November 2019

Sports Capital Grant

As many of you will know by now, we have secured funding to convert the green area next to the school into an astro-turf surface. This will be a fantastic additional resource for the children of our school.

Additional Accommodation Update

Following grant approval for the additional classrooms, our quantity surveyor has completed the survey of the site. We have submitted the plans and costing to the Dept. Once approved we will seek planning permission.

Upcoming PA Fundraisers

There will be a bake sale in the Health Centre on Sunday the 8th of December after 11 o’clock mass.

The PA have also ordered packs of Christmas cards @ €5 per pack available to purchase. They have been designed for the children to colour and personalise themselves.

Christmas Performances

We are all looking forward to the upcoming Christmas performances on the 13th of December.
4th Class will be at 10:30 am
Both Senior Infant Classes together at 12 pm
6th Class at 1:30 pm

All parents are welcome to attend

Christmas Carols

The turning on of the Christmas lights in Collooney will take place on December the 8th.
The children from first and second class will sing carols starting at 6 pm.

Playground Go Fund Me

Following the recent damage to the playground in Collooney, there has been a Go Fund Me page set up to raise money to repair the damage. You can access this via Facebook.

Christmas Holidays

The school will close for Christmas on December 20th at 12 pm and reopen on January the 6th.

Science Show

Thank you to Declan from Science Ireland who provided fantastic Knowledge and entertainment for all the children on October 9th. Declan’s visit to the school was funded by the Parents Association.

Cross Country Athletes

Ryan Maloney competing in Rathcormac

Congratulations to Ryan Maloney, Aoibhinn Doherty and Adam Taheny who all qualified for the Cross Country Connaught Primary Schools Finals which took place in Moynes, Co. Longford on Sunday the 13th of October. Ryan and Aoibhinn competed and gave a very good account of themselves.
Well done to all who participated in Rathcormac in the County Finals

September 2019

4th September 2019
Welcome back to all our pupils as we start in to a new school year. An especially warm welcome to our 27 new Junior Infants & the pupils who have transferred from other schools. We hope they all settle in well & enjoy school life here in Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf.

New school structure
As you are aware, 1st & 2nd classes are now situated along with our Crann Darach class in the old Junior School which has been renamed School A. The old Senior School will now be known as School B.

Set-down Area
We would like to thank everyone for their patience while the new set-down area was being constructed. Please still be mindful of children crossing the road as everyone is still getting used to the new system.

Aladdin School Administration System
Can everyone please ensure they have received a text regarding the setup of the Aladdin app. All text notifications & end of year report cards issue via Aladdin. Any absence reasons can be recorded by parents on the app also. If you have been locked out of your account or have problems setting it up please let Stacey know ASAP.

Music Generation
We are delighted to welcome Music Generation back to our school this year. All classes will avail of the music generation tutors. Junior Infants – 2nd and class will follow the Discovering Music programme for a period of 14 weeks. Crann Darach will avail of a specialised programme for 20 weeks.
3rd – 6th class will follow the Performing Music programme & learn an instrument for a period of 26 weeks. The start dates of each class are staggered to facilitate different tutors. A text will notify parents when your child’s class begins. All classes will avail of Music Gen for a small fee.

Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair will be delivered to school on Tuesday October 8th & will remain until Tuesday 15th October. Pupils will have a chance to view the books & if they wish to purchase any they can bring money in on a specified day. Parents of Junior & Senior Infants may view the books themselves. More details to follow.

School Calendar
Please find attached the provisional school calendar for 2019/2020. This may be subject to change due to extreme weather conditions. I wish to draw your particular attention to the change to the February midterm break, closure on October 16th for staff training & closure Monday 16th March for long weekend. The closing date for summer holidays will now fall on Thursday 25th June 2020.

Healthy Eating Policy – School Lunches
We have been lucky enough to received funding to provide free school lunches to all pupils wishing to avail. These are provided by Fresh Today. Changes to the lunches can be made by logging in to the link below and entering the login details provided before the summer, by email to [email protected] or by texting CHANGE along with your name & number to 087 1184394. Please note the school secretary cannot make changes to your child’s lunch.

Book Money
Just a reminder to settle up book fees as soon as you can. Thank you to the parents that have already paid.

