Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin
21st September 2017
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- Mercy Day: We will celebrate Mercy Day next Thursday (28th September). As Bunscoil Bhríde is a Mercy school, Mercy Day is a very important day in the calendar of our school. We are proud of our strong Mercy tradition and ethos. Children in all classes will learn about Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Mercy order and will hear of how the Mercy Sisters brought education to Rathangan. Fr. O’Byrne will celebrate a whole-school mass to mark Mercy Day at 10am on Thursday and we invite you all to attend. Children from 3rd to 6th classes will sing on our choir, directed by Ms. Rowley and Ms. De Faoite will provide the music. We might even get the night off homework to celebrate!
- Headlice: Please check your child(ren)’s hair on a regular basis for headlice, treat where necessary and please inform the school if you have found headlice in your child’s hair so that we can inform the parents of the other children in the class. Long hair must be tied up in school. With all parents following the regular checking routine, we will hopefully minimise the chance of children in the school getting headlice.
- Contact Form: All pupils received a ‘Contacts’ slip today (apologies, they had been scheduled to go out with the last Fortnightly Bulletin). We would ask that you fill out this slip today with your up-to-date contact details and return to the school tomorrow. If any of your contact details change during the year, please inform the office immediately.
- School closure for in-service: The school will close on Friday 17th November to facilitate teacher in-service in the new Primary Languages Curriculum.
- Senior Girls to attend Public Consultation meeting: A public consultation for the proposed new urban design scheme for Rathangan will take place tomorrow afternoon on the street outside Dillon’s. Our Fifth and Sixth Class pupils have been invited to attend at 1pm. The children will be given the wonderful opportunity to share their views and ideas about how they feel the town should progress. All residents of the town are invited to attend and have their say on the future development of the town. We are looking for one volunteer to accompany the pupils to the meeting along with the teachers. Please phone the school if you have been previously Garda vetted by the school and are available to accompany us.
- Football: Our Under-11 football team will compete against Patrician Primary School, Newbridge in Rathangan GAA pitch today at 12pm. They will also take on Caragh N.S. next week in a home match. Date and time to be confirmed. We wish the girls the very best of luck. I am delighted to report that there has been a huge turnout of girls to weekly football training sessions in the school, which are organised voluntarily by Ms. McIntyre, Ms. Smeaton and Ms. Collum. Well done to all involved!
- Irish Dancing: All classes have been taking part in Irish Dancing lessons with Carmel Somers and have been making wonderful progress. They have a further two weeks of lessons remaining (on Wednesdays).
- Oral Language: The theme for the month of October is ‘Listening’. Communication and learning skills grow out of effective listening. Hearing and listening are not the same - listening is an active process of focusing on sound; hearing is passive reception of sound. Listening means focusing on some sounds and "tuning out" others. All classes will be focusing on this theme for the month and we would ask that you support us at home, by encouraging and modelling good listening, asking your child to follow oral instructions, playing auditory listening games and questioning your child often.
- Uniform: At this stage you will be aware of your daughter’s P.E. days. Please ensure your daughter wears her tracksuit on those days and full uniform on all others. Tracksuit can also be worn on Tuesdays if your daughter is involved in after-school football training. Tracksuits should not be worn on non-P.E. days.
- Junior Infant Photographs for newspaper: The ‘Leinster Leader’ have confirmed that they will be sending their photographer to our school next Friday, 29th September to take Junior Infants class photographs for our ‘First Day at School 2017’ supplement in the newspaper. Please contact the school if you do not wish your daughter to be included in the photographs. A photographer from ‘The Nationalist’ newspaper arrived to the school last week, without prior notification (as explained in the text). He informs me that our Junior Infant group photograph will either appear in next Tuesday’s or the following Tuesday’s (3rd Oct.) edition of the newspaper. It is our school policy (for Child Protection reasons) not to provide the names of the children for newspapers.
- Junior Infant Photographs: ‘Memory Lane’ (school photographers) have been booked to take individual and group photos of all the Junior Infants on Friday 20th October. Details of this will be provided to parents in advance of the date.
- Party Invitations: As it is not possible to invite all children from your child’s class to birthday parties, we would ask that children refrain from handing out invitations in school. This can instead be done outside of the school, in order to avoid upset to children not invited.
- National Tree Day: National Tree Day will take place on Thursday 5th October. All classes will be learning about trees on this day. Living in Rathangan, we have the most fabulous woodland resource on our doorstep. We would suggest that you take the time over the next fortnight to explore the beautiful Killinthomas Woods with your child(ren). It provides a wonderful opportunity to explore with your child the different varieties of trees growing in our locality. See www.treeday.ie for more information on tree day.
