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January Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter January 2023

Sacramental Classes:   The next Preparation Mass for 2nd and 6th class will be on Saturday February 25th at 7:30pm.  (Ceremony of Light and Lenten Journey).

Catholic Schools week takes place from Monday January 23rd – Sunday January 29th. There will be a Mass for schools on Sunday January 29th at 12pm in Kingscourt Church.  All are welcome.

First Penance takes place on Wednesday February 15th at 2:00pm in Muff Church. First Holy Communion is on Saturday May 20th at 11:00am in Muff Church. Confirmation takes place on Sunday March 26th at 1:30pm in Kingscourt Church.

School Closure:   The school will be closed this Wednesday January 18th due to Electric Ireland carrying out works causing no electricity supply on that date.

Enrolment:   Enrolment continues in the school for the coming school year 2022/23. Forms can be picked up from and returned to the office. They are also available on the school website.

Green Schools:   Our Green Schools Committee have resumed working towards our next Green Flag in the area of Biodiversity. We have our new school garden with some shoots already coming up and have plans for more activities in the coming months.

School Assembly:   Our second school assembly took place on the last day before the holidays organised by Ms Campbell. All the classes performed pieces in front of the school and a number of students’ achievements were recognised.

School Sport:   Swimming will commence in March for all classes from 1st to 6th and we will give more details closer to the time. Benny will be returning for more GAA coaching in the coming weeks, and we have Handball Competitions for the older pupils coming up at the end of the month.

Credit Union: The Credit Union Schools Savers Scheme is starting up again Wednesday January 25th.  There is a form attached explaining the scheme, which will have to be filled out for any new students who wish to join.  Any students who had zip wallets from saving with the school before can continue and don’t need to fill the form. (Zip wallets will be passed to the savers by the school).   All savers will have to have a Credit Union account number to save.

Aldi: The Aldi Play Rugby sticker promotion is back! Stickers can be collected at your local Aldi store. The children are invited to bring them in like before and place them on the Rugby posters. The promotion runs until April 23rd.

One school will have the chance to win €50,000.00 to spend on improving their playing facilities.  10 schools will win €5,000.00 each to spend on their playing facilities.

Parents Association:  The next Parents Association meeting will take place this coming Wednesday the 18th of January at 8pm in the old school. All parents are welcome to attend.

School Self Evaluation:   We are looking at the area of spelling for the remainder of the school year. We will look to finalise our plan by the end of the month.

School Calendar:   Please find a list of dates for the remainder of the school year. Please note that our Standardised Tests will be taking place over two weeks at the end of May, beginning of June. We also have a Staff Meeting on January 30th, and the school will close at 2:00pm.

Closed Wednesday 18th January.

February Bank Holiday – Closed Monday February 6th

February Mid-Term – Closed Thursday February 16th and Friday February 17th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 16th & Friday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Finish Friday March 31st at 12:30 – Re-open Monday April 17th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday April 28th and Monday May 1st

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th, 2023, at 12pm

 

 

Enrolment

Enrolment process for Junior Infants or September 2023 runs from Monday January 9th – Friday January 27th.

Forms can be printed off below and returned to the school office within this time.

enrolment form 2023

Spelling Bee Champion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Emma Tierney on winning the Muff School Spelling Bee.  She will go forward to represent the school in the county final in the New Year.  Congratulations also to the runners up, Laila McKenna & Erin Lynch.

 

Fun in the Icy Weather

December Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter December 2022

Parent/Teacher Meetings:   Many thanks once again to all parents for attending our meetings last month. It was great to once again be able to meet face to face for the first time in three years. Please note that if you have a concern with regard to your child, contact the office and arrange a meeting with the class teacher.

Giving Mass:   The Annual Giving Mass takes place this Saturday December 10th at 7:30pm. Sacramental classes are asked to attend, but all are welcome. Pupils in 2nd and 6th are asked to bring any non-perishable goods to the Mass where Fr. Gerry will invite them to bring them up to the altar. Any pupil who wishes to donate non-perishable items can do so by leaving items into the office before the weekend.

Parents Association:   The Children’s Choir will be performing their Christmas Concert on Saturday December 17th at 7:30pm Mass in Muff Church. The P.A. will be collecting money in buckets on the evening.

