Spraoi Says Thank You

Thank you to all who supported the pre-Christmas Spraoi raffle. We raised almost €1000.  A big thank you also to Virginia Triathlon and Cycling Club who raised €500 Mullagh Vintage Club who raised €600 and Castletown Accordion Orchestra who raised €400 for the children in Spraoi. This money will be used to provide occupational therapy in Spraoi

New Parents’ Association

The AGM of the Parents’ Assoc was held on Thursday 5th October.  The new committee is as follows.

Chairperson                                             Deirdre Redmond

Vice Chairperson                                     Marie Lettis

Secretary                                                   Nora Jones

Assistant Secretary                                  Pamela Harney

Treasurer                                                   Lorraine Brady

Assistant Treasurer                                  Bernie Campbell

Liaisons                                                      Colette Smith, Linda Chander & Michael O’Reilly

PROs                                                           Lisa Lynch, Siobhan Conlon & Bernie Coghlan

Catering                                                     Maria Mooney and Mary Coyne

The committee encourages all parents to come to meetings this year and get involved. Your school needs you!

Ms. Monnelly Retires.

Friday 29th September next will be a momentous day in the history of our school as Ms. Monnelly will retire after 40 years teaching the children of Mullagh and the wider community.  Ms. Monnelly commenced her teaching career in 1977 in the old school on the Virginia Road.  She moved to the ‘new school’ beside St. Kilian’s Church in 1980 where she taught for 36 years until finally moving to our present school in November 2016.  During her time she has, as Deputy Principal helped to manage and guide our school as we evolved from a small rural setting to the modern, vibrant school we have today, with 370 pupils and 24 teachers.  Ms. Monnelly’s passion for teaching and learning, and above all her sensitivity for those who needed help permeated everything she did.  She was always innovative and had a steadfast commitment to setting the highest standards for her pupils and colleagues alike.  Ms. Monnelly has witnessed huge change in the field of education over her 40 years.  She not only embraced this change but was very often driving and shaping it, particularly in the fields of infant and special education. Her unstinting support, her sage advice and wicked sense of humour will be missed by all in our school community and in particular by those who needed her most.  We wish her well in her retirement from the teaching profession as she embarks on a new chapter in her life.

Ms. Monnelly will be replaced as support teacher by Ms. Louise Smith, presently teaching Senior Infants.  Ms Smith in turn will be replaced by Ms. Laura Doyle who will be taking up a permanent teaching position on Monday 2nd October.

Girls’ Final

Our girls football team played St. Mary’s N.S. Virginia in the Cumann na mBunscol, Division 1 final on Saturday 10th June in Breffni Park. We built up a 5 point lead early in the second half. However with the aid of a very strong breeze the Virginia girls clawed their way back and a very late goal helped them to a 4 point win. Our girls represented the school very well and we are very proud of them. Well done.