Welcome to Our School
Scoil Chroí Íosa, known locally as the Pres, continues a tradition of education which the Presentation Sisters began in 1815. Our school welcomes all to a happy, safe and supportive learning environment, inspired by Christian values in the Presentation tradition, where all feel equal, respected and valued.
We place a huge emphasis on the creative arts, active learning and bringing local and national expertise into the classroom.
As you browse through our website I hope you get a sense of how actively engaged the children are in learning through the arts, gardening, woodwork, music, physical activity, mindfulness, play and art therapy, yoga, cookery and much more. We have created partnerships with many local and national organisations to ensure the children are exposed to a wide variety of stimuli and experiences. We continue to transform the physical environment of the school to stimulate creative thinking, from our wonderful library to our glorious garden!
HERE'S WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INSPECTORS HAD TO SAY ABOUT OUR SCHOOL AND WELLBEING WHEN THEY VISITED IN 2018:
"The overall quality of support for pupils’ well-being is very good. A caring and inclusive atmosphere exists and pupils’ holistic development is catered for very effectively. Pupil voice is fostered very effectively through initiatives such as the Student Council, which has positively influenced decisions to improve pupil well-being. The role of the HSCL teacher is carried out to a high standard. A broad range of initiatives to support the link between the school and the community and to include parents are in place. A very good range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are provided for pupils to develop a wide range of skills and talents, many of them voluntarily by the teachers and other stakeholders.''
LET'S GET ACTIVE
THIS YEAR WE'LL BE CONCENTRATING ON SOCCER, OLYMPIC HANDBALL AND MORE IN A BID TO STAY ACTIVE. WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE THE ACTIVE SCHOOL FLAG OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS. EMPHASIS WILL BE ON PARTICIPATION AND FUN, HEALTHY EATING AND DAILY EXERCISE. WE ARE ENTERED IN THE FAI 5 A SIDES INTERSCHOOL COMPETITION. WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE CONTINUES TO STAY HEALTHY AND ACTIVE IN SCOIL CHROÍ ÍOSA THIS YEAR.
EUROPEAN SCHOOL SPORTS DAY 2022 HOST SCHOOL!!!
WE WERE ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED TO BE ASKED TO HOST THE 2022 EUROPEAN SCHOOL SPORTS DAY IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE IPPEA AND SPORT IRELAND. WE HAD SPORTS STARS FROM GALWAY UTD FC, GALWAY GAA AND CONNACHT RUGBY DOING ACTIVITIES WITH THE KIDS AND SPEAKING TO THEM ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ACTIVE, EATING HEALTHY FOOD AND ENJOYING BEING PART OF A TEAM AND A COMMUNITY. THE STAFF WORKED REALLY HARD TO PREPARE FOR THE DAY AND THE SCHOOL LOOKED FANTASTIC. EVERYONE HAD A MEMORABLE DAY DESPITE THE BAD WEATHER! WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW
YOUNG SCIENTISTS BUSY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF GALWAY
MUSIC IN THE AIR!!
THIS YEAR WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR FANTASTIC MUSIC PROGRAMME. ALL CLASSES FROM INFANTS UP TO 2ND WILL BE DOING COLOURSTRINGS LESSONS AND ALL CHILDREN FROM 3RD-6TH WILL BE LEARNING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. THE SCHOOL CHOIR AND BAND WILL BE PLANNING AHEAD FOR PERFORMANCES. THE INSTRUMENTS WE ARE LEARNING ARE GUITAR, VIOLIN, DRUMS AND KEYBOARD. WE REALLY ARE THE SCHOOL OF ROCK!!!!!!!!!! THE CHOIR PERFORMED IN NUIG ON THE 26TH JAN FOR THE PEACE PROMS CONCERT. WHAT A FANTASTIC NIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENT IT WAS! WE HAVE FORGED TREMENDOUS PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE VERY BEST MUSICIANS AND GROUPS OVER THE YEARS INCLUDING MUSIC GENERATION, MUSICAL YOUTH FOUNDATION, MAOINCHEOIL NA GHAILLIMHE, FUNKY DRUMS AND MORE!
If you go down to the woods today..............
