Scoil Chroí Naofa
Athenry, Co. Galway Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 091-844510 Website: www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie
TABLE OF CONTENTS
HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL
PHILOSOPHY OF OUR SCHOOL
AIM OF OUR SCHOOL
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
ACTIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
HEALTHY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
PARENT TEACHER COMMUNICATION
PREPARATION FOR SCHOOL FOR THE JUNIOR INFANT
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR & DISCIPLINE
STAY SAFE PROGRAMME
THE MEDIEVAL TOWN BAND
GREEN SCHOOL PROGRAMME
DISCOVERY SCIENCE PROGRAMME
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES
HISTORY OF PRESENTATION PRIMARY SCHOOLS
In 1908, the Archbishop, Most Reverend John Healy asked the Presentation Order in Tuam to set up a convent in Athenry and to teach in the Girls School, at the urgent request of the Parish Priest, Canon Canton. He vacated his own house and gave it to the nuns as their new convent. Two of the nuns started teaching immediately in the primary school situated in Abbey Row. In 1910 the first Presentation Primary School was opened. The school which was called the Sacred Heart School was situated at the back of the convent and accommodated 150 pupils. Sr. Paul was the first Principal. Due to rising numbers another classroom was built in 1912. The numbers on roll were rising rapidly in the mid sixties hence another room was built onto the school. In 1976 a new school building was finalised between the Presentation Sisters and the Commissioners of Public Works, the site being provided by the Presentation Sisters.
The second Presentation Primary School was officially opened on the 4th of September 1980, with Sr. Kevin as Principal and 290 pupils on roll. The school is called after the Sacred Heart of Jesus, hence its name Scoil Chroí Naofa. Sr. Eithne Cunniffe succeeded Sr. Kevin as Principal. In 1993, Teresa Neylon was appointed as the first lay Principal with 273 pupils on roll. The school was extended in 2010 consisting of one classroom with a corridor, two offices, a stairs, four toilets, and a linking corridor between the school and the new classroom. In 2013, our school has transferred ownership form the Presentation Sisters to the Tuam Diocese. At present there are 348 pupils enrolled. There are twenty five members of staff, i.e. twelve class teachers, two learning support teachers, two resource teachers for children with special needs (one of these positions is shared with Brackloon National School), four special need assistants, the principal, secretary, caretaker and cleaners.
PHILOSOPHY OF OUR SCHOOL
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.
We, the staff in Scoil Chroí Naofa aim to
- Develop the whole child physically, intellectually, emotionally, creatively, spiritually and socially.
- Enable each child to develop in an open, happy, safe, stimulating and mutually respectful environment.
- Develop in the child a love of learning and openness to lifelong learning.
- Develop each child as a social being who lives and co-operates generously with others and so contributes to the good of society.
As a Presentation School the Board of Management, Staff and Parents of Scoil Chroí Naofa are committed to the following mission by:
- 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
AIM OF OUR SCHOOL
Our aim is to develop the whole child i.e. physically, intellectually, emotionally, aesthetically, creatively, spiritually, morally and socially. We provide a learning environment with a broad balanced integrated curriculum to promote all aspects of the child’s development. With the co-operation and support of the parents we can enable each pupil to live a full life as a child and to equip him/her to avail of further education so that he/she may go on to live a full and useful life as an adult in society.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
All schools operate under the Rules of National Schools, which are drawn up by the Minister for Education. The patron of our school is the local Bishop. The Board of Management is comprised of representatives of the patron, parents, teachers and the local community. They are elected every three years. The members of the Board of Management of Scoil Chroí Naofa are as follows
- Two members appointed by the patron, Gerry Farrell and Fr. Benny McHale.
- Two parents, a mother and a father of children in the school, Bernie Ryan and Michelle Kenny.
- The principal and a teacher representative, Teresa Neylon and Cathriona Cronin.
- Two members from the community elected by the Board of Management, Tom Lane and Margaret Seery.
The Parent’s Council is the structure through which parents can work together for the best possible education for their children. We have a very active Parents Council in our school. Parents volunteer to become members of the Council at our Annual General Meeting in early October. There are also two parents on the Board of Management and two members of the teaching staff on the Council. There are approximately six meetings in the year.
The aims of the Parent’s ’Council are as follows;
- To represent the views of parents
- To inform parents of developments in education and in school.
