Dear Parents / Guardians,
We hope all is well with you this fortnight. Our news is as follows:
- STEM Excellence: I take great pleasure in announcing that we have just received the news that Bunscoil Bhríde is to be awarded a Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Plaque of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Excellence for the 2021/22 academic year. This is our seventh year to achieve this prestigious award. A Plaque of STEM Excellence is the highest award that a school can achieve and commends our school for deeper engagement, whole school involvement and external engagement in Science and Maths Programmes. I would like to congratulate all our pupils and teachers for engaging in such a wide range of activities and events every year. I would particularly like to thank Ms. Ryan, who coordinates all of our STEM activities. It is fantastic to see all of the science, technology, engineering and maths work being carried out in the school with such enthusiasm. Well done everyone – such a great achievement!
- Tenth Green Flag Celebrations: Unfortunately, we have had to postpone today’s planned celebrations to raise our Tenth Green Flag due to the inclement weather conditions. We will now raise our Green Flag on Monday next. All classes will leave the school at 11.15am to proudly walk up the town as far as the Garda Station with our Green Flag, before raising it at the front of our school. We will celebrate with a whole-school picnic in the yard. Children can bring along a blanket and teddy bear for the picnic if they wish, as well as a treat. Our Parents Association are kindly funding a visit from an ice-cream van. Please contact the office if you do not wish for your child to have an icecream cone. We look forward to a lovely day of celebration to mark this wonderful achievement for our school!
- School Tours: We are currently in the midst of school tour season, with a busy schedule of school tours over the next week. Our Third and Fourth Classes visited Dublin Zoo on Tuesday 24th May. Fifth and Sixth Class will make the trip to Castlecomer Discovery Park tomorrow. The Senior Infant and First Class school tour to Lullymore will take place on Tuesday, while our Junior Infant girls will enjoy a trip to Rathangan Library and playground one day next week (weather-permitting) and our final tour will see Second Class visit Kildare Maze on Friday next. We hope they all have a thoroughly enjoyable day and look forward to hearing of their experience. Photographs of the tours are available to view on our website www.bunscoilbhride.ie under the ‘Classes’ tab (select your child’s class).
- Visit from our Kildare Team Past Pupils: We were delighted to extend a warm welcome back to our school earlier this week to our four past pupils who were recently crowned Kildare All-Ireland U-14 Football Champions. Aoibheann Mahon, Amy Jones, Caoimhe Mahon and Emily Conlan visited the school with their cups on Tuesday and they were greeted with lots of fanfare. Photos of the visit will shortly be available to view on our website at www.bunscoilbhride.ie
- Poll re proposed change to school times: Please ensure you have cast your vote in the poll regarding a proposed change to school times that was sent to all parents on Tuesday last. The results of the poll will inform the decision which will be made by the Board next week. No changes, if any, will come into effect until the new school year.
- Sixth Class Fundraiser: Well done to our Sixth Class girls who, along with their teachers Mr. O’Sullivan and Ms. Kelly, organised a wonderful Bake Sale and Fair in the school on Friday 27th May. They raised a total of €1036.40, which they will use to fund the cost of their graduation hoodies. On their behalf, I would like to thank you all for your extremely generous support of the girls.
- Active Schools Week: As Active Schools Fortnight draws to a close, I would like to thank Ms. Ryan, Mr. O’Sullivan and Ms. Frawley for organising such a jam-packed, fun-filled week of sport and activities for the girls. We are a very proud Active School and aim to instil a love for fitness and exercise in all the children in our school. We would ask you to continue to encourage your children to be as active as possible over the summer months. If screens were to be banished in favour of sport and activity / outdoor play, all of our children would be much the better for it!
- River Studies: I would like to thank Rathangan Tidy Towns, who are funding educational river studies for two of our classes. Ms. Millane’s Fifth Class and Ms. Kelly’s Fifth and Sixth Class will carry out a study on the River Slate on Monday 20th June, with heritage expert, Nuala Madigan. The girls will learn about the features of a river and they will walk to Tannery Park, where they will identify local trees and learn the importance of trees and wildflowers along the bank of the river. They will measure the speed of the river and will identify freshwater invertebrates.
- Library Visits: Some of our classes will visit Rathangan Library over the coming fortnight. If your child is not already a member of the library, I would ask that you take the time to drop in to join her up. Membership for children can only be obtained in the presence of a parent. I would highly recommend that the girls get the opportunity to visit the library on a regular basis, especially during the summer period. A Summer Stars Reading Programme is being run by the library over the summer holidays to encourage the children to read as much as possible. There will be rewards here at school in September for all children who have taken part in the Summer Stars Programme, so please ensure your children retain their card so they can show us how many books they have read over the summer when they return to school. Children should be reading EVERY DAY. Visiting the library is a really important habit to develop for your child and facilitating this for her would be one of the most wonderful gifts you could give her.
