Newsletter 04/03/2015

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]



Dear Parents                                                            Issue: 18                                      4th March 2015


Congratulations to all the girls in 6th class who made their Confirmation last Saturday. We hope the girls and their families had a very special memorable day.


A very sincere thank you to all of you who helped and supported our recent Church Gate Collection. The sum of €884.47 was collected.


The staff are currently implementing phase two of the Food Dudes Programme under the guidance of the co-ordinator Mrs Hennessy and her class (the Healthy School Committee). Green and pink lunch boxes have been given to all children for their fruit and veg. They will be rewarded with certificates of achievement for bringing in and eating fruit and vegetables from home as part of their daily lunch diet. The children are really enjoying this programme and having a lot of fun.


We have the following four past pupils on teaching practice: Andrea Feeney, Emma Ryan, Catherine O’Grady and Roisin Kennedy.


Sharon Higgins will continue to provide Zumba Dancing Workshops to all the children over the next few weeks. Many thanks to the Parents’ Council for financing this venture.


The Green School Committee wish to thank all of you who supported the Cash for Clobber two bag challenge.


The Public Health Nurse will visit the school to screen Vision & Hearing for sixth class girls on Thursday, the 5th of March. Please complete consent forms.


The Galway Community Rugby Officer, Wendy Hickey will continue to provide Rugby Workshops to the children in Ms. Monaghan’s and Mrs. Monson’s classes this Thursday.


Tomorrow Thursday is World Book Day. The aim of World Book Day is to celebrate the joy of reading. Every child will receive a €1.50 book token which can be exchanged for one of nine exclusive €1.50 World Book Day books or if they prefer €1.50 off any book costing more than €3.99.


Owen Diviney, Life Coach will present a Wellbeing Workshop to the three senior classes this Friday, the 5th of March. Thank you to the Parents Council for financing this workshop.


Second class and parents are invited to the next Do This In Memory of Me Mass this Sunday, the 8th of March at 11am.


Seachtain na Gaeilge is starting next week. A wide variety of activities are currently being planned. All the children and staff will speak in Irish throughout the week. Prizes will be given to children who will make an extra effort.



Ms. Monaghan’s and Mrs. Monson’s class will be visiting the Athenry Heritage Centre for a guided tour and Medieval experience over the next week under the guidance of Alan Burgess, Manager. A very sincere thank you to the Parents Council who are financing this venture.


Bully 4u is providing a bullying workshop for some classes on Wednesday, the 11th of March during the school day. They will also provide an Information Evening for parents on Bullying and Cyber Bullying at 8pm. These sessions have proved extremely popular throughout the country.


Mr. Wallace and Mrs. Hallissey will select two teams to take part in a Tráth na gCeist (Table Quiz through the medium of Irish) which will take place in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea on Thursday, the 12th of March during school hours.


Michelle Hanley, Nutritionist & Juice Therapist will provide a Nutritional Workshop to children in the four senior classes on Thursday, the 12th of March. Many thanks to the Parents Council for financing this workshop.


Mr. Wallace and Mrs. Hallissey are selecting a team to participate in the Pioneer Table Quiz Competition which will take place in the Ard Rí Hotel Tuam on Friday, the 13th of March at 6pm.


John Morris Burke from the FAI will provide a 6 week Football Club to Mrs. Monson’s class on Fridays commencing Friday, the 13th of March during school hours.  Please sign consent forms.


The children will have no school on Monday and Tuesday the 16th & 17th of March.


The Community Council has invited the Medieval Town Band to lead the St Patrick’s Day Parade and to perform a recital at the viewing stand.  The parade will take place on Tuesday, the 17th of March, after the 11am mass.  Children from 2nd to 6th class have worked very hard for this event, so we hope to see your support by being present on the day.  Your co-operation in the following matters is an essential part of this day. All children in the band are requested:

  • To meet in the school at 10.00am
  • To bring their instruments
  • To wear they hair in plaits, if possible
  • To make sure they have comfortable shoes or runners (no boots or plimsolls)
  • To wear two layers, vests or t-shirts under their band uniforms
  • Children from 3rd up to 6th Class are to wear their navy tights.
  • Second class will be provided with skin coloured tights.


The children in 2nd class will be making their First Confession on Thursday, the 19th of March at 6pm.


The senior classes will participate again in the Spelling Bee Competition. The children are required to learn lists of spellings. The pupils in 5th class will compete with the pupils in 6th class. One child will represent the school at the County Spelling Bee Championship which will take place in the Salthill Hotel on Tuesday, the 24th of March at 11am.


The School Photographer will take family photos of junior infants and siblings along with class photos of junior infants, first class, first & second class and sixth class on Wednesday, the 25th of March.



Yours sincerely,  _______________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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