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May 2017

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter May 2017

Sacramental Classes: Well done to our Confirmation and Communion Classes for completing these sacraments over the last number of weeks. The success of these days is due to a large number of people within the school community as well as the different teachers involved. The most important aspect is the involvement of the pupils. They were outstanding throughout the process and are a credit to themselves and their families. Many thanks to all who played their part.

Fr. Gerry has provided dates for the preparation Masses for the 1st and 5th Class pupils for next year. The first of these is the Application for Enrolment Mass which will take place on Saturday June 10th at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Finally the Graduation Mass for the pupils in 6th class will take place on Saturday  June 17th in Muff Church at 7:30. This is a new date as we had to change days.

Standardised Testing: The school will be conducting standardised tests over the coming weeks in the areas of English and Maths. These tests are a general guide on how your child is progressing in these areas and results are given out in the end of year reports in 2nd, 4th and 6th as required by the Department of Education & Skills.

Board of Management: The next meeting of the Board is on Tuesday June 13th . Agreed reports of the Board’s meeting can be viewed on the website. I would like to once again thank the Board for the work that they have carried out during the year.

Junior Infants: Many thanks to all the parents who came to the school for the information meeting for the Junior Infants starting in September. Parents will be informed in due course with regard to make up of classes.

Booklists/Book Rental: We are currently reviewing the book lists for next year and identifying books that could be purchased under the book rental scheme. Costs for parents are always of primary concern to us when we are outing these lists together. They will be posted out with your child’s end of year report.

School Tours: Below is a list of the school tours for the coming year. Please note that this year no electronic equipment such as phones, iPads etc can be brought on tour due to child protection and insurance reasons.

Class Tour Date

5th & 6th Class Dublinia, National Gallery of Ireland & National Aquatic Centre Wednesday June 7th
3rd & 4th Class Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Centre Thursday June 8th
1st & 2nd Class GR8 Entertainment in Castleblaney Thursday June 22nd

 

Junior & Senior Infants Causey Farm Thursday June 22nd

 

 

Drama: Children from Senior Infants, 1st Class and 2nd Class are looking forward to the production “There and back again – An Odyssey” in Ramor Theatre on June 9th.  The cost for this has been subsidised by the school.

IT Plan: The school is currently undertaking a review of its IT Plan and the needs in the school. We hope to be in a position to purchase some new equipment over the next few months ensuring that we continue our integrated approach with IT.

After School Care: Caroline Clarke has informed me that she is now taking names of people who wish to avail of the service in the Old School for this coming September. Please contact her on 087 1762628 or muffafterschool@gmail.com for more details.

Green Flag: We received our new Green Flag at a ceremony in Drogheda on Thursday. Well done to all who worked so hard to achieve this.

Sport: It has been a very busy time in the school for sport. Swimming is continuing for 5th and 6th class. The boys reached the final of the local 7 a side blitz. It was a tremendous performance from the lads. The girls played their school blitz this week. Many of the girls were playing in a competitive match for the first time. They produced some fantastic displays in their four matches. Many thanks to Ms. Quinn who coached the girls this year. We had the tag rugby coach in with 3rd, 4th and 5th classes and he will be coming back again in September.

Finally the School Sports Day is scheduled for Friday June 16th. More details will be distributed closer to the time.

School Calendar: Below is a list of dates for the remainder of the year. Please note that the school will close at 2:00 on Tuesday June  6th for a school staff meeting. Also we can confirm that the school will reopen after the summer break on Friday September 1st.

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

 

April Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter April 2017

Sacramental Classes: Our sacramental classes are preparing for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 6th class have their Annual Retreat in the Parish Centre on Wednesday the 10th of May. More details will be given to the children closer to the time.

First Communion takes place on Saturday the 13th of May at 11:00 in Muff Church. There will a be reception afterwards in the school hall for the families involved. The Parents Association are organising this. We would appreciate if some parents could help out, particularly 1st class parents as they will benefit next year. Please contact Mandy Lennon on 086 3320927 if you are available to help out.

