to Miss Moloney’s Senior Infants who had the Best Attendance for the
month of February.
to the following pupils who made an extra special effort to Speak
Irish for the month of February: Jacob Moore, Daniel Costello, Vivien
Donohue, Rory Carthy, Alana Ann Jomit, Dominik Nowak, Leo Crawford, Kelly
Cobey, Ciara Caulfield, Ailbhe Mannion, Rachel Gillen, Laila Marsamane, Shannon
Farrell & Ailbhe de Vere
We had a very
successful first ‘Plastic Free’ action day on 7th February.
Everybody made a great effort to use their reusable bottles and lunchboxes with
76% of children and staff opting not to use single plastics for one day. We
estimate that by having one ‘plastic free’ day in Scoil Chroí Naofa, we
prevented approximately 800 pieces of single plastic from entering the
Well done to Mr.
Hanley’s Senior Infants who won the class prize for bringing in the least
amount of plastic on our action day! We hope to have another ‘Plastic Free’ day
February, the Green School Committee had a two hour visit from Mark Molloy-
Galway County Environmental officer. The committee shared all the work that
Scoil Chroí Naofa do to keep our school a ‘green school’. He was very impressed
with all the efforts of our school community.
We will eagerly wait in anticipation to see if we will be awarded with
our 8th Green flag on the Marine Environment!
Incredible Edibles is a healthy eating initiative for Primary School
pupils. It encourages schools across the country to get busy growing carrots,
lettuce, potatoes, strawberries, turnips and herbs. Schools are supplied with
grow packs containing everything they need to grow a veritable feast of healthy
foods! Ms. Tyrrell’s class and Ms. Moloney’s class will be planting: Cian
Carrot, Saoirse Strawberry, Paddy Potato, Tim Turnip, Clive Chive, Sammy
Spinach and Lisa Lettuce. There are five simple tasks that they must
complete in order to become an Incredible Edible class. Once they have completed
all the tasks, they will submit their logbook, with the chance of winning a
visit to the National Botanical Gardens and a growing Sun-bubble for the school!
There are lots more prizes too. Visit https://www.incredibleedibles.ie/project-instructions.html
for more information.
There was huge interest from the girls in Camogie training. So much so
that we had to split them into two groups: Tuesday training will be for Mrs
Greally’s 4th class, along with 5th & 6th
class girls. Thursday training will be for Mr McDonald’s & Miss Dolan’s
classes. Training takes place from 1.30-2.30pm on both days. Please remind the
girls to have their gear with them at school on the relevant day.
Sincere thanks to the Board of Management who purchased new hurls,
sliotars & helmets for the school.
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.
would also ask parents to say goodbye to their children in the
yard and not to come into the school unless you have an
appointment to meet with a member of staff. The reasons for this request
are that (a) there is so little room in the hall in the morning and (b) it
causes unnecessary distress to some children in front of their peers.
Children are expected to wear their full School Uniform each
day to school. Reviews are being carried out & parents will be
contacted, where necessary. Your support in this matter is greatly
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.
return immediately, any Enrolment Forms for new
children starting school in September.
Engineering week this week. Ms. Tyrrell our Science Co-ordinator has organised
a number of activities which highlight the importance of engineering in our
& Senior Infants had Lego workshops facilitated by “Bricks
4 Kids” on Thurs & Fri of last week. Many thanks to the Parents
Council who financed these workshops for the children.
& Senior Infants are having a Colouring Competition & will go
trails around Athenry
Murray’s 5th class attended a show on Tuesday in NUIG entitled “Who
wants to be a Superhero?” Many thanks to Parents Council who financed
McNulty from Coffey Construction was here on
Wednesday talking to the two first classes
Coye from Aerogen Ltd will be here today (Thursday) talking to
2nd class, 6th class & Mrs Greally’s 4th
Murphy Scanlon will be here tomorrow (Friday) talking
to Mr McDonald’s 3rd & Miss Dolan’s 3rd & 4th
David Murray (dad of Eve in Mr McDonald’s class) will do some
engineering demonstrations for some classes
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 next Wednesday and they will receive a prize for their design.
We will be
celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge next week.All the children and staff will make an extra effort to speak in Irish.The
following is a list of some of the activities which will take place through the
medium of Irish: Assembly every morning, Daily Tongue Twisters, Irish Dancing,
Table Quiz, Irish Speaker Awards etc. “Blogging” on the website will be in
Irish next week, plus all the children will be working on a special project
which will be available to view on the YouTube channel!