We are also looking forward to a special visit from Daidí na Nollag on Wednesday December 21st , the day we get our Christmas holidays.  This, once again, has been specially organised by the P.A.

Enrolment:   Our Enrolment for the 2023/24 school year will take place this year from January 9th – 27th. Forms can be collected from the school office or downloaded from our website at www.laraghmuffns.com. We would ask that if you’re enrolling your child for next year, please do so during this period as it enables us to plan ahead in a more efficient manner. If you have any queries, please contact the school office.

Literacy Lift Off:   Our first class have completed their Literacy Lift Off programme in school. This initiative gives pupils a boost in their reading and writing skills. It is important that they maintain the skills they have attained with continued reading at home. Many thanks for Mrs Farrelly who volunteered to help out on a number of occasions.

Board of Management:   The next Board meeting takes place next Monday December 12th at 7pm.

Head Lice:  We have had a small number of cases of head lice in a couple of classes in recent weeks.  When this occurs, the standard procedure is to notify the parents of the pupils in the class.  It is very important that you check your child’s hair and treat it if necessary.  If a small number don’t do this, the problem can persist which is frustrating for all concerned.

Sport:   Benny will be doing his last session before Christmas with 5th/6th class and SI/1st. Our cycling group will be finishing their Sprocket Rocket Programme next Wednesday.

French:   Ms. Campbell and Mr. Byrne finished their 8-week Introduction to a Foreign Language course last week. The students enjoyed learning all about the various languages that we have knowledge of and links to in the school as well as some fun initial activities with French. Hopefully this will continue to help with the promotion of and participation in languages.

Junior Entrepreneur:   Mr. Byrne’s room will be participating in the Junior Entrepreneur Project this year. We will be giving you more details on what is involved over the coming weeks and months.

Christmas Show:   This year the 4th, 5th and 6th class are involved in putting on a Christmas Play. All the pupils of the school will have an opportunity to see the play next week and parents from these classes have been invited for the two shows on Monday December 19th (Mr Byrne’s room) and Tuesday December 20th (Mr Kiernan’s room).  We are having to do two shows because of the limited space in the hall.

Biodiversity/Green Flag:   Work is continuing to attain our next Green Flag. We already have a few shoots growing in our school garden and our “Bug Hotel” seems packed with guests!

School Calendar: Please find below a list of school closures for the remainder of the year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change.

Christmas Holidays – Finish Wednesday December 21st at 12:30 – Re-open Thursday January 5th, 2023

February Bank Holiday – Closed Monday February 6th

February Mid-Term – Closed Thursday February 16th and Friday February 17th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 16th & Friday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Finish Friday March 31st at 12:30 – Re-open Monday April 17th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday April 28th and Monday May 1st

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th, 2023, at 12pm

Soccer Star

Congratulations to Frankie Putnam who won a medal at a recent soccer blitz, playing for her team Carrick Rovers.

Art Competition Winner

 

Congratulations to Kevin Tierney who placed 3rd in the recent Link Credit Union Art competition.

November Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter November 2022

Sacramental Classes:   There is a Preparation Mass for our Holy Communion class this Saturday November 12th at 7:30pm in Muff Church. The following week there will be a Preparation Mass for the Confirmation students. This will also take place in Muff Church at 7:30pm. There will be a Remembrance Service for the school on Friday November 25th at 11:30am in Muff Church. Pupils from 1st class up will attend and all are welcome. Our annual Giving Mass takes place on Saturday December 10th.

Parent/Teacher Meetings:   Our annual P/T meetings take place Thursday November 17th and Thursday November 24th. The pupils will all go home at 2:00 on both days. We would ask you to try as much as possible to keep to the day and time slot given. Each meeting has a ten-minute slot and we would also ask you to keep to this timeframe as, with our large class sizes presently, teachers have a large number of parents to meet. We haven’t been able to meet in person since 2019 and we are looking forward to seeing you all over the next fortnight. The meetings with the Special Education Teachers will be arranged on another day.

Parents Association:   The P.A. would like to thank all those who supported the Christmas Card Initiative. There will be a Clothes Collection in the school on Tuesday and Wednesday November 22nd & 23rd. (flyer attached) We will send out a reminder closer to the time. The Christmas Concert with the Muff Children’s Choir will take place on Saturday December 17th at 7:30pm in Muff Church.

