Dear Parents Issue: 02 September
The Literacy Lift Off intensive Reading and Writing programme
commenced in Mr Hanley’s 1st class yesterday Monday September 16th
for a five week period. Every child will bring home a new book each night
(including Friday) and parents are asked to read this book with their child.
Schools Dentist will visit 6th class girls on Thursday September 26th.
Consent forms are being distributed today. Please return signed consent forms
as soon as possible.
- Mr Naughton & Mr McDonald will be selecting teams to
participate in the semi finals of the Athletic Association Irish Primary
Schools Cross Country Championship which will take place in
Renmore on Tuesday September 24th.
- The same teams will then participate in the Cumann na mBunscoil
competition on Friday October 18th
- The Camogie committee will select a team to take part in the Cumann
na mBunscoil mini-sevens which will take place on Wednesday Sept
25th. Venue to be confirmed.
- Camogie Training takes place on Tuesday’s & Thursday’s from
1.30pm to 2.25pm:
- Tuesday – Mrs Greally’s & Mrs Hennessy’s classes
- Thursday – Ms Murray’s & Mrs Monson’s classes
- In honour of the Rugby World cup which is happening in Japan this
year, the 6th class girls will be taking part in a
Tag Rugby Blitz in Dangan on Wednesday October 2nd. All
schools taking part will represent one of the countries which are
competing in the actual World Cup. The Scoil Chroí Naofa girls have been
asked to represent the country of Samoa.
- John from the FAI will be coaching Mrs Hennessy’s 4th
class in soccer. Sessions starting on Thursday October 10th.
practice will commence shortly. If your
child has been selected to play the Melodica, Accordion or Bell Lyre, a
rental fee of €15 will be required.
children need to purchase Tin
Whistles, they will be available from office at a cost of €7.
- Second class children will commence Tin Whistle in the
coming weeks. They need to purchase tin whistles in the key of C, which will
be available from the office at a cost of €7.
- All staff will engage in professional development in Digital
technologies today provided by the PDST. The commitment of staff
towards professional development is always acknowledged and appreciated.
- Over the Summer the school received an Information
Technology grant which was used to purchase new Laptops and Visualisers
for all the classrooms. This means that there is now at least one spare laptop
in each classroom which the children will use to practice typing.
- Please forward all outstanding
monies for books, copies, art & craft,photocopying and Literacy Lift Off
to the class teacher immediately.
- Please check your child’s hair regularly to ensure
that any infection of Head Lice
is treated at once. Long hair should be
tied back. Incidences of head lice have already been reported in Ms O’Byrne’s 2nd
class, Mr Hanley’s 1st class and Ms Murray’s 5th class.
teachers call the roll first thing in the morning, every day. If your
child has an appointment in the morning, please notify the teacher
the day before so that your child can be marked present.
- The staff and Parents Council have discussed
the following and seek your co-operation in the best interests of all children:
invitations should not be distributed on the school premises as it
causes upset to the children who are not invited.
- Some children have a Severe Nut Allergy.
The staff and I are seeking your co-operation in providing your child with
fruit/veg for first break. Children are not allowed to bring any food out to
the yard except fruit/veg.
- If you Change Address, Email or Phone Numbers,
please inform secretary so she can update school records.
Health & Safety:
In the interest of the Health & Safety of all pupils in the school:
- No cars are allowed onto school grounds except in exceptional
circumstances agreed with principal. All cars should be parked outside
the school grounds in car parks outside the school gates and at the
- The barrier at the entrance to the school grounds is being repaired
and will be back in operation shortly. It will be left down for the
duration of the school day.
- Parents of all children from junior infants up to 6th
class are requested to say goodbye to their children in the morning as
they line up in the yard at 8.45a.m.
- Please ensure that your child does not walk on the wall.
- For those of you collecting your children at 1.30pm please be aware
that there are classes working in the prefabs. We would be grateful if
your children could be kept reasonably quiet while passing. Please remind
them also, that they are not allowed to go up and down the steps of the
- Please note that Coláiste an Eachréidh and Gael Scoil Riada are now
operating out of the old Presentation Secondary school building. As a
result there will be difficulty parking and a lot of additional traffic.
- On the rare occasion where a relative or friend will be collecting
your child from school instead of the usual person, please ensure that you
advise teacher or the office beforehand.
this message regarding the safe system is passed on to the person bringing your
child to and from school.
The Board of Management will not accept responsibility for
children in the school yard before 8.45am or after 2.30pm unless they are
attending Extra Curricular Activities.
