Scoil Croí Naofa Newsletter Christmas 2001

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The beginning of each school year offers an occasion for reflection on the past and an opportunity to plan for the future. Scoil Chroí Naofa has a long and distinguished record of success. Last year 2000/2001 was another particularly successful year for our school.

One of our major projects for the millennium was to become an environmentally friendly school. Hence our school community became involved in the Green School Programme.

This project encouraged and acknowledged whole school action for the environment. Our policy was the 3R policy i.e., to reduce, recycle and reuse our school waste. Mrs. Broderick, our Green School Coordinator, the Green Committee and fifth class managed the whole project. All our hard work was rewarded when we received our Green School Flag. This project benefited the school in so many ways.

— It has heightened our awareness of our school environment.

— It has taught us to respect our environment.

— lt has focused our efforts on protecting our environment.

— lt has taught us to be more conscious of waste disposal.

— It has provided opportunities for leaming about the environment and environmental issues.

–        it has provided an opportunity for team work for the whole school community.

— It gave the children an insight into the workings of a committee.

— It provided opportunities for local and national publicity.

~ The efforts of the children were rewarded by an Taisce and Galway County Council.

— It provided links with other schools.

— lt provided a network of support agencies e.g., Sinéad Ni Mhainín Environmental Officer for Galway County Council. Athenry Tidy Towns’ Committee, Pat Foley Manager of Athenry Development Company.

We in Scoil Chroi Naofa have become friends of the environment by

—keeping our school clean and tidy.

—disposing our waste into the correct bins.

—saving electricity.

–   making the best use of heat.

—practising at home and in the locality of Athenry what we have learned in school.

Our Christmas Concert was a wonderful achievement. The pupils were a credit to their teachers and their families. A very sincere word of thanks to all the teachers who made the concert such a great success. The sum of £1,866 was raised. Money is being spent on teaching aids and educational equipment for the children.

Fifth and sixth class pupils were trained to be members of the National Childrens Choir under the expert guidance of Mrs. Joyce. The aim of this choir is to foster a love of choral music. The children were taught a variety of songs in two & three part harmony. They performed at a concert in Leisureland with 200 other children. Six pupils were then selected to sing the same repertoire in the National Concert Hall.

The Medieval Town Band played at three very important events: the Lighting of the

Christmas Tree. the Raising of our Green Flag and the Procession for the Reliquary of St Therese. St Patricks Day Parade event was cancelled due to the foot and mouth disease.

There was a church gate collection in aid of the Medieval Town Band. This amounted to £765.13. A sincere thank you to the Band Committee for all their help and support throughout the year.

Swimming lessons were offered to the pupils from third class up to sixth class. They attended eight lessons in the Kingfisher Club. The children really enjoyed themselves and made considerable progress.

We had a very successful year in sport. Pupils participated in the Community Games, Basketball Competition and our Schools Sports day. Three pupils qualified at the County Cross Country Running Competition. We had a huge number of winners from the Parish Sports Day. Our school won the Girl’s Relay Race on the day. Des Coen has very kindly been coaching the school team of camogie players for the last eight years. This year the team qualified to the finals of the I.N.T.O. Mini-Sevens Competition. They won the Nine A-Side Cumann na mBun Scoil Competition. This was the first time that our school has ever won this title. I wish to express our gratitude to Des for his commitment and dedication to the camogie players. A very special word of thanks to Mrs. Donohue for her active involvement with the team also.

Our school Book Fair was another success. We received £468 worth of books for our class libraries.

Many children received awards in various Competitions. In the Credit Union Poster Competition we had three prizes. In the Community Games Art Competition we had twelve prize winners. In the A.l.B. Art Competition we had two winners. In the Community Games Modelling Competition we awarded six prizes. In the Community Games Project Competition two teams qualified to the All- Ireland. A team from sixth class was awarded second prize in Tráth na gCeist sponsored by Gael Linn. Two senior pupils were awarded All-Ireland medals for a Comhaltas Competition and one pupil was awarded an All-Ireland medal for running.

Our school is not only busy during school hours but there are many Extra-Curricular Activities taking place after school hours. Miss O Connell our new teacher established a Sports Club. Children from 3rd class up to 6th class were taught basketball skills every week.

Miss O Connell also provided an eight week Art Course. This was offered to pupils from 1st class up to 6th class. This course enabled pupils to explore the New Revised Visual Art Curriculum.

Mrs Joyce prepared pupils for the National Childrens Choir after school hours also.

Le Club Francais taught French to pupils from 1st class up to 6th class. Its aim is to make language learning fun through games, songs and varied activities.

Guitar Lessons were taught to senior pupils. They participated at Christmas Ceremonies, Prayer Services, Masses, Concert and our Siamsa.

Mrs Burns provided a Computer Course for a week during the summer.

Charitable Fundraising Activities continued last year. The children collected £l334.43 during the year for different charities i.e. £200 for Trocaire, £168.07 for the transportation of reading books to the poor schools in Nairobi, 4th & 5th & 6th classes raised £966.36 for Multiple Sclerosis.

Our third School Feis was held last June with the kind support of the Parents Council. It was another great success. The purpose of this venture was to:

—encourage use of song and poetry learnt during the school year

—to promote instrumental music

—to promote the Irish language

—to encourage self-confidence

—to achieve a competent standard of performance

—to develop and support the Athenry Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Branch.

The Parents Council of our school have always been a tremendous support to the school in every way. They attend a number of meeting in the school and delegates attend the county meetings. Last year they sought sponsorship for our Christmas Concert and were a great source of help on the nights. The Parents Council raised £357.09 from the raffle. They reviewed their own Parents Council Constitution. They invited a Garda from the Drug Squad to talk about Drug Awareness.

They funded the visit of well-known author Don Conroy. They supplemented bus fees for sport and choir events. They also provided refreshments for our Annual School Sports day. Their support at our annual School Feis was also noted.

Many of our achievements can be attributed to a number of people:

— our very dedicated and hardworking staff

—our supportive Board of Management

—our active Parents Council

—our busy Band Committee

This year we intend to maintain the very high standard of work we have achieved over the years and to enhance other areas of school life. We in Scoil Chroí Naofa are very conscious and deeply appreciative of the tremendous goodwill and spirit of co-operation that exists between teachers and parents. This relationship is beneficial to Scoil Chroí Naofa and all the pupils who attend our school.

With Every Good Wish for The Year Ahead.

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About this record

Written by Teresa Neilan

Published here 13 Jul 2023 and originally published Christmas 2001

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