group.

School Awards: The annual school awards ceremony took place recently, with members of the student body celebrating achievements throughout the year including attendance, academic subject awards and sporting achievements. To all who picked up prizes on the day, many congratulations and well done. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the end of a term!

Lourdes: Eva Keegan and Cormac White, MCC 5th years, recently travelled to Lourdes as youth helpers on the Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Diocesan Pilgrimage. A worthwhile trip to be a member of, the students wish to thank everyone who generously helped with fundraising, including the students who participated in the hugely successful soccer league ran recently in the school. Well done to all involved.

Health Promoting School Evaluation: MCC became the first school in the region recently to receive a second flag in Healthy Schools Promotion, a great honour. Working tirelessly on a range of activities throughout the year, with the theme of “Fun, Fit, Fantastic” were Ms. Hanly, Ms. Columb and a student committee, all dedicated to making Mohill Community College as healthy as it can be. Thank you to the team!

Young Scientist: With the deadline for this national competition at the end of September, the summer holidays are an ideal time for students to be thinking about what they might investigate to enter the renowned exhibition. Entries may be in a range of science areas, with more information on www.btyoungscientist.com.

Student Voice: This week we hear from our 5th and 6th year students. 5th years: Students felt that despite the teachers having new expectations of them, now in Senior Cycle, they were ready for it, more than they thought they might be. More responsibility came with being a 5th year, such as being a part of the Big Brother / Big Sister programme, which all enjoyed. 6th Year: Our Leaving Cert group were quite reminiscent in their answers, with lots of “study early, don’t leave it til after the mocks!” comments appearing. A feeling of, “is it really over?!” was present, with most people mentioning the friends for life they had made in MCC. Overall, our 6th year group felt that among the trials that 6th year offers, it was a year of discovery and realising that they were able for challenges (and deadlines!). Thank you to all our students for participating in our Student Voice survey.

Summer holidays: With the end of term upon us, we wish the staff and students of MCC a happy and safe holiday. Thank you for the hard work all year! Good luck to all of our exam students starting exams on Wednesday, may all your hard work be rewarded!

School News Week ending 25th May 2018

Student Voice: This week, the third years look back on their experience as exam students and Transition Years reflect on a year that allowed growth outside of the classroom. 3rd years: Almost every student in this group felt they now understood what older students spoke about when it comes to pressure! More work in terms of projects and study and higher expectations of themselves, by themselves & teachers. While this was an important part of the year, in general students agreed the feeling of accomplishment as different milestones were reached such as finishing mocks, orals and practicals was worth it. Those who continued to participate in extra curricular activities, in and out of school, felt it was a great way of staying in touch with friends and “getting away from the books” when it was needed. Overall, a positive attitude as exams inch closer! Transition Years were surprised at the benefits they took from this year away from the above mentioned exam pressure. Students felt they had “grown up a lot”, usually followed by the reason “work experience is very different to school!” Of note, many students mentioned being worried about leaving the same year group as their friends but described it as almost a fresh start with new people, with the benefits that other friends were still in school. Students mentioned courses such as the CPR / First Aid training, cycling activities and trips away as highlights. Well done to all students on completion of the Transition Year Programme.

TY Trip: The Transition Year group had a stay in Carlingford Adventure Centre last week, Monday toThursday, for their end of year trip. Activities included kayaking, archery, foot golf, zipwiring, along with a murder mystery challenge and volleyball and more over the few days. The students really enjoyed the trip, saying it would definitely be remembered and wish to thank Ms. Hargaden and Mr. Geraghty for their good company and guidance on the tour. Thanks also goes to Ms. Hargaden Ward for her organisation and planning.
(Photo attached: Mr Geraghty & the MCC Transition Years during their recent adventure trip to Carlingford)

 

