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.


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.


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.

December 2018

Christmas Wishes

Wishing all the pupils, their families and the staff of Scoil Mhuire Agus Iosaf a Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. 
Nollaig shona agus athbhlian nua faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir!

Christmas Holidays

Please note that the school will close for the Christmas holidays at 12pm on Friday the 21st of December and reopen on Monday the 7th January.

Christmas Carols

Thank you to Ms. Hickey and her pupils for the wonderful carols they sang at the turning on of the lights in Collooney on Sunday the 9th.

Annual PA Christmas Raffle and Bake Sale

A big thanks to everyone who supported the annual Christmas raffle. The Parents Association have again pulled out all the stops with their fundraising efforts. They also held a bake sale recently in the Health Centre, which was very well supported. Thanks very much to all of the committee and anyone else who volunteered to help.
The following sponsors need a mention also.

Raffle Prizewinners

1st Prize Calum Clarke
2nd Gerry O’Hara
3rd Harry Mooney
4th Stephen Tempany
5th Sophia O’Hara
6th Mary O’Connell
7th Elaine Finn
8th Agata Siara
9th Conor Gilmartin
10th Andrea Gannon
11th David Heaney
12th Sheila Mc Gowan


Congratulations to Cleo Hanly and her husband Vinny on the recent birth of her new baby girl Aifric. We wish them all the best for the future!

Third Class Blog

Check out the Third Class Blog which has recently begun!

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!!

October 2018 Newsletter

School Website  

The new school website was launched on Friday 28th September.
A text message went out last week to advise that we will be uploading photos of school activities in the coming weeks & if you don’t wish for your child’s photo to be on our website please let Stacey know.

Book Fair

The scholastic Book Fair will arrive to both the Junior & Senior schools tomorrow (Tuesday 9th).  As is the usual practice, pupils will be allowed to view the books with their teachers during the week & purchases can be made from Friday 12th October.  The Book Fair will depart on Tuesday 16th October.  The school receives commission of 50% of total sales to invest in our own school library.


Parent/ Teacher Meeting Scheduler

The Aladdin Connect system that we are currently using to communicate with parents have released a new Parent/ Teacher Meeting Scheduler application.  We are going to test it out this year for our P/T meetings that will take place on Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th November.  The time slots will be released to parents before the meetings & parents can pick an appointment time that best suits them. The parents that cannot make afternoon meetings still have the option of a morning meeting.  Please contact Stacey if you wish to schedule a morning appointment – availability will be limited for these.


NB: School will finish for pupils from 1st – 6th class at 2.30pm on both of these days to allow teachers to prepare for the meetings.  Junior & Senior Infants will go home at the usual time of 2pm.


Thank You!!

A massive thank you to John McKeon of Pet Stop who kindly sponsored brand new football kits for the boys’ & girls’ teams.  They are a fabulous design & we are very grateful to John.

Thumbs up for Mr Higgins who worked on the colour & design with the supplier!


Music Generation

Music Generation is being well received by the pupils that have already started their classes.  Parents are welcome to pay the music fee in a block payment if this is more convenient – however payment of €2 per week is perfectly fine.  Junior Infants will start their 14 week block in January.


  • Junior Infants – 2nd class will have a 14 week block costing €28 in total
  • 3rd class – 6th class will have a 26 week block costing €52 in total
  • The ASD class will have a 20 week block costing €40 in total


School Photos

Closing date for photo orders is this Friday 12th October.


 Lost Property

There are a large number of coats in the Senior School that were left behind before the summer holidays.  If you are missing any items for your child pop into the school office & have a look.  We will recycle all the coats that haven’t been claimed on Monday 15th October.


Parents Association

Please see the About section on the website for the names and roles of the various parents including Class Reps on the Parents Association. Your attendance at the monthly meetings will be greatly appreciated.


 Book Money

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


 Mid-term Break

School will finish up on Thursday 25th October to facilitate the Polling Day on the 26th & the Mid-term Break.  Classes will finish at the usual times. School recommences on Monday the 5th of November.


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


Paul & Staff