- To foster co-operation between parents, teachers and school management.
- To liaise with parents on the Board of Management.
- To help with the provision of extra equipment and teaching aids.
- To help parents from a monetary point of view.
- To organise talks and discussions on topics of interest for parents.
- To provide a forum for debate and discussion on matters that is of interest to them and their children.
The Scoil Chroí Naofa Student Council was established in March 2011 in sixth class. The aims of the Student Council are as follows;
- To be a voice for the student body of the school
- To make positive changes to the school environment
- To promote the Irish language in the school
The Council convenes a meeting at various intervals each term, making recommendations to the principal after each meeting. All recommendations, suggestions, ideas and decisions are recorded in the Students Council Minutes Book. A Student Council notice board has been erected in the hall to keep the student body updated on Council events. A suggestion box is located in the hall to encourage the pupils to put forward their ideas and suggestions as to how to improve the school. Every Wednesday morning, as part of Irish assembly, one member from the Council teaches an Irish phrase to the rest of the student body. The Student Council during Book Fair Week requested children to come to school dressed as a character in a book. They support local and international charities through their annual bake sale e.g. Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin. They created a Superliner Yard Competition which is an inter-class competition run on a daily basis in order to promote safe and orderly class lines entering and exiting the school yards. Each week two members are given the task of judging the lines after each break and assigning scores. The class with the most points after each fortnight is given a prize and their class name is displayed on our noticeboard. The Student Council this year applied to the Galway Education Centre for support & training in a Debating Programme. They were successful in their application and support & training was received from Margaret Martin. She entered a team for the Sister de Lourdes Debating Competition 2015 who qualified to the next round and unfortunately did not succeed to the finals. It was a great experience for the school. The Council also compiles and publishes a newsletter for the student body twice yearly.
A Diversity Committee has been established in the school in January 2013. Ms Monaghan is the Diversity Committee Co-Ordinator. Her class is the committee. Their motto is Stand Up, Stand Strong and Stand Together. Their role is to welcome to welcome new children, parents and staff to our school community. The following are some of their duties:
- They prepared a powerpoint presentation for new families which they present to parents and children on arrival and also to new parents on Reception Night. They update this powerpoint every year.
- They give guided tours around the school to new families and staff.
- They check on new children during recreation.
- They are yard buddies and monitor the yards during outdoor recreation.
- They assist in the Opening Day for new children and parents.
- They assist the Green School Committee when they are organising Intercultural Days.
- They suggested a buddy bench for both yards. Our caretaker made them and painted them in bright colours. The role of the Buddy Bench is to highlight children who have nobody to play with. When children sit on the bench the Diversity Committee will find a buddy for them.
ACTIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
A new committee has been established in the school called the Active School Committee. Mr. McDonald is the Co-Ordinator assisted by Mr. Wallace. Mr. Mc Donald’s class is the steering committee. Their slogan is Be active! Keep active! Stay active! We are participating in a two years 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!
We had a most enjoyable Active Week in June 2014. Children were encouraged to be active at home, at school and at play. The following were a menu of activities on offer; sports day, disco, hulahoopathon, skipathon, runathon, bizzybreak activities, circuit training, active homework, teddy bears picnic, walk a mile with a smile, active travel, Fun & Fitness Activities from the District Health & Fitness Gym, drop everything and dance, drop everything and jog, mexican wave, penalty pandemonium against the staff, basketball knockout, salsa & zumba dancing, etc. Children were encouraged to drink water. An award was given to the class who drank the most water. Active Awards were presented to children who made a special effort in being extra active The Committee issued an Active Newsletter to give ideas to parents and children on how to stay active at home, school and at play. The following were some ideas in supporting children to be active at home: walk, run, jog, skip, cycle, dance, walk or play with the dog, play tag, hide and seek, football/soccer, swim, trampoline, active chores, plant/weed garden, etc. The committee seek assistance from any parents who would be willing to share their skills in any area of keeping fit, e.g. dance, sport, yoga, games, nutrition, etc
HEALTHY SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Mrs Hennessy is the co-ordinator and is assisted by her class the Healthy School Committee. Their motto is Healthy Body Strong Mind Go Better Together. Our school is currently implementing the two year Healthy School Programme. We hope to secure an award in 2016. Four criteria have to be addressed.
