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Unexpected School Closure

In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills is now publicly informing all schools, colleges and other education institutions that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October.

This decision has been made following discussions with members of the Government Task Force on Emergency Planning and in light of the advice from Met Éireann on this unprecedented storm.

All schools and colleges will be closed tomorrow.

Summer Newsletter 2015

Summer Newsletter June 2015

Enrolment: Current enrolment: 351 pupils. Staff: 20 teachers, 2 SNA’s.

Board of Management: Thanks to the BOM Members, Frank Moran, Tom Conway, Martina Comerford, Mairead Cullivan, Paula McGuigan, Aileen O’Toole and Margaret Murphy, who are extremely supportive of Scoil Maelruain and have been kept busy this year. The BOM annual report may be viewed on the school website.

Parents

We are very appreciative of all the support given to the school by various parent groups:

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Active School Flag

Scoil Maelruain Senior is currently working towards achieving Active Schools Flag status. The Active School Flag was launched by the Department of Education and is a non-competitive initiative that encourages schools to evaluate their current provision of P.E. and extracurricular sports to children and to examine whether they can be improved upon. We want to raise awareness about the importance of enjoyment, play and keeping fit and the Active Flags initiative helps us to do this.

Preparation for obtaining the Flag has already started with representatives from each class coming together with teachers to form a committee that is looking at new ways of to encourage all pupils to be more active. Check out the pictures from our committee meeting and first Active Flag lunch time activity which shows 3rd class students taking part in lunchtime “Station Fun”.

Keep a close eye on the school website to check out all the new activities and initiatives that will be coming up over the next few weeks.

Please take a look at the website www.activeschoolflag.ie to find out more about the Active School Flag.

active school flag

NOLLAIG SHONA DAOIBH GO LÉIR!

Wishing all the children, families and friends of Scoil Maelruain Senior a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

The school will re-open at 9.05am on Monday 5th January 2015.

Christmas Bake Sale in aid of St Vincent De Paul

Well done to Ms. Walsh and Ms. S. Murphy and their pupils for organising a fantastic bake sale. A big thank you to everyone who brought in cakes, people who bought cakes and a big thank you for the very generous donations for our raffle. The grand total of €1,742.16 was raised in aid of St. Vincent de Paul.

Board of Management – Annual Report 2014

Board of Management 2013 – 2014


Chairperson – Mr. Frank Moran
Patron’s Rep – Ms. Martina Comerford
Secretary – Ms. Caitriona Hogan
Teacher Rep – Ms. Margaret Murphy
Parent Reps – Mr. Thomas Conway, Ms. Mairead Cullivan
Community Reps – Ms. Aileen O’Toole, Ms. Paula McGuigan

School Ethos


The staff and children of Scoil Maelruain work in tandem with our Parish team to uphold our Catholic ethos. Daily prayers and regular attendance at mass with the children actively participating has deepened our partnership with Breda our Pastoral Worker and Fr. Brian.

Over eighty children were confirmed by Bishop Eamonn Walsh on June 6th Eamonn and Fr. Brian praised the children for their reverent behaviour. We have also run a series of Bible workshops for fifth and sixth classes which the children loved.

Both Bishop Eamonn and Fr. Brian praised the children for their reverent behaviour. We have also run a series of Bible workshops for fifth and sixthclasses which the children loved.

Summer Works/Buildings


The BOM is in ongoing discussion regarding the Department’s proposed development/expansion of Scoil Maelruain.

Staffing


There are currently eighteen teachers in Scoil Maelruain – thirteen classroom teachers and five support teachers.
We are hoping to gain an extra support teacher for the 2014/2015 academic year. Mr. R.O’Neill who is on career break is replaced by Ms. Flynn.
Congratulations to Ms. D.O’Reilly who had a baby boy last week. Ms. O’Reilly’s maternity leave is being covered by Ms. M. Ryan.
Monica O’Neill is our school secretary.
Christine Kiernan our dear departed secretary is forever in all our thoughts and prayers.

Policy Development


The BOM and staff of Scoil Maelruain worked on a new anti-bullying policy this year. The policy may be viewed in full on our school website.
The child protection policy was also reviewed.

Extra Activites

The Board would like to thank the  teachers who work so hard and give the children so many opportunities to develop their talents.
Congratulations to the quiz teams, athletes, basketballers, footballers, hurlers, camogie players, choir members and chess players who represented the school so well.

Curricular Development

The staff and BOM of Scoil Maelruain engaged with the School Self Evaluation process last year. The focus was on literacy.

Standardised test results were analysed, teachers’ surveys were evaluated and pupils were interviewed.
All this data was then collated and used to draw up a School Improvement Plan.
The BOM would like to take this opportunity to applaud the good work being done in the area of Literacy.7


Parents’ Association


The BOM of Scoil Maelruain would like to thank the Parents’ Association for their tremendous support and trojan work throughout the year. The children and staff benefit from all their hard work.
Thanks in particular for the very generous donation towards the purchase of 16 laptops and a trolley.
A big thank you also to the Lotto Committee !!!


The school will reopen on August 28th

School Art Exhibition!!

The pupils of Scoil Maelruain S.N.S. are delighted to announce

an exhibition of their art to be held in the school on:

 

Tuesday 11th of March between 1.30 p.m.
& 4.30 p.m. 

 

The artwork is now finished and to show it off, we are having it all
professionally framed and catalogued for display in the school hall.

 

The pictures, (including a free
class photo
,) are great value at only €9.00 each

(& a family discount will be
available to those with 2 or more children taking part-€16.00 for 2 children,
€24 for 3 children)

 

Framed print copies of the originals, which would make a lovely
present,

will also be available to order during the exhibition at a cost of
€8.00.

 

We look forward to seeing everyone but if you can’t make it & would
like to have your child’s picture, send the money in before exhibition
day and we will arrange delivery.

 

Art is an area that every child enjoys and the exhibition will be a big
social

event in the life of the school this year, so please come along,

 

Bring your camera, bring family and friends and help make it an occasion
to remember for the whole school community.

Peace Proms 2014

On Saturday February 1st, our school choir took part in the Peace Proms Concert in Citywest. Along with children from 40 other schools we sang and danced,accompanied by The Cross Border Orchestra Of Ireland. It was very exciting singing and dancing with so many other children and there was a great buzz at the concert. You can get a feel for the atmosphere by clicking on the slideshow above. Thanks to George Carroll for providing us with the Photos. Thanks also to Ms Flynn and Ms Biesty who helped out on the night. Well done to all the children involved!

Sign Language

Many children volunteered to perform a song through sign language. Ms J O’Reilly taught the group the song “Not by might” through music and signing. It was a very memorable and poignant performance.

Happy Christmas!

Wishing all the children, friends and families of Scoil Maelruain Senior a very happy and peaceful Christmas.  See you all on the 6th January 2014. 

Please see below a copy of our latest school newsletter.

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