Confirmation takes place on Sunday the 21st of May at 3:00 in Kingscourt Church. The 6th class have their Graduation Mass on Saturday the 24th of June at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Sponsored Walk/Muff 2K: On behalf of all in the school, I would like to thank every family for their generosity in supporting our sponsored walk. We managed to raise over €2700 which will be used in providing resources for the pupils in areas such as art, drama, music, reading and P.E. The day itself was very successful and a special “Well done” to our 5th and 6th class students who received their certificates on completing the annual Muff 2K.

School Tours: The following is a list of tours for this year and their dates. Each class will receive an individual note about their tour in the coming weeks. Many thanks to the Parents Association who subsidise each of the tours, therefore reducing the cost for all.

Class Tour Date

5th & 6th Class Dublinia, National Gallery of Ireland & National Aquatic Centre Wednesday June 7th
3rd & 4th Class Tanagh Outdoor Adventure Centre Thursday June 8th
1st & 2nd Class GR8 Entertainment in Castleblaney Thursday June 22nd

 

Junior & Senior Infants Causey Farm Thursday June 22nd

 

 

Parents Association: Our parents have organised a clothes collection for the 16th of May in the school. Bags can be left in the school on that day. Further details again will follow.

Junior Entrepreneur: Well done to the 5th and 6th class for completing their Junior Entrepreneur Project. Their ‘Matz4U’ company was a great success. Many thanks to all who supported them in their endeavours. A special thanks for Therese and Gillian who did a huge amount with regard to the production of the mats.

Sport: The girls will be starting their league in the coming weeks. The boys have a local 7-a-side blitz in May as well as an in–school league.

Our second group of swimming will be starting on Monday the 15th of May.

Well done to Rachael Farrelly who participated in the National Primary School Equestrian Championships in Mullingar.

Best of luck to Shay Kelly who will be representing Ireland in Karate in England next month.

Competitions: Well done to Aidan Curtis and Fionn Canavan who won medals in the Community Games Art Competition recently and now move onto the next stage. Also, well done to Kaci Kemp who came 3rd in the County Spelling Bee this week.

Green Flag: We have received word from An Taisce that we have been successful in obtaining our 2nd Green Flag – for Energy.  We will be presented with the flag at a special Ceremony in May.  Many thanks to all involved in helping us receive this flag, especially our Green School Committee.

Attendance: Well done to all those who have not yet missed a day.  Attendance this year has been excellent.  We would remind parents though that if a child is sick or unwell, they should not go to school.  Even if given medicine that morning, they usually fade and become unwell by lunchtime.

Standardised Tests: The annual standardised tests will take place during the following weeks:

May 8th – 12th

May 29th – June 1st

June 12th – 16th

It is important that children are at school on these days. These tests give both teachers and parents an indication of how their child is progressing, although there should not be too much emphasis placed on them.  If your family holidays have already been booked for any of these dates, please let the school know as soon as possible and we can accommodate your child.

School Calendar: Below is a calendar for rest of the school year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 1st

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

Easter Time 2017

Easter Egg Hunt in Mrs Campbells

March Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter March 2017

Sacramental Classes: Well done to our 1st class on completing the Sacrament of Penance with Fr. Gerry. Many thanks to Ms. Campbell and Ms. Farrelly for preparing the boys and girls so well for the ceremony. Well done to all our Confirmation class for attending the recent Novena. The next Confirmation/Communion preparation Mass is on Saturday March 25th in Muff Church.

First Communion is on Saturday May 13th and Confirmation on Sunday May 21st. Please note our Graduation Mass is on Saturday June 24th in Muff Church.

Green Flag: Well done to the Green School Committee for organising Our Green School Action Day last week. It was a tremendous success with our 5th and 6th class visiting all the classes in costume. There they made a presentation on saving energy, sang our new Green Song and awarded prizes for best recycling and best classes at saving energy. We should be receiving a visitor soon to see how our initiative is going.

World Book Day: We celebrated World Book Day with a number of activities in the school. Each pupil received a book token and some of our Junior Classes dressed up as famous children’s characters. Reading is the most important part of homework each night. We would ask that you hear your child’s reading out loud each day. In a recent report, it was found that less and less children are read to at night with bedtime reading being replaced by screen time. All the evidence shows that this is not recommended in terms of development of children. In contrast, just 10 minutes of reading to your child each night can have marked benefits.

