Newsletter 18/09/2014

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]



Dear Parents                                         Issue: 02                                                               18th September 2014


Sixth class pupils are members of our Student Council. The aim of the Student Council is to give a voice to the student body, to make positive changes to our school and to promote the Irish language. Congratulations to the following officials who have been elected: Amy (Chairperson), Rebecca (Vice-Chairperson) and Rhiannon (Secretary).


The staff are currently implementing an intensive Reading and Writing programme entitled Literacy Lift Off in Mr. McDonald’s class and some children from Mrs. Hennessy’s class over a 6 week period.  This programme commences at 8.50am sharp in Mr. Mc Donald’s classroom  These children do not line up for assembly, It has been noted that there are a number of children strolling in late every morning  who are not fully benefiting from the programme and are also causing a major disruption to the other children and the staff.


First class children do not assemble in the hall at home time as they did in infant classes. Please make sure that you arrange with your child where exactly you will collect him/her at 2.30pm.


The Board of Management will not accept responsibility for children in the school yard before 8.45am or after 2.30pm unless they are attending Extra Curricular Activities.


In the interest of safety and due to the large number of junior and senior infants we seek your co-operation with the following morning and evening routines.

  • In the morning at 8.45am junior and senior infants line up in the yard where they say goodbye to their parents.
  • At 1.30pm parents of junior infants are requested to enter the school through the main door near the Principal’s office where they will queue outside their children’s classroom and then exit through the same door.
  • Parents of senior infants will follow the same routine as last year. They will wait in the yard corridors and collect their children from the hall.
  • If you need to speak to teacher, please be prepared to wait until all the children have been collected.


Mr Wallace is currently selecting children from 3rd up to 6th class to participate in the Athletic Association Irish Primary Schools Cross Country Championship which will be held in Renmore on Tuesday, the 23rd of September at 12.30pm sharp.


Galway County Council and WEEE Ireland will be holding a free WEEE Wagon Day for household waste electrical and electronic equipment. Anything from the home with a plug or battery will be accepted at the event. Collection will take place next Thursday, the 25th of September at Arrabawn (The Mill, Dublin Road) from 10.00am to 1.00pm.  Please see below items that are allowed and not allowed.

All electrical household items General household waste
Radios, iPods, MP3’s etc Green organic waste
TV’s remotes, Video/DVD players, consoles etc Hazardous chemicals
I.T. equipment (erase hard drives) Paints
Microwaves, fluorescent lighting, CFLs, LEDs, etc Aerosols
Batteries, mobile phones, electronic toys Medical waste


The Board of Management recommends that all pupils avail of the Schools Personal Accident Insurance. Forms have been distributed to all the children.  Please complete the form and forward either €6.00 or €9.00 depending on whatever option you choose by Friday, the 26th of September.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Ms. Tyrrell will commence a Science Club for 3rd class children. Course will commence on Wednesday, the 24th of September from 2.30 – 3.30pm. It will run for 6 weeks at a cost of €25.
  • Ms. Alani will commence Art Attack Classes for children in 5th & 6th class. Course will commence on Tuesday week the 30th of September from 2.30 – 3.30pm. It will run for 6 weeks at a cost of €30.


The Board of Management wish to thank all of the parents who donated a Voluntary Contribution for the last school year. In acknowledgement, receipts were sent out to all families concerned. Míle Buíochas.


The Galway Education Centre is offering 5th and 6th class pupils in County Galway free 90 minute Maths Camps based on the Khan Academy on the following dates: 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of October. If your child is interested, you need to immediately complete the application form on [email protected] or return forms to the school.  Places are filling up very quickly.


We wish to remind you of our Healthy Eating Policy. Please see below the list of food allowed and forbidden. We wish to remind you that some children have a severe nut allergy, therefore provide your child with fruit/veg for first break. Green School Committee request that all children bring home their cartons, bottles, cling film and tin foil etc   in order to reduce the general waste in the school.


Yours sincerely ________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal





Fruit Juice (unsweetened)

Low Sugar Drinks




Fizzy Drinks


Recommended          Not Recommended
All Sandwich fillingsBrown BreadWhite Bread





Fruit Bread




Cheese Slices

Rice Cakes

Rice Crackers


Cheese Dippers



Plain Buns

Fairy Cakes

Plain Biscuits

Plain Cake



Chocolate bars

Cream Biscuits

Chocolate Biscuits

Rich Cakes

Iced Buns

Sprinkler Yoghurt

Chocolate Mousse

Plain Popcorn

Cereal Bars


P.S.Chewing gum and crisps are forbidden


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