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June Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter June 2023

Communion:   Well done to all the boys and girls from 2nd Class who made their First Holy Communion in May. It was a fabulous occasion for all involved and it was great to have such a large turnout at the reception afterwards. Many thanks to all the 1st Class parents who helped out with all the tea and goodies and also all those who helped to have the school looking so well. Thanks to Fr. Gerry for conducting such a pleasant and meaningful service and finally a huge thank you to Ms. Campbell for all the time and effort put into preparing the boys and girls for this important faith occasion.

Fr. Gerry has distributed notes for parents of those pupils who will be making their Confirmation and Communion next year.

School Tours:   Our 2nd and 3rd Class were in the Armagh Planetarium today. Next week all the rest of our classes will be going on tour. Please ensure that you read the note carefully which details times/items to bring etc. The Parents Association have paid a subsidy of €1000 towards the cost of all these tours.

Standardised Testing:   These tests will be carrying on next week. Parents of pupils in 2nd, 4th and 6th will be given the Sten Scores in Maths and Literacy in their end of year reports as required.

End of Year Reports:   These will be posted on Friday the 23rd of June to all families. Please ensure that you contact the school if you do not receive them.

RSE/Stay Safe:   The final elements of these programs will be completed this month. One aspect that we look at in Stay Safe is the whole area of Road, Water and Farm Safety, particularly as they head into the summer months. It is great to see many pupils back cycling to school again. We would of course insist that they wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road at all times. We would also ask road users to exercise extreme caution on the roads in and around the school.

Books/Copies:   The government is now providing a grant for schools to purchase all books and copies for pupils for next year. The only item that parents will have to buy is stationery. We will send out the various requirements via email at the end of the year.

Schools are faced, like all families and businesses, with extra costs at the moment. We have not looked for costs towards photocopying etc. before but we are faced with the fact that the money we receive does not cover the costs incurred. The vast majority of schools have a charge for photocopying and we are going to be introducing one from September. It will be €30 per child with a cap of €40 total per family. While this won’t fully cover the cost of photocopying, it will certainly be of some help. We will send out a link online to pay through the Aladdin system or you can pay directly to the school.

Parents Association:   We had a hugely successful 2nd Annual Family Fun Walk on the top of Lough an Lae last Sunday. The turnout was fantastic and the glorious weather added to the occasion. Thanks to all involved for organising such a memorable school event. The planning and detail that went into the event was clear to see in every aspect of the walk.

There will be a Clothes Collection on next Tuesday and Wednesday, the 6th and 7th of June.

The P.A. have also organised a lovely event for our 6th class whereby past pupils from 1st year will come in to have a chat with them about their experiences of Secondary School and answer any questions that they may have.

Muff Afterschool: Muff Afterschool finishes on Wednesday, June 28th and reopens on August 30th.

The after school will run as per usual: Monday – Friday 2-3pm/ 2-6pm.

Cost: €5 per hr/ €15 per afternoon.

Spaces are becoming more limited so if you would like to avail of the service, please contact Caroline directly 087-176-2628

Email: muffafterschool@gmail.com

Muff Summer Camp: Caroline from Afterschool will be running a week of camp this year. It will be a week of sports, games, arts & crafts and good old-fashioned fun!

Dates: July 17- 21…9-1pm daily.

Ages: 5-13

Cost: €75 per child – €5 discount for additional family members

Sports Day: The school Sports day will take place on Thursday June 15th. Parents are invited to watch children participating in Fun Races. Parents from J.I. to 2nd class can come from 9:45-10:15 and parents from 3rd to 6th can come from 10:15-10:45a.m.

Attendance:   Attendance levels have, as expected, improved significantly this year. This makes such a positive impact on a child’s progression during the school year. We still would state that if a child is sick, they obviously don’t come to school.

Graduation Mass:   The 6th class will have their Graduation Mass on Saturday June 24th at 7:30pm in Muff Church.

School Calendar:   The school is closed tomorrow and Monday for the June Bank Holiday. We finish for the year on Thursday June 29th at 12pm.  Please find below a provisional calendar for the school year 2023/24.

School Calendar 2023/24

  • School reopens on Wednesday the 30th of August.
  • Mid – term October 30th – November 4th.
  • Christmas Dec 22nd – Jan 8th.
  • St Brigid’s Day – Monday 5th of February.
  • Feb Mid – term Thursday and Friday 15th and 16th.
  • St Patrick’s Day Monday March 18th.
  • Easter Break – March 25th – April 6th.
  • Friday 3rd and Monday 6th of May.
  • Friday 31st and Monday 3rd of June.
  • School closes Tuesday 25th

Football Champions

Congrtulations to the 2 Under 12 girls teams who were medalists in the recent football league.  We had plenty of representatives on the teams.

