May 2022 Newsletter

First Holy Communion 🕊 
Congratulations to our 2nd Class pupils who made their First Holy Communion earlier this month. 

School Tours 
That time of year again. ☀️ 

⭕️Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class are going to Sligo for the Let’s Go Tour on Wednesday the 25th of May. 

⭕️2nd Class are going to Eagles Flying on Friday the 17th of June.

⭕️3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Classes are going to Bay Sports on Thursday the 16th of June. 

Graduation 🎓
The Sixth Class Graduation will take place in school on June 23rd. Parents welcome. 

Class Teachers 22/23 📚 
🔹JI: Ms. Mulvaney 

🔹SI: Ms. Gillogley

🔹1st Class A: Ms. Golden 

🔹1st Class B: Ms. Gallagher 

🔹2nd Class: Ms. Hanly 

🔹3rd Class A: Ms. Muldoon 

🔹3rd Class B: TBC

🔹4th Class: Mr. O’Meara 

🔹5th Class: Mr. Higgins 

🔹6th Class: Ms. Hickey 

🔹Crann Darach: Ms. Lineen 

Half-day 
Please note that there will be a half-day on Friday June 3rd so that class teachers can attend a Primary Language Curriculum webinar. School will finish at 12:30. 

Sports Day ⚽️🏀🏉🏓
Our annual Sports Day will be taking place on Wednesday the 8th of June. 

Mass
End of year Mass for staff and students will take place outside on the 10th of June. 

March 2022 Newsletter

Seachtain na Gaeilge agus Lá Glas
Each class fully immersed in the Irish language for Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. We finished up by celebrating Lá Glas where the children wore green and with the help of Ms. Kerins performed a sean-nós dance for the school.

Confirmation
Best wishes to our 5th and 6th class pupils who will be making their Confirmation on Sunday the 27th of March. Thank you to their teachers Mr. Higgins and Ms. Kerins for all of their work in preparing the children for this sacrament.

Cumann na mBunscol and Gaelic Training
Boys training with Mr. Higgins and girls training with Ms. Mulvaney has resumed every Tuesday after school in the Owenmore Gaels pitch.

Climb with Charlie
Staff of Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf, Collooney are taking part in Climb with Charlie. All funds raised will go directly to Pieta and Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). If you would like to donate the link is below.

https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11431732_scoil-mhuire-agus-iosaf–collooney-fundraising-page.html

Active Flag
Our school is continuing to work for the Active Flag. Our newsest initiative is the ‘Run Around Ireland Challenge’. Progress will be tracked and shared on class blogs.

New Extension
The new school extension is on track and making great progress.

Easter Holidays
School closes for the Easter Holidays on Friday the 8th of April and will reopen on Monday the 25th.

December 2021 Newsletter

Letters to Cloonamahon Residents
Thank you to all the pupils in 2nd class for writing letters to the residents of Cloonamahon.

Morning Mile
Well done to the pupils of 6th and 5th who have resumed the morning mile run every morning. More classes will join them in the New Year.

Music Generation
Some classes have had the pleasure of the Music Generation tutors this term and the rest will avail of this in the New Year.

Elf on the Shelf
We have had reports from several classes where there have been elves causing havoc. They seem to be enjoying their time in our school.

Active Flag
We have taken up the baton of achieving the Active Flag for Scoil Mhuire Agus Iosaf. We will post updates as we make progress on this.

Keeping School Tidy
A big thank you to all the pupils of 6th class who are doing an excellent job of keeping the school tidy with litter picking and sweeping among other jobs

New Hepa Filter/Air Purifiers
Following Department of Education recommendations we have recently purchased new Hepa Filter/Air Purifiers for each classroom.

Christmas Wishes
Áthbhlian Nua Faoi Mhaise Dhaoibh.
Wishing all of you a very peaceful Christmas and New Year. School resumes on the 6th of January.

From Paul and staff

September 2021

School Photos
County Photos will visit the school this coming Monday 4th October to take photos of the pupils of our school. No class groups will be taken this year due to Covid, but Junior Infants & 6th Class will have group photos in the form of individual head shots. If you wish to have your children photographed as a family you must arrange to transport the children from one school to the other & back again yourself.