School News Week ending 18th May 2018

The Student Voice: We carried out a survey recently to check in with the students on how their school year has been. This week the Junior cycle group have their say! 1st Years: When asked what they enjoyed most about the year, almost everyone felt making new friends was a highlight. Trying out new subjects & being part of new teams also featured for the group, closely followed by the fun around the staff versus students game at the end of term. When asked what they had been most worried about starting in a new school that in hindsight, wasn’t a worry at all, almost every student mentioned homework! Looking back, they recalled worrying they might not keep up with new material, however “once you work in class, you are well able to keep up”. Meeting new people was another frequent answer, with one first year commenting that “looking back, everyone is in the same boat and wants to make friends”. 2nd Years: Again, the staff Versus student match left an impression on this group when asked about their highlight of the year! Finishing their classroom based assessments was a landmark, with many mentioning that although it seemed like a huge task at the start, the more they delved into it, the more they enjoyed the independent side of learning it offered. Trips away to support their in class learning were appreciated and overall, second years enjoyed the happy, hardworking atmosphere of the school community.

Leaving Cert Mass: On Monday 14th, the Leaving Cert Mass was held in St. Patrick’s Church. The theme of the mass was Strength, Hope and New Endeavours; fitting for our group of students as they approach exams and new opportunities in the coming months. Tea afterwards in the school allowed parents, students and staff to reflect on the secondary school journey. Many thanks to all staff, students and parents involved.

TY Trip: Last week 8 of our transition year students completed their Gaisce Bronze Medal award while on a trip to Lough Allen. The students participated in kayaking, camping and lighting fires, a real break away from the outside world! Well done on completing the programme to all, it is a great achievement.

Junior Cert Religion: On Thursday, third year religion students attended a retreat presented by OM Retreat group, on the topic of Prayer. At this time of year, the retreat proved to be hugely beneficial for both allowing the students to reflect on the year gone past and also as an aid for revision on exam material. Many thanks to Ms Hanly for organising this.

Athletics: Congratulations to Alannah McGuinness (TY) on placing second in the Connaught Schools Athletics Competition this week. Alannah will now go on to represent MCC in the All Ireland School final on June 2nd in Tullamore. Best of luck from all at MCC!

School News Week ending 11th May 2018
Writing success: Well done to Wiktoria Dzialak, 2nd year, on her recent accomplishment of having her short story, Life is Unpredictable, selected for inclusion in Volume 6 of Wild Words, a publication for teenage writers. The book will be launched during the Wild Words Children’s Book Festival at The Dock, Carrick on Shannon onSaturday 30th of June. As a selected contributor, Wiktoria has also been invited to attend a two day masterclass with award winning authors Colm Keegan, Dave Rudden and Anna Carey. Congratulations on your success!
Daffodil Day: Well done to a team of students, led by Chloe Cunningham and Caitlin Dockery, who recently sold daffodils and ran a bake sale in the school, raising 350 euro for the Irish Cancer Society, a great achievement. Many thanks to all who supported on the day and baked goods for sale, it is greatly appreciated.
Looking to the Future: The TY and 5th year students attended a presentation from the Regional Skills Forum Manager for the North West – Dr Oran Doherty. The talk explored the subject of global trends and their influence on demand for development of skills and on technological changes. Also explored were the jobs of the future and which areas will be most relevant in the next decade in Ireland. Many thanks to Ms Reynolds for her work on this.
County Hurling: A number of our students are currently representing Leitrim on the U-17 County Hurling Panel. Last week, the group won their game against Roscommon, played in Annaduff, before going on to take victory against Longford. This week they will continue in the group stages of the Celtic Challenge against Monaghan. We wish the team the best of luck, including our own students Sean O’Riordan, Cormac White, Padraig Kane, Cormac Kane, Kieran Reen, Andres Barrajo Mera and Cian Mallon.
TY Banking: The Transition Years have been working hard on the student bank in recent weeks, meeting their requirement of setting up over fifty accounts. As a result, on Thursday they were rewarded with a tour of the local Bank of Ireland, led by Catherine Murray from the bank. The students were treated to breakfast on the morning, followed by a well earned sum of 750 euro towards the Transition Year fund! Well done to all involved in organising the initiative and those who set up accounts. The Transition Year students involved agreed it has been a great experience.
Careers: It has been a busy time over past few weeks for the careers department and exam years, with presentations to third year parents on Transition Year and subject choices alongside talks from various colleges to our sixth year group on course choices and PLC options. Many thanks to Ms Hargaden Ward and Ms Reynolds to their continued hard work in this area and best wishes to all students making choices at this time.
Practicals: This week saw the completion of more exams, with the Leaving Cert group working on Construction on Thursday and both Junior and Leaving Cert Art practicals carried out earlier in the week. Well done to all students involved.
Transition Year Gaisce Award: This week the TY group are on an outdoor adventure trip to Lough Allen, to fulfill their Gaisce Bronze medal requirements. We look forward to hearing next week from the students to see how they got on! Gaisce, the President’s award, is a challenge set to young people aged 15 – 25, to participate in personal, physical and community tasks. Many thanks to Ms Reynolds, Gaisce Leader for the TY group for organising the trip.

