Catholic Schools Week January 2018
CSW was launched in SCN on Monday, January the 29th. The theme for the week was, Catholic Schools: Families of Faith’.
The daily themes for the week were explored by the five senior classes who led assembly each morning with prayer, reflections and music. Each class excelled themselves and taught us that we are all members of many different types of families as are outlined below.
Monday: Our Home Family
Mrs Monson’s Sixth Class led assembly on Monday with prayers and reflections centered around our home family
Tuesday: Our School Family
Ms Murrays class led assembly on the second day of CSW
Wednesday: Grandparents: A Special Part of Our Family
Mrs Greally and her fourth class led assembly on Wednesday. Wednesday also saw many grandparents visiting our school for our annual Grandparents Day
Thursday: Our Parish Family
Mrs Hennessy and her third class led assembly on Wednesday and welcomed spring with beautiful daffodils on the altar
Friday: Our World Family
Mr Mc Donald and his second and third class led prayers on the last day of CSW
Grandparents Day, Wednesday January 31st
What a fantastic and very special day we had in our school on Grandparents Day as we welcomed such a huge number of grandparents to our school and into our classrooms as part of Catholic Schools Week. The Diversity Committee held a small prayer service to acknowledge the special role grandparents play in our lives. Mrs Neylon showed everyone her very special Grandmothers apron which boasts pictures of her grandchildren on it. The Students Council were on hand to guide our grandparents to the different classes around our school.
Following in the Footsteps of Nano Nagle
Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Presentation school. It is a Christian Catholic group of pupils, parents, staff and management. We share a similar vision. We live out the Christian message by handing on the Faith and Christian values. Nano Nagle was the foundress of the Presentation Order. Inspired by her vision, our Presentation school gives priority to:
- Providing pupils with an education for life and living
- Sharing and celebrating the vision of life
As a Presentation School, the Board of Management, Staff and Parents of Scoil Chroí Naofa are committed to:
- Respecting the dignity of each pupil, staff member and parent
- Cultivating good relationships
- Being inclusive and being especially mindful of the disadvantaged and those with special needs
- By welcoming children from diverse, cultural and religious backgrounds
- Providing a holistic education, enabling each student to achieve their full potential
- Striving for excellence in all aspects of school life
- Promoting a sense of responsibility and a spirit of service and care
- Promoting justice and care for the earth and all of God’s creation
- Being rooted in our local parish and wider community; being truly a resource for the local community and mindful of local needs
- Being open to alternative approaches to education especially for those who are most disadvantaged
- Engaging in reflective practice at all levels
- An cultúr agus an teanga gaelach a chothú agus a úsáid
Presentation Day November 21st 2017
The staff and pupils of Scoil Chroí Naofa went to mass on November 21st to celebrate Presentation Day. We are very proud to be a presentation school and aspire to live out the message of our foundress, Nano Nagle. A painting of Nano was placed on the altar during the opening procession and Victoria from Sixth Class took on the role of Nano for the day which she performed beautifully. The school senior choir sang beautifully throughout the service, accompanied by Ms Murray and directed by Ms O’Byrne.
Mrs Neylon prepared pupils from different classes to recite the prayers of the faithful and to bring up several special symbols during the opening procession.
Victoria wished the Presentation Sisters in attendance a very special Presentation Day. After Communion, Victoria and several other pupils acted out some scenes from the life of Nano Nagle to show the pupils how kind, gentle, giving and special this ‘lady of the lantern’ was.
The Season of Advent and Christmas in SCN
An advent wreath is placed in our school hall each December in the lead up to Christmas. Each week at assembly a different coloured candle is lit to acknowledge one of the four virtues Jesus brings at Christmas.
Preparation for Sacraments
On the 3rd of April last, 34 girls in Second Class received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Benny heard the girls make their first confession. The girls parents were invited to the school hall to see them receive their second sacrament. The Parents Council sponsored a party to celebrate.
First Communion 2017
On the 28th May, 34 girls in Second class made their First Holy Communion. It took place in The Church of the Assumption, Athenry. The girls have been preparing for their Communion since last September. This is the third Sacrament that they have received along with Baptism and Confession.
Confirmation Class 2017
Confirmation by Amy
On the 18th of February, sixth class made their Confirmation. It was a fantastic day. We sang a song called “Lord I lift your name on high.” We sang so well that the whole church gave us a huge round of applause. Bishop Neary confirmed us and it was such a special moment when we received the Ho;y Spirit. It was a very special day and our families and friends were there to share it with us. We all celebrated differently afterwards. Some went to a hotel, some went home for a party, some went to the cinema and others went away for a night. It was such a special day that we will always remember.
Catholic Schools Week 2017
Grandparents were invited to visit Scoil Chroí Naofa to celebrate Catholic Schools week. There was a wonderful response to the invitation, with grandparents and even great-grandparents, travelling fr0m near and far to see their darling grandchildren in their classrooms.
Presentation Day 2017
Presentation Day 2015