- Sixth Class Graduation: Graduation Mass for our Sixth Class girls will take place at 10am on Wednesday 22nd June in Rathangan Church. After two years of live-streaming, we are delighted this year to be able to welcome our Sixth Class parents and families to this special occasion. We will have a cup of tea and some treats back at the school afterwards and will present the girls with their graduation certificates and hoodies. They have been a great group of pupils, who have been excellent ambassadors for our school, have emanated our school ethos and have displayed kindness to the younger members of our school community. We are very proud to have had the pleasure of teaching this group of girls over the past eight years and we wish them the very best of luck as they transition to secondary school.
- Non-uniform Days: To facilitate the Uniform Swap Day being organised by the Parents’ Association on the day of the holidays (see Parents’ Association news below), Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th will be non-uniform days. This will give parents the opportunity to get the uniforms ready for the Swap Day. We would be really grateful of any donations of uniforms that no longer fit your child.
- Book Rental Scheme Book Collection: All book rental books will be collected from children on Tuesday 21st June. Please ensure your child’s book rental books are in good condition and ready for inspection on that day. There should be no marks on these books as they are the property of the school. Charges will be imposed in the case of damage to books / missing books.
- Library Books: All books should be returned to our school library by Friday 17th June. Charges will be imposed in the case of damaged / missing books.
- Standardised Tests: Results of the Drumcondra Primary Reading Test, the Drumcondra Primary Mathematics Test and the Drumcondra Spelling Test (for first to fifth classes only) for all classes from first class to sixth class will be released to parents later today via the Aladdin Connect app. As per message sent to parents of children in these classes, I wish to remind you all of the importance of not sharing or discussing specific results with the children.
- End-of-Year Reports: End-of-year reports will be released to parents on the Aladdin app on Tuesday next, 14th June.
- Summer Works: New windows and doors will be fitted throughout the original part of our school building over the summer months.
- Board of Management: The Board has had a busy year and worked very productively. I would like to sincerely thank all members of the Board who work quietly behind the scenes in a voluntary capacity for our school. Their generosity of time and dedication to the school cannot be overstated and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. The members of our Board are as follows: Chairperson – Anne Connolly, Secretary – Maria Rogerson, Treasurer – Joan Kennedy, Patron Nominee – Michael Gill, Teacher Nominee – Savannah Rowley, Parent Nominees – Natasha Martin and Jonathan Walford.
- Thank you: As this is our final Fortnightly Bulletin of the year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the teachers and staff of Bunscoil Bhríde for all their dedication and hard-work throughout this year. It has been another busy, productive and exciting year for the school. We are really blessed to have such a fantastic staff. I would also like to thank our Parents’ Association, in particular Elizabeth Lawless, Debbie Fallon and Evelyn Kelly who have continued to work behind the scenes to ensure our swimming lessons were subsidised and events such as the icecream van visit could be facilitated. The committee members have shown such generosity of time and energy and are a true credit to the school. The PA look forward to resuming face-to-face meetings in the new school year and hope to get many more parents on board. 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.
- Next year: The school will re-open on Wednesday 31st August. A decision on proposed new school times will be communicated to all parents following next week’s Board of Management meeting.
- Summer Holidays: The school will close at 11.50am on Friday 24th June. I would like to wish you all a very enjoyable and restful summer holiday and I look forward to meeting and working with you all in September.
Message from the Parents’ Association
Uniform Swap Day:There will be a ‘Uniform Swap Day’ on Friday 24th June at 9.15am. Please drop CLEAN, unwanted tracksuits, cardigans, jumpers, skirts, trousers and polo shirts and to the hall between 9am and 9.30am. Please only donate clothes that are clean and in relatively good condition. We would urge all parents, including parents of the incoming Junior Infants to attend.
Clothes Bank: The Parents Association would like to thank our school community for the tremendous support of our clothing recycling bank, which is located along the side of the church. Proceeds from the clothing bank go directly to the Parents Association and are used for the benefit of all of the children of our school. Please continue to support it and recommend its use to families, neighbours and friends.
The members of the Parents’ Association would like to sincerely thank you all for your donations of baked goods throughout the year. They were all beautiful and enhanced the occasions they were donated for. We hope you have a wonderful summer.