You will also find attached a flyer for a talk that the P.A. have organised for Thursday November 17th at 8pm in the school hall.  We would encourage any parent who is able to go to attend.  Tea & Coffee will be served afterwards.

School Library:     Many thanks to the P.A. for the help with setting up and designing the new school library.  We are always adding to it and hopefully will continue to get great use from it.  A special thank you to Malaika Mallard for her brilliant help with the design.  Thank you also to Topline Frazers for donating the paint.

Healthy Eating Policy:   I visited classes just before the Halloween break to remind them of the Healthy Eating Policy that we have in the school. Children were very eager to show off their healthy lunchboxes full of fruit, vegetables and sandwiches! We would remind parents that children should not have bars, crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks etc. with them in school.

Art Competition Winners:   Well done to Darragh McElroy and Aoibheann McCabe who were winners in the recent Gyproc Art Competition. They won fabulous prizes for their creations including a school trip to Armagh Planetarium which we are very much looking forward to in January.

Halloween Fun:   We had a great final day before the mid-term. The children all got dressed up and we had our first School Assembly organised by Ms. Campbell. Each class performed a poem or song in front of the school, and we spoke to the students about what it means to be a good friend. We also took time to celebrate the achievements of many of our pupils both in and out of school. We will have some details of the day on the school website shortly.

Languages Connect:   We are continuing with the French Programme in our classes from 3rd to 6th. It takes place for an hour each week and concentrates on making learning a foreign language fun and accessible. The course will be concluded by the end of the month.

Drama:   Today we hosted the “West Midlands Theatre Drama Group” who put on a stage show in the hall. This year the production was “Sleeping Beauty”. The pupils highly enjoyed it.

Science Week:   This begins next week, and all the classes will get a chance to witness or carry out some fun experiments.

Sports in the School:   Our Cross Country Team had some outstanding success in the recent Cavan Schools Competition. Sarah Reilly, Davy McCormack and Eimear Byrne all won individual medals while our Intermediate Girls and Intermediate Boys also won team medals.

Tag rugby coaching finished up before Halloween and we are hoping to take part in a blitz later this month.

Our School Leagues also finished up before the break. Nearly 90 children took part in these leagues and others were involved in refereeing and umpiring. Benny is carrying on with GAA coaching with Ms Swinburne’s and Mr Byrne’s class for the next number of weeks.

The Sprocket Rocket Programme in cycling began this week in school for 3rd and 4th class. This excellent initiative deals with handling a bike and above all, how to cycle on the road in the correct fashion. It will go on for 6 weeks.

Handball is also proving very popular with our classes at the moment and the demand for the use of the wall is exceptional. We should have word on competitions for the boys and girls in the near future.

School Calendar:  Please find below a list of school closures for the remainder of the year. Please note that some dates may be subject to change.

Christmas Holidays – Finish Wednesday December 21st at 12:30 – Re-open Thursday Jan 5th, 2023

February Bank Holiday – Closed Monday February 6th

February Mid-Term – Closed Thursday February 16th and Friday February 17th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 16th & Friday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Finish Friday March 31st at 12:30 – Re-open Monday April 17th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday April 28th and Monday May 1st

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th, 2023, at 12pm

October Newsletter 2022

Muff N.S. October 2022

Sacramental Classes:   The first preparation Masses for our 2nd and 6th classes will take place this month. Fr. Gerry has asked that all pupils who are making their Confirmation and Communion attend these.

First Communion Preparation Mass – Saturday 8th October.

Confirmation Preparation Mass – Saturday 15th October.

Remembrance Masses – Communion 12th November, Confirmation 19th November.

Giving Mass – December 10th for both classes. All the Masses are on Saturday evening at 7:30 in Muff Church.

First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday 20th May at 11:00 in Muff Church. Confirmation takes place on Sunday March 26th in Kingscourt Church.

Staff:  We are delighted once again to welcome Ms. Smith to the staff. She will be teaching the Junior/Senior Infants while Ms. McNally is off.

Literacy Lift Off:  We are commencing the Literacy Lift Off initiative with 1st class this week. This program focusses on all areas of literacy and has proven to be of great benefit in the past.

