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.''
SING ALONG WITH
SCOIL CHROÍ ÍOSA
Our school is so well known for music and it is such a big part of school life for everyone. We miss our choir, school band, guitar/piano/drums/ukulele/violin lessons and most of all our rockin' school concerts! Well the choir teachers have decided to choose 2 songs each week from now until the end of term for everyone to enjoy together. Dance, sing, listen, draw, paint or do whatever makes you feel good and do it knowing that everyone in our school community is enjoying it at the same time. Hopefully this will give us a lift during these difficult times. The links to next weeks songs are here:
The teachers will post some ideas for creative responses to the songs on our Google Classrooms and you can send your artwork/poetry/writing/pictures/videos or whatever makes you feel good to your teacher.
HOME SCHOOL WORK
FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ACCESS OUR GOOGLE CLASSROOM HERE IS SOME SUGGESTED SCHOOLWORK TO DO WITH YOUR CHILD. JUST A LITTLE EVERY DAY CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE WHEN WE RETURN TO SCHOOL. CLICK THE LINK FOR YOUR CHILD'S CLASS
NOW ENROLLING FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
DOWNLOAD THE ENROLMENT FORM BELOW
OR FEEL FREE TO ARRANGE A VISIT TO OUR SCHOOL IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ENROLLING YOUR CHILD WITH US
THIS YEAR ALL CLASSES WILL FOLLOW OUR MONTHLY THEME FOR LANGUAGE. IN FEBRUARY EVERY CLASS WILL BE LEARNING AND SPEAKING ABOUT 'TELEVISION' IN ENGLISH AND 'TEILIFÍS' SA GHAEILGE. MR BARRY WILL HOLD ASSEMBLY AT THE END OF THE MONTH TO GIVE CHILDREN A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF ALL THEY HAVE LEARNED AND TO PERFORM RHYMES AND SONGS ALSO. YOU CAN TALK TO YOUR CHILD ALL ABOUT THIS TO HELP DEVELOP THEIR LANGUAGE SKILLS. IF YOU HAVE A LOOK IN THE RECEPTION YOU CAN SEE A DISPLAY OF THE WORDS, PHRASES AND RHYMES THE CHILDREN ARE LEARNING IN IRISH.
MOVE WELL, MOVE OFTEN!
THIS YEAR WE HAVE FOCUSED STRONGLY ON FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENTS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION. RECENT STUDIES BY UCC AND UCD SHOWED THAT PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN IRELAND ARE STRUGGLING TO MASTER FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENTS SO THE PROGRAMME 'MOVE WELL, MOVE OFTEN' HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. TWO MEMBERS OF STAFF HAVE ATTENDED THE TRAINING AND WE ARE IMPLEMENTING IT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SCHOOL! WE ARE REALLY NOTICING AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE PHYSICAL LITERACY OF THE CHILDREN. MORE AND MORE OF OUR PUPILS ARE NOW MEMBERS OF SPORTING CLUBS OUTSIDE SCHOOL AND WE ARE HAVING A LOT MORE SUCCESS IN HANDBALL AND SOCCER TOURNAMENTS AGAINST OTHER SCHOOLS.
A BIG THANKYOU TO OUR NEAR NEIGHBOURS IN NUIG FOR INVITING US TO TAKE PART IN THE HEALTHY HEROES DAY. 2ND-4TH ALL ENJOYED DANCE, RESEARCH, GROUPWORK, DISCOVERY LEARNING AND MUCH MORE. AS PART OF SCIENCEWEEK THE KIDS HAVE LEARNED ALL ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY AND HOW TO STAY HEALTHY AND ACTIVE! 2ND AND 3RD CLASS GOT THEIR IPADS OUT TO RESEARCH THE BIG QUESTION...'WHY DO WE NEED FOOD?' COLLABORATIVE AND CREATIVE THINKING AT IT'S BEST!
MUSIC IN THE AIR!!
THIS YEAR WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR FANTASTIC MUSIC PROGRAMME. ALL CLASSES FROM INFANTS UP TO 3RD WILL BE DOING COLOURSTRINGS LESSONS AND ALL CHILDREN FROM 2RD-6TH WILL BE LEARNING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. THE SCHOOL CHOIR AND BAND WILL BE PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE CHRISTMAS CONCERT. THE INSTRUMENTS WE ARE LEARNING ARE RECORDER, 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!
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. WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO PILOT 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 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 AND COLOURSTRINGS
-GALWAY ARTS CENTRE/DELA INTERCULTURAL FOOD WORKSHOP
-FOREST SCHOOL 6 WEEK PROGRAMME
-NUIG YOUTH ACADEMY
- TULCA FESTIVAL OF VISUAL ARTS
NUIG YOUTH ACADEMY
SOME OF OUR HOTSHOT PUPILS ARE DOING SO WELL WE HAVE DECIDED TO SEND THEM OFF TO UNIVERSITY!!!! 5 OF OUR SENIOR PUPILS WILL BE ATTENDING THE NUIG YOUTH ACADEMY ON SATURDAY MORNINGS AND WILL BE STUDYING MODULES SUCH AS ROBOTICS, BIOLOGY, ENGINEERING, CHEMISTRY, CSI FORENSICS, COMPUTER CODING/PROGRAMMING, HERBOLOGY AND LAW. WHAT AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY.
Also we have 8 children enrolled in the Philosophy for Kids programme in NUIG. The Philosophy department delivered PforC workshops in our school last year and loved the rich diversity of feedback they got from our kids! We might have the next Aristotle among us!
LET'S GET ACTIVE
THIS YEAR WE'LL BE CONCENTRATING ON SOCCER, OLYMPIC HANDBALL AND MORE. EMPHASIS WILL BE ON PARTICIPATION AND FUN. WE ARE ENTERED IN THE FAI FUTSAL COMPETITION, THE FAI 5 A SIDES AND THE OLYMPIC HANDBALL INTERSCHOOL COMPETITION. WE HOPE THAT EVERYONE CONTINUES TO STAY HEALTHY AND ACTIVE IN SCOIL CHROÍ ÍOSA THIS YEAR.
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 PUNCTUALITY. 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. The children are also free to join in the many afterschool clubs such as music club, sports, drama, dance club and more. We also have many volunteers from NUIG who help out on a regular basis.The Afterschool is a paid service but discounts are available through the CCS scheme.