Scoil Chroí Naofa
Athenry, Co Galway
Dear Parents Issue: 10 November 27th 2017
We celebrated Science Week with fun science experiments at morning assemblies. Ms Tyrrell “launched” the week with the Fizzy Rocket experiment. Mr Byrne’s class demonstrated how the lungs work. Mrs Monson’s class showed us how to make slime. Mrs Murray’s class explained how germs are spread using a balloon & flour. Mrs Greally’s class made lava lamps. Finally last Friday two junior classes and senior infants up to 3rd class got to visit the “Exploration Dome”, giving them the opportunity to view the wonders of the universe, learn about the constellations & the planets.
We also celebrated Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year was “All Different All Equal”. The idea is to help children celebrate what makes them & others unique, understand why it is important that every child feels included in school & to be themselves without fear of bullying. Morning assemblies focused on the theme. The children learned about the different types of bullying, how to deal with a bullying situation and who to tell. They also learned about the function of the three main parts of the brain (the prefrontal cortex, amygdala and the hippocampus) to assist them in stressful situations. Children recited the anti bullying pledge and promise. Classes contributed by sharing songs, stories and poems. Chains of kindesss were made in all classes from red and green strips which were given to all children who did kind deeds during the week. Children came to school wearing shades of blue on Blue Friday. The Diversity Committee were present on the playground at both breaks wearing their yellow bibs. The Caring Kids’ Award was presented to children who made a special effort in being extra kind during the week: Alan Averin, Clodagh Ward, Aoife O’Reilly, Jamie Dillon, Patricia Baran, Amelia Kearns, Amélie O’Sullivan, Sarah Conlon, Rachel Gillen, Cian O’Gara, Gemma Jones, Aaliyah Daly, 5th class, Ella Dillane, Willow O’Neill & Rhiannon Gorton.
Congratulations to the following athletes who participated in the Connacht Finals of the Athletic Association Irish Primary Schools Cross Country Championship in Roscommon: Kayla Madden, Leonore Church, Abigail O’Shea, Ciara Walsh, Áine Hardiman and Mia Lukina. They girls were awarded 3rd place, which was a fantastic achievement. Special thanks to Mrs Burke & Mr Byrne who coach the girls for Athletics events.
Parent/Teacher Meetings will take place tomorrow Tuesday and Thursday, November 28th & 30th for children from Senior Infants up to 6th class. All children will go home at 1.15pm on both days.
- The four senior classes (3rd to 6th) will be attending a workshop for the Peace Proms on Wednesday November 29th. This workshop will take place in Leisureland in Salthill from 12.30 – 2pm. The Parents’ Council are funding the buses. Please note however, that the children may not be back in the school until after 2.30pm on that day.
- Our pupils will perform their Peace Proms repertoire with other primary schools in the county, in NUI Galway on Sunday January 21st at 8pm. Tickets are available on the www.peaceproms.com website. Click on “Buy Tickets”. You will be asked for a code / password. This is: galsun8 This gives parents the option to avail of early bird prices (up until December 1st). Please ensure that you select tickets for the correct date, time & venue, as tickets will not be refunded or exchanged!
Classes have been busy making Christmas decorations and wishes under the guidance of Mrs. Monson and her class for Christmas trees located around Athenry. Make sure to look out for their wonderful work when the Athenry Christmas lights are turned on.
The Lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place this Friday, December 1st, at 7pm at the Square. The Medieval Town Band has been invited once again to perform at the ceremony. The children are putting a lot of hard work into this performance and we would be very grateful if you would support us by being present on this occasion. All band members (children from 2nd up to 6th class) are requested:-
- To arrive in school at 6:00pm
- To wear their full school uniform, navy tights and dark coloured shoes or boots
- To wear extra layers under the their uniform.
- To bring their raincoat.
- To wear their hair in plaits, if possible.
- To wear Santa Claus hats or reindeer hair bands (optional).
- Children will be supplied with band sweaters.
- Children can be collected after they return to
Gerry Spellman from the Galway GAA Coaching Committee will assist the staff in coaching camogie/hurling to various classes every Friday for the next few weeks, commencing Friday December 1st.
Sixth Class and parents are invited to the next Parish Confirmation Mass on Sunday December 3rd at 11.00a.m.
Mr. Mc Donald’s class and Ms. O Byrne’s class are participating in the “Children of the Eucharist” programme this year. The aim of this programme is to create an awareness of the true presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It will be led by team leaders Hilary, Kevin Higgins and Caroline O’Gara (Cian and Sophie’s mum). They will guide the children each month through prayer, stories, rosary, song and sharing and reflecting once a month in the church. The next session will be on Tuesday December 5th, during school hours.
Fifth & Sixth classes will attend the Musical Guys & Dolls in the Presentation College on Thursday, December 7th at a cost of €3 per person.
- Our sincerest thanks to all the parents who helped with the book covering. It was a mammoth task and your hard work was greatly appreciated.
- All the Christmas card orders have been submitted. We expect to receive your orders next week. This fund-raiser raised €603 towards the Parents’ Council funds and will be used to fund buses, workshops, treats etc. for the children.
- Thank you to all the parents who attended the Parents’ Council meeting last week. Fundraising for the coming school year was discussed. It was agreed to hold a “Monster Raffle” before Christmas. The raffle will take place the week before the holidays, in our school hall. The Parents’ Council would very much appreciate if parents would like to donate items or vouchers for the raffle, which can be forwarded to the office. We would very much appreciate your support in making this a successful event. Please see details below:
- Each family will receive a numbered card later this week
- Each line on the card will be €2 each so each card is worth €20
- Cards must be returned whether filled or not
- When card is complete, please send card and money into the secretary
- Families can request additional cards if so desired
- We are encouraging children to ask family and close neighbours for sponsorship as their safety is of utmost importance
- All cards and money should be returned before Friday December 15th, whether they are complete or not. We appreciate your support once again.
Yours sincerely ______________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal