Newsletter No. 19 (09032016)

Scoil Chroí Naofa

Athenry, Co Galway

Telephone:  091-844510

Email: [email protected]



Dear Parents                         Issue: 19                                                                               9th March 2016


Seachtain na Gaeilge is being celebrated nationwide this week. The following are a list of some of the activities that are taking place through the medium of Irish: Assembly every morning, Daily News, Weather & Diary, Stories, Poetry & Drama, Songs (Amhrán na bhFiann), Bingo, Table Quiz,  variety of Games, Art Competition, Irish Speaker Awards, Siamsa on Friday (Concert). Children may come to school on Friday dressed in Green.


A member of the Knitting Club, Maureen Canon is an active member of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. This organisation takes young people with special needs to Lourdes at Easter. Maureen would like us to support her again this year in a fundraiser for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust. She has kindly donated a large Easter egg for a raffle which will take place on Wednesday, the 16th March. Tickets cost €1 and they can be purchased daily from Mrs. Monson’s class.


Brian Quinn, parent and member of the Athenry Historical Society is kindly providing workshops on Athenry in the 1916 Rising to children in the four senior classes.


Sixth class girls and their parents are invited to the final session of the Confirmation Programme will take place in Coláiste an Chláirín this evening Wednesday the 9th of March.


If you wish to order Confirmation Class Photo, please forward €20 by Friday the 11th of March.


First Confession for 2nd class will take place on Monday, the 14th of March at 11am in the school hall. Parents are invited. Parents Council will kindly finance a party to honour the occasion.


Students from Colaiste an Chláirín have invited the three senior classes to attend a one hour tour to commemorate the 1916 Rising.


The Knitting Club was established in the school four years ago. Mrs. Monson invited the Athenry Craft Group to assist her class with knitting. The group consists of Margaret Cotter, Tina Kilkelly, Mary McGovern, Sheila Connolly, Maureen Cannon, Noreen Ryan and Eileen O’Malley. They have been very generous with their time every week. Every year they participate in one group project. Last year they knitted a lovely scene of the Castle in Athenry and this year they are knitting the Irish Flag for the 1916 Rising Commemorations which will be displayed in Lorraine Higgins’s office window over the Easter. The Board of Management and staff are very appreciative with their help, guidance and talents. Mrs. Monson was contacted by Irish TV Sky 191 who were impressed with their current project. They would like to film and interview the Knitting Club for a programme entitled “Galway County Matters” which will be aired on April 28th. They also want to film and record activities on our Proclamation Day.


Tuesday, March 15th 2016 has been designated Proclamation Day for schools in Ireland.  All schools will commemorate and reflect upon the events of the 1916 Easter Rising. The following is our itinerary for the day:

  • Flag Raising Ceremony at 9.30am. The Board of Management and Parents Council are invited.
  • The band will perform some music.
  • The Proclamation will be read by staff and Diversity Committee.
  • Student Council will read our new Proclamation.
  • The new Flag will be raised to the accompaniment of a piper.
  • The school community will sing our National Anthem.
  • The band will conclude the ceremony.
  • At 10.45am staff and children will assemble in the hall to share and showcase their class projects.
  • At 12.45pm parents are invited into the school for an hour to view the children’s projects.


The Community Council has invited the Medieval Town Band to lead the St Patrick’s Day Parade and to perform a recital at the viewing stand.  The parade will take place on Thursday, the 17th of March, after the 11am mass.  Children from 2nd to 6th class have worked very hard for this event, so we hope to see your support by being present on the day.  Your co-operation in the following matters is an essential part of this day. All children in the band are requested:

  • To meet in the school at 10.00am
  • To bring their instruments
  • To wear they hair in plaits, if possible
  • To make sure they have comfortable shoes or runners (no boots or plimsolls)
  • To wear two layers, vests or t-shirts under their band uniforms
  • Children from 3rd up to 6th Class are to wear their navy tights.
  • Second class will be provided with skin coloured tights.
  • Children can be collected from the school straight after the Parade at 12.45am.


Second class and parents are invited to the next Do This In Memory of Me Mass this Sunday, the 20th of March at 11am.


Ms. Sheridan and Ms. Tyrrell are organising an Easter Fun Camp in the school from Monday to Friday the 21st to the 25th of March.  All queries regarding camp need to be directed to the camp leaders in rooms three and five.


Children will be getting their Easter Holidays on Wednesday, the 16th of March at 11.45am. Children do not have to wear their school uniform on Wednesday. School will re-open on Monday, the 4th of April.


Mr. Wallace and Mrs. Hallissey are selecting a team to participate in the Pioneer Table Quiz Competition which will take place in the Ard Rí Hotel Tuam on Saturday, the 26th of March at 12pm.


Children in 3rd class will be attending Swimming Lessons in Tranquillity in the Raheen Woods Hotel from Monday to Friday, the 18th to the 22ndt of April. The fee is €25.



Yours sincerely,   _______________________Teresa Neylon, Principal

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