 

 

Congratulations to Rosaleen O’Reilly & Hannah McKenna who were winners in the recent Kingspan Planet Passionate Art Competition.  They are pictured here, with their framed winning entries,  at the awards night in IKON on May 18th 2023.

May Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter May 2023

Communion:   First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday at 10:30 in Muff Church. There will be a reception in the hall afterwards where we have asked 1st class parents to help out if they can. We would appreciate if anyone could bring baked goods in on the day – no chocolate please! The school will be open from 9.30am to allow baked goods to be dropped off.  Ms. Campbell will be meeting the 2nd class parents on Thursday at 2.45pm in the Church. Please note there is a wedding in the Church after the ceremony, so it is important that the grounds are left in good condition. We look forward to everyone having an enjoyable day.

Graduation Mass:   The 6th class will have their Graduation Mass on Saturday June 24th at 7:30pm. There will be a short reception afterwards in the hall.

School Tours:   Below is a list of the School Tours for the coming year. Parents will receive notes about their own individual child’s tour this week. Please note that the tours will be subsidised by the Parents Association.

Junior Infants/Senior Infants/ 1st – The Crystal Maze – Friday June 9th

2nd/3rd Class – Armagh Planetarium – Thursday June 1st

4th Class – Tanagh – Tuesday June 6th

5th/6th Class – National Museum/National Art Gallery/Aquatic Centre – Thursday June 8th

Sports Day:   Our Annual Sports Day takes place on Thursday June 15th. As per usual, parents will be invited in from 10:00 to 10.45 to watch children participating in Fun Races.

Green Schools:   Ms. Swinburne and members of our Green School Committee will be going to the City North Hotel next week to pick up our latest Green Flag in biodiversity. Meanwhile we had two quiz teams who performed fantastically well in the Green Schools Quiz organised by T.Y. students in St Louis Carrickmacross. The participants were: Cillian Kierans, Laila McKenna, Senan McCormack, Eimear Byrne, Ellen Monaghan, Nadine McKenna, Emma Tierney & Liam Clarke.

SPHE/Stay Safe:   All classes will be completing the Stay Safe elements of the SPHE Programme over the coming weeks. Our 5th and 6th class are also completing the Relationship and Sexuality Education component. If any parent has any query, they can contact me through the school office.

Parents Association:  The P.A. will have their annual Family Fun Walk on Sunday May 28th on Lough an Lae. There will also be a clothes collection on June 6th & 7th.

Junior Entrepreneur Project:   Well done to all the pupils in Mr. Byrne’s class who have completed the Junior Entrepreneur Project. Their “Crafty Cards” business has proved to be very popular and successful. We have sent in our final project and will be wrapping up the project completely in the coming days. There are some packs of cards still available to purchase from the school office.

Sport:   Well done to both the boys’ and the girls’ football teams who have played outstandingly well this year in their respective competitions. They have had some fantastic victories and some very narrow defeats thus far and will be finishing up in the next couple of weeks. Many thanks to Ms. Swinburne, Mr Kiernan, Alison, Therese and Gillian for coaching the teams. We also completed 6 weeks of swimming in Navan where the children again had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I have to pay compliments to the coaches there who display great professionalism.

Code of Behaviour/School Uniform:   We are reviewing the Code of Behaviour prior to our next Board of Management meeting at the end of the month.                                                The school is also conducting our regular review of the uniform policy in the school. One aspect I would like to mention is the wearing of make-up/jewellery/ fashion items. This is not currently a major issue in our school at all but from speaking with colleagues it is something that has begun to appear in senior classes in some schools. This isn’t appropriate for primary schools. Children can wear small single ear studs and a single ring. Other jewellery such as necklaces/bracelets should not be worn as they can get lost or broken and there is a health & safety aspect to children pulling at jewellery during games.  Make-up/fake tan/hair dye etc. of any kind is not permitted.

Standardised Tests:   These tests will take place from May 30th – June 8th inclusive. As required, the Sten Score will be given in end of year reports for 2nd, 4th and 6th classes.

School Calendar: Please find below the school calendar for the remainder of the school year and also the provisional calendar for the 2023/24 school year. Please note that dates are subject to change.

School Planning Day – Closed Friday May 26th

Standardised Testing – (1st-6th class only) Week 1 – May 29th – June 1st.

