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Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, Dromakeenan

May Newsletter

First Communion Class 2013


Green Flag Ceremony

Members of our Green Schools committee collected our Fourth Green Flag in Athlone last week.  Liam O Neill, President of the GAA will come to the school on Monday 17th June at 11 00 am to raise the Green Flag and to present medals to our football panel who won the Offaly Championship at the beginning of the year.  Refreshments will be served in the hall following the ceremony and all are welcome.


Write a Book

Congratulations to all the pupils who took part in the Write a Book competition.  Well done to Abbie Meagher, Abby Loughnane, Kate Shortt and Emma Phelan in Senior Infants, Aoife O Meara, Ciara Hoyne, Amelie Peyaud, Christopher Moloney and Sam Walsh from First Class, and Aisling Maloney, Aisling Ryan, Tara Curran and Aimee Monahan from Fourth Class who were all prizewinners.


Computers for Classrooms

We were delighted to receive four computers from FRS Roscrea recently.  Presenting the computers Fabien Peyaud told the pupils that they had upgraded their computers and were left with a number of perfectly usable PC’s and decided to give four of these to our school.  Thanking Fabien Mr Hanamy said that all in the school were delighted that FRS thought of us.  He explained that each of the computers would be placed directly into the class rooms where they would be put to good use by the students and teachers.


Sixth Class Tour

The long awaited Sixth Class tour took place recently – this tour has become the highlight of tours in Dromakeenan.  In a change from previous years the pupils enjoyed the surfing on the first day.  With great enthusiasm they each put on the wet suits and after a lesson in surfing by the instructors they children practiced on sand before progressing to the waves.  They had brilliant fun!  The weary bunch went back to the hostel and showered.  Following dinner the pupils took on the nightline challenge.  The photographs of this event are hilarious – children wear blackout goggles and must rely on each other as they crawl through tunnels, over obstacles and through mucky terrain!  This is truly a team building exercise.  The group had lots of fun back at the hostel before finally turning in for the night.  On Friday morning after breakfast the children took on the high rope challenge and the climbing wall.  This proved challenging and nerve wrecking for some pupils.  The pupils packed and had lunch at the Donegal Adventure Centre before heading for home.  Well done to Mr Hanamy and Ms Hogan who survived the tour!


What’s the Story?

As advised in our April Newsletter the school took part in the RTE Junior “Whats the Story?” programme again this year.  The programme will be broadcast each Friday for six weeks starting this Friday at 7 00 pm.  Stories and poems from our pupils along with presenters from the school will feature in the series.  Programmes will be available on RTE player following the broadcast and we will provide a link from our website when available.


FAI Amputee Soccer Team

Fourth Class had a group of special visitors on Tuesday last.  Members of the FAI National Amputee soccer team gave Fourth Class a demonstration on their skills on the soccer field despite the fact that each of the players had part of their leg amputated.  They initially played with their artificial leg in place but astonished the group when each left the hall and returned on crutches!  What transpired was truly inspirational to all.


Sport in School

  • Hurling:  In the final match of the Tipperary Champion the boys played against Borrisoleigh, however, after a tight game we were unfortunate to lose by just one point on a score line of 4-4 to 3-6.
  • Hughie Hannon has just completed six coaching sessions with the pupils of First and Second Class.
  • Conor Nesbitt, Jack Lee, Luke Cashin and Brian Parlon took place in a Tipperay Skills Competition in Dr Morris Park last Friday – although not successful the boys thoroughly enjoyed the day.
  • Rugby:  David Farrelly has returned to the school to coach the pupils in Sixth Class on tag rugby.  The pupils will take part in a tag rugby competition before the end of the year.
  • Soccer:  When the last newsletter was being published our girls soccer team were on their way to the Munster final in Limerick representing Tipperary.  The girls played the Clare and Kerry champions beating both teams.  In the Munster Semi-Final they met the Cork champions – this game ended in a draw on a scoreline of 3 all.  We were very unfortunate to lose 2-1 on penalties.  Well done girls – we are very proud of you all.


School News

Sixth Class held a History fair in the school hall last Friday.  The pupils invited their parents along with the other classes in the school to come and view their projects celebrating events in History which they have studied – topics included the Famine, the French Revolution, the Two World Wars, the Titanic, and one on Ancient Greeks.  In art the pupils made 3d butterflies using plastic bottles……….. Fifth Class are combining three subjects in projects they are doing in class.  The pupils are using History, Computer Science along with Art to create projects on famous artists throughout history.  They will present their projects in Powerpoint form when completed………Fourth Class are learning all about plants and have grown cress in the classroom.  They learned all about fashion – some designed and made items while other researched famous designers……….Third Class are busy competing in the Superstars competition within the class.  The class is divided into five groups and are taking part in different events.  In History class the children also learned about Vikings and Ancient Egypt ………..Second Class had all the other pupils bopping in assembly last week when they sang “Reach for the Stars”- it was a great compliment to see all join in and enjoy it so much.  Our grass heads were a great success and all the heads have now gone home……..First Class have completed projects on travel and each child got a certificate to take home.  The pupils are enjoying the extra computer in the class which was presented by Amelie’s Dad……………….Senior Infants learned all about Summer and farm animals in preparation for their school tour to Glendeer.  They also made real butter using cream and shaking it to make the butter.  The pupils enjoyed tasting the butter on crackers……..Junior Infants had great fun while learning all about mini beasts.  They learned all about the caterpillar, butterfly, ladybird and bumblebee.  They made bumblebees which are on the Junior Infant door – so be careful if you need to call there.  The children are all looking forward to going on a mini beast hunt soon.  ………………Aoibhneas Class 1 and 2 are really enjoying their “Feasty Friday” sessions – last week they made a “Hungry Catterpillar” and had hot chocolate the week before – wonder what is on the menu next?  Both classes are enjoying going swimming together as a group now that horse riding has finished for this year.


Dates for your Diary

  • Friday 7th June                   Open Day for Incoming Junior Infants
  • Monday 17th June            Green Flag Raising Ceremony 11 am
  • Sports Day                              To be confirmed
  • Friday 21st June                  Sixth Class Graduation
  • Thursday 27th June          Summer Holidays
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