5 Feb


School Self Evaluation

  • This term the genre in the First Steps in Writing programme is “Persuasive Writing”. Displays of the pupil’s writing can be seen in the halla and in their classrooms.
  • 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 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 again it has proved to be extremely beneficial.  Certificates were presented to First Class children at assembly before Christmas.


School Activities Sponsored by Parent Association

  • The pupils in Junior and Senior Infants, First and Second Class are really enjoying the hip hop sessions with Lisa Hogan.
  • Swimming sessions are going really well. The pupils are making progress each week.

Thank you so much to the Parent Association for sponsoring these activities.


School Debating

On Friday the 18th January 2019 the Sixth Class debating team of Dayna Quinlan, Aoibhe Kelly and Alison Crofton took part in a debate here in Scoil Chrónáin Naofa against Clodagh, Daithi and Angelika from Sacred Heart Primary School. They were proposing the very hard motion of “To be Serious about Climate Change is to Give up Eating Meat”.  Ms Hogan helped the girls with this motion as it was such a challenging one.  She was such a great help and the girls greatly appreciated her input.  At one o clock the girls went down to the hall to face their opponents in the debate. Abbie who was Chairperson on the day introduced both teams before the debate got underway. Both teams were very strong and the adjudicators had a very tough decision to make.  It was so difficult they were outside for 20 minutes making their decision. When Tony, one of the adjudicators, came up to the front of the hall to speak he congratulated both teams on their brilliant speeches. Finally the moment the girls had waited for came when he announced that the proposition had carried the motion meaning our team had won. There was a very late reaction as the girls had forgotten which side they were on. Tony kindly prompted that the girls had won. They were overjoyed with happiness as they had worked so hard on their debates. They shook hands with the opposing team and then they went off and celebrated with their class. It was a great day and the girls are looking forward to the next round.  Thank you to Molly from 6th Class who was timekeeper for the debate.

Following an open draw we have been drawn to meet St Joseph’s Templemore on Friday next 8th February at 1 00 pm.  As hosts we will be proposing the motion “Genetically Modified Food is Essential in the Fight Against World Hunger”.  All parents are welcome to join us in the school for the debate.


Catholic Schools Week

On Wednesday 31st January it was our turn to lead the mass in St Cronan’s Church, Roscrea as part of Catholic Schools Week.  Our choir sang at the mass accompanied by Mrs Harding on keyboard.  Two pupils from each class represented the school community.  It was a lovely mass and thank you to the parents and friends who joined us.


Grandparents Day

On the 31st January 2019 we celebrated Grandparents Day.  After small break First and Fifth Class were delighted to welcome our grandparents.  Ally and Aaron from our class greeted all the grandparents.  Fr Harding celebrated the day with a prayer service.  Some of the pupils said prayers while Caitlin Fanneran and her granny lit candles.  After the prayer service First Class grandparents went to the First Class classroom while we stayed in the hall.  Ava Tomlinson and Saoirse Dooley played some music while Jack O Meara danced a jig.  Ava’s fiddle is very special as it is made from her great granny’s and great grandad’s fiddles combined.  I played the concertina.  We had different stations set up – knitting, sewing and card making and St Brigid’s day crosses.  We really enjoyed our grandparents passing on these traditions to us.  All the grandparents came back together for some tea and biscuits and we had our lunch followed by a treat.  We really enjoyed our day.  Meadhbh Mulrooney 5th Class


In First Class in preparation for the day the children composed their own acrostic poems on their grandparents, they completed a newspaper front page on how wonderful their grandparents are and they also made ‘Best Grandparent’ medals! These can be seen on display in our classroom and in the school hall.  After the prayer service our grandparents then came into our classroom where they completed a questionnaire on how things have changed since they were young. The children loved listening to all the stories. We played board games, cards and some granny’s even showed us their knitting skills! The children then performed two songs as Gaeilge. It was a great day. Thank you to all the grandparents for coming in to see us.


Green Flag

On Wednesday last Jenny Fahy came to the school for a workshop on Green Schools funded by Offaly County Council.  Jenny visited Junior and Senior Infants, Third Class and Sixth Class.  In Juniors, Seniors and Third Class Jenny was accompanied by Maria (a puppet). Maria gave each correct answer a high five so the pupils tried very hard to get the questions correct.  Jenny talked with the pupils about all types of energy and how we can conserve it.  The pupils told her about our compost bin, Healthy Eating Policy, and how we save water and have energy wardens in each class to monitor the energy usage.  Jenny told us about solar panels and how wave energy will be more popular in the future.  She also told us about electric cars and how to harvest rainwater from our drainpipes.

