Fortnightly Bulletin 18th January 2018

Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin


18th January 2018


Dear Parents / Guardians,


Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break. Our news is as follows:


  • Friendship Week:  Friendship Week is being celebrated in the school this week. The emphasis for the week has been on creating and extending friendship, with the motto ‘to have a friend you have to be a friend’. Children in all classes are being encouraged to make new friends within their classes, with lots of fun activities taking place. We will hold a ‘Coffee Morning’ (with no coffee involved!) for each class in the hall on Friday. The purpose of the ‘coffee morning’ is to give the children the opportunity to chat in their new groups of friends and to celebrate the end of Friendship Week. We would really appreciate it if you would support our Friendship Week, by helping your children to get out the cookery books at home and bake for their friends for Friday.


  • Food Dudes: The Food Dudes programme has commenced for the Junior Classes in our school this week and will commence for our senior classes on Friday 26th 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 are being delivered to the school daily for the children to taste and they are being rewarded with prizes for tasting and eating these healthy foods. More information can be found on the letter that was / will be sent home with your child. Well done to all our junior classes who have been tasting and eating all of the fruit and vegetables they have been presented with to date this week. We would ask for your support in encouraging the consumption of fruit and vegetables by praising your child for her efforts at school each day and by sending in extra fruit and vegetables as part of her lunch.


  • Psychologist Talk for Parents: All parents are invited, and strongly encouraged to attend a talk that will be given by Kildare Primary Care Psychologist, Dr. Julie Connolly on the topic of ‘Helping children when they worry too much’. The talk will take place in the school hall on Tuesday 30th January at 7pm and will last for approx. 90 minutes (to include a question and answer session). Dr. Connolly 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.


  • Primary Debating Competition: The Sixth Class Bunscoil Bhríde debating team are busy preparing their debate for the second round of the Kildare Education Centre Primary Debating Festival Shield Cup competition. Amy Smullen (Captain), Aoibhínn Murray and Megan Mulligan-Dower will be proposing the motion 'People should be fined for not recycling' against Ballyshannon National School, Kilcullen, on Tuesday January 30th at 11am in Ballyshannon N.S. Their teammates Aoife Skelly, Emma O'Loughlin and Emily Nolan, along with the rest of Sixth Class, are busy preparing rebuttals and crossfire round questions to assist the team. Best of luck girls!


  • Catholic Schools Week: This year Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated from Sunday 28th January to Saturday 3rd February.  This year’s theme is ‘Catholic Schools: Families of Faith’.  A whole school assembly will be held on Monday 29th January to celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week. Because we are a Catholic School, this is a very special week in our calendar and it will be celebrated in many different ways in each classroom.


  • St. Brigid’s Day: We will celebrate St. Brigid’s Day, the patron saint of our school on Thursday 1st February. Pupils will tell stories and sing hymns about Brigid’s life. In preparation for this, the pupils will learn about Brigid’s life and the customs and traditions associated with our county saint. Some creative students will make St. Brigid’s crosses and also help some of the younger pupils to make them.


  • Grandparents Day: On Wednesday 31st January all grandparents are invited to visit their grandchildren’s classrooms. This invitation to grandparents affirms and values their place not only in the lives of their grandchildren, but in the community in general.  This annual visit has become a highlight of Catholic Schools Week at Bunscoil Bhríde. Children love to welcome their grandparents to their classroom. Each class will entertain grandparents with poems, songs and stories. Grandparents are also invited to look at children’s artwork and we would encourage them to share their memories and stories with the children. The Bunscoil Bhríde Parents’ Association have kindly volunteered to provide tea/coffee for the visiting grandparents in our school hall. This will hopefully facilitate some banter and reminiscing among our visitors. While we hope lots of grandparents will visit our school on Wednesday the 31st, we are very conscious of the fact that not all children have grandparents living and also that not all grandparents will be able to make it to our school. For this reason, there will be arrangements put in place in all classrooms for the sharing of available grandparents, so nobody will be left out. It will be a fun, warm and welcoming day for all.

Timetable for Grandparents Day



9.15 – 9.45

Ms. Ruttledge – Junior Infants. Room 1

Ms. Kelly– Junior & Senior Infants. Room 2


9.45 – 10.15

Ms. Rowley – Senior Infants. Room 5


10.15 – 10.45

Ms. Fogarty and Ms. Beary – 1st Class. Room 4

Ms. Ryan – 1st and 2nd Class. Room 3


11.00 – 11.30

Ms. Collum - 2nd class. Room 6

Ms. Coughlan – 3rd Class. Room 11 (upstairs)


11.30 – 12.00

Ms. McIntyre – 3rd and 4th class. Room 12 (upstairs)

Ms. Smeaton - 4th class. Room 8 (upstairs)


12.00 – 12.30

Ms. De Faoite - 5th class. Room 9 (upstairs)

Ms. O’Halloran - 6th class. Room 7 (upstairs)



  • Credit Union Quiz: The annual Credit Union Quiz will take place on Friday 26th January in Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin at 7.00pm. Pupils representing our school will wear their school uniform to the quiz. Teams from Bunscoil Bhríde have enjoyed great success at the quiz in recent years. We would like to wish all our teams the best of luck.


  • Cross Country:  Ms. Ruttledge will begin Cross Country training for pupils from Third to Sixth Classes on Thursday 1st February from 2.40pm until 3.15pm in the school. Cross-country training will run up to the Easter holidays. We hope a large number of girls will get involved on our athletics team this year and wish them the very best of luck.


  • Basketball: On Wednesday 20th December Bunscoil Bhríde's basketball team played a home match against Prosperous National School. The girls played extremely well, breaking our school record for highest number of baskets scored in a game in the last two years! Despite this, we lost 12-24, but this is an amazing achievement considering it was our first game of the year and we were playing the top league team! Well done girls- we look forward to more fabulous showcases at the Easter blitz! Training will recommence after February mid-term when the weather improves.