The school has to have a distinctive atmosphere which reflects the extent to which the school takes care of the social, emotional and physical needs of those who learn, work and visit. It is reflected not only in the physical environment but in the social environment.
- The Board of Management has hired an artist to design a mural in consultation with the various committees at the entrance to the school. She will sketch an outline and various classes will assist her in painting.
- The Board hired a gardener to get rid of plants and shrubs that were dying and to plant shrubs and flowers with a view to colour, growth and light throughout the year. Flower beds were planted in front of staff room and also at entrance to school. Hanging baskets were hung around the main entrances and flowers were added to pots around the school.
- CURRICULUM AND LEARNING
Teaching and learning form the core work of every school. A solid robust Social Personal Health Education programme is vital, along with a menu of subjects and activities that nurture, challenge and support pupils. Supporting staff to do the best they can is also essential here to ensure a healthy learning and working environment.
- The staff implemented the Food Dudes Programme which aims to encourage children to become healthy eaters by eating more fruit and vegetables.
- Our Anti Bullying Week took place in October 2014 emphasising that Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Bullying Free Zone. Bully 4u provided a bullying workshop for senior classes. They also provided an Information Evening for parents on Bullying and Cyber Bullying.
- A Nutritionist Michelle Hanley was invited to talk to the senior children about healthy foods and juicing financed by the Parents Council. She also provided a Croke Park Hour for the staff financed by the Board of Management.
- A Life Coach Owen Diviney was invited to talk to the senior children about Well Being financed by the Parents Council. He also provided a Croke Park Hour for the staff financed by the Board of Management.
- FAMILY AND COMMUNITY LINKS
Links are fostered between the school and families, the local community, other schools and key local groups and organisations which might help to promote the health of the school community.
- The Board of Management have purchased different colour bibs for the 5 committees in the school.
- The Athenry Knitting Club provide knitting workshops to the children in 5th class.
- Grandparents were invited to visit on Grandparents Day. Parents Council financed refreshments.
- Ms. Monaghan’s and Mrs. Monson’s class visited the Athenry Heritage Centre for a guided tour and Medieval experience under the guidance of Alan Burgess, Manager and financed by the Parents Council.
- Parents have been invited by the teachers to talk about their work, talents or memories.
- Children are encouraged to participate in competitions such as Credit Union poster and quiz competitions, Community Games sports, handwriting and Art competitions.
- The Green School Committee works very closely with the Tidy Towns Committee.
- Please read other links under Sport.
Policies are written documents which support the everyday running of the school through active implementation on a day-to-day basis. They form the background script or compass by which the school navigates its way. They are developed and implemented in co-operation with the whole school community
- The Committee are revising our Healthy Eating Policy with the assistance of a parent who is a Clinical Dietician.
- We are currently drafting a Mental Health Policy.
PARENT TEACHER COMMUNICATION
Good communication and co-operation between parents and teachers is fundamental to the development of a happy effective learning environment. If parents have any concern, they are advised to make an appointment. Formal parent teacher meetings are held during first term. School reports are issued at the end of the school year. Notes, letters and newsletters are issued frequently and are also available on our website. Parents can also receive letters by email if requested. Regularly check your child’s school bag. All correspondence from the school is given to the eldest of each family. Parents receive a calendar of school closures. Our school avails of the Text-a-parent Service. This service is used for unpredictable events, emergency contact, important reminders, meetings, etc.
PREPARATION FOR SCHOOL FOR THE JUNIOR INFANT
Starting school is a milestone in the life of a child. There are many ways in which parents can ensure that the transition from the relative freedom of home to the more structured school day is a smooth one. Some of this preparation should begin some months before the child starts and should be carried out gradually. Please note the following steps when enrolling your child:-
- Enrolment forms are available in the school after mid-term break in February.
- There is a reception meeting in June for all the parents of children who are about to start school in September. At this meeting the policies of the school are explained and a summary of the Junior Infant Programme is outlined. Tips and guidelines in preparing your child for school are issued.
- The child visits the school for one afternoon in late June to meet the Principal and his/her teacher.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR & DISCIPLINE
All pupils are expected to:
- Behave in a responsible manner towards themselves and others by showing consideration, courtesy and respect for other pupils and adults at all times.
- Show respect for the property of each individual and of the school at all times.
