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4 Feb

Scoil Chrónáin Naofa

January Newsletter 2018

Board of Management
Our ball wall is completely finished and in use every day. We would like to thank Coolderry GAA for their recent contribution of €100. We would also like to thank Roscrea Hurling Club for their further contribution of €300 bringing their donation to €500. A total of €4994.00 was raised for the wall, sincerest thanks to everyone who contributed.

School Self Evaluation
• The children have been working on the First Steps in Writing programme and displays of their “Recount” can be seen in the halla and in their classrooms. This term the genre is “Report 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 Lalor 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 before Christmas.

School Activities
• Along with every class in the school we began hip hop lessons with our hip hop teacher Lisa on Friday 16th January. Each class has been timetabled for their individual session. In Sixth Class we are learning a dance and we are really enjoying it. On the first day we were taught the first part of the dance and then we had a game of musical statues with five winners. On the second day we did the second part of the routine and it was great. Following this we did a dance off battle which resulted in a draw between the boys and girls. This week we are learning the third part of the dance and we will do the final part next week. There will be dance battle on the last day. I reckon the boys will definitely win! Robbie Tynan 6th Class
Thank you to the Parents Association who are sponsoring the dance sessions.
• For the next six weeks Fifth and Sixth class are going to be doing keyboard lessons with our music teacher Miss Kelly. We are having a lot of fun learning how to play the piano. We get to sit beside our friends and help each other to play the keyboard. We are able to find the right keys on the piano to play the right notes. We learned that you put your hand on your knee and keep your body in that shape then place your hands on the keyboard and you are ready to play and have fun. Miss Kelly is very helpful with music and she points out what we do wrong and shows us how to do it right. We are going to be learning a lot of songs over the next six weeks. We very much appreciate having a chance to play the piano and we will enjoy it for the weeks remaining. Keisha 6th Class.
After Fifth and Sixth Class have had their sessions Third and Fourth Class will have a set of six lessons too.

Schools Active Flag
Our Active Flag committee is now in place. The committee is being led by Ms Hickey ably assisted by Ms O Meara, Leah and Jake represent Sixth Class while Lucy and Jack represent 5th Class. Thomas and Amy are the children on the committee from 4th Class with Hannah and Jamie completing the group. The pupils and staff are really enjoying our 10@10 every morning! It is a great way to start the day. The Active School committee are Active Líne Leaders – while children line up on the yard they lead them with fun exercises. Friday’s dance with Lisa is getting us all up and active and leaving everybody feeling energised!

Catholic Schools Week and Grandparents Day
• Almost fifty pupils attended mass in St Cronan’s Church Roscrea on Wednesday morning for Catholic Schools week. The group comprised of our school choir and three pupils from each class. Thank you to Mrs Harding and Ms Hickey for accompanying our choir. Thank you also to the parents and families who joined us.
• Following this mass our school chaplin Fr Harding came to the school to lead a prayer service for Grandparents Day. The children of First and Fifth Class extended a warm welcome to their grandparents and great grandparents, showing them their work and listening to stories from their time in school. Ms Higgins had an old desk on display and the old school bell which brought back lovely memories to many of the people there. The grandparents enjoyed making St Brigid’s Crosses and playing games with the children. This was followed by refreshments in the school hall. Thank you to everyone who made time to come, it was a pleasure to have you here.

Christmas Sale
Veronica, the pupil we have been sponsoring in Uganda has now finished her primary education. She was lucky enough to secure a scholarship and will now move on to secondary school. We were delighted to have been involved in her education so far. We have asked Sr Mona to select a new child for us to sponsor. As the new school year in Uganda begins in February €300 of the charity fund will be lodged for the new child. More information on this child will follow as soon as we hear back from Sr Mona.

Credit Union Quiz
Well done to our U13 team of Clodagh, Robert, Abbie and Aoife and our U11 team of Darragh, Meadhbh, Dayna and Matt who competed in the Roscrea Credit Union Quiz on Friday last. Unfortunately, it was not our night but both teams did us proud each team coming 4th only 4 points behind the winners. All the children enjoyed the night.

Hurling League
Our first hurling league on the new playing surface at the ball wall was recently completed with Antrim captained by Harry defeating Offaly captained by Rugi in the final. Our second league is up and running with boys and girls from 3rd to 6th Class taking part.

School News: Sixth Class have been working on World War 2 projects. We have been presenting them to the class and they will be on display outside our classrooms. Some people have made powerpoint presentations and really enjoyed using technology to complete their work (Jake Nash 6th Class)……Fifth and First Class were really delighted to have their grandparents visit them in the school on Wednesday………………Fourth Class are busy each morning delivering the fruit and vegetables to each class as we begin the Food Dudes programme in the school……….Third Class have had a very busy month working hard. We finished our Tipperary and Offaly project and participated in a ‘Show and Tell’ last Friday. We really enjoyed our dance classes over the past three weeks and 10@10 every morning. To celebrate Grandparents Day we wrote and posted our grandparents a lovely letter describing how much we love them. We hope they enjoyed receiving them! For up-to-date photos of our class activities have a look at our school website………Second Class had a show and tell for our “Report Writing” this month, we brought in things we like to play with. We had generation dolls, lego, hurls, football, teddies and musical instruments. It was such fun…………….Senior Infants learned all about éadaí in Irish. We made our own clothes lines and cut out clothes and stuck them on. We performed ‘An Fear Sinséir’ for Friday assembly and everyone laughed when the gingerbread man actually jumped out of the oven! We had great fun reading comic strips and then we wrote our own. They were brilliant. We are also so excited to start Literacy Lift Off this week…………… Junior Infants are working on their yoga poses everyday and getting better all the time! They have been learning all about Elmer the Elephant and enjoying talking about the changes in weather everyday…………..Aoibhneas Class 1 and 2 are really enjoying the fruit and vegetables coming to the school each day. We all like different things – some of us like cucumber while others of us prefer peppers. The majority of us like the grapes and satsumas.

Dates for your Diary
• Sixth Class Retreat in De la Salle, Castletown on Tuesday 6th February
• Mid term break (usual finishing time): Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February
• First Confession: Tuesday 27th February at 7 00 pm
• Drama Show: Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th March at 7 00 pm
• Confirmation: Saturday 24th March at 11 00 am

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