  • Stay Safe: Senior Infants, Second Class, Fourth Class and Sixth Class begun the Stay Safe programme this week and will continue with the programme over the coming weeks. I would like to remind you again about the importance of discussing the issues covered in class with your child at home. The lessons covered over the course of the programme are as follows: Feeling Safe and Unsafe, Bullying, Touches, Secrets and Telling and Strangers. More information about the programme can be obtained on the website;


  • Relationships and Sexuality Education (R.S.E.): R.S.E. lessons will begin in Junior Infants, First Class, Third Class, Fifth Class and Sixth Class from this week / next week onwards. (Sixth Class will begin RSE lessons once they have completed the Stay Safe programme.) You all received a letter last week detailing the content to be covered with your child’s class and it would be very helpful if you could discuss what is being learnt at school with your daughter(s) at home. Please feel free to contact the school with any queries you may have.


  • Primary Science Fair: Ms. O’Halloran’s Sixth Class girls had a very early morning last Friday as they departed the school at 7.45am to begin their journey to the RDS Primary Science Fair, to present their project, entitled; ‘Carnival Games: ‘Is success in relation to carnival games determined by skill or science?’ They had the opportunity to manage their very own stall at the Science Fair, where they presented their findings to the judges and also to other primary school students and teachers. Their project is on display in the school and you are welcome to come in to view it. Photographs of the event can be viewed on our website I would like to thank their teacher Ms. O’Halloran for all her hard work in preparing the girls for this exciting and memorable event.


  • Bake Sale for Sr. Celine: Well done to the Sixth Class girls and their teacher, Ms. O’Halloran, who organised a wonderful Bake Sale in December in aid of Sr. Celine’s Brazilian Fund. A total of €382.40 was raised from the Bake Sale. I would like to sincerely thank all who contributed so generously and provided us with so many delicious baked good and prizes.


  • Toilet Bag: Reminder – all children must have a small bag at school containing a small face cloth/towel for the drying of hands. There is no need for soap, as soap dispensers are located in all toilets. Please remember to change and wash this towel regularly.


  • Enrolments for 2018/19: We are now enrolling for September. Closing date for enrolments to Junior Infants for the 2018/19 school year is Friday 31st January. Enrolment forms have been distributed to the playschools / crèche in the town and are available from Catríona’s office and our school website Completed enrolment forms must be returned to the school no later than 31st January.


  • Oral Language: The theme for the month of January is ‘Questioning’. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that you, the parents support us at home, by encouraging your child to pose fully-formed questions and ensuring that they have knowledge of and make use of all the question words (What? Why? Where? When? Who? How? etc.). We would also encourage you to discuss with them what they’ve learnt in school on this topic.


  • School Website: Our newly revamped school website;  is being constantly updated. It is packed full of photographs and details of activities and events that have taken place in the school and is well worth browsing through. We would encourage you to check it regularly to keep up to date with life at Bunscoil Bhríde.


  • Dangers of the Internet: While the internet is a wonderful resource, I would like to remind you that it can also pose many dangers to your child. While the school has safeguards in place with regard to pupil internet/website access at school, use outside school falls under parental responsibility. Children should never be allowed access to the internet at home without supervision. All children are going home today with a booklet entitled ‘A Better Internet’ It contains useful information with regard to internet safety and I would urge you to read it.


  • Names on Uniforms: Please ensure that your child’s name is clearly marked on her uniform and tracksuit jumper.


  • Heavy school-bags: We are attempting to address the issue of children carrying school bags that are too heavy to and from school, by asking them to unpack fully their bags every morning and only repack books marked for homework. Your help in tackling this issue is required as many of the items contained in school-bags are unnecessary ancillary items e.g. multiple heavy pencil-cases etc. Please go through your daughter’s bag with her and remove any unnecessary items.


  • Late Arrivals/Early Departures and Absences: Children arriving late to school or leaving early must be signed in/out by an adult. All absences must be explained by a note presented to the class teacher upon the child’s return to school. Children arriving to school after 9.45am must also present an explanatory note to the class teacher. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. The sign in/out folder is kept outside the office just inside the main entrance.


  • Coming to school: Reminder – we are not responsible for children before 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.


  • Dates for the Diary:


Details of Event

Friday 26th January

Credit Union Quiz for teams from Fourth to Sixth Classes at 7pm in Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin

Tuesday 31th January

Psychologist Presentation for Parents on ‘Helping children when they worry too much’ in the school hall at 7pm. The presentation will also focus on developing resilience in children. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Wednesday 31st January

Grandparents’ Day

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February

Skipping workshop for all classes in the school

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February

Midterm Break – School will be closed

Thursday 22nd February

Book Fair in the school hall

Wednesday 28th February

Sixth Class Retreat in Mount Saint Anne’s

Thursday 1st March

World Book Day. Non-uniform day: All classes will dress as a character from their favourite book

Saturday 10th March

Confirmation at 12pm in Rathangan Church

Monday 12th – Friday 16th March

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Thursday 15th March

Lá Glas –  all children wear green (non-uniform day)

Tuesday 13th March

Confirmation Photograph in school hall at 9am

Tuesday 13th March

Concerts in the school hall at 7.30pm:

Ms. Ruttledge’s Junior Infants

Ms. Kelly’s Junior and Senior Infants

Ms. Rowley’s Senior Infants

Wednesday 28th February

First Confessions for 2nd class in the church at 7.30pm

Monday 19th March

Bank Holiday – School will be closed

Friday 23rd March

School will close at 12pm for Easter holidays and reopen on Monday 9th April


Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson

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