Principal’s Address


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Our staff believes that the primary years of a child’s education are the most significant therefore entering primary school is the first milestone. The primary school years are an important phase as children lay the academic, social and emotional foundations in order to develop core values, character, identity, confidence and a desire to learn. Our school is a place that is constantly adapting to the changing needs of young people and their world. Our aim is to ensure that your child receives all the attention required to do as well as he, or she is able.

The pupils in our school are expected to give of their best and to achieve high standards of work and behaviour. We know that children only get one childhood and our goal is to make sure that each learning journey undertaken is a positive and rewarding one. We recognise that every child is an individual and this is reflected in our child-centred and holistic approach towards teaching and learning. We pride ourselves on our abilities to develop and facilitate in our learners, the skills, values, core competencies and knowledge, which will help them to excel in the 21st century and in today’s digital age.

We recognise that learning is a lifelong process, and believe that the foundation we lay with children today, will help them to ensure their place as global citizens in communities around the world tomorrow.

We the staff of Scoil Chroí Noafa  aim to provide our pupils with a first class education. We believe in offering our pupils the highest quality of education in a safe, happy, caring, stimulating and challenging environment. Every child is a valued member of our school community and through the provision of a comprehensive curriculum; we ensure that they are given every opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

The school has an enviable reputation in a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities which is facilitated by the personal dedication of our teachers in providing a truly holistic education. The years children spend in primary school will play a pivotal role in the formation of their character and future. This is a time when their talents and interests will be developed. Our commitment is to unlock the talents of the children and help them on their way to a lifetime of self-discovery and fulfillment.

The school also offers a rich array of opportunities such as: band, choirs, concerts, sport activities, green school programme, active school flag programme, health promoting school initiative, workshops (sean nós dancing, bird watching, origami, kinex etc), tours, science trips, table quiz, a variety of extra-curricular activities, participation in local events and competitions.

Our pupils thrive because they are supported, encouraged, cared for and feel a real sense of belonging. Leadership is fostered through the establishment of the Students Council, the Green School Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Active School Committee and the Health Promoting School Committee. All children learn the importance of teamwork, acting responsibly and showing respect for one another.

Our school has earned a great reputation especially from our many awards. We have secured seven green flags from the Green School Programme based on the following themes: Litter & Waste, Renewal, Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. We were also shortlisted and nominated for the Green Awards 2014 in the Green School/College Award category.We have been awarded nine Discovery Science & Maths Awards of Excellence as a result of our participation in the Discovery Science Programme.

We are the fourth school in Co. Galway who received the Digital Schools Award in 2013 which recognises excellence in our approach to the integration of ICT in learning, teaching and in administration.  Ciarán Cannon, Junior Minister of the Department of Education & Skills came to celebrate and honour our achievements.  In 2014, we secured a second award called the Digital Schools of Distinction Award, in acknowledgement of our high standards as an e-learning school.

There are a number of factors that contribute to our success. Continuous professional development is our staff mantra ensuring that every aspect of our activities is carried out at a level commensurate with best practice. We expect the highest professional standards and we are ambitious for continued success. We also know that in order to provide a quality education for all children, it is essential to develop an effective home-school partnership. This means actively involving, engaging and informing the parents, pupils and wider community. Our school community nurtures a proactive partnership between the pupil, the school and the home. Parents/guardians are extremely supportive and we encourage regular contact both formally and informally throughout their children’s’ time with us. By working in partnership we can build the foundations for a strong and bright future for them.

Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Presentation Primary school inspired by the vision of Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation Order.   It is a Christian Catholic group of pupils, parents, staff and management who share a similar vision.  We live out the Christian message by handing on the Faith and Christian values.   In 1910 the first Presentation Primary School was opened in Athenry and accommodated 150 pupils, girls from Junior Infants upwards and boys from Junior Infants up to First Class. Seventy years later, a new building was needed to cater for 290 pupils.  In 1993, I was appointed as the first lay Principal with 273 pupils on roll.

The school building was extended in 2010 as the pupil population began to rise. Our school has witnessed many changes over the last few years to include the inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream education, the use of Information & Communication Technology in teaching, learning and administration and the influx of children from other countries.

There is ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious and gender diversity evident in our school population.Our school has a welcoming and inclusive ethos.In 2013, our school transferred ownership from the Presentation Sisters to the Tuam Diocese. Scoil Chroí Naofa will always be a Presentation School upholding the ethos of Nano Nagle. Currently there are 332 pupils on roll and twenty five members of staff. Due to rising numbers the Department of Education & Skills have sanctioned a major building project to include seven more mainstream classrooms, support rooms, a library and a gym in the near future. The whole school community is really looking forward to our new building.

In choosing to send your son or daughter to Scoil Chroí Noafa, you are making the best decision regarding his/her primary education. Please navigate your way to our school prospectus and the various links on our new website so that you will get a comprehensive view and overview of our school. However, if you require further information and would like to visit our school, please contact us and we will facilitate a more in-depth presentation.

We advise parents and children to keep a regular eye on our new website for regular updates on what is happening in our school.  Take a look into our classrooms and you will find pupils and teachers engaged, challenged and happy. Parents are also engaged as both active participants and volunteers. We want our school community to share in the children’s learning experiences and to celebrate the important moments and memories that occur daily.

On a final note, the education of your child is the joint responsibility of home and school.  One cannot succeed without the help of the other. We look forward to getting to know your family and we truly wish your child every happiness and success in Scoil Chroí Naofa.

Most Sincerely,

Teresa Neylon,

Principal

Designated Liaison Person

Secretary of the Board of Management

 

Mrs. Cathriona Cronin,

Deputy Principal

Deputy Designated Liaison Person

Health & Safety Officer