If you go down to the woods today...........you'll probably meet our 1ST CLASS! They have been doing forest school activities each Friday with the help of Esti and Ms O'Donnell. They have had tremendous fun while learning about nature, taking risks, teamwork and co-operation, language development, motor skill development and much more. There will be six trips in total and everybody is really enjoying it.
OUR SCHOOL GARDEN IS A WONDERFUL PLACE. WE LEARN TO GROW FRUIT, VEGETABLES AND FLOWERS. WE SOMETIMES DO OUR LESSONS OUTSIDE IN OUR OUTDOOR CLASSROOM. THE GARDEN NEEDS LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH KEEPING EVERYTHING GROWING WELL SO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT LET US KNOW. PARENTS VOLUNTEER IN THE GARDEN ON WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
WE ARE ALL ABOUT CREATIVITY IN SCOIL CHROÍ ÍOSA. IN THE PAST WE HAVE PILOTED THE CREATIVE SCHOOLS INITIATIVE FOR THE DEPT OF EDUCATION. WE WERE ASSIGNED A CREATIVE ASSOCIATE, MIRIAM CUDDY WHO SAT DOWN WITH OUR PLANNING TEAM TO DEVISE A PLAN FOR DEVELOPING CREATIVE IDEAS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN LEARNING FOR OUR PUPILS. WE ALREADY HAVE A FANTASTIC REPUTATION FOR FOSTERING CREATIVITY, ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE ARTS SO THIS GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER DEVELOP ON THE GREAT WORK ALREADY DONE. WE ARE ONE OF ONLY 3 SCHOOLS IN IRELAND CHOSEN FOR THE CHILDREN'S BOOKS IRELAND PROJECT 'EVERY CHILD A READER' AND WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH OUR CHAMPION OF READING SARAH MOORE FITZGERALD OVER A 3 YEAR PERIOD. WE ARE ALSO PAST WINNERS OF THE BABORÓ 'ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD' FOR FANTASTIC WORK IN PROMOTING THE CREATIVE ARTS IN EDUCATION. WE HAVE FORGED SOME VALUABLE PARTNERSHIPS IN RECENT YEARS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND SOME EXCITING PROJECTS UPCOMING FOR OUR KIDS ARE:
-THE ARTIST IN SCHOOLS SCHEME
-CREATIVE SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
-MUSIC PROGRAMME, COLOURSTRINGS, MUSIC GENERATION
-GALWAY ARTS CENTRE ACTIVITIES
-EVRY CHILD A READER
-NUIG YOUTH ACADEMY
-TULCA FESTIVAL OF VISUAL ARTS
-BRANAR WORKSHOPS AND PERFORMANCE
NUIG YOUTH ACADEMY
SOME OF OUR HOTSHOT PUPILS ARE DOING SO WELL WE HAVE DECIDED TO SEND THEM OFF TO UNIVERSITY!!! WE RECENTLY HAD 3 GRADUATES WHO WERE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES BY THE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT. THIS IS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH ACHIEVING PUPILS TO BROADEN THEIR LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
OUR STAFF HAVE RECEIVED TRAINING IN THE INCREDIBLE YEARS PROGRAMME. THIS IS AN EVIDENCE BASED BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME ENDORSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICE NEPS. THE PROGRAMME FOCUSES ON REINFORCEMENT OF POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR AND CREATING A POSITIVE HAPPY ENVIRONMENT IN THE SCHOOL. WE ARE HAVING GREAT SUCCESS TO DATE AND THE CHILDREN ARE ENJOYING ALL OF THE PRAISE AND REWARDS FOR THEIR GOOD BEHAVIOUR. AT THE MOMENT WE ARE REALLY EMPHASISING THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD MANNERS, RESPECT AND KINDNESS. WELL DONE TO EVERYBODY.
We provide afterschool to pupils of Scoil Chroí Íosa from jr infants up to 6th class. Our experienced staff help the children with their homework and do various activities also such as Power Soccer, Stretch and Grow, Badminton and more. We also have many volunteers from NUIG who help out on a regular basis. The Afterschool is a paid service but subsidies are available through the National Childcare Scheme.