World Book Day
On Wed March 13th
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. The children
will all be given their World Book Daytokens and then each
class will be given the opportunity to exchange their token for a book of their
Wear Your Jersey
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 are asked to bring a €1 or €2 donation
towards this worthy cause on Friday March 15th.
St Patrick’s DayParade:
Council has invited the Medieval Town
Band to lead the St Patrick’s DayParade and to perform a recital at the viewing stand. The parade will take place on Sunday 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
To meet in the school at 10.00am
To bring their instruments
To wear their hair in plaits, if
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 2rd up to 6th
Class should wear their navy tights.
Children can be collected from the
school straight after the Parade at 12.45am.
MMR Vaccines for
medical doctor & a school public health nurse will visit the school on Tues
Mar 19th, Wed Mar 20th & Thurs Mar 21st to
vaccinate the children in Junior Infants with a 2nd dose of the MMR
vaccine and the “4 in 1” vaccine. Consent forms have been distributed to all
the children. Please return the forms to your child’s class teacher as soon as
possible. The letter contains details of the time slot for your child. It is essential that a consent form for
each child is fully completed, signed & returned to the school prior to the
vaccination. Parents / guardians or a nominated adult are invited to
attend with the child on the day of the vaccination.
you to all the parents that organised the Senior Infant Tea/Coffee
morning last week (especially to Daiam’s mom Shumaila who
baked a delicious cake for all to share!!). It was a lovely morning and it
was great to meet so many parents.
Our sincerest thanks to Diana Szabo (mother of
Alicia Siudy in Mr Byrne’s class) who made almost 400 pancakes on Shrove
Tuesday & fed everyone in the school! She was ably assisted by Eiranne
Heffernan (mom of Isobel & Isaac), Kim Somers (mom of Chloe &
Ruby) and Mrs Devally. The four ladies were incredible & worked so
hard to make the whole process so efficient. Thank you for volunteering
your time & your talents to the school. It was a very special day for
the children & was greatly appreciated. You can check out Diana &
her cookery classes at www.fitfoodiefitfan.com,
on Facebook: Fit Foodie
The next Do
this in Memory mass for First Communion children is on
Sunday March 10th at 11am
March 12th Mrs Monson’s 6th class will be taking a
trip to Leinster house & the Natural History Museum in Dublin.
The girls are asked to pay €5 towards this trip and the balance of the
costs will be covered by the Parents Council.
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
There will be two Basketball Blitzs for all
the girls taking part in Basketball Club: Mon April 8th for 3rd
& 4th class girls and Thurs Apr 11th for 5th
& 6th class girls. Pupils can be collected at 4pm on these days.
holidays are from Monday April 15th
to Friday April 26th.
& Miss Tyrrell are going to hold an Easter Camp for
children from Junior Infants up to 2nd class on Monday April 15th
to Fri April 19th from 10am to 2pm. The cost is €65 per child
(€60 per sibling).
activities for Mar / Apr:
Mon: Basketball Club for 3rd & 4th – (2
Mon: Dance class for 2nd class commencing Mar 25th
and running for 5 weeks
Tues: Camogie training (1.30-2.30pm) (5th, 6th
& Mrs Greally’s 4th)
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: Camogie training (1.30-2.30pm) (Mr McDonald & Miss Dolan)
Thurs: Basketball Club for 5th & 6th – (3 weeks left)
Mary’s Athenry Under 6 Hurling would like
to welcome all parents of U6 boys (born in 2013 or 2014) to an information
meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday March 21st in the club house in
Carnaun. They will discuss the training and the coaches will answer all of
your questions. The plan is to begin training on Thursday March 28th
in Clarin College at 6pm. If you have any questions please contact Brian
on (086) 4107657.
Community Games Swimming Competition will take place in
Tranquility Leisure & Spa at the Raheen Woods Hotel on Sunday 10th March, registration from 7.15am,
competition starts at 7.30am sharp. The Competition is ONLY OPEN to
children living in the Athenry Community Games Area. Entry Fee €5. Please
note that swimmers can only compete within their Age Category, U8, U10,
U12, U14 & U16 Boys & Girls.
Boys & Girls U/8 Over 6 1 length 25m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/10 Over 8 1 length 25m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/10 Over 8 1 length 25m Backstroke
Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths 50m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths 50m Breaststroke
Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths 50m Backstroke
Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Backstroke
Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Breaststroke
Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Butterfly
Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths 50m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths 50m Backstroke
Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths 50m Butterfly
The 1st & 2nd in each of the Community Games events will go forward to
represent Athenry at the County Galway Community Games Swimming Finals.