News letter 8th May 2014

Congratulations to Emma who won 1st prize in the primary school category of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association Essay Competition.


Congratulations to the school camogie team who qualified to the finals of the Cumann na mBunscoil League. We wish them the best of luck in the final which will take place in the next few weeks.


Tom Cuffe from the Heritage Council provided Bird Watching Workshops to Mr. Wallace’s & Ms. Tyrrell’s class today. Thank you to the Parent’s Council for funding these workshops and also the Origami Workshops.


Alan Burgess manager of the Athenry Heritage Centre has organised a very enjoyable concert performed by the Galway Ensemble in Residence Contempo Quartet to children from 2nd up to 6th class today.


Ms. Treacy’s senior infant class has commenced Maths Blast for the duration of 3 weeks. During these weeks your child will get to know numbers, play number games, handle maths equipment and become more comfortable when doing maths.


Paired Reading is taking place in four classes at present where children in a senior class read to children in a junior class. Mrs. Monson’s class is paired with Mrs. Burke’s class and Mrs. Cronin’s class is paired with Ms. Sheridan’s class. All the children really enjoy these sessions.


Last year our school was awarded a Digital Status Award in recognition of our best practice in the use of ICT in our teaching and learning. This year we have taken part again in the Digital Schools of Distinction Programme. Participation in this programme is giving an opportunity to enhance the learning experience of pupils and to develop digital skills which will stand to them throughout their lives. This Digital Schools of Distinction Programme is an accreditation which primary schools can attain by demonstrating excellence in their approach to the integration of ICT. A validator is visiting tomorrow, Friday, the 9th of May to assess us for this new award.


Galway GAA are organising a Pre-Championship Open Night tomorrow, Friday, 9th of May  at 7pm in Kenny Park. Members of the Senior Galway hurling team and football team will be in attendance . This is an opportunity for Galway supporters to meet their county GAA heroes.

The Green School Committee would like to draw your attention to the Green Schools Travel Walk to School Week which will take place from Monday to Friday the 12th to 16th of May. They wish to remind all parents and children that it will be a Park & Stride Week. All children are encouraged to wear high-visibility vests and arm-reflectors every day. Those who travel to school by car are asked to park their car on the outskirts of Athenry or away from the school and to walk the last part of the way.  On Wednesday, the 14th of May children, staff and parents will take part in a special walk. We will assemble at a venue in the town at 8.50a.m. and then we will all walk to school. You will be notified of venue shortly.


Children in 3rd class will be attending Swimming Lessons in Tranquility in the Raheen Woods Hotel from Monday to Friday, the 12th to 16th of May. Please forward fee of €25 by tomorrow, Friday, the 9th of May. All pupils attending swimming lessons are requested to wear their swimsuits and tracksuits coming to school for the week. Swimming hats may be purchased at the pool for €2. .


The Green School Committee are organising an Intercultural Day on Thursday, the 15th of May with the assistance of the Diversity Committee. Each class has learned about different countries and will showcase their learning during the day to all the children and to parents who are invited to visit from 1.30 – 2.30pm.  It is an opportunity to meet children and parents from different countries. Children and parents will have an opportunity to taste a wide variety of international cuisine, to learn about customs and traditions and to look at some arts and crafts from different countries. Children may come to school dressed in national dress of any country.


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, etc.


Dates for Diary

  • Cash for Clobber 2 Bag Challenge – collection on Monday, 12th of May
  • 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.
  • 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
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