Newsletter 26 (16/06/2016)

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]



Dear Parents                                                   Issue: 26                                                              16th Jun 2016


Three members of staff will be leaving this year. Mrs. Scully (Support Teacher) will be retiring after teaching with us for 23 years. Mrs. Earls (Secretary) will be leaving after 11 years. Mrs. Hanley (Special Needs Assistant) will be retiring after 8 years service.

We thank each of them most sincerely for their commitment and dedication to our school community. We wish them all health and happiness in the future.


Our school implemented the two year Healthy Promoting School Programme under the guidance of Mrs Hennessy and her class (Healthy School Committee). Their motto is Healthy Body Strong Mind Go Better Together. Their Action Plan was as follows:

  • To revise our healthy eating policy
  • To carry out research on sugar content in various drinks
  • To encourage the school community to drink more water.
  • To become better fruit and veg eaters with the assistance of the Food Dudes Programme.
  • To enhance our environment by painting a large mural and games on playground.
  • To plant more trees, flowers and shrubs on our school campus.
  • To highlight our school as a bullying free zone especially during Anti Bullying weeks
  • To implement the Fun Friends, Friends for Life and the Zippy’s Friends programmes which teach children to cope with difficulties, to build resilience and to manage anxiety.
  • To become an active school and to achieve the Active School Flag.
  • To provide a variety of workshops for the children such as nutrition, well being, origami, bird watching, Zumba, Kinex, lego canine buddies, sean nos dancing, cycling etc.

We have just been informed that our school has been designated a very healthy setting for living, learning and working. Our assessor Fiona Falvey will present our Healthy School Flag to us on Monday the 20th of June at 1pm in recognition for our commitment and hard work. Parents Council are welcome.


Our school has participated in the Discovery Science Programme for many years under the stewardship of Ms Tyrrell. Teachers in various classes taught their pupils many interesting science lessons and the children had the opportunity to carry out a wide variety of scientific experiments. Hence our school to date has been awarded five Discovery Science Awards of Excellence, three Discovery Science & Maths Awards of Excellence and two Discovery Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Awards of Excellence.  Ms Tyrrell has also implemented the Agri Aware Incredible Edibles Programme with her class.


Students’ Council are holding their annual Bake Sale this Friday. There will be a selection of homemade treats available for children to buy as well as games to play. The Students’ Council would be very appreciative of donations towards their Bake Sale. If you would like to donate cakes, buns, bread or treats please send them to Room 16 on Friday morning. The proceeds will go towards hotdogs/burgers for all the children on Sports Day.


Please forward to the class teacher a Stamped Self Addressed Envelope for each of your children’s end of year reports.


The Bia Lover Festival is taking place this weekend in Athenry from the 15th – 19th of June. It is a celebration of food and drink produced in Galway and the West of Ireland. This Incredible Edible Event will take place in the Park in front of the Athenry Castle on Friday, 17th from 7 – 9pm. There will be food from local producers and will be free for the public to taste. The event will also celebrate food from around the world. Our school community are participating in this event. All the children received edible Callendula seeds, soil and pots in April from Bia Lovers. All seeds were sown and have grown into edible plants. The children brought their plants to the Park today to create an edible landscape with the assistance of artists. Mrs. Monson’s 6th class girls will also have their own bake stall with a variety of foods from other countries on Friday. They will be dressed in international costume. The organisers are encouraging everyone to come along, bring a blanket, set up a picnic and enjoy all the lovely food. The Festival is part of Galway’s bid to become the 2020 European Capital of Culture.

Mr. Wallace is a teacher on our staff. He has written a book entitled “Sentenced to Death”. This book focuses on the stories of thirty Irish men and women who had the death penalty imposed on them after they were found guilty of murder between 1922 and 1990. This book will be launched by Éamonn Ó Cuív TD in Charlie Byrnes Bookshop on Friday, 17th of June at 6.30pm.

Mr. Mc Donald, Mr. Wallace and the Active School Committee wish to inform you that next week will be Active School Week.  Their slogan is Be active! Keep active! Stay active. Children may come to school in their track suits and runners. Children are encouraged to be active in their travel as they walk to school. There will be a wide variety of fun activities on offer every day for the different classes. Each morning will commence with a wake up shake up morning assembly presented by the Active School Committee. They will demonstrate and encourage the whole school to participate in some fun exercises, dancing and action songs. They will assign some exercises as active homework. The teachers have organised a variety of activities to mark this active fun week, e.g. hulahoopathon, skipathon, runathon, jogathon, bizzybreak activities, active homework, walk a mile with a smile, basketball knockout, zumba, circuit training, the bleep test, etc. Children will be encouraged to drink water in preference to juices during this week. Owen Diviney as Athlete Mentor is providing a Sky Sports Living for Sport programme to 6th class.  He is supporting them in a class project which will involve the whole school. Hence the Student Council are organising a wide variety of activities for our Sports Day on Tuesday in Kenny Park to include a hot dog/burger. Children may bring treats on this special day. Parents are very welcome. Sixth class will also teach PE to all the classes during the week.  Active Awards will be presented to children who make a special effort in being extra active.


The Green School Committee are organising another Cash for Clobber 3 Bag Challenge collection for the 21st of June.


The Board of Management seeks an annual contribution of €30 per child or €50 per family The Board wish to thank again those families who gave a Voluntary Contribution during the year. If you would like to contribute, 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.



  • The Graduation Mass for the 1st class boys and the 6th class girls has been rescheduled for Friday, the 24th of June at 11am. Staff would appreciate help from parents to serve refreshments in the hall at 12.00 noon. If available please notify Secretary.
  • Book Lists will be distributed to all children on Monday, the 27th of June.

Yours sincerely____________________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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