4 Feb

Board of Management

School Uniform Questionnaire

  • As requested by the Department of Education and Skills a survey on school uniforms was held in the school before Christmas.  Below are the results of the survey.  A total of 153 families were surveyed and of those 135 were returned.  These were counted by the Principal Brendan Hanamy and the Chairperson of the Parents Association Michelle Ryan with the following result:
    • Part 1:

Do you want a school uniform for this school?

Yes: 133                                No:  2

  • Part 2:

Would you like to keep the present uniform/tracksuit with the school name?

Yes:  80 (60%)

Would you like to keep the present uniform/tracksuit without the school crest where the items of clothing could be bought in different shops or department stores:

Yes:  54 (40%)

As from the results of the survey the uniform/tracksuit will be kept in its present form.

  • The Board of Management wishes Brendan Hanamy a speedy recovery following his surgery.


School Self Evaluation

Maths for Fun will recommence on Wednesday 5th March for the pupils of First and Fourth Class with a training day on Wednesday 26th February (10 am to 11 am).  This initiative is proving very worthwhile and was a tremendous success before Christmas.  The success of the programme is dependent on parents volunteering to help.  If you would like to become involved in this round of Maths for Fun please contact the school office by phone or email by Friday 7th February.  It involves volunteering for one or two hours on a Wednesday morning for six weeks.


Grandparents Day

Grandparents of pupils in First and Sixth Class are invited to the school tomorrow for Grandparents Day from 11 30 am to 1 00 pm.  Last year’s Grandparents Day celebration was a great success with over 40 grandparents attending.  We extend an invitation also to any great grandparents who will be most welcome to come and join us on the day.


Catholic Schools Week

To celebrate Catholic Schools Week we are participating in a number of events:

  • On Friday morning two pupils along with Mr Maher will attend a special mass in Roscrea at 10 00 am
  • The pupils of Fifth and Sixth Class have been invited to a mass in Mount St Joseph’s on Monday morning next.


Green Schools

We are currently working on our 5th Green Flag on the theme of Biodiversity and there is an in school competition running at the moment to decide the slogan for this flag.  There is also an art competition being run – children are to draw/colour a native animal, tree or plant.  Names should be written on the back of the entry.  Closing date for both competitions is Monday next 3rd February and entries will be judged by the Green Schools Committee.  Winners will be announced at assembly.


Mobile Phone Collection

We remind parents that we are still collecting old mobile phones to purchase ipads for the school.  Children are given a ticket for each mobile phone he/she donates and a draw will be held at the end of the collection for a number of prizes.

Credit Union Quiz

Good luck to the two teams who represent the school in the quiz this Friday in Racket Hall.  We hope to continue our good record in this competition.


Pupils from Scoil Chrónáin Naofa take part in the 50th BT Young Scientist Exhibition and feature on RTE News

The Sixth Class pupils were delighted to be filmed and featured on several RTE News programmes on Thursday last 9th January at the 50th BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin.  The pupils featured on RTE News Today on RTE2, and were the backdrop for the Nine O Clock News slot when introducing the BT Young Scientist.  Along with their class teacher, Ms Lorraine Hogan, Sixth Class demonstrated their project entitled “Fruit Batteries”.  The children enthralled the visitors to the exhibition with experiments and demonstrations of circuits using batteries and using fruit and vegetables.  The class proved they could produce electrical power to light an LED light using a variety of fruits such as lemons, grapefruits, limes and potatoes.  As well as presenting their project the pupils also got to see other presentations from many other primary and secondary schools.  The judges were very complimentary in their report on the high standard of content and knowledge shown by the children.  Sixth Class were proud to walk away with a trophy of participation.  Well done to all.


School News:

Sixth Class are studying WW2.  We watched some real footage which was recorded at the outbreak of the war in 1939 and listened to the stories of people who were children during this time………Fifth Class had fun playing Simon Says as Gaeilge.  We are doing projects on famous people such as Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Thomas McDonagh and Nelson Mandela….….Fourth Class are keeping busy painting “abstract” with Kandinsky and learning all about Ching and the Chinese New Year.  We have decorated the classroom with lanterns and Chinese Dragons.……Third Class have been working hard since returning from the holidays.  In Geography we have completed projects on all the counties of Ireland while in Science we made our very own lava lamp………….Second Class are travelling around the World learning about Australia and China for Austrailia Day and the Chinese New Year.  The pupils have started learning Mary Had a Little Lamb and London Bridge on the tin whistle …………..First Class visited Stapletons Bakery just before Christmas and were thrilled to put on hair nets which made them look like real bakers.  The children were fascinated with the size of the ovens and were thrilled when Joe Stapleton gave each child a fresh warm roll as they left.  Following this they visited Super Valu where they learned about money and had pictures taken with the staff there.…………Senior Infants enjoyed painting our pottery houses and we are looking forward to making a little village with them.  We have also been learning about electricity and we got to make circuits powering bulbs and fans.………….Junior Infants have been extremely busy this month – we learned about the weather and clothes and even started reading our first book “Look out Teddy”.  We are ready to welcome Spring and worked together as a class to create St Brigid’s Cloak!…….Aoibhneas Class 1 and Class 2 have created a wall art piece from the pottery shapes we made with Fin.  The wall art is hanging on the corridor outside Aoibhneas.  The daffodil bulbs we planted last year have starting to come up.


Dates for your Diary

  • Mid term break (usual finishing time):  Thursday 20th and Friday 21st  February
  • Wednesday 26th February:  First Confession
  • Drama Show:  12th and 13th March at 7 30 pm in the school hall
  • Confirmation:  Saturday 29th March at 11 00 am
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