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Bunscoil Bhríde Fortnightly Bulletin 3rd June 2021


Dear Parents / Guardians,

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

Ann Kenna has acted as a Special Needs Assistant here at the school since 1999 and over the course of those 22 years, she has assisted and supported countless children, both with and without special educational needs. She has shown a passion and dedication to her profession that has inspired us all. Her warmth, kindness and caring nature have endeared her to all of the children in whose classes she has worked through the years, and all will have fond memories of that kindness in action. Ann has been a trusted and valued team member here in the school and the staff and I will greatly miss her friendship, her wit and good humour, her wonderful leadership in administering our book rental scheme and locating all manner of lost items, as well as her ability get the best out of all of the children with additional needs with whom she has worked.

Ms. Kelly has taught in Bunscoil Bhríde since 1997, is a valued and well-loved member of our staff, an amazing and inspiring teacher and a hard-working member of our in-school management team. I would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication to the development of the intellectual, social, moral and spiritual education of the children of Rathangan and for her wonderful leadership and involvement with numerous school initiatives, the one she will be most widely remembered for, being the Green Schools Committee. Linda introduced the Green Schools Initiative to our school over twenty years ago and since then she has led us in achieving nine green flags and has made sure respect and care for the environment is a prominent feature of the ethos here at our school. I also want to sincerely thank her for the kindness, support and encouragement she has always shown to each and every one of her colleagues. She has acted as a mentor to all of us.

Indeed, the generosity of spirit, warmth and kindness of both ladies has contributed in no small part to the warm, caring, happy ethos we are so proud of here at Bunscoil Bhríde.

They will be greatly missed by teachers and pupils alike and I know I speak for the entire staff when I say that they will both be a massive loss to our school on both a personal and professional level. I would like to extend both ladies every good wish for a long, enjoyable and fulfilling retirement. Fr. Bill will celebrate a retirement mass for Linda and Ann in the church on Tuesday 29th June and we invite you all to watch it online.

THIRD Active School Flag: Wonderful news – we have just learnt that our most recent application for the Active School Flag has been successful and we are to receive our THIRD Active School Flag. The application process is a rigorous ordeal, during which each school must demonstrate their commitment to promoting physical activity in the school. I would like to congratulate and thank our wonderful Active Schools Committee, led by Ms. Ruttledge and Ms. Ryan. They have been instrumental in ensuring that physical activity is strongly promoted in our school. Well done to all of the staff, who have worked to support and implement all of the actions of the Active Schools Committee and well done to all of our pupils whose enthusiastic, active engagement have been leading to increased fitness levels right throughout the school and an appreciation of the importance of physical activity. We hope to proudly raise our Active School Flag on the last day of Active Schools Week – Friday 11th June and look forward to a celebration of this wonderful achievement on that day.

I would also like to thank our Parents’ Association, in particular Elizabeth Lawless, Debbie Fallon and Evelyn Kelly who, despite being unable to physically meet up this year, have secured a fundraising stream for the school by instating a clothes bank in aid of the school in the grounds of the church. The committee members have shown such generosity of time and energy and are a true credit to the school.

I would also like to sincerely thank each and every one of you; our parents. You have all shown such support and cooperation in helping us to successfully implement our Covid Plan. You have been generous and flexible throughout this challenging school year, and your positivity, your words of thanks and your encouragement have bolstered the staff and I, and for that we are extremely grateful.

Finally, I would like to thank all the pupils of our school, who have made my job as Principal a pleasure and who make Bunscoil Bhríde the wonderful school that it is. We are so very fortunate to have the most wonderful whole-school community.

Kind regards,

Maria Rogerson