Religious Ethos

Graduation Mass June 25th

The SCN school community gathered in the hall on Monday the 25th of June for a special ‘farewell’ graduation mass for the first class boys and the sixth class girls. The school choir, accompanied by Ms Murray, Ms O’Byrne and Mr Byrne sang beautifully as the Nano lanterns hung overhead. Fr Benny celebrated mass with us and Mrs Neylon gave the two classes a wonderful send-off.

Special Olympics Fundraiser 

For 4 days in June, 1600 athletes from all over Ireland will take part in the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Dublin. 222 of these athletes are from the Connaught region and 9 athletes are from the Skylark Centre in Athenry. Miss Murray has been volunteering with Special Olympics Connaught for over 20 years and is Sports Co-ordinator for the Connaught team. Cathy Vaughan (mum of Harry and Ruby) and Sheila Bergin (mum of Aoife) both work in the Skylark Centre. To show our support for the athletes, we had a “Wear Your Jersey” fundraising day and invited several athletes to our school for a special assembly. The sum of €500 was raised which went towards some of their expenses.Three of our local athletes won All Ireland medals at the Special Olympics Ireland Games which we think is a fantastic achievement.

Nano and Friends Day June 8th

What a fantastic day we had in SCN on Friday, June the 8th to celebrate the tercentenary of our foundress, Nano Nagle. We invited the Athenry Presentation Sisters to our school to join us in marking this special occasion. Many other guests arrived including representatives from the parents council and board of management, Fr Benny and Fr Brendan and our special guest of honour, Sr Leo! We had many fun things planned to mark the day. Mrs Neylon started the day off with a special Nano assembly where Sixth Class performed the story of Nano Nagle for all the children. Lizzy from fifth was chosen as our SCN Nano for the day and played the role with aplomb. She was amazing! She was interviewed by several staff members at assembly and great fun was had by all. After break, all the classes in the school went on a Nano Nagle walking tour and adterwards went to the SCN cinema( room 11!!] where they watched a movie about how the children of SCN live out the spirit of nano in our school. They then completed various Nano inspired colouring pages and Nano mindfulness activities and lastly enjoyed a Special Nano Gloden Hour!!!!!!! We made great memories on our Nano and Friends Day!

May is the month of Mary

During the month of May, we dedicate our morning prayers to Mary. The children are also taught the many beautiful names that Mary has and, this year every child in the school was kindly given rosary beads. Mrs Neylon taught the children how to use the beads in prayer and the children sang some lovely songs to Mary throughout the month. Each class went on a May Procession to Marys Grotto on the church grounds where they prayed and sang to Our Lady. Sixth Class, in partnership with the Athenry Tidy Towns, kindly sowed new flowers in the grotto in June.

First Holy Communion

Mc Donald and Ms O Byrne prepared the children for their First Confession and Holy Communion. The children and their parents were involved in the Communion Parish Programme entitled “Do This in Memory” Programme which consisted of attending several special masses over the course of a selection of Saturdays. Children were chosen to read prayers of the faithful  and bring up the gifts at these masses. Their artwork was also displayed in the church alongside the work of the other Communicants from the parish.

The girls also took part in a new initiative this year entitled “Children of the Eucharist”. The aim of this programme is to create an awareness of the true presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It was led by team leaders Hilary Higgins, Kevin Higgins and Caroline O’Gara (Cian and Sophie’s mum). They guided the children through prayer, stories, rosary, song and sharing and reflecting once a month in the church.

First Confession 

April 23rd was a very special day for the Second Class girls of SCN as they gathered in the school hall in the presence of their parents and teachers to receive their second sacrament. The hall was beautifully prepared for this special occasion and the girls sang beautifully as part of the ceremony. The girls were exemplary as Fr Benny spoke with each of them and their teachers were very proud of them. The Parents Council very generously treated the girls to a party after the ceremony. They have begun the countdown to their Holy Communion at the end of May.

Confirmation February 24th 2018

Mrs. Monson prepared the sixth class girls for their Confirmation. The children participated in the Confirmation Parish Programme delivered by Julian Drapiewska. The girls also attended a Confirmation Retreat in the Pastoral Centre presented byMatthew Hart.

The lead up to the Confirmation….

Sixth Class are making their Confirmation on Saturday the 24th of February. They will be receiving their fourth sacrament. In the week leading up to this special event, the sixth Class girls spoke to the rest of the school at morning assembly and each day taught us something about the sacrament of Confirmation.

They also created beautiful Confirmation Scrapbooks documenting their Confirmation journey and displayed them in the school hall.

Each girl chose a Confirmation sponsor and wrote about them so that we could ‘meet their sponsors’.

Catholic Schools Week January 2018

CSW was launched in SCN on Monday, January the 29th. The theme for the week was, Catholic Schools: Families of Faith’.

