4 May

On Saturday 23rd March Sixth Class were confirmed by Bishop Fintan Monahan and Bishop Emeritus Willie Walsh. The children were well prepared for the ceremony and participated with great enthusiasm. They were blessed with good weather on the day. Well done to the choir also.
• Good luck to Second Class who make their First Holy Communion on 12th May.

Board of Management
• Friday was a fantastic celebration for all in Scoil Chrónáin Naofa with the opening of our newest facility – a ball wall. The official opening was the final celebration of our action packed Schools Activity Week when the children sampled many different activities such as Zumba, hip hop dancing, target practice, golf, tug of war, hurling and camogie. On Friday the pupils were delighted to welcome special guests past pupil and Offaly Captain David King along with Tipperary Hurler Patrick (Bonner) Maher. The event began with a ball wall session for the hurlers and camogie players in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class given by David and Patrick. This was followed with a blessing by Fr Michael Harding and a warm welcome to everyone from Principal Brendan Hanamy. David and Patrick both said a few words encouraging the children to keep active in whatever sport they enjoy. Third Class sang a Dromakeenan Hurling Song written by Third Class Teacher Geraldine O Meara. The children were treated to a party in their classrooms sponsored by ball wall contractor Liam O Meara while the parents enjoyed refreshments in the school hall provided by our hard working Parents Association. Thanks to all the parents who supported our fundraiser, the timber raffle which was co-ordinated by BoM member Enda Dooley and the local clubs – Ballyskenach and Killavilla Hurling Club, Coolderry Hurling Club and Roscrea Hurling Club for their donations.
• Good luck to our choir and trad group as they take part in the Musica Vitat in the Concert Hall in UL tomorrow night.

Active Schools Week
Active School’s Week kicked off on Monday with Zumba by Irinya. On Tuesday Lisa put us through our paces with lots of new dances. On Wednesday Emmett from Offaly Sports Partnership had us all up and running with Athletics and not even the rain could put a damper on our exercise! On Thursday Junior and Senior Infants made their way through an obstacle course while Third and Fifth were in full swing, golfing with Bobby. Crinkill Handball Club treated Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class to lessons at the ball wall. Cathy from Tug of War Ireland was on hand to show Second and Third Class the skills involved in her sport. Friday was another energetic day with archery for Fifth and Sixth. The hurling and camogie teams welcomed two special guests for a skills session at the ball wall. David King and Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher were very impressed.

Getting fit doesn’t have to be complicated and we have loads of space for activity right here on our school grounds! Sometimes we overlook the great benefits of just getting some fresh air and stretching their legs! As little as 20 minute bursts of exercise a few times a day is just as beneficial for our bodies as long sessions. Two competitions were held in school for Active Schools Week – the first was a slogan competition. Congratulations to Kate Shortt who won the Active Flag slogan competition in the school:
“Make sure to exercise each day
We can jump and we can play
Come along and have some fun,
Active schools for everyone!
The second competition was to design a poster – well done to winners Cassie Treacy, Fia Dooley and Nicole Murray from Second Class. It was a fantastic week from start to finish and a special thank you to everyone who got involved from the local community.

Sport in School
Hurling and Camogie:
• The Cumann na mBunscol Uibh Fháilí competitions have commenced. Our hurlers have played two matches losing by 3 points to Birr in a very close match and losing to St Rynaghs yesterday.
• The girls have played St Rynaghs in camogie and lost out narrowly in a game that they dominated but unfortunately were not able to convert. They will take on Carrig/Killeen today in Carrig at 3 pm. Best of luck girls.
• Following a skills competition in the school Leah Ryan and Conor Hoctor were selected to go forward for trials for the Tipperary Primary Games in hurling and camogie.
• Rugi and Rachel were selected to represent the school at the Offaly Skills competition in camogie and hurling.
• Hughie Hannon is back with us showing the children in the infant classes and First and Second Class the skills of hurling.
Fitness Training: In conjunction with Offaly Sports Partnership Emmet Dynan is back again with the boys and girls from 1st to 6th Class. They are taking part in a seven week programme and all the children’s fitness levels will be tested at the end of the sessions.
Tennis: Well done to Alison, Leah , Marc and Rugi who represented the school in the Roscrea Tennis Club Schools 6th Class Competition recently. They children finished in second place – well done.

Mini Companies in Fifth Class and Aoibhneas Class 2
Fifth Class including Aoibhneas Class 2 were very busy for the last two weeks as they set up mini companies in the class. The pupils decided on a project for their group and sourced the products and budgeted accordingly. They even received a loan from The Bank of Parents to help them establish their companies. On completion of the project this loan was to be paid back. The children kept their own accounts and displayed these with their produce. The companies were: A & A Cookies, Delightful Faces, Fluffy Marshmallows, Leah’s Nutella Buns, Molly’s Lip Balm, Krispy Delights, Stress Balls, Double O Slime, Sophie’s Dream catchers, D n’ A- Corner Bookmark, D n’ A Cone Smores, A n’ E Buns and wall Timber Wall Hangings. Fifth Class took orders last week, then over the weekend they made the produce and had them ready for sale on Tuesday. The children from the other classes came to the hall and purchased what they had ordered. Then the mum’s and dad’s of the Fifth Class pupils came at 12 45 to see the achievements of the children and of course buy one or two treats. Well done to all involved.

Class Tours
Below is information about upcoming class tours. Details regarding times and cost will be issued by email in the coming days.
Sixth Class Donegal Adventure Centre 10th and 11th May
Fourth Class Fun Academy CCR Roscrea Friday 15th June
Third Class Thomond Park and Bunratty Friday 15th June
Second Class Turoe Pet Farm Friday 8th June
First Class Jumping Jacks Tullamore Friday 8th June
Senior Infants Lough Boora (weather dependent) Wednesday 6th June
Junior Infants Tearaways, Birr Wednesday 6th June
Aoibhneas Class 1 Dreamland, Limerick Tuesday 22nd May

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