Week 2 – June 6th – 9th

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

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

School Calendar 2023/24

  • School reopens on Wednesday the 30th of August.
  • Mid – term October 30th – November 4th.
  • Christmas Dec 22nd – Jan 8th.
  • St Brigid’s Day – Monday 5th of February.
  • Feb Mid – term Thursday and Friday 15th and 16th.
  • St Patrick’s Day Monday March 18th.
  • Easter Break – March 25th – April 6th.
  • Friday 3rd and Monday 6th of May.
  • Friday 31st and Monday 3rd of June.
  • School closes Tuesday 25th

April Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter April 2023

Sacramental Classes:   The final preparation Mass for the First Holy Communion Class takes place this Saturday in Muff Church at 7:30. The First Holy Communion Mass itself takes place on Saturday the 20th of May at 10:30. (Please note the change of time)

There will a reception in the hall afterwards where baked goods, biscuits and tea will be served. As is now customary we will be looking for parents of 1st class children to help out on the day. This has worked extremely well in recent times and we hope that many of you will be able to give up an hour or so that morning.

Parents Association:   The P.A. is hosting a Bake Sale and Raffle in the School Hall after 7:30 Mass this Saturday. The information is up on the PA Facebook page. They are looking for baked goods from as many people as possible. The school will be open on Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 for delivery of baked goods. It will be open again from 6:30 to allow tickets and baked goods to be delivered. Tickets can also be bought via Revolut, the details of which are on the Facebook page. The Raffle Draw will take place at the end of the sale before 8:30. There are some fantastic prizes that local businesses have sponsored. All the details of this event are on the PA Facebook page and on the school website.

The PA will once again be hosting a Fun Family Walk on Sunday the 28th of May on top of Lough an Lae. We will give more details of this event closer to the time.

Sponsored Walk:   We had our annual Sponsored Walk the Friday before the Easter break. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole school community for their incredible generosity. We raised an amazing total of €3643 which will be invaluable to the school going forward. Like all families and businesses, schools have had to deal with rising costs and we are hugely appreciative to all for their support. This money will be used to fund school art supplies, sporting/musical events etc.

School Books:   As some of you may be aware, the government has announced that from next September, schools will be given money to purchase books and copies for all pupils. This means that parents will no longer be given the usual book list nor will you be asked specifically for Book Rental money any longer. We will have more details in the next newsletter.

Stay Safe:   This hugely important programme will continue to be taught this term to all classes. The topics and themes that are discussed are available to look at online. The 6th class will also be taught specific aspects of the RSE Programme over the next few weeks.

Green Flag:   We just received word today that we have been successful in our application for the next Green Flag in relation to Biodiversity. A huge congratulations and thank you to Ms McNally, Ms Swinburne and their Green School Committee for all the work they have put in. A special mention to our gardening group for the amazing job they did in relation to the establishment and upkeep of our garden and general surroundings.

Standardised Tests:   These tests will be taking place from May 28th – June 8th. While by no means do they paint a full picture, they do give both teachers and parents an indication of how their child is progressing.

Community Games Art:   We had tremendous success in the recent Community Games Art Competition. The following all won medals and well done to all who took part:

Under 8 Boys: Gold – Lochlann McCormack; Silver – Cian McMahon; Bronze Andrew Gargan.

Under 8 Girls: Gold – Aoife Byrne; Silver – Eva Reilly

Under 10 Girls: Silver – Stella Brown; Under 10 Boys: Bronze – Odhrán Byrne

Under 12 Girls: Bronze – Arlene Shannon

Sport:   Mr Kiernan’s Handball League finished up just before the Easter break. It was a great success with huge participation levels. The winners of the Trophy Competition were Katie Hughes and Cillian Hughes with the runners up being Sophie Yore and Liam Clarke. The winners of the Plate Competition were Ava Sharkey and Jack Reilly with the runner’s up being Aimee Reilly and Sean Kierans respectively.

Our GAA teams begin their football leagues this week under the guidance of Mr Kiernan, Ms Swinburne, Alison McCullagh and Mr Byrne. They will be playing a match per week for the next 5 weeks or so.

Our soccer teams had fantastic days out with Ms Campbell, Gillian and Mr Byrne for two days in Bailieboro. All the teams had fantastic success with three of our teams just missing out on the final by one goal! Well done to the four teams who went.

School Calendar:   Please find the calendar for the remainder of the school year. The school is closed on Friday May 26th facilitate a Staff Training Day on the new Language Curriculum.

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

School Planning Day – Closed Friday May 26th

Standardised Testing – (1st-6th class only) Week 1 – May 29th – June 1st

Week 2 – June 6th – 9th

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

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

Spelling Bee

Well done to Emma Tierney who took part in the County Final of the Easons Spelling Bee competition in Knocktemple N.S. recently.

 

Community Games Art winners

Congratulations to our Community Games Art winners, who will go forward to the County Final on May 5th.  Best of Luck.

 

Spar 5-a-side soccer stars

The Spar 5-a-side soccer competition took place mid-March.  Our four teams all played fantastically.