The daily themes for the week were explored by the five senior classes who led assembly each morning with prayer, reflections and music. Each class excelled themselves and taught us that we are all members of many different types of families as are outlined below.

Monday: Our  Home Family 

Mrs Monson’s Sixth Class led assembly on Monday with prayers and reflections centered around our home family

Tuesday: Our School Family

Ms Murrays class led assembly on the second day of CSW

Wednesday: Grandparents: A Special Part of Our Family

Mrs Greally and her fourth class led assembly on Wednesday. Wednesday also saw many grandparents visiting our school for our annual Grandparents Day

Thursday: Our Parish Family

Mrs Hennessy and her third class led assembly on Wednesday and welcomed spring with beautiful daffodils on the altar

Friday: Our World Family

Mr Mc Donald and his second and third class led prayers on the last day of CSW


Grandparents Day, Wednesday January 31st

What a fantastic and very special day we had in our school on Grandparents Day as we welcomed such a huge number of grandparents to our school and into our classrooms as part of Catholic Schools Week. The Diversity Committee held a small prayer service to acknowledge the special role grandparents play in our lives. Mrs Neylon showed everyone her very special Grandmothers apron which boasts pictures of her grandchildren on it. The Students Council were on hand to guide our grandparents to the different classes around our school.

Following in the Footsteps of Nano Nagle

Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Presentation school.  It is a Christian Catholic group of pupils, parents, staff and management.  We share a similar vision.  We live out the Christian message by handing on the Faith and Christian values.  Nano Nagle was the foundress of the Presentation Order.  Inspired by her vision, our Presentation school gives priority to:

  • Providing pupils with an education for life and living
  • Sharing and celebrating the vision of life

As a Presentation School, the Board of Management, Staff and Parents of Scoil Chroí Naofa are committed to:

  • Respecting the dignity of each pupil, staff member and parent
  • Cultivating good relationships
  • Being inclusive and being especially mindful of the disadvantaged and those with special needs
  • By welcoming children from diverse, cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Providing a holistic education, enabling each student to achieve their full potential
  • Striving for excellence in all aspects of school life
  • Promoting a sense of responsibility and a spirit of service and care
  • Promoting justice and care for the earth and all of God’s creation
  • Being rooted in our local parish and wider community; being truly a resource for the local community and mindful of local needs
  • Being open to alternative approaches to education especially for those who are most disadvantaged
  • Engaging in reflective practice at all levels
  • An cultúr agus an teanga gaelach a chothú agus a úsáid

Presentation Day November 21st 2017

The staff and pupils of Scoil Chroí Naofa went to mass on November 21st to celebrate Presentation Day. We are very proud to be a presentation school and aspire to live out the message of our foundress, Nano Nagle. A painting of Nano was placed on the altar during the opening procession and Victoria from Sixth Class took on the role of Nano for the day which she performed beautifully. The school senior choir sang beautifully throughout the service, accompanied by Ms Murray and directed by Ms O’Byrne. 

Mrs Neylon prepared pupils from different classes to recite the prayers of the faithful and to bring up several special symbols during the opening procession.


Victoria wished the Presentation Sisters in attendance a very special Presentation Day. After Communion, Victoria and several other pupils acted out some scenes from the life of Nano Nagle to show the pupils how kind, gentle, giving and special this ‘lady of the lantern’ was.


The Season of Advent and Christmas in SCN

An advent wreath is placed in our school hall each December in the lead up to Christmas. Each week at assembly a different coloured candle is lit to acknowledge one of the four virtues Jesus brings at Christmas.

Preparation for Sacraments

On the 3rd of April last, 34 girls in Second Class received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Benny heard the girls make their first confession. The girls parents were invited to the school hall to see them receive their second sacrament. The Parents Council sponsored a party to celebrate.

First Communion 2017

On the 28th May, 34 girls in Second class made their First Holy Communion. It took place in  The Church of the Assumption, Athenry.  The girls have been preparing for their Communion since last September. This is the third Sacrament that they have received along with Baptism and Confession.

Confirmation Class 2017

Confirmation by Amy

On the 18th of February, sixth class made their Confirmation. It was a fantastic day. We sang a song called “Lord I lift your name on high.” We sang so well that the whole church gave us a huge round of applause. Bishop Neary confirmed us and it was such a special moment when we received the Ho;y Spirit.  It was a very special day and our families and friends were there to share it with us. We all celebrated differently afterwards. Some went to a hotel, some went home for a party, some went to the cinema and others went away for a night. It was such a special day that we will always remember.

Catholic Schools Week 2017

Grandparents were invited to visit Scoil Chroí Naofa to celebrate Catholic Schools week. There was a wonderful response to the invitation, with grandparents and even great-grandparents, travelling fr0m near and far to see their darling grandchildren in their classrooms.


Presentation Day 2017

Presentation Day 2015


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