First Confession & First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the pupils who made their First Confession recently. They will make their First Holy Communion this coming Saturday 2nd October in the Church of the Assumption, Collooney. Have a wonderful day!

Hot Lunches
We are very pleased with the response to the hot lunches and are getting good feedback from the pupils receiving them. Please check in with your child regularly to ensure they are happy with their menu choices. You can change them online with the login details provided at
http://www.freshtoday.ie

Music Generation
It is great to have Music Generation back in our school providing tuition to all of our classes this year. If your child has started Music Generation classes could you please forward payment via ePayments on Aladdin. Thank you!

Gaelic Coaching
Gaelic coaching has resumed with Pat Kilcoyne every Tuesday for all classes.

Book Fair
The annual Book Fair will visit our school next Tuesday 5th October until Tuesday 12th. All pupils will get an opportunity to look at the books in the Book Fair & purchase something if they wish.

Internet Safety Talk
We have booked an internet safety talk for 3rd – 6th class which will take place on 6th October during school time via webinar. A separate internet safety talk for parents will take place the same evening at 7pm. Links to the parents talk will be sent on the Monday of that week via text/email. Children of any parents attending will get the night off homework! This is a very important talk so it is advisable that as many parents as possible attend.

Owenmore Gaels Success
Congratulations to the U14 girls for winning the County Finals last Saturday. Congratulations also to the U13 boys for competing in the County Finals last Saturday.

September 2020

Welcome back!
It was great to welcome our pupils back after such a long time off and to welcome for the first time our Junior Infants & the pupils who have joined us from other schools. I hope they are all settling in well.

School bags
There should be no need for school bags, as there is no homework for the month of September. We will continue to review this.

Bubbles and Pods
We are all getting used to the new terminology associated with Covid-19. Basically each class of its own is known as a ‘Bubble’ and are expected to be separate from the other classes. As a result, break times have been staggered to allow for classes to have their own yard space. There are also ‘Pods’ of smaller groups within each class to allow for group work, where they only mix with the pupils in their assigned ‘Pod’. While the children from Junior Infants up to and including 2nd class are not expected to physical distance there are still pods set up within these classes, as per Department of Education Guidelines.

Visitors/Appointments with staff
It is now obligatory to give prior notice of any visit to the school. Should you wish to make an appointment to speak with any member of staff, please contact our secretary Stacey and she will arrange it.

Confirmation & First Holy
Pupils who didn’t receive the sacraments during the school closure will be receiving them this month.
Confirmation takes place on Monday 14th , Tuesday 15th & Tuesday 22nd September for Collooney. Texts have been sent out with your particular date. Time on all three dates is 6.30pm
First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27 h September at 12.30pm on both
days. Fr Peyton has gone through the various restrictions that now apply due to Covid at the meetings. We wish all candidates well!

Payments
Payments are best made by card over the phone, especially now where contact is to be kept to a minimum. We are in the process of setting up an “epayments” system through Aladdin, we will keep you updated about this.

School Lunches
Please monitor what your child is getting for their lunch and that they are eating it, as we want to continue to minimise any waste. If you’re sending in a lunch for your child from home please make sure to cancel the school lunch for them.

Appointments
If your child has an appointment during school hours, please ring the school in advance. Once you arrive at the school your child will be escorted to the front door by a member of staff. In line with Covid-19 Guidelines it is important that we limit the number of people accessing the school building, therefore your child will be signed in and out by a member of staff. If the appointment is a medical one, it is not recommended that they return to school that day.
Drop off/Collection
Thank you to all of you for the respect shown at drop off/collection times. Please continue to observe physical distancing as best you can during these times.

Welcome new staff members
Welcome on board to our new teachers Lisa Lundy and Roisin Ni Chuanaigh and our new SNA Claire
Walsh.

New Yard Markings
We have new yard markings completed at School B and the children are already very busy exploring them.

School Cleaning
Along with a complete clean of all surfaces every day, the school is sanitised every evening with a fogging machine.

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.

School Website
Please refer to our school website www.smaicollooney.school from time to time for newsletters, notices & class blogs/updates.

School Rules
The school rules have been sent out via Aladdin. They must be accessed via Permissions on your Aladdin home screen. When you have read them through with your child please tick the relevant box to agree. This will negate the need for the paper form being sent home to be signed.