 

School News Week ending 4th May 2018

Projects & Exams: The past week has been an extremely busy one in the school, with project deadlines drawing to a close and exam years working on practicals. The Leaving Cert Agricultural Science group had their practical interviews on Tuesdaywhile Leaving Cert Engineering had their practical exam on Thursday. The Junior Cert Metalwork practical also took place while the 6th Year LCVP students sat their exam on Wednesday. Well done to all on completion of the above.

Careers: The 6th year group attended a talk in school this week with a representative from St. Angela’s and NUIG, to discuss course options. Many thanks to Ms. Reynolds for organising this.

Junior Cycle: The second years are currently busy with Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) in Business, English and Science. These projects are a part of their Junior Cycle studies & we wish all the best of luck in completing them.
Sporting achievements: It has been wonderful this week to see names of present students excelling in their sporting interests outside of school. Well done to Jennifer Andrews (3rd year) who received a gold medal in the county swimming finals and Ella Byrne (2nd year) who also took home a gold in the under 16 swimming competition. The girls go forward to represent Leitrim in the All Ireland finals in the University of Limerick 25 – 27th of May. Congratulations also to Alannah McGuinness (TY) who won her sprint at the North Connaught schools competition this week, she will now go on to represent MCC on May 17th at the competition in Athlone. We extend best wishes to all past students travelling to New York with the Leitrim county team for their first championship round (here’s hoping a win will be in the bag by time of print!)
First Aid: The Transition Year group completed an intensive, two day first aid training programme last week, under the guidance of trained paramedics. Important life skills were learned so well done to all and many thanks to the visiting paramedics for their time and dedication.
First Year Enterprise: Under the guidance of Ms. Gilheany in Business, the first years held a movie afternoon on Friday, as part of their enterprise work and also as a fundraiser for the students going to Lourdes, Eva Keegan and Cormac White. Well done to all who worked on this project and to Ms. Gilheany for her help.
Big Brother Big Sister: This week the Big Brother Big Sister group took a trip to the cinema, to watch The Greatest Showman. Many thanks to Ms Hanly and Ms Cunningham who accompanied the group. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Big Brother Big Sister helps the transition of first year students into a new school and is always a great success, thanks to all involved for their hard work.
School News Week Ending 27th April 2018

Girls Active: MCC Girls Active group joined other local schools at the Mayflower in Drumshanbo for our annual festival.  Activities included cycling, self defence, Olympic handball, tag rugby, dancing and games. Everyone had a fantastic day. Thanks to Leitrim Sports Partnership and Drumshanbo school for a fantastic day and to Ms. Purcell for working with the girls all year.

BT Young Scientist: It is never too early to consider an entry to one of the biggest Science exhibitions in Ireland! Around the country students are starting to put together ideas to enter the 2019 show in the RDS and if you wish to follow in the footsteps of our entrant for this year, Ezekiel Stevens, please call to Ms. Nertney in the lab or mention your idea to any subject teacher, as projects can be cross curricular and cover many areas. All age groups are encouraged to enter.

