Dear Parents Issue:
Best Attendance Award for October:
- Congratulations to Miss Dolan’s 1st
class who were the winners of the Best Attendance trophy for the month of
- This week is science week
- Sincere thanks to the Board of Management who
have purchased a “Primary Science
Let’s Experiment kit” for the school. This kit consists of a number of
different boxes of materials (sufficient for a class of 30 pupils working
in groups). The different boxes provide the necessary equipment for scientific
experiments in the areas of: Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Forces &
Motion as well as Sound. This is an exceptional resource for the school!
- Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to
organise our usual workshops for science week, but the Galway Science group
have not let this deter them. They have sent us links to many great videos and on-line resources
that we can show the children and they can observe science in the world
- The Galway Science & Technology Virtual Festival Show will
take place on Sunday 22nd November at 11am screened live on www.galwayscience.ie. John Sharpson
& Clara Murray of RTE Jnr After School Hub will present the show and
it will be a great family event with dancing, bubbles, bugs, snakes and
juggling; talks on the Science of Santa, a virtual tour of the Galway
Atlantaquaria and screening of the winners of the ReelLIFE Science video
competition. The Programme of Events for the day will also include
separate workshops by video link by Killaloe Exploration Dome, Fantastic
DNA, Art by Dee Deegan and the Teddy Bear Hospital. Go to https://galwaysciencevirtualshow.eventbrite.ie
to register your interest for your family.
- Teachers will be carrying out all sorts of fun science experiments in
class this week – check out the school website for photos!!
Knitting & Coding:
- Traditionally the girls in 6th class
have benefited from the local knitting club coming into the school each
Wednesday to assist Mrs Monson in teaching them how to knit. Unfortunately
this was not an option this year, because of the Covid-19 restrictions.
- To ensure that the girls did not miss out on the
wonderful opportunity of learning to knit, Mrs Monson, Mrs Hallissey and
Mrs Devally have been taking the girls (in their pods) and teaching them
this wonderful skill.
- As with Mrs Monson’s 6th class, we did
not want the 6th class girls in Mr Kelly’s class to miss out on
this opportunity either. Unfortunately Mr Kelly has no knitting skills! He
is however very skilled in the area of coding. So in a “trade-off” of
skills, Mrs Monson, Mrs Hallissey & Mrs Devally have also been
teaching knitting to Mr Kelly’s 6th class and in return Mr
Kelly has been teaching “Scratch” coding to both his class and Mrs
- The end result of this is that all the 6th
class girls are learning both knitting & coding this year.
Clarin College News for 6th class girls:
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- The Parents
Council have signed our school up with www.designacard.ie
this year. Each child has designed their own Christmas Card.
Samples were sent home earlier this week. If you wish to order anything,
please complete the order form and put it & the exact amount of money
due, into the envelope provided.
must be returned to the office by Monday
of next week (November 16th) at the very latest. This
is to ensure that the printers have sufficient time to process the orders
and get them back to the school in plenty of time for Christmas.
- This year
there is also an option for parents to order the cards on-line (instructions
for this are on the template). These orders also need to be submitted by
Monday of next week.
- Any orders
submitted after this date will be subject to a late fee of €6 by the card
- 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.
Stay Safe Programme & RSE:
- The Stay Safe programme is being taught in every
classroom from now until Christmas
- The CAPP (Child Abuse Prevention Programme) Stay
safe programme is a primary school based approach to the prevention of
child abuse. The programme seeks to enhance children’s self-protective
skills by participation in lessons on safe & unsafe situations,
bullying, inappropriate touch, secrets, telling, and stranger danger.
- In addition to this, the sensitive areas of Relationships
and Sexuality in Education (RSE) will be taught in 5th & 6th
class between now & Christmas also – as the children missed out on
these lessons in the final term of last year.
- This RSE element will be covered for the girls in
4th class in term 3.
- “Weaving Well-being” is the first Irish designed
positive mental health programme of its kind which aims to enhance
well-being in children aged from 8-12 years within the framework of the Social
Personal and Health Education curriculum.
- The staff are currently implementing this
programme from 2nd class up to 6th class
Castleturvin Nursing home:
- The girls in Mrs Duffy’s 4th class
have been writing to residents in the Castleturvin Nursing home
- They are availing of the free postage initiative by
An Post to nursing home residents, during the Covid crisis.
- The girls have been telling their “pen-pals”
about what they are learning at school
- Writing letters is great for practising their
functional writing in a very enjoyable way. Also from a wellbeing
perspective it shows the girls that we can still connect with people, even
if we are forced to stay apart.
- Many thanks to all the parents who donated bags
of old clothes for the Cash 4 Clobber
collection on Monday. It was a great success. We estimate that we raised
approx. €400 for the Parents’ Council.
- Mrs Greally and her 4th class will be
issuing a “Green School Newsletter” in the next few days.
- They are planning a number of “WOW
days” i.e. “Walk to school on Wednesday” – so watch out for
more details in the Green School newsletter!!
In addition to the new Science Experiment kit already mentioned, the
Board of Management have also funded the purchase of:
- additional PE equipment for all
classrooms. Part of our Covid Response Plan was to ensure that all classes
could have their own PE equipment which did not need to be shared between
class bubbles. This additional equipment gives all the different classes
more resources and therefore greater choices!!
- Fun Magnet sets for the 3 senior infant rooms. The children will
use these sets as part of the “Construction” theme under the Aistear
programme. Again an integral part of our Covid Response Plan was to ensure
teaching and learning at school continues as normally and as safely as
possible. Hence our investment in new toys which can be sanitised after
Donation to Temple Street:
Thanks to the Board of Management for making a donation of €250 to
Temple Street hospital (“Trick or Treat for Temple St”) on behalf of the school.
