Our Ty students had an early start on Wednesday morning when they went to the Ploughing Championships in Carlow as Ms Murphy felt it would benefit students doing Agricultural Science for Leaving Certificate. Despite the hot weather it was a very enjoyable day for all who went. Thank you to Ms. Murphy for organising the trip.

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TY Graduation

Congratulations to our TY students who graduated from TY on Tuesday last. The night was a wonderful celebration of all the activites and success’ that took place during their year, everyone enjoyed a cup of tea afterwards and chatted about all the high points of the year. Thank you to Mrs Bohan our TY Co-ordinator, Ms. Gaffney, TY Year Head and all the teachers involved with TY, and who make it a fantastic experience for our students.

TY All Ireland Script Writing Competition

The TY students entered the ‘All Ireland Film Festival Script Writing Competition’. In order to participate they individually had to type up a 2000 word script on the title ‘Connections’. Unfortunately no student was shortlisted this year but all received a certificate of completion at a fantastic awards ceremony in The Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone. Well done to all the students who took part and their English teacher Ms. Quinn for her guidance.

Once again TY students and staff( Ms. Quinn, Mrs. Minogue, Mrs. Fitzmaurice and Ms. Donohue) will be completing the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June. This year their chosen charity is Ballymahon Day Care Centre.  In order to fundraise for this extremely worthwhile charity, 1st and 2nd year students were taken on a tour of Ballymahon Day Care Centre by its manager Breda Greeves and a bake sale was held within the school. So far the tally is €540.30. A massive thanks to everyone who has contributed to this fantastic cause, it is much appreciated. Lastly, best of luck to all taking part on the 2nd of June. Without a doubt it will be a day you will never forget!

TY 1&4 attended their Holy Spirit Day in Mullingar with the Alpha team on Wednesday last. Thanks to Ms Walsh and Ms Gaffney who accompanied them.

Sports Partnership commenced a coaching course with our TY students, all of whom will avail of this opportunity. Students will then be in a position to coach young people in any sport.

Enterprise finals. Our school was represented by Brian Maloney and Robert Smith of Nanny’s Candles and Molly Doyle and Aisling Dolan who sold dog accessories. Brian and Robert were runners up in the competition. Well done to all involved!

Helen Emerson continues her workshops on Mental Health.

Congratulations to our Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2019 Regional finalists:

Maria Gallagher, Olivia Hamilton and Alannah Reid - ‘Leave it in the Past; Papers’

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Katie Farrell, Siobhan Kilduff and Katie Quinn - ‘Puzzle of Life’

Almost 1,400 entries were submitted to Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture this year and the judges had once again a very tough time picking the regional finalists! The regional final takes place in TF Royal, Castlebar on Thursday March 7th 2019.

There is a voting element to the competition so we ask you to register to vote on JunkKouture.com and vote for our costume,voting opens on the 18th February and closes on the 22nd of February 2019. Good luck to both teams in the Regional Final. 

On Tuesday Ms Caroline Donoghue brought T.Y.1 to St. Christopher's Day Centre in Ballymahon as part of their Disability Awareness Course. We would like to thank St. Christopher’s for hosting the group. The students learned about the services St. Christopher’s Resource Centre and Residential Services provide to people with disabilities and their families in the Ballymahon area. They learned about how they could volunteer to help the service and about future potential career opportunities. They met some of the service users and viewed the Resource Centre’s facilities and training rooms.

Student Bank

Derek Glennon from Bank Of Ireland empowered our students from T.Y. to join the school bank team. The students will now run the school bank at lunch time. The team members are Chloe Kelly, Kevin Tansey, Jesse Aguneche, Cait Keily and Aoife Nolan. Also on Tuesday Derek gave an informative talk on cyber safety and living in our modern world. It made us all stop and think about the consequences of our cyber footprint.

We would like to sincerely thank all the employers who have taken on our T.Y. students for work experience this week. We wish the students good luck and we hope everyone enjoys their time in the world of work.

On Friday the 1st of February, we held a badminton tournament in the gym for our T.Y. students, great fun was had by all.

On Wednesday 5th December TY students went ice skating in Dundrum. A great day was had by all. Everyone came home safe and sound.

On Thursday 6th TY students attended an AXA Road Safety show in the Backstage. This was organised by Longford County Council. It was a very powerful show. It highlighted the importance of taking care on our roads.

On Thursday 6th and McCarron brought a group of TY students to Thomond Nursing Home carol singing. This was a very sociable gathering which everyone enjoyed.

On Sunday 9th December seven mini company groups sold their wares at the annual Craft Fair in the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule.

As part of their  Disability Awareness course, TY 2 and their teacher Ms Donoghue visited St Christopher’s Day Disability Service in Ballymahon on Monday 3rd December. 

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As part of their  Disability Awareness course, TY 2 and their teacher Ms Donoghue visited St Christopher’s Day Disability Service in Ballymahon on Monday 3rd December. 

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.