Letter (17) 07032019

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Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 17                                                         March 7th 2019 

Congratulations to Miss Moloney’s Senior Infants who had the Best Attendance for the month of February.

Congratulations 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

Green School:

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 environment.

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 after Easter.

On 5th 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:

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.

Camogie Training:

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.


  • 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.
  • I 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 appreciated.
  • 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.
  • Please return immediately, any Enrolment Forms for new children starting school in September.

Engineering Week:

We celebrated Engineering week this 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 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.
  • Junior & Senior Infants are having a Colouring Competition & will go on Engineer trails around Athenry
  • Miss 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 the bus.
  • Niamh McNulty from Coffey Construction was here on Wednesday talking to the two first classes
  • Colga Coye from Aerogen Ltd will be here today (Thursday) talking to 2nd class, 6th class & Mrs Greally’s 4th class
  • Janet Murphy Scanlon will be here tomorrow (Friday) talking to Mr McDonald’s 3rd & Miss Dolan’s 3rd & 4th classes
  • Next week David Murray (dad of Eve in Mr McDonald’s class) will do some engineering demonstrations for some classes
  • 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 next Wednesday and they will receive a prize for their design.

Seachtain na Gaeilge:

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 Tokens:

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 Day tokens and then each class will be given the opportunity to exchange their token for a book of their choice.

Wear Your Jersey day:

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 are asked to bring a €1 or €2 donation towards this worthy cause on Friday March 15th.

St Patrick’s Day Parade:

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 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 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 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 Junior Infants:

A community 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.

School Website & YouTube Channel:

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. There is a link to our YouTube Channel under “Popular Pages” on the right hand-side of the homepage. A few new videos have been added.  https://scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie/https-youtu-be-i0o72ax-uns/

Parents Council:

  • Thank 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

Diary Dates

  • The next Do this in Memory mass for First Communion children is on Sunday March 10th at 11am
  • On Tuesday 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Easter holidays are from Monday April 15th to Friday April 26th.
  • Mrs Murray & 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).

Extra-curricular activities for Mar / Apr:

  • Mon: Basketball Club for 3rd & 4th  – (2 weeks left)
  • 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)

Community links:

  • St 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.
  • The Athenry 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.

Yours sincerely   Fergal Naughton, Principal

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