Letter (4) 21102019

Dear Parents                                        Issue: 04                                                                     October 21st 2019

On behalf of the whole school community I would like to express our deepest sympathies to Maria Monaghan & her family on the loss of her Mom (Bridie Monaghan RIP). May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maria and her whole family at this very difficult time.


For the month of September there was a draw in the competition for “Class with the Best Attendance”! Congratulations to Miss Feeney’s Junior & Senior Infants class, as well as Mr Hanley’s 1st class.


Congratulations to the following pupils who all made a special effort to speak Irish for the month of September: Sadhbh Hoarty, James Lally, Cara Applegate, Bradley Farrell, Viktoria Kovacs, Ayla Mooney, Elaina Teulier, Sarah Conlon, Lauren Duddy, Daisy Hynes, Saoirse Gallagher, Christy Vijai and Ciara Murtagh.

Green School:

  • The Green school committee would like to thank everyone who participated in our “Green Day” last Thursday. It was a great success, with 86% of the pupils walking to school. Congratulations to Miss O’Byrne’s class who had the highest rate of participation (93%). Thanks also to everyone for taking extra care not to have any single-use-plastics in their lunch boxes that day and for being especially mindful of conserving energy!
  • We would also like to thank the representatives of “The Toughest Trek” campaign, who provided some of the pupils with green T-Shirts for the walk.
  • REMINDER: Cash for Clobber collection taking place tomorrow Tuesday October 22nd. The proceeds of this collection will be used by the Parents’ Council to fund buses, workshops, treats for different occasions etc.


  • Mrs Comers’, Miss Tyrrell’s and Miss Feeney’s classes are visiting a Pumpkin farm in Ardrahan today. Sincere thanks to the parents council for funding the cost of the bus.
  • The Student Council will be holding a HALLOWEEN BAKE SALE this Friday for the Athenry Tidy Towns and Athenry Christmas Lights committees. They would really appreciate everyone’s help in contributing to the bake sale by sending in cakes, biscuits, buns etc. Please label all containers (and lids), if you wish to have them returned. We look forward to seeing all the beautiful creative bakes.
  • The Diversity Committee are hosting a “Trick or Treat” event also 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 €1 or €2 to this very worthy cause.
  • The children will get their holidays for the mid-term break on Friday Oct 25th at their usual time. School re-opens on Monday November 4th.



  • Congratulations to all the girls who represented the school in the Cumann na mBunscoil competition last Friday


  • On Friday November 8th we will be having a visit from the All-Ireland Camogie champions along with the O’Duffy cup. Sincere thanks to Mrs Burke for organising this!
  • Well done to the senior girls who took part in a blitz with Gael Scoil Riada last week
  • This will be the last week of Camogie Training for 2019.


  • John from the FAI is coaching Mrs Hennessy’s 4th class in soccer on Thursday for a number of weeks.


  • Mr. McDonald is the co-ordinator of the Active School Committee. We are participating in the Super Troopers Programme again this year which is designed to encourage children to be active for 60 minutes on a daily basis. The children will be provided with homework activity journals this week. These are filled with fantastic fun activities to do at home which are designed to help children to  increase agility, strength, balance and overall activity levels along with fortnightly healthy lifestyle tips & reflection activities. Please encourage your child to complete the physical activity homework on a daily basis

Author Visit:

On the 10th of October 1st class were treated to a reading session with English children’s author Alan Durant. Alan, whose books range from young children’s picture books to thrillers for teens, was in town for Galway’s new book festival for children “Book It!” and he featured as the festival’s writer-in-residence. He read “Quill Soup” and “Burger Boy” from his impressive collection of books.

Maths Week:

Maths week ran from October 12th – 20th. The theme for the week was “I use Maths”. Maths is not just something we do in our books at school, it’s something we do and use in our everyday lives. Some 5th class girls kicked off Maths Week at assembly on Monday last by talking about how they used their maths eyes and maths brains before they came to school that morning. To mark Maths week, each class in the school engaged in various fun and hands-on Maths activities such as Maths trails, Maths quizzes, Maths art, Maths puzzles and Beebots to name a few! A video complication of these activities will feature on our school YouTube Channel this week, so don’t forget to log on and check it out.



Please follow us on Twitter at @chroinaofa to keep up-to-date with up and coming events in our school and with some of the many wonderful things the children of SCN are taking part in. Our Twitter page has a link to our school website also, where you can log on to our very active school blog to see even more stories and photos.


During the Summer the Board of Management approved the funds to build a Polytunnel in the yard. Our sincerest thanks to our very talented caretaker Mr Hallissey who has built a fine structure in the bottom yard, outside the window of Mr Naughton’s office. We are very excited to have the Polytunnel ready for all our Spring planting!

