2 Mar

Scoil Chrónáin Naofa

February Newsletter 2018
Board of Management
1. Child Protection Procedures for Primary Schools
The Children First Act 2015 was enacted in November 2015. However, it has only been partially commenced at this time. As of 11th December all remaining sections of the Act are fully commenced. The following are the key measures in the Act:
1. A statutory requirement that schools keep pupils safe from harm.
2. Schools must produce a Child Safeguarding Statement to include a risk assessment by 11th March 2018.
3. Every registered teacher, as a mandated person, has a statutory obligation to report child protection concerns over a defined threshold to the Child and Family Agency (Tusla). Such reports are referred to as mandated reports.
4. A requirement on mandated persons to assist Tusla in the assessment of child protection risk, if so required.
At a recent Board of Management meeting the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement including a risk assessment was ratified. It is on display in the school foyer and on the school website. A copy is also available from the secretary’s office on request.
2 Uniform
From September there will be a change to our uniform but no change in the tracksuit. The tracksuit will remain as it is now and the wearing of it will remain the same. For the girls the uniform will change to a green pinafore with a white shirt, red tie and bottle green cardigan. The boys uniform will change to a grey trousers, bottle green jumper, white shirt and red tie.

School Self Evaluation
As of the 19th February 2018 the INTO directive on non-participation in school self evaluation was lifted. During the time of the directive a number of initiatives were introduced in our school: Literacy Lift Off, First Steps in Writing and Guided Reading.

Over the coming months the staff will be looking at putting the school improvement plans in place in both Gaeilge and Fitness, Health and Wellbeing. A questionnaire on the subject of PE was recently sent home to parents and this will help us put out improvement plans in place. We will also be sending home a questionnaire on Gaeilge after the Easter holidays which will assist us in the planning of this subject. We will keep you updated on these initiatives in future newsletters.

Annual Drama Show “Star Gazing”
Unfortunately, The Beast from the East and Storm Emma had an impact on our scheduled drama show. We have had to reschedule the show to Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st March. As usual it will be a mix of song, dance and comedy and we guarantee it will have been worth waiting for. All are welcome – spread the word.

Active Schools
Our “Active Línes” are in full swing. We are as fit as fiddles with our daily blasts of exercises (10@10). Each class is having great fun and challenging themselves with the athletic equipment kindly given for a term by Tipperary Sports Partnership. Noreen Nevin put the teachers through their paces to demonstrate the equipment. We are all looking forward to our Active Schools Week. Keep an eye out for updates!

VHI Mini Marathon
Following on from the success of last year’s VHI Mini Marathon Mrs Harding is encouraging people to sign up for the event and hopefully raise funds for Aoibhneas. Registration will open today and will remain open until the required number is reached. If you are registering and wish your pack to be collected, please put Galway as your destination and Mrs Harding will collect everyone’s packs. When you register you get a barcode – please send in this barcode for pack collection. If you register and are collecting the pack yourself please let us know that you are joining us. As with last year we will look at bringing a bus closer to the date. We had a great fun last year – please consider joining us.

Religious Ceremonies
• Fr Harding came to bless the children with ashes on Ash Wednesday.
• Second Class received the sacrament of First Confession on Tuesday 27th February.
• Sixth Class are preparing for their Confirmation which takes place on Saturday 24th March. The children attended a retreat in the De La Salle centre in Castletown on 6th February and their Ceremony of Light will take place on Thursday 22nd March.

Sixth Class Retreat
On the 6th of February we went to Castletown to the De La Salle Retreat centre for our Confirmation retreat. The staff brought us into a room and gave us a drink and some biscuits. When Scoil Eoin, who were joining us for the day, arrived at the centre they brought us into a small chapel. We said a couple of prayers and we split into three groups. After the first lesson we had small lunch for ten minutes. Next we went back into our groups and learned about the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We coloured in some doves and put prayers on the doves when they were coloured. After that we had big lunch and went outside. We played football and basketball for half an hour. After break our group learned about the different stories about Jesus and for the last few minutes we did a little meditation. When it was all over we got our stuff and got back on the bus I had a good day and I think the class did too. Conall – 6th Class.

Hip Hop Dancing
The pupils really enjoyed the dancing sessions with Lisa Hogan and improved their skills and agility over the four weeks. Thank you to the Parents Association for sponsoring these sessions.

Fifth Class Tour
On Tuesday 27th February we went on our class tour to Birr Theatre and Birr Outdoor Education Centre. In conjunction with Engineers Week we attended a show in Birr Theatre – we all enjoyed it. We moved on to Birr Outdoor Education Centre where we played a few indoor games before moving outside to take part in Tug o War. We split into two groups – my group did archery first and some people were lucky enough to get a bullseye! We then tried indoor rock climbing and then we did the cave maze – this was my favourite. It was great fun especially the slide when we found our way to the end. It was a brilliant tour which I will never forget – Abbie 5th Class.

Class News:
6th Class: Lots has been happening over the past few weeks in 6th Class. A few weeks ago we did WW2 silhouette art. All the students made a silhouette of something to do with WW2 like planes or a city and then mounted it on a painted a background using the colours red, yellow and orange. Recently in art we did Pop Art by picking a black and white picture of a famous person (like Donald Trump) and coloured it in the vivid, Pop Art style. For the past few months we’ve been doing our daily run and helping out other classes by leading active lines after break on the yard. This is all part of our Active Schools programme. (Robert Gunnell Sixth Class)……..Fifth Class learned all about Fairtrade and wrote to Cadburys in relation to their advertising and wrapping. We really enjoyed learning about the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and especially Martin Luther King. We penned our own “I have a dream” quotes…………………. In Third Class we thank everyone who has sent in bottle caps for our summer art project. Please continue to collect them, in particular yellow, orange and red ones. We had great fun at our pancake party on Shrove Tuesday and wrote our Promises to God at the beginning of Lent. We have been working hard to train our brains to move from a ‘Fixed’ to a ‘Growth Mindset’ for lifelong learning. The children are really enjoying encouraging each other and when someone thinks “this it too hard” their classmate reminds them that “this may take some time”. Our tin-whistle classes are improving, with each child learning “Óró Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile” and some progressing to a more difficult tune- “Do Bhíos Lá i bPort Láirge”……………….. In Second Class we were preparing for our First Confession which was on the 27th of February. We are also taking part in bird watch and hatching out some chickens (hopefully) in the next few weeks – we will keep you informed………………. Senior Infants are excited that Spring is here at last. We love learning all about Spring. We are looking forward to planting seeds and discovering what happens. Pancake Tuesday was fun and we listened to the story of ‘The Runaway Pancake’. It was great. We wrote our own stories about a runaway pancake. We are learning all about Beatrix Potter and can’t wait for everyone to see our great work. We are also really enjoying Literacy Lift Off………………. In Junior infants we are learning all about the colours of the rainbow. Can you name them? We had great fun doing our ‘Shake your Sillies Out’ for assembly.

Dates for your Diary
Drama Show: 20th and 21st March
Easter Holidays: Friday 23rd March
Confirmation: Saturday 24th March at 11 00 am

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