Fortnightly Bulletin 21st November 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians,

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


  • School Calendar: We are delighted to support our wonderful Parents’ Association in launching our first ever Bunscoil Bhríde Calendar for 2020/21. All of the children in the school (with consent) were photographed in their birthday month and will appear as such in the calendar. I’ve had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek and it looks fabulous. All pupils are going home today with an order form. If you wish to purchase a calendar(s), please fill up the order form and return to the school in an envelope with the corresponding amount of money ON TUESDAY NEXT, 26TH NOVEMBER ONLY. Members of the Parents’ Association will be in the school on that morning to receive order forms and money. All funds raised from the sale of the calendar will go towards subsidising swimming lessons for next year’s Fourth and Fifth Class pupils.


  • Credit Union Art Competition: We are pleased to announce that we have three winners in the Rathangan area Credit Union Art competition. Well done to Mairéad O’Reilly from Ms. Beary’s and Ms. Smeaton’s Senior Infants, to Heidi Beary from Ms. Ryan’s Fourth Class and to Emma Kelly Pollard from Ms. De Faoite’s Sixth Class. Members of the Credit Union will present them with their prizes at an assembly in December. Their entries now go on to be judged at the next level of the competition and we wish the three girls the very best of luck. Runner up prizes-winners will also be announced and prizes presented at our Christmas assembly.


  • Music Group: Ms de Faoite, Ms Millane and Ms. Gorman are facilitating an after-school music group for 5th and 6th class which is taking place every Tuesday until the Christmas break. The girls involved are practising hard and will be performing at our annual Carol Service. The Carol Service will take place in the church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th December and will include all of the pupils from Second to Sixth Classes.


  • Basketball: Last week our basketball team had their first home game of the league against Scoil Uí Riada. The girls put in a great effort and displayed excellent skills of teamwork but Scoil Uí Riada pulled away in the second half. The girls will play their next game in Prosperous on Wednesday 27th of November. Best of luck to them and their coaches Ms. Ryan and Mr. O’Sullivan!


  • Christmas Shoe Box Appeal: 179 shoe boxes were collected from Bunscoil Bhride last week. Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause. These gifts will be greatly appreciated by the children who receive them. A sincere thanks to Marie Kelly who organises the collection of the shoe-boxes every year.


  • Concerts: Six of our classes are busy preparing for their concert this term and there is a great buzz of excitement around the school. The timetable for the concerts is outlined below. All concerts will begin at 7.30pm. As we have very limited space in our hall, we advise you to arrive early (doors will open at 7pm) and ask, if possible, that you do not bring along children attending the school who are not performing on the night. We will be putting on the plays for the whole school prior to the concert nights, so all children will have had the opportunity to watch plays performed by all other classes in the school. Entry: €5 per adult, with concessions for parents who have children performing on two/three/four different nights (to obtain your concession, please mention at the door on the first night that you have another child performing on a different night). All proceeds will go to extending our range of graded reading schemes for the school and our Maths and science teaching resources. We look forward to two nights of top-class entertainment. The remaining six classes will perform in March.

Concert Date:

Class Performing:

Tuesday 3rd December

Ms. Feeney’s Junior Infants

Ms. Gorman’s Second Class

Ms. Ruttledge’s Fifth Class

Thursday 5th December

Ms. Rowley’s Second and Third Class

Ms. De Faoite’s and Ms. Coughlan’s Sixth Class


  • Rugby: Gráinne Bowe, a community Rugby Officer with Leinster Rugby has been coaching Ms. Ruttledge’s Fifth Class and Ms. Collum’s Fourth and Fifth Class girls on Friday afternoons. This will continue for this half term.


  • Internet Safety / Cyberbullying Talk: You will all receive an information letter today in relation to a cyber-bullying / internet safety talk that has been arranged by our Parents’ Association for all of the parents in our school (letter is also attached to this email). This is an important issue and I am strongly encouraging you all to attend. The Talk will take place in St. Patrick’s B.N.S. on Thursday 9th January. We are asking that you fill up the slip attached to the information letter and return it to the school by December 5th. I would like to sincerely thank our Parents’ Association for funding this important talk. I have also booked the same facilitator, Ger Brick to engage our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class pupils in a workshop on cyberbullying / internet safety. That workshop will take place on Wednesday 18th December here in the school and I wish to thank our wonderful Parents’ Association for funding it.


  • Parking: Our car-park is a busy place and we would ask you to exercise extreme caution upon entry and to adhere to our car-parking rules (outlined in the diagram attached to this email). 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, between the wheelchair parking spaces or alongside the school wall. Parking is in a single row alongside the Noone Engineering wall and in three rows along the middle white lines ONLY. Driving around the church is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.


  • Bicycles: We love to see children cycling to school. There is a bicycle rack to the rear of the school available for the parking of bicycles. As bicycles are parked here at the owners’ risk, we strongly advise that they are locked while parked.


  • Illnesses: If your child is suffering from an infectious illness, please inform the office, so that we can inform parents of the other children in the class and alert them to the symptoms. Your support in this regard is greatly appreciated.


Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson




Parents Association

Our next meeting will be held on the 7th December 2019 at 7.30pm in the school. All are welcome.

If you are not able to attend the Parents Support Network monthly meetings but would like  to be involved or just to get more information please email the Parents Association on

The school calendar is now on sale – order forms will be sent home by the school.


Upcoming Significant Days organised by the Parents Association
for the pupils of Bunscoil Bhride


Santa’s Visit to the School

20th December 2019

Volunteers are needed to help on the morning


Grandparents Day

Wednesday 29th January

Volunteers are needed to help handing out tea & coffee to the Grandparents

Anti Cyberbullying / Internet Safety Workshops with Ger Brick

9th January 2020 at 7.15pm in the Boys School

All parents are welcome to attend - a form will be sent home just so we can get an idea of numbers that will be attending the evening talk so refreshments can be organised


St Brigid's Day

1st February 2020

Volunteers are needed in early January to help out with the making of the St Brigid's Crosses.
The Parents Support Network will be in contact looking for volunteers.



If you are able to help out with any of the above events please contact the Parents Association - by emailing or by contacting the school directly.

Garda Vetting forms can be downloaded from the school website or are available at the school reception.


New National Childcare Scheme: The new National Childcare Scheme is open to applications from parents on the 20th November.   It will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.The department of Children and Youth affairs have put in place some supports for parents which are designed to help you navigate the new scheme, we have added the links below.
Please also see for detailed information regarding the scheme including a frequently asked questions section. The National Childcare Scheme Parent Support Centre is now also open for calls and queries at 01 – 9068530 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you have any questions about the National Childcare Scheme or any matters related to your early years care and education you can also call the National Parents Council Helpline on 01-8874477 or email me at



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