Easter 2019 Newsletter

Easter 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please note the following:

Child Safeguarding Statement

The school’s Child Safeguarding Statement which was ratified by the Board of Management on March 5th 2018 is currently being reviewed. The updated document will be available on our school website after the next Board of Management meeting. Changes will be minor. www.creaghns.com

School Participation and Successes

We congratulate all of our pupils on their many successes and achievements. Well done to all who continue to participate in a wide range of activities.

• Swimming

We congratulate the pupils who represented Creagh NS in the recent Competition.

Well done to all of the pupils and to Ballinasloe Swimming Club on the great work that they do training the children.

• Quizes/Tráth na gCeist

We congratulate all the teams that represented Creagh NS in the Credit Union, Garda, Community Games and Tráth na gCeist competitions.

Sincere thanks to all of the teachers involved in preparing them, especially Mrs Aine Bleahene.

• Spelling

Congratulations to Patrick Byrne, 6th, on winning an entertaining ‘Spelling-Bee’ competition in the school (with the word SAPPHIRE) and then going forward to achieve a Top Ten finish in the County Final.

• Visual Arts

As well as the beautiful seasonal displays at the Main Entrance, there is always a strong involvement and success in Art competitions locally and currently a number of pupils are going forward to the county level of Community Games.

The recently updated Visual Arts Plan, will also be available on the downloads page on the school website. Thanks to our Visual Arts Co-ordinator, Caroline Gallagher for all her work in this area.

• St Brigid’s Crosses

Once again, Congratulations to all involved in the fundraising project in aid of Ballinasloe Social Services. The sale of the St Brigid’s Day crosses raised over €7000. Sincere thanks to Ms Regina Power for co-ordinating this project again this year. Sincere thanks also to Mr Anthony Blade who continues to give willingly and generously of his time to pass on the craft of making these crosses to future generations. Representatives from Ballinasloe Social Services, attended a school assembly to accept a cheque from the school.                 A new feature this year was the evening demonstration in the school hall, where pupils taught their parents, grandparents and friends how to construct the crosses. With some refreshments provided by the Parents Association, a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

• An Teampoillin

A group of children from the two fourth classes took part in an emotional and moving ceremony in Gullanes Hotel on Friday April 5th. The Teampoillin in Poolboy was originally an Augustinian church and later a burial place, from the middle ages right up to the early 20th century. The purpose of the event was to remember and celebrate the short lives of the hundreds of babies and very young children buried there. A special word of thanks to Martina Docherty and Nellie Moclair who prepared the production and directed the Children.

• Creagh NS Parents’ Association

We congratulate our Parents’ Association on their successful Table Quiz in February in the Moycarn Lodge Hotel. Nearly €1550 was raised which will go towards the development of play areas in the school. We acknowledge the great work and support, financial and otherwise, of our Parents’ Association.

• Safety Notice

Reminder that it is dangerous to use the ramps on the road as a pedestrian crossing. Pupils should cross the road safely with the help of the lollipop lady, Mary Madden or at the pedestrian lights.

Other Recent School Events

Catholic Schools Week 2019

The school celebrated Catholic Schools Week in January. The five daily themes were 1. Living Tradition; 2. Welcoming Diversity; 3. Intergenerational; 4. Serving our Community; 5. Supporting Faith.

Engineers’ Weeks: Engineers’ Week took place in March. Sincere thanks to Mrs Aine Bleahene, who organised a wide range of events for pupils, including trips to Galway and Athlone.

Eachtraí Seachtain na Gaeilge:

Seachtain na Gaeilge took place in the week 11th to 18th of March. Sincere thanks to the school’s Gaeilge co-ordinator Ms Majella O’ Rourke for organising a range of activities this week. D’Eagraigh Majella cupán tae/café agus cacaí do na cuairteoirí go léir ar an Máirt nuair a bhí taispeantais ar siúl sa halla

6th Class Díolachán Cáca (Cake Sale)

A Díolachán Cáca (Cake Sale) was hosted by the 6th class pupils and their teachers on Wednesday March 15th. € 2000 was raised and all of this money will be donated to this year’s project in Tanzania. We thank you most sincerely for your very generous support of this event. We were delighted to see so many dropping into the school on that day to share a cupán tae agus cúpla focail. Míle buíochas to all staff involved and a special word of thanks to the 6th class pupils and their teachers, Ms Greene and Mr Ronaldson.

Inter-schools Debating

This was a first involvement for Creagh’s 6th classes and a very worthwhile addition to the range of extra-curricular activities the school takes part in. A very creditable performance was given by our 6 strong team

No uniform day

Over €700 was raised in support of Eoin Stack’s volunteering project, supporting school development in Tanzania in Africa this coming summer. Thanks to Mrs. Barrett and the Student Council for organizing.


