Newsletter 09/12/2014

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone/Fax:  091-844510

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Dear Parents                                                 Issue: 12                           December 9th 2014


The Lighting of the Christmas Tree took place last Thursday. The children put a lot of hard work into preparing for this performance; practice began back as early as September. One hundred and thirty five children from 2nd up to 6th class were band members. The staff were very proud of all the children. A very sincere thank you to the Parents Council who provided refreshments for the children and to all of you who supported us.


The three senior classes participated in the Hallelujah Choir Festival which took place in Dublin last Friday. The children also worked extremely hard at learning a vast repertoire of songs. Our pupils performed with 3000 children from other schools around the country. A wonderful experience was had by all. We are very thankful again to the Parents Council who financed buses for the children and to the many parents and staff who supported us in Dublin. A special thank you to Mrs Monson, Mrs Murray and Ms Monaghan who prepared the children for this event. We wish to remind parents to wash and return the Hallelujah Choir T-shirts as they will be used again next week for the concert.


There are currently five Transition Year students on work experience in the school throughout the next two weeks.


The Student Council have organised a little fundraiser with the assistance of a publisher.  They created a calendar from January to December 2015 with a photo of each of the twelve classes to coincide with the months of the year. This calendar will make an ideal gift for your loved ones at a reasonable cost of €5.


The Green School Committee and staff are requesting that children do not exchange Christmas Cards at school. This is our way of caring for the environment and reducing the amount of waste paper as well as cutting cost to families due to the current economic climate.


There will be confessions for children from 3rd up to 6th in the school tomorrow.


The three senior classes will be singing Christmas Carols at the Christmas Market in the square this Friday, the 12th of December at 1pm.


The Board of Management has introduced a Voluntary Contribution for each family as a result of reduced funding towards the running costs of the school. The Board is seeking a contribution of €30 per child or €50 per family. We would be very grateful for your donation. In the light of the economic climate, staff has requested that no gifts be given to them throughout the year. Instead however, your appreciation of staff can be acknowledged in your Voluntary Contribution.



All the children and staff are preparing for our Christmas School Concert which will be taking place in the Assembly Hall on the 15th, 16th & 17th of December. The staff have put a tremendous amount of work into preparing the children. The children are really excited and looking forward to performing for you, your family and friends. The concert will commence at 7.00pm each night. The following classes will perform on the night as listed below. Tickets will cost €7.50 per adult and €3 per child. Family tickets are also available for €20 for two adults and two or more children. There are a number of families who have more than two children and will be attending two performances. These families will pay for the first night and retain their ticket for the next night. Tickets are now available for purchase at the office. The Parents Council are organising raffles for each night. If you would like to contribute a spot prize for these raffles, your gesture would be very much appreciated.


The staff and I seek your co-operation with the following routine on the nights of the concert:

  • All the children performing in the concert are requested to enter the infant yard door of the school at 6.15pm.
  • Parents, family and friends can queue at the front door nearest the prefab and the yard door nearest the new mural.
  • There will be an opportunity for people to take photos after each class has performed.
  • Children performing on the night will remain in the infant classes until the whole concert is over. They will be provided with treats and have an opportunity to watch DVDs and play games.
  • Children performing and their siblings may come to school at 10.30am on the following day if you wish.


Mrs. O’Reilly Ms. Alani Ms. Sheridan
Ms. Treacy Mrs. Burke Ms. Tyrrell
Mrs. Hennessy Mr. Wallace Mr. McDonald
Mrs. Monson Mrs. Murray Ms. Monaghan


Yours sincerely _________________________________     Teresa Neylon   Principal    

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