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Mural in School Hall

 

After the removal of some old computers, we had a large wall in our school hall that we felt gave the opportunity for an artistic display.  Ms. Swinburne and Ms. McEneaney worked on and designed an idea that would incorporate creativity, represent Muff and involve all school pupils and staff.

Over the Easter Holidays, Ms. Swinburne spent a huge amount of time putting the mural into motion devising 3 central pictures:  A horse from The Fair of Muff, the Harry Clarke window from the Church and Cross at Mass Rock.

The children then all completed colourful designs in circles that they filled in themselves.  The result of all this effort is the beautiful mural that now adorns our hall.  A huge thanks to all staff and children who helped to put it together and a special thanks to Ms. Swinburne for the massive amount of her free time she gave to it.

 

Cup finalists of the 2nd & 3rd class football tournament

Biodiversity talk from Kingspan

Karen Murphy from Kingspan called by to give a talk on Biodiversity this week.  She also met with our Green School Committee.

Boys Football Team 2022

Well done to our Boys Football team who played outstanding football in the recent school blitz.  We got better in every game culminating in an impressive victory against Knocktemple N.S. in the last match.  It was great to be back playing “normal” football again.

 

Green School Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of luck to our two quiz teams taking part in the “St Louis, Eurotech Energy Award” competition on Wednesday May 4th., in St. Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross.

 

May Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter May 2022

Importance of Newsletter:   The newsletters provide a very important link between home and school. Recently we decided to try and save on paper and email newsletters home. We found though that many parents were contacting the office unaware of events that were going on despite them being flagged in the newsletters. Also older children, who previously might have read the newsletter themselves or stuck it up in the fridge/noticeboard at home, weren’t aware of different important activities. Due to that, we are returning to giving out one hard copy to each family. Please note that the newsletter is also published on the school website.

First Holy Communion:   The boys and girls are busy preparing for Communion which takes place on Saturday May 14th at 11:00 in Muff Church. There will be a small reception afterwards in the hall and we will be looking for parents to help out here, particularly from 1st class as has been tradition. Parents will receive more information in the coming days.

School Security:   Once again we had issues with younger people trying to access the school during the recent holiday. CCTV footage is being looked at by the guards. I would point out that no past or present pupil of Muff has ever been involved in trying to get into the school. The latest guests spent time playing football on the pitch before moving up to the school. It reinforces the importance of children not entering the school premises outside of school hours/term. It encourages others to follow suit and inevitably leads to problems for the Board of Management. We would also ask that no dogs ever enter the premises for pretty obvious reasons.

Standardised Tests:   These will be taking place the week of May 23rd and 30th for pupils from 1st to 6th.  These tests give us a general indicator of how your child is progressing but they are only one specific aspect of assessing learning that we use. The results for 2nd, 4th and 6th are sent in reports and all parents are informed of them at the next parent/teacher meeting.

School Tours:   Below is a list of the school tours for this coming year. Classes will receive notes giving all the details in the coming weeks.

Junior/Senior Infants   Causey Farm – Thursday June 2nd

1st/2nd   Dublin Zoo – Thursday June 16th

3rd/4th   Tanagh Adventure Centre – Tuesday June 21st

5th/6th   Carlingford Adventure Centre – Wednesday June 8th

The Parents Association have informed us that they will be in a position to subsidise the cost of these tours which will reduce the cost of the tours for everybody.

Sponsored Walk:   A huge thank you to all the families who were so generous in sponsoring our walk this year. The amount raised thus far is €3,373. This will help pay for art equipment, science equipment, buses for matches, library books etc. All expenditure from this account is monitored by the Board of Management and is available from the office.

Parents Association:   The PA are running the following activities over the next number of weeks – A “Cash for Clothes” collection on 7th & 8th June and a “Family Fun Walk” on Sunday May 29th at 11:00. They would like to thank everybody who supported their recent cake sale.

Board of Management:   The next meeting of the Board will take place on Monday the 30th of May. All Agreed Reports of the BOM are available to view on the school website.

