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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.

Goal Jersey Day 2019

Election of Parent Nominees for New Term of Board of Management

We would like to welcome Laura Reilly and Joe McCabe who have been elected as the Parental Nominees for the Board of Management.


October Newsletter

Laragh 2 Muff N.S. October Newsletter 2019

Sacramental Classes:   All families should now have received a list of the Preparation Masses for the year. The next one for both the Communion and Confirmation class is on this Saturday the 12th of October at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Board of Management Election:   The election of the parent nominees for the Board of Management will take place this Wednesday 9th October at 8:00 p.m. We would ask that parents make an effort to be represented on the night. The Board of Management plays an absolutely crucial role in the running of the school and it is essential that we have a male and female nominee on the Board. We hope to see you on the evening.

Parents Association:   The new committee is in place for the year. We would like to remind you that all parents are automatically members of the Parents Association. We hope that many of you will help out and become involved in their activities over the coming months.

The Parent’s Association is holding a cake sale this Saturday night in the school hall directly after Mass.  The school will be open from about 6.30pm for cakes/buns etc. to be dropped off.  We would really appreciate if you could bake or could help out at the cake sale.  Your support is very much appreciated.

The Cash for Clothes collection will be held in the school on Tuesday 12th November.  Bags can be left in the school hall on the Friday and Monday evening before from 2.30 -3.30pm, and first thing on Tuesday morning.

Security:   We have had a number of small incidents over recent months on the school grounds. The Board of Management is taking steps to address these. We would remind the whole school community that nobody should be on the school premises after school hours unless they are part of the After School Club with Caroline.

Homework:   This is an important part of school life. It is essential that children’s reading is heard each day. If there is an issue with homework such as it being too difficult or taking too long, or indeed any issue you have, please contact the office and make an appointment to see the class teacher.

Safety at the school gateWhen dropping off children in the morning, we would ask parents not to pull up on the school side of the road (along the river where the cones are placed – these cones were taken over the summer and we are looking to replace them.) This causes visual obstruction to oncoming traffic and is dangerous.  While it is necessary to stop there in the evenings, children are always accompanied back from the gets by parents.  In the morning there is always adequate place to pull in to the car park and we ask you, for the safety of all children, to use that side of the road only, and walk children to the gate.  Thanks for your co-operation.

GOAL Jersey Day:   The annual GOAL Jersey Day takes place this Friday 11th October. Children bring in €2 which goes to the charity and they can wear a sports jersey/t-shirt of their choice.

Sport:   The boys’ team have their first match this week, weather permitting and the girls have been continuing their training. The Cross Country Team will have training this Wednesday at 12:30 in the school for their race which takes place on Wednesday 16th October in Killinkere.

Maths Week:   This takes place next week and we have a number of activities planned for the students.

School Calendar:   Below you will find a calendar for next year. Please note that some of these dates may be subject to change.

Halloween Break – Closed Monday October 28th – Friday November 1st inclusive

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.

Election of Parent Nominees for New Term of Board of Management

The four year term for the current Board of Management ends on November 30th. The Board is made up of eight members of whom two are parent nominees – a mother and father. I would like to take this opportunity to thank J.P. Canavan and Áine Gogarty for their service over the last four years. They have been members of the Board during a particularly busy time for the school and their input has been invaluable.

The Board of Management manages the school on behalf of the Patron and is accountable to the Minister. It is a voluntary role that is incredibly important. It is required and desirable to have parents voices heard on the Board. They play a central role in discussing school policy, finance, future planning etc. At all times confidentiality and transparency is critical.

We are having a meeting to elect new members to the Board on Management on Wednesday the 9th of October at 8:00 pm in the school hall. At this meeting I will ask for names to be nominated by parents for nominees to the Board – one male and one female. These parents must have children in the school. If only one parent is nominated, they are deemed to be elected. If there is more than one parent nominated, then a secret ballot is held on the night to elect the nominee.

It is absolutely critical that we have a good turnout on the night. You may not be in a position to be nominated but you may well be asked to vote in a secret ballot. It is essential that as many parent voices as possible are heard on the evening. We would also ask parents to consider allowing their name to go forward for nomination on the night for the next four year term. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Wednesday week in the school.

Yours sincerely,

Aonghus Byrne


Child Protection review was completed 24/09/2019

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