Letter (10) 29/05/2023

May 29, 2023

Dear Parents                                                  Issue: 10                                                        May 29th 2023

Confirmation & First Communion:

  • Congratulations to all the girls in 6th class who made their confirmation and all the girls in 2nd class who made their First Communion last week.
  • The Parents council very kindly financed a party for the girls in each class to celebrate these very special occasions
  • Sincere thanks to all the class teachers and SNAs for all the help in getting the girls ready for their special day.
  • Photo proofs from Tim Brennan photographer have been handed out to the girls today. Should you wish to order any of the photos please follow the instructions on the back of the proof card and return your order plus the money in a sealed enveloped by Tues June 5th.

Sponsored Walk:

  • The Parents Council are organising our annual sponsored “Heritage Town Walk”. 
  • A sponsorship card has been given to every family in the school.
  • A permit has been granted for this sponsorship event.
  • The children can ask family, friends & neighbours to sponsor them for the walk. (Suggested sponsorship amount is €2 per line)
  • All proceeds raised will go to the Parents Council which funds workshops, buses, treats etc. for the children throughout the year.
  • The “Heritage Town Walk” will take place on Friday June 9th (weather permitting).
  • All sponsorship cards and money should be returned to class teacher on or before this date.
  • Parents are very welcome to join us on the walk and to call back to the school hall afterwards for a cuppa!


  • Well done to the girls from 5th & 6th class who competed in the annual Cregmore Basketball tournament. They came home with the shield!!!!!


  • The school is sending a number of competitors from 1st up to 4th classes to take part in the County Sports in Dangan on Thursday June 8th.
  • They will compete in the following events: Sprint, Long distance and Relay race.


  • Thanks to Lauran Solan (local Camogie coach) for providing camogie training to Mrs Greally’s 4th class every Wednesday.


  • Many thanks to Ray Sweeney and his coaches from Athenry Swans Hockey club who have provided Hockey coaching to the girls in Ms Alani’s 3rd and Mrs Monson’s 3rd & 4th classes.
  • Mrs Greally’s 4th class will also be having a “taster session”.
  • Plans have been made for the girls in Ms Alani’s & Mrs Monson’s classes to take part in a hockey blitz on Mon June 26th – this will take place on the astro pitch at Moanbaun soccer club.

Annual Sports Day:

  • We are delighted to say that (weather permitting) we will be holding our annual sports day in Kenny Park during the week of June 19th to 22nd.
  • We will check the weather outlook closer to the time and pick which day is promised to be dry!
  • There will be fun activities for the children to take part in and it will be led by the 6th class girls.

Graduation ceremonies:

  • Graduation for 1st class boys & 6th class girls will take place in the school hall on Friday June 23rd at 1pm. Parents are very welcome to attend
  • The 6th class girls’ final day in school will be Tuesday June 27th.

Please note: for boys transitioning to the Boys school and girls transitioning to secondary school, parents need to forward any professional reports to their child’s new school, along with the Enrolment form. Scoil Chroí Naofa will only share information in relation to attendance, end of year school reports and standardised test results with your child’s new school.

Transition to Post Primary Workshop:

  • The 6th class girls are taking part in a “Transition to Post Primary” workshop on June 6th & 7th.

School Year 2023 / 2024:

  • Please find school calendar for next school year attached
  • School will re-open on Wednesday August 30th for all pupils
  • Note: the school has deliberately decided to close for a full week in May, so that families who wish to take their holidays can do so without their children having to miss days at school. We hope that this opportunity will be availed of, if required, and more importantly we hope that it will help to improve attendance in 2023 / 2024, most especially in term 3.

Book Lists:

  • The Department of Education are funding the cost of all textbooks, workbooks and copies for all pupils.
  • In practice this means that the school will purchase all these items for all pupils and they will receive them on the first day of school (Wed Aug 30th).
  • The textbooks will remain the property of the school, as these will be re-used for pupils each year.
  • There are some other items which pupils will need for school, and these will be specified on a “Supplies list” which will be emailed to all parents in late June.
  • The usual €50 school costs fee will still apply, as this figure is used to cover photocopying, arts & crafts materials, school insurance etc. for the pupils

Junior Infants 2023 / 2024:

  • In June you will receive your child’s “Supplies list”
  • Next year’s Junior Infants are invited to come into the school on Tuesday August 29th from 8.50am to 9.50am to meet their teacher and their new classmates. There will be no other classes in the building on that day.
  • The Junior Infants do not need to wear the school uniform nor do they need to bring a school bag, for this hour. Parents are invited to gather in the school hall for this hour, where they can meet one another and have a chat with myself
  • Children who are joining other classes are also welcome to call into the school during this time on the same day to meet the principal and take a look at the school.

Standardised Tests:

  • Standardised Tests have been carried out in all the relevant classes. Results will be given as a Standard score, this is different to the STen score that would have been reported in the past.
  • Please find attached an explanation sheet giving you further information on these scores.
  • Your child’s results will be noted on their End of Year school report which will be available on Aladdin towards the end of June.

School Tours:

  • Below is a summary of the remaining school tours for this year
  • The cost of each tour is also included. This amount can be paid on-line using Aladdin.
  • Payment just needs to be made before the date of the tour.
DateClass TeacherVenueCost
Wednesday May 31stMrs Murray (Senior Infants) Mr McDonald (Senior Infants) Miss Dolan (Senior Infants)Turoe Pet Farm, Bullaun, Co. Galway€30
Thursday June 1stMs Tyrrell (Junior Infants) Mrs Duffy (Junior Infants) Miss Dolan (Junior Infants)Turoe Pet Farm, Bullaun, Co. Galway€30
Thursday June 1stMs Alani (3rd class) Mrs Monson (3rd & 4th class) Mrs Greally (4th class)Bay Sports, Athlone, Co. Westmeath€40
Thursday June 8thMr Kelly (5th & 6th class) Miss Murray (5th & 6th class)Emerald Park Ashbourne, Co. Meath€40
Tuesday June 13thMr Hanley (1st class) Ms O’Byrne (1st class)Let’s Go! Kingfisher, NUIG Galway€40
Thursday June 15thMiss Tyrrell (Jun Infs) Mrs Duffy (Jun Infs) Miss Dolan (Jun & Sen Infs)Coole Park Gort, Co Galway€10

SCN Summer Fun Camp 2023:

  • Miss Feeney & Miss Dolan will be running the SCN Summer Fun Camp this year.
  • It will run from Mon July 3rd to Thurs July 6th from 9am to 1pm.
  • The camp is for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd class children
  • Cost is €80
  • If your child is interested in attending camp, please complete the form & return with payment in full to the office in a labelled envelope before Friday of this week (June 2nd) to secure your place.
  • Places are on a first come, first served, basis.
  • Unfortunately, due to insurance costs they are unable to refund cancellations in full

Fergal Naughton


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