A Validator came to the school last Friday to assess the children and staff on our use of ICT in teaching and learning. We are involved in the Digital Schools of Distinction Programme to improve and enhance the learning experience of pupils and to develop digital skills which will stand to them throughout their lives. The Validator was very impressed and quoted “I found my visit very educational and entertaining in this wonderful school”.
A new committee has been established in the school called the Active School Committee. Mr. McDonald is the Co-Ordinator assisted by Mr. Wallace. Second class is the steering committee. Their slogan is Be active! Keep active! Stay active! We are participating in a two year Active School Programme and hope to be awarded an Active School Flag. The Active School flag committee has 3 aims:
- to make sure that everybody takes part in some kind of activity during or after school, e.g. walking, cycling, swimming, running or playing,
- to help children be more active inside and outside of school. It is recommended that children have at least 60 minutes of activity every day.
- to make sure we have fun while getting more active. It’s much easier to be active if you’re having fun doing it!
The committee are seeking assistance from any parents who would be willing to share their skills in any area of keeping fit, e.g. dance, sport, yoga, games, nutrition, etc.
A very big thank you to all who supported the Cash for Clobber Two Bag Challenge.
The Green School Committee would like to thank all of the staff, children and parents who supported our special walk to school yesterday from Kenny Park. The children really enjoyed it and a special thank you to Mrs. Monson the Green Schoool Co-ordinator and her committee for organising this event. Thank you also to the parents and children who have been participating in Park & Stride all week.
The Green School Committee with the assistance of the Diversity Committee have organised an Intercultural Day today. Each class learned about different countries and are showcasing their learning to all the children and parents who are visiting from 1.30 – 2.30pm. The children came to school today dressed in a lovely array of colours representing national dress of different countries.
Next week will be our second time this school year drawing attention to Bullying as Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Bullying Free Zone. The following are some activities that will take place: there will be an assembly each morning with a focus on the definition of bullying, different types of bullying and highlighting the following three roles – bystander, bully and victim. The children will sing the Respect Rap. They will also promise to keep the No Bullying Pledge which was created by Mrs. Burke. Fifth and Sixth class are making Anti-Bullying wrist bands. Student Council are creating posters with kind words for display and a Kindness Board. They will also draft an Anti-Bullying charter. The Diversity Committee will create a powerpoint on bullying and present it to the school during the week. They will also buddy children in the yard and in the classrooms during breaks. Every child will draw around their hands and identify five people that they can turn to if they have a problem with bullying. They will then place their hand on the Helping Hand Tree created by Ms. Treacy with the assistance of Mrs. Devally. Wednesday will be called Blue Wednesday as children and staff will come to school dressed in blue (blue signifies peace, safety and solidarity). The Caring Kid Awards will be given to children on Friday who have made a special effort in being extra kind during.
Ms. Alani is providing Art Attack for children in 1st & 2nd classes over 6 weeks commencing Wednesday, the 21st of May from 2.30 – 3.30pm at a cost of €60.
An Taisce will be presenting our seventh International Green Flag Award based on Global Citizenship, Litter and Waste in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway on Thursday, the 22nd of May followed by lunch. Congratulations to our Green School Co-Ordinator, Mrs. Monson and the Green School Committees who have steered the two year programme.
John from FAI will be returning on Thursday, the 22nd of May to continue teaching football skills to various classes.
There will a Parent’s Council Meeting next Thursday, the 22nd of May at 8.30pm.
Dates for Diary
- Anti Bullying Awareness Week – re-scheduled for Monday 19th – Friday 23rd of May
- Vocational School Transition Assessment – Saturday, 17th of May from 10 – 11.30am. Children who cannot attend on Saturday will be facilitated on Monday, 19th of May from 4 – 5.30pm.
- Bake Sale for Charity- Friday, the 23rd of May
- First Holy Communion – Sunday, 25th of May at 12.30pm
- Reception Meeting for parents of new pupils for September 2014 on Wednesday, the 11th of June at 8pm
- Open afternoon for new Junior Infants on Thursday, the 12th of June from 12.30 – 1.30pm
- Graduation Mass for 1st class boys and 6th class girls on Thursday, the 26th of June at 11am