Fortnightly Bulletin 22nd February 2018

Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin


22nd February 2018



Dear Parents / Guardians,

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


  • Book Fair: We are delighted to announce that our Book Fair has arrived to our school hall. All classes will get the opportunity to browse the book fair tomorrow. Purchasing of books is scheduled for next Monday and Wednesday from 11am to 3pm only. All classes have been allocated a slot during both of these days. Please see timetable below. Parents are also welcome to come in to browse our book fair and make purchases at any time between 11am and 3pm on Monday and Wednesday. All children will be presented with their €1.50 book token for World Book Day on their day of purchase and they can use this voucher towards the purchase of a book. 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. I would like to thank the members of the Parents’ Association who have kindly volunteered to work at the Book Fair. Unfortunately we still do not have enough parents to man the book fair on both purchase days and we are appealing to anyone who might be available and willing to volunteer an hour of their time on either Monday or Wednesday to phone the school to let us know today.

Timetable for purchasing at the Book Fair (Parents welcome to come in at any time between 11am and 3pm on Monday and Wednesday)


Monday 26th

Wednesday 28th.

11.00 -11.30


6th class – Ms. O’Halloran

3rd and 4th class – Ms. McIntyre

11.30 – 12.00


4th class – Ms. Smeaton

Senior Infants – Ms. Rowley

12.30 – 1.00




1.00 -1.30

Junior Infants – Ms. Ruttledge

Junior and Senior Infants – Ms. Kelly

1st class – Ms. Fogarty / Ms. Beary


1.30 – 2.00


1st and 2nd class – Ms. Ryan

2nd class – Ms. Collum

2.00 – 3.00


5th class – Ms. De Faoite

3rd class – Ms. Coughlan


  • ‘We are Writers’: The first published copy of our very own school book, ‘We are Writers’ has arrived and we are thrilled at the finished product, in which every pupil in the school, from Infants to Sixth Class boasts a published piece. 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.


  • World Book Day: World Book Day will be celebrated in the school next 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. We would ask that you support us in this endeavour by encouraging reading and by taking your child to the library regularly. World Book Day will be a non-uniform day at school and we invite children to dress as a character from their favourite book (ensuring that they are appropriately attired for the weather).


  • Seachtain na Gaeilge: Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge beagnach buailte linn arís (12ú – 16ú lá de mhí Marta). Beimid go léir ag úsáid cúpla focal chomh minic agus is féidir i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge. Beidh an Céilí Mór ar siúl againn ar an gCéadaoin, an 14ú lá de mhí Márta. Beimid ag caitheamh éadaí glasa ar an lá sin. Beir bua agus bain taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge!

Please attempt the cúpla focal at home with your child(ren) as well. Wednesday, 14th March will be a non-uniform day to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge and we will dress in green on that day. While all the classes will engage in activities to mark Lá Glas (Green Day) on this day, all classes will also take part in An Céilí Mór sa halla. I would like to sincerely thank Carmel Somers, who is volunteering her time to lead us in our Céilí Mór. Photographs of the event, together with activities of the day will be available to view on 


  • Credit Union Quiz team: I would like to wish our U-11 Rathangan Credit Union Quiz champions; Mischa Conroy, Eimear Healy, Michaela Mullen and Maura Ennis the very best of luck as they proceed to the next round of the competition, representing Rathangan Credit Union at a quiz to be held at 7pm on Friday 2nd March in Tougher’s, Naas.


  • First Confessions: We would like to wish the very best of luck to our Second Class pupils, who will receive the sacrament of First Penance next Wednesday 28th February at 7.30pm in Rathangan Church. They have been busy preparing and practising their lovely hymns for the occasion with their teachers Ms. Collum and Ms. Ryan. We hope it will be a very special, holy and memorable occasion for them.


  • Engineers’ Week: Engineers’ Week takes place next week. Under the national Engineers’ Week programme of activities, Ms. De Faoite’s Fifth Class will travel to Lock 25 on the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal at Monasterevin on Thursday 1st March to attend an event hosted by Waterways Ireland. The girls will get the opportunity to see a lifting road bridge in operation and learn a little about the automated mechanisms required to make this happen. They will meet with an engineer and lock keeper who will provide insight into their work and get the opportunity of viewing a lock system in operation. We look forward to hearing about their trip. Information on Engineers’ Week can be found at


  • 6th Class Retreat: Ms. O’Halloran’s Sixth Cass girls will be going on Retreat next Thursday 28th February to Mount Saint Anne’s, Killenard. The Retreat is an annual event organised by Fr. O’Byrne for the Confirmation class and always proves to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the girls. They will have the opportunity to engage in lots of activities, including meditation. The day will conclude in a prayer service in which the girls will be invited to showcase some of their talents by engaging in drama and singing. It will be a day that the girls will remember well into the future.


