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Connacht Schools Athletics Title for Moyne College

Congratulations to 1st Year Shannon O'Malley who secured a Gold Medal in Athlone I.T. last Friday. Shannon was competing in the 1200m Speed Walking event in the finals of the Connacht Schools Athletics. Shannon will now go on to represent Moyne College in the All-Ireland Finals which will be held in early June. We wish Shannon and all her coaches the very best.

Shannon OMalley connacht Champion

Moyne College Scoop major Prize for St.Patricks Day Parade

On Tuesday 5th March the Ballina St.Patricks Day Parade Adjudication Panel held their awards ceremony in the Ballina Arts Centre. The ceremony was attended by participants in the 2016 Ballina St. Patricks Day Parade. All of the winners of the various categories were announced on the night by MC on the night Matt Farrell. Participants waited anxiously to hear whether they were successful with their entry in the parade. The winners from the various categories were announced with the final award been the most prestigious, Overall Best Float Award, left to the very end of the night. The announcement was made that the winner of the Overall Best Float was bestowed upon the entry from Moyne College of Ballina. To say that the students and staff were delighted with the announcement would be an understatement.

The theme for this years float entry from Moyne College was centred on the 1916 Rising Commemorations. The float consisted of a 20ft long replica of the GPO mounted on wheels with students dressed as army personnel carrying their handcrafted guns from the woodwork department. Also accompanying the float was a large 10ft high hand written reproduction of the 1916 Proclamation made by the Art department. 16 students walked behind the float dressed as the Irish volunteers executed during the rising. A tremendous amount of effort went into the float from students and staff particularly 1st & 2nd Years from the Art & Woodwork departments.

The participants were presented with a plaque and the annual perpetual cup by Councillor Gerry Ginty, the Cathaoirleach of Ballina Municipal District & Johnny O’Malley, Chairperson Ballina St. Patricks Day Committee, who both commended the students on their hard work and efforts in their float for this year’s parade.

Plans are already afoot for the Moyne College entry in the 2017 Ballina St. Patricks Day Parade and no doubt it will be another masterpiece.

Moyne College Students Excel

Over the last 2 weeks students at Moyne College have excelled in events and competitions outside of the school environment. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our students who take part in competitions outside of the school environment in particular the following:

Shannon O'Malley - 1000m Speed Walking
Congratulations to Shannon O'Malley of 1st Year who came 1st in the Irish Athletics Connacht 1000m Speed Walking event held in Athlone recently. One of the most difficult sports to compete in this is a fantastic achievement for someone so young.

Lorcan Conlon - Connacht U-14 Handball
Congratulations to Lorcan Conlon of 2nd Year and from Bonniconlon G.A.A. Club who won the Connacht G.A.A. U-14 40*20 A Handball Championships last weekend. We wish Lorcan the very best of luck as he travels to Tyrone to compete in the All-Ireland U-14 Handball Championship Semi-Final this weekend.

Kinga Piekarczyk - Drama Achievement Award
Congratulations to Kinga Piekarczyk of 5th Year who was recently the recipient of an achievement award for her short drama scene at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Kinga as a very bright future ahead of her in the Drama field and we look forward to seeing her on the big screen soon.

Ballina Beverages Develop School Sensory Garden

Last month we in Moyne College were privileged to have HR Managers from Coca-Cola Plants all over the world come into us for a day. They were joined by Siobhan McGovern and Ann-Marie Coleman from the Ballina Beverages Coca-Cola Plant in Ballina. The team were challenged with a Team Building Exercise where they were asked to develop a Sensory Garden for the school. This exercise also developed their meditation techniques as part of the mindfulness aspect of the Coca-Cola EEA Ambassador Wellbeing Programme. The team were given an area, tools, plants and a timeframe and by the end of the day had to collectively have developed a Sensory Garden. The team put in a Trojan effort while some from South America found the weather the most challenging aspect. By the end of the day the team had developed a marvellous Sensory Garden that the Students & Staff of Moyne College will benefit from for years to come.

The Schools’ Business Partnership (SBP) is a flagship educational inclusion programme of Business in
the Community Ireland, the network for responsible business. SBP is recognized as
a model of international best practice and has been showcased by the EU Commission, OECD, France, Czech Republic and others. The programme aims to positively impact on educational inclusion in Ireland by facilitating a partnership between one school and one large local business. Moyne College are proud to be partnered with Ballina Beverages. Schools are at the heart of our communities so involving employees from local businesses with our young people makes common sense. We look forward to working with the staff from Ballina Beverages in the future.

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Fianna Fail Party Leader visits Moyne College

Moyne College were privileged to have the Fianna Fail party Leader Micheál Martin and local TD Dara Calleary visit the school on Thursday 26th February last. Mr. Martin while in the area took time out of his busy schedule to visit the school and received a tremendous reception upon his arrival. The party leader was greeted at the door by 2 students who then brought Mr. Martin into the meeting room where he met the School Student Council who chatted and debated numerous items with Mr. Martin & Mr. Calleary. The main topic of conversation with the student council centred around the debate surrounding the new Junior Cycle reform and the students were satisfied with the party leaders answers to their questions. After this, a General Assembly was held with the entire student and staff population where Mr. Martin addressed the crowd. He spoke about many matters but stressed that all our young people need to have more self-confidence and be assured that foreign multi-nationals and businesses value our educated young people very highly and that our education system is one of the best in the world. The two Fianna Fail representatives then took a guided tour of the school in the company of the Principal and Deputy Principal and was very impressed with what Moyne College has to offer the young people in the area and their families. Mr. Martin was wished well as he continued on his way to other appointments in the locality.

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