School News Week Ending 20th April

TY CPR: The Transition years are currently working with Ms. Nertney and Mr. Kennedy, on an initiative of the Irish Heart Foundation. CPR For Schools is a programme encouraging teachers and students to train in the lifesaving practise of CPR, with the aim that throughout the country, young adults will be confident in using the technique, should it ever be required. Well done to the group for putting a great effort into this very important module.

Practical / Oral exams: Our Junior & Leaving Cert groups have finished language orals and Home Economics practicals. Well done to all for the hard work that is evident around the school. Projects are still ongoing in some subjects, good luck to all.
Ecology: It has been a busy week for Science, Ag Science & Biology students, taking advantage of the good weather with Junior and Senior groups getting out of the classroom to put their ecology studies into practise in the field. Students reported back that they thoroughly enjoyed looking at the outdoors in a different light, with one claiming he “may never look at the hedge the same way again!”
TY Integration Day: Last week the Transition Year group attended a TY Integration Day in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo. Alongside other schools from the area, the students received talks from RSA, with a car simulator on site to help educate the students on road safety. The Fire Service and Dog Trust also had presentations on the day. A campaign by Leitrim County Council and Comhairle na nÓg with Rosie Dolan was introduced, which will be launched over the next week, “Use your brain, not your fists”, a public safety campaign aimed at encouraging young people to think about the consequences of their actions. The students came away from the day with a new appreciation for the importance of safety in everyday life. Many thanks go to Ms. Maxwell for her help in this project.
BT Young Scientist: It is never too early to consider an entry to one of the biggest Science exhibitions in Ireland! Around the country students are starting to put together ideas to enter the 2019 show in the RDS and if you wish to follow in the footsteps of our entrant for this year, Ezekiel Stevens, please call to Ms. Nertney in the lab or mention your idea to any subject teacher, as projects can be cross curricular and cover many areas. All age groups are encouraged to enter.
Thanks to Ms. Nertney for collating the news from various subject departments/programmes.
School News Week ending 13th April 2018

Exam Practicals / Orals: It is currently a very busy time for our exam years, with Home Economics practicals, language oral exams and project deadlines approaching. Well done to all on their hard work and commitment and good luck over the coming weeks.

Creative writing: Last week our second year English classes took part in a Creative Writing Workshop, helping the students to develop their own skills in the area, of great benefit to them both in the classroom and outside of school. Many thanks to Ms. Dolan and Ms. McManus for organising the event.
First Year Football: The 1st year boys played Garbally last week in Ballyhaunis, in the Connaught semi final. After a successful campaign throughout the year, the boys were unlucky to not make it through to the final, with a great team performance. Well done to all involved with the team, with thanks to Mr. Duffy for his time and commitment to the group.
Careers: On 11th April, the Leaving Cert students attended a talk by two officers from the Irish Defence forces, on potential careers in the Air Corps. Students found it very useful to hear their experiences, to aid them with their career choices. Many thanks to Ms. Reynolds for organising this presentation
Staff V Student Match: On the last day of term before Easter, staff and students went head to head in a much anticipated game of soccer. Refereed expertly by Ms. Flanagan, on front of a packed hall of spectators, the game was not short of entertainment, or indeed commitment to tackles from both sides! The full time score is still under review from both sides (depending on who I was speaking to!) however all are in agreement that this year, the victory went to the teachers. A huge thank you to all students and staff involved.

(Easter Holidays 23rd March – 9th April)

School News Week ending 23rd March 2018

TY Cycling Programme: Over the last couple of weeks, Transition Years have embarked on a road safety training course for cyclists, with thanks to Ms. Hargaden Ward and Leitrim Partnership. The group had three sessions, working on everything from balance on the bikes to cycling around the local area, putting their training and knowledge to the test. The students all felt it was a worthwhile experience, with some commenting it would be very useful for when they get to third level and are relying on their bicycles for transport! Well done to all involved.

