Goodbye and thank you to Mrs. Tighe
Our wonderful PE teacher Mrs. Tighe retired at the end of November. We are very sorry to say goodbye to her because she is a great teacher. She taught us a lot. She had lots of ideas and she made learning fun. She was very kind and had great patience. We wish her all the very best in her retirement.
Then late last week, a very special delivery arrived from Mrs. Tighe. She sent us a consignment of dodge balls.
We used them during Golden Time on Friday and had great fun.
Thank you Mrs. Tighe …. for everything.
Great excitement caused by our Halloween visitor.
Many thanks to the gardening committee for this arresting addition to the school yard.
A Reason to Celebrate
Click on THIS LINK to see the celebration students and staff had for Ms.O’Neill who is getting married. We look forward to welcoming back Mrs.O’Donnell after The Big Day and wish the happy couple every blessing for a long and happy marriage.
Congratulations to Edie Trischler 4th Class and Jack Finnegan from 3rd for winning Special Merit Awards in the Texaco Art Competition. You can see their works of art on the Students’ Work page for 3rd and 4th Class on the menu on the left.
Well done Write A Book winners. Sofia McDarby ‘The Friendly Monster’, Raife Fitzmaurice ‘The Pirate Adventure’, Jack Fitsmaurice ‘Bia’, Rufus Kinsella ‘Arthur’s Diabolical Adventure’, Rang Ms Donnell’s ‘Comortais na Coinini & Bella Bó & an Liathróid’, Rang Ms Walshe’s ‘Aimsir Chaite Beo’, Senan Rogan’s ‘Mo Cheol Thú’, Alice Beatty ‘Water Girl’.
A Visit from an Author
LOOK who visited 2nd and 4th class recently! A real live author! Jackie Burke. Jackie writes the magical Grindlewood series. She spoke to the children about lots of things, like how she comes up with her characters and the importance of self editing. Teachers tells students about the importance of editing and check, but if a real published author says it, it must be true. In turn the children asked Jackie some well thought out and sensible questions. The students found Jackie very inspiring and the occasion was voted a BIG success. Thank you Jackie for visiting our school.
If you want to read more about Jackie Burke, her website is here: Jackie Burke: The Secrets of Grindlewood
Here is what the boys and girls from Ms. Hughes’ 4th Class had to say about the Jackie Burke’s visit:
• She was inspiring in a way that filled you with confidence, like anything was achievable. It made me feel like anyone could be an author at any age. Finn Burke
• She really encouraged me to start writing and gave us loads of tips on how to do that! Ella Fitzsimons
• I love the way she said to look at the things around you and write about that. Because, you can take an ordinary, boring thing and make it something amazing. Ciara Forde
• I love the way she used the name Grindlewood for the place and Grindle for the children’s second name. Saoirse Eddy.
• She said “Look around you. Whatever you see, just write it!” Mark Foley
• I learnt that one idea leads to lots more. Alex Baines
• Jackie inspired me by telling us that ANYONE can become an author – that makes me want to write stories and poems at home. Xevian Dagbay
• From now on, I will always have a notebook full of ideas. Aoibhe Hickey
• She told us that you don’t have to think of the title straight away. Laila O’Gorman
• She said “Look around and make the world be whichever way you want and turn it into your story”. Jessica Gonsalves
• She gave us great tips on how to write exciting stories. Kim Gallagher
• I learnt that you can be IN your own book without being a character. Eliana Gallagher
• Her books were interesting. Cormac O’Flanagan
• Jackie was very inspiring. She picked some of her characters from the real world. Martha Doyle.
• I really enjoyed when she told us she drove to Belfast to meet the lady with the dogs and then she used Timber the dog in her story. Sophie Keddy.
• She was very enthusiastic when she was reading. Emily Mooney
• She taught me that nothing is impossible. Laoise Fenelon
• She was an amazing influence. To be an author you have to read so I decided to think…”read to succeed!” Sarah Balfe
• She inspired me to read more. Thanks to Sr Kathleen for inviting her in – I really enjoyed it. Shannon Kennedy.
