Newsletter 19/11/2014

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone/Fax:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]



Dear Parents                                            Issue: 08            19th November 2014


It has been noticed that there are still a number of cars entering and leaving the school grounds. The Board of Management wish to repeat that no cars are allowed on campus except in exceptional circumstances arranged with the Principal.


In the interest of safety and due to 338 children on roll and 21 members of staff, parents of children in all classes are now requested to say goodbye to their children in the morning as they line up in the yard. Please keep the corridors free for the children to enter the building.


The staff consider punctuality to be of paramount importance. Please ensure that your child is in school by 8.50am to avoid constant disruption to morning prayers and to the beginning of the school day for teachers.

There are two new members on the Board of Management this year. Bernie Ryan has replaced John Donohue as John is no longer a parent. A very sincere thank you to John for his commitment and service to our school as a Board member and as a Chairperson of the Parents Council. Veronica Murray is currently replacing Cathriona Cronin.  We wish to congratulate Mrs. Cronin and Mr. Cronin on the birth of their daughter Rachel.

The Green School Committee wish to thank the school community who participated in our “Monster Cash for Clobber”. We will receive a cheque for €500.


The Parents’ Council had their first official meeting last week.  Members include Yvonne Dowling (Chairperson), Mary Ryan (Secretary), Eithne Kennedy (Treasurer), Rachel Moore, Julie Fallon, Michelle Bergin, Jeannie Hough and Maria Hitchcox, Teacher representative is Mary Vaughan. If you were unable to attend any of the meetings and would like to become a member, please contact the secretary. Next meeting will take place on the 14th of January.

Congratulations also to the following children who received an award for making a special effort to speak Irish on Wednesdays during October; Michael, Grace, Ailbhe, Abbie, Sonia, Ciarah, Aoife, Éabha, Shandreya, Sophie, Abbie and Rhiannon.


Mr. Mc Donald’s class has commenced Maths Blast which is a three week whole class intervention programme.


The Galway Science & Technology Festival is still taking place this week.

  • Tom Cuffe  provided  Origami workshops for 5th & 6th class last Monday,
  • The Mad Scientist performed a number of exciting experiments for the children in Mr. Mc Donald’s class, Mr Wallace’s class and Mrs. Hennessey’s class.
  • Conor McDonagh from Steps Ireland has rescheduled an Engineering Workshop for 6th class pupils to next Tuesday, 25th of November.


The two senior classes attended a workshop on Debating with Margaret Martin.

Mr. Wallace has selected two teams of children to participate in the Cumann na mBunscoil Cross Country Running Competition in Renmore Park, this Thursday, the 20th of November at 12.30pm.

Parents are invited to a special Mass with the children and the staff on Presentation Day this Friday, the 21st of November at 10.00a.m in the Church. The Board of Management has kindly provided refreshments for all the pupils to acknowledge this occasion as Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Presentation school.

We are celebrating Anti-Bullying Week this week from Monday the 17th to Friday the 21st of November. We plan to educate our pupils on the different types of bullying and focus on respectful behaviour and relationships. Class teachers are giving lessons based on the different types of bullying each day and how to respond to bullying behaviour. The following are a list of the activities that are taking place around the school:

  • There is  an assembly every morning where we focus on the definition of bullying, different types of bullying ( physical, verbal, social and cyber), the role of the  bystander, bully and victim, how to deal with bullying, etc.
  • The Students Council dramatise a sketch every morning, highlighting the different types of bullying. Other classes contribute to morning assemblies by sharing songs and posters on a bullying theme.
  • Children will recite the anti bullying pledge each day. A copy will be sent home to parents for signing.
  • The Respect Rap will be revised during the week.
  • Garda Eamonn spoke at assembly yesterday He will return tomorrow to talk to the three senior classes on cyber bullying.
  • Mrs. Murray sourced lovely book tokens which have been created for all staff and children and distributed by the Diversity Committee.
  • The Diversity Committee are present on the playground at both breaks wearing their blue sashes. Their role is to buddy children in the yard.
  •  The Diversity Committee 2013/14 created a superb Anti Bullying Powerpoint last year which has been uploaded onto all class laptops.  Staff and children are viewing the slides during the week.
  • The current Diversity Committee in Ms. Monaghan’s class are currently creating a new powerpoint on Diversity which they will share with the staff and children.
  • Staff and children are participating in the Random Act of Kindness Activity. Each day a child picks a child’s name out of a box where he/she is encouraged to carry out a random act of kindness towards that person. Staff are doing likewise with another staff member for the week.
  • Homework is given to children each night and discussed the following day e.g. how did you show kindness to your Mum, Dad, sisters and or brothers.
  • The Caring Kids’ Award will be presented to children who make a special effort in being extra kind this week.
  • The Healthy School Committee in Mrs. Hennessey’s class have organised an Anti Bullying Poster Competition.
  • Friday will be called blue Friday where staff, children  and parents are encouraged  to wear blue as a statement of peace and solidarity in support of creating school community where people will “Stand up and be a friend for others.” Children may choose not to wear uniforms as long as they dress in blue.
  • The Scoil Chroí Naofa Anti Bullying Charter on rights and responsibilities has been revised.
  • The Board of Management have ratified our revised Anti Bullying Policy last week.


There will be an Urgent Information Meeting on proposed cutbacks to supporting children with literacy, numeracy, language and special needs. Parents, teachers, Parents Councils and Boards of Managements of all schools in the locality are invited to attend this meeting on Monday, the 24th of November at 8pm in the Raheen Woods Hotel.


Ms. Monaghan’s, Mrs. Monson’s and Mrs. Murray’s class are participating in the Hallelujah Choir Festival which will be taking place in the City West Hotel, Dublin on Friday, the 5th of December. Tickets have been ordered for families. A bus has also been booked for family members at a cost of €15 per person. Please forward bus fare to the office by Friday week the 28th of November.


All the children and staff are working extremely hard for our Christmas School Concert which takes place every two years. Please note the concert will take place in the Assembly Hall on the 15th, 16th & 17th of December. Four different classes will perform each night. You will be notified of the timetable next week. .



  • Fifth & Sixth class are attending the Musical Hairspray in the Presentation College on the 3rd of December at a cost of €3 per person.
  • The Medieval Town Band will perform at the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in the Market Square on Thursday the 4th of December at 4.00pm.
  • Parent/Teacher Meetings will take place on the 20th & 21st of January.

Yours sincerely  ___________________  Teresa Neylon Principal

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