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May Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter May 2022

Importance of Newsletter:   The newsletters provide a very important link between home and school. Recently we decided to try and save on paper and email newsletters home. We found though that many parents were contacting the office unaware of events that were going on despite them being flagged in the newsletters. Also older children, who previously might have read the newsletter themselves or stuck it up in the fridge/noticeboard at home, weren’t aware of different important activities. Due to that, we are returning to giving out one hard copy to each family. Please note that the newsletter is also published on the school website.

First Holy Communion:   The boys and girls are busy preparing for Communion which takes place on Saturday May 14th at 11:00 in Muff Church. There will be a small reception afterwards in the hall and we will be looking for parents to help out here, particularly from 1st class as has been tradition. Parents will receive more information in the coming days.

School Security:   Once again we had issues with younger people trying to access the school during the recent holiday. CCTV footage is being looked at by the guards. I would point out that no past or present pupil of Muff has ever been involved in trying to get into the school. The latest guests spent time playing football on the pitch before moving up to the school. It reinforces the importance of children not entering the school premises outside of school hours/term. It encourages others to follow suit and inevitably leads to problems for the Board of Management. We would also ask that no dogs ever enter the premises for pretty obvious reasons.

Standardised Tests:   These will be taking place the week of May 23rd and 30th for pupils from 1st to 6th.  These tests give us a general indicator of how your child is progressing but they are only one specific aspect of assessing learning that we use. The results for 2nd, 4th and 6th are sent in reports and all parents are informed of them at the next parent/teacher meeting.

School Tours:   Below is a list of the school tours for this coming year. Classes will receive notes giving all the details in the coming weeks.

Junior/Senior Infants   Causey Farm – Thursday June 2nd

1st/2nd   Dublin Zoo – Thursday June 16th

3rd/4th   Tanagh Adventure Centre – Tuesday June 21st

5th/6th   Carlingford Adventure Centre – Wednesday June 8th

The Parents Association have informed us that they will be in a position to subsidise the cost of these tours which will reduce the cost of the tours for everybody.

Sponsored Walk:   A huge thank you to all the families who were so generous in sponsoring our walk this year. The amount raised thus far is €3,373. This will help pay for art equipment, science equipment, buses for matches, library books etc. All expenditure from this account is monitored by the Board of Management and is available from the office.

Parents Association:   The PA are running the following activities over the next number of weeks – A “Cash for Clothes” collection on 7th & 8th June and a “Family Fun Walk” on Sunday May 29th at 11:00. They would like to thank everybody who supported their recent cake sale.

Board of Management:   The next meeting of the Board will take place on Monday the 30th of May. All Agreed Reports of the BOM are available to view on the school website.

SPHE:   Over this term our classes will be looking at personal safety with regard to road, water and farm safety. The senior class will also be completing the final important stages of the Relationship and Sexuality Programme. I will send out a note to 6th class parents regarding this next week.

Sport:   Our boys and girls team are back in training for the coming Cumann Na mBunscol competitions later this month. Benny is continuing with training our 3rd – 5th class each Wednesday.

Our 2nd and 3rd class league is coming to an end in the near future with great participation from all involved.

Our Senior Lunchtime Soccer League finished up this week and we had a cracking final day with Dundalk sneaking past Drogheda United in an enthralling final.

Enrolment:   We will have a meeting for all the parents of the incoming class of Junior Infants on Monday May 16th at 2.10pm.  We would ask that parents of the new Junior Infants attend.

School Mural:   Over the next few weeks, our classes will be involved in creating a mural

on one of the walls in the school hall. We hope to have it ready and complete in time for Communion.

Green Flag/Green School Quiz:   Ms. McNally and her Green School Committee are working away at our latest Green Flag – Bio Diversity. They have organised another speaker to come in and speak with the children on the issue in a couple of weeks.

Also some of our senior pupils are participating in a Green Schools Quiz next week in Carrickmacross. They are Harry Reilly, Kate Lennon, Aidan Curtis, Alana Gogarty, Cian Tully, Dylan Gogarty, Emma Tierney & James Farrelly. We wish them all the best.

