Fortnightly Bulletin 19th September 2019


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 Friday, 27th 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. Bill will celebrate a mass for the children of Second to Sixth Class to mark Mercy Day at 10am on Friday and we invite you all to attend. The children 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.


  • Football: Our Under-11 football team took on Milltown N.S. yesterday in Milltown in the first match of the league and the girls got their U/11 campaign off to winning ways with a victory. They will compete against Rathcoffey N.S. in Rathangan GAA pitch today at 11.30am. 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. Feeney, Ms. Collum and Ms. Millane. Well done to all involved!


  • Rugby: Grāinne Bowe, a community Rugby Officer with Leinster Rugby has been coaching Ms. Coughlan’s and Ms. De Faoite’s Sixth Class girls on Friday afternoons. This will continue for this half term.


  • Art workshops: Linda Grogan very kindly hosted art and craft workshops for all classes from Junior Infants to Second Class here in the school in our Art Room last Tuesday. We were amazed by the beautiful pieces of artwork created by the pupils and I want to thank Linda for her generosity in sharing her expertise with us.


  • 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 at 10.30am next wednesday to take Junior Infants class photographs for the ‘First Day at School 2019’ supplement in the newspaper. Please contact the school if you do not wish your daughter to be included in the photographs. It is our school policy (for Child Protection reasons) not to provide the names of the children for newspapers.


  • Junior Infant Photographs: ‘County Photos’ (school photographers) have been booked to take individual and group photos of all the Junior Infants on Wednesday 22nd 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.


  • Student Council: This year’s Student Council is up and running. The first official meeting will be held next Thursday. The class representatives are: Ava Manning, Sallyanne Field, Maisie Doyle, Abena Owusu, Grace Breen, Morgan Kearney, Maya O’Connor, Lucy Keenan, Aoife Ward, Lily Mullaniff, Dannii Dunne, Zuza Stelmach, Ellie McEvoy, Louise Goggins, Sadbh Martin and Hope Beary. 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 ‘The Walk of Life’, 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.


  • 24-hour Accident Insurance: You all received an email last week in relation to Pupil Personal Accident Insurance. (Please phone the school if you have not received this email). This is an optional fee of €9 and provides 24 hour cover for accidents occurring at home or at school. We would strongly recommend that all parents pay this insurance. Many of our parents have benefitted from having the policy in the past. If you ever incur any fees in relation to an accident e.g. fee for a trip to A and E, let us know and we will provide you with the necessary forms to recoup all expenses.  You can follow the link provided in the email to take out this insurance. The school will maintain a record of your payment as proof of cover, so there will be no need to fill out the form. If you do not wish to pay through our e-payments system (which is totally secure), please request a form from Catrīona, which must be filled out and returned to the OFFICE in a sealed envelope along with the €9 marked with your child’s name and class and please ensure that you retain the receipt you will be given, as your proof of cover.


  • P.A. A.G.M.: The Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) of the Parents’ Association will take place in the school next Tuesday 24th September at 7.30pm. All parents are invited to attend and we would love to see some new faces, so please come along.


  • Meeting with Communion Parents: Fr. Bill will hold a meeting with all of the parents of children making their First Holy Communion in the school hall on Wednesday 24th September at 8pm. This meeting will directly follow the PA AGM, so we would invite you all to come along at 7.30pm to the AGM in the staffroom prior to going down to the meeting in the hall.


  • Dates for the Diary:
  1. Tuesday 24th September: Parents’ Association Annual General Meeting – 7.30pm
  2. Tuesday 24th  September: Meeting for parents of children receiving Communion this year – 8pm
  3. Wednesday 25th September: Photographer taking Junior Infant photographs for Leinster Leader
  4. Tuesday 1st October: Collection of money for swimming for Fourth and Fifth Class pupils (amount to be confirmed following the bag-pack on Friday)
  5. Thursday 3rd October: Beginning of 10-week block of swimming for Fourth and Fifth Class
  6. Maths Week: 14th – 18th October
  7. Friendship Week at Bunscoil Bhríde: 30th October – 4th November
  8. Halloween Spooky Walk: Wednesday 23rd October
  9. Mid-term Break: School will be closed from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November inclusive
  10. Science Week: 11th – 15th November
  11. PT Meetings: Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place this year on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th November. Parents will be given the opportunity to book their appointment slot with their child(ren)’s teacher(s)closer to this time. I will give you all advance notice of the time the link will go live, allowing you to book your time. Please continue to read the Fortnightly Bulletins for further updates. 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.
  12. Carol Service: Our annual Carol Service will take place in Rathangan Church on Tuesday 17th December at 7.30pm.
  13. 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:

Concert Date:

Class Performing:

Tuesday 3rd December

Ms. Gorman’s Second Class

Ms. Rowley’s Second and Third Class

Ms. Ruttledge’s Fifth Class

Thursday 5th December

Ms. Feeney’s Junior Infants

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

March (date to be confirmed)

Ms. Kelly’s Senior Infants and First Class

Ms. Ryan’s Fourth Class

Ms. Collum’s Fourth and Fifth Class

March (date to be confirmed)

Ms. Beary’s and Ms. Smeaton’s Senior Infants

Ms. Millane’s First Class

Mr. O’Sullivan’s Third Class


Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson

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