Dear Parents / Guardians,
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Rós for the fantastic work she did as Principal while I was on my maternity leave. I am delighted to be back in the Bunscoil Bhríde school community. I look forward to working with you all in the coming months.
Our news for this fortnight is as follows:
- Bunscoil Bhríde Fun Run: With only ten days to go, the excitement is building for our first ever Fun Run. We hope that it will be a fabulous community event and urge you to join us by registering at www.justrunsevents.com or clicking on the link: https://www.justrunsevents.com/bunscoil-bhríde-5k-10k.php There you will have the option of registering for the 3k, 5k or 10k walk / run. We hope that all families in our school will take on the challenge. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible here at the school at 11am on Sunday 10th March.
- Volunteers needed: We are looking for volunteers to serve refreshments on the day of our Fun Run. If you are available and willing, we would really appreciate your help and would ask you to phone Catríona in the office at 045524540. All donations of baked goods on the day would also be greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be served in the school hall following the Fun Run.
- Defbrillator for Bunscoil Bhríde: I am delighted to announce that our defibrillator has arrived. It will be installed shortly on the external wall of the school. I would like to sincerely thank Natasha Martin and our Parents’ Association, who were the driving force in our fundraising initiative to obtain the defibrillator. I would also like to thank our parents and community members who contributed so generously to the fund. Pat Carter has agreed to train the staff in the use of the defibrillator and we are immensely grateful for his generosity of time and spirit in this endeavour.
- World Book Day: World Book Day will be celebrated in the school next Thursday, 7th 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 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 (11ú – 15ú 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 Déardaoin, 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). Thursday, 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 www.bunscoilbhride.ie
- Science Blast: Our Sixth Class girls have been busy working on their science project, which examines the effects of pollution on our marine environment. In researching for their project they did a case study of a section of the River Slate and their findings were terribly disappointing, with a large quantity of rubbish and plastics gathered from a relatively small area of the river. They will attend and present their project at Science Blast in the RDS on Thursday 7th March. Their project will be available to view in the school, outside the library from Friday 8th March. Well done to the girls and their teacher, Ms. O’Halloran. We wish them the very best of luck and hope that they have a thoroughly enjoyable day.
- 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 tonight at 7.30pm in Rathangan Church. They have been busy preparing and practising their lovely hymns for the occasion with their teachers Ms. Rowley and Ms. Ryan. We hope it will be a very special, holy and memorable occasion for them.
- 6th Class Retreat: Ms. O’Halloran’s Sixth Cass girls will be going on Retreat on Monday 11th March 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.
- Climate Change Workshop: Ms. De Faoite’s and Ms. Dillon’s Fifth Class will attend a workshop on Friday 8th March in Rathangan Library on Climate Change, hosted by Enda Reilly. The pupils will learn about the causes of climate change through listening to Enda’s songs and discussing them.
- 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. Similarly if a child has access to a mobile phone, her communication to other children / individuals should be closely monitored and it is up to each parent to ensure that this happens.
- Consultation on the use of smart phones and tablet devices in school: The Department of Education and Skills has issued a directive to all schools to consult with parents, teachers and students in relation to the use of smart phones and tablet devices in schools. As you will also be aware, we currently have a policy on same, which can be accessed here http://www.bunscoilbhride.ie/mobile-phone-and-electronic-games-policy Mobile phones and tablet devices are not allowed in school. Mobile phones can be brought to school in exceptional circumstances (e.g. if a child is going somewhere after school and needs to be contactable), but in these circumstances it must be at the bottom of the pupils bag and switched off for the full duration of the school day. We have a whole class set of iPads, which are used at school for educational purposes only and under teacher supervision at all times. We will review this policy this term, in consultation with the Parents’ Association, the Student Council and the staff.
- TIMSS Research: Our school has been selected to take part in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study); one of the world’s largest studies of maths and science, involving over sixty countries worldwide. The study involves the gathering of data from Fourth Class pupils at primary level and Second Year pupils at post-primary. Information and questionnaires for the purpose of TIMSS have been distributed to all Fourth Class pupils today and we would ask that completed forms are returned to the school by Friday 8th March.
- 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.
- Footwear Reminder: For health and safety reasons, canvas runners (Converse etc.) cannot be worn in school. All footwear must provide sole support.
- Our website: Please check out our wonderful website www.bunscoilbhride.ie. It contains lots of photographs and information about all the events taking place in the school and in the individual classrooms. 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 Primary Languages Curriculum 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 15th March for this purpose.
News from the Green Schools Committee
Lunchbox Challenge: Well done to all our students, parents and staff. We undertook our second Lunchbox Challenge. We are delighted to let you know, that following 3R crew’s SEAI awareness campaign (their awareness campaign ‘puppet show videos’ can be viewed on the school website), the number of single-use pieces of plastic counted dropped from 232 pieces to 107 pieces. That’s a wonderful reduction of over 50%! Please continue your efforts to stop your use of single-use plastics.
Well done to 6th class on their litter pick and their survey of litter in proximity to Rathangan’s waterways. We look forward to seeing their findings.
Messages from the Parents’ Association
Fundraising Mothers’ Day Flowers Sale: The Parents' Association will hold a fundraising Mother's Day flower sale on Friday 29th 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 5th March at 7.30pm. All parents are very welcome to attend and we would encourage you to do so.