French:   This year the school is taking part in a pilot programme that looks at teaching a foreign language to primary school students. The initiative is scheduled for 8 weeks and looks at other languages, the advantages of being multi-lingual before looking at teaching French in a fun and accessible way. The lessons are one hour long per week. Ms. Campbell and Mr. Byrne will be teaching the classes from 3rd to 6th and children will fill in their individual language passport along the way. Parents of students involved can find more information at www.languagesconnect.ie

Parents Association:  The A.G.M. of the P.A. took place September 21st, and all the titled positions of the committee were filled. They are as follows:

Chairperson: Joanne Barry

Assistant Chairperson: Sinead Reilly

Secretary: Arlene McMahon

Assistant Secretary: Malaika Mallard

Treasurer: Claire Smith

Assistant Treasurer: Karen Smith

The next meeting of the P.A. takes place in the old school tonight Tuesday October 4th at 8pm.  It is very important to note that all parents are automatically members of the P.A. and can go to all meetings.

Car Park:  We would just like to update you with the situation regarding the carpark. The Board has an application with the Department for funding but this has not been granted yet and there is no guarantee in the short to medium term that we will receive the substantial monies that would be required to commence the project.

In the meantime the Board of Management’s main concern is the safety of all pupils, parents, staff and visitors who use the car park. With that in mind, you will find attached a revised copy of our traffic management plan that was devised in conjunction with all the stakeholders including the council and the Gardaí.

It can all be summarised really in that all drivers need to drive with extreme care in and around the school. We would ask that whoever takes the children to school accompanies them to the school gate in the morning and picks them up from there in the afternoon. Thank you for your continued cooperation with this matter.

Green Schools Committee/School Garden:  We have set up our new Green School Committee who will be reminding all our pupils about the importance of recycling and saving water and energy. We will also be talking about how we can travel to school in an environmentally friendly way. But the main focus this year is our continued push to get our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity.

Ms. McNally and last year’s committee have done a huge amount of work already. This year we have set up our school garden. We are planting bulbs in our beds this week. Many thanks to all the staff, students and parents who have helped out so much thus far. Pictures of the garden are on the school website.

Student Council:   Our Student Council for the coming year has been set up under the guidance of Ms. Swinburne. This group provides an opportunity to give ideas and suggestions to enhance school life for themselves.

School Library:   We are continuing to add to our School Library. We hope to add to it as a learning space in the near future.

Sport:   We have three lunchtime leagues on the go at the moment. There is a league for all pupils from 1st to 3rd and one each for the girls and boys from 4th to 6th. 5th and 6th class pupils are also involved in refereeing and umpiring. We would remind parents that pupils need to wear gumshields when playing in the league games.  Benny is also doing GAA coaching with two of the classes at the moment.

Our Cross-Country squad is currently in training each Tuesday after school. We also have encouraged any pupils who want to participate each week to join in and we have had great numbers so far.

We will have another tag rugby session this week in preparation for the blitz that takes place in November.

Cycling???

GOAL Jersey Day:   Goal Jersey Day takes place this year on Friday October 14th. Children can wear a sports jersey or t-shirt on the day and bring in €2 for the charity.

Muff Children’s Choir:   The choir begins this year with their first practice on Wednesday October 5th at 7pm in Muff Church.

Maths Week:   This takes place on the week of October 17th. During it we place an extra emphasis on mental maths, fun games and puzzles and number activities on the school website. We will have more details during the week itself.

Parent Teacher Meetings:   These formal meetings will take place on Thursday November 17th and 24th. If you have any issue you wish to discuss with the class teacher in the meantime, please contact the school to make an appointment.

School Calendar:

Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 31st – Friday November 4th inclusive

Christmas Holidays – Finish Wednesday December 21st at 12:30 – Re-open Thursday Jan 5th, 2023

February Bank Holiday – Closed Monday February 6th

February Mid-Term – Closed Thursday February 16th and Friday February 17th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 16th & Friday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Finish Friday March 31st at 12:30 – Re-open Monday April 17th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday April 28th and Monday May 1st

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

Summer Holidays – Finish Thursday June 29th, 2023, at 12pm

 

 

Craig Lynch For Life Challenge