Letter (16) 27022019

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Email: [email protected]

Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 16                                             February 27th 2019 

Congratulations to Ms Alani, her husband and family on the safe arrival of their new baby boy earlier this month. The whole school community would like to send them our very best wishes on this very special occasion.


  • The staff of Scoil Chroí Naofa consider punctuality to be of paramount importance. Please ensure that your child is in school by 8.50am to avoid constant disruption to morning prayers and to the beginning of the school day for teachers.
  • First break for the children is at 10.30am and this is a Fruit / Vegetable break. It has been noticed that some children do not have anything with them for this break and consequently they are starving when it comes to lunchtime at 12pm. We would encourage you to make sure the children have something in their lunch box that they can have at this first break, to keep them going until lunchtime.

We have been notified of a case of Hand Foot and Mouth in the school. Please find more information on the HSE website www.hse.ie or follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/yb2uxtvw

Congratulations to Mr McDonald’s 3rd class who had the Best Attendance for the month of January.

Congratulations to the following pupils who made an extra special effort to Speak Irish for the month of January: Alise Averina, Ashley Coffey-O’Brien, Mason McDonagh, Bobby Gillen, Vivien Czibere, Maisie Hardiman, Leo Crawford, Aimee Farrell, Rachel Quinn, Angel Gbadomsi, Caoimhe Kennedy O’Hara, Jessica O’Shea, all of 5th & 6th class.

Our annual Book Fair took place the week before the mid-term break and it was a great success. Our sincerest thanks to all the parents who volunteered their time to run the book fair: Eiranne Heffernan, Mary Claire Doyle, Eileen Caulfield, Rachel Moore, Deirdre Leech, Catherine Mannion, Louise Byrne, Shelly Herterich Quinn and Karen Brackin. Without their assistance the Book Fair would not have been possible. Books to the value of €3,600 were sold! The school will get a 20% commission of €720 which will be used by the Parents Council to fund different things for the children.

Congratulations to all the girls in sixth class who made their Confirmation the weekend before last. The Parents Council very kindly financed a party on Monday to honour this special occasion.  

A very sincere thank you to staff and families who helped and supported our Church Gate Collection last weekend. We raised a total of €860 for the School Band!

Engineer’s Week is being celebrated next week. Ms. Tyrrell our Science Co-ordinator has organised a number of activities which highlight the importance of engineering in our world.

  • Junior & Senior Infants will be having Lego workshops facilitated by “Bricks 4 Kids” on Thurs & Fri of this week. Many thanks to the Parents Council who are financing these workshops for the children.
  • Junior & Senior Infants will also have a colouring competition and go on an Engineer’s trail around Athenry
  • Some Engineers have been invited to talk to various classes next week. If you are an engineer or if you know of any engineers who would like to volunteer, please contact the office asap.
  • Miss Murray’s 5th class will be attending a show on Tuesday in NUIG entitled “Who wants to be a Superhero?” Many thanks to Parents Council who will finance the bus.
  • Children from 1st to 6th are encouraged to imagine, design and create their own engineering project e.g. boat, bridge, castle, robots, sweet machines, chair made from cardboard etc. They will have a chance to display these in the hall on Friday. Miss Tyrrell will pick a “builder of the week” winner the following Wednesday and they will receive a prize for their design.

Thursday March 7th is World Book Day. The aim of World Book Day is to celebrate the joy of reading. The school has received the €1.50 “World Book Day tokens” for every child in the school. Caroline Sweeney of Easons Bookstore, Galway (mother of Isobel in Mr McDonald’s class) will visit the school with all the World Book Day books at a date to be confirmed. On this day the children will be given the opportunity to exchange their token for a book of their choice.

The Board of Management wish to thank all of you who gave the annual Voluntary Contribution during the first term. All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations of €30 per child or €50 per family will still be accepted and appreciated throughout the remainder of the school year.

Please continue to visit our school website @ www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie for up-to-date school news, photos and events. We are always striving to improve the website; please forward any ideas/suggestions to [email protected].

Our SCN YouTube Channel is up and running. To access it, log on to YouTube, type Scoil Chroí Naofa Athenry into search and our channel pops up. Press the subscribe button on the right hand side of the page. Once you subscribe to the channel, it will automatically pop up in your channel subscriptions on the left toolbar if you are logged into YT. In the same way, if you are logged in to google to access Gmail etc., you will automatically be logged in. You don’t have to subscribe, you can just type in school name each time you want to look at uploaded videos. Alternatively here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf-ZzIZ_BrY

At present, there are 4 videos uploaded. As you will see, comments have been disabled. The YT Channel will be moderated by the school staff and it will ultimately be linked to the school website.

Current Programmes:

  • The  Literacy Lift Off Programme  has commenced in Miss Moloney’s Senior Infants class.
  • The Maths Blast / Problem Solving Programme hascommenced in Miss O’Byrne’s 2nd class & Mr. McDonald’s 3rd class.
  • Stay Safe will be taught in all classes this term. Please see this link for more information: https://pdst.ie/StaySafeParents
  • Mrs Monson’s 6th class are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP)

Diary Dates

  • Tea/Coffee morning for Parents of children in Senior Infants will take place on Fri March 1st from 9am to 10am.
  • Transition Tests for 6th class in Clarin College on Saturday Mar 2nd from 10–11.30am.
  • The next Do this in Memory mass for First Communion children is on Sunday March 10th at 11am
  • Stay Safe Cycling Workshops for 6th class will commence on Wednesday April 3rd
  • There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday April 5th as this is an in-service day for staff
  • Easter holidays are from Monday April 15th to Friday April 26th.

Extra-curricular activities for Jan / Feb:

  • Mon: Basketball Club for 3rd & 4th  – (3 weeks left)
  • Tues: Camogie training (1.30-2.30pm) commencing Mar 5th
  • Tues: Spanish Club for 3rd, 4th & 5th classes commencing Mar 5th and running for 5 weeks
  • Tues: Science Club for 2nd, 3rd & 4th classes commencing Mar 12th and running for 5 weeks
  • Wed: Club Gaeilge for Senior Infants classes commencing Mar 13th and running for 5 weeks
  • Wed: Quiz Club with Mr Hanley
  • Thurs: Basketball Club for 5th & 6th – (4 weeks left)

Community Links:

The Special Olympics World Games are taking place in Abu Dhabi in March. Áine McDermott is one of 6 athletes representing Galway in the games.  Áine is from Monivea and is the daughter of our local garda Mr Michael McDermott. To show our support for Áine and the other athletes, there will be a “Wear Your Jersey” fundraising day on Friday March 15th. The children can wear ANY sports jersey or their PE gear, if they don’t have a jersey and can give a €1 or €2 donation towards this worthy cause.

Yours sincerely  

Fergal Naughton,


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