VHI Women's Mini Marathon

Well done and good luck to all the TY students who have prepared and are ready now to complete the VHI Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on Sunday the 3rd of June. In preparation for this we held a bake sale to fundraise for their chosen charity Friends of St Lukes, which is the only childrens cancer care hospital in Ireland. We also brought in the guest speaker Yvonne Boland from this charity to gain more knowledge on what this charity does and where the money collected will be spent. To ensure we will be physically able to complete this 10km challenge, we attended a very energising warm up which we can repeat ourselves over the next few weeks. Mental strength is equally as important so David Cryan from Operation Transformation was also brought in to speak about the importance of eating healthy and being active especially outdoors for fresh air etc. Through hosting all the above events €1,095.00 was raised which is fantasic as Friends of St Lukes is such a worthy cause. This would not have being possible without the support of the students, staff and parents of Mercy Convent. Therefore, we would like to thank all who have helped us over the last number of weeks, especially Ms. Quinn who has helped us organise all the above effectively and successfully. Today FM have picked Mercy Convent to work with as we undertake participating in the VHI Women's Mini Marathon. They have took pics and clips of all the events listed above to produce a video of our whole experience so far. This week it will be put up on their social media pages, our schools and the mini marathons if anyone would like to have a look. By doing so hopefully more people will take part in this charity event this year but also for many more to come.

RTE All Ireland Film Festival Script Writing Competition- TY1 and TY4

Well done to all the TYs who entered the RTE All Ireland Film Festival Script Writing Competition this year. Congratulation's to Sarah Cox and Edel Clabby who came in the top 20 shortlisted nationwide which is a fantastic achievement. To support the girls being awarded their prizes and all participants receiving certificates, we attended the awards ceremony in the Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone. Here we listened to actors talking about the writing process, applaused all who got awards, watched the winning script being preformed on stage and were treated to refreshments before heading home. Overall, it was an extremely enriching experience as we all got to write our very own script which we never had the chance to do before. Therefore, we would like to thank Ms Quinn who guided us throughout the year in order for us to produce our very polished final piece which has no doubt enlightened us to write more in the future. Also a big thanks to Ms. Flannery who accompanied us on this trip, your help is much appreciated too.

Transition year students have completed their second and last week of work experience now. Thanks to all the employers who afforded our students this valuable part of education.

Thanks to Ms. O Reilly , Ms. Ryan, Ms. O Neill, Ms. Donohue, Mr. Kenny and Mr. Larkin together with TY students Ali O Connor, Oisín Brogan, Zoe Guinane, Sophie Hogan, Meghan Finnan and Caitlin Farrell who looked after the incoming 1st year who sat their assessment tests on Saturday Feb 3rd.

Two groups of Transition Year students have completed their First Aid class with Martin Mulvey where they were taught CPR and how to use an AED.

Transition Year students also went to Kairos Communications in Maynooth and took part in a media studies course. TY3 went on Wednesday 17th January and TY4 went on Thursday 18th January. Thanks to Ms. Quinn and Ms. Flannery for accompanying the students.

Thanks to Shane Prior, Eoghan Bannon, Ciarán Hanley, Jack Murtagh, Niall McGarry and Richard Laffan who volunteered at the Day Care centre this week.

Drink Drugs Awareness Campaign

Our TY students took part in a Drink Drugs Awareness Campaign run by the Gardaí in Co. Longford. Jill Dennehy, Ellen Shannon, Ciara Mulligan, Niamh Dempsey and Laoise Nerney won the School Award and County Award with their movie. This was the first time Perpetual Trophy was presented and our school's name is on this trophy. Well done to all involved!

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Longford Library Battle of Wits Table Quiz

Congratulations to  winners: James Murphy, Sean Kenny, Shane Prior and Gerard Brennan representing our school at Longford Library Battle of Wits Table Quiz today.

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Alan Devine has completed his workshop with three TY groups, and our public speaking soroptimist team of Emily Farrell (6th year) and Rachel Lyons (5th year). The workshop gave tips on gaining confidence in public speaking.

Thanks to Helen Emerson who presented a Cognitive Behaviour course on Mental Health to two of our TY groups.

Margret Larkin returned to complete the module “Health for life” with all transition year groups last week

Thanks to Mark Mealia, Patrick Smyth, Patrick Conlon, Richard Sweetnam, John KilBane, Ella McMonagle, Niall McGarry, Ryan Shannon, Richard Prior, Katie Gouldsbury, Danny Hewitt , Liadhan Farrell, Gordon Farrell and Urte Vityte for visiting the Daycare Centre recently .