- Behave in a way, which will uphold the good name of the school at all times.
There are six Golden Rules in our school. If the children strive to keep the Golden Rules during the week, they are rewarded with Golden time on a Friday. Golden time is a very happy session where the children engage in very pleasant activities organised by the teachers as a reward for good behaviour. The following are our six Golden Rules;
- Be gentle Do not hurt anybody
- Be kind and helpful Do not hurt people’s feelings
- Work hard Do not waste your or other people’s time
- Look after property Do not waste or damage things
- Listen to people Do not interrupt
- Be honest Do not cover up the truth
- No nuts of any kind are allowed.
- Drinks are not allowed in the school yard.
- Children are required to bring nutritious lunches according to our Healthy Eating Policy
- Chewing gum, crisps, fizzy drinks and glass bottles are not allowed in the school
- Pupils must be punctual at all times. School begins at 8.50am. Afternoon classes begin at 12.30pm. Junior and Senior Infants go home at 1.30pm. Pupils in First Class up to Sixth Class go home at 2.30pm. The Board of Management does not take responsibility for children in the school yard before 8.45pm or after 2.30pm unless they are attending extra-curricular classes.
- The following behaviour is strictly forbidden:-
Shouting and running within the school building, loitering, vandalism, littering, rudeness, giving cheek, bad language, name calling, rough play, kicking, punching, throwing stones, scratching or scraping.
- All types of bullying including Cyber Bullying and Racial Bullying are unacceptable and strictly forbidden.
- The correct full school uniform must always be worn with suitable, safe, flat footwear.
- The full school uniform must be worn for the Confirmation Ceremony.
- Long hair should always be tied back.
- Make-up is strictly forbidden.
- Jewellery must be kept to a minimum.
- Only small safe earrings are acceptable i.e. studs, sleepers. No large hoops or long dangling earrings are allowed.
- Nose jewellery is strictly forbidden.
- Long necklaces or chains are not allowed.
- Nails should be kept short. Long/False nails are forbidden.
- Runners, tracksuits or shorts & t-shirts must be worn for Physical Education.
- Children who have been absent from school must bring a written explanation to the teacher/principal.
- Children must follow the safe route in and out of the school grounds, i.e. to enter through the stiles, to follow route set out by green fence, to walk behind the prefab and into playground or to enter from the upper playground.
- During school hours children are not allowed to leave the school premises without permission from parents.
- Children are not allowed into the school building during playtime without permission.
- All types of mobile phones are forbidden
The curriculum taught in our school is Religious Education, English, Irish, Mathematics, Visual Arts, Music, Social Personal and Health Education, History, Geography, Science, Physical Education and Drama. Computers are used as a tool to enhance areas of the curriculum. As Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Catholic school, Religious Education has a high priority in our school day. Assembly takes place every morning with prayers and hymns. We have prayer services on the First Friday of every month. Second Class pupils make their First Confession and First Holy Communion. Sixth Class girls make their Confirmation. During the year the children from 3rd up to 6th class receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We also celebrate special Masses together. The children also participate in processions.
The purpose of homework is:-
- To give the children an opportunity to work individually, practise what they have learned, find out things for themselves and give them the good habit of work.
- To give parents an opportunity to work with their child and to keep them informed of what is being done in school and of their own child’s progress.
Children in Junior and Senior Infant Classes get Oral work, reading, writing and maths depending on the class ability and age of the child. The type of homework a child gets from 1st class to 6th class is spellings, tables, maths, religion, reading, writing, memory work and research work. There are times when other homework is given e.g. History, Geography, Science and Music.
STAY SAFE PROGRAMME
The Stay Safe Programme is taught from Senior Infants to 6th Class every year. The aim of the programme is to teach children personal safety skills, so they can look after themselves in situations which could be upsetting or dangerous. It deals initially with common situations, which most children will experience at some stage or other, e.g. getting lost or being bullied. The programme also teaches children the safety skills necessary to protect themselves from physical or sexual abuse. Children are taught to tell a trusted adult about any problems they may have.
THE MEDIEVAL TOWN BAND
We have a very active vibrant band in the school. Children from second to sixth class are members of the band. They learn a repertoire of music and routines. They play tin whistles, melodicas, bell lyres, accordions and percussion instruments. Children have the opportunity to learn four instruments during their time in our school. They perform at local events during the school year, e.g. the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and St Patrick’s Day Parade.