- Communion Meeting: Fr. O’Byrne is holding a meeting for the parents of children receiving First Holy Communion this year in the school hall at 8pm on Wednesday 27th September.
- Student Council: This year’s Student Council is up and running. The first official meeting will be held tomorrow. The class representatives are: Emma O’Loughlin, Abi Dillon, Aoibhe Rooney, Aoibhínn Kennedy, Rachel Omoyayi, Emma Keenan, Nia Heavey, Sarah Russell, Lucy Toft, Leah Maloney, Amy Murphy, Ruby Leahy, Lucy Keenan, Jade Kelly Wall, Jessica Flood, Ailbhe Walford, Alice Russell and Leah Kelly. We look forward to the Council’s valuable contribution throughout the school year.
- Credit Union Poster Competition: Students will participate in the annual Credit Union Art Competition over the next few weeks. This year’s theme is ‘Set your Imagination Free’, so all entrants will have free rein to express themselves. Our pupils always create thought-provoking works and we usually have quite a few prize-winners.
- Christmas Shoe-Box Appeal: The children received a leaflet today from ‘Team Hope’ detailing the Christmas Shoe-box Appeal. If you wish, you can put together a shoe-box which will benefit needy children around the world (this is optional). Shoe-boxes may be brought in to school on Friday 10th November only. They will be collected from the school on this day.
- 24-hour Accident Insurance: I would like to thank the Parents’ Association for organising our Pupil Accident Insurance. Every child received a form on Monday, which we would ask you to complete and place in an envelope containing €9 exactly (no facility for giving change) and marked with your daughter’s name. This envelope should be returned to the school TOMORROW ONLY (before 10am). I cannot stress the importance of this insurance. So many of our parents have benefitted from it over the years.
- P.A. A.G.M.: The Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) of the Parents’ Association will take place in the school hall next Tuesday 26th September at 7.30pm. All parents are invited to attend and we would love to see some new faces, so please come along.
- New Junior Infant Parents: The Parents’ Association will host a Meet and Greet Night in the school for parents of the new Junior Infants next Tuesday 26th September directly after the A.G.M. at 7.30pm. It will be an ideal opportunity to get to know other parents and to chat over a cup of tea. Please come along!
- Clothes Collection: The Parents’ Association are organising a clothing recycling drive in aid of Bunscoil Bhríde on Wednesday 4th October. PLEASE DROP OFF ALL ITEMS BEFORE 9:30 AM. Please donate all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys. Wearable clothes will be recycled and re-used and other items will be recycled for products such as industrial wipes or soundproofing. Laptops (must be intact with power lead) and mobile phones are accepted but must be in a separate bag. All funds raised will go directly to Bunscoil Bhríde.
- Tuesday 26th September: PA AGM and Meet and Greet night for new Junior Infant parents- 7.30pm
- Wednesday 27th September: Meeting for parents of children receiving Communion this year – 8pm
- Thursday 28th September: Collection of money for swimming for Fourth and Fifth Class pupils
- Wednesday 4th October: P.A. Clothing Collection (see above)
- Friday 6th October: Beginning of 10-week block of swimming for Fourth and Fifth Class
- Maths Week: 16th – 20th October
- Friendship Week at Bunscoil Bhríde: 23rd – 27th October
- Halloween Spooky Walk: Thursday 26th October
- Mid-term Break: School will be closed from Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November inclusive)
- 10th November: Date for collection of Christmas Shoe-boxes (see above)
- Science Week: 13th – 17th November
- PT Meetings: Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place this year on Thursday 16th November. You will be given an appointment time with your child’s teacher closer to this date (prior to midterm break). If you have any concerns regarding your child, please phone the office to arrange a meeting time with your child’s teacher prior to this date.
- 17th November: School closure for Teacher In-Service (see above)
- Carol Service: Our annual Carol Service will take place in Rathangan Church on Tuesday 19th December at 7.30pm.
- Concerts: All classes will put on a drama for the parents and the school community this year. The concerts will take place in the school hall at 7.30pm on each of the following nights:
Tuesday 5th December
Ms. Kelly’s Third Class
Ms. Smeaton’s Fourth Class
Ms. De Faoite’s Fifth Class
Tuesday 12th December
Ms. Fogarty’s/Ms. Beary’s First Class
Ms. Collum’s Second Class
Ms. McIntyre’s Third and Fourth Class
Thursday 14th December
Ms. Ryan’s First and Second Class
Ms. O’Halloran’s Sixth Class
Tuesday 13th March
Ms. Ruttledge’s Junior Infants
Ms. Kelly’s Junior and Senior Infants
Ms Rowley’s Senior Infants