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Mid Term Break Update

Half-day closure on February 14th

Publication of Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment


Dear Parents,

The school will close at the earlier time of 12pm on Wednesday, February 14th. This is also the day that the mid-term break begins. We will reopen again on Monday, February 19th.

This half day closure, in accordance with Circular 0081/17, is to facilitate staff training in the new Child Protection procedures which came into law on December 11th, 2017.

The Board of Management has recently ratified a new Child Safeguarding Statement (policy) for the school. This is available to view and download on our blog. The staff and Board of Management have also conducted a “Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment”. This too is available to view at the same link. Both of these important documents will be reviewed annually by the Board in the first term of each year.

The full Child Protection Procedures for Primary & Post Primary document may be viewed on the Department’s website at this link.

Yours Sincerely,

Danny Charlton


Christmas Concerts 2017

What a great day we had yesterday! Thanks to all who helped out in any way.

Click on the links below to watch the videos. You should be able to expand to full screen. Thanks again to Seán for videoing the concerts.


Middle Room

Senior Room

Parent/Teacher meetings next week, book your slot here:

Parent/Teacher Meetings 2017

Parent/Teacher meetings take place next week. This year we are using an online booking system. You can access this here:

All teachers will be available until 5pm on Tuesday evening.  For your convenience however, there are also a number of other time slots available throughout the week with all teachers.

Please let us know if you have any difficulty making an appointment!

Click here to create an appointment:

Mini 7s success!

Mini 7s Success!

“An rud is annamh is iontach!”


The Area 8 Mini 7s trophy will spend (some of) the winter in Craggagh for the first time ever following today’s blitz in Swinford.

A combined team of Craggagh and Straide emerged victorious from a pulsating day’s sport. Victories in the early rounds against Meelick and Midfield/Culmore saw Craggagh/Straide coming up against Foxford NS in the final. Foxford had come through two epic encounters themselves having edged out Kiltimagh in their opening game and being brought to extra time by Bohola.


Extra time was needed again in the final thanks to a great comeback in the second half by Craggagh/Straide who were trailing by 4 points at half time.

In the end, Craggagh/Straide prevailed by 3 points in a hugely entertaining game. Credit must go to both teams for such a great contest.

Meanwhile, our girls were unlucky to miss out on completing a double, going down in the final to an excellent Bohola team.


Our girls’ path to the final was similar to that of the boys, defeating Meelick in the first round and edging out Midfield/Culmore in the semi-final.

The final saw Bohola win out by 3 points in a very keenly contested game.

Many thanks to those who organised today’s events, teachers, referees and all who helped out.

We await confirmation of who the boys will play next.



Parent Association AGM Oct 9th at 9pm. Details:

Our Parent Association AGM will take place in the Community Centre on Monday, October 9th at 9pm.

Notice from our PA is posted below:

Modern Dance with Nikki – Videos from today’s performances!

After 7 weeks of rehearsals, we finally got the chance to share our performances with you!

Well done to the children in all classes who worked so hard on their routines and to Nikki herself.

Thanks again to our brilliant Parent Association who fund these dance lessons.

All three rooms are in the YouTube playlist below (or scroll down to see videos separately)


**If you are viewing this blogpost in an email you won’t be able to see the videos. Click on the blue link at the top of this message to view this message in your web browser or here: to view the playlist directly on YouTube

Senior Room

Middle Room

Junior Room


Parents – a few important dates for your diary in the run up to our summer holidays! Click here:

End of Year Update – Dates For Your Diary


Friday June 16th

Dance Off! (Modern and Traditional dancing from all classes) 1pm – 2pm


Monday June 19th

School Sports Day (weather permitting)


Friday June 23rd     Sponsored Walk, Balla Woods 10am


Monday June 26th

End of Year Mass and Graduation 7:30pm


Tuesday June 27th

Last Day of Term


NEW: Craggagh NS After School Child-minding | Opening Sept 2017

We are setting up an After School Childminding Facility in Craggagh NS from September 1st 2017.

The facility will be located in the school building (downstairs classrooms) and grounds and will operate from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Infants availing of the facility will be supervised from 2pm to 3pm.

Parents availing of the After School Childminding Facility will be able to apply for grant assistance to partially meet payments under the Government’s new Affordable Childcare Scheme”, which commences in September 2017. Nevertheless, we will be keeping costs as low as possible. This is not a profit making endeavour.

Before we fully establish this facility and outline the cost to parents, we need to ensure that it is viable. Please complete the survey below to help us gauge the level of interest in this facility.

This survey will close on June 9th and we will confirm details of the facility by mid-June.

Please do no hesitate to contact us with any queries.

Further links:

Dept of Children and Youth Affairs Press Release on Affordable Child Care Scheme

Questions and Answers on Affordable Childcare Scheme

Further FAQs on Affordable Childcare Scheme





Visit of The Quaker City String Band to Craggagh NS

We had a brilliant morning following the St Patrick’s weekend festivities welcoming Jim, Jim and Patrick to our school. They are members of the Quaker City String Band.

The Jims played alto saxaphone and banjo while Patrick played the double bass (or “bass fiddle” as he calls it!).

We listened to them playing a few tunes and we also played our tin whistles, accordions, guitars and ukuleles.

It was a very enjoyable morning. Thanks to the three gentlemen for visiting and thanks to our wonderful Tourism Association in Kiltimagh for all their hard work preparing for the festival.

Below is a video from the full band’s amazing performance in the New Year’s Day Parade in Philadelphia:


Nicky Rackard Cup visits Craggagh NS! @adrianhession


We had some very important silverware in Craggagh last week when the Nicky Rackard Cup came to visit!

Mayo GAA Games Promotion Officer, Adrian Hession, accompanied by Mayo hurler, Ciarán Charlton, brought the cup around the classrooms. Each child got the opportunity to hold the cup aloft (the infants in particular enjoyed this!) and ask questions of Adrian and Ciarán.

Ciarán, who is Mr Charlton’s cousin, is a native of Kiltimagh. The town is not exactly a hurling stronghold but at the age of 12 Ciaran began hurling for Toreen GAA club. He was a key member of Mayo’s All Ireland winning team, lining out at midfield for the final.

Adrian discussed the development of hurling in County Mayo and finally showed the children a video of highlights from the All Ireland Final.

We really enjoyed the day, thanks Adrian and Ciarán!

Maigh Eo Abú!!!

We played rounders in McHale Park on Saturday Night! Click for pics:

The children of 5th & 6th class participated in the first ever Cumann na mBunscol Mhaigh Eo rounders exhibition in McHale Park on Saturday night during the Mayo Vs Roscommon NFL fixture.

We formed a Guard of Honour before the game to welcome the Mayo and Roscommon teams onto the field along with the children from the other participating schools.

At half time, we took to the field for a quick game of rounders with the children from Breaffy NS.

It was a great experience for all involved, and we even got to meet some of our heroes from the Mayo team!

“Cheep cheep”

The middle class took inspiration from the infant room’s spring crafts for their art lesson this week.

These new spring chicks are “peckish” and are looking for food.

The children have brought their chicks home, in the hope that they will be well fed!

Spring art in the Infant Classroom

The infants have been hard at work this week creating beautiful spring crafts. 

All of the children from junior and senior infants made animals for the interactive farm in the classroom. Even the first class got involved by making the beautiful trees surrounding the farmyard. 

Can you identify all of the animals?!

The children also made 3D daffodils using cupcake cases. 

Mental Health awareness evening for parents in Mayo Education Centre

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