Children take part in many Choral Events during the year. They sing at Morning Assemblies, Masses, Prayer Services, Concerts, etc. The two senior classes have taken part in the National Children’s Choir for many years. In 2012, they participated in the Peace Proms Choir and in 2013 & 2014 the three senior classes participated in the Hallelujah Choir in Dublin.
- Third class attend Swimming Lessons for one week every year.
- Burke and Ms. Tyrrell are Camogie Co-ordinators for our school. They organise and support all Camogie Events. They coach the Camogie Team. The pupils compete in the Cumann na mBunscoil League, the INTO Mini 7’s and the Athenry Schools Camogie Blitz each year. The G.A.A. Galway Coaching Games Committee also sends a coach to our school to train selected classes.
- McDonald coaches Basketball to senior pupils as an Extra Curricular Activity and selects teams to participate in an annual Basketball Blitz in Claregalway.
- Wallace provides a Sports Club for children in 1st and 2nd class. The course includes a variety of games, skills and co-operative games.
- The Galway Community Rugby Officer from Corinthians Rugby Club, Wendy Hickey provided tag rugby coaching to the three senior classes. The children also participate in a Rugby Blitz..
- John Burke from the Football Association of Ireland provides soccer coaching to all the classes. He also with the assistance of Michelle provided a six week course on Football to the children in Mrs. Monson’s class.
- The local Gardaí organise a Football Blitz amongst the local primary schools in Kenny Park. Children from 4th up to 6th class participate in this event.
- Mr. Wallace selects children to participate in the following four competitions during the year; Galway Primary School Cross Country Running Competition, Cumann na mBunscoil Cross Country Competition, Cumann na mBunscoil Galway County Galway Primary School Sports and the Community Games Relay Competitions.
GREEN SCHOOL PROGRAMME
One of our millennium projects was to become involved in the Green School Programme. We have been awarded seven flags based on the following themes: Litter & Waste, Renewal, Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. We all have a responsibility in looking after our environment and everyone can make a difference. Mrs. Monson in the Green school Coordinator and is assisted by her committee in 5th class.
We in Scoil Chroí Naofa have become friends of the environment by
- Keeping our school clean and tidy.
- Disposing of our waste in the correct bins.
- Saving electricity.
- Making the best use of heat
- Conserving water in our school.
- Enhancing our school environment.
- Walking to school whenever we can or using Park and Stride
- Protecting biodiversity in our local area
- Thinking globally and acting locally
- Practising at home and in the locality of Athenry what we have learned in school.
The Green School Committee applied for the Green Awards 2014. The Green Awards aim to celebrate excellence in sustainability and to encourage practice amongst Ireland’s organisations and individuals. We were shortlisted in the Green School/College Award category along with Queens University, Belfast and St. Peters National School, Dromiskin. Queens University won the award but we were delighted and proud to be nominated and shortlisted.
DISCOVERY SCIENCE PROGRAMME
Our school has participated in the Discovery Science Programme for five of years. 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 was awarded five Discovery Science Awards of Excellence. In recent years the programme required mathematics to be integrated into science lessons. We have been awarded three Discovery Science & Maths Awards of Excellence. In 2015 Ms Tyrrell our science co-ordinator with the assistance of the staff and children applied for our ninth award. Staff had to ensure that technology, engineering and mathematics is incorporated into our teaching and learning in science. We have just been notified that we have been successful in achieving the Discovery Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Awards of Excellence.
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
Our Information Technology Plan is reviewed each year. All classrooms and support rooms are equipped with computers or laptops and printers. A broadband service has been provided to all the classrooms and prefab. All of our twelve mainstream classrooms are now equipped with interactive whiteboards. An interactive whiteboard is a large touch sensitive board connected to an additional projector and laptop. Each classroom is equipped with a cordless keyboard and mouse which enable children to use technology interactively. Children in the senior classes have the opportunity to use the internet with the consent of their parents. Highly recommended software based on English and Maths has been purchased for all classes. Software is also available in the other curricular areas. Teachers have access to a wide variety of educational websites.
