Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

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Second hand uniform sale

Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising the annual SECOND HAND UNIFORM SALE on Friday 3rd July. As always it was a great opportunity for good value. Many thanks to all involved.

School Uniform

SCHOOL UNIFORM: As we are now in the month of October, the children are to wear their long tracksuit bottoms and not their shorts. Thank you very much.

Uniforms

Uniforms

Students are asked to:

  • Wear their St. Brigid’s school uniform with pride.
  • Wear their school uniform for school and school activities only.
  • Wear the appropriate school uniform every day.

School Uniform 2019/2020

  • Green tartan school pinafore/grey trousers
  • Green crested cardigan/jumper
  • White blouse/shirt.
  • Green tie.
  • White, dark green or navy stockings/ tights
  • Grey socks with trousers.
  • Optional kilt for 5th and 6th class with green v- necked jumper.

Shoes

  • Footwear – Black/navy shoes with dark soles. For PE suitable runners required. These can only be worn on PE Days.
  •  No knee-high boots or Ugg boots.

Tracksuit

  • Green school tracksuit and white polo shirt
  • Tracksuits are worn on PE days, for some school outings and for school activities directed by the teacher.
  • Tracksuit may be worn for after school sporting activities which are organised by the school.
  • School shorts may be worn on PE days and for the above activities during the months of MAY, JUNE and SEPTEMBER ONLY.

Optional Summer Uniform

  • Green school shorts and white polo shirt may be worn instead of school uniform during MAY and JUNE ONLY.

All items of uniform are available from ‘Schoolwear House’, Tesco SC., Greystones (Phone 01-287 3420).

Click on THIS LINK to go to their website.

All belongings must be clearly marked with your child’s name and room number.

Jewellery

  • One pair of studs may be worn in pierced ears.
  • One finger ring is allowed.

Reminder

  • No nail varnish or false nails
  • No make-up
  • No hair colour or hair extensions are allowed.
  • Long hair must be in a plait/ponytail or bun.

Valuables

Children should not bring valuables to school as the school cannot accept responsibility for any valuables brought into school.

Letters home from school during schools’ closure.

Scroll down this post to see LETTERS SENT HOME since Thursday, 12th March 2020

28th July 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well.

As you may be aware, the Government published its guidance for how schools can reopen safely and fully at the end August yesterday evening.

The school received a copy of this plan and a letter for you the parents/guardians from the Minister of Education late last night. I have attached below a copy of this letter for your attention,

The Board of Management is fully aware that the reopening of  our school is essential to the well being of our pupils. The board will be meeting to review the “Reopening Our Schools” 58 page document over the coming days and be in touch with you again in relation to procedures and protocols around the return to school

In the meantime, enjoy the remaining weeks of the summer holidays and spending time with family and friends.

Kind regards,
Ms. Costello

To Parents – Letter from Minister Foley

In this letter Minister Foley mentions that the Department of Education will provide age appropriate materials to help you prepare your child for their return to school in advance of our return. They will be on this link THIS link and we will circulate them as they become available.

26th June 2020

END OF TERM LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have made it through a rather interesting year. This year saw the closing of the school on the 12th March and the beginning of a new way of learning for our pupils. The closing of the school was certainly unprecedented and adapting to home learning was not without its challenges. We have however managed to weather these storms and can now focus on the summer holidays and everything that goes with it.

I would like to thank all of you for everything that you have done over the last three months.We could not have gotten to the end of this year without the help of everyone in the St. Brigid Community. I would like to acknowledge the great work of all the staff for their hard work and dedication after our initial leap into the unknown on March 12th.

To the boys and girls of St. Brigid’s, as the summer holidays begin, take this time to enjoy sleeping in late and going to bed a little later.Take this time to reflect on all that you have accomplished during the course of the lockdown. Enjoy taking trips, reading new and exciting books, visiting new places and catching up with family and friends.Most importantly take some time to relax and enjoy the summer weather and summer activities.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our 6th classes all the best as they move onto Secondary school. We held al fresco graduations for them in the school yard yesterday. The sun shone brightly and it was lovely to be able to wish them well in person. A huge thank you to Aoife Murray, Louise Fenelon and the Parents Association without whose help and assistance the day wouldn’t have been possible.

Have a great summer and for all our sakes, let’s hope we never hear the words “home learning” ever again.

Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards
Ms. Costello

21st June, 2020

Dear Parents Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well.

We are nearly at the finishing line. Five more days to go until the summer holidays begin. I can almost hear the sighs of relief.

Without doubt, these last few months have been challenging. Facilitating home learning was not in the job description when you signed up to be parents and I know that the experience has been very different in every household. I would like to compliment you all on the fantastic job you have done in guiding and supporting your children during this lock-down. While your children may not know it yet, you will have helped create cherished memories for your children to look back on fondly in the years to come.

Thank you to all of you who send in photos for our Home School Sports Day Video which is now up on the school website. From the looks of things, the children had a great day despite the poor weather.

The school reports were sent out last Monday via Aladdin Connect. Please get in touch with us if you have not received yours or are having trouble accessing it.