Green Schools: Recently, MCC carried out a Park and Stride programme, to encourage the school community to be aware of traffic in the school area. This was a great success and along with much more background work done by the Green Schools committee, the good news is in: the school has received the Green Flag based on their commitment to the travel theme! A huge congratulations to everyone on their dedication to this very worthwhile project.
CSPE & R.E. Trip: On Thursday, our 2nd year group, accompanied by their CSPE & Religion teachers, headed for Dublin on an eye opening trip to see two different locations that they have been studying in class. 2A visited the Capuchin Day Centre, run by Br. Kevin Crowley and the Capuchin Friars. The centre provides free meals to the homeless, along with clean clothes and facilities to those sleeping rough. 2B visited the Dublin mosque, where they interviewed the Imam, the leader of the mosque, to better understand the life and faith of a Muslim. Both groups came away with a greater understanding and respect for those they had visited, seeing first hand the work being done in both areas. Many thanks to teachers Ms. Columb, Ms. Dolan and Ms. Maxwell for their guidance and organisation.
Lourdes Trip: Well done to fifth year students, Eva Keegan and Cormac White on their selection as helpers for the Diocesan Pilgrimage (Ardagh & Clonmacnoise) to Lourdes in May. This is a great opportunity for both students and we wish them well with their current fundraising and travels.
Agricultural Science: Ms. Kelly and her fifth year Ag Science students paid a visit to two local farms on last week, to support their studies of dairy farming in class. The trip was of great benefit to the students and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many thanks to our local farmers for their expertise in this area and to Ms. Kelly for organising the event.
Staff Vs Students Football: As these notes were being prepared to go to press, an anxious group of staff members and a willing group of students were preparing themselves for an end of term staff Vs student soccer game. We can now report gracious victory for the Staff team!!  Keep an eye after Easter to read the in-depth match report!
Easter Holidays: With two weeks off at the end of a busy term, we wish all in the school community a safe and happy holiday. Special mention goes to our exam years who are preparing for subject practicals and oral exams on return. Enjoy the chocolate and well earned break!  (Notes prepared by Ms. Eileen Nertney in advance of holidays, but just published as we look forward to returning for another busy term!)
Thanks to Ms. Nertney for preparing the School Notes.
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!

 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 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.

 

News – 23rd February 2018

Girls Basketball: Our 1st and 2nd year girls played a home game against Abbey College Boyle last week. The 1st years were unlucky to be beaten in a close game, with our 2nd years pulling through to take home a win! Well done to all involved and thanks to Ms. McGovern for her work with the team.

Park and Stride: The Green Schools Committee are currently working towards gaining another flag for the school, with a focus on travel. With an aim of encouraging students to walk, cycle or carpool to school, the Park and Stride idea was introduced. On Friday 23rd and Tuesday 27th February and Friday 2nd March, school will finish five minutes early, to accommodate the students walking to the church carpark, where we ask parents to park on those days in support of the project. Students who take the school bus will be collected from the school as usual. We would invite the school community to support this initiative, with the aim of gaining a third green flag but also to help the environment and decrease traffic congestion around the school. Many thanks go to the Green Schools Committee for their hard work and determination in keeping our school green!

News – 9th February 2018

SciFest: Similar to BT Young Scientist, SciFest offers a chance for students to showcase projects they may wish to undertake in the area of Science. This is open to all secondary school students and the regional event is held in Sligo IT in May. The closing date for entry is Friday 9th March. If you are interested in competing, please see www.scifest.ie for more information and speak to Ms. Nertney after the midterm.

Midterm: We wish all of the school community a safe and enjoyable midterm break, in particular our exam years who have been working so hard for mock exams. We look forward to seeing everybody return fresh and well rested next week, to take on the rest of the school year!

News – 2nd February 2018

U14 Ladies Football: The ladies Gaelic football team were defeated by Ballyhaunis C.S. for a place in the Connacht Quarter Final. The girls played with great intensity despite adverse weather conditions, numerous injuries and illness! These girls had a very competitive season and were great fun to work with. Their clubs will benefit from their experiences this season and best of luck to each and every one of them. Many thanks to Ms. Flanagan for her dedication and hard work throughout the season.

