Letter (6) 11102017

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie


Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 06                                                        October 11th 2017

In the interests of child protection and health & safety, the following items were addressed at our recent staff meeting.

  • NO CARS ARE ALLOWED ONTO SCHOOL GROUNDS EXCEPT IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES AGREED WITH PRINCIPAL. All cars should be parked outside the school grounds in the car parks outside the school gates and at the church.
  • Please ensure that your child does not walk on the wall. They have been reminded of this numerous times.
  • If you wish to meet a teacher during the year, please make an appointment through the secretary.
  • If you need to take your child out of school during the day,
  • please sign your child out on the Sign Out Book at the office and the secretary will collect your child from the classroom for you.
  • please do not collect your child during break times 10.30 -10.45am and 12.00 – 12.30pm as class teachers are not present.
  • Class teachers call the roll every day at 11am. If your child has an appointment in the morning, please notify the teacher the day before so that your child can be marked present
  • Please send a note to teachers of Junior Infants and Senior Infants if a different person is collecting you child.
  • The shelter in the bottom yard is reserved for the two Senior Infant classes and Miss Tyrrell’s Junior Infant class, at 1.30pm.
  • Please vacate the shelter on wet days for the staff and the children, to avoid over-crowding and to ensure children are being sent home with the correct person.
  • Please do not collect your child from the class line until they have entered the shelter.
  • Children will not be allowed to leave until parents/minders approach the child and teacher.
  • For those of you collecting your children at 1.30pm please be aware that there are classes working in the prefabs. We would be grateful if your children could be kept reasonably quiet while passing. Please remind them also, that they are not allowed to go up and down the steps of the prefabs.


Please ensure this message regarding the change of routine is passed on to the person bringing your child to and from school.


Staff are currently revising School, Class & Golden Rules with the children. Please discuss School Rules with your child.


Please ensure that your child’s name is on all their belongings especially  coats, jumpers  & cardigans  The Lost and Found Box outside the secretary’s office have numerous  items with no names on them.

An incident of head lice has been reported in Miss Tyrrell & Mrs Hennessy’s classes. 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.


Congratulations to Amelia Drapiewska & Sophie Donnelly who were selected as two of the winners from 200 entries for the Children’s Photography Competition based on the journey of the River Clarin.


A new book has been added to the First class booklist. The book is called Jolly Phonics Grammar 1 and is available for purchase from the office at a cost of €6. All children in First class need to get this book.


School ties are available in the office at a cost of €2.50.


Band practice commenced last week. If your child has been 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 are available from the office at a cost of €6.


Second class children will commence Tin Whistle in the next few weeks. They need to purchase tin whistles in the key of C, which are available from the office at a cost of €6.


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 have been provided with homework activity journals. 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

The three week Maths Blast Programme commenced in Mr. Mc Donald’s class on Monday.


Transition Year Students from Clarin College will continue to coach the two senior classes in Volleyball on Thursdays during school hours. After the 6 weeks of coaching, the girls will take part in a Blitz.


October is “Mission Month”. We will celebrate a National Day of Prayer for Children on Friday morning, October 13th. We will pray the Mission Rosary together at assembly and all the children from senior infants to second class will receive a special Rosary Beads.


The County Finals of Cumann na mBunscoil Annual Cross Country Running Championship will take place in Renmore this  Friday October 13th. Kayla Madden, Leonore Church, Abigail O’Shea and Áine Hardiman are on the Senior Team. Kerri O’Driscoll, Anna Rohan, Sophie Hogan and Wiktoria Piotrowska are on the Junior Team.


Sixth Class and their parents are invited to attend the Enrolment Mass for the Confirmation Programmme this Sunday October 15th at 11.am.

Maths Week will be celebrated next week all over Ireland. Children will engage in many fun activities. Encourage your child to look for Maths in your home, on your way to school, in the Church, in the shops etc.