SPHE:   Over this term our classes will be looking at personal safety with regard to road, water and farm safety. The senior class will also be completing the final important stages of the Relationship and Sexuality Programme. I will send out a note to 6th class parents regarding this next week.

Sport:   Our boys and girls team are back in training for the coming Cumann Na mBunscol competitions later this month. Benny is continuing with training our 3rd – 5th class each Wednesday.

Our 2nd and 3rd class league is coming to an end in the near future with great participation from all involved.

Our Senior Lunchtime Soccer League finished up this week and we had a cracking final day with Dundalk sneaking past Drogheda United in an enthralling final.

Enrolment:   We will have a meeting for all the parents of the incoming class of Junior Infants on Monday May 16th at 2.10pm.  We would ask that parents of the new Junior Infants attend.

School Mural:   Over the next few weeks, our classes will be involved in creating a mural

on one of the walls in the school hall. We hope to have it ready and complete in time for Communion.

Green Flag/Green School Quiz:   Ms. McNally and her Green School Committee are working away at our latest Green Flag – Bio Diversity. They have organised another speaker to come in and speak with the children on the issue in a couple of weeks.

Also some of our senior pupils are participating in a Green Schools Quiz next week in Carrickmacross. They are Harry Reilly, Kate Lennon, Aidan Curtis, Alana Gogarty, Cian Tully, Dylan Gogarty, Emma Tierney & James Farrelly. We wish them all the best.

School Car Parking:  We have been in contact with the council regarding the flashing lights that are supposed to come on before and after school. Many thanks to parents for bringing that to our attention. The issue of safety is of paramount importance at the gate. We would ask that parents continue to bring and collect their children at the school gate. We would also ask that people who are collecting/dropping off children continue to avoid parking at the school gate or directly across from it.

School Calendar:   Please find dates of school closures between now and the end of the year.

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd

Standardised Testing – (1st-6th class only) Week 1 – May 23rd   _ Week 2 – May 30th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th at 12pm

 

April Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter April 2022

Confirmation/Communion:   Well done to all the 6th class students who made their Confirmation last Sunday. They were fantastic on the day and we were lucky to have amazing weather. Our First Communion Class have their day on Saturday May 14th at 11:00 in Muff Church.

Parents Association:   We had our first full community based event as a school recently as the P.A. organised a cake sale and raffle a couple of weekends ago. The evening was an outstanding success and €1600 was raised. This money will help subsidise swimming and school tours that we have planned.

The P.A. have planned a clothes collection and a family walk for the final term. We will give out details closer to the time.

Covid:   It is just over a month since schools were able to lift the various restrictions that were in place previously and it certainly has led to a more normal environment. However Covid is still with us and we continue to practice a number of preventative measures such as hand sanitising and ventilation. The main preventative measure is to ensure that any child who has any symptoms is kept off school and tested if possible. If your child does test positive, they can return to school after 7 days.

Siblings of a positive case who have no symptoms and have not tested positive can come to school as normal. There is a significant increase in absences this year which of course is to be expected and this is the case in all schools. This has an undoubted impact on children’s learning. It’s important that non–Covid related illness absences are kept to a minimum.

Sponsored Walk:   Our Annual Sponsored Walk takes place on Friday April 8th in the school. This is the one fundraiser that the school runs itself each year. It pays for items such as art equipment, sporting trips and competitions etc. Families can fill in the card and send in their chosen amount of money or can pay online using Aladdin payments. Please note that there is absolutely no obligation to pay any money. We would ask that you do return the card though by this Friday.

Enrolment:   We will have a meeting for all the parents of the incoming class of Junior Infants on Monday May 16th. We would ask that parents of the new Junior Infants attend. You will receive an email closer to the time with details of the meeting.

Nuts Allergies in the School:   Starting from next week we will be introducing a ban on all nut products in the school. This is to prevent any serious reaction to students with nut allergies. It is a common practice in a lot of schools. We would ask parents to ensure that lunches do not contain any item that has nuts as an ingredient.

Child Safeguarding Inspection:   As we have already informed you, we were found to be fully compliant in our second inspection which took place in February. Reports of both inspections, which were done before and after Christmas, will be published shortly on the Department of Education website.