Maria also visited Sixth Class where Jenny told us how she made her puppet Maria. After that she showed us a power point project all about energy and fossil fuels it was very interesting because she showed us pictures of water turbines and wind turbines and she showed us plans of what should be put in the waters off the Cliffs of Moher. Finishing up she talked with us about everything that we had just learned about. It was great fun meeting Jenny.


Student Council

At our recent meeting we were delighted to record that we had achieved our first three targets – Mad Hair Day, wearing Christmas Jumpers on the day of the Christmas sale and getting swimming organised.  Suggestion boxes will be placed back in classrooms in the coming days for new suggestions.


Our next venture is the Downs Syndrome campaign for “Rock Your Socks” which takes place on 21st March 2019.  The event encourages everyone to wear the most outlandish odd socks possible.  A donation will be made to the Offaly Downs Syndrome Association from our charity fund – children will not be required to bring in money on the day.


Sixth Class RDS Science Fair Project – Digital Detox

Sixth Class have been selected to go to the RDS Science Blast in Dublin on the 6th of March 2019. Schools from all around Ireland applied by sending in their suggestion for a project but only certain projects have been selected and luckily enough we are one of them. The title of our project is “Does a Digital Detox Affect Concentration and Wellbeing?” The digital detox started on Sunday night 3rd of February and will end on the Thursday 28th of February.  We have to give up using all digital devices on school nights during that time.  Children from 5th and 6th Class are included in this project because we are mainly the ones affected by this topic. Emails and surveys were sent home to all parents of pupils in 5th and 6th Class to explain what we are doing. We had to do surveys as well as are parents. For some children it’s going to be hard but for others not as much. We are really looking forward to the challenge and going to RDS.  Written by Erin Doran 6th Class


Schools Active Flag

We were absolutely thrilled to receive the news recently that we have been awarded the Schools Active Flag.  As part of our active schools week we will raise our blue flag.  A date for this will be confirmed in our next newsletter.


Parents Association 

  • Calendar: A total of €2010 was raised from this venture.  All of the pupils have benefited from this fundraiser – swimming lessons for the senior classes and hip hop dancing for the junior classes which are possible due to the support we received in this venture.  Thank you everyone who supported us both by sponsoring a page and buying the calendars.
  • Family Walk: We were delighted with the weather for our first family walk of the New Year on 27th  It was great to have so many families join us and enjoy a cuppa afterwards.
  • Church Gate Collection: Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March at all masses in Roscrea.
  • Bag Pack: We are delighted to have secured Friday 3rd May for our annual bag pack in Bernies Super Valu.  Notes will go out nearer the date seeking volunteers.
    • If you would like to help out and are free on any of the above dates please contact Fiona Dunford on 087 2926672 to give your preferred time.
  • Coffee Morning: Our February coffee morning will take place in the school hall on Wednesday 13th February at 9 30 am – all welcome and encouraged to come.


Christmas Sale

Sixth Class are delighted to announce they raised €1403.95 in the Christmas Sale.  Three hundred euro will be lodged to the Uganda Mission Fund and a donation will be made to Offaly Downs Syndrome for the “Rock Your Socks” campaign.


Credit Union Quiz

Good luck to the two teams who take part in the Credit Union Quiz tonight in the Sacred Heart hall.  The two teams taking part are U13:  Abbie Meagher, Meadhbh Mulrooney, Emma Phelan and Dayna Quinlan and the U11 team are:  Thomas Curran, Daniel Loughnane, Lucy Maher and Darragh Shortt.


Hurling League

We have a new hurling league underway for the pupils in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class.  More details will follow in the next newsletter as we will be nearing the final stages of the league.


Dates for your Diary

  • Mid term break (usual finishing time): Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February
  • Sixth Class Retreat in De la Salle, Castletown on Tuesday 26th February
  • First Confession: Tuesday 26th February at 7 00 pm
  • Drama Show: Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March at 7 00 pm
  • Confirmation: Saturday 16th March at 3 00 pm
  • First Communion: Saturday 18th May at 2 00 pm
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