Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin
8th March 2018
Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- Confirmation: Our 6th class girls will receive the sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday in Rathangan Church. The ceremony will begin at 12p.m. We pray that the blessings of the Lord will come to the girls as they are strengthened in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We hope that they, along with their teacher, Ms. O’Halloran, who has helped to prepare them for this sacrament, will have a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable day. I would like to thank the girls from third to fifth class who will be adding so much to the ceremony through their beautiful singing in the choir, directed by Ms. De Faoite and Ms. Rowley. The photographer will visit the school on Tuesday 13th March to take the Confirmation group and individual photographs.
- World Book Day: World Book Day has been rescheduled and will now be celebrated in the school tomorrow, Friday. 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 in this endeavour 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).
- Concerts: Due to the school closures because of the snow last week, the final night of our series of concerts has been rescheduled to take place in the school hall on Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm and will see Ms. Ruttledge’s Junior Infants, Ms. Kelly’s Junior and Senior Infants and Ms. Rowley’s Senior Infants perform on stage. The entry cost is €5. If you have attended one of our previous concerts in December, you will have received a concession ticket. Please bring this along, as we will not ask you to pay again. We look forward to another wonderful night of entertainment.
- 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!
- Football: Training will recommence on Tuesday next, from 2.40pm – 3.30pm, for girls from 3rd to 6th Class. We are looking forward to our Mini 7’s tournament which will take place on Wednesday next, the 14th of March, in Allen. Good luck girls! The Cumann na mBunscoil Senior Girls football tournament will begin after the Easter break.
- Book Fair and ‘We are Writers’: I would like to thank you all for your support of our Book Fair and the sale of our ‘We are Writers’ book. Because of your generosity, we will receive a substantial amount of credit to spend on books for our library. I wish to sincerely thank the parent volunteers who came in to run our book faur. Their generosity of time and spirit is greatly appreciated. For those of you who have ordered ‘We are Writers’, we expect the books to be published over the next two weeks and to arrive to the school during the week after next.
- Seachtain na Gaeilge: Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge beagnach buailte linn arís (12ú – 16ú 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 gCéadaoin, 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) as well. Wednesday, 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
- First Confessions: As you are aware, the sacrament of First Penance for our Second Class pupils had to be postponed last week due to the adverse weather conditions. You will be informed of the new date as soon as we become aware of it.
- Fifth class trip for Engineers’ Week: The fifth class trip to visit Lock 25, Monasterevin had to be postponed last Thursday, due to the adverse weather conditions. It has been rescheduled to take place on Wednesday 21st March.
- Enrolment Meeting: A meeting with the parents of children enrolled in the 2018/19 Junior Infant class will be held in the school hall on Wednesday 11th 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.
- Reminder regarding Absences: Under the Education Welfare Act 2000, where a child is absent from school on a school day, the parents must notify the school of the reasons for such absence. We require parents to send in a note to the school on the day the child returns to school following the absence. Teachers retain these notes and record the absences on our pupil administration system. We are required under the Act to notify Tusla; The Child and Family Agency of any child being absent for 20 days or more. Our student administration system automatically sends texts to parents reminding them of this when a child misses 10 and 15 days. If your chid is genuinely sick and on her return you send a note to her teacher stating this, there is no reason to be concerned. Children who are sick should not be sent to school.
- Punctuality: It is vital that your child attends for school on time. Arriving even 12 minutes late for class each morning effectively means your child is missing out on one hour of tuition every week.
- Credit Union Quiz team: I would like to wish our U-11 Rathangan Credit Union Quiz champions; Mischa Conroy, Eimear Healy, Michaela Mullen and Maura Ennis the very best of luck as they proceed to the next round of the competition, representing Rathangan Credit Union at a quiz which has been rescheduled due to the bad weather last week, and will now take place tomorrow, Friday 9th March at 7pm in Tougher’s, Naas.
- Snow Closures: I would like to thank you all for your co-operation in what was a difficult week last week with regard to weather conditions, which necessitated three school closures on the grounds of health and safety. I wish to sincerely thank our hard-working caretaker, Nigel, who was here in the school right throughout the weekend, shovelling snow, keeping the heating going and allowing us to be in the enviable position of being able to open for pupils on Monday morning last. I also want to thank our extremely dedicated staff, some of whom had to make very treacherous journeys with difficult road conditions, in order to make it here for 9am on Monday. We are so very fortunate to have such a wonderfully dedicated, hardworking staff, who are so committed to our fabulous school.
- New Child Protection Procedures: As you will have been aware, the school was due to close last Friday, 2nd March to facilitate staff training in the new Child Protection Procedures and the generation of a Child Safeguarding Statement and a Risk Assessment for the school. Due to the adverse weather conditions, this important work on child Protection, for which we were instructed by the Department of Education and Skills to take a full day closure did not take place. We are very conscious of the fact that three days were lost last week and are eager to make back up that tuition time, so the staff have agreed to work on Child Protection after school this week. Subsequently, we will not close for a day, as planned. We are all very conscious of the children losing as little contact time as possible and I would like to thank the staff for agreeing to put this measure in place. Our Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment will be ratified at a meeting of the Board of Management on Monday 12th March and will be available to view on our website www.bunscoilbhride.ie following this date.
- Easter Holidays: The school will close for Easter holidays on Friday 23rd March at 12p.m. We wish everybody a happy and holy Easter. School will re-open on Monday 9th April.
Messages from the Parents’ Association
Fundraising Mothers’ Day Flowers Sale: The Parents' Association will hold a fundraising Mother's Day flower sale on Friday 9th 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 next, 13th March at 7.30pm. All parents are very welcome to attend and we would encourage you to do so.
Daffodil Day Coffee Morning: The Parents' Association will host a Daffodil Day Coffee Morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society on Wednesday 21st March from 9.30am to 1.00pm. This event is open to the community. We would greatly appreciate if parents could provide some buns/cakes/etc. which can be dropped in to the hall from 9.00am onwards. Raffle tickets will be sold on the day with lots of goodies to be won.