Please label all uniform items, coats, bags & drinks bottles (especially for Junior & Senior Infants). Our little pupils are finding it hard to recognise their own belongings!!

Contact Details
If any families have changed phone numbers or moved house over the summer please update your contact details in the school office.

Pupil Personal Accident Insurance
Please find attached an insurance form for PPAI scheme offered by Allianz. Any parents wishing to avail of the insurance for their children should complete the form & return to school before the 30th September. This insurance is completely optional but the 24 hr cover is highly recommended for any pupils participating in sports.

As usual, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact the school. Thank you for your continued support.

Paul & Staff

Interview with Mrs. Muldoon

Reporter: How many years have you been teaching?
Mrs Muldoon: 18 years.
Reporter: What is your favourite subject to teach?
Mrs Muldoon: Maths
Reporter: What is your favourite memory this year?
Mrs Muldoon: The school tour.
Reporter: Have you enjoyed teaching 6th Class?
Mrs Muldoon: Yes I did – loved every minute.
Reporter: Are you looking forward to teaching 3rd class next year?
Mrs Muldoon: Can’t wait…

By Lucas Karki and Ella Doherty.

Interview with Mr. O’Meara

Reporter: How many years have you been teaching?
Mr O’Meara: 23 years.
Reporter: What is your favourite subject to teach?
Mr O’Meara: English.
Reporter: What is your favourite memory this year?
Mr O’Meara: Picking our tulips
Reporter: Have you enjoyed teaching 1st Class?
Mr O’Meara: I loved it. We worked hard and had lots of fun.
Reporter: Are you looking forward to teaching 6th class next year?
Mr O’Meara: I can’t wait. They are a great group.

by Lucas Karki and Ella Doherty.

Interview with Jessie Whitehead

Ella Doherty
Who or what influenced your love of music?
I started music lessons when I was really young in Sligo. There was a woman called Niamh Crowley and she was a very good violinist.
What instrument do you play?
The violin, the piano, the guitar and I sing.
What type of music do you like to play?
I like to play traditional Irish music, classical, folk, soul and jazz.
Did your parents listen to/ play music when you were growing up?
Yes My Dad plays guitar. When I started singing and writing songs my Dad did the same. My Mum plays the flute.
Are you a member of a band or a group?
I play violin with the Sligo Baroque Orchestra. I play music with lots of people around Sligo.
Who is your favourite well known musician / band?
One of my favourite musicians is Seamie O’ Dowd, Yelba.
Do you like musicals and do you watch them often?
No I don’t see them that often. My brother Matthew acts in a lot of musicals.
What is your favourite piece of music /song
A: to listen to
B: to play
May you never by John Martyn
Bed I made by Allen Stone.
Do you enjoy playing for big groups or do you prefer small gatherings?
Big audiences are more exciting but small groups can have a nice feel and can be just as enjoyable.
Finally, what can you say has been you best memory / moment so far in your musical career?
I got to play in Germany for a month touring all around the country. I got to travel and play at the same time.

Summer Stars 2019

Dear Parent / Guardian
Sligo Central Library will run the Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children in all library branches during the summer from Tues June 18th to the end of Sat Aug 17th 2019. Summer Stars is an exciting reading-based programme which is available free of charge to children across the country. We would be delighted to welcome all children to join in. We are very happy to work with teachers and families to encourage children to continue reading and also to participate in our range of storytelling and other fun activities during the summer.
Each child is invited to register for Summer Stars 2019 at their local library and enjoy reading many books as part of the adventure during the summer holidays. All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress and a library reward stamp will be added to their reading card at the library after each visit. Children will be encouraged to continue reading throughout the programme and there will be rewards and incentives along the way. At the end of the adventure, all children who participate are invited to attend an award event on Monday 19th August in The Glasshouse Hotel were they will be presented with their own Summer Stars medal and certificate. We will also have weekly competitions in Sligo Central Library for school bags filled with goodies.
Children and families will also have access to fun reading activities on the Summer Stars website, The site has lots of online activities as well as a range of animated ebooks. You will find a children’s books discussion board and interviews with well-known people about their favourite books. There are also helpful tips for reading and recommended titles by age group for children to read. The books can then be borrowed from your local library service, and it’s all free.
Events for children will also be held in your library service during the summer. More information is available in Sligo library or or
Stephen Healy