Congratulations: Well done to Aoife Hillman – Allen, TY, on winning a place on a trip to Strasbourg through participation in an online civic awareness competition, with Graduate.ie. On her four day trip, Aoife will spend one full day at the European Parliament, along with other participating students, discussing topics about the E.U. with students from other member states, an exciting opportunity! Best wishes for a wonderful experience.
Mock exams: Students continue this week with mock exams at Junior and Leaving Cert, before a well deserved break at midterm. Keep up the good work!
Bereavement: We offer our sympathies to former colleague John Moran, Bridget Moreton and family on the death of John’s wife Teresa. May she rest in peace.
News – 26th January 2018
Operation Transformation: A group of our first years took part in Operation Transformation 10@10 – ten minutes of exercise at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday last, under the guidance of Ms. Maxwell & Ms. Flanagan. This was an enjoyable activity showcasing the benefits of exercise even for a few minutes a day! Well done to all students and teachers involved.
Girls Active continues on Tuesday, 4:15 – 5pm, in the gym, for 1st year girls. All welcome!
TY Enterprise: Guest speaker Brian Dolan was in the school last week, mentoring the Transition Year group with their mini businesses. The students are participating in the Leitrim Schools Enterprise competition, organised by Leitrim County Enterprise board. The group greatly appreciate the guidance Mr. Dolan has given them and that of organising teachers, Ms. Fitzpatrick and Ms. Gilheaney.
Mock exams:Thursday 1st February sees the start of mock exams for Junior and Leaving Certificate. Good luck to all who are studying and sitting exams, may your hard work pay off!
School News – 19th January 2018
BT Young Scientist: Ezekiel Stevens (6th year) represented MCC last week in the BT Young Scientist competition in the RDS, Dublin. His project on the effects of sandblasting denim fabrics, linked to silicosis and the health of factory workers, was exceptionally well put together and was the result of great effort and research. The BT exhibition selects projects from thousands of entries nationwide, so congratulations to Ezekiel on his participation and many thanks to Ms. Muldowney for her guidance during his studies.
TY Workshop: On Thursday 18th January, the transition year group attended a workshop in Canon Donoghue Hall, celebrating the suffragette movement, as part of their History studies. Thanks to Mr. Nolan for organising attending the trip, and to organisers for inviting us to attend.
Maynooth Science trip: The Leaving Cert Chemistry class last week attended Maynooth University for a revision workshop on their Chemistry practicals. As with the Biology trip the week before, all found this very useful for course revision. Thanks to Ms. Muldowney for organising and attending with the students on the day.
Girls Active continues on Thursdays, 4:15 – 5pm, in the gym, for 1st year girls. All welcome.
Bereavement: We offer our sympathies to the following students on their recent bereavement; Shannon, Chris, Oran and Shane Healy, on the death of their grandmother. May she rest in peace.
School News – 12th January 2018
Welcome Back to all staff and students after a well earned rest over the Christmas, with best wishes to all for the new year.

No Phone Challenge:  First years and Transition Years participated in a ‘no phone’ challenge for 24 hours beforeChristmas and the donations have been counted, a brilliant €1,650 was raised. Well done to all involved! Huge thanks to Ms Collum and Ms Maxwell for all their help. A draw was held with prizes including gift vouchers and gift sets. Congratulations to the following prizewinners: Nathan Ward, Arran McCrann, Jacub Przedosek, Connor Fanning, Alisha Wynne and Holly Hanrahan.

Leaving Cert Biology students attended Maynooth University on Monday last week, taking part in a revision class of the practical side of the course. Thanks to Mr. Kennedy who accompanied them. Students found the course very useful, especially at this time of year with mock exams around the corner.
MCC played host to the Under 16 Girls Basketball North West final the week beforeChristmas, against Carrick. Hard luck to the girls on the day, they put up a great show and will be back again to fight for the title! Many thanks to Ms. Hargedan Ward for all her hard work with the team.
Girls Active continues on Thursdays, 4:15 – 5pm, in the gym, for 1st year girls. All welcome.
The Department of Education and Skills have just approved a grant for fitting out a Fitness Suite, the Gym balcony will soon be taken over with a selection of Gym equipment!  We look forward to seeing what it offers!