Student Council:   Our Student Council has done an excellent job this year and has been involved in a variety of school initiatives. They have organised and have come up with a number of different ideas for the yard at break time, which we have been both delighted with and able to accommodate. The Council consists of Myia Farrelly; Harry Reilly, Brenda Murray, Senan McCormack, Erin Lynch, Nicole Lay, Jack Farrelly and Davy McCormack.  They are to be commended for their continued work under the stewardship of Ms. Swinburne.

Green Schools:   Ms. McNally and the Green Schools Committee continue to do great work in search of our next Green Flag which is in the area of Bio – Diversity. We received our Certificate of Participation from An Taisce in relation to “Bulbs for Bees” programme. The fruits of our work can be seen at the back of the school and on our website. We also had a visit from Mark Nolan from Green Bee Education who spoke to Ms Swinburne’s and Mr Byrne’s class about what approaches we might make to enhancing bio-diversity in the school.

Our Senior Class is also participating in a quiz organised by St. Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross in relation to Green Schools. We will let you know how they get on in the near future.

The school are entering the Kingspan Art Competition, creating a drawing with the following description “Imagine what your school will look like in 100 years?”

Seachtain na Gaeilge:  We had a hugely successful Seachtain na Gaeilge where all the pupils demonstrated their ability to use cúpla focail.  We also held our “Ceolchoirm sa Halla”, organised by Ms Campbell, where all the classes performed songs, poems and dramas as Gaeilge.  The photos of “An Seo” are up on the school website.

Trocaire:  Fr Gerry has asked that Trocaire boxes be returned to the school office by next Wednesday.

School Tours:   We are thrilled to be going on school tours this week. We had a great time a in The Crystal Maze last year but this year we will be going in the following groups:

Junior/Senior Infants – Causey Farm – Thursday June 2nd

1st/2nd – Dublin Zoo – Thursday June 16th

3rd/4th – Tanagh Adventure Centre – Tuesday June 21st

5th/6th – Carlingford Adventure Centre – Wednesday June 8th.

We will give out details of the prices, times etc. closer to the time. The Parents Association have informed us that they will be in a position to subsidise the cost of these tours which will reduce the cost of the tours for everybody.

Costs:   The final term can be an expensive time for families with regards to school with bus costs to sporting events, school tours, book rental, communion etc. This is not being helped with rising costs across the board. If at any stage any family has challenges in meeting any of these costs, please contact me directly and the matter will be handled in the strictest confidence.

Sport:   With the recent beautiful weather, we have been able to organise a whole host of sporting events that the children have enjoyed.

GAA – Benny is continuing to do his coaching sessions with the classes. We are now preparing for the return of our school teams with our 4th, 5th and 6th pupils having sessions after school – Tuesday for the boys, Wednesday for the girls, from 3pm to 4pm.

Meanwhile we started a league for our 3rd and 2nd classes this week with great participation from all the pupils.

Handball – We had tremendous success in the recent Cavan Handball Competition. Daithí Yore won gold and Alana Gogarty won silver in their respective matches. Also participating were Liam Fitzsimons & Conor Smith in U11 doubles and Aidan Curtis & Shayne Swarres in U 13. Daithí travelled to Antrim for the Ulster Championships and had outstanding success.

Swimming – We have our final session next week in Navan. It has been a great success with the pupils expressing their enjoyment of the lessons.

Soccer – There is no 5-a-side competition this year. Instead we are having a lunchtime soccer league with our 4th, 5th and 6th classes which commenced this week.

Muff 2K – Our Senior Class will participate in the Muff 2K next Friday as part of the Sponsored Walk.

Drama:   A number of pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th classes will be performing the Passion Gospel on Good Friday in Kingscourt Church.

School Calendar: Please find enclosed a calendar for the rest of the school year. Please also note the times for standardised testing in both Maths and English.

Please note that some of these dates may be subject to change:

Easter Holidays – Finish April 8th at 12.30pm – Re-open Monday April 25th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd

Standardised Testing – (1st-6th class only) Week 1 – May 23rd

Week 2 – May 30th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th 2022

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Spring has sprung in Muff School