Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin
1st February 2018
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- Credit Union Quiz Victory: The Credit Union Quiz took place in Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin on Friday night, 26th January. All of the teams representing our school did incredibly well and we are very proud to report that Mischa Conroy, Maura Ennis, Eimear Healy and Michaela Mullen came in first place in the U-11 section and will now go on to represent Rathangan Credit Union in the next round of the competition. We wish the girls the very best of luck in their preparations. We are very proud of our prize-winners and of all of the eighteen teams that represented our school on the night. They were excellent ambassadors for the school, put in lots of work in their preparations for the quiz and displayed great co-operation and teamwork. Photos of the prize-winning team can be viewed on our school website at www.bunscoilbhride.ie.
- Grandparents Day: Yesterday we celebrated Grandparents’ Day at Bunscoil Bhríde. We were thrilled to have such huge numbers of grandparents visit our school. The children welcomed them into their classrooms and entertained them with songs and poems. There was a lovely atmosphere around the school and the staff and children were delighted by the grandparents’ tales of the past, in particular tales of school in the past. We would like to sincerely thank them for taking the time to come in and share their stories with us. We all benefitted hugely from the experience. I would like to sincerely thank our excellent Parents’ Association, whose members organised and served at the lovely reception in the hall for our guests and also all the families who baked and brought in delicious treats for the occasion. I would also like to congratulate and thank the members of our Student Council, who did a terrific job welcoming our guests and guiding them around the school.
- Skipping workshops: Next Wednesday, 7th and Thursday, 8th February, we will host Skip-Hop Skipping Workshop in the school. All classes will have the opportunity of engaging in the skipping workshop, in which they will learn a selection of moves including individual, double-dutch, long rope, and partner skipping. The second day culminates with a demonstration of skipping skills performed by children chosen from each workshop. We are very excited to have the opportunity to host Skip-Hop. We last hosted this workshop in 2013 and were thrilled by the enthusiasm and love for skipping that it generated. We are requesting a contribution of €2.00 per child to cover the cost of the workshops, which should be brought to school on Thursday 7th February. Please see the letter that your child is bringing home from school today for further details.
- Message from the Active School Committee: This week the Active School committee launched a new running initiative for this year. We have decided that we will all run the length of the Grand Canal. While the Grand Canal begins in Dublin, we will start out from Sallins, County Kildare, and go all the way to the village of Shannon Harbour, in County Offaly, where the canal joins the River Shannon. Unfortunately we cannot actually run along the banks of the canal. We will be clocking up the kilometres in the school yard and marking our progress on a map. The distance we hope to cover is 105km (approx).Our first stage is to run from Sallins to Robertstown which is nearly 14km. Some of the junior classes have already started and are adding up their laps to make kilometres. We would like to recommend that all families buy a skipping rope either before or during our upcoming skipping workshop. The girls will learn new skipping skills and it would be great if they could go home and teach everybody else how to do these. Skipping is one of the best exercises that we can all do to stay fit and have fun!
- Concern Primary Debating Competition: Our debating team met Ballyshannon N.S. on Tuesday in the quarter final of the Shield Competition. They proposed the motion ‘People should be fined for not recycling’. Unfortunately, while the girls weren’t victorious and were defeated by an extremely narrow margin on this occasion, we are so proud at how far in the competition they have progressed and hope that they continue to hone their debating skills. Well done to their teacher Ms. O’Halloran and to the entire Sixth Class group!
- Rugby Coaching: Gráinne Vaugh, a Community Rugby Officer with Leinster Rugby will coach Ms. O’Halloran’s sixth class and Ms. De Faoite’s fifth class in rugby each week for the next three weeks (on Fridays) starting tomorrow. She will then commence a three-week coaching session with Ms. McIntyre’s third and fourth class and Ms. Smeaton’s fourth class, commencing on Friday 2nd March. We look forward to hearing of the new skills being developed.
- Cross Country: Ms. Ruttledge begins Cross Country training with pupils from Third to Sixth Classes today 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.
- Book Fair: We will host a book fair in the school from Thursday 22nd February to Thursday 1st March. Times at which the Fair will be open to parents have yet to be confirmed. All children are going home today with a brochure of some of the books available to purchase at the Book Fair. Your support of the Fair would be greatly appreciated as a percentage of the sales will go towards the purchase of books for the school library.
- ‘We are Writers’: We have all been busy writing, editing and redrafting our stories, which are soon to be published in our very own school book, ‘We are Writers’. Every pupil in the school, from Infants to Sixth Class will have a published piece within this book and I know a tremendous amount of work has been put in to this project right around the school. You will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of this book, which will be available on display at our Book Fair, at a cost of €8. More details to follow.
- World Book Day: World Book Day will be celebrated in the school Thursday 1st March. All classes will be participating in various different book-related activities. Our aim is to encourage children to read at home and to learn to love books. All children are asked to dress as a character from their favourite book (ensuring that they are appropriately attired for the weather). We would ask that you support us in this endeavour by encouraging reading and by taking your child to the library regularly. Book tokens to the value of €1.50 will be distributed to all children to mark World Book Day and they can be used at our Book Fair to purchase books.
- Friendship Week: I would like to thank all of you who went to wonderful effort to bake for our ‘Coffee Morning’ for Friendship Week last Friday. We had a wonderful week celebrating and encouraging friendship in the school. Numerous acts of kindness took place right around the school and were recognised by the large number of names that made it onto golden tickets and into our Golden Box of Kindness. A large number of prize-winners were drawn from the box at assembly on Friday last. We hope to continue the sentiment expressed during Friendship Week right throughout the rest of the year at Bunscoil Bhríde.
- Oral Language: The theme for the month of February is ‘Socially functional language’ (introductions, giving thanks, complaints)’. 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 use appropriate socially functional language and by modelling good use of such language at home. We would also encourage you to discuss with them what they’ve learnt in school on this topic.
- Midterm Break: The school will be closed on Thursday and Friday, the 15th and 16th February for midterm break and will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 19th February. We hope you all have a lovely break.