Collecting Junior & Senior Infant children at
- Mrs Comer,
Miss Tyrrell & Miss Feeney’s classes each line up inside the 2
yard doors with their teacher at 1.30pm. Parents should wait in the school
yard for them, until the yard doors are opened. The children will be
released one at a time to their parent / guardian.
- The shelter in the bottom yard is reserved for Mrs Murray & Ms Alani’s Senior Infant classes at
- Please vacate the shelter on wet days for the staff
and the children, to avoid over-crowding and to ensure children are being sent
home with the correct person.
- Please do not collect your child from the class line
until they have entered the shelter.
- Children will not be allowed to leave until
parents/minders approach the child and teacher.
- If you need to speak to teacher, please be prepared to wait until
all the children have been collected.
- All parents and children will then leave the school grounds through
the top or bottom yard.
Parents Council Information:
- The Parents Council AGM will take place in the school
on Tuesday October 15th at 8pm. All parents are welcome.
- Cash for Clobber collection
has been organised for Tuesday October 22nd. The proceeds of
this collection are used by the Parents’ Council to fund buses, workshops,
treats for different occasions etc.
Parents Council have signed our school up with www.designacard.ie
this year. Each child will be given the opportunity to design their own Christmas
Card. A sample of their designs will be sent home in November,
giving you the option to purchase a pack of Christmas cards designed by
your child. A portion of the sales price will come back to the school and
be used by the Parents’ Council to fund different things for the children.
- There will be a staff meeting on Thursday
October 3rd. All
children will go home at 1.15pm. All
the staff will be taking part in a First Aid course on this
- The school will host a “Trick
or Treat” event on Friday October 25th in aid of Temple
Street Children’s hospital, Dublin. Children may come to school dressed in
Halloween costumes and can donate €2 to this very worthy cause.
- The School Photographer will be here on Tuesday
November 12th to take pictures of all the children.
- Parent Teacher meetings for
all classes from Junior Infants up to 6th class will take place
on Wednesday November 13th and Thursday November 14th.
Appointment dates for each parent will follow, closer to the time.
- The term of the current Board of Management will
expire on November 30th 2019. Two parent representatives need
to be appointed. Nominations & elections will be held soon.
- This year Christmas Concerts will
be held on Tuesday December 17th & Wednesday December 18th.
More specific details will follow in the coming weeks, but all
performances / recitals will take place during the school day.
- The girls in 5th & 6th classes will
participate in Peace Proms this year. This project is a Choral
Education Programme devised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.
Peace Proms aims to entertain, educate and engage children in music and to
enrich their lives through exceptional musical experience and performance.
Our pupils will perform their repertoire with other primary schools in the
county, in Galway on Sunday January 26th. There will be a
rehearsal workshop for the girls in Leisureland on Thursday November 21st.
Please return signed consent forms
as soon as possible.
Saturday Feb 15th
Communion: Saturday May 23rd
Judo club have moved to a new dedicated Judo
Martial Arts facility on the Caheroyan road. They have 300 sq metres of
sprung matted flooring, parking facilities, and parents waiting and
meeting rooms. They are currently enrolling new students. Please contact
Edith Murphy on (086) 8252221 or [email protected]
Competition: Athenry and Clarinbridge Tidy
Towns would like the children to take pictures for a calendar about the
Clarin River and the areas it flows through! Entering is easy. Take a
picture of your local environment and upload it to: www.ClarinPhoto.com.
Pictures should be a scene from your local town, village or parish.
Closing date is Friday September 27th.
charity called “Mary’s Meals” are looking for good quality second hand
backpacks / school bags, which they send to children in Africa.
Mary’s Meals send the backpacks to children who really need them which
will enable them to attend school and gain an education that can help them
escape from poverty when they grow up. If you have any old school bags,
pencil cases, etc. that you are no longer using and you would like to
donate them – you can drop them into the office and we will pass them on
to the charity. If you wish, backpacks can be filled with e.g. Notepads,
pencils, pens, crayons, eraser, sharpener, ruler, pencil case, towel,
shorts or skirt, t-shirt or dress, flip-flops or sandals, small ball (e.g.
tennis ball), soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, spoon. Clothing for children
aged between 4 and 12 is suitable. Second-hand items are fine, as long as
they are in good condition. www.marysmeals.ie for more
Below is a summary of the after school clubs which are currently running
in the school. All clubs run from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.
Sept 16th – Oct 21st
Sept 24th – Oct 22nd
3rd & 4th
Sept 10th – Oct 22nd
5th & 6th
Sept 24th – Oct 22nd
5th & 6th
Sept 11th – Oct 23rd
Sept 18th – Oct 16th