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6th Class Basketball Blitz 2024

March 9, 2024 #

6th class had a great day out in Prosperous for the annual Cumann na mBunscol basketball blitz this year. 12 of the girls made the trip to take part & we had a brilliant day. The girls competed against a number of primary schools across Kildare & we played in 3 games on the day, just falling short of reaching the semi-final. A tremendous effort by the girls!

It has been a pleasure working with such a great gang of girls this year for basketball – their dedication, teamwork & positive attitudes throughout were amazing. It was a great day out for all as part of their final year at Bunscoil Bhríde. We wish them all the best & hope they carry their basketball journey on to secondary school too!

February 2024

February 25, 2024 #

February has absolutely flown by this year! We started off the month by celebrating St. Brigid’s Day. We were so lucky to have Ms. Marrinane’s 5th & 6th class girls come & help us to make our own St. Brigid’s crosses from rushes to celebrate the day. The girl’s had great fun with this! Our theme this month is all about Spring & new life, we have looked at the seasonal changes that come with Spring for plants, animals & daily life. We have produced wonderful artwork also, such as textured Spring flowers & baby lambs. We also explored the life-cycle of oak trees & how they start off as a seed in an acorn & can grow to be big strong oak trees after many years!

Senior infants have moved on to length & number 9 in maths. We have also explored procedure writing this month & have progressed from learning all about ‘bossy’ verbs to planning and writing our own procedure to make popcorn! Junior infants have finished with 2D shapes and have now started learning about number 4. Our Gaeilge theme is éadaí & the girls have learned so much new foclóir & are using it readily each day!

We also had a very special guest visit us this month for Spring – our gardener Paddy Madden was in to show us how to plant some mangetouts for our school garden! The girls had great fun with Paddy singing rhymes and songs as we planted & learned all about germination of seeds. We even made our own compostable pots to plant our seeds in!

Grandparent’s Day January 2024

February 25, 2024 #

Our annual Grandparent’s Day took place at the end of January & it was such a wonderful day for all! The girls were so excited preparing for our special visitors. We learned and performed 2 songs for our wonderful grandparent’s & one was even as Gaeilge! We also did one of our nursery rhymes as a class. Then, we showed the grandparent’s our super reading practice using our readers. It was such a wonderful experience for all involved & I would like to thank all of the grandparent’s for making such a special effort to visit our classroom!

January 2024

February 25, 2024 #

Junior & Senior infants have been flying it since returning to school after the holidays! We spoke a lot about new year’s resolutions at the start of the year and things we would all like to improve on this year. Senior infants have been making excellent progress on our double sounds in phonics & junior infants are flying through the single sounds & it’s so exciting learning how to read!

Junior infants have also started officially doing our handwriting & it’s super to see their progress in writing words! In maths, both classes had great fun learning about 2D shapes and going on a shape hunt around the classroom – we learned that 2D shapes are everywhere in the environment. Senior infants are also making steady progress through our numbers, learning all about the story of 8 & ways to make 8. Junior infants have been having great fun combining numbers from 1-3 so far.

Our theme this month was all about Space & it was so interesting! We learned about all the planets in Space & how astronauts can travel through Space in rocket ships. We did so much work on Space through Aistear, reading stories, art & in SESE. We even had real space-suits to wear in the role-play station for Aistear!

Our new Bluebell’s playground was officially opened this month by special guest Margo Conlon, which was such a special occasion for our school community. We had great fun exploring the new playground & it is such a wonderful resource for the whole school to have & use as a special treat!

Basketball League Success for Bunscoil Bhríde

December 20, 2023 #

Congratulations to 5th & 6th class girls who have made it to the Cumann na mBunscol basketball league semi-finals! The girls have showed such amazing dedication & teamwork over the last number of weeks & have earned their place in the semi-finals! We were successful in 2 of our 3 games to date, being victorious in both our games against Prosperous N.S with a score of 28-12 & again against Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock with a score of 16-6.

A massive thank you to each of the 58 girls on the team who show up every week to our training sessions & are so so dedicated, with many using their lunch breaks to also get together & practice basketball. All of your hard work is paying off! Also, a big thank you to all of the parents/guardians who are facilitating our after-school basketball trainings with later collections, as well as Ms. Banks who has helped out at a number of training sessions.

We will be back again in the new year to practice each Wednesday & prepare for our up-coming semi-final games against Castledermot. Well done girls!

Christmas Performances 2023

December 20, 2023 #

Junior & Senior infants have really been getting into the Christmas spirit recently! We have been so busy over the past number of weeks preparing our festive songs & rhymes, which we performed as a part of Parent’s Day. The girls worked really hard, practising our songs & rhymes & even used actions & instruments along with them.