Amalgamation Update:

Archbishop Michael Neary (our school’s Patron) has given permission to go ahead with arrangements to amalgamate with Athenry Boys School. We await the appointment of a manager by him to guide us through the process. You will be kept updated of any developments.

New Board of Management:

The term of the current Board of Management will expire on November 30th 2019. Two parent representatives need to be appointed.

All the children have been given a nomination form today. Both parents may each choose a mother & a father representative for the new Board of Management. A panel of the mothers & fathers who have given consent for their names to be put forward for nomination is included. Please make your choice of mother & father representative for the new Board of Management and return the nomination forms to the school before Friday.

Supply Panel Scheme:

Interviews will take place this week to recruit 3 teachers for the Supply Panel Scheme. Scoil Chroí Naofa is the base school for this programme in Co. Galway. These teachers will be employed by Scoil Chroí Naofa. They will be available to work in the other schools participating in the substitute teacher cluster as and when the need arises.

Parents Council Information:

  • Thank you to all the parents who attended Parents Council AGM last week. The elected officials for this year are: Chairperson: Rachel Moore, Secretary: Eiranne Heffernan & Treasurer: Eithne Kennedy.
  • I would also like to thank the following parents who have agreed to be Class Representatives for the school year:
Class Teacher Parent Representative
Junior Infants Mrs Comer Jenny Greene (Emma)
Junior Infants Miss Tyrrell Cosmina Topircean (Ilinca)
Jun / Sen Inf Miss Feeney Claire Applegate (Cara)
Senior Infants Mrs Murray Leona Coffey O’Brien (Ashley & Cayden) Sanchia Morris (Will)
Senior Infants Ms Alani Louise Byrne (Daniel)
1st Class Mr Hanley Noelle O’Shea Hardiman (Maisie)
1st Class Miss Dolan Eiranne Heffernan (Isobel)
1st & 2nd Class Miss O’Byrne Joanne Melia Costello (Emelia) Mary Claire Doyle (Anna)
3rd Class Mr McDonald Claire O’Doherty (Bonnie Fitzpatrick)
4th Class Mrs Hennessy Karen Crimmins (Megan)
4th & 5th Class Mrs Greally Rachel Moore (Adriana)
5th Class Miss Murray Deirdre Leech (Caitriona)
6th Class Mrs Monson Eithne Kennedy (Hannah)
  • The Parents Council have signed our school up with www.designacard.ie this year. Each child has been 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.
  • The Parents Council will also be organising a Monster Christmas Raffle in December – more news will follow after the mid-term break.
  • Next Parents Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 3rd at 8pm

Health & Safety Reminder:

In the interest of safety, parents are reminded that all children from 1st class up to 6th class are NOT to be collected from the school hall or outside the classroom door. Parents should have an arrangement in place with their children to collect them from e.g. yard, front wall, church, secretary’s office. If you wish to meet your child’s teacher, please phone the office to make an appointment.

Diary Dates:

  • Wednesday Oct 23rd at 1pm – closing date for 6th class girls to apply to Presentation College
  • 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. All children go home at 1.15pm on these days.
  • Presentation day takes place on Thursday November 21st. On this day the whole school will attend mass in the church at 10am. This will be our start of year mass. All parents are welcome.
  • School will be closed on Wednesday November 27th to facilitate staff attending an in-service training day on the new Primary Language Curriculum
  • School band will perform at the Lighting of the Christmas tree event in Athenry town – date to be confirmed.
  • 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. 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.  
  • An Internet Safety talk will be arranged for the Senior girls in the school in the coming months, further details will follow at a later date.
  • Confirmation: Saturday Feb 15th at 2.30pm
  • First Communion: Saturday May 23rd at 12 noon

After-School Clubs:

Below is a summary of the after school clubs which will be running in the school after the mid-term break. All clubs run from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

Day Club Teacher Classes Duration Dates
Mon Sports Club Mr Hanley 1st & 2nd Class 5 weeks Nov 11th – Dec 9th
Tues Art Club Ms Alani Senior Infants 7 weeks Nov 5th – Dec 17th
Tues Science Club Miss Tyrrell Junior Infants 5 weeks Nov 12th – Dec 10th
Tues Soccer Mr Naughton 5th & 6th 5 weeks Nov 5th – Dec 3rd
Tues Gaeilge Miss Feeney 4th Class 5 weeks Nov 12th – Dec 10th
Wed Quiz Club Mr Hanley 5th & 6th   Nov 6th
Wed Soccer Mr Naughton 3rd & 4th 5 weeks Nov 6th – Dec 4th

Yours sincerely

Fergal Naughton


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