Swimming: Our first swimming session commenced this week. Many thanks once again to the Parents Association for helping subsidise the cost of the buses to and from the pool. This makes a significant difference to the price charged each week.

Friendship Week: We recently had Friendship Week in the school. The classes were involved in lessons that emphasised what it meant to be a good friend. Also we spoke about strategies that help you to maintain and begin friendships. Some of the art work related to it is available to view on the website.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: This week sees the beginning of Seachtain na Gaeilge. We will be engaging in a few extra activities culminating in our Seó ar an Chéadaoin seo chugainn.

Spelling Bee: Well done to Kaci Kemp who won our Annual Spelling Bee Competition in the school. She goes on to the County Final in Cavan in April.

Sport: Our 5th and 6th class are beginning training for the Muff 2K Cross Country Run this week. Football after school for boys and girls will start after the St. Patrick’s Day break.

School Calendar: Please note that the school will close at 2 p.m. on Monday the 27th of March to facilitate a staff meeting. Below is a list of school closures for the remainder of the year:

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 17th & Monday March 20th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 10th; Re-open Monday April 24th                                                     May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 1st

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

Happy Valentines Day

Friendship Week February 13th – 17th

Its Friendship Week in Laragh 2 Muff NS this week – Please see the Friendship Week 2017 folder for all our artwork.

Newsletter for February 2017

Laragh 2 (Muff) NS Newsletter February 2017

Sacramental Classes: First Penance for our 1st class students will take place in Muff Church on Wednesday February 22nd at 2pm. The next preparation Mass for Communion and Confirmation classes will take place on Saturday February 25th at 7:30pm in Muff Church.

After School Club: The After School Club run by Ms Caroline Clarke is up and running in the old school.  It opens for children each day at 2pm and parents can receive further information from Caroline or the school office.

School Website: Gillian looks after our impressive school website and it is a very useful tool with regard to school information.  All our newsletters and policies are available to view and we have links to work carried out in all the classrooms.  The web address is www.laraghmuffns.com

Quiz: We’ve had wonderful success in quizzes recently.  At the Credit Union quiz last month our senior team came a very creditable 6th while our junior team were victorious – an outstanding achievement with 18 schools taking part.  Team members were: Junior Team – Lorcan Gogarty; Jenny Morris; Oisín Monaghan; Daniel Morris & Niall Gogarty.  The Senior Team consisted of Lucy Farrelly; Tom Martin; Rachael Tierney & Shauna Reilly.

Well done also to the students who participated in the Community Games quiz this week, with one of our teams finishing in 2nd place.

Handball: With the installation of our new wall, we entered a handball team into the Cavan Championships with great success.  Cormac Yore, Aaron McCormack and Michael McKeon all produced great performances.  John McKeon and Charlie McCormack won all four of their matches, to become Cavan Doubles Champions.  They played this week in the Ulster Championship where they suffered a narrow defeat.  It was a great experience for all the competitors.  Many thanks to Brendan McCormack for all his help with the team.

Colaiste Dun an Rí: Just a reminder to 6th class students that their Assessment test takes place this Saturday at 9.30am in Kingscourt.

Green Flag: Our committee is continuing to work hard towards our next Green Flag.  We are planning an Action Day later this month and more details will be forthcoming shortly.

Junior Entrepreneur Project: Our 5th & 6th class are continuing with their Junior Entrepreneur Project.  Last week David McNally, Miriam Irwin and Joanne Gannon of ATA Print were our business leaders in our version of Dragon’s Den.  They chose one of the six ideas our class had come up with for a business.  We look forward to sharing “Mats4u” with all of you in a number of weeks.

This week Howard Corscadden of Cabra Castle kindly shared his time and experience with the class discussing what’s needed to succeed in business.

 

Subjects:  Seachtain na Gaeilge is approaching and we encourage all of you the try and engage with your children in Irish.  Even if you have just a “cúpla focail” it helps reinforce what the children have learned.