School Car Parking:  We have been in contact with the council regarding the flashing lights that are supposed to come on before and after school. Many thanks to parents for bringing that to our attention. The issue of safety is of paramount importance at the gate. We would ask that parents continue to bring and collect their children at the school gate. We would also ask that people who are collecting/dropping off children continue to avoid parking at the school gate or directly across from it.

School Calendar:   Please find dates of school closures between now and the end of the year.

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd

Standardised Testing – (1st-6th class only) Week 1 – May 23rd   _ Week 2 – May 30th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th at 12pm

 

April Newsletter

Muff NS Newsletter April 2022

Confirmation/Communion:   Well done to all the 6th class students who made their Confirmation last Sunday. They were fantastic on the day and we were lucky to have amazing weather. Our First Communion Class have their day on Saturday May 14th at 11:00 in Muff Church.

Parents Association:   We had our first full community based event as a school recently as the P.A. organised a cake sale and raffle a couple of weekends ago. The evening was an outstanding success and €1600 was raised. This money will help subsidise swimming and school tours that we have planned.

The P.A. have planned a clothes collection and a family walk for the final term. We will give out details closer to the time.

Covid:   It is just over a month since schools were able to lift the various restrictions that were in place previously and it certainly has led to a more normal environment. However Covid is still with us and we continue to practice a number of preventative measures such as hand sanitising and ventilation. The main preventative measure is to ensure that any child who has any symptoms is kept off school and tested if possible. If your child does test positive, they can return to school after 7 days.

Siblings of a positive case who have no symptoms and have not tested positive can come to school as normal. There is a significant increase in absences this year which of course is to be expected and this is the case in all schools. This has an undoubted impact on children’s learning. It’s important that non–Covid related illness absences are kept to a minimum.

Sponsored Walk:   Our Annual Sponsored Walk takes place on Friday April 8th in the school. This is the one fundraiser that the school runs itself each year. It pays for items such as art equipment, sporting trips and competitions etc. Families can fill in the card and send in their chosen amount of money or can pay online using Aladdin payments. Please note that there is absolutely no obligation to pay any money. We would ask that you do return the card though by this Friday.

Enrolment:   We will have a meeting for all the parents of the incoming class of Junior Infants on Monday May 16th. We would ask that parents of the new Junior Infants attend. You will receive an email closer to the time with details of the meeting.

Nuts Allergies in the School:   Starting from next week we will be introducing a ban on all nut products in the school. This is to prevent any serious reaction to students with nut allergies. It is a common practice in a lot of schools. We would ask parents to ensure that lunches do not contain any item that has nuts as an ingredient.

Child Safeguarding Inspection:   As we have already informed you, we were found to be fully compliant in our second inspection which took place in February. Reports of both inspections, which were done before and after Christmas, will be published shortly on the Department of Education website.

Student Council:   Our Student Council has done an excellent job this year and has been involved in a variety of school initiatives. They have organised and have come up with a number of different ideas for the yard at break time, which we have been both delighted with and able to accommodate. The Council consists of Myia Farrelly; Harry Reilly, Brenda Murray, Senan McCormack, Erin Lynch, Nicole Lay, Jack Farrelly and Davy McCormack.  They are to be commended for their continued work under the stewardship of Ms. Swinburne.

Green Schools:   Ms. McNally and the Green Schools Committee continue to do great work in search of our next Green Flag which is in the area of Bio – Diversity. We received our Certificate of Participation from An Taisce in relation to “Bulbs for Bees” programme. The fruits of our work can be seen at the back of the school and on our website. We also had a visit from Mark Nolan from Green Bee Education who spoke to Ms Swinburne’s and Mr Byrne’s class about what approaches we might make to enhancing bio-diversity in the school.

Our Senior Class is also participating in a quiz organised by St. Louis Secondary School, Carrickmacross in relation to Green Schools. We will let you know how they get on in the near future.

The school are entering the Kingspan Art Competition, creating a drawing with the following description “Imagine what your school will look like in 100 years?”

Seachtain na Gaeilge:  We had a hugely successful Seachtain na Gaeilge where all the pupils demonstrated their ability to use cúpla focail.  We also held our “Ceolchoirm sa Halla”, organised by Ms Campbell, where all the classes performed songs, poems and dramas as Gaeilge.  The photos of “An Seo” are up on the school website.

