19th April 2024

Newsletter 26 – 19th April 2024

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well. Where did this week go? It seemed to have flown by.

Lots and lots happening in our school as you will see from the information below.

April Assemblies We always look forward to our monthly assemblies and April’s Assemmblies didn’t disappoint.  Rooms 1, 2 and 15 had the opportunity this week to showcase all they had been learning at school over the last month. Ms. Mangan’s 4th class spoke about the fun they had creating animated films and gave us a great History Lesson on Louis Braille and Helen Adams Keller. Our Junior Infants wowed us with their performance of the song “One Small Voice“ and the children’s rhyme “Two Little Dickie Birds” as Gaeilge . Maith sibh a pháistí.

3rd Class Trip to Glendalough for Tree Day Our two third classes headed off to Glendalough on Wednesday to learn all about trees and the natural environment. They had great fun guessing the age and height of a tree and participated in some fun activities including building a tree and going on a treasure hunt. Th e trip was a great success and is definitely one we will do again. A big thank you to Ms. Woodcock and Ms. Finnerty and to all the parents who made this trip possible.

2nd Class Swimming – Our two second classes were so excited to be heading off to their first swimming lesson in Shoreline yesterday. Ms. Purcell set off at a very fast pace and they reached the pool in jig time. As it was Assessment Day the children only had a very short time in the pool. Next week the lessons will commence in earnest and the children will spend the full half hour in the pool. To avoid any upset in the changing rooms after the swimming lesson, it is really important that the tracksuit bottoms as well as the tracksuit top have your child’s name written clearly on them. Thank you to Ms. Purcell and Ms. Duggan and all the parents for accompanying the children to Shoreline.

Cumann na mBunscoil Gaelic Blitz – Two teams from St. Brigid’s NS togged out for the Wicklow Times Shield Competition in Bray yesterday.  Congratulations to all twenty-two girls who put in stellar performances on the day. Team 2 won one, drew one and lost two while Team 1 made it all the way to the final coming away runners up on the day, which is a fantastic achievement. They were delighted to be presented with their Cumann na mBunscoil Runner Up Medals by Referee Peadar De hÓra. We are so proud of all the girls. A huge thank you to Mr. Molloy and Mum Eimear Doran who accompanied them to this Blitz.

Fundraiser for Pieta House – A reminder that our “Inside Out” Fundraiser Day  for Pieta House will take place next Wednesday 24th April.  The pupils will wear their school tracksuit on the day and wear their tracksuit jumper inside out to represent the idea that sometimes the way we look on the outside, does not always reflect how we feel on the inside. As part of the fundraiser, each class will also watch the Disney movie “Inside Out” which explores emotions and wellbeing.

We hope that you will join us in supporting the work of Pieta House by making a donation to our ‘Inside Out’ fundraiser. An Aladdin payment link has been sent out from the office for online payments. Alternatively, cash or card payments can be accepted at the office. Thank you in advance for your support with this.

Solar Panels – Great news – Our application to the Schools PV Programme for the installation of solar panels at the school has been successful. Work will commence on this project once an installation date has been agreed with the contractor.

After School Care Coming soon to St. Brigid’s We are delighted to announce that St. Brigid’s have entered into an agreement with Lyons Den to provide afterschool childcare here at the school from 29th August 2024. An email was sent to all families in the school on Wednesday with all the relevant information.

Hot School Meals Program – The Board of Management are interested in commencing the provision of hot meals at our school and have submitted an Expression of Interest Form to the Department. The Department of Social Protection will provide the funding for this so there is no cost to the parents. Fingers crossed we get the go ahead.

Date for the Diaries The Parents Association are organizing an End of Year Raffle, Table Quiz and Auction for the school on Friday 24th May in the Rugby Club. This is a great night and a great opportunity for parents and staff to get together socially. We would be delighted to see as many of you as possible in attendance on the night.

Gaeilge – Frásaí na Seachtaine  # 26  – This week’s phrase is: “Ná bí ag pleidhcíocht” – Stop messing!!

Birthday Greetings – There are 5 pupils celebrating birthdays at the school this week – They are Bailey McDonald (13yrs), Isabel McDarby (11yrs), Eugenie Murati Vialle (9yrs), Aarav Singh (9yrs) and Orla Gonzalez Guridi (13yrs).  Lá breithe sona daoibh. Happy birthday.

Let’s continue to make every school day count. School Attendance this week was 94.7%. Absence 5.3% – An improvement on last week.

Planned School Closures for Term 3

  • May – Monday 6th (May Bank Holiday) and Tuesday 7th May – 2 days
  • June – Monday June 3rd (June Bank Holiday) and Tuesday June 4th – 2 days
  • Summer Holidays – School closes on Friday 28th June for Summer.

Have a lovely weekend. Take care

Le meas,

Máire Costello


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