Letter (4) 26092017

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie


Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 04                                             September 26th 2017

Congratulations to the girls who participated in the County Galway Semi-Finals of the Athletic Association Irish Primary Schools Cross Country Championship in Renmore last Tuesday.  Junior Team: Kerri O’Driscoll, Anna Rohan, Alison McGreevey, Alice Church, Sophie Hogan, Sophie Costello. Congratulations to Kerri who finished in   5th place. Senior Team: Kayla Madden, Leonore Church, Abigail O’Shea, Áine Hardiman, Ciara Walsh, Mia Lukina and Wiktoria Piotrowska. Congratulations to Kayla who finished in 1st place, Leonore in 5th place and Abigail in 15th place. The senior team were awarded 1st prize overall. The senior team & Kerri  have qualified to take part in the County Finals which will take place  today September 26th at 12 noon. Special thanks to Mrs Burke & Mr Wallace who are coaching the children for athletic events.


Sharon Dolan Darcy from Athenry News & Views visited the school  last week to take a photograph of all the new junior infants which will be advertised in the next edition of the magazine.


Congratulations to all involved in the WALK TO SCHOOL DAY, in association with Galway County Council, last Friday. The event was a great success!


Special thank you to Cathy Vaughan (mother of Harry & Ruby), her colleagues and their TY helpers for making Dream Catchers with children from 2nd to 5th class last Friday. It was a wonderful experience for them and they produced some beautiful creations!


The four senior classes (3rd to 6th) 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 the county,  in NUI Galway at the end of January. Parents are requested to complete  consent forms by last Friday. If you have not yet returned the consent form please do so immediately.


Transition Year Students from Clarin College will coach the two senior classes in Volley ball for the next 6 weeks starting this Thursday September 28th during school hours. After the 6 weeks of coaching, the girls will take part in a Blitz.


John Morris from the Football Association of Ireland will provide a football workshop to 4th class on Thursday October 5th, entitled Show Racism the Red Card.


The Dentist will visit 6th class this Friday, September 29th.  Dental consent forms have been distributed. Please return it asap, if you have not already done so.

This week is European Week of Sport. This Be Active Week is to promote sport & physical activity across Europe. Everyone regardless of age is encouraged to Get Up, Get Out and Get Active.  Schools will be active in the classroom and in the playgrounds. Mr McDonald and the Active School committee are organising fun activities during the week which will include:

  • A Run Around Europe Challenge; each class will participate in a daily km activity for 15 minutes. Daily km activity is defined as a moving activity i.e.: walking, jogging, skipping, running etc for 15 minutes each day around the edge of the top yard. All the children will log how many laps of the yard they complete each day. A running total will be kept for each class. A Challenge Chart will show them how far they have to run to reach the different capital cities of Europe. In this way as the children run, they are having fun and also learning about the capital cities of Europe.
  • Friday is National Fitness Day for Everybody. Children may come to school in their tracksuits. On this day some of the teachers and pupils will participate in the “Taking on the Teacher” Challenge in fun activities.


Band practice will commence on Tuesday, October the 3rd. The following children have been selected to play the percussion instruments; Snare Drums: Áine Hardiman, Abigail O’Shea, Jennifer McGreevey, & Charlotte Wilkinson, Tom-toms: Ciara Coffey & Ciara Walsh, Cowbells: Kayla Madden, Cymbals: Sandra Gyamera & Willow O’Neill. Leonore Church has been selected as band leader. Third class will learn Tin Whistle, Fourth, Fifth and the remainder of Sixth class will be assigned Melodica, Accordion & Bell Lyres. If your child is selected to play the Melodica, Accordion or Bell Lyre, a rental fee of €15 will be required.  If children need to purchase Tin Whistles, they will be available from the office at a cost of €6 from next week.


Mrs. Burke and Ms Tyrrell will select a school team to participate in the INTO Mini 7s Competition  which will take place at Carnaun Pitch Athenry,  on Wednesday October 4th at 10.30am.


The Parents Council have arranged a talk for parents on Internet Safety on Monday October 2nd at 8pm in the new classroom in the new extension. This talk will be given by Martin Murphy of the National Parents Council of Ireland. Parents of children in the Boys School are also invited. 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?


There will be a Staff Meeting next Thursday, October 5th. Children will go home at 1.15pm.


We wish to invite you to our Opening of Year Mass in the Church on Friday week, October 6th at 10am.



Yours sincerely   ______________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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