Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin
9th November 2017
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- Creative Rathangan workshop: Ms. Coughlan’s Third Class and Ms. McIntyre’s Third and Fourth Class are taking part today in a workshop entitled ‘Creative Rathangan’. The workshop will be facilitated by local artist Monica de Bath and local ecologist/historian, Michael Jacob. The children are working in both Tannery Park and the library and will observe, imagine, draw, build and assemble a 3D Creature over the course of the day. We hope they enjoy this wonderful opportunity.
- Science Week: Science Week will take place next week and we look forward to celebrating it here in the school with lots of science activities taking place in all classes. Yesterday, we hosted a wonderful Science Show, fully funded by the Parents Association. All classes engaged with the Science Show, which was run by ‘Junior Einsteins’. We learnt lots about scientific investigations and had the opportunity of exploring and investigating electricity and slime, among other things! I would like to sincerely thank the PA for funding this fabulous event. Our Board of Management are funding a visit next Wednesday by world famous ecologist, author and environmentalist Dale Treadwell, who will engage all classes in workshops on ‘Dinosaurs Down Under’. We look forward to learning all about this theme.
- Primary Science Fair: Wonderful news! Ms. O’Halloran’s Sixth Class girls have been selected to enter the RDS Primary Science Fair. They will be heading off to the RDS in early January to present their work. The Sixth Class girls are examining Carnival Games and posing the question; ‘Is success in relation to carnival games determined by skill or science?’ The girls will work like scientists to devise an experiment to test their investigation. All observations and results will be recorded and presented. We wish them the best of luck as they commence their project.
- Concern Primary Debating Competition: Our Sixth Class debating team will meet St. Joseph’s N.S., Halverstown in the first round of the competition, to take place at Bunscoil Bhríde over the coming fortnight (date to be confirmed). They will propose the motion ‘To tackle climate change, all people should become vegetarian’. The girls are busy preparing their arguments, under the direction of their teacher, Ms. O’Halloran and we wish them the very best of luck.
- New Football and Basketball Jerseys: Our fabulous Parents’ Association have agreed to fund a whole set of both football and basketball jerseys for the school. We are absolutely thrilled with this news and look forward to designing our new kit. I would like to sincerely thank the Parents’ Association for their hard-work and generosity in support of the school.
- Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: A reminder to all those who wish to participate in the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: Shoe boxes must be brought into the school tomorrow ONLY. They will be collected from the school tomorrow.
- Oral Language: For the month of November, our whole-school Oral Language is Giving and Following Directions. All classes will be engaged in activities based around helping the children to competently give and follow directions. This is something that you can quite easily work on at home with your child(ren). It is only through school and home working closely together that we can achieve the very best outcome for your child(ren).
- Our Spooky Walk: Well done to all children and parents who put in such a fabulous effort in transforming themselves for our Spooky Walk on the Thursday before midterm. We thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and were delighted to see so many of you out along our route to greet us. I would also like to thank you for your generosity on the day. €184 was raised, which, along with funds raised by the Parents’ Association through their administration of the Pupil Accident Insurance, will go towards the funding of a skipping workshop for the whole school in the new year.
- Food Dudes: We are very fortunate to have been selected again to engage in the Food Dudes programme, which will commence in the school in January. This is a very exciting Healthy Eating initiative, which aims to introduce the children to lots of different varieties of fruit and vegetables. Different fruit and vegetables will be delivered to the school daily for the children to taste and they will be rewarded with prizes for tasting and eating these healthy foods. More information will be available for parents closer to our participation date.
- Christmas cards: All children received proofs of their Christmas cards today. If you wish to purchase a pack(s), please fill out the order form and return it with the appropriate sum of money in an envelope marked with your daughter’s name to the school next Thursday 16th November only. If there are any mistakes in the spelling of your daughter’s name on the card, please correct them on the form. The sale of the Christmas Cards is an annual fundraiser organised by the Parents’ Association. All the proceeds of the sale of the cards go towards the cost of swimming for next year’s Fourth and Fifth Class pupils. The more money that is raised through the sale of the Christmas cards, the cheaper swimming is for families next year. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.
- Junior Infant photographs: Junior Infant pupils received today the proofs of their photographs. Purchase is optional, but if you wish to purchase, the envelopes should be returned to the school next Wednesday 15th only, as they will be collected by Memory Lane Photographers on this day.
- Parent-Teacher Meetings: Parent-Teacher Meetings will take next Thursday, 16th November. This is an ideal opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss her progress. All parents have been given a ten-minute timeslot to meet with their daughter’s class teacher. As it would not be possible for each teacher to meet with all parents on one evening, you may have been given a time on a different evening. If you are unable to attend the Parent-Teacher Meeting, please inform your child’s teacher. If your daughter has a different teacher for maths, her class teacher will provide you with feedback on her progress in maths. If there are any concerns, her maths teacher will arrange a separate appointment time with you. If you wish to meet with your daughter’s maths teacher, please phone the school to arrange an appointment time.
- School closure for in-service: The school will close on Friday 17th November to facilitate teacher in-service in the new Primary Languages Curriculum.
- Swimming: Tomorrow will be week five of the ten-week block of swimming lessons that Fourth and Fifth Class are currently engaged in. They are making wonderful progress and enjoying their time in the pool. Next week, due to the school closure on Friday 17th, swimming will take place on Wednesday 15th instead.