Fortnightly Bulletin 24th January 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Our news is as follows:

  • Primary Debating:  On Thursday 17/01/2019, six girls from Sixth Class travelled to Caragh National School to take part in the first round of the Concern Primary Debating Competition organised by Kildare Education Centre. They were opposing the motion 'People should be fined for not recycling.' Maura Ennis was the captain, Kate Byrne was speaker two and Libby Fallon was speaker three. The girls spent a lot of time researching the topic and writing and practising their speeches. They performed brilliantly on the day and despite the tough opposition they won the debate. Well done girls!

Emma Keenan, Ciara Dunne and Ellen Adlum will debate in the next round of the competition. They will be opposing the motion 'Ireland should do away with cars.' The debate will take place on Wednesday February 6th at 11am in Straffan N.S. The girls are already busy preparing. We wish them the very best of luck.


  • Basketball:  It has been a very exciting season for our 6th Class basketball team. They reached the semi-final of the championship and last Monday 14/01/2019 they played Gaelscoil Chill Dara in their school. The girls showed great determination and skill, however they lost by a small margin of three baskets with the final score being 24-18 to Gaeilscoil Chill Dara. On Monday 21/01/2019, the team played the second leg of the semi-final against Gaeilscoil Chill Dara, this time with home advantage. The team with the best combined score from both matches would proceed to the final. The girls needed to win by four baskets in order to reach the final- and the won by exactly four baskets! The final score was 20-12 to Bunscoil Bhríde. The final will take place next Tuesday 29/01/2019 in Scoil na Naomh Uilig, Newbridge. We wish them the very best of luck.


  • Vision Screening:  Vision screening for junior Infants will take place on Tuesday 5th February.


  • Green School News:  Our next Green School Committee meeting will take place at 2:00pm on Tuesday the 5th of February. 

Congratulations to the 3R Crew, the 5th class members of our Green School Committee who have advanced to the next stage of the SEAI One Good Idea competition. The girls are running a campaign to raise awareness of the number of single-use plastics in our lunchboxes and draw attention to the energy wasted every time we use single-use plastics. They want to reduce our use of these plastics.

3R Crew Message: Thank you to our Mums and Dads for listening to our message on single-use plastics. We have noticed lots of lunchboxes with no plastic at all and many with reusable containers which are being filled with fruit, yoghurts and other healthy snacks. You are doing great!  We think we are using less single-use plastics but WE NEED TO CHECK! We will RECOUNT   the number of single-use plastics at stage two of our lunchbox challenge in the next couple of weeks. We counted 232 pieces last time. We hope to see a big drop in this number. Please continue to send reusable plastics and cut out all single-use items.

3R Crew Say: Remember:

  • Say NO to single-use plastic straws, cups, containers, lids and cutlery.  Use re-useable items instead.
  • Buy less items wrapped in plastic.
  • Dispose of your plastic responsibly, wash and recycle any plastic that you can.
  • Put a weight (log/stone) on top of your bin to stop lid blowing off and plastic blowing away.
  • Energy will be used to pick them up later and clean the areas where they land.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


  • Junior Entrepreneur:  5th and 6th Class are currently busy designing and making their products for the Junior Entrepreneur programme. 6th class are making ‘Light Jars’ which will be on sale for a price of €3. They will be going around to all classes taking orders over the next few weeks.  5th class are creating ‘Bottle Buddies’ – seeds in recycled bottles which will grow into attractive plants.  These also cost €3.  Hopefully both of these  products will be a huge success! 


  • Catholic Schools Week: This year Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated from Sunday 27th January to Sunday 3rd February.  This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating the Work of Our Local Catholic Schools.  A whole school assembly will be held on Friday 1st February to celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week and St. Brigid’s Day.


  • Grandparents Day: Wednesday 30th January


                         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. Beary/Ms. Greally – Senior Infants. Room 5

Ms Rowley – 1st and 2nd Class.  Room 6


10.15 – 10.45

Ms. Fogarty – 1st Class. Room 4

Ms. Ryan – 2nd and 3rd Class. Room 3


11.00 – 11.30

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

Ms. Dillon –4th and 5th Class. Room 12 (upstairs)


11.30 – 12.00

Ms. Collum – 4th class. Room 8 (upstairs)

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


12.00 – 12.30

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



  • Credit Union Quiz: The annual Credit Union Quiz will take place on Friday 1st February in the Boys School 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.


  • 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 2019/20: We are now enrolling for September. Closing date for enrolments to Junior Infants for the 2019/20 school year is Thursday 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 February is ‘Socially functional language (introductions, giving thanks and 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 to 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.


  • 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.
  • Dates for the Diary:


Details of Event

Friday 1st February

Credit Union Quiz for teams from Third to Sixth Classes at 7pm in the Boy’s School.

Wednesday 30th January

Grandparents’ Day

Monday 18th February to Friday 22nd February

Midterm Break – School will be closed

Thursday 28th February

Green School Assessment

Thursday 28th February

First Confession at 7.30pm

Sunday 10th March

Our 5/10K Fun Run

Monday 11th March

Sixth Class Retreat in Mount Saint Anne’s

Thursday 7th March

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

Sunday 24th March

Confirmation at 2.00pm in Rathangan Church

Wednesday 27th March

Confirmation Photos at 9.00am.

Monday 18th March

Bank Holiday – School will be closed


  • 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.


  • Active School Committee:  The Active School Committee hopes that all families in our school will take on the 5/10K challenge of our Bunscoil Bhríde Fun Walk Run.  Training takes place in Rathangan with Couch to 5K group on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7.30 at the walking track in the soccer grounds.  Everyone is welcome.  All classes in the school are stepping up their training and building up their fitnessíde-5k-10k.php for registration for our 5/10k Fun Run/Walk on 10th March.


  • 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.



Kind regards,

Rós O’ Sullivan






Note from Parents’ Association


  • Grandparents Day:  The Parents' Association are delighted to provide teas & coffees for Grandparents on Wednesday 30th January (Grandparents’ Day). We would greatly appreciate if parents could provide some buns, cakes etc. which can be dropped in to the school hall from 9:00am.


  • The next meeting of the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday 12th February  at 7.30pm.. All parents are very welcome to attend and we would encourage you to do so.


  • 5/10k Fun Walk/Run.  Preparations for the Fun Run are gathering pace.  Our aim is to have a fun community day while raising much needed funds for our school.  The PA would welcome sponsorship from members of the local community to cover the cost of prizes, medals and refreshments.  If you would like to provide financial support/spot prizes please contact Evelyn (our treasurer) at or Catriona at the school on 045 542540.


  • St. Brigid’s Day Crosses. Following many requests from the local community we are making St. Brigid’s Day Crosses this year.  We are looking for volunteers to help make the crosses in the school on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th January.  6th class pupils will provide guidance and support.   Crosses will be available to purchase from the Parish office and in the school on Grandparents Day.

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