Letter (17) 26042017

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie


Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 17                                      April 26th 2017

Congratulations to the following;

  • The girls in 2nd class who made their First Confession before Easter.
  • Shandreya Flannery who represented the school in the Co. Galway Spelling Bee Competition.
  • All the children who won medals in various events at the Annual Athenry Community Games and Parish Sport.
  • Thirty children who have had 100% attendance from the 1st of September upto Easter: Kevin Mannion, David Momoh, Max Kennedy, Euan Jones, Adam Lumumba, Rónán Tierney, Leah Farrell, Abbie Ward, Shannon Ward, Matheus Henrique Alves dos Santos, Andrew Farrell, Adam Kelly, Rachel Gillen, Sophie Murray, Jason Adanu, Matthew Keogh, Martin Leech, Chloe Quinn, Claire Ryan, Chloe Ward, Aaliyah Daly, Alison McGreevey, Aoibhe Whyte, Farrah Flannery, Jennifer McGreevey, Amy Crimmins, Shandreya Flannery, Ariel Ikhide, Lyra Karsaj and Amy Kavanagh.


Our annual Book Fair supplied by Tara Book Company from Kilcolgan took place before Easter and was a great success. Our sincerest thanks to all the parents who volunteered their time to run the Book Fair: Rachel Moore, Karen Bracken, Kim Somers, Linda Lapenas, Caroline Gorton and Mary Ryan. A special thank you to Monica Greco who took on the role of Book Fair Manager for the week.

Without their assistance the Book Fair would not have been possible. Books to the value of €2729.22 were sold, therefore the school will be able to order books to the value of €545.85 for our  library.


Sincere thanks also to Kim Somers tutor of the Athenry Ultra Flex School of Dance who very kindly provided Dance Workshops for all the children before Easter. These workshops were financed by the Parents Council.


The Student Council wish to thank all who supported the Easter Raffle in aid of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. The total raised was €758.60


Mrs. Joyce will continue to provide a series of Music Workshops based on the Colour Strings Programme on Fridays to Ms. O Byrne’s Junior Infants, Ms Tyrrell’s Senior Infants and Ms. Alani’s First Class.


Mr Hanley who teaches Senior Infants will be getting married this Saturday. Our whole School wish him and his fiancée a very special memorable day & a life time of health & happiness.


Parents and children in second class are invited to attend the next Do This In Memory of Me Mass scheduled for this Sunday, the 30th of April at 11am.


There will be no school this Monday the 1st of May due to a Bank Holiday.


The staff are continuing to implement the Literacy Lift Off Programme in Mrs. Murray’s Senior Infants class.  Every child will bring home a new book each night and parents are asked to read this book with their child. The programme will commence in Ms Tyrrell’s Senior Infants class on Monday May 8th.


A daily Maths Workshop for one week will be provided for fourth and fifth class over the next two weeks by class teachers and two support teachers (Mrs. O Sullivan and Mrs. Cronin).

A number of the senior classes are participating in Paired Reading sessions with some junior classes. During these sessions the older child reads to the younger child and the younger child reads to the older child. Mrs Monson’s class are paired with Ms Tyrrell’s class, Ms Murray’s class are paired with Ms Sheridan’s class, Mrs Greally’s class are paired with Ms Monaghan’s class and Mrs Hennessy’s class are paired with Ms Alani’s class. All the children are really enjoying this experience.


Mrs Monson’s 6th class took part this year in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) for the first time. JEP is an entrepreneurial awareness & skills enhancement programme for primary school children over a 12 week period. The children were encouraged to become critical thinkers, to identify a diverse range of strengths & talents, to engage in teamwork & collaboration and to reflect on their learning. Over the 12 weeks the children came up with their own business ideas out of which five ideas were selected. The ideas were presented to our three dragons: Mrs Cronin, Mrs O’ Sullivan and Sarah Walls from Gúna Geal. It was a great day. The winning products chosen were Choc Pops and Easter cups. The next phase was design and costings. The school gave a start up loan of €300. Then it was a very busy two weeks of production where the 6th class room was turned into a hive of activity. Finally the products were showcased & sold to the whole school and the girls raised over €1,400. They paid back their €300 loan to the school and donated €200 to Athenry Cancer Care. The remaining profits will be divided between the 6th class girls. Each girl has made €45 approx. It was a fantastic programme  and an overall  great learning experience for all involved. Special thanks to Shane O’Neill of SolarHomes who shared his Entrepreneurial Story with the girls. Thanks also to staff, parents and children who supported 6th class by purchasing their product.


Mrs Greally’s 4th class are participating in the  Bizworld School programme run by Bank of Ireland. This nationwide programme involves a 2 day workshop where children learn about business, money management & enterprise in a fun & creative way. It is based on the ‘Dragon’s Den’ idea where children are put into groups to set up their own company, create a business idea and present their idea to a panel of dragons with the hope that they will invest in their product . Keith Higgins from Bank of Ireland delivered the workshops with the help of his colleagues Emma and Niall. They assisted the children in groups with setting up their company, agreeing and marketing their idea and finally presenting a pitch and a TV ad for the dragons. The groups put all their work into practice when they presented their idea to the dragons who thankfully invested in all the ideas and gave away their bizbucks. The following are some of the ideas created by the groups: ‘car-cam’, ‘audiobooks’,

‘perfect flowers’, ‘picture fixer’ and ‘faster food’. The girls will showcase their products during the Enterprise Town Event in Clarin College on the 6th of May. They will also be presented with their Bizworld Certificates by the master of Dragons- Gavin Duffy and other well-known celebrities. The girls really enjoyed the programme. They learned how to work as a team, problem solve and communicate. It greatly built their confidence as they were empowered to present their ideas to their classmates, the dragons and the local community. Many thanks to Keith Higgins, his colleagues and Mary Rohan from Bank of Ireland for giving 4th class the opportunity to take part in this initiative. Special thanks also to the dragons- Damien Gardiner, Sharon Lally and Fergal Melia for being so generous with their time.                               


Tests will be administered to children from 1st class up to 6th class over the next few weeks. A Grant was received from the Department over the last few years to subsidise the cost of tests. Please forward test fee outlined below to your child’s teacher immediately.

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th CLASSES ENGLISH, MATHS  & IRISH €3.00


Mr. Wallace will coach Soccer to children in first and second class for five weeks commencing next Tuesday May 2nd from 2.30 to 3.30pm  at a cost of €15. Places are limited.



Yours sincerely,       _______________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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