Letter (14) 08032017

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie


Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 14                                                        March 8th 2017

Thank you for supporting our “Monster Cash for Clobber” today. We raised €300.


The children in Mr. McDonald’s Class went on a “Nutri-Safari” to Supervalu in Loughrea today. Many thanks to the Parent’s Council who financed the bus fare.


Engineer’s Week is being celebrated this week. The theme this year is ‘Engineering our Future’.  Ms. Tyrrell our Science Co-ordinator has organised a number of activities which highlight the importance of engineering in our world. In addition to this, our sincere thanks to all the parents & local businesses who volunteered their time to talk to the children about engineering:

  • Emmet Byrne of Byrne Mech visited Junior Infants
  • 5th & 6th classes are going to visit the Byrne Mech factory
  • Rodrigo Alemida of Byrne Mech is coming to talk to Mr McDonald’s class
  • Angelo Greco of Advantech will talk to Ms Tyrrells and Ms Alani’s classes
  • Niamh McNulty of Coffey Construction is coming to talk to Mr McDonald & Ms Monaghan’s classes
  • Micheál Quinn of SIP Energy will come to talk to Mrs Greally’s class
  • Nick Kennedy of Street & Park will talk to Mr Hanley’s & Mrs Hennessey’s classes
  • David Murphy from Creganna will talk to Ms Tyrrells class.
  • Hennessey’s class attended a spectacular show entitled “It’s all done with Mirrors” presented by Dr Ken Farquhar in NUIG today. Many thanks to the Parent’s Council who financed the bus fare.
  • Tom Cuffe will provide Origami Workshops to Mrs. Monson’s class, Mrs. Greally’s class, Ms. Monaghan’s class and Ms. Alani’s class on Thursday and Friday the 9th and 10th of March. Parent’s Council will finance these workshops.


Seachtain na Gaeilge is being celebrated nationwide this week & next week. Mrs. Cronin assisted by Mr. Wallace have organised a menu of activities. All the children and staff are making an extra effort to speak in Irish.  The following are a list of some of the activities which will take place through the medium of Irish: Assembly every morning, News, Weather Forecast, School Diary, Stories, Poetry, Drama, Songs (Amhrán na bhFiann), Irish Dancing, Traditional Music Session, Gaeilge Spelling Bee, Table Quiz, variety of Games, SNAG Poster Competition, Irish Speaker Awards etc.


The Community Council has invited the Medieval Town Band to lead the St Patrick’s Day Parade and to perform a recital at the viewing stand.  The parade will take place on Friday week, March 17th, after the 11am mass.  Children from 2nd to 6th class have worked very hard for this event, so we hope to see your support by being present on the day.  Your co-operation in the following matters is an essential part of this day. All children in the band are requested:

  • To meet in the school at 10.00am
  • To bring their instruments
  • To wear their hair in plaits, if possible
  • To make sure they have comfortable shoes or runners (no boots or plimsolls)
  • To wear two layers, vests or t-shirts under their band uniforms
  • Children from 3rd up to 6th Class should wear their navy tights.
  • Second class will be provided with skin coloured tights.
  • Children can be collected from the school straight after the Parade at 12.45am.


Mrs Greally’s 4th class have been invited to take part in the Bizworld School Programme, run by Bank of Ireland. It is a 2 day programme where the class will be put into teams, asked to set up their own business and on day 2 they pitch their plans to a panel of dragons who will invest in their ideas. The bizworld programme is also happening in Gaelscoil Riada and the Boys school and the best business idea from each school will be invited to attend Enterprise Town on the 6th May in Clarin College, where the pupils will pitch their ideas to a team of celebrity dragons. Enterprise town is an initiative where Bank of Ireland seek to work with the local community to plan, develop and implement a range of activities that will support and generate business in the local community.


Mrs Monson’s 6th class are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP). Under Mrs Monson’s guidance and with the inspiration of some local entrepreneurs (Sara Walls – Gúna Geal, Shane O’Neill – Solar Homes) the girls choose, develop and produce their own product from scratch. They are currently in the product development stage, and will have their product on sale in a few weeks time.



  • Some children in 6th class will attend Transition Tests in Colaiste an Chláirín on Saturday Mar 11th  from 10–11.30am. They are reminded to bring biros, pencil and rubber. Calculators are not allowed.
  • Our school Medieval Town Band (children from 2nd to 6th class) will lead the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Friday the 17th of March, after the 11am mass
  • A “Mental Health Awareness Initiative for Parent / Caregivers” of children in 5th & 6th class is being held in the Galway Education Centre on Tues Mar 14th from 7pm – 8.30pm. The presentation will offer practical tips in how best to support and promote the mental health of all children and is not targeted at children with specific mental health issues. To reserve a place email [email protected] with your name and contact number, places will be confirmed by return email. Booking is essential.
  • Parents are invited to attend a seminar on Dyslexia on Monday Mar 27th from 6-9pm in the Galway Education Centre. If interested please book through dyslexiaconsultant.com or by contacting Kathleen Sweeney on 085 7820221.
  • The next Parent’s Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, the 15th of March at 8pm. All parents are welcome to attend any of these meetings.
  • The next Do This In Memory Of Me Mass will take place on Sunday Mar 19th
  • The School Photographer will visit on Tuesday, the 21st of March.
  • World Book day tokens will be distributed on Thurs Mar 23rd. Children will have the opportunity to exchange their token for a “world book day” book, compliments of Easons, Galway.
  • Book Fair will take place from Monday Mar 27th to Friday Mar 31st. Assistance from parents will be necessary for this event. Please text your availability to Parents’ Council mobile 087 4038525.
  • The Green School Committee are working on our next Green Flag, which is based on Global Citizenship (with a focus on the Marine Environment). Therefore 5th class will be taking a trip to Galway Atlantaquarium on Thursday Mar 30th. Parents Council will finance the bus to Galway.
  • First Confession for 2nd class will take place on April 3rd at 11a.m. in the school. Parents are invited to attend if they wish.
  • Ms. Sheridan and Ms. Tyrrell are organising an Easter Fun Camp in the school from Monday to Friday Apr 10th – 14th.  All queries regarding camp need to be directed to the camp leaders in rooms two & three.




Yours sincerely,       _______________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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