Fortnightly Bulletin 23rd November 2017

Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin

23rd November 2017


Dear Parents / Guardians,

We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:


  • Psychologist Talk for Parents: I am delighted to inform you that I have made contact with the Kildare Primary Care Psychologist, Dr. Julie Connolly and she has agreed to my request to provide a talk to our parents on the topic of ‘Helping children when they worry too much’. She will also touch on the issue of developing resilience in children, which I think is so very important and will be of interest to all parents. I am thrilled to have succeeded in booking Dr. Connolly. She has a wonderful reputation and I know her talk will be of massive benefit to all of us, on a topic that has become one of increasing concern for parents, not just here in Rathangan, but nationwide. I would strongly urge all of you to attend. The talk will be so worthwhile that we have decided to open it up to all parents of Rathangan B.N.S. also, so that as many people as possible will benefit. It will take place in the school hall on Tuesday January 30th at 7pm and will last for approx. 90 minutes (to include a question and answer session).


  • Credit Union Art Competition: We are pleased to announce that we have two winners in the Rathangan area Credit Union Art competition. Well done to Saoirse Dempsey from Ms. Fogarty’s and Ms. Beary’s First Class and Keeley Martin in Ms. McIntyre’s Third and Fourth Class. Members of the Credit Union will present them with their prizes at an assembly in December. Their entries now go on to be judged at the next level of the competition and we wish the two girls the very best of luck.


  • Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: 144 shoe boxes were collected from Bunscoil Bhride last week. Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause. These gifts will be greatly appreciated by the children who receive them. A sincere thanks to Marie Kelly who organises the collection of the shoe-boxes every year.


  • Concern Primary Debating Competition: Our debating team met St. Joseph’s N.S., Halverstown yesterday in the first round of the competition. They proposed the motion ‘To tackle climate change all humans should become vegetarian’. Unfortunately, while the girls weren’t victorious on this occasion, the class are optimistic about and busy preparing for their next debate (date and venue to be confirmed) against either Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh or Kildare Town Educate Togather N.S., in which they will propose the motion, yet to be confirmed. The girls that will represent the school in this round are Aoife Skelly, Emily Nolan and Megan Mulligan Dower. We wish them the best of luck.


  • Sewing Workshop: Aideen Cross has very kindly volunteered to host a sewing workshop for our Sixth Class pupils in the school on Wednesday 6th December, at which they will engage in the creation of some Christmas crafts. I know the girls will thoroughly enjoy the session and I want to sincerely thank Aideen to giving so generously of her time and skills for the benefit of our pupils.


  • Concerts: Eight of our classes are busy preparing for their concert this term and there is a great buzz of excitement around the school. The timetable for the concerts is outlined below. All concerts will begin at 7.30pm. As we have very limited space in our hall, we advise you to arrive early and ask, if possible, that you do not bring along children attending the school who are not performing on the night. We will be putting on the plays for the whole school prior to the concert nights, so all children will have had the opportunity to watch plays performed by all other classes in the school. Entry: €5 per adult, with concessions for parents who have children performing on two/three/four different nights (to obtain your concession, please mention at the door on the first night that you have another child performing on a different night). All proceeds will go to funding new graded reading schemes for the school and to extending the selection of books available in our school library. We look forward to three nights of top-class entertainment. The remaining three classes; Ms. Ruttledge’s Junior Infants, Ms. Kelly’s Junior and Senior Infants and Ms. Rowley’s Senior Infants will perform on Tuesday 13th March.

Concert Date:

Class Performing:

Tuesday 5th December

Ms. Coughlan’s Third Class

Ms. Smeaton’s Fourth Class

Ms. De Faoite’s Fifth Class

Tuesday 12th December

Ms. Beary’s and Ms. Fogarty’s First Class

Ms. Collum’s Second Class

Ms. McIntyre’s Third and Fourth Class

Thursday 14th December

Ms. Ryan’s 1st and 2nd Class

Ms. O’Halloran’s 6th Class


  • Confirmation Meeting for Parents: Fr. O’Byrne will host a meeting for parents of children receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this year next Wednesday night (29th November) at 8pm in the school.


  • Do this in Memory Programme: Mass for children making the sacrament of First Holy Communion this year will take place in the Church at 10am on Sunday 26th November. Children are asked to bring along their candle and mass book.


  • Coming to school: Reminder – we are not responsible for children before 9.00am. School begins at 9.00am. You are asked to drop your child(ren) to school as close to 9.00am as possible. We will provide supervision for children and open the school on wet mornings at 8.50am. There is no supervision or shelter for children before 8.50am and we would ask that you do not drop them off before this time.


  • Parking: Our car-park is a busy place and we would ask you to exercise extreme caution upon entry and to adhere to our car-parking rules (outlined in the diagram attached to this email). We would appeal to parents and anyone who drops children to school or collects them, not to park in the yellow box, in the wheelchair parking spaces, between the wheelchair parking spaces or alongside the school wall. Parking is in a single row alongside the Noone Engineering wall and in three rows along the middle white lines ONLY.


Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson

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