Milford National School – 25th October 2017
We hope your child is well settled back to school by now and looking forward to the Mid-Term break. Welcome to all our new pupils and we hope you are enjoying life in Milford School.
Enrolments 2018: Please check to ensure your child’s name is down for 2018 if he/she qualifies under the sibling rule.
‘Emerald Adventures with Peter Pan’: Tickets can be purchased from 31st October 2017 at the Box Office, University Concert Hall (Tel: 061 331549) and on the UCH . Cost: €20.00 each. Family Ticket: €70.00 for 4 persons – this offer is available at the Box Office, by Phone and on the UCH website. The Family Ticket option may be split between the two nights (For example – 2 tickets for Wednesday and 2 tickets for Thursday). However, the option to split the family ticket over two nights is only available at the box office (not online). Class arrangements for both nights will be sent home tomorrow.
GAA: Congratulations to Abigail Hourigan-Powell, Laura Southern, Lily Holloway, Mark Field and Paddy Hussey on being selected to play for the Limerick City Primary Schools’ Gaelic Football Teams. We wish our pupils the very best as they represent Limerick City in their upcoming respective Divisional Competitions. Congratulations also to the u13 Girls on reaching the final. The girls will now represent Milford NS in the Football Final in the Gaelic Grounds this Wednesday, November 8th. Well done also to the U11 Girls, U11 Boys and Under 13 Boys who all reached the semi-final stage of their respective competitions. Many thanks to their coaches for all their time and effort during the months of September and October!
WOW Day: We will have a Hallowe’en themed Walk on Weekday on October 27th. Children should gather at Unigolf, the UL Drop Off Point or La Cucina for an 8.30am start. For safety reasons, children may not join the walk after it has started. The safe arrival of pupils in school remains the responsibility of parents. Parents are expected to walk with the children as this is a parent led initiative. A regular WOW day takes place every Wednesday from Unigolf and is proving very popular with children and parents alike. Hopefully more children will regularly walk some or all of the way to school. Many thanks to the parents for organising our weekly WOW Days.
Dogs: In the interest of Health and Safety, the Board of Management of our school has requested that parents refrain from bringing their dogs (excluding service dogs that have the correct vest / harness / badge) into the school yard.
Maths Week October 16th to 20th: There was lots of activities taking place throughout the school for Maths week, with the emphasis on “Maths for All”. Classes from Junior Infants up to Sixth engaged in fun and practical Maths activities and challenges. For more information check out www.mathsweek.ie. Many thanks, Ms. Doody for organising the events.
Parents’ Council :
Many thanks to everyone who helped out with our recent clothing recycle event. The next collection date is scheduled for a date in spring. Please remember not to include pillows and duvets in the clothes recycling events.
A Cake Sale will take place on Friday October 27th. All donations of cakes, buns and treats can be left into the staffroom on the morning of Friday 27th. Children who wish to purchase buns/cakes/treats should bring coins. Please remember that we are a NUT FREE ZONE.
- The AGM will take place on 8th November 2017 at 8:00pm. Ms. Nicola Twomey, Chairperson, has indicated that she wishes to step down from her role as chairperson. Nominations are now being accepted for the following positions on our Parents’ Council: Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. Nominations for each position must be delivered to the school office by 3pm, 6th November 2017.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest thanks to Nicola for her dedication to Milford N.S. For the last seven years Nicola has spearheaded Parents’ Council activities in our school with an incredible energy, effort, commitment and always with a smile. I would like to acknowledge the invaluable support that Nicola garnered from the entire parent body during her time as chairperson. It is this generosity and cooperation that helps to make Milford N.S. such a wonderful school. Ní neart go cur le chéile.
Broadband: After numerous unsuccessful requests to different agencies to improve the broadband service in our school I am now appealing to our parent community for help/advice/support on how to improve the situation. The maximum internet speed that can enter our school is 15 Mb/s, which falls well short of what is required by a school of our size.
Medical Issue: If your child has a medical issue about which we need to be informed please call to the office to collect necessary documentation.
Nut Free Zone: As several of our children suffer from a nut allergy, please remember that Milford NS is a nut free zone. We ask that you do not send nuts / nut extracts or nut products in any form to school in your child’s lunch box and especially on treat days.
Attendance Policy: Parents, please note that the school is legally obligated to report to the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) any child who misses more than 20 days in the school year. All absences must be explained in writing (absence note at the back of the homework diary will suffice) by parent/guardian. Congratulations and well done to the children who recently received certificates for 100% attendance last year.
Meeting the Teacher: We always encourage and welcome parents to come and talk to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or issues you would like to discuss. However do make sure to make an appointment beforehand, preferably outside of class time, so that the teacher can give you and your concerns undivided and considered attention. An appointment may be made by contacting the office at 061 339123.
Lotto: Many thanks for your continued support of the Lotto, which generates a much–needed weekly income for the repayment of the gym loan.
Communion and Confirmation Preparations: Congratulations to our Second classes who were formally enrolled for their First Holy Communion at the Children’s Mass on Sunday October 1st. On Wednesday 25th October at 2:00pm, our Sixth classes took part in the Ceremony of Light in preparation for their Confirmation.
Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal: Over the last eighteen years the people of Ireland have donated shoebox gifts to over three million children, to some of the remotest and poorest parts of the world. Your generosity over the years to this appeal has been greatly appreciated. Information leaflets on this year’s appeal were given out by our Student Council to each child in the school. The closing date for the shoeboxes is Friday 10th November. Any queries regarding this appeal please contact Ms. Ryan or Ms. Mitchell.
Board of Management : At its September meeting, in compliance with DES directives, the Board of Management of Milford NS conducted its annual review of the Child Protection Policy. The Anti-Bullying Policy is scheduled for review at the next meeting in November.
Whole-School Evaluation-Management, Leadership and Learning (WSE-MLL): The WSE-MLL was conducted in our school during the week beginning Monday October 2nd 2017. Anne Fitzpatrick, District Inspector, was supported on this evaluation by Inspectors Antoinette Ní Ghallchóir and Anne Feerick. Many thanks to the parents in Ms. Mitchell’s, Ms. Ryan’s, Ms. Rael’s, Ms. O’Sullivan’s, Ms. Cussen’s, Mr. Gallagher’s, Ms. Larkin’s and Ms. O’Meara’s classes who completed the WSE-MLL questionnaires, in accordance with the sampling procedure for our school. Many thanks also to Mr. Liam de Búrca (BoM Chairperson), Ms. Valerie O’Hanlon and Mr Dave Williams (parents’ nominees on the Board of Management), who each took time away from their busy daily schedules to meet formally with the inspectors. When completed, the WSE-MLL evaluation report will be published on the Department of Education website. This normally takes a few months from the date of evaluation. A link to the report will be published in our monthly newsletter.
- Hallowe’en Events: Children may wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday October 27th. There will also be a cake sale that day. School will close at the usual times of 1.40pm and 2.40pm on Friday. The following week, October 31st to November 4th the school will be closed for mid-term. School will re-open on November 7th.
- U13 Girls will play their Football Final on Wednesday 8th November at 12.40pm in The Gaelic Grounds.
- Parent / Teacher Meetings: Monday November 20th – online booking
- ‘Emerald Adventures with Peter Pan’: December 6th & 7th
- Confirmation: Thursday 19th April 2018
- First Holy Communion: Saturday May 12th 2018.
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