Written by 6th class:
This year, Bishop Denis challenged each confirmation class to bring God’s light into our community. This challenge was based on the confirmation theme ‘This Little Light of Mine’.
We decided to dedicate our time at the end of January to creating St. Brigid’s Crosses out of locally sourced rushes. We gathered the rushes and brought them into school. We paired up with different classes, teaching each other and younger children how to make them.
Once they were finished, Fr. Bill blessed them during Catholic School Week. First, we gave some to the Parent’s Association of the school. They sold them as a fundraiser during Grandparent’s Day. Later that week, we walked to our local Day Care Centre, to realise mid-walk that Ms de Faoite forgot the crosses!!
Once we got there we sang songs such as ‘The Fields of Athenry’ and the older people joined in! We also played the tin whistle and presented them with the crosses. We later saw a sign that it was Dolores’ birthday and we sang her happy birthday!
We walked home with happy smiles on our faces knowing that we had put our light into the community!
Students from our school and former students from Árdscoil Rath Íomgháin designed and created a St. Brigid’s Cloak in a series of workshops led by our local artist Aideen Cross, with one hosted at Leinster House. On their visit to Leinster House the girls from Creative Sewing created a clock to present to the woman’s Caucas. The girls completed the workshop with members of the Dáil, showing off their skills and chatting about the clock and St. Brigid. Well done girls on your fabulous work!
Ms Rowley’s Second Class and Mr. O’ Sullivan’s Third and Fourth Class led our monthly assembly on Monday 22nd January. The classes led the school in a prayer service to mark the start of Catholic Schools Week. They spoke about the 1500 celebration of St. Brigid and Sixth Class students entertained us with a drama on the story of ‘St. Brigid and her Clock’. Both classes song ‘We Sing a Song to Brigid’ and ‘Brave’. Gifts representing St. Brigid were placed on the prayer space. Well done to both classes for a fabulous assembly.
A huge congratulations to our school debaters who made it through to the semi-finals of the Concern Primary Debates this year. The girls proposed the motion, ‘Sport Always Brings Communities Together’, last Thursday the 18th of January, against Scoil na Naomh Íosaf Baltinglass. Although the motion was opposed in the end, our school debaters performed incredibly on the day. We want to congratulate them on the hard work and devotion they have put in since September. Thank you also to the parents who contributed to the girls’ success by answering our surveys. The girls celebrated their achievements with a pizza party on Friday! Well done to all of our Bunscoil Bhríde debaters!
We welcomed a very special visitor from the North Pole on Friday 22nd of December! There was great excitement when Santa arrived in a fabulous sleigh to the school yard. He visited all the classrooms and the his elves brought lovely treats for each child. A great day was had for our final day of the school term!
6th Class were working very hard in December! They undertook the task of creating a Christmas story for each Senior Infant in Ms. Costello’s class. They interviewed each child at the beginning of December to find out details they needed for their stories. They then went through the process of creating, editing, redrafting, publishing and illustrating an individualised book for each child. We presented the books to Senior Infants on the final week and enjoyed reading the books with a cup of hot chocolate!
The Christmas assembly on Wednesday was presented by 1st and 4th class. They did an amazing job! They thanked all the committee members for their hard work during the month of December. They announced the Green School Art competition winners. They also congratulated the debating team and the basketball team for their accomplishments! Then we practiced some Christmas Tree breathing exercises. We sang happy birthday to all the girls with birthdays in December. They also showed us the advent wreath and told us what each candle represents: The first candle is purple and represents Hope. The second candle is also purple and represents Faith. The third candle is pink and it represents Joy. The fourth candle is purple and represents Peace. On Christmas Day, we light the white candle in the middle of the Advent wreath. After lighting the candles we said some prayers. The 1st and 4th class girls ended the assembly by singing some lovely Christmas songs and we all joined in singing ‘Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer!’
On Thursday 21st of December we held a Christmas Disco in our school hall. All the children wore Christmas themed clothes and colours! We danced to lots of Christmas songs and had so much fun! Students were asked to bring in a small donation, all of which will go 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.