Fortnightly Bulletin 28th March 2019



Dear Parents / Guardians,

Our news for this fortnight is as follows:


  • Chromebooks for Bunscoil Bhríde: I am thrilled to announce that we have just acquired a set of thirty new Chromebooks along with a charging trolley for our school. The Chromebooks were funded through the Schools Excellence Fund (SEF), of which the three schools in Rathangan were selected to take part. The SEF is an innovation of the Department of Education and Skills which enables schools to apply for funding to implement innovative programmes which are context-specific and aimed at improving learning outcomes. Bunscoil Bhríde, in collaboration with St. Patrick’s Boys’ N.S. and Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin have been focusing on the area of Maths, specifically targeting fifth and sixth class and first year students. We are working on standardising Maths language and teaching approaches between primary and secondary level, therefore easing the transition to secondary school for pupils. Second level maths teachers have been working with our teachers here in this school and we have been working in the secondary school alongside each-other, sharing practice and collaborating.


  • Active Schools Week: Active Schools Week will take place in the school from Monday 8th April to Friday 12th April. During that week we will hold our Sports Days, a GAA football skills day, tennis lessons and other fun activities. The Active Schools Committee will inform the school body of events when the timetables are finalised. I would like to thank Ms. Fogarty, Ms. Ryan and their Active School Committee for organising an activity-packed week. Please see the notice from the Active School Committee below for more details.


  • Maths Easter Egg Hunt: Our annual Bunscoil Bhríde Maths Easter Egg Hunt will run over the next fortnight, with all classes getting the opportunity to take part. Children, in teams, have to use their orienteering skills to find and solve maths clues and puzzles around the school grounds. There are lots of Easter Eggs up for grabs, so a fun-filled hunt is guaranteed!


  • Enrolment Meeting: A meeting with the parents of children enrolled in the 2019/20 Junior Infant class will be held in the school hall on Wednesday 3rd April at 8pm. The new parents will get the opportunity to meet with the current Junior Infant teachers and to mingle with one another over a cup of tea, kindly provided by the Bunscoil Bhríde Parents’ Association.


  • Cross-country: The annual Cumann na mBunscol cross-country competition will take place on Thursday 11th April in Hawkfield G.A.A., Newbridge. Our cross-country coach, Ms. Ruttledge will accompany sixteen girls from third to sixth class, who will run the 1000m race. We wish them the very best of luck. Well done to all the girls who have been taking part in cross-country training in the school over the past number of weeks. Ms. Ruttledge will host an in-school competition for all of these athletes during Active Schools Week on the week after next.


  • Football: Congratulations to our Senior Girls’ Football team who won their first match of the league convincingly, with a score of 3-9 to 1-2 against St. Conleth’s and Mary’s N.S., Newbridge. The girls showed great skill and determination. They will go on to play Milltown N.S. next week, with the details yet to be confirmed. Well done to the girls and their coaches Ms. Feeney and Ms. Collum.


  • Debating: I would like to congratulate the members of our Primary Debating Competition team; Ellen Adlum, Kate Byrne, Ciara Dunne, Maura Ennis, Libby Fallon and Emma Keenan and their teacher Ms. O’Halloran. They made it as far as the semi-finals in the competition, putting us into the top four schools in the county and we are so very proud of their wonderful achievement. Unfortunately they were knocked out in a tightly contested semi-final by the team from Ballyshannon N.S. last Thursday. They have inspired the rest of us by having progressed so far in the competition. Well done ladies!


  • Heritage Trips: Ms. De Faoite’s fifth class will visit Killinthomas Woods on Tuesday 30th April and will be guided by local woodland expert, Mr. George Hipwell who kindly volunteers to accompany us on an annual basis. Ms. McIntyre’s and Ms. Ryan’s third classes will visit the Bog of Allen Nature Centre on Thursday 9th May and Ms. Collum’s and Ms. Dillon’s fourth classes will visit the Curragh and Pollardstown Fen on Thursday 16th May. They will be guided on their trip by heritage specialist, Nuala Madigan. It is hoped that the children will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of these local natural sites. All of these trips are part of our Whole School Geography Plan and will be fully funded by the Board of Management.


  • Oral Language: The theme for the month of April will be ‘Idioms, Riddles, Jokes and Proverbs’. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that parents support us at home, by sharing some proverbs, jokes, riddles and idioms with children and discussing with them what they’ve learnt in school on this topic.


  • Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) are the basic building blocks of movement and are an essential part of everyday life and recreational activity. It is only when these skills are mastered that a child can go on to develop specialised movement skills, which will allow them to reach their potential in sports-specific endeavours. We have allocated a different FMS to focus on during P.E. each month in the school year. We have already focused on running, hopping, dodging, balancing, jumping for distance, landing and skipping. This month we will focus on throwing. This important FMS has many variations including the underhand throw, overhand throw, roll and the two handed throw. As the evenings are getting brighter, we would ask you to encourage your child to go outside and develop their throwing technique . 