Gaelic football-girls and boys, soccer, camogie, tag rugby, are all being promoted during and after school by a number of school staff and coaches from the local clubs. Our thanks to all who give of their time and skills.


If you don’t know about the skipping you were probably out of the country! All the classes got a demonstration and coaching in the art over 2 days. A fantastic experience for all the children. Thanks to Mrs. Barrett for co-ordinating and organizing the orders for skipping ropes.

Intercultural Celebration

As I write, (Wednesday, April10th) I can hear the music and chat in the hall as the junior classes sample the important aspects of life from the 36 different cultures in the school. Waving their flags and, to the strains of their National Anthems, the countries’ representatives processed into the hall. The story continues again on Thursday for the Senior Classes. Thanks to all the Pupils, Parents and Staff, led by Ms Caroline Gallagher, Mr. Dolan and Ms Connaughton who produced a very worthwhile and important school community event.

Voluntary Contribution Scheme

We are very grateful to parents/guardians for their ongoing support to the school’s Voluntary Contribution Scheme.


We congratulate pupils who have achieved very good attendance this term.

Parents are reminded that if your child is absent form school, a note must be provided. Please use the Absence Notes at the back of the School Journal (Senior Infants-6th). We encourage you not to take children out of school during term time for family holidays.

School Policies re Uniform and Healthy Lunches                                                                                                                                    We remind you of the school’s policies in relation to the uniform and healthy eating. Tracksuits are the school uniform for Junior and Senior Infant classes only. 1st-6th classes wear their full uniform each day apart from the day on which they have PE. We expect your full co-operation in relation to these agreed policies. Reminder that in the interest of health and safety, the wearing of jewellery is confined to stud earrings and a wristwatch. Make up, including the wearing of false nails is not permitted.

Use of Social Media                                                                                                                                                                                              This is an issue, which seems to be gaining in influencing all our lives and particularly the lives of children- often negatively.

We ask you to remain vigilant in relation to your child’s use of social media. We continue to remind our students of the importance of showing respect at all times when communicating with each other. We will notify parents/guardians of any concerns that are brought to our attention. Please take time to read our Anti Cyber Bullying Policy on our website and discuss with your children.

Communion and Confirmation 2019

Best wishes to those preparing for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation over the coming weeks.

We congratulate our Confirmation Class on their Commitment Ceremony taking place on Wednesday the 10th. Sincere thanks to Fr. Kieran for celebrating this ceremony with the pupils, to the class teachers Ms Greene and Mr Ronaldson for preparing them and to our choir, the 5th class pupils, accompanied by Ms Cahalan, Ms. Blade, Mr Dolan, Mrs. Barrett and Mrs Bleahene. Indeed all the staff, particularly Ann Haynes, Joe Murphy, Patricia Rooney, Carmel O’Riordan, Siobhan Carty, Helena Divilly Sweeney, Fran Lions and Sarah Cullinane contribute significantly to the preparation of the sacraments and nurturing of the Faith in the school.

The pupils in second class will receive their First Confession on May 15th in Creagh Church at 7.30pm. Thank you to their class teachers, Ms L. Gallagher and Ms Fox for preparing them for their sacraments.

First Holy Communion will take place Saturday May 25th at 11a.m. in St Michael’s Church.

Confirmation will take place on Saturday May 11th at 11a.m. in St Michael’s Church.

Our Sympathy

We offer our sincere sympathy to all families who have been bereaved recently. We remember you in our thoughts and prayers.


We congratulate the following staff members: Danika and Eoin Rooney on the birth of their baby girl.

We also congratulate Beibhin Parsons and Colm Reilly on them scoring two crucial tries for Ireland in the recent 6 Nations Internationals and the Junior and Senior Rugby Teams from Garbally College on winning the Connaught final. Many of our past pupils are on the teams. Well done to all.

Easter Holidays

The school will close on Friday April 12th @ 12.30p.m. The school will re-open on Monday April 29th @ 9.20a.m.

School Closures in May and June:

• Monday May 6th Public Holiday

• Friday, May 31st. School holiday

• Monday June 3rd: Public Holiday.

• Tuesday, June 4th: Staff Inservice for Primary Language Curriculum.

• Friday: June 21n School Tours for Pupils in 2nd-6th Classes. No school for all remaining classes on this date.

School Calendar for 2019/20

The school calendar for 2019/20 will be uploaded to the school website after Easter.

Personally, I want to thank all the staff for the high degree of commitment to their duties and the welfare of the pupils. While some individuals get a mention, they could only do what they do with the backup support of every single member of the 33 strong staff in the school.

‘Ar scath a cheile a mhaireann na daoine’

I wish you all a very happy Easter and thank you most sincerely for your ongoing co-operation and support.

Noel Lohan, Principal.


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