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7 Mar

School Self Evaluation
• Gaeilge
Three sets of questionnaires have been distributed recently.
• Thank you to all the parents who returned the questionnaires – your views are most welcome.
• The pupils also filled in their questionnaires last week.
• The teachers have just completed theirs too.
All the information is being collated at the moment.
• Literacy Lift off is continuing in Senior Infants.
• First Steps in Writing continues in all classes from 1st to 6th. The children’s work is being displayed on the notice board in the hall.

Choir Perform at Peace Proms Concert
The pupils in our choir went to The Hub in Kilkenny on Wednesday 10th February for a practice for the upcoming Cross Border Peace Proms Concert. The pupils performed beautifully on the day singing Uptown Funk and Shake it Off among others. The concert will take place on Sunday next at 2 00 pm. Good luck to all involved. Thank you to Music teacher Ms Kelly, Mr Hanamy and Mrs Maher who will accompany the choir on Sunday.

School Proclamation and Flag Raising Ceremony
Tuesday 15th March has been designated “Proclamation Day” for all schools in Ireland. As part of our school celebration 4th Class will perform the play “Triumph of All Sorts” which is based on the events of 1916. We will also be unveiling and reading our own school Proclamation and we will have a flag raising ceremony.
Parents and members of the wider school community are invited to our school Proclamation Day celebrations which will be held in the school hall at 11 45 am on Tuesday 15th March. Light refreshments will be served following the Flag raising. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Grandparents Day
Wednesday 3rd February saw many grandparents come to the school to join with their grandchildren from First and Sixth Class to celebrate Grandparents Day. Some had travelled great distances to be with us and we were honoured each and every one of them had given their time to be with us. Fr Harding led the celebration with a few words of welcome in the hall. The grandparents went to the children’s classes – some grandparents had children in both classes and had to visit both.
• In Sixth Class the pupils traced the Family Tree with their grandparents and looked for any links to the Easter Rising, we also played cards and draughts.
• In First Class we learned what school was like in our grandparents time, we did lots of artwork incorporating photographs of our grandparents, we sang an Irish song for them and we put up photographs of our grandparents which are still up – we like to look at them each day.

Religious Ceremonies
• Fr Harding and Fr Deeley visited the school on 3rd February to our throats for the Feast of St Blaise.
• Fr Harding returned on 10th February to bless the children with ashes on Ash Wednesday.
• Second Class went into St Cronan’s Church on Tuesday to practice for their First Confession Ceremony which takes place tonight Wednesday 2nd March at 7 30.
• Sixth Class are preparing for their Confirmation which takes place on Saturday 16th April. The children will be well prepared as the boys and girls will attend the De La Salle centre in Castletown on 4th April for a retreat.
• For Catholic Schools Week our school choir, along with representatives from the senior classes attended the 10 00 am mass in St Cronan’s. The choir sang beautifully and we were delighted to see so many parents and grandparents join with us in the church.

Annual Drama Show “Once Upon a Time”
Over the past few months, in the small townsland of Dromakeenan, the pupils of Scoil Chrónáin Naofa have been preparing their 2016 drama show “Once Upon a Time” under the direction of Jared Madden. With some of the pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class taking part, rehearsals have been taking place every Thursday over the past few months. All of the actors and actresses have learned all their lines and stage directions and full dress rehearsals are due to take place (next week). The show ‘Once Upon a Time’ is based on the life of the big bad wolf, played by Liam Murphy a 6th Class student. When the big bad wolf is accused of crimes he claims not to have committed, all spotlights zoom in on the courtroom, where the big bad wolf will be tried by Judge Justin Case. Trying to prove his innocence, despite what his rivals the three little pigs say, could prove to be quite a challenge for Mr Alexander Wolf, but can he possibly prove himself innocent? Come and join the pupils from Scoil Chrónáin Naofa on the 9th and 10th of March at 7:30pm. It is a show not to be missed! Admission is €5 and all are welcome – spread the word!
(Drama synopsis written by Coaimhe 6th Class)

Hurling Skills Competition
Well done to Sean Delaney and Robyn O Brien who won the hurling and camogie skills competition in 6th Class. Both pupils took part in the Offaly County Skills Competition in Banagher yesterday and did the school proud.

Green Schools
• An upcycling workshop had been arranged for the Sixth Class pupils for 29th February but unfortunately Joanne, who was giving the workshop hurt her back and the workshop had to be postponed. It will be rescheduled after the Easter Holidays
• Plans are underway for our annual 5k cycle – a date has to be confirmed
• A whole school clean up will be held in April to coincide with National Spring Clean Up Week – date for this to be confirmed too!

Offaly Badminton
Well done to the two teams who took part in the Offaly Badminton Association on Sunday last in Clonaslee, Co Laois. Our U13 team won the championship while the U10’s won the plate.
U10: Aoife, Clodagh, Conall and Harry from 4th Class
U13: James and Scott from 5th Class and Sam from 4th Class

Class News:
6th Class are making 1916 workbooks and concentrating on the role children had in the Rising……….5th Class are finished their yoga sessions with Suzanne – the calmness that descended the classroom following the session was amazing…….4th Class will visit Gloster woods on Friday next……3rd Class made pictures inspired by the artist Archimoldo using fruit and vegetables…….2nd Class pupils were carefully writing their passages for the ESB Handwriting Competition – we hope some of us win this competition…….1st Class and Junior Infants had great fun when Faye’s (1st Class) and Jack’s (Junior Infants) dad brought in two lambs to visit the classes……Senior Infants made robots using cardboard boxes……Aoibhneas pupils made delicious pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

Dates for your Diary
• First Confession: Wednesday 2nd March at 7 30 pm
• Drama Show: 9th and 10th March at 7 30 pm in the school hall
• Proclamation Day: Tuesday 15th March at 11 45 am
• Easter Holidays: Wednesday 16th March returning on Monday 4th April

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