One of our Millenium Projects was to design a school website. The staff received professional training in the use of Information Technology. Mrs. O’Sullivan was appointed our Information Technology Co-ordinator (I.T.C.) where she took responsibility for the establishment of our website with the assistance of Scoilnet. She has been our ITC co-ordinator since 2000 where she co-ordinates, moderates, and updates the website with the assistance of the staff and children. The website has provided a lovely insight into school life.
In May 2013, Ms. Murray added a blog facility where staff contributed photos and stories from their classes on a regular basis. Mrs O Sullivan then applied for the Digital Schools Award in 2013. One of the criteria required was to have an active school website. We are the fourth school in Co. Galway to receive the Digital Schools Award which recognises excellence in our approach to the integration of ICT in learning, teaching and in administration. In 2014, we secured a second award called the Digital Schools of Distinction Award, in acknowledgement of our high standards as an e-learning school.
In June 2014, Mrs. Cronin expressed an interest in the future of the website and did research on school websites and web designers. She selected the most popular features and characteristics in order to add them as a menu to our new website. The Board of Management employed Zappy a web design company from Dublin to create our new website at a cost of €1,500 and a nominal monthly fee for hosting. The Board of Management and staff are very proud of the finished product which is available for viewing on www.scoilchroinaofaathenry.ie . The website includes many features such as our school diary over the next few weeks, recent school newsletters & photos, blogging from various classes, a translation feature to other languages etc.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The school offers a great variety of activities after school. Times and days for these activities vary from year to year according to availability of staff. The activities include Sports Club, Camogie, French & Spanish Lessons, Guitar Lessons, Table Quiz Coaching, ArtAttack Classes, Basketball, Creative Dance, Science Club, Easter & Summer Camps.
8.45am School doors are opened.
8.50am Morning Prayers
10.30am Morning Break
10.45am Classes recommence
12.00pm Lunch Break
12.30pm Classes recommence
1.30pm Classes end for Junior and Senior Infants
2.30pm Classes end for First to Sixth Class pupils
It is important to foster a pride in the school and to make the children feel part of it. The uniform is worn in the school at all times.
- The girls wear a navy pinafore with our school crest, blue check shirt, navy tie, white/navy socks/tights and a navy cardigan with a light blue stripe on the cuff and waistband.
- The boys wear navy trousers, blue check shirt, tie and dark coloured socks, navy jumper with our school crest and a light blue stripe around the neck and on the cuff and waistband.
- Please note
- Plain pinafores and jumpers without crest are not acceptable.
- Navy cardigans and jumpers must have the correct light blue stripes.
- Our full uniform can be purchased in National Schoolwear Centre, Centre Point, Liosbán, Galway, Anthony Ryan’s Shop, Shop Street, Galway and Stauntons Shop, Main Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway.
- Please make sure you write your child’s name on all items of the uniform.
- If your child has outgrown his/her uniform and you have no further use for it, we would very much appreciate if you would donate it to the school, as we keep a supply for children who come to the school for short periods and for those who have financial difficulty.
- Your child will also need runners for Physical Education lessons.
- Children require old large shirts for Visual Art lessons.
Due to recessionary times, a number of books will be available on a rental scheme. Books on loan from school will need to be returned in good condition. Pupils are required to treat books with respect. If books are mislaid, they will need to be replaced. Booklists are available in June. Children should have their books by the first school day of September, so work can begin immediately. Books should be covered, labelled and kept clean.
If you wish to purchase your books, they are available at the following venues/website:
- ABC Bookshop, Eyre Square/Tuam Rd, Galway,
- Joyce’s Bookshop, Dominick Street, Galway (second hand books available)
- Loughrea School & Office Supplies, Bride Street, Loughrea
- Books ‘n More, Orantown Centre, Oranmore
- Book Exchange, 23 Lower Abbeygate Street, Galway (second hand books available)
The staff need your support and co-operation with the following;
- Children are encouraged to eat a well-balanced lunch.
- Children should have a lunch box and, a flask/ cartons /plastic bottles (may be re-used). No glass bottles, for safety reasons.
- Tin foil and cling film are kept to a minimum and brought home.
- Children are encouraged to eat all types of bread. Any sandwich fillings are acceptable.
- First break is a fruit or vegetable break. Children are encouraged to bring at least one item of fruit/ vegetables/ raisins etc daily.
- Pure nuts are strictly forbidden, e.g. Peanuts, Monkey Nuts, etc
- Crisps, sweets, chocolate and chewing gum are forbidden.
