Newsletter 23/10/2014

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone/Fax:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]



Dear Parents                                                                Issue: 06                                               23rd October 2014

Congratulations to Kayla who qualified to the Connacht Cross Country Running Primary School Championship. She secured 25th place in the competition.


Congratulations also to the following children who received an award for making a special effort to speak Irish on Wednesdays during September; Adam, Angel, Gerard, Eric, Krzysztof, Kerri, Sinéad, Claire, Naomi, Amy, Sophie and Sarah.


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.


It has been noticed that there are 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.


A very sincere thank you to the Athenry Knitting Club who are providing knitting workshops again this year to the children in 5th class.


The staff welcomes support from parents with the education of our children. If you have any skills that you wish to offer the school, e.g. Information Technology (assistance with website, school blog), Sport, Art, Music, Dance, Crochet, Embroidery, Sewing, Cooking, Baking, etc. Please contact Principal.


Mrs. Burke and Ms. Tyrrell are training our school camogie team every Tuesday from 1.30 – 2.30pm. Please ensure that your child has their camogie gear in school on that day.


Michael Helebert is also assisting the staff with camogie coaching. This coaching takes place on a Friday from 10.30 – 11.30am. Certain classes are selected on a rota basis.


Mr. McDonald is the co-ordinator of the Active School 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!

Mr. McDonald applied to take part in the Super Troopers created by Laya Healthcare which is designed to encourage children to be active for 60 minutes on a daily basis. The children have been provided with homework activity journals. These are filled with fantastic fun activities to do at home designed to help pupils increase agility, strength, balance and overall activity levels along with fortnightly healthy lifestyle tips/reflection activities. Please encourage your child to complete the physical activity homework on a daily basis. Laya Healthcare request parents to complete a short survey at telephone 01-5224848 .



Paired reading & maths will take place in a number of classes during the school year where children from senior classes assist children in junior classes in the area of reading & maths. All children enjoy these sessions. At present Ms. Monaghan’s class is assisting the three senior infant classes on Fridays.


The Student Council applied to the Galway Education Centre for support & training in a Debating Programme. They were successful in their application and support & training has commenced with Margaret Martin.


John from the Football Association of Ireland is visiting the school again this year to provide Soccer Workshops. He is coaching children from junior infants up to Mr. McDonald’s 2nd class today.


Mr. Wallace has selected 3 teams from 5th & 6th class to represent the school at the Athenry Library Quiz today, the 23rd of October.


The Green School Committee wish to remind parents & children that our first Park & Stride Day will take place tomorrow, Friday the 24th October from the car park beside Kenny Park at 8.50am. Children, staff & parents are invited to take part in this special Halloween Walk. Children may wear Halloween Costumes and high-visibility vests. Staff will be present at the venue from 8.30am. If for any reason you cannot drop off your child at Kenny Park, the doors of the school will be open at the normal time.


Galway Education Centre is piloting a JUMP Math Camp for 3rd class pupils from 28th–31st October from 10–2pm each day. JUMP Math is a numeracy programme dedicated to enhancing the potential in children by encouraging an understanding and a love of maths.Further details are available on There are 30 places being offered to pupils of all abilities on a first come first served basis and is free of charge. To book a place please log onto the website and complete the JUMP Math Booking Form which is under Book/Forms.


The Green School Committee are planning a “Monster Cash for Clobber” for after the Halloween Break.  They are requesting all families to do a big Tidy Up during the break. If you have any of the following unwanted items, please put them in refuse bags –  Good Quality Clothing, Shoes, Belts, Towels, Curtains, Bed linen, Handbags, etc. No duvets pillows or soiled items will be accepted. The school will receive €4 for each bag. The collection will take place on the second week after Halloween Break.



  • Mid-term Break – Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November
  • Vocational School Information Open Night  –  Wednesday  5th  November at 7.30pm
  • MMR vaccine and the 4 in 1 vaccine for Junior Infants –  11th & 12th November
  • Parent’s Council Meeting – Wednesday, the 12th of November at 8pm
  • Staff Meeting – Thursday 13th November. All children will go home at 1.15pm on that day.
  • Three senior classes participating in the Hallelujah Choir Festival– in City West Dublin on Friday, 5th December. Details will follow after Halloween Break.


The staff and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and safe Halloween.


Yours sincerely


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Teresa Neylon Principal                                                                                    Veronica Murray (Deputy Principal)

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