Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin
7th December 2017
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- Concerts: I would like to sincerely thank all of you for coming out in such huge numbers last night to support the first of our four nights of school concerts. We were treated to a night of top-class entertainment by Ms. Coughlan’s Third Class, Ms. Smeaton’s Fourth Class and Ms. De Faoite’s Fifth Class last night and we look forward to next week’s concerts (outlined below), each of which will begin at 7.30pm sharp. Well done to the teachers who have put in a tremendous amount of preparation over the past number of weeks and of course to all our girls who have been dazzling us with their wonderful singing and acting skills. €250 of the money raised from our concerts will go towards funding Special Olympics Ireland and the balance will go towards the purchase of guided readers for the school. Your support as always is greatly appreciated. Photographs of our concerts can be viewed at www.bunscoilbhride.ie
Tuesday 12th December
Ms. Fogarty’s and Ms. Beary’s First Class
Ms. Collum’s Second Class
Ms. McIntyre’s Third and Fourth Class
Thursday 14th December
Ms. Ryan’s First and Second Class
Ms. O’Halloran’s Sixth Class
Ms. Ruttledge’s Junior Infants, Ms. Kelly’s Junior and Senior Infants and Ms. Rowley’s Senior Infants will perform on Tuesday 13th March 2018.
- Concern Primary Debating Competition: Our Sixth Class debating team will take on Kildare Town Educate Together N.S. in the first round of the Shield leg of the competition, to take place at Bunscoil Bhríde over the coming fortnight (date to be confirmed). They will propose the motion ‘The voting age should be lowered to 16’. 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.
- Christmas Fair and Cake sale: On Thursday 21st December there will be a Christmas Fair and cake sale in the hall hosted by the sixth class pupils. Any donations such as cakes, buns and cookies or small prizes for our raffle would be greatly appreciated. All the money raised by the Fair will be donated to Sr. Celine Conway who is helping less fortunate people of Brazil. Sr. Celine grew up in Rathangan and is a past pupil of our school. We are tremendously proud of the wonderful work she does in Brazil and endeavour to help her every Christmas by raising much-needed funds for her extremely worthy cause. We are advising that children bring a bag to school to carry home the treats they have bought. Everything that will be on display will cost no more than 50 cent and games such as ‘guess how many marbles in the jar’, ‘how many pegs can you clip on’ etc. will cost 20 cent per go.
- Sewing Workshop: Aideen Cross hosted a fabulous sewing workshop for our Fifth Class pupils in the school yesterday, at which they engaged in the creation of beautiful Christmas crafts. I would like to thank Aideen for volunteering her time and sharing her skills with the girls.
- Message from the Active School Committee: The Active School committee welcome good ideas to help improve the fitness of everyone in our school. With this in mind a suggestion box will be kept on the ledge in front of the Active school notice board. We also welcome reports on sporting activities from any budding ‘sports reporters’ in the school. We urge everybody to remember our motto: ‘We are active, we are fit, because we do our active bit’. Try to squeeze in a few minutes of stretching and skipping every day over the Christmas holidays.
- School Excellence Fund: Rathangan and its three schools have been chosen by the Department of Education and Skills as one of the ten areas nationwide to pilot the School Excellence Fund (SEF). The SEF is an innovation of the Department of Education and Skills which will enable schools to apply for funding to implement innovative programmes which are context-specific and aimed at improving learning outcomes. Bunscoil Bhríde, in collaboration with St. Patrick’s Boys’ N.S. and Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin will focus on the area of Maths, and will specifically target Fifth and Sixth Class and First Year students. We will work on standardising Maths language and teaching approaches between primary and secondary level, therefore easing the transition to secondary school for pupils. Second level maths teachers will work with our teachers here in this school and we will work in the secondary school alongside each-other, sharing practice and collaborating. There will be a fund through the SEF, to which we will have access to fund substitute cover, Continuous Professional Development for teachers and resources required to implement the SEF. We will provide you with updates as the SEF project progresses.
- Defibrillator for our school: I would like to thank our Parents’ Association, who have begun fundraising for a defibrillator for our school and for St. Patrick’s Boys’ N.S.. They have placed donation buckets in various businesses around the town and the support to date has been overwhelming. I would like to thank you for your generosity.
- Reminder: No medicines are allowed at school. If your child has a medical condition for which medicine/inhaler etc. must be administered, please contact the school, as Board of Management approval must be granted for this. Please see our administration of medication policy at www.bunscoilbhride.ie for more information.
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Tomorrow is the 8th of December – the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We will take all classes from First Class to Sixth Class to Mass in the church at 10am tomorrow morning.
- Carol Service: Our annual Carol Service will take place in the Church on Tuesday 19th December at 7.30pm. This year all classes from 2nd to 6th will take part in the Carol Service. Ms. Rowley will conduct the choir and Ms. De Faoite will provide the musical accompaniment. We look forward to a very enjoyable night.
- Special Visitor: I have heard a rumour that the Parents’ Association have been in contact with a very special person from the North Pole, who may visit the school on Friday 22nd December. We look forward to warmly welcoming our special guest!
- Christmas Presents: Again this year, we ask you not to purchase Christmas gifts for teachers. What the teachers really value is the words of thanks and appreciation uttered by pupils and parents. This is worth far more to us than any gift that can be purchased.
- Christmas Holidays: The school will close at 12pm on Friday 22nd December. We would like to wish you all a very peaceful, happy and holy Christmas and every blessing for the year ahead. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mahise daoibh go léir!