27 Feb

Scoil Chrónáin Naofa

January Newsletter 2017

School Self Evaluation
• The children have been working on the First Steps in Writing programme and displays of their “Writing to Socialise” can be seen in the halla and in their classrooms. This term the genre is “Persuasive Writing” which will be taught throughout the school.
• Senior Infants have started the Literacy Lift Off programme. This is an intensive programme of reading and writing. Ms Hogan, along with Ms D’Arcy, Mrs Maher, Mrs O Meara, Ms Kinsella and Ms Wyer work with a small group of children for 45 minutes four times a week. The pupils read lots of books at their own level of competency and develop new strategies and reading skills. This increases the complexity of what the pupils can do in both reading and writing. First Class completed the Literacy Lift Off programme before Christmas and it has proved to be extremely beneficial. Certificates were presented to First Class children at assembly last week.

Sixth Class Take Part in Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
We in Sixth Class had a great day at the RDS Primary Science fair on Thursday the 19th January. Our project was based on whether a background colour change would affect how well you could read or try and remember words in a list. We tested all 3 of the primary colours red, blue and yellow as well as white which is the colour we usually read on. Surprisingly our research showed that white was the second worst of these to read from with blue being the best for children and yellow being the best for adults. As well as displaying our project there were a number of shows to watch and all were great fun and really interesting. Overall it was a very long day but a very enjoyable day for everyone – Cian Doran, 6th Class.

Green Schools
The date for our assessment for our Green Flag is fast approaching. The theme for this flag is Global Citizenship Litter and Waste. One of our last tasks is to create a Green Code and all entries have now been completed. Judging will take place this week and the Green School Committee will have a difficult job as there are many excellent entries. We are also looking for a suitable date for our annual cycle and we will update closer to the date.

Credit Union Quiz
Well done to our U13 team of Aaron and Aoife from 6th Class along with Clodagh and Robert from 5th Class and our U11 team of Aoife from 5th Class and Abbie, Alison and Olivia who competed in the Credit Union Quiz this week. Unfortunately, it was not our year but both teams did us proud. Our U13 team finished in third place only one point behind the team that came second. All the children enjoyed the night.

School Activities
• Hip hop dancing continues each Friday with Lisa Hogan. The children really enjoy showing their moves and upping the standard each week.
• Under the Music Generation programme keyboard lessons with Ms Kelly continue each Thursday for the pupils in 5th and 6th Class.

Catholic Schools Week and Grandparents Day
• Almost fifty pupils attended mass in St Cronan’s Church Roscrea on Tuesday morning for Catholic Schools week. The group comprised of our school choir and some pupils from each class. Thank you to Mrs O Meara and Mr Garrod for accompanying our choir.
• Following this mass our school chaplin Fr Harding came to the school for Grandparents Day. The children of First and Fifth Class extended a warm welcome to their grandparents, showing them their work and listening to stories from the older generation. This was followed by refreshments in the school hall. We think the highlight of the day for both children and grandparents was getting their photographs taken in the “frame”. Thank you to all the grandparents who made the time and effort to join their grandchildren in the school, some even travelling long distances.
The photographs will be up on our website in the coming days and will also be on our facebook page.

Christmas Sale
Following on from last month’s newsletter a total of €1435 was raised at the Christmas Sale by 6th Class – well done to all. Three hundred euro of this will be lodged straight away for the education of Veronica in Uganda with the remainder being distributed during the year.

Sr Essie
Sr Essie from the Diocesan Office visited us last Thursday and Friday. She was impressed with all the classes and complimented the pupils on their knowledge and singing.

Indoor Hurling League
Following on from our last newsletter the indoor hurling league finished the day we got Christmas holidays. Interestingly both semi finals went to extra time and penalty shootouts. Antrim and Galway came through with Antrim winning the final on a score line of two goals to one.

School News: In Sixth Class we have done a lot of research on World War 2 lately. We all completed projects and we watched the movie “I Am David” which told the story of a 12 year old concentration camp escapee. It was really informative. It made us all appreciate how lucky we are to be in a safe country.…….Fifth Class go to our Fallon Library each week and pick a book. We even have our own librarian………..Fourth Class made cups and trophies in Art last week. We were very excited to receive pen pal letters from a school in Wexford and have just written back…….. In Third Class as a reward for winning Gaeilgeoirí na Coicíse before Christmas we had a great afternoon playing games with pie-face being a huge, messy hit! We have had a long wait for our pen pal letters but they finally arrived. We are looking forward to getting to know more about our new friends with our next reply. The post has never brought such excitement!……In Second Class we are busy practicing our writing for the INTO Handwriting Competition……First Class had great fun learning all about the rainforest and the animals who live there. We learned all about jaguars, toucans, chameleons and panthers………Senior Infants had a very busy start to the New Year learning all about electricity in Science. We investigated what life was like before electricity – it was so different back then! We also performed the story of “Farmer Duck” on stage. We had great fun practising and everyone in our class was involved. We love acting on the stage………Junior Infants have been learning all about the weather over the last few weeks. In Aistear, we composed, practiced and recorded our very own weather forecasts in groups. Each group had directors, camera people, meteorologists and presenters. The classroom will turn into a cinema this Friday as the class view each group’s hard work!…..Aoibhneas are enjoying our social club on a Wednesday. Some Transition Year students from Colaiste Phobal join us each week. Last week we had fantastic fun playing board games. We plan to go on a Spring woodland walk soon.

Dates for your Diary
• Mid term break (usual finishing time): Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February
• First Confession: Wednesday 1st March @ 7 30 pm
• Peace Proms Concert in UL Concert Hall – Sunday 5th March, 2 00 pm
• Drama Show: Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th March at 7 00 pm

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