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The winners of the first year maths table quiz were Hannah Daly, Cian Molloy, Daniel Egan, Ryan Casey. Thank you to all the teachers and TY students who helped organised the quiz.

The TY groups have swapped over timetables and will now experience a range of new subjects.

Alan Devine presented a workshop on communication and public speaking to T.Y.1 students. Everyone had a great day and learnt some valuable new skills. He will be back in November to work the other T.Y. students.

On Tuesday 24th all Ty students went to Tuard Ard Moate for a one man comedy show, “Psycho Spaghetti” performed by Ger Carey. This show looks at the working inside the mind of a teenager. Thanks to Ms. Flannery, Ms. Quinn and Ms. Bohan for accompanying them.

Thanks to Dearbhaile Rooney, Claire Beirne, Blathnaid McDonagh, Chloe Molloy, Cora Norton, Paddy Conlon, Ali O’Connor, Rebecca Gill and Zoe Guinane who visited the Day-care centre last week.

TY students, Ciara Mulligan, Jill Dennehy, Niamh Dempsey, Ellen Shannon and Laoise Nerney are putting together an anti-drink/drugs ad for a competition which is being run by the Longford Garda. Sean Mulleady, Mark Mealia, Patrick Conlon and Ciaran McDonnell are busy preparing an art piece for the school art exhibition “Imaginations run wild”, which will be held in the school on Thursday 23rd of November at 7pm.

Well done to Joseph Kenny, Maciej Gorski and Matthew Jordan who took part in a Health and Safety Quiz run by the NISO in A.I.T. recently. Thanks to Ms. Bohan for accompanying the team.

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Girls TY 10Km Challenge

The TY girls and Ms. Quinn would like to thank all the staff, students and parents who baked and bought at their bake sale for Longford Hospice on Friday the 28th of April. It was a great sucdess as the total amount raised was 503 euro. After fundraising for this very worthwhile local charity, the TY girls and Ms. Quinn are all looking forward to the second half of their Girls TY 10Km Challenge now. They will be becoming more active in the next few weeks in order to complete 10km at the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the June Bank Holiday weekend. Mrs. Mc Tiernan has kindly volunteered to accompany them on this weekend. No doubt her help will be greatly appreciated too.

Thanks to Paddy O Connor and the Longford Co. Board who are providing 26 ty students with the first level GAA Coaching Course.

Thanks to Orla Keane, Niamh Hanley, Jason Coughlan and Oran Kenny who visited the daycare centre during the week.

The annual sleepover in the school gym took place on Wednesday night. The money collected goes to Bethany House and St. Martha’s homeless shelter Longford run by St. Vincent De Paul. Thanks to Mr. Broderick, Mr. Kenny, Mr. Burke, Ms. Matthews, Ms. Nevin and Ms. Bohan for supervising.  

Gaisce students did a 20 km walk on Wednesday last from Ballynacarrigy to school along the canal. Thanks to Mr. Dempsey and Ms. Carr and Helena Brady for accompanying the 45 students on this adventure.

The Ty1 and Ty2 students visited Bodaborg on Monday 24th. They enjoyed a day of solving puzzles. Thanks to Ms. McDonagh for accompanying the students.

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On Wednesday last Mr Seery accompanied James Carroll, Sam Maxwell and Cronan Flood to Longford Student Entrepreneur Exhibition 2017 in Longford Shopping Centre.

Congratulations to the lads who came first in the competition and will go on to represent the School and County in the All-Ireland Student Entrepreneur competition later this year in Croke Park. The name of their company is “J and S Kitchen Aid” and they have designed a tool which one puts on the spine of a knife which helps chopping veg.

Thanks to Bronagh Gorham, Catherine Reilly, Sorcha Duncan and Clodagh Kiely who went to the Homework Club last week. Thanks to Bronagh Gorham, Catherine Reilly, Sorcha Duncan, Clodagh Kiely, Rory Howlin, Odhran Doherty, Cian Belton and Matthew Duffy who went to the Day Centre during last week.

Last week 35 TY students attended an FRS Farm Safety course at Ballymahon Mart. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all students .Thanks to Mr. Munds who organised the day.

The Healthy Eating team of Sarah Dillon, Caoimhe Lohan, Clodagh Kenny, Aisling McCormack, Roisin Leen, Dylan Farrell, Laura Harkin, Kian Gilmore, Sam Maxwell, Sean Donohoe, Cian Belton, organised a Healthy Eating day on Thursday. They organised a fruit and veg tasting station in the open area. They also helped raise awareness by putting up posters around the school.