Information Open Nights for parents and sixth class girls enrolling in second level education:

  • Clarin College October 17th at 7.30pm
  • Presentation College on Thursday, the 19th of October at 5pm.
  • Coláiste an Eachréidh: Dé Céadaoin 24ú Deireadh Fómhair 2017, 7pm


The Connacht Finals of the Athletic Association Irish Primary Schools Cross Country Championship will take place in Roscommon on Saturday October 21st. Kayla Madden, Leonore Church, Abigail O’Shea, Ciara Walsh, Áine Hardiman and Mia Lukina have qualified for this event. We wish the team the very best of luck.


The children for First Holy Communion will take part in a new initiative this year entitled “Children of the Eucharist” commencing on Tuesday October the 24th during school time. The aim of this programme is to create an awareness of the true presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It will be led by team leaders Hilary, Kevin Higgins and Caroline O’Gara (Cian and Sophie’s mum). They will guide the children through prayer, stories, rosary, song and sharing and reflecting once a month in the church.


Mrs Hennessey’s Healthy School Committee are going to host a “Trick or Treat” event on Friday October 27th in aid of Temple Street Children’s hospital, Dublin. Children may come to school dressed in Halloween costumes and can donate €2 to this very worthy cause.


Children will have no school from Monday to Friday, October 30th to November 3rd due to Mid Term Break.


The Green School Committee are planning a “Monster Cash for Clobber” for November 14th.  They are requesting all families to do a big Tidy Up during the Halloween break. If you have any of the following unwanted items, please put them in refuse bags –  Good Quality Clothing, Shoes, Belts, Towels, Curtains, Bed linen, Handbags, etc. No duvets pillows or soiled items will be accepted.


Dates for Diary:

  • Band performing at “Lighting of the Christmas Tree” on Friday December 1st
  • Parent Teacher Meetings for children from Senior Infants to Sixth Class in November 29th & 30th.
  • Parent Teacher Meetings for children in Junior Infants in January 24th & 25th.
  • 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   ______________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal


Please Turn Over for School Rules


  1. Food
    • No nuts of any kind are allowed.
    • Drinks are not allowed in the school yard.
    • Children are required to  bring nutritious lunches according to our Healthy Eating Policy
    • Chewing gum, crisps, fizzy drinks and glass bottles are not allowed in the school
  1. Pupils must be punctual at all times. School begins at 8.50am.  Afternoon classes begin at 12.30pm.  Junior and Senior Infants go home at 1.30pm.  Pupils in First Class up to Sixth Class go home at 2.30pm.  The Board of Management does not take responsibility for children in the school yard before 8.45pm or after 2.30pm unless they are attending extra-curricular classes.
  2. The following behaviour is strictly forbidden:-
    • Shouting and running within the school building, loitering, vandalism, littering, rudeness, giving cheek, bad language, name calling, rough play, kicking, punching, throwing stones.
    • All types of bullying including Cyber Bullying and Racial Bullying are unacceptable and strictly forbidden.
  3. Uniform
  • The correct full school uniform must always be worn with suitable, safe, flat footwear.
  • The full school uniform must be worn for the Confirmation Ceremony.
  • Long hair should always be tied back.
  • Make-up is strictly forbidden.
  1. Jewellery must be kept to a minimum.
  • Only small safe earrings are acceptable i.e. studs, sleepers. No large hoops or long dangling earrings are allowed.
  • Nose jewellery is strictly forbidden.
  • Long necklaces or chains are not allowed.
  • Nails should be kept short. Long/False nails are forbidden.
  1. Runners, tracksuits or shorts & t-shirts must be worn for Physical Education.
  2. Children who have been absent from school must bring a written explanation to the teacher/principal.
  3. Children must follow the safe route in and out of the school grounds, i.e. to enter through the stiles, to follow route set out by green fence, to walk behind the prefab and into playground or to enter from the upper playground.
  4. During school hours children are not allowed to leave the school premises without permission from parents.
  5. Children are not allowed into the school building during playtime without permission.
  6. All types of mobile phones are forbidden
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