Trocaire:  Fr Gerry has asked that Trocaire boxes be returned to the school office by next Wednesday.

School Tours:   We are thrilled to be going on school tours this week. We had a great time a in The Crystal Maze last year but this year we will be going in the following groups:

Junior/Senior Infants – Causey Farm – Thursday June 2nd

1st/2nd – Dublin Zoo – Thursday June 16th

3rd/4th – Tanagh Adventure Centre – Tuesday June 21st

5th/6th – Carlingford Adventure Centre – Wednesday June 8th.

We will give out details of the prices, times etc. closer to the time. The Parents Association have informed us that they will be in a position to subsidise the cost of these tours which will reduce the cost of the tours for everybody.

Costs:   The final term can be an expensive time for families with regards to school with bus costs to sporting events, school tours, book rental, communion etc. This is not being helped with rising costs across the board. If at any stage any family has challenges in meeting any of these costs, please contact me directly and the matter will be handled in the strictest confidence.

Sport:   With the recent beautiful weather, we have been able to organise a whole host of sporting events that the children have enjoyed.

GAA – Benny is continuing to do his coaching sessions with the classes. We are now preparing for the return of our school teams with our 4th, 5th and 6th pupils having sessions after school – Tuesday for the boys, Wednesday for the girls, from 3pm to 4pm.

Meanwhile we started a league for our 3rd and 2nd classes this week with great participation from all the pupils.

Handball – We had tremendous success in the recent Cavan Handball Competition. Daithí Yore won gold and Alana Gogarty won silver in their respective matches. Also participating were Liam Fitzsimons & Conor Smith in U11 doubles and Aidan Curtis & Shayne Swarres in U 13. Daithí travelled to Antrim for the Ulster Championships and had outstanding success.

Swimming – We have our final session next week in Navan. It has been a great success with the pupils expressing their enjoyment of the lessons.

Soccer – There is no 5-a-side competition this year. Instead we are having a lunchtime soccer league with our 4th, 5th and 6th classes which commenced this week.

Muff 2K – Our Senior Class will participate in the Muff 2K next Friday as part of the Sponsored Walk.

Drama:   A number of pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th classes will be performing the Passion Gospel on Good Friday in Kingscourt Church.

School Calendar: Please find enclosed a calendar for the rest of the school year. Please also note the times for standardised testing in both Maths and English.

Please note that some of these dates may be subject to change:

Easter Holidays – Finish April 8th at 12.30pm – Re-open Monday April 25th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd

Standardised Testing – (1st-6th class only) Week 1 – May 23rd

Week 2 – May 30th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th 2022

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Spring has sprung in Muff School

Cake Sale

March Newsletter

Muff N.S Newsletter March 2022

Sacramental Classes:  Our Communion class have their next Preparation Mass on Saturday March 5th at 7:30pm in Muff Church. Our Confirmation Class have their last Preparation Mass on Saturday March 12th at 7:30pm in Muff Church. Confirmation takes place on Sunday March 27th at 1:30pm in Kingscourt Church while First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 14th at 11:00am in Muff Church.

Covid Procedures:   Public Health and the Government have informed us that as of this week, the vast majority of Covid restrictions in place in school can be lifted. Children no longer are required to wear masks from 3rd– 6th class but can continue to do so if they so wish. The Pods and Bubble systems in class are no longer mandated and teachers can return to more normal school activities. So, for example, extra-curricular sports, music, drama etc. are now back to some sense of normality.

Ventilation and hand hygiene remain important. It is still very important that children who have symptoms and are sick with Covid or any other ailment, remain off school. Families who are affected by Covid can still access the HSE website/phone number to receive Antigen Tests. Children who are healthy can now come to school even if there is a Covid case in the house but obviously, if they start displaying any symptoms, it is crucial that they stay off and get tested. If your child does test positive with Covid, please let the school know as Public Health may still be required to do a Public Health Assessment.

In terms of going home for pupils from 1st – 6th, the bell will now ring just before 3.  The classes will still come out in a staggered fashion.  Teachers will walk the pupils to the church doors as normal for parents to walk over and pick them up.