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Thanks to Dylan Nugent, Josh Manning, Conor Campbell, Ronan Keane, Roisin Sheahan, Darragh Maher, Con Casserly, Rory Howlin, Leon Walsh, James Carroll, Oran Kenny and Danielle O'Leary attended the day care last week.

Thanks also to Daniel Lennon, Abraham Izarah, Max Nykoluk, Ross Coyne and David Mtisi who attended the homework club last week

Show:

Thanks to everybody who attended the show and all our TY year students who worked so hard behind the scenes to make it such a success. The entire school community, have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This production has brought a great buzz to the school. We sincerely thank, Ms. Malone, Mr. Burke, Mr. Larkin and Mr. Broderick, who facilitated the production of ‘Through My Eyes’, an experience which we will never forget. We also thank our sponsors for their generosity in donating funds and spot prizes, both of which help enormously in making the show a success. We hope this show has lived up to expectations and we hope to see as large a crowd attend the next show in two years’ time.

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The timetable for Transition Year home groups changed this week. Seven of our students Leon Walsh, Rachel Lyons, Ciara Foxe, Cronan Flood, Dylan Farrell, Mikolaj Wijas and Sarah Dillon were given a fantastic opportunity by An Garda Siochana, last week. They attended the Criminal Court in Dublin on Tuesday, they went to the Garda Station in Longford on Wednesday and
to Westmanstown-Garda Golf Club in Lucan on Thursday.  Thanks to Ms. Kenny, Ms. O Sullivan and Ms. Casey for travelling with the students:

James Carroll, Sean Donohoe and Sam Maxwell attended the Day Care Centre last week. Orla Kenny, Ciara and Shannon attended the Homework Club last week.

Interviews were held by Ms.Malone, Mr. Burke, Mr. Broderick and Mr. Larkin for the leadership roles in our School Show “Through My Eyes” last week. Our Managment Team Consists of: Aisling McCormack, Managing Director; Ronan English, Assistant Mananging Director; Bronagh Gorham, Production Director; Kian Gilmore, Assistant Production Director, Dylan McCormick Moran, Sound director; Abraham Izarra, Assistant Sound Director; Rachael Lyons, Human Resources Director: Orla Keane, Director of Choreography; Catherine Reilly, Assistant Director of Choreography; Adam Ryan, Public Relations Manager; Kevin Lynch, Assistant Public Relations Manager, Chloe Freeman, Creative Director; Aoife Gerety, Assistant Creative Director; Cian Belton,  Finance Manager; David Doherty, Assistant Finance Manager; Orla Kenny, Sales & Marketing Manager; Brian Kelly, Assistant Sales & Marketing Manager: Roisín Sheahan Hair & Makeup Manager: Natalia Ochenkowska Assistant Hair & Makeup Manager: Sam Maxwell Front of House Director, Jason Coughlan Assistant Front of House Director: Petrina Carrigy Costume Director: Éanna McGrath Stage Manager: Jamie Bermingham Assistant Stage Manager:

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Last week all TY classes had a talk from Youth Connect. Also Sadie Wheatley spoke with some transition year students about ideas for their mini companies. Two Ty classes have met with actor Alan Devin. Alan gave a Personal Development workshop which included ideas on speaking in front of other people.

All transition year students attended the Ger Carey show “Physco Spagetti” in the Back Stage theatre, on Monday 26th. This is a comic look into the life of a teenager. Thanks to their English teachers Ms. Gaffney, Ms. Daly and Ms. Towey for attending the show with them.

Thanks to Sean Donohue, Cronan Flood, Sam Maxwell and Dylan Farrell for helping out at the homework club in the Ballymahon primary School last week Also thanks to Lochlann Healy, Conall Mc Kiernan, Rory Howlin, Sean Donohoe, Cronan Flood, Dylan Farrell and Sam Maxwell for attending the Day Care centre last week.

We wish all our transition year students good luck in their work experience from 3rd to 7th October. Thanks to all the employers who support our students in providing the employment during the week.

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Thanks to Sarah Horan, Sarah Dillon, Jason Moorhead, Conall McKiernan, James Carroll, Lochlann Healy, Ciara Nally and Shannon Guy who visited the day-care centre during the last week .

The transition year students enjoyed a talk on Beat the Blues and Mental Health Wellbeing which was provided by Helen Emmerson.