This term we are doing Report Writing and our emphasis in Maths is on Worded Problems.

Once again we would emphasise how important it is to sit with your child and hear their reading and spelling each night.

School Calendar: Below is a calendar for the coming year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday February 23rd and Friday February 24th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 17th & Monday March 20th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 10th; Re-open Monday April 24th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 1st

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

Newsletter for January 2017

Laragh 2 (Muff) N.S. Newsletter January 2017

Enrolment Week: Our Enrolment Week is taking place at the moment. Any parent who wishes to enrol their child in the school for the academic year 2017/18 should have enrolment forms returned to the office by close of school business on Friday. Forms are available from the office or can be downloaded from our website www.laraghmuffns.com.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week takes place from January to February. There is a special Mass for the school community on Sunday the 22nd January at 12noon in Kingscourt Church.

The next preparation Mass for the Sacramental classes is on next Saturday the 28th January at 7:30pm in Muff Church. The following preparation Masses are on Saturday the 25th February and Saturday 25th March.

School Play: Well done to 5th and 6th class for their school play “A History of Inventing” which they completed before Christmas. Elements of the play’s production will be entered into the National Student Theatre Awards.

Green Flag: We are in the process of trying to secure our next Green Flag. The theme is “Saving Energy”. We will be receiving a visit from the committee in February. Meanwhile pupils are encouraged to continue to recycle in the school.

Primary Language Curriculum: The staff attended a training day on the new language curriculum before Christmas. This year we will begin to implement aspects of the new oral language elements. Oral language is obviously an important aspect of daily school life and we will keep parents informed of future plans.

Attendance: Attendance in the school has been excellent so far this year.  In the case of an absence, a written note must be given to the class teacher explaining the reason for that absence.

School Calendar: Below is a calendar for the coming year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 17th & Monday March 20th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 10th; Re-open Monday April 24th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 1st

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

 

Enrolment Week 2017

Enrolment week in Laragh Muff National School is

January 16th-20th 2017

 

The Application form can be accessed here enrolment form 2017 or collected from the school office.

 

December Newsletter 2016

Laragh 2 (Muff) N.S. Newsletter December 2016

Sacramental Classes: Well done to all who added to such a prayerful Remembrance Mass.  Our next preparation Mass for Confirmation and Communion class will take place on this Saturday December 10th at 7:30 in Muff Church. Children are invited to bring non-perishable items or toys that are no longer used, but are in good condition.  These can be left in the school or brought on the night of the Mass.  Here is a list of preparation Masses in the New Year:   Saturday January 28th; Saturday February 25th and Saturday March 25th.

 

Parents Association: We had very successful Cash for Clothes collection.  Many thanks to all who donated their items.  Many thanks also to those who ordered the children’s Christmas cards.  The Parents Association will be organising a visit from Santa before the Christmas Holidays.

 

Green School: We are continuing to work on our Green Flag and expect a visit to see how we have done in the New Year.

Sport: Best of luck to our swimming team who will be competing in the Cavan School Swim Gala in Cavan on Wednesday next.  Our 1st and 2nd class are currently receiving GAA coaching from Brendan McCormack.

Enrolment Week: Enrolment week will take place from Monday 16th – Friday 20th January. Application forms can be collected from the school that week or downloaded from our website at www.laraghmuffns.com.  Our website also contains our children’s work and our school policies.

Board of Management: The next Board of Management meeting is Tuesday December 6th.  The agreed report is published on our website after each meeting.

Iontas Theatre: On Friday December 9th children from Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd Class will travel to the Iontas Theatre in Castleblaney, to see “Santa and the Present Pirates.”

Staff Meeting: Please note that the School will close at  2 o’clock on Monday next, December 5th, to facilitate a staff meeting.  The school will be closed on Wednesday December 7th, as it is an In-Service Training Day.

School Calendar: Below is a calendar for the coming year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

In-service Training – School closed Wednesday December 7th

Christmas Holidays – Finish Thursday December 22nd; Re-open Monday January 9th 2017

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Friday March 17th & Monday March 20th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 10th; Re-open Monday April 24th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 1st

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 2nd and Monday June 5th

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th 2017.

 

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