The girls really enjoyed our performances for all parent’s when they came in & all of their hard work really paid off! See below some videos of our Christmas performances!

Polar Express Day December 2023

December 19, 2023 #

‘ALL ABOARD THE POLAR EXPRESS!’

What a fabulous day the infant classes had today! Today we had our own Polar Express movie day which was such a treat for the girls to have Christmas week. We have all read the story of the Polar Express & the girls really really enjoyed it. We then had to prepare for our own journey on the Polar Express!

We designed our own train tickets to bring with us. Each of the girls brought her dressing gown & some treats to have along the way. On our journey we visited some of the other classrooms & then made our way to the halla to watch the film of the Polar Express. There was so much excitement along the way! We then all sat together to watch the film & even had some hot chocolate – a real treat! The girls had such a great time.

After that, we had another special Polar Express activity – we designed our own Polar Express trains together in our table groups. It was wonderful seeing the girls work together to build & construct their trains using recyclable materials. We then did a show & tell at the end to discuss how we made them.

Parent’s Day December 2023

December 19, 2023 #

The girls in room 2 were thrilled to welcome our parents in for Parent’s Day this year. It was wonderful to have so many parent’s in to see us in our lovely classroom. The girls worked so so hard to prepare for the day. We performed our nursery rhyme ‘I’m a Little Snowman’ & we sang our two Christmas songs – Bualadh Bos & Jingle Bells.

Then we showed our parent’s how we do Aistear each day in school. We planned & designed our own special toy we would like & then worked together with construction materials to build it! There was such a wonderful atmosphere throughout the classroom & it was so lovely to show off all of our hard work!

November & December 2023

December 19, 2023 #

Junior & Senior Infants have had a blast leading up to the Christmas holidays! We have all worked so hard this term & all the girls have really enjoyed all of our activities so far. The Christmas excitement is well and truly underway now!

Junior infants have made great progress learning their sounds & it’s so exciting learning how to read. We have done lots of work counting in maths & making sets of 1 & 2. We have also been making great progress practicing our free writing. Senior infants have been working hard learning their double sounds & our reading is really coming along. Senior infants have made great progress on the numbers 6 & 7 as well as identifying 3D shapes. Senior infants have also been busy practising writing our weekly news together!

In November our theme was all about the post office. The girls learned so much about the journey that post and letters make through the post office through Aistear & SESE activities. We designed stamps, wrote lists & letters to post in our very own classroom postbox & we even got into role as the postal clerks & postwomen delivering letters.

In December our theme has been Winter/Santa’s workshop, which has been so exciting! We have been getting into role at Santa’s workshop, being busy elves making all the gifts for the children around the world. In some role-play stations Santa’s sleigh even broke down & had to be mended to save Christmas Eve! There has been great excitement in the lead up to the holidays. We have discussed all the signs of Winter, made Winter soundscapes for music & have learned all about robins (who are also acting as Santa’s helpers!). We have also read wonderful stories together, such as ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ & ‘The Polar Express’ to name a few.

We have even had a special visitor to our class recently -Tinsel the elf! She has been so sneaky playing tricks each night for us to find the next day. We have made snow angels on the floor & even had our own snowball fight on some mornings!

It has been such a wonderful term 1 with junior & senior infants & we are looking forward to a well-earned rest over Christmas. We are excited to see what 2024 brings for us!

Friendship Week – Oct 23rd – 27th

November 1, 2023 #

This week, we celebrated ‘Friendship Week’ in our school. This week is all about how to be a good friend to others. The girls all really enjoyed the week & we had a variety of friendship activities throughout the week. Our school’s special motto for this week was ‘to have a friend, you have to be a friend’.

Each morning this week, we moved our chairs to sit with someone new & make a special effort to be friends. We also picked a ‘secret friend’ each at the beginning of the week, who we had to be extra kind to in secret. These were all revealed on Friday! We chatted about what a friend is and why friends are important. Then, we shared our ideas on what a good friend looks like & how we have been good friends before.

We also had our ‘coffee morning’ on Thursday (minus the coffee!) where all the junior & senior infants went to the hall with some tasty treats! Everyone sat around & chatted with new friends, it was great to see the girls all interacting with one another.

Our school staff all had access to ‘golden tickets’ too this week. Anyone seen being kind or being a good friend to others received a golden ticket during the week. A huge number of these were4 given out in Room 2 this week! On Friday, all tickets were put into a box & names were pulled during our assembly. We had a few prize winners from our class!

Well done to all the girls on making such a great effort to be kind to everyone this week!