A massive thank you to everyone involved in Saturday’s Tractor & Truck Run. To the people who organized another fantastic day and to those who helped out in every way on the day, we are so grateful. Thanks to everyone who donated raffle prizes. Huge thanks to Dick Dooley for another fab spread. And to everyone who came out in their tractors and trucks, thank you again. We couldn’t have had the event without you. We raised almost €2,900 which will go towards setting up a sensory room for our pupils.
Congratulations to our school debating team who won the Concern Debating competition!
Ina hard fought battle, our team succeeded in arguing against the proposal that 'Genetically Modified foods are Essential in the Fight against Global Hunger'
The adjudicators were seriously impressed with our team's preparation.
We are all very proud of our 5th & 6th class pupils and families who have signed the charter to stay away from Social Media for Lent. While a difficult thing to do, both classes are adamant to make this happen and both class teachers are more than happy to reward the children for their efforts.
Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh go léir ag baint taitneamh as an aimsir álainn agus go mbíonn na páistí amuigh ag sugradh fad a bhíonn an ghrian sa spéir.
I sincerely hope that everyone is safe and well as we enter our fourth calendar month of school closure. It has been very difficult for all, especially the children who are missing out on so much. June normally brings such excitement; the anticipation and enjoyment of tours, sports day, sponsored walk, Active Week and the holidays looming are all, sadly, gone this year.
As the coming week is the June Bank Holiday, there will be no work on Monday or Tuesday and for the rest of the week we hope to run a virtual Active Week. Teachers will set tasks for the children to complete and myself and Ms. McCarthy will drive to two children per class per day with little 'Active Week Prizes' (hurling balls and grips from Intosport in Castlecomer).
I know that it is difficult to keep the children on task when the sun is shining and the end of the school year is close but please make the effort where possible. The engagement from Muckalee N.S. pupils, parents and teachers has really been superb and this will make a big difference in September when we get back to the classrooms.
School reports and booklists for next year will be sent to you over the coming week and when we know the exact details of our return in late August/September, you will be contacted.
Enjoy the good weather; tell your children that all of us in the school are asking for them and missing them; keep up the good work; keep in touch and stay safe.
Go raibh maith agaibh go léir,
16th April, 2020.
I hope that you and your families are all safe and well during this difficult time. As you know, the school will not be opening until the 5th of May at the earliest. The reality is that this date could very well be extended; it is uncertain when we will reopen our front doors.
With this in mind, the teachers have been busy planning and organising work for the children. To this end, we have organised that classes will operate through two platforms; See-Saw for Junior Infants to 2nd classes and Microsoft Teams for 3rd – 6th classes. It is hoped that this will afford the teachers and pupils a little more interaction with their work.
Each child has been given a username and password and an email will be sent for every child to the email address you have given the school. Apologies in advance if you have more than one child in the school, your inbox will be alight over the coming days!
Given the circumstances, we ask that you make whatever effort you can to ensure that your children can engage with these programmes. I understand that it will be difficult for some due to work commitments, poor broadband or lack of devices. All we ask is that you try it out! If you feel that your child/ren are not able to engage for whatever reason, please contact me via email or a phone call; these are exceptional times and we, as a staff, will do whatever we can to assist you and your children.
Finally, I want to reiterate that this work is not aimed at piling lots of written exercises on the children; rather, it is there to keep the children busy, practising their skills and, hopefully, allowing them to connect in some way with their school, their teacher and their classmates.
We will be back to normal in the near future in the meantime, I hope you all stay safe and well. Tell your children that all of the staff in Muckalee School are asking for them and we cannot wait to see them again soon.
Le Gach Dea Guí,