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Fortnightly Bulletin 3rd December 2020

Dear Parents / Guardians, 

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

Our Covid Plan: I want to thank you all most sincerely for your flexibility, cooperation and  support in what has been a term like no other. We have made it to this point with no cases of  Covid in the school. This is due, in no small part, to the massive efforts being put in by all  members of our school community. Our whole school community; pupils, teachers and parents  have been tremendous in strictly adhering to our Covid Plan, which I am pleased to announce  has been a massive success. We continue to rely on our wonderful parent body to keep us  informed, and I ask that you continue to let me know immediately (in confidence) once you  become aware of a positive case in your household. While we have been very fortunate to date,  we will, no doubt, like other schools, encounter a positive case in the coming months, but if and  when we do, we will deal with it swiftly and effectively, following all HSE guidelines and ensuring  the confidentiality of all involved. To assist you, I have attached an up-to-date Quick Isolation  Guide from the HSE, which I ask you to keep somewhere safe and consult with when required. 

Morning times: I have noticed over the last few weeks that some children in Cohort 1 have  begun to congregate outside the school gate before 8.40am. If your daughter walks / cycles to  school and is in Cohort 1, please ensure she does not arrive before 8.40am or if you drop off  your daughter, please do not do so until after the gates have been opened at 8.40am. Congregating in this way negates the work we are doing at school all day to keep our bubbles  separate. Let’s all continue to work together to ensure the safety of our school community. Children in Cohort 2 should not arrive until between 8.50am and 9am, with siblings in both  cohorts arriving from 8.45am to 8.55am. 

Internet Safety: Following on from the message that I sent to all parents last Friday in relation to  the dangers of allowing your children access to social media, I would recommend that all parents  take a look at the presentation that was made by an internet safety speaker, Ger Brick, organised last year to speak with both our senior pupils and our parent body by the Parents’  Association. Many of you will have attended his excellent talk. For those of you who didn’t or for  those who need a refresher, he has kindly shared the presentation at the following link: www.inetsafetytalk.com/parentinfo . Please use username parentinfo and  password inetsafety55 to access the page and presentation. Note: To protect the content of  Ger’s material, the files are password protected with a password of inetsafety55. The  information is to be used by parents for their own personal use and the information  contained is not to be distributed or published to social media. 

Credit Union Art Competition: Well done to Belfi Kazimire (2nd place) in Ms. De Faoite’s Fifth  Class and to Siobhán O’Loughlin (highly commended) from Ms. Ruttledge’s Sixth Class, who  both received prizes for their entries to the Credit Union Art Competition at chapter level last  week. We are very proud of Belfi’s and Siobhán’s achievement. To receive prizes at chapter  level is a massive accomplishment and testament to the girls’ tremendous artistic talent.

Green Schools Christmas Competition: Ms. Kelly and her Green Schools Committee have  organised a Green School Christmas Competition for all classes for their annual Green School  newsletter. The entries this year will be based on our theme Global Citizenship -Travel. A  winning entry will be selected from each class, to be featured in the Green School newsletter  and displayed on the Green School bulletin board. There will also be prizes for the winning  entries. 

Student Council Competition: Our Student Council are running a new initiative for all classes this term; a poster competition for which all children are designing a poster to promote clean  hands. Winners will be announced at our whole school Zoom assembly later in the month. We’d  like to thank Natasha, who has kindly offered to sponsor one of the prizes. 

Coiste Gaeilge: A new Coiste Gaeilge has been established in our school, the role of which is to  promote Gaeilge around the school. There are two representatives from all the classes from First to Sixth Class on the Coiste Gaeilge, which is being led by Ms. Millane, Ms. De Faoite, Ms.  Collum and Ms. Ruttledge. The Coiste Gaeilge meet once per month and are currently learning  amhráin (songs), which they are then tasked with teaching to their respective classes. First to  Third classes are currently learning ‘Bualadh Bos’ and Fourth to Sixth Class are learning  ‘Sneachta ag Titim’. Please encourage your children to sing these songs for you at home and to  use their cúpla focal while at home. 

Reminder: No medicines are allowed at school. If your child has a medical condition for which  medicine/inhaler etc. must be administered, please contact the school, as Board of Management  approval must be granted for this. Please see our administration of medication policy at  www.bunscoilbhride.ie for more information. 

Feast of the Immaculate Conception: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on Tuesday  next, 8th December. All classes from Second Class to Sixth Class will tune in to Mass from  Rathangan Church in their classrooms at 10am. 

Christmas Non-Uniform Day: It is usually around this time of the year that our 6th class girls are  busy preparing for our Annual Christmas Bake Sale and Fare to raise money for Sr. Celine Conway’s Brazilian Fund. This year, we have had to amend our plans due to Covid, but our 6th class girls are determined to continue the tradition and raise money for Sr. Celine. On Friday 18th December, our 6th class girls will host a Christmas-themed non-uniform day in the school, asking  all pupils to make a donation of €2. They will organise a raffle on the day for the whole-school.  All proceeds will be donated to Sr. Celine, 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. 

Carol Service: This year our annual Carol Service will look a little different. We plan on involving  all pupils from the school. Each class will be recorded performing their Christmas Carol on the  altar and the recording will be made available on our school website. Fr. Bill has also asked that  we make the recording available for him to share on the parish page, as our annual Carol  Service is very much a tradition of the whole parish at this stage. I will send a permission request  on Aladdin for recording of the performance, and ask that you complete it. 

Christmas Cards: Children are not permitted to bring Christmas cards to school this year.  Exchange of Christmas cards cannot be facilitated due to the associated increased risk of the  spread of infection. 

Christmas Presents: Again this year, we ask you not to purchase Christmas gifts for teachers.  What the teachers really value is the words of thanks and appreciation uttered by pupils and  parents. This is worth far more to us than any gift that can be purchased.  

Special Visitor: I have heard a rumour that our Parents’ Association have been in contact with a  very special person from the North Pole, who may visit the school on Friday 18th December. We  look forward to warmly welcoming our special guest! 

Christmas Holidays: The school will close at 12pm on Tuesday 22nd December. We would like  to wish you all a very peaceful, happy and holy hristmas and every blessing for the year ahead.  Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mahise daoibh go léir! 

Kind regards, 

Maria Rogerson 

Bunscoil Bhríde Parents’ Association 

The Parents’ Association would like to thank the school for all their hard work and dedication to keep our school open and giving  our children a bit of normality in these very unusual times.  

A sincere thank you to all the staff at Bunscoil Bhríde. 

Usually by now we would have had our AGM and would be well into planning for the year ahead, but as we are all so very aware  there is nothing usual about 2020. We are still keen to get parents involved in the Parents’ Association even if it is remotely. The  PA is a bridge between the school and the parents. If you would like to get involved or even just to get some information please  contact the Parents’ Association on pabunscoilbhride@gmail.com 

Upcoming Days organised by the Parents Association  for the pupils of Bunscoil Bhríde 
December Santa’s Visit to the School   18th December 2020

For parents who would like to access the internet safety talk given by Ger Brick back in January 2020 please see  information above for the link and details on how to access it. 

By now all the children should have received their Christmas Cards that they decorated. They turned out brilliantly. We  have some great budding artists in our midst. 

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and enjoy the time at home with family and friends.