  • Basketball Blitz: The Bunscoil Bhríde Basketball team, coached by Ms. O’Halloran, Ms. De Faoite and Ms. Ryan, will take part in the annual Cumann na mBunscol Basketball Blitz on Wednesday 7th March in Kilcock. The girls will have the opportunity on the day to compete against other primary schools in Co. Kildare. We wish them the very best of luck.


  • School Tours: Teachers are currently finalising school tour details for the summer term. All classes from Senior Infants to Sixth Class will go on a school tour this year (Junior Infants will engage in a Teddy Bears’ Picnic here at the school in the last term). Details of the tour destination and the cost will be issued to all parents of children in these classes next week. We are endeavouring to keep costs as low as possible. The reason we are eager to inform parents of the cost at this early stage, is to allow for children to save, in order to pay for their own school tour.


  • Change of Contact Details: Please notify the school if you have changed your contact details (phone, email or address). It is important that we keep our records up to date, so that we can always get in contact with you should the need arise. Please let us know if you have not received text messages / emails from the school.


  • Oral Language: The theme for the month of March will be ‘Descriptions and Descriptive Language’. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that parents support us at home, by using rich, descriptive language as much as possible, drawing children’s attention to such language in stories and discussing with them what they’ve learnt in school on this topic.


  • Concerts: The final night of our series of concerts will take place in the school hall on Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm and will see Ms. Ruttledge’s Junior Infants, Ms. Kelly’s Junior and Senior Infants and Ms. Rowley’s Senior Infants perform on stage. The entry cost is €5. If you have attended one of our previous concerts in December, you will have received a concession ticket. Please bring this along, as we will not ask you to pay again. We look forward to wonderful night of entertainment.


  • Footwear Reminder: For health and safety reasons, canvas runners (Converse etc.) cannot be worn in school. All footwear must provide sole support.


  • Parking: Our car-park is a busy place and we would ask that you exercise extreme caution upon entry and that you adhere to our car-parking rules. 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 or between the wheelchair parking spaces. Parking is in a single row alongside the Noone Engineering wall and in THREE ROWS along the middle white lines ONLY. Please see the plan of the car-park attached to this email. This plan is also located on the main noticeboard at the gate of the school.


  • Our website: Please check out our wonderful website It contains lots of photographs and information about all the events taking place in the school. Some of our school policies are also available to view on the site. A substantial amount of work goes in to regularly updating it and it is well-worth a look.


  • School Closure: With the introduction of the new Child Protection Procedures for Schools, the Department of Education and Skills have instructed that all schools close for one day to facilitate staff training in the area. We have liaised with the Boys’ School and both schools will close on Friday 2nd March for this purpose. Please note we will also close at 12pm on Monday 23rd April to facilitate a staff meeting. I have updated our school calendar (available to view on our school website – ) and I have attached it to this email for your convenience.


  • Updated dates for the diary: Please find an updated ‘dates for the diary’ table below. Please note that there have been some additions and minor changes


  • Updated Dates for the Diary:


Details of Event

Monday 26th and Wednesday 28th February

Book Fair open to parents and classes (see timetable above) from 11am to 3pm

Wednesday 28th February

Sixth Class Retreat in Mount Saint Anne’s

Wednesday 28th February

First Confessions for Second Class – 7.30pm in Rathangan Church

Thursday 1st March

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

Thursday 1st March

5th class trip to Lock 25 Monasterevin for Engineers Week

Friday 2nd March

School closure for staff upskilling in new Child Protection Procedures

Wednesday 7th March

Basketball Blitz in Kilcullen

Friday 9th March

Parents’ Association Mothers’ Day Flower Sale

Saturday 10th March

Confirmation at 12pm in Rathangan Church

Monday 12th – Friday 16th March

Seachtain na Gaeilge

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 14th March

Lá Glas – all pupils wear green (non-uniform day) and will take part in An Céilí Mór sa halla

Monday 19th March

Bank Holiday – School will be closed

Wednesday 21st March

Parents’ Association Coffee Morning for The Irish Cancer Society in the hall

Friday 23rd March

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



Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson



Messages from the Parents’ Association


Fundraising Mothers’ Day Flowers Sale: The Parents' Association will hold a fundraising Mother's Day flower sale on Friday 9th March. Flowers can be purchased by the pupils for €2 each.

P.A. Meeting: The next meeting of the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm. All parents are very welcome to attend and we would encourage you to do so.

Daffodil Day Coffee Morning: The Parents' Association will host a Daffodil Day Coffee Morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Wednesday 21st March from 9.30am to 1.00pm. This event is open to the community. We would greatly appreciate if parents could provide some buns/cakes/etc. which can be dropped in to the hall from 9.00am onwards. Raffle tickets will be sold on the day with lots of goodies to be won.

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