Healthy Eating Policy – School Lunches
We have been lucky enough again this year 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 www.freshtoday.ie and entering the login details provided 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.

Contact Details
If any families have changed phone numbers or moved house over the break please update your contact details in the school office.
The school contact details are as follows:
Landline – 071 9167763
Mobile – 085 2527093
Email – [email protected]

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

Paul & Staff

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.

https://freshtoday.ie/

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

Labels!!!
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

June Newsletter Scoil Mhuire Agus Iosaf

Music Generation Concert

Congratulations to the children of 4th, 5th and 6th class who recently performed at the Teeling Centre for their end of year concert. The performance was very well attended and enjoyed by all.
Music Generation tutors brought their expertise to every class in the school and we have applied to have them back with every class next year.

Orienteering

Well done to the classes from 3rd to 6th who completed an orienteering course with Sligo Sports Partnership. It took place over 4 weeks, with the final day in Union Wood.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all the children who recently made their First Holy Communion

Fire Service Visit

The Sligo Fire Service recently visited 1st and 2nd class to give a talk on fire safety.

Parachute Jump Fundraiser

Annette Fagan will complete a tandem parachute jump on June 15th in Tullamore Co. Offaly. The school wish to extend their thanks in advance to Annette for offering to use this occasion as a fundraiser for the school. Sponsorship cards have been sent home with your child.
Thank you to all for supporting the school.

Gaelic Football

Best of luck to the boys who take part in a play-off match to reach the semi-finals of the Cumann na mBunscoil. The match takes place on the 6th of June at Kent Park.

The girls’ football has finished for the year. Well done to all who took part this year, the numbers turning up to training for both boys and girls were very good.
Thank you to all members of staff who facilitated the training sessions all year, in particular Mr. Higgins and Ms. Mulvaney for their expert coaching.

Soccer

Well done to all the children who took part in the soccer training this year. Thank you to Mr. Taheny and Neil McKenna for their expert coaching.

Sports Day

The school Sports Day will take place on Monday the 24th June. It has yet to be confirmed whether it will take place in the school or at Connolly Park. More details to follow….

School Tours

4th , 5th and 6th class will go to Shannon River Adventure in Roosky, on Friday the 14th of June. Bus departs from school at 8:50am and to return at approximately 5pm.

Junior and Senior Infants are going to Let’s Go School Tours at Sligo I.T. on Tuesday the 18th of June. Bus departs at 8:50am and to return at approximately 3:40pm.

1st , 2nd and 3rd class are going to Let’s Go School Tours at Sligo I.T. on Wednesday the 19th of June. Bus departs at 8:50am and to return at approximately 3:40pm.

Please ensure that you have returned your child’s consent form to the school. A reminder text will be sent prior to each tour.

Xcessible Youth Sports Programme

The children of Crann Darach have been taking part in the Xcessible Youth Sports Programme with Sligo Sports Partnership. Some of the children will attend a Sports Day at the Knocknarea Arena, Sligo I.T. on Thursday the 13th of June. Details will be sent to the relevant parents next week.

Parents Association

On behalf of all the pupils and staff of Scoil Mhuire Agus Iosaf, we would like to extend our thanks to the Parents Association for all the support they have given the school throughout the year. All the fundraising efforts and support is greatly appreciated.

Summer Holidays

School closes for summer holidays on Wednesday the 26th at 12pm.
School re-opens on Monday the 2nd of September.

On behalf of myself and all the staff, we look forward to welcoming all our new pupils in September and would like to wish you all a very pleasant summer holidays.

Paul and staff

April 2019

First Confessions & First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the 2nd class pupils that recently made their First Confession. First Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 4th at 11am in the Church of the Assumption, Collooney.

Congratulations

Big congratulations also to Ms Hickey & her husband Aidan on the recent birth of their son Izaiah. Both Mum and baby are doing well!

Parents Association News

The Parents Association will hold a Family Easter Bingo next Sunday 7th April at 3pm in the Parish Hall, Collooney. All welcome to what promises to be a fun filled afternoon. They will also visit both schools on Monday 8th to do an Easter Egg Hunt with the pupils.