  • Bus Éireann School Transport: Applications for school transport for the 2019/20 school year can be made online at and must be submitted before the last Friday in April (26th April 2019). It is important that applications for school transport are made on time as late applicants are not guaranteed seats.


  • Defibrillator: I am pleased to announce that our defibrillator has been instated and is available for use by anyone in the community. It has been installed on the wall of the school building directly to the right of the main door. I would like to thank John Paul Kelly for installing it free of charge and Pat Carter who is voluntarily training the entire staff in its use. We are so very fortunate to be one of the few schools in the country that can boast having a defibrillator on site and are eternally grateful to the generosity of you, our parents and members of the community of Rathangan who have made this possible and our wonderful Parents’ Association, who showed such leadership  in bringing their vision to fruition.


  • Rathangan First Responders Fundraiser: Rathangan First Responders are collecting old, unwanted handbags in an effort to raise money. If you have any old handbags, we would ask you to bring them in to school tomorrow, Friday.


  • Dates for the Diary:



Details of event

Friday 29th March

PA Mothers’ Day Flower Sale

Friday 29th March

Collection of old handbags for First Responders Fundraiser

Wednesday 3rd April

Meeting of parents of Junior Infants 2019/20 – 8pm

Wednesday 3rd April

Easter Egg Hunt – Ms.O’Halloran’s, Ms. Collum’s and Ms. Feeney’s classes (please wear tracksuits)

Thursday 4th April

Easter Egg Hunt – Ms. De Faoite’s and Ms. Dillon’s classes (please wear tracksuits)

Friday 5th April

Easter Egg Hunt – Ms. Ryan’s, Ms. Fogarty’s and Ms. Rowley’s classes (please wear tracksuits)

Monday 8th – Friday 12th April

Active Schools Week

Tuesday 9th April

Senior Sports Day – 3rd to 6th classes

Thursday 11th April

Junior Sports Day – Infants to 2nd class

Thursday 11th April

Cross-country competition – Hawkfield, Newbridge

Friday 12th April

School will close at 12pm for Easter Holidays

Monday 29th April

School re-opens after Easter Holidays

Tuesday 30th April

5th class – Killinthomas Woods

Friday 3rd May

PA Clothes Collection

Thursday 9th May

3rd class – Bog of Allen Nature Centre

Saturday 11th May

First Holy Communion  - 12pm

Tuesday 14th May

First Holy Communion photograph

Thursday 16th May

4th class – Pollardstown Fen and the Curragh

Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th May

Drumming workshops for all classes

Tuesday 4th June

School closed

Friday 7th June

Bake Sale (organised by 6th Class)

Tuesday 11th June

1st class school tour – Imaginosity

Wednesday 12th June

6th class school tour – Kippure Adventure Centre

Thursday 13th June

3rd class school tour – The Zoo

Monday 17th June

4th and 5th class tour – Birr Castle

Tuesday 18th June

Senior Infant school tour – Lullymore Heritage Park

Tuesday 18th June

Junior Infant Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Wednesday 19th June

2nd class school tour – Kildare Maze

Friday 28th June

School will close at 12pm for Summer Holidays


  • Easter Holidays: The school will close for Easter holidays on Friday 12th April at 12p.m. We wish everybody a happy and holy Easter. School will re-open on Monday 29th April.


Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson



 Message from the Active Schools Committee

Active Schools Week

We would like to remind all classes, teachers and parents that our Active Schools Week is starting on Monday the 8th of April. All children will have to wear their tracksuits as there will be activities the whole week. Please ensure that children have good runners with proper support.

The Senior Sports Day (3rd -6th class) will be held on Tuesday the 9th and the Junior Sports Day (Junior Infants – 2nd Class) will be held on Thursday the 11th. The children will need the following for their sports days:

  • sun cream (ensure your child is wearing sun cream every day as we will be doing a lot of outdoor sports)
  • t-shirts, shorts and jumpers
  • lots and lots of water
  • a sack, potato and spoon, a scarf and spare socks. (Everything must be labelled with the child’s name )




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.

Fun Run: We are delighted to announce that the proceeds of our Fun Run amount to €4300. We would like to thank all of our very generous sponsors and volunteers, who made this fabulous, community event possible and all of the parents and families who took part, ensuring that the Bunscoil Bhríde inaugural Fun Run was a wonderfully successful and enjoyable event and one that will be remembered for a long time to come. Photographs of the event can be viewed at

P.A. Meeting: The next meeting of the Parents’ Association will take place in the school on Tuesday next, 2nd April at 7.30pm. All parents are very welcome to attend and we would encourage you to do so.

Daffodil Day Coffee Morning: A huge thank you to everyone who supported our annual Coffee Morning on Friday 22nd March for Daffodil Day. We were spoiled for choice with the display of delicious cakes and buns on sale.  Together we raised a whopping €1239.15 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society! This is the eighth year running and it is growing more successful every year. A special thanks to the local businesses who kindly sponsored us with prizes on the day. As usual the prizes were fabulous.  A special mention of thanks to the girls of fifth and sixth class who generously donated a total sum of €152.10 from the proceeds of their Junior Entrepreneur Project sales. 




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