Laragh Muff N.S. Newsletter November 2013


Sacramental Classes:   The annual Remembering the Dead mass takes place this Saturday night in Muff Church. All are welcome.  The Confirmation and Communion Classes are asked to attend.   Below is a list of the masses coming up: Giving Sunday – Saturday 14th December, 7:30 Muff Church.First Holy Communion – Saturday 17th May 2014, 11:00 Muff Church.Confirmation – Sunday 25th May, Kingscourt Church.

There will be other masses in the New Year that Fr. Gerry will let us know about in due course.

Staff News:  We are delighted to welcome back Ms. Campbell to the school this week.  I would like to thank and acknowledge Ms Eileen Farrelly for her work with the Senior Infants and 1st Class.  I would also like to wish Ms. Cleary all the best for her wedding ceremony on Saturday.

Parents Association:  The P.A. will have a meeting this Wednesday at 8:00 in the old school.  All parents are welcome.  All classes sent off their Christmas cards for printing and we await their return.  There will also be an old clothes collection next week in the school as a fundraiser for the association.  More details will be given out later this week.

Anti-Bullying Policy:  The school’s new policy is well underway.  A draft copy has been given to the P.A. for discussion.  Once the policy is approved by the Board of Management, it will be posted on the website.

Green Flag:  Our new committee has been carrying out great work.  An increasing number of children have been bringing in old ringos, batteries and mobile phones.  Also they let us know anytime that they have visited any of the local recycling centres.  A number of bulbs have been planted and we hope they’ll be in full bloom come the early Spring.

Parent/Teacher Meetings:  The formal parent/teacher meetings will take place on Monday the 18th and Tuesday 19th of November after school each day.  Parents will be notified of exact details early next week.

Goal Jersey Day:  The day proved highly popular with all the students.  We managed to raise €240 for the charity on the day.  GOAL wrote a letter to the pupils thanking them for their efforts.

Sport:  A number of athletes recently took part in the school cross country event in Killinkere.  They all produced fantastic performances in difficult conditions.  Many thanks to Gillian who helped organise the event.

Our boy’s football team have completed all their matches and while failing to qualify produced some fantastic performances.  The football that takes place each week after school will now cease until the Spring.  In school however it will be the turn of 1st and 2nd class to participate in coaching sessions that are done during the school time with the aid of coaching from the club. 

School Self Evaluation: The school is continuing to work on Recount Writing this term.  We will publish on the website the pupil’s work in the coming weeks.

Eirgrid Interconnector:  As many of you are aware, Eirgrid is looking for planning permission to install 400KV power lines with pylons in the Muff area.  The lines will travel a distance on 375m from the school at the closest point under the proposal.  The school has been in contact with local representatives, the Ministers office and the Department of Energy with regard to this matter.  Eirgrid are seeking planning permission in the Spring.  The Parents Association will also keep parents informed of developments.  Any person who has concerns should contact the Minister via e-mail.

Lift Off Literacy Program:  We are piloting this new initiative in the 2nd class commencing this week.  It is an intense 6 week programme whereby children are exposed to a wide variety of books and tests that are specifically designed to improve their reading.  We will closely evaluate its benefits over the next number of weeks.

Christmas Play:  Padraic McIntyre will bring the play “The Nightmare before Christmas” to our school on Tuesday 17th December at 1pm.  This play is open to pupils from Junior infants to 4th Class at a cost of €5.00.  Padraic brought the play “The Grinch that stole Christmas” to our school last year, and it proved to be most enjoyable and a great success with all the pupils.

Congrats:  Well done to Leanne Donnellan in 2nd class who came 2nd in the Cabra Harvest Fair art competition over the mid-term break.  A special mention also to Louise McCormack on her Nurse of the Year award she received recently.

Calendar:  Below is a list of school closures for the coming year.  Please note that some dates may be subject to change:

Christmas Break – School closes December 20th, reopens Monday January 6th.
February Mid Term – School closed 20th & 21st Feb.
St. Patrick’s Day – Closed March 17th & 18th.
Easter Break – Closed April 11th, reopens April 28th.
May Bank Holiday – school closed May 5th.
June Bank Holiday – School closed Friday 30th of May & Monday 2nd of June.
Summer Holidays – School closed Friday 27th of June.


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