Letter (18) 20032019

Dear Parents                                                    Issue: 18                                                         March 20th 2019 

Wear Your Jersey day:

Thank you very much to everyone who made a contribution to the “Wear Your Jersey” fundraiser on Friday. Scoil Chroí Naofa raised €500 which we will be donating to Áine McDermott to go towards her travel costs in getting to the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Áine competed in the bowling event over the weekend & won a gold medal!! We will invite her to come into the school to show us her medal when she gets home from the games.  

St Patrick’s Day:

Heartiest congratulations to all the children (from 2nd to 6th class) in our Medieval Town Band, who gave an outstanding performance at the St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. A special thank you to Ms. Murray, our Band Co-Ordinator, and to the staff, for all their hard work and commitment. Many thanks also to the Parents’ Council who financed the children’s well-earned refreshments. Footage of the event is available to view on the school YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8I42-H_HhM. There are also lots of nice pics on the school blog too: https://scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie/band-marches-for-st-patricks-day/

Athenry Community Games:

Congratulations to the following children who won prizes in the Athenry Community Games Art & Handwriting competitions. The presentation of medals to all the winners from the Athenry Area will take place on Thursday 21st March at 7.00pm in the Pastoral Centre at St. Mary’s Church, Church Street, Athenry.


  • U10 Girls:       Anita Gyamera (1st place)


  • U8 Boys:         Remigiusz Biernaczyk (1st place)
  • U8 Boys:         Ethan Doran (2nd place)
  • U12 Girls:       Sophie Costello (1st place)
  • U12 Girls:       Alice Church (3rd place)
  • U14 Girls:       Eva Coye (1st place)
  • U14 Girls:       Kaceyleigh Ward (2nd place)
  • U14 Girls:       Ella Doherty (3rd place)

Mr Hanley has selected a team to represent the school at the Community Games Table Quiz County Final. It will take place in Bullaun Hall on Friday April 5th at 6.45pm.


Photograph proofs from County Photos were distributed to the relevant classes last week. If you wish to order photos, please complete order form and insert correct amount of money into envelope provided and return to the school before Friday of this week March 22nd.

Seachtain na Gaeilge:

We celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge last week.All the children and staff made an extra effort to speak in Irish for the week.  Congratulations to the following pupils who made an extra special effort to Speak Irish for Seachtain na Gaeilge: Arabella Gargiulo, Bradley Farrell, Aoife Kelly, Amelia Doherty, Clodagh Ward, Ian Burns, Tammy Donohue, David Momoh, Sophia McElhinney, Angel Gbadamosi, Katie O’Hara, Éabha Murtagh, Kerri O’Driscoll & Maia Morgan

We had Irish Assembly every morning, Daily Tongue Twisters, Irish Dancing, Tráth na gCeist, not to mention our song “Is aoibhinn liom on Gaeilge” which the whole school is learning!

World Book Day Tokens:

Sincere thanks to Caroline Sweeney (mother of Isobel & Eoghan) and Anne Inglebach of Easons Bookstore, Galway who brought all the World Book Day books to Scoil Chroí Naofa last week & gave every child in the school the opportunity to exchange their World Book Day token for a book of their choice.


  • 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.

MMR Vaccines for Junior Infants:

A community medical doctor & a school public health are visiting the school this week 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.

Diary Dates

  • Next Parents’ Council meeting is Tuesday March 26th at 8pm
  • 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.
  • A member of the School Knitting Club, Maureen Cannon is an active member of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust which brings young people with special needs to Lourdes at Easter. Maureen would like us to support her again this year in supporting an Easter Raffle. Details to follow in next newsletter.
  • The next Do this in Memory mass for girls making their First Communion will be on Sunday April 14th at 11am
  • 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
  • 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

Community links:

  • Record Breaking “Fields of Athenry” music video: We joined the other local primary schools in front of Athenry castle this morning to sing the “Fields of Athenry”.
  • 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.
  • Athenry Camogie Club are holding a club registration evening at St Mary’s GAA clubhouse, Carnaun on Friday March 22nd from 7pm until 8pm. New and existing members are invited to attend on the night above. All players of Athenry Camogie Club must be registered in order to play. For further enquires please contact Cathy Dillon, Athenry Camogie Club Secretary at (086) 8333384 or by email: [email protected]
  • The Athenry Parish Children’s Liturgy Team are looking for more volunteers to help during the 11am mass on Sundays.  Interested parents, grandparents, neighbours, or siblings (over 18) can call in to David at the parish office or ring him on (091) 844076 to obtain vetting forms. The time commitment is only 2 Sundays, 4 times/year and is very flexible.  If you would like to meet with anyone from the team to learn more, call in to the Children’s Liturgy in the Pastoral centre any Sunday and say hello. The current volunteers would be happy to talk to you about it.  

Yours sincerely   Fergal Naughton, Principal

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