All of this is obviously very positive news and will take a little while for all to get used to. It does mean that events like Seachtain na Gaeilge, school tours, Sports Day etc. will now go ahead as they used to which is so important for all the pupils. While we never know what is around the corner, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents for their support of the school and all the various guidelines and procedures that we have had to endure for the last two years – it is greatly appreciated.

Swimming:   All our 4th, 5th and 6th classes have started swimming this week. It took longer than anticipated to get organised and we have not been as of yet, able to organise swimming for younger classes. We are looking forward to getting back to the pool with our classes. They leave for Navan at 10:30am and arrive back in the school just after lunch break. A huge thank you to the Parents Association who have helped significantly with the cost of swimming through a subsidy.

Parents Association:   The Parents Association held a meeting on Tuesday.  They are going ahead with their Annual Cake Sale & Raffle in the school hall, after 7:30pm Mass on Saturday March 12th.  Please note the school will be open from 6:30pm for parents to drop off baked goods.

School Uniforms:   We would ask that all parents continue to ensure that pupils wear the full correct school uniform on the appropriate day. When swimming, pupils should wear their school tracksuits.

Packed Lunches: We would ask parents to remember that the school has a Healthy Eating Policy in place.

Absences:  Parents no longer need to fill in the Return to School form.  It is essential that we receive a note in the event of any absence.  This can be filled in on their Homework Journal, on a signed note or by an email.  If we do not receive a written note, the absence is recorded as “unexplained” on the system.

Car Parking: We hugely appreciate those who follow the car parking system that we have in place, both in the morning and at 2:00 & 3:00pm.  We would ask that no car park at the side of the road where the cones are.  We would also like to remind parents that cars should not drop off or pick up at the school gate or across from it.

SPHE: Our school recently completed its 2nd Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection.  We were delighted with the positive nature of the report and the fact that we were found to be fully compliant.  SPHE/RSE (Relationship & Sexuality Education) and Walk Tall are critically important for the well-being, health and development of children.  You can find more information on them on our website.

Homework/Books:   Each night pupils get homework. The amount they are given is determined by the class they are in and our School Homework Policy. It is very important that the pupils complete this work. In younger classes, they will require an adult to sit with them and listen to their reading, go over their letter sounds etc. Older classes should be more independent when completing their tasks. If there is any issue with any of the homework for your child in terms of length of time it takes or difficulty, please contact the class teacher.

School Calendar:   Please find enclosed a calendar for the rest of the school year. Please also note the times for standardised testing in both Maths and English.

Please note that some of these dates may be subject to change:

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 17th, Friday March 18th & Monday 21st March.

Easter Holidays – Finish April 8th – Re-open Monday April 25th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd

Standardised Testing – (1st-6th class only) Week 1 – May 23rd

Week 2 – May 30th

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th 2022

February Newsletter

Muff N.S Newsletter February 2022

Sacramental Classes:  Our 2nd class will be receiving their First Penance on Thursday February 17th in Muff Church at 2pm. The next Preparation Mass for First Communion is this Saturday, February 12th at7:30pm in the Church. Our Confirmation Class have their Retreat on Wednesday February 23rd in Kingscourt Parish Centre at 9:15am. I will forward more details of this event in the coming days. It will finish at about 12:00pm.

The Confirmation itself will take place as a single ceremony on Sunday March 27th at 1:30pm in Kingscourt Church. The First Communion is scheduled to go ahead on Saturday May 14th at 11:00am in Muff Church.

Covid Procedures:   Schools are still employing Covid measures as outlined by the Department but we know that they are coming under review in the next couple of weeks and we hope that there may be some loosening of some of the restrictions. In the meantime, the same advice about children with symptoms, close contacts etc. apply

We had a large amount of absences in the first few days back after Christmas but thankfully we seem to have settled back down to normal high attendance figures. Teachers have commented on the difference it makes having full classes and regular attendance. The impact of missing school days can’t be overstated. This is why we would ask that every effort is made to avoid missing days over the coming months unless it is down to illness/symptoms/close contact etc. It does have a major bearing on your child’s education.

School Lunches:   Just a quick reminder that the school has a healthy eating policy and that children should not have lunches with fizzy drinks, crisps, sweets etc.