Classroom Allocations 2019/2020

The following is a list of the classroom allocations for September 2019

Junior Infants
Senior Infants A
Senior Infants B
3rd Class
4th Class
5th Class
6th Class

Mrs Gallagher
Mrs Gillogley
Ms Brennan
Mrs Muldoon
Mr Higgins
Ms Mulvaney
Mr O’Meara

On current Junior School campus:

Crann Darach
1st Class
2nd Class

Mrs Lineen
Ms Golden
Teacher to be confirmed

Digital Free Day

Next Friday 12th we are having a Screen Free Day to remind each other of the amount of screen time we engage in on a daily basis. Teachers, pupils & parents are encouraged to reduce their screen time on the day. I’m sure we’ll all find this a challenge!!

Cycling Training

Our 4th class will complete their final cycling session with Ciaran of Crank & Cog. The participating pupils have enjoyed the 6 lessons & have learned a great deal about cycling safely on the road.

Crann Darach

Our Crann Darach class commence P.E lessons tomorrow & each Wednesday with a coach from Sligo Sports Partnership under the Sports Inclusion Programme.

Orienteering

Pupils from 3rd – 6th class will participate in a 4 week orienteering course run by Sligo Sports Partnership starting on Wednesday 8th May. More details to follow!

Gaelic Blitz

Gaelic blitz for 3rd & 4th class takes place on Thursday May 16th in Ballymote. These blitzes are a finale to the gaelic training that has taken place in school most of the year ran by external coaches from the GAA.

Jersey Day

To ensure our school retains this valuable coaching we will hold a “Jersey Day” next Friday 12th April at a cost of €2 per child. In addition to these external coaches we must mention the fantastic after school training being provided free of charge by a number of our teachers. The uptake on gaelic recently has been surprising!!

Book Rental/Invoicing

We will be implementing some changes to the book invoicing system for this September. We will be requesting that all books are paid for by mid June. Invoices will issue next week. As you can imagine, the ordering of books for all pupils is a huge expense outlay for the school & we must ensure that payment is received upfront going forward. Details of all book lists and associated costs (photocopying etc.) will be sent out as soon as they are complete.

Please note that we can now accept card payments over the phone if this is more convenient for you.

Important Dates to Note

School closes for Easter break next Friday 12th April at the normal school times. School resumes on Monday 29th April.

N.B There will be no school on Friday 24th May as our school will be the Polling Station for the upcoming elections.

November 2018

Welcome new baby girl!!

Congratulations to Mr Colreavy & his partner Lidia Icardi on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter Amelia Eleanora.  We wish them all the best for the future!!

 

Date for the Diary!!

School will be closed on Friday 14th December as all teachers & SNA’a are having an information day with an SESS facilitator 9.30-3pm.  Please make note of this day on your calendar!

 

Christmas Annuals    

Orders are currently being taken for Christmas Annuals at a cost of €2 each.  The order slips will go home today.  If you wish to order an annual for your child or children, please complete the slip & return as soon as possible with the correct fee.

 

Visit to Markree Castle          

A guided tour of Markree Castle has been organised for 5th & 6th class on Monday 26th November and for 3rd & 4th class on Tuesday 27th November.  The staff at Markree are kindly facilitating us free of charge & the school shall fund the bus cost.  This should be a lovely outing discovering things about the historic building right on our doorstep.

 

Drug Awareness Talk

Owenmore Gaels GAA Club are hosting a Drug Awareness evening on Thursday 22nd November at 7.30pm in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo.  The guest speaker on the night is Dublin football star Philly McMahon, who will share his story on the adversity he and his family have faced due to drug abuse by his brother.  The school encourages that all children & their parents in 6th class attend this FREE event.  You can collect your tickets at Owenmore Gaels clubhouse this evening (Thurs 15th) at 7pm.  This is a ticketed event and places are limited.

 

School Photographs

County Photos are booked to come back on Wednesday 28th November, to photograph the small number of children that didn’t get them done on the previous visit.  The 6th class group photo will also be re-taken, as there were a number of children absent from this class the last day.

 

Scholastic Book Fair

A big thank you to all the parents who purchased books & stationary from the Book Fair back in October.  We have received commission vouchers to the value of €880 to use on school resources.  We appreciate your continued support!!

 

Board Games

Thank you for the kind donations of board games to occupy our pupils at lunchtime on rainy days!  If any parents have games lurking in cupboards that are unused but good condition – we would love to have them!!