Letter (18) 15032018

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie


Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 18                               March 15th 2018 


Tim Brennan Photography took a Class Photo of the Confirmation girls on the day of the confirmation. A copy of the photo is available for viewing in the office. If you wish to order a Confirmation Class Photo, please forward €20 by tomorrow Friday (March 16th).


Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Athenry Community Games Swimming 2018 last weekend and especially to those who won medals.


Special thank you to Caroline & Raymond Sweeney (parents of Isobel & Eoghan) and also to Áine Tierney (mother of Olivia). They very kindly arranged for a supply of the World Book Day books to be brought to the school from Eason’s Book shop in Galway. All the children received their World Book Day tokens & were able to exchange them for a book of their choice.


In preparation for St Patrick’s Day, the children may come to school tomorrow (Friday) dressed in green, white or orange. There will be no school on Monday March 19th.


The St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this Saturday, March 17th after 11am mass, outside the church. The Medieval Town Band has been invited once again to lead the parade.  The children are putting a lot of hard work into this performance and we would be very grateful if you would support us by being present on this occasion.   This year is our largest band ever – 174 members in total, so to ensure everyone’s safety & enjoyment of the day, we ask for your co-operation with the following details:

All band members (children from 2nd up to 6th class) are requested as follows:-

  • meet in the school at 10.00am
  • bring their instruments
  • wear two layers, vests or t-shirts under their band uniforms
  • wear their navy tights
  • wear their hair in plaits, if possible
  • make sure they have comfortable shoes or runners (no boots)
  • bring their coats
  • Children will not be allowed to be collected from the Square. They must return to the school & can be collected from there after the event.
  • Children can be collected from the school straight after the Parade at 12.45am.
  • The girls in 4th, 5th & 6th classes will leave their rooms after getting treats and will meet their parents in the hall. If they have no sisters in either 2nd or 3rd classes, once they have found their parents, they should leave the building.
  • After this crowd of people have dispersed the girls in 2nd & 3rd class will then be brought out in lines to the hall. They will stand in front of the kitchenette and will raise their hand when they see their parents.


Seachtain na Gaeilge is being celebrated nationwide this week. Mrs. Cronin, our Irish Co-ordinator with the support of staff, have organised a variety of  fun activities for the week. The following is a list of some of the activities taking place through the medium of Irish: Assembly every morning, prayers, hymns, news, weather forecast, school diary, tongue twisters, songs (Amhrán na bhFiann), Irish dancing, instrumental music, table quiz, Irish Speaker Awards etc. All the children and staff are making an extra effort to speak in Irish.  Congratulations to Leonore Church, Maria Paja, Shannon Farrell, Teresa Regan & Anna Rohan who were the winning team at the Tráth na gCeist. Special thank you to Attracta Farrell (mother of Erin) who provided two dancing workshops for 5th & 6th class.


A member of the Knitting Club, Maureen Cannon is an active member of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. This organisation takes young people with special needs to Lourdes at Easter. Maureen would like us to support her again this year in a fundraiser for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. She has kindly donated a large Easter egg for a raffle which will take place on Friday March 23rd. There will also be other Easter-themed runner up prizes. Tickets cost €1 and they can be purchased daily from Mrs. Monson’s class. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday of next week.


The School Photographer will visit on Wednesday, March 21st. He will take individual photos of junior infants, 1st class boys and 6th class girls. He will also take a photo with their siblings. He will take class photos of junior infants, 1st and 6th classes. Please make sure that your child is wearing full school uniform and tie and the correct colour tights/socks for girls (navy or white).


We would like to draw your attention to our school website www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie. Mrs. Cronin our I.C.T. Co-ordinator and the teachers have been very busy “blogging” about all the events that the children have taken part in since September. The website includes many features such as our diary, newsletters, photos, blogging from various classes, a translation feature to other languages etc. Recent blogs include Book Fair, Engineers Weeks, Seachtain na Gaeilge. A special thank you to Krzysztof Bronowicki who assists us so generously with updating the website.


Mrs Wallace will be starting her maternity leave on Friday, March 23rd. We would all like to wish her & Mr Wallace all the very best at this exciting time. Parents will be notified of the substitute teacher on Friday week.


Children will be getting their Easter Holidays on Friday week, March 23rd at 11.45am. Children do not have to wear their school uniform on that day. School will re-open on Monday, April 9th.


Diary Dates

  • The next Parent’s Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd at 8pm. All parents are welcome to attend any of these meetings.
  • First Confession for 2nd class will take place on Monday April 23rd at 11am in the school hall. Parents are invited to attend if they wish.



Yours sincerely   ___________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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