Our sincere thanks to local man Tommy Cheevers who has been maintaining
the new aquarium. He calls to the school every few weeks to clean the tank,
check the water quality and sometimes even adds a few new fish! This week he
added a family of baby sharks to the aquarium! This has caused great excitement
Thanks also to our very talented caretaker Mr Hallissey, for whom no job
is too big or too small!! He is currently working on getting new demarcation
lines painted on the different school yards, to make the new “zones” clearer
for pupils and staff.
Raincoats & suitable footwear:
Please ensure your child brings their raincoat to school
and wears suitable footwear every day. The children will be going
outside for break every day so they will need to be suitably dressed for the
weather. Outdoor activity is being encouraged by the Department of Education.
- Christmas is
only around the corner! On this topic we’d appreciate if the magic
of the season is preserved for all the children in the school.
Staff will certainly play their part. It is a special time in particular
for primary school children. We’d like to ensure it remains that way. We
thank you for playing your part
- The current
Covid situation means that we will not be able to invite parents into the
school to watch their children take part in Christmas concerts this year.
We are however hoping to put together a Christmas iMovie
for parents as an alternative this year. So, watch this space!!
- Given that
the Parents Council are limited in what they can fund for the children
this year, they have agreed to fund the cost of a Christmas annual
for each of the children. These are fun & educational Christmas-themed
activity books which will be given to the children before the Christmas
- The school
will close at 11.45am on Tuesday December 22nd for the Christmas
holidays and will re-open on Wednesday January 6th
- Homework is now being given in the junior end of
Parent / Teacher meetings:
In the past parent / teacher meetings would have taken place in the
weeks between Halloween and Christmas. This will not be possible this year,
given the current public health situation. The current plan is to hold these
meetings next year, but obviously this will have to be reviewed closer to the
time and will depend on the public health situation at that time. Should
parents wish to talk to their child’s teacher in the meantime, please phone the
office to arrange a call back from the class teacher.
- I am recording a virtual assembly
for all classes in the school each week.
- I am also recording some Irish videos
for the Junior & Senior classes each week. The purpose of these is to
promote the Irish language throughout the school.
- Parents can view
their child’s eportfolio on Seesaw by downloading the app and
using the access codes provided by the class teacher. There is some lovely
artwork to be seen there – not to be missed!
- Please make sure that you have downloaded the
Aladdin app and have notifications switched on, as teachers may be using
it to correspond with you during the school year.
your child has been absent from school please record the reason for the absence
on the Aladdin app (you will need to wait
until teacher has marked your child absent first, before you will be given the
option to record the reason).
have introduced a new feature under the “Attendance” section, called “Return to
School Declaration”. This is where parents are asked to make a declaration that
they have “no reason to believe that
my child has infectious disease and I have followed all medical and public
health guidelines with respect to exclusion of my child from education
facilities”. You will be asked to complete this declaration the day
before your child returns to school, after being absent. This is an additional
precautionary step that the school is taking in our efforts to keep all pupils
and staff in Scoil Chroí Naofa safe during this pandemic. Should your son /
daughter be marked absent from school, you will see that this form is available
to fill out from the homepage via the “Attendance Notes” section. Please
complete this form any-time after 3pm on the day before your child is ready to
return to school, or before they arrive to school on the morning in question.
Digital & Remote Learning Plans:
- Digital Learning is an important part of the curriculum
in Scoil Chroí Naofa. We have had to adjust our Digital Learning Framework
(DLF) in response to the Covid-19 restrictions e.g. class iPads used to be
shared between 3 different classes every day. This year we changed our
approach so that each class has the use of a set of iPads for a full week.
The iPads are sanitised after each use, quarantined over the weekend and
then passed on to a new class on Monday.
- In addition to the new arrangements for the use
of the class iPads we have also introduced the children to Seesaw and are
also going down the road of using Google classroom. All of these changes
will form part of the school’s DLF.
- In March 2020 we were all taken by surprise when
the schools were forced to close and not re-open until September! We will
not be taken by surprise like this again. We have finalised our remote
learning plan so that we are ready to respond asap, should there be a
forced school closure. Hopefully we
won’t have to use it!
- In tandem with this we are revising our “Acceptable
Use of Technology Plan” so that Pupils, Staff and Parents are all aware of
what is “acceptable” from Scoil Chroí Naofa’s point of view, in relation
to on-line behaviour.
Digital Age of
- Children under the
age of 16 (digital age of consent in Ireland) require parental consent to
access social media platforms and pupils under the age of 13 should not have
social media platform access at all i.e. TikTok or Snapchat etc.
- These laws and
parameters are laid down by the Government to protect juvenile users.
- Misuse of social
media platforms by primary school pupils should not be taking place, as primary
school pupils should not be using these platforms in the first instance.
- Exciting news
for Athenry: “Dealz” are opening a store, where the old Centra
used to be. The official opening day is Saturday Nov 14th. We
have been invited to send a pod of 6th class girls to the grand
opening. Our sincere thanks to Anne-Marie Finn (Niamh’s mom) for taking
the girls on behalf of the school.
there can be no Band performance for the turning on of the Christmas
lights in Athenry this year. The senior girls will however
still be making decorations for the Christmas trees around the town, as
they do each year.
- We have been advised that the Flu
Vaccine is being provided by McSharry’s Pharmacy (beside the
Primary Care centre) to children aged 2-12, free of charge, if any parent
is interested in availing of this service.
thanks to you all for your co-operation and vigilance in adhering to all the
Public Health guidelines. It is a great team effort from the whole school
community and we are all doing so well, keeping our school safe.