Fortnightly Bulletin 5th December 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians,

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


  • Concerts: I would like to sincerely thank all of you for coming out in such huge numbers on Tuesday night to support the first of our four nights of school concerts. We were treated to a night of top-class entertainment by Ms. Feeney’s Junior Infants, Ms. Gorman’s Second Class and Ms. Ruttledge’s Fifth Class and we look forward to tonight’s  concerts, at which Ms. Rowley’s Second and Third Class and Ms. De Faoite’s and Ms. Coughlan’s Sixth Classes will perform. The concerts begin at 7.30pm sharp. Doors will open at 7pm. Well done to the teachers who have put in a tremendous amount of preparation over the past number of weeks and of course to all our girls who have been dazzling us with their wonderful singing and acting skills. All of the proceeds of the concerts will go towards the purchase more graded readers for our senior classes and the purchase of toys and resources to support the implementation of Aistear in the Infant classes. Your support as always is greatly appreciated. Photographs of our concerts can be viewed at

Ms. Kelly’s Senior Infants and First Class, Ms. Millane’s First Class, Ms. Beary’s and Ms. Smeaton’s Senior Infants, Mr. O’Sullivan’s Third Class, Ms. Ryan’s Fourth Class and Ms. Collum’s Fourth and Fifth Class will perform over two nights in March 2020, with dates to be confirmed in the new year.


  • 2020 Calendar: Our 2020 Calendar; a new initiative by the Parents’ Association is proving extremely popular, with a large number already ordered. The Parents’ Association will take final orders at tonight’s concerts here in the school and we hope to take receipt of the calendars to be distributed to the pupils by Wednesday 18th December. All proceeds of the sale of the calendars will go directly to subsidising the cost of swimming for Fourth and Fifth Class pupils in 2020.


  • Christmas Fair and Cake sale: On Thursday 12th December there will be a Christmas Fair and Bake Sale in the hall hosted by our sixth class pupils. Any donations such as cakes, buns and cookies or small prizes for our raffle would be greatly appreciated.  All the money raised by the Fair will be donated to Sr. Celine Conway who is helping less fortunate people of Brazil. Sr. Celine grew up in Rathangan and is a past pupil of our school. We are tremendously proud of the wonderful work she does in Brazil and endeavour to help her every Christmas by raising much-needed funds for her extremely worthy cause. We are advising that children bring a bag to school to carry home the treats they have bought. Everything that will be on display will cost no more than 50 cent and games such as ‘guess how many marbles in the jar’, ‘how many pegs can you clip on’ etc. will cost 20 cent per go.


  • Basketball: Last week our basketball team travelled to Prosperous N.S. for the final match of the league. It was a nail-biting game from the start. At half time Bunscoil Bhríde were one basket down, but the girls didn’t let this dampen their spirits. They entered the second half with confidence and displayed excellent skills of teamwork, communication and perseverance and won by two baskets. Well done to the girls and their coaches Ms. Ryan and Mr. O’Sullivan!


  • Credit Union Art Competition: Well done to Mairéad O’Reilly who received a prize for her entry to the Credit Union Art Competition at chapter level in Tougher’s, Naas on Monday night last. We are very proud of Mairéad’s achievement. Representatives from Rathangan Credit Union will visit our whole-school assembly on Thursday 19th December to award prizes to other pupils in the school for their art entries to the competition.


  • Message from the Active School Committee: The Active School committee welcome good ideas to help improve the fitness of everyone in our school. With this in mind a suggestion box will be kept on the ledge in front of the Active school notice board. We also welcome reports on sporting activities from any budding ‘sports reporters’ in the school. We urge everybody to remember our motto: ‘We are active, we are fit, because we do our active bit’. Try to squeeze in a few minutes of stretching and skipping every day over the Christmas holidays.


  • Reminder: No medicines are allowed at school. If your child has a medical condition for which medicine/inhaler etc. must be administered, please contact the school, as Board of Management approval must be granted for this. Please see our administration of medication policy at for more information.


  • Blue Bag Appeal: Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin are organising the Blue Bag Appeal this Christmas and we are seeking to assist them in this very worthwhile charitable appeal.  They are collecting warm winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, non-perishable food and toiletries for Inner City Helping the Homeless and The Ken Smollen Food Appeal. Items can be dropped to Bunscoil Bhríde. The final date for collection is tomorrow.


  • Internet Safety / Cyberbullying Talk for pupils: Ger Brick ( will visit our school on Wednesday 18th December to engage our Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class pupils in a workshop on cyberbullying / internet safety. As this is such an important issue, we would encourage you to discuss internet safety and the work the children will cover in the workshop with them.


  • Internet Safety / Cyberbullying Talk for parents: Ger Brick will also provide a talk (arranged by our Parents’ Association) for all of the parents of our school on the topic of cyber-bullying / internet safety. You have already received a letter with all the details and I have attached it to this email again. As internet safety is an issue that is pertinent to us all we would expect and strongly urge all parents to attend if at all possible. The Talk will take place in St. Patrick’s B.N.S. on Thursday 9th January at 7.15pm.


  • The Lunch Bag: The healthy school lunch delivery service; ‘The Lunch Bag’ will be available in our school from Thursday December 12th. It is an optional service which may prove convenient to some parents. As an introduction to the service on Monday December 9th, all children in the school will be bringing home a free €10 voucher off the service, along with a sample lunch and information on how to register for the service. Lunches will then be delivered on Thursday December 12th. All information about the service is contained in the brochure all children will be bringing home today and in the letter attached to this email.


  • Carol Service: Our annual Carol Service will take place in the Church on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm. This year all classes from 2nd to 6th will take part in the Carol Service. Ms. Rowley will conduct the choir and Ms. De Faoite will provide the musical accompaniment. Ms. De Faoite’s, Ms. Gorman’s and Ms. Millane’s afterschool Music Group will also be performing. We look forward to a very enjoyable night.


  • Special Visitor: I have heard a rumour that our Parents’ Association have been in contact with a very special person from the North Pole, who may visit the school on Friday 20th December. We look forward to warmly welcoming our special guest!


  • Christmas Presents: Again this year, we ask you not to purchase Christmas gifts for teachers. What the teachers really value is the words of thanks and appreciation uttered by pupils and parents. This is worth far more to us than any gift that can be purchased.


  • Christmas Holidays: The school will close at 12pm on Friday 20th December. We would like to wish you all a very peaceful, happy and holy Christmas and every blessing for the year ahead. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir!


Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson


Bunscoil Bhríde Parents Association

The Parents Association are looking to rebrand. The rebranding will be discussed at the next PA meeting which is scheduled for Tuesday the 10th December 2019 at 7.30pm in the school.


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

The school calendar went on sale on the 26th November.

Calendars will be sent home wc16/12/2019.

Further calendars will be available for sale on Grandparents Day.


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


Santas Visit to the School
20th December 2019

Volunteers are needed to help on the morning


Grandparents Day
29th January 2020

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

Anti-Cyberbullying / Internet Safety Workshops with Ger Brick
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 7.15pm St Patricks National School – boys school

All parents are welcome to attend - a form has been sent home just so we can get an idea of numbers that will be attending the evening talk so refreshments & seating 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 email or by contacting the school directly.

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


The Parents Association would like to say a Big Thank You to all parents for their participation and contribution throughout the years.


We have put together a Thank You leaflet which has been included as an attachment to this email. The leaflet shows where all the monetary contributions have been spent to provide facilities and activities for the school and all of the pupils of Bunscoil Bhríde.


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