Mountmellick Community School have earned €5,000 to spend on IT equipment, and Mountmellick Sports Complex another €5,000 for new lights, following their successful first joint auction.
The Monster Auction on Sunday September 28 was the result of intense weeks of work by students, teachers and sports complex staff, with 450 items donated by businesses and the local community.
Over 200 bidders signed up, including an online bidder from a pub in the USA.
They snapped up bargains from weekends away, trailer loads of fuel and a signed Kilkenny jersey, to leaving cert exam fees.
Teacher Frances Kerry was delighted with the outcome.
“Sincere thanks to all who donated items and to those who attended on the day. Without the support of the community, sports complex, school, students and parents this would not have been such a great success,” she said.
The promise of an afternoon off in the cinema for the class who sold the most raffle tickets proved a great success, with students proving themselves excellent sales people on auction day.
Fiona Hyland, Mountmellick Sports Complex was grateful for the help of students.
“It went very well. It was our first auction and a lot of work went into it, but it was a brilliant fundraiser. The students were just amazing, cor-ordinating meetings, selling tickets, baking and helping out on the day,” she said.
The sports complex, formerly the nun’s convent, is used by the school during term time, and in the evenings by local sport clubs, growing in popularity as a venue for bouncy castle birthday parties.
Mountmellick Community School also held their Opening Mass recently in St Joseph’s Church, with the theme “Keep calm...God’s got this”.
Chief celebrant was PP Fr Micheal Murphy PP, with Fr Noel Dunphy and Rev Ruth Noble also present.
Teacher Marese Lennon and her art students created a collage of a crown made up of students’ worries and anxieties, safe in the hands of God. It is now on display in the school.