Scoil Croi Naofa Newsletter – Christmas 1998

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Scoil Chroí Naofa is a Presentation school.  We are a Christian Catholic group of parents, pupils, teachers and management who share a similar vision of life.  We live out the Christian message by handing on the faith and Christian values.

At present there are 232 pupils on roll.  There are twelve teachers on staff i.e., eight class teachers, a remedial teacher, two resource teachers and the principal.  A third resource teacher visits the school twice a week.

Our aim is to develop the whole child i.e., physically, intellectually, emotionally, aesthetically, creatively, spiritually, morally and socially.  We promote a learning environment with a broad balanced integrated curriculum to promote all aspects of the child’s development.  Each child is provided with the kind and variety of opportunities to develop at his/her own rate to the fullest capacity.

The curriculum taught in our school is Religious Education, English, Irish, Mathematics, Art and Craft, Music, Social and Environmental Studies, History, Geography, Physical Education, the Stay Safe Programme and Computers.  An Information & Communication Technology Committee has been established.  Three computers are being presently purchased.  The Committee, staff and I are aiming to equip a computer room for January 1999.  Our very active Parents Council are presently planning a Race Night where the proceeds will go towards this purpose.

We have a very active vibrant band in the school called The Medieval Town Band.  Children from classes second to sixth are members of the band.  They learn a repertoire of music and routines.  They play tin whistles, recorders, melodies, bell lyres, accordions, and percussion instruments. The band plays at local events.  A band committee is elected each year at the A.G.M. of parents This committee meets regularly to plan and organise for different forth coming events.

Every second year the senior classes are trained for the National Childrens Choir.  The aim of the choir is to foster a love of choral singing.  They will attend four group practices and work towards a public concert.  A percentage of children will be chosen to sing at the National Concert Hall.  A very sincere thank you to Mrs. Joyce for giving the pupils this wonderful opportunity.

Mary Murray and 1 are establishing a Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Branch in Athenry this year.  Mary is chairperson of the Oramnore Branch.  She is presently teaching 30 pupils the following instruments; tin whistles, accordions, flutes, violins and keyboards.

Senior pupils are taught guitar after school hours.  The Pupils participate in different school events, local events and competitions during the school year.  The Guitar Group and the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Group performed at our Irish Night recently.  The pupils were a credit to the school.

Basketball coaching is provided after school hours by one of our parents; Marie Quinn, an ex-pupil; Aileen McNamara) and a teacher Miss Sugrue.  The senior classes are availing of this opportunity.

French classes are provided after school hours for all age groups by a premier national organisation called Le Club Francais.  Its primary aims are to make language learning fun for children through songs, games and varied activities and to give its members an early advantage in grasping foreign sounds and intonation while stimulating and promoting their interest and confidence in the language.

In July 1998 a Fun Week in Irish called Gaelscoil Bláth ‘n Ri was provided in our school by three primary school teachers.  It’s aim was to improve the fluency levels of spoken Gaeilge, to develop a positive attitude towards the use of Irish and to provide an atmosphere where Irish has pride of place.  Forty children attended this course from neighbouring schools of 15 mile radius. It was such a success last year and we hope to run it again this year.  Application forms will be available in the school after Easter.

We, in Scoil Chroí Naofa are very conscious and deeply appreciative of the tremendous good will and spirit of co-operation that exists between parents and teachers of our school.  This relationship is beneficial to Scoil Chroí Naofa and all the children who come here.

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Written by Teresa Neilan

Published here 03 Apr 2023 and originally published Christmas 1998

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