Letter (23) 12062019


Telephone:  091-844510

Email: scnathenry@eircom.net

Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 23                                                         June 12th 2019 

A Parents Council meeting of Scoil Chroí Naofa was held on Monday night. I chaired this meeting. I informed the Parents Council that a future amalgamation with the boys school is being investigated and why this is the case at this time. As secretary of the Board of Management I wanted to offer parents on the Parents Council the opportunity to input into this discussion and to afford council members the opportunity to ask questions. As soon as further information becomes available this will be shared with you. In the meantime I invite all parents to please put in writing (email/letter) any queries/feedback you may have in relation to this proposed development for our school, by Friday the 21st of June and to submit them to the school. Every effort will be made to address these queries as soon as we are in a position to do so.

Booklists for 2019 / 2020

Booklists for the next school year are being given out to all the children this week. Anyone interested in availing of the Book Rental scheme is asked to complete the “Book Rental Order Form”. The completed form, along with the exact amount of money due should be returned to the class teacher in a sealed envelope before Friday June 21st. All of the orders will be collected and children will receive their books as soon as possible.

End of Year Reports

The end of year school report will include details of the results from the standardised tests which were carried out recently. Reports will be posted next week. 

Active School Week:

Active school week is taking place this week: Monday June 10th to Friday June 14th. Mr McDonald and the Active School Committee will be co-ordinating the activities.

  • Children may come to school in their track suits and runners for the week.
  • Children are encouraged to be active in their travel to school
  • Each class and all the staff are participating in the daily mile (1.6km) each day for 15 mins. Daily mile (1.6km) activity is defined as “a moving activity i.e. walking, jogging, skipping, running etc. around a circuit” e.g. the footprints in the bottom yard, the edge of the top yard or around the basketball court.
  • Children are being encouraged to drink water in preference to juices.
  • Kim Somers of the Ultra Flex Dance school (Chloe & Ruby’s mum) provided workshops to the whole school on Monday
  • On Tuesday there was a Basketball exhibition match and there was a Pupil versus Staff challenge!!
  • There was Cross Country running today and also a Handball demonstration, by our very own school champion – Tamia Kelly in 3rd class.
  • The Athenry Club annual schools Camogie blitz takes place on Thursday and girls from 3rd up to 6th will be taking part. We wish them the very best of luck – they have been training very hard all year. Parents Council will cover the cost of the bus.
  • Our annual Sports Day will take place in Kenny Park on Friday June 14th, weather-permitting. The Student Council are organising a wide variety of fun activities. There will be a BBQ on that day. Caio da Silva’s Dad will be helping with the BBQ and Tom Brady’s Dad is sponsoring the food.

Best Attendance:

Congratulations to Mrs Forde’s 1st class who had the best attendance for the month of May.

Sixth Class Hoodies:

This year for the first time, the girls in 6th class asked if they could get a “school hoodie” as a keepsake of their time in Scoil Chroí Naofa. The hoodies were designed by the girls. It includes the school crest on the front and all of the girls’ signatures on the back. Each hoodie cost €20. The girls paid half of the cost themselves and the Parents Council very kindly paid the balance.

Graduation Mass

The Graduation Mass for the 6th class girls and the 1st class boys will take place on Wednesday June 19th at 11am.  The Board of Management, Parents Council and parents of 6th class girls and 1st class boys are invited to this special Mass. The staff wish all our graduates all the best in their new schools.

Cash for Clobber:

The next Cash for Clobber collection will take place on Tuesday June 18th.  If you have any of the following unwanted items, please put them in refuse bags –  Good Quality Clothing, Shoes, Belts, Towels, Curtains, Bed linen, Handbags, etc. No duvets pillows or soiled items will be accepted.

Reception Night for New Junior Infants:

Due to unforeseen circumstances the date for the Reception Night for the Parents of new entrants for school year 2019 / 2020 has changed. It will now take place on Wednesday June 19th at 8pm in the school. The children due to start Junior Infants for school year 2019 / 2020 will be invited into the school on Thursday June 20th at 12.30pm for one hour.

All the Junior and Senior Infants will go home on Thursday June 20th at 11.45pm as the new Junior Infants for September 2019 will be visiting the school from 12.30 – 1.30pm. There will be tea & coffee served in the school hall from 12.30 – 1.30pm for the parents of the new entrants.

Bake Sale:

The Students’ Council are holding a Bake Sale on Tuesday, June 25th. There will be a selection of homemade treats available for children to buy as well as games to play. The Students’ Council would be very appreciative of donations towards their Bake Sale. If you would like to donate cakes, buns, bread or treats please send them to Room 16 on the Tuesday morning. The proceeds will go towards the Parents Council. The girls have offered to do this as a “thank you” to the Parents Council for all the things they have funded for them during the year.

Eircodes:

We are required to collect and record details of each pupil’s Eircode, for the Department of Education & Skills. Please provide your Eircode to your child’s class teacher, at your earliest convenience.

Voluntary Contribution:

The Board of Management seeks an annual contribution of €30 per child or €50 per family The Board wish to thank again those families who gave a Voluntary Contribution during the year. If you would still like to contribute, we would be very grateful for your donation.

Diary Dates

  • Dates for Remaining School Tours:
    • Thurs June 13th: Junior Infants going to Turoe Pet Farm
    • Mon June 17th: Miss Dolan’s (3rd/4th), Mrs Greally’s (4th) and Miss Murray’s (5th) going to Delta Sports Dome in Limerick
  • Corpus Christi mass on Sunday June 23rd at 11am in the church, and procession afterwards, for First Communion & Confirmation children

Community links:

The Bia Lover festival will take place in Athenry during the weekend of June 22nd & 23rd. They will be running the annual “Bake a Book” competition as part of the festival. Deadline for registering for the competition is Saturday of this week (June 15th). This can be done using the online entry method on Eventbrite: https://bakeabook2019.eventbrite.com

Yours sincerely, Fergal Naughton, Principal

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