- Treats will be given to the children on special occasions, e.g. Sports Day, Band Events, Confirmation Party, Communion Party, etc.
Low Sugar Drinks
Fruit Juice (unsweetened)
All Sandwich fillings
- The principal and the teacher should be informed if your child has a medical/psychological complaint, a disability, an allergy or any other problem which might affect him/her at school.
- If your child needs medicine, you are required to inform the Board of Management in writing and to complete an Administration of Medicine Form. The staff may then administer medicine with the consent of the Board of Management.
- If a child becomes ill in school, parents will be contacted immediately. Please make sure you forward to the school a contact number for the following: home, work and a family member/neighbour/friend.
- If a child is seriously injured the Doctor will be called immediately and the parents/guardians will be contacted. In the case of cuts or minor injuries the child will be given First Aid.
CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES
The Department of Education and Science has introduced Guidelines and Procedures for all schools in relation to Child Protection and Welfare. These guidelines promote the welfare of all children and are to be welcomed. The Board of Management of Scoil Chroí Naofa has adopted these guidelines as School Policy. Child abuse can be categorised as neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. If there is a matter of concern in relation to the abuse of children, we are obliged to report this to the local Health Board. They will assess the case and provide the necessary support for the child.
In accordance with the Education Welfare Act 2000, when a pupil is absent for part or all of a school day, parents must notify the teacher/principal. If a pupil is absent for more than 20 days during the school year, the school authorities must inform the Education Welfare Board. School authorities may also in certain cases have to report to the Health Board because very poor attendance can be perceived as Neglect.
The school endeavours to provide a safe environment. Children should behave in a way, which does not endanger themselves or others.The Board of Management have introduced a safe system for entering and leaving the school grounds.
- All cars should be parked outside the school grounds, in the car parks outside the school gates and at the Church.
- Parents and children coming from the Tuam Road and Monivea Road side are requested to enter and leave the school grounds through the stiles (gaps) in the wall. The Board of Management has widened one of the stiles to cater for buggies.
- Please ensure that your child does not walk on the wall. They have been reminded of this numerous times.
- On entering the school grounds everybody is asked to follow the route set out by the green fence, i.e. to walk behind the prefab and into the playground.
- Parents and children coming from the Convent are requested to enter and leave the school grounds through the top yard.
- For those of you collecting your children at 1.30pm please be aware that there are classes working in the prefab and in the classroom in the top yard. We would be grateful if your children could be kept reasonably quiet while passing. Please remind them also, that they are not allowed to go up and down the steps of the prefab.
- Cars are not allowed inside the school grounds. Children should be dropped off and collected at the gates.
- All dogs are to be kept off school property, at all times, as they are a source of distress to some children.
Please settle all money matters promptly so as to save time and to assist the school in running as efficiently as possible. The following procedure will ensure safe cash transaction and avoid confusion, error or loss:
- Money should be placed in a sealed envelope.
- Please write the following on the outside of the envelope:
- Your child’s name.
- The amount enclosed.
- The purpose for which the money is being forwarded.
The education of children is the joint responsibility of home and school. One cannot succeed without the help of the other. We look forward to getting to know your family and we truly wish your child every happiness and success in Scoil Chroí Naofa. Sincerely Teresa Neylon, Principal
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2015/2016
SCHOOL OPENING: Monday 31st of August 2015
MID TERM BREAK: Monday 26th of October to Friday 30th of October
School re-opens on Monday, the 2nd of November
CHRISTMAS BREAK: Wedsday 23rd of December to Tuesday 5th of January
School closes on Tuesday 22nd of December
School re-opens on Wednesday, the 6th of January.
MID TERM BREAK: Thursday 18th & Friday 19th of February
School re-opens on Monday, the 22nd of February
EASTER BREAK: Thursday 17th of March to Friday 1st of April
School closes on Wednesday, 16th of March
School re-opens on Monday, the 4th of April
BANK HOLIDAY: School closed Monday 2nd to Friday 6th of May
MID –TERM BREAK School re-opens on Monday 9th of May
BANK HOLIDAY: School closed Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th of June
School re-opens on Wednesday 8th of June
SUMMER HOLIDAYS: School closes on Thursday, the 30th June.
Please Note: This calendar could be subject to change as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures. You will be given adequate notice of any changes.