Letter (3) 19092017

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie


Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 03                                             September 19th 2017


On Friday September 22nd we are taking part in a Galway County Council Initiative to mark European Mobility Week 2017. There will be a WALK TO SCHOOL DAY where the children from Scoil Chroí Naofa, Boys National School and Gael Scoil Ríada will all gather in the Kenny Park stadium for a small event to mark the occasion and proceed to walk back to their schools afterwards. There will be speeches from local councillors, some music and appearances by Galway County Minor players.  There will also be FREE PARKING in car parks in Athenry town for the whole day and everyone is encouraged to walk to school or work.


  1. All classes from senior infants to 6th class will assemble in the car park next to Kenny park from 8.40am. However, staff will be present at the venue from 8.30am.
  2. Junior infants are excluded from this event & should come to school as normal. Their teachers will be at the school as usual to meet them.
  3. Children are encouraged to wear their high-visibility vests or arm bands and their county jerseys (or any sporting jerseys they have)
  4. Once the classes have gathered, the class teachers with the help of the student council, will escort the children into Kenny park stadium where they will enter the stands with the other town schools taking part.
  5. The stands are reserved for the school children only
  6. If for any reason you cannot drop off your child at Kenny Park, the doors of the school will be open at the normal time and there will be staff there to receive them.


On October 12th 2017 the Brothers of Charity National advocacy conference will be held in the Salthill Hotel Galway. It will be the biggest gathering of people with disabilities in the country this year. The conference theme is about living your dream, be someone, dare to dream. On Friday September 22nd at 12.30pm Jackie Moran ( Advocacy co-ordinator Galway) and Cathy Vaughan  (parent of Harry & Ruby Dalton and a colleague of Jackie), will come to the school to make Dream Catchers with children from 2nd to 5th class. These Dream Catchers will be put into the conference bags for the attendees. The Dream Catcher will have a personal message from the pupils of Scoil Chroí Naofa to empower people with intellectual disabilities and also to raise awareness amongst the pupils of the rights of people with disabilities.


The Clarin River: From the Source to the Sea Children’s Photography Competition. Athenry & Clarinbridge Tidy Towns want your pictures for a calendar about the Clarin River and the areas it flows through. Children should take a picture of their local environment and upload to: www.clarinphoto.com. Pictures should be of a scene in your local town, village or parish. The closing date for entries is Friday September 22nd. All details are on www.clarinphoto.com.


The four senior classes will participate in a musical education programme called 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 Galway in NUI Galway at the end of January. Parents are requested to complete and return Consent Forms by Friday of this week (September 22nd).


Mrs Burke & Mr Byrne have selected a Junior and a Senior Team to participate in the semi finals of the Athletic Association Irish Primary Schools Cross Country Championship which are taking place today in Renmore. We wish the girls the best of luck!


Maths Blast has commenced in   Ms. O’Byrne’s 2nd class this week and will be followed by a problem-solving workshop.


The Literacy Lift Off intensive Reading and Writing programme commenced in Ms. Alani’s class on Monday and will continue for the next 5 weeks. Every child will bring home a new book each night and parents are asked to read this book with their child.


The Parents Council have arranged a talk for parents on Internet Safety. This talk will be given by Martin Murphy of the National Parents Council of Ireland. It will take place at 8pm on Monday October 2nd in the school hall. The talk will deal with the following:

  • Talking to your child about the Internet
  • What are children doing on line?
  • Why is it so popular?
  • What are the risks and benefits for your child?
  • What can you do?


The Board of Management recommends that all pupils avail of the Schools Personal Accident Insurance. Forms have been distributed. Please forward either €6.00 or €9.00 depending on whatever option you choose by Friday, the 22nd of September.

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.


Dates for Diary:

  • Walk to School day Friday September 22nd
  • Dentist visiting 6th class Friday September 29th
  • Internet Safety Talk for Parents on Monday October 2nd at 8pm
  • Staff meeting Thursday October 5th. Children will go home at 1.15pm
  • Confirmation for 6th class on Saturday February 24th at 2.30pm
  • First Holy Communion for 2nd class on Saturday May 26th at 12pm


Yours sincerely   ______________________________Cathríona Cronin, Deputy Principal

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