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Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter December 2019

Sacramental Classes:   Well done to both the Confirmation and Communion classes, indeed all pupils who very generously left a substantial amount of non–perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul. The next Preparation Masses are as follows:

  • Saturday February 8th 7.30pm
  • Saturday March 21st  7.30pm
  • Saturday April 25th   7.30pm

Youth Choir:   A Youth Choir is being established for Muff with all children welcome from 2nd class right up to secondary school. Karen Smith has made contact with the school to organise dates. They will initially be performing on the first Saturday of each month. There will be a meeting for parents of interested children with regard to Child Safeguarding issues in the church on Tuesday 7th January at 8p.m. The children will then have their first practice on Wednesday 8th January at 3pm in the church.

Parent/Teacher Meetings:   All our class teacher meetings concluded in the last month. Many thanks to all for attending appointments on time and ensuring the evenings ran smoothly. The feedback was also very positive.

Board of Management: The first meeting of the newly constituted board took place last week. The agreed report is available for viewing on the school website. The Board carries the huge responsibility of managing the school and we are deeply indebted to the members for taking on the next four year term. The members are: Ciara Walsh (Chairperson), Aonghus Byrne, Cherri Campbell, Joe McCabe, Laura Reilly, Jacqui Lynch, Leon Duffy & Robert Jones.

Debating Team:   Ms. Quinn accompanied Mr. Byrne’s 5th and 6th class to Coronea N.S. in the latest round of the school debating competition. The pupils were arguing the motion that mobile phones should be banned for children. Fortunately for us we came out on top on this occasion to make it two wins out of two this year. The next round will be in the New Year.

ePayments:   Our ePayment Scheme finally got going last week and has proved very popular with many of you. It is a very simple and secure way of paying for items such as tours and swimming that crop up during the year. It also means less cash in the school which we most certainly welcome. If you have any queries with regard to it, please contact the office.

Swimming Gala:   We had a large squad of nearly 20 swimmers competing at the County Swimming Championships last week. It was a hugely enjoyable day and we had a number of successes including gold for Daniel Putnam, bronze for Senan McCormack and Bronze for our Senior Relay Team. Well done to all the swimmers for conducting themselves in such a brilliant fashion on the day. Many thanks as well to all the parents who attended and provided lifts.

Sport:   Despite the bad weather, it has been a very busy few weeks on the sporting front. Our 3rd and 4th class attended a Futsal Indoor Tournament with Ms. Swinburne and did extremely well. 5th and 6th were at Virginia Rugby Club at the Annual Tag Rugby Blitz. They performed fantastically well despite the bitterly cold weather. We have just finished up cycling with Mr Byrne’s room. This six week programme focused on how to cycle on the road safely and linked in nicely with our Green Flag Application for next year. We hope to get more classes to participate in this programme in the upcoming terms depending on availability.

Literacy Lift Off:   This has just concluded with Ms. McNally’s 1st class. It concentrates on pupils’ literacy skills in reading, writing, oral language and spelling. Over the coming months, it is critical that parents continue to involve themselves with their child’s reading. Reading is so critical to their overall academic development.

Green Flag:   Our Green Flag Committee has begun the process of preparing the school for the application for our next Green Flag. The theme of the Flag is school transport and is something we will be examining in a number of ways over the coming months.

Parents Association:   The P.A .would like to thank all those who both purchased Christmas cards and donated clothes for the recent clothes collection. Santa Claus will be making an appearance in the coming days also on foot of an invitation from the P.A.

Drama:  The children hugely enjoyed the festive production of Aladdin that was on in the school last Friday. There are a number of home grown dramas taking place next week and we hope that some of you will get to attend these plays.

Deputy Principal: We wish Ms Campbell congratulations on her recent appointment as Deputy Principal.

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

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 20th12.30pm – Re-open Monday January 6th 2020

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 20th and Friday February 21st

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 16th & Tuesday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 6th – Re-open Monday April 20th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 1st & Monday May 4th

June Bank Holiday –Monday June 1st

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 26th 2020.

 

Futsal 2019

Well done to our boys and girls futsal teams who played in the Cavan Schools tournament in Cavan on November 22nd.