• I really enjoyed the visit but the thing I really enjoyed was that she told us to really THINK. Lennon Carey
• The one thing she said that made my day was if you take a moment to look at the world you will be inspired. Kaylah Kennedy
• Today I learnt many new things from a talented author. She inspired me to read more books. Conor Edge
• The thing about Timber and Teddy was really good. Loman Cusack
• She spoke about Grindlewood as if she had lived there all her life. She also read extracts from her book that were amazing cliff hangers! Hannah Boden
Here are some photos of Proclamation Day – 15th March, 2016
and another slideshow:
CELEBRATING PAST PUPIL SUCCESS
Occasionally on this website we write about past pupils of St. Brigid’s, Greystones. There is a great variety in the successes of our past pupils:
Have you heard about Emily’s Green Fingers and her contribution to the Greystones community?
You can read about Harry who is having great success musically. ‘Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns grow’ .
Caroline Dwyer Hickey became a much loved teacher, remembered by her family with the gift of The Greystones Bear to this seaside town.
From an original story that Emer Nolan composed for ‘Write A Book’, her Mum, Sineaid Doyle has written a book. Titled ‘Mary Wolftide’, it is now available on Kindle.
Now to this ‘Hall of Fame’ we add poet Vincent Forsyth. Vinnie Forsyth was in Junior Infants with us in the early 2000s. He moved with his family to Wexford in 2006. He is in 5th Year now in Enniscorthy and is writing poetry. Having left our school ten years ago, we can take no credit for Vincent’s success but we really wanted to know what made him a poet!
We wrote to Vincent to tell him that we thought his poetry was great. We had some questions for him and this is what he told us:
‘I started writing poetry because I realized there is so much that a person can express but they don’t and I always liked English and I was told I had a good way with words, and that it could bring me far. I had done small bits when I first moved from Greystones but that was just before secondary, and I didn’t realize how easy it would be to get out there and start my own page to post my writing.
In secondary, I began writing as there were quite a few clubs that I wanted to join, such as the creative writing group and that was sort of the kick start of it all. With the creative writing group I’ve met a few Irish poets such as Colm Keegan, John W. Sexton and Garry Mc Carthy. They were really interesting to meet and it was inspiring their love for words. It was also comforting that they were as crazy as me!
I love reading, but as I am in 5th year, I’m trying to study more, so I don’t get to indulge in my books like I would want to. My advice for younger people is to just get out and do it. Find something you are passionate about and write. Even if you need a helping help to get to started, don’t be afraid to ask.
You ask me about ambitions for the future, that’s a tough question. I’d like to do so much, but will I ever have time to do it all? I would love to maybe going into lyric writing as of late I have been doing so much of it, and maybe some sort of performance art. Favorite poet? There is so many! I really like the poet I’m studying now, and that is Sylvia Plath, and maybe Elizabeth Bishop.
Oh and as an added note about the creative writing, I received an award for speaking in the Nation Library Dublin for the Writing Reading and Performance Poetry Initiative abbreviated WRaPPAround, and within school I received Best Junior Writer award also. I could possibly go on for years about writing. It’s such a great thing to know and once you have your way with words, it’s hard to lose it.
The last thing I shall say is that I have this super awesome new book of writing which will be released soon! Exciting stuff.’
Vinnie has self published eight books of poetry online. One of his approaches to to ask people to submit a word or a sentence and he writes a poem based on that.
If you want to read more of Vincent’s poetry, click on this link to see his most recent book ‘A Lone Declaration’.
Many thanks to Vincent for answering our questions, allowing us to share his work and his advice to us about writing. We wish him every success and will follow his career with interest.
OUR NEWS ARCHIVE
Ms.Kenny’s talented class painted great pictures of Ms.Breen and the Prince. Ms. Breen is getting married over Easter.