17th May 2024

Newsletter 31 – 17th May 2024

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

I hope you all had a good week. Great to see the sun appearing and the temperatures beginning to rise at last.

First Communions – Congratulations to the boys and girls in Rooms 6 and 8 who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday. It was a lovely day, and the sun shining made it that bit extra special. Thank you to Ms. Purcell, Ms. Duggan, Lisa and Natalia for preparing the children so well for their special day and to the PA for the wonderful Communion Teas in Kilian Hall. Thank you to Fr. Des for the beautiful ceremony and for making all the children feel at ease on the day.

Confirmation – Tomorrow some of the boys and girls in 6th class will be making their Confirmation in St. Anthony’s Church Kilcoole at 12pm.  We wish them all the best for the day and hope they have a lovely time celebrating with family and friends. Fingers crossed that the weather stays fine though I think the forecast is good.

Delgany Golf Tournament 2024 – Each year Delgany Golf Club invite the local schools to participate in a golf tournament for primary school children. Devin Kelly, Ben O’ Gallagher, Charlie McConnell , Karie Brady and Maria Hanley represented St. Brigid’s NS in this year’s tournament on Monday 13th May. The boys played some great golf in terrible conditions and came third and the girls were runners up on the day. Maith sibh a bhuachaillí. We are so proud of you all.


Garda visit to Junior Infants – To tie in with what they had been learning at school about people who help us in the community, Garda John Healy came to talk to the boys and girls in our Junior Infant Classes about his day job as a Garda. The children had the opportunity to ask him lots of questions, try on his hat and even got to examine a pair of handcuffs up close. The children really enjoyed his visit and would love to have him back again in the future.

Garden Makeover A big thank you to parents Rebecca, Mairéad and Libby from the PA and to some of the TY students from St David’s TYs who volunteered to work on our garden on Wednesday. The garden was in need of some real care and attention, and they did trojan work on the day.  They weeded around our mini thyme hedges to help them thrive, added new herb plants to the herb bed by the big yard, planted two new blueberry bushes beside the apple trees at the compost bins, added two nasturtium plants to the vegetable bed (companion planting) and added three armeria plants (sea thrift) to the pollinator beds. They left the garden in a much better place than they found it. If anyone is interested in helping with the garden, please contact the PA directly. Your help would be very much appreciated.

6th Class Droichead Day at Éire Óg – Supporting 6th Class pupils with transition to Secondary School

There will be a “Droichead Day” for our 6th Class Pupils next Monday 20th May in Éire Og. Droichead is a fun Sports Day for all 6th class pupils in Greystones. The idea behind the day is to give the children a chance to meet up and mix with pupils from other schools who will be attending the same secondary schools as them next year. They will participate in a range of activities at Éire Óg from approximately 10am to 1pm and hopefully by the end of the day they will have formed some new friendships.

Can you help? In advance of the installation of Solar Panels at our school, we need a written report from a structural engineer on the state of the roof. If you are a structural engineer or can recommend one, we would love to hear from you.

PA News

  • School Raffle – To date we have raised €1,655.00 of our €5,000.00 target in ticket sales. Thank you so much to those of you who have already bought tickets. Your support for our school raffle is very much appreciated. For those of you who would like to purchase tickets you can do so at the following link https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/StBrigidsNSGreystonesAnnualRaff
  • Table Quiz and Auction Our Table Quiz and Auction will be taking place in Greystones Rugby Club next Friday 24th May at 7.30pm. We are all looking forward to what should be a great night.

Gaeilge – Frásaí na Seachtaine  # 29 – This week’s phrase is: “Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat!” – Good luck

Birthday Greetings This week is a special week for Manus Daly (10yrs), Rory Dunleavy (12yrs), Mari Ailbhe O’ Donnell (7yrs), Dylan Mitchell (8yrs), Viktoria Huber (11yrs), Olivia O’ Driscoll (6yrs), Charlie Duffy (8yrs), Shivank Jha (10yrs) and Ella Flynn (12yrs), who are all celebrating birthdays. Breithlá sona daoibh go léir. Enjoy your special day.

Standardised Testing – Standardised testing will be taking place over the course of the next couple of weeks at the school. Every year we advise that parents shouldn’t be overly concerned about test results unless the teacher is.  As in other years, if a teacher has concerns, he or she will be in contact with you with advice as to how you can help your child and plan for the future for addressing any difficulties your child may be having.

Let’s continue to make every school day count. School Attendance this week was 92.9%. Absence 7.1%.

Music Generation ConcertsDates and Times for upcoming Concerts

  • Wednesday 22nd May – 4th Classes – 9:15am
  • Tuesday 28th May – 1st Classes (9.15am), 2nd Classes (10:15am) and  3rd Classes (2:00pm)

Planned School Closures for Term 3

  • June – Monday June 3rd (June Bank Holiday) and Tuesday June 4th – 2 days
  • Summer Holidays – School closes on Friday 28th June for Summer. Infants and their siblings will finish at 12.10pm and the remainder of the school will finish at 12.30pm

That’s it for this week. I hope you all have a nice weekend.

Le meas.

Máire Costello  Principal

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