Stay Safe:   The school is currently covering the “Touches” aspect of the Stay Safe Curriculum. Our Senior Class have also been covering alcohol and drugs in relation to both our SPHE and Confirmation Programmes, More information is available on our website.

We will also be covering the issue of Cyberbullying and Internet/Phone Safety in the coming weeks. This is an area that, while taking place outside of school, can impact significantly on school life. We have also found over the years that unfortunately, no matter how much advice and warnings are given, there will be children in the senior classes who fail to understand the impact of negative messages. We advise to any parent whose child engages in any form of social media to monitor usage extremely closely, in a controlled environment.

School Tours:  We are delighted that we will be in a position to organise our more traditional school tours in the coming months. We will hopefully let you know in our next newsletter.

School Calendar: Below are a list of school closures for the remainder of the school year. Please note that some days may be subject to change.  An additional day has been added to the calendar following the Government’s announcement with regard to an additional holiday.

February Mid-Term – Closed Thursday February 24th and Friday February 25th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 17th, Friday March 18th & Monday 21st March.

Easter Holidays – Finish April 8th – Re-open Monday April 25th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd.

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th 2022

Lough an Leagh Survey

Loughanleagh and Muff Heritage Trust are trying to promote a survey for locals to complete in order to gain feedback on how best the mountain area can potentially be developed/maintained for local needs and wants.

Please see link the the survey below.

http://www.facebook.com/467764029970966/posts/4769196829827643/

Enrolment Form 2022

Please click on link below to access our Enrolment form

enrolment form 2022

January Newsletter

Muff N.S Newsletter January 2022

Return to School:   We are delighted to be welcoming all our pupils back to school after the Christmas break. Over the next few weeks and months we may have a number of obstacles to overcome but we are all relieved that we can teach our children in person and that they can meet up with each other and carry on with the progress we have made in the first term.

The school will be continuing to follow our mitigation measures including ventilation, mask wearing from 3rd class up, hand hygiene etc. The HSE points out that the key prevention measure is not sending children to school with symptoms. If there is a case in a class, the parents of the pupils in that pod will be notified if the child was in the school setting whilst infectious. All children can still come to school if they are feeling well and parents can avail of the antigen tests provided for by the department. If there is a second case in a different pod in the classroom, all parents will be informed. In the meantime, school life will be going on as normal.

Attendance has been impacted across all schools as is to be expected. It is essential that if your child is unwell and showing symptoms or isolating, they do not come to school. However, if they are well and not isolating, the HSE states that there is no reason for them not to be at school.  We have amended the “Return to School” form so that parents can write down the reason for the child’s absence.

Sport:   We will be doing GAA coaching and hopefully swimming at some stage this term and will inform parents later on of exact dates.

Sacramental Classes: Our 2nd class will have their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 14th at 11:00 am and our 6th class will have their Confirmation on Sunday March 27th. (Time to be confirmed).  The next preparation Mass for 2nd class is on Saturday February 12th at 7:30 in Muff Church while the next one for Confirmation is on Saturday February 5th at 7:30 in Muff Church.

Enrolment:   Our School Enrolment for September 2022 will start on Monday next, January 10th and will run for 3 weeks.   Enrolment forms can be picked up from the office or downloaded on our website, www.laraghmuffns.com.

Student Council: Our Student Council has been very active under the guidance of Ms. Swinburne. They have been coming up with some excellent ideas in relation to activities for lunchtime that we are currently getting equipment together for.

Green Flag:   Our new committee has met with Ms. McNally. Our next flag is for Bio-diversity and we have begun the process of educating the pupils on what’s involved.

Parents Association:   Many thanks to all those who helped both with the collection at the Carol Singing at the Mass and the arrival of Santa Claus in the school. Both events were very successful.

School Calendar: Below are a list of school closures for the remainder of the school year. Please note that some days may be subject to change.

February Mid-Term – Closed Thursday February 24th and Friday February 25th

St. Patrick’s Day – Closed Thursday March 17th & Friday March 18th

Easter Holidays – Finish April 8th – Re-open Monday April 25th

May Bank Holiday – Closed Monday May 2nd

June Bank Holiday – Closed Friday June 3rd & Monday June 6th

Summer Holidays – Finish Friday June 24th 2022.