7 Oct

Scoil Chrónáin Naofa, Dromakeenan

September Newsletter 2013



School Mass

School Chaplin Fr Michael Harding came to the school on Tuesday last to celebrate the new school year with a mass, and to remember our friend and classmate Sophie who passed away during the Summer.  The Reading and Psalm were read by Scott and Neil , Prayers of the Faithful were read by Sophie in First Class, Clodagh in Second Class, Bill in Third Class, Katie in Fourth Class, Aisling in Fifth Class and Eoghan  represented Sixth Class.  Leanne  brought a Memory Book to the altar along with Sadhbh  and Aoife who brought the bread and wine.  Following Communion Emma read a communion reflection.  Throughout the mass the whole congregation sang beautifully.

Following our Mass the pupils of Fourth Class along with Sophie’s brothers Scott and Ben accompanied Fr Harding, Mrs O Meara and Mr Hanamy outside to plant a Cherry Blossom tree in front of the school in Sophie’s memory.  Fr Harding blessed the tree and spoke of how each time we saw the tree we would remember Sophie.



Junior Infants


We welcome our new Junior Infants who have settled in very well.  The pupils are really enjoying class and are a happy, enthusiastic group.  They are coming to Assembly each morning and are all superbly behaved.  The children look forward to break time so they can go on the playground equipment.  We have two sets of twins in the class this year – its sixteen years since we last had two sets in one class.


Green Schools

We are now starting our campaign for our 5th Green Flag.  The emphasis for this flag is biodiversity.  We are watching the leaves on the trees change colour and some of the classes have taken advantage of the good weather to walk in the woods.  A new committee has been elected and we will keep you informed of our activities throughout the year in the monthly newsletter and on the website.


School Self Evaluation

  • As part of our Numeracy Improvement Plan we have introduced a “Problem of the Week” board in the school halla.  Four different problems will be introduced each week at assembly – one for the Infant Classes, one for the 1st and 2nd Class, one for 3rd and 4th Class and another for 5th and 6th Class.  The problems will be discussed on a Monday with the answers being solved on Thursday morning.  The problems will appear on our website also.
  • The Maths for Fun initiative was so successful last year that it will be extended this year.  It will resume for the pupils of 2nd and 5th Class in October, and in 1st and 4th Class in the New Year.  We ask parents, or grandparents who have some time to spare to consider getting involved in this worthwhile initiative.  Please contact the school if you are available to help.


School Activities

  • Hughie Hannon has recommenced the GAA coaching with the pupils in 3rd and 4th Class.
  • We welcome local man Alan Tynan back this year, Alan is passing on the skills of Rugby to the pupils of 6th Class.
  • Our footballers played their first match recently against St Rynaghs in Banagher the boys had a deserving win.  We will play Tullamore at home tomorrow.  The remaining match against Birr, which was postponed due to bad weather, will be rescheduled shortly.
  • Mrs Eimear Feehan has returned to the school again this year for 6 sessions of gymnastics – the pupils are really enjoying these sessions and eagerly await their turn.


Offaly County Championships

Thirty two boys and girls went to Tullamore Harriers Stadium last Friday to take part in the Offaly Cross Country Championship.  Everybody ran extremely well and gave it their best.  Overall we won three individual medals – Kelsey in 3rd place and Victoria in 8th place in 3rd Class and Jamie finished 4th in the boys 4th Class race.  Third Class girls won the team event.  The team was made up of Kelsey , Victoria , Alannah and Aoife .


Parents Association

  • The Parents Association AGM will take place on Tuesday 12th November at 8 00 pm.  The Guest Speaker on the night will be John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy Prison.  This esteemed speaker will give a talk on “Parenting – The Challenges and the Rewards”.  Some of the areas covered are communication, creating a safe listening environment, positivity and helping your child to develop self-confidence. The Parents Association will provide refreshments following the meeting.
  • A bag pack will take place in Dunnes Stores on 18th and 19th October – we encourage you to give generously of your time as your child will benefit from the funds raised.  Further information will follow from the Parents Association.
  • Thank you to the Parent Association for sponsoring the gymnastic classes again this year



Drama has resumed with Jared Madden – the children are delighted to be involved and look forward to practicing for this year’s show.


Dates for your Diary

  • Parent Association AGM – Tuesday 12th November
  • Parent / Teacher Meetings – Monday 25th November
  • First Confession – Tuesday 26th February 2014
  • Confirmation – 29th March 2014 at 11 00 am
  • First Communion – Sunday 25th May 2014 at 12 noon
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