Letter (24) 22052018

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]


Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 24                                May 22nd 2018 


Our “How long is Larry?” fundraiser is going from strength to strength. Last Friday, a member of the Parents’ Council, Eiranne Heffernan (Isobel & Isaac’s Mum) counted all the loose change that has been donated to date. The sum of €293.15 was collected. This is added to the €170 already collected giving a grand total to date of €463.15. So Larry has grown past the second, third & fourth markers and is on his way to reaching the fifth marker!!! The children were very excited to see him grow. Larry will keep moving up & out of the grass at every €100 interval. We cannot wait to see how long our new pet is!!


Yesterday morning, children from various classes were treated to a most enjoyable mini-concert from the RTE Lyric FM quartet. Check out the website for the photos!


Ms Tyrrell & Mr Hanley have selected a team to participate in the Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie Blitz in Ballindereen on Thursday May 24th. Please ensure the girls are wearing sun screen on the day.  Many thanks to the Parents’ Council who will finance the bus.


For 4 days in June, 1600 athletes from all over Ireland will take part in the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Dublin. 222 of these athletes are from the Connaught region and 9 athletes are from the Skylark Centre here in Athenry. Miss Murray has been volunteering with Special Olympics Connaught for over 20 years and is Sports Co-ordinator for the Connaught team. Cathy Vaughan (mum of Harry & Ruby Dalton) and Sheila Bergin (mum of Aoife) both work with the people in the Skylark Centre. To show our support for the athletes, there will be a “Wear Your Jersey” fundraising day this Friday May 25th. The children can wear ANY sports jersey or their PE gear, if they don’t have a jersey and can give a €1 donation towards this worthy cause. The athletes and coaches will visit the school on Friday.


Please note that school is open on Friday May 25th. It is only the Boys School which closes to facilitate voting in the Referendum.


Third class will attend one hour Swimming Lessons for five days commencing on Monday May 28th. Please forward fee of €25 as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. (Fee is non-refundable, even if for any reason a child is unable to attend any of the 5 days). All pupils attending swimming lessons are requested to:

  • Wear their swimsuits coming to school.
  • Wear tracksuit, warm jacket or hoodie and comfortable shoes. Third class children do not wear school uniforms next week.
  • Wear a high-viz jacket, for the walk to the Raheen Woods hotel
  • Make sure they have all their necessary gear including swimming hat, towel and underwear. Goggles are optional. Swimming hats may be purchased at the pool.
  • Keep all jewellery at home on those days.
  • Avoid bringing glass bottle deodorants.


The staff wish Mr. Mc Donald’s  & Ms O’Byrne’s 2nd class girls and their families a very special time this Saturday, the 26th of May as the children receive their First Holy Communion at 12 o’clock. The children and their siblings may come to school at 10.30am on Monday morning. Many thanks again to the Parents’ Council who will provide a party for them.


Mr. Byrne & Mr. McDonald have selected 12 children to participate in the County Sports Athletic Competition which is taking place in Dangan on Tuesday, May 29th. Please ensure they are wearing sunscreen. Special thank you to the Parents’ Council who have financed the bus.


Please forward to the class teacher a Stamped Self-Addressed Envelope for each of your children’s end of year reports. Please ensure envelope is large enough for the reports. The end of year school report will include details of the results from the standardised tests which were carried out recently. Reports will be posted mid June and there will be an opportunity for you to speak with teacher about your child’s results, should you wish to do so.


Summary of School Tours May / June 2018:


Day Date Class Class Teacher Venue
Tues May 29th Junior Infants Mrs Comer Ms Moloney Ms Tyrrell Turoe Pet Farm
Wed May 30th Senior Infants Mrs Murray  Mr Hanley Atlantaquarium & Monkey Business
Thurs May 31st 6th Class Mrs Monson Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Fri June 1st 1st Class Ms Alani     Mr Byrne   Mrs Forde Let’s Go, Kingfisher NUIG
Wed June 6th 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th classes Mr McDonald Ms O’Bryne Mrs Hennessy Mrs Greally Ms Murray Bunratty & Cragganowen



The Public Health Nurse will carry out screening (hearing & vision) for Junior Infants, 6th class and any new children who enrolled in the school this school year. She and her team will be here on Wednesday June 6th to Monday June 11th. Consent Forms will be distributed this week. Please return all forms to class teacher as soon as possible.





Yours sincerely   ___________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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