Bike Green

Mr Byrne’s 5th & 6th class enjoying the Cycle Right Programme.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2019

Ms Marron’s room took part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal in association with TeamHope.

Green School Committee 2019-2020

November Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. Newsletter November 2019

Sacramental Classes:   The next Preparation Mass will take place on Saturday November 16th at 7:30pm in Muff Church. There is also a Mass on Saturday December 7th in Muff Church at 7.30pm.

Parent/Teacher Meetings:   These take place on Wednesday the 13th and 20th of November. Families will receive their time and date from the school this week. We would ask that you make every effort to keep to the time and date given. If there is an issue, please let us know as soon as possible.

Board of Management:   The current term of the Board of Management will be completed on the 30th of November. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing members for their fantastic service to the school – J.P. Canavan and Áine Gogarty for the last four years, Kevin Shiels as community nominee for the last eight years and Philip Farrelly whose service to the school stretches back many years. Their efforts are hugely appreciated. The future Board members will be confirmed in the coming weeks and have their first meeting in early December.

School Parking:   We would like to remind everyone that cars should not park at the cones in the morning or afternoon. Neither should cars drop off or pick up at the school gate. Pupils should be picked up by adults at the school gate at 3:00. We would like to thank the vast majority of parents who adhere to this. The most important aspect is that all motorists exercise extreme caution while moving and parking around the school environs.

School Uniform:   We would ask all parents to ensure that children’s names are clearly labelled on their uniforms. We already have a number of brand new items in the lost and found. Also we would remind families that the school uniform policy requires grey trousers. The P.E. tracksuit requires plain navy tracksuit bottoms. Leggings or bottoms of different colour or bottoms with logos or stripes are not allowed.

Also pupils should not wear earrings that dangle from the ear and can potentially be pulled at. We thank you for your continued cooperation in this matter.

School Play Area:   The play area is continuing to progress. We hope to have all in place in the not too distant future. We also would remind the whole community that there should be no children on the premises outside of school/after school care times. Due to a number of incidents of anti–social behaviour the Board of Management has installed CCTV on the premises to deter future incidents.

Standardised Tests:   Our annual tests take place the last two weeks of May and the first week of June.

Parents Association:   The PA are holding a Cash for Clothes on Tuesday November 12th. Bags can be left in the school hall on the Friday and Monday evening before from 2.30 -3.30pm, and 1st thing on Tuesday morning.

Debating Team:   A huge congratulations to Ms. Quinn and the 6th/5th class for their victory in the recent debating competition against a very strong Corlurgan team. The team were led by Reece O’ Reilly, Mairéad McCaul and Niall Gogarty although the whole class were involved in preparations for the week. Judges commented on their ability to think on their feet and confidence in speaking out. Well done to all concerned.

Credit Union Art Competition:   Very well done to Harry Reilly, Alana Gogarty and Kevin Tierney for winning prizes in the recent art competition.

Sport:   Our boys football team recently finished their league campaign with two wins and two losses. There are Futsal and tag rugby competitions taking place this month.

Our cross country team had a wonderful day at the recent county races. Our Senior Boys Team won a bronze medal in their race.

Our senior class will be doing a 6 week programme in “cycling safety”.  The cost of the course is supported by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland.

Swimming for classes from 1st to 6th will take place in Kells next term.

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

Christmas Holidays – Finish Friday December 20th – Re-open Monday January 6th 2020

February Mid Term – Closed Thursday 20th and Friday February 21st

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Monday March 16th & Tuesday March 17th

Easter Holidays – Closed Monday April 6th – Re-open Monday April 20th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Friday May 1st & Monday May 4th

June Bank Holiday –Monday June 1st

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 26th 2020.

Maths Week winner

Congratulations to Liam Fitzsimons, our Maths Week winner, who correctly guessed the amount of coins in the jar!

Credit Union Art Winners

Congratulations to Harry Reilly, Kevin Tierney & Alana Gogarty who won prizes in the Credit Union Art Competition.

Cross Country Athletics Team 2019

5th & 6th Class debate team are victorious

Our debating team consisting of Niall Gogarty, Mairead McCaul & Reece O’Reilly won the schools competition last Friday, beating Corlurgan NS.  The debate was held in our school hall.

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