We have just finalised our booklists for next year and these will be sent out this week. At the bottom of the booklist is the name of the teacher your child will be with for the coming academic year.

Finishing primary school in lock-down has been difficult for our 6th class pupils. They left St. Brigid’s on the 12th March not realising they would never return. We feel it is important to mark the end of their time at our school before they move on to secondary school and so we will be having an outdoor Graduation Ceremony for them next Thursday 25th June in the school yard.  I’m sure it will be a very special occasion . Fingers crossed the weather holds up.

Many parents have been asking about a second hand uniform sale. The PA are in the process of organising this. It will take place on Friday 3rd July. More details to follow.

Finally I would like to finish with a poem by the laureate of the Harlem renaissance. It seems particularly apt for the times that are in it – The pointlessness and ennui we all feel after three months of lock-down.

Until next week,

Kind regards, Ms Costello

MOTHER TO SON

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So, boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps.
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Langston Hughes

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15th June, 2020

Re returning book rental or library books & collecting 6th class photos

Dear Parents,

As the school year comes to an end, we would ask you to return any book rental, library or books belonging to the school this Friday 19th June from 10am -12noon.  Please click on THIS link a copy of the classes and the book rental books which need to be returned to the school.

We would also ask you to also check if you have any other books / library books at home that belong to the school and return them on Friday.

Steps to follow on Friday

  • Please place books in a sealed plastic bag labelled with your child’s name.
  • Please enter the school grounds via the old convent gate on Kimberley Road.
  • Please bring bagged books to the door of the Yellow Brick building (Room 14,15,16,17) and NOT the main school building.
  • Please exit the school grounds via the lane onto Kimberley Road.

For Parents of 6th Class Students

Parents can collect 6th Class photos which they ordered from Ian Young next Friday also from the door of the Yellow Brick building.  Please enter and exit school as above.

Second-Hand Uniforms

We anticipate having a second-hand uniform sale in early July provided it is safe to do so.  If you have a uniform in good condition and would like to donate it to the school, please place it in a sealed bag and drop it down to the school (yellow brick building) on Friday between 10-12.  It is important that the uniforms are WASHED & IN GOOD CONDITION.   Please enter and exit the school as above.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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12th June, 2020

Boys and girls,

Today is a special day. It is the first home school sports day that we have ever had at St. Brigid’s. This is history in the making.

It is regrettable that we cannot celebrate this special day in the custom that we are used to but we have to make the best of things in the circumstances that we are in.

I know that you will enjoy putting the books aside for one day to engage in some exciting sporting events whether that be a fitness class with Joe Wicks or building and participating in your own obstacle course. I’m sure many of you have some great ideas for the day. However, dont worry if you haven’t. Ms Murray has sent your parents lots of interesting activities that you can do today. Whatever you do, be sure to have lots and lots of fun.

We would be delighted if you could send in a photo or two of what you get up to today so we can make a short video to put up on the website for everyone to see.

Now all we need is for the rain to stay away. Fingers crossed.

Kind regards,

Ms Costello

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11th June 2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

As you know tomorrow should have been our schools Sports Day. Unfortunately, we can not go ahead with the traditional Sports Day but have organised a virtual Home Sports Day instead.  You received an email last Friday with details of how this might work at home.

We would love to see some photographs of how you celebrated this unique Sports Day.  Please email photos to nmurray@stbgns.ie.

It is important that the children have lots of fun in whatever activities they choose to pursue.   Maybe Mum and Dad can join in ?.

On another matter I am very conscious that student’s interest in home learning is waning.  Traditionally, for the last two weeks of school the classes would have engaged in a more informal type of learning.  The emphasis would have been on a lot of outside activities, reading and a little bit of maths.  We would encourage you to keep this up as much as possible.  However, if it is causing stress, as the primary educator you are best placed to decide what works best in your child.

We can never underestimate how important it is to learn life skills.  Perhaps the children could take on some new tasks around the house over the coming two weeks.  These life skills which will serve them well in further years.  For example, learning how to sort washing, put on a wash, prepare a meal, setting the table, stacking the dishwasher, dying dishes, sorting the waste materials to be recycled, learning how to change their bed etc.

Enjoy the Sports Day.  Have fun.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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8th June 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for your responses to our most recent survey. Your input is valued and welcome and the results can be viewed in the jpeg below.

September is just under three months away. A great deal can happen in that time. Three months ago none of us knew what was ahead of us.

There is a great deal of uncertainty. No one can predict what the situation will be in September. As a school we have no say in how and when schools will reopen but we are hoping to get some guidance on the from the Department this week.

We miss the children, spending time with them and helping them learn. We would love if we could start back in September as normal and work with the children, to see them back playing with friends, to hear all about how they have been doing, to address any gaps in their learning and to reassure them that all is well.

We have been watching what is happening in other countries when children return to school. ‘Blended learning’ seems to be a possibility, when because of ‘social distancing’ numbers are reduced in classrooms. We don’t know what the rules about ‘social distancing’ will be in three months time and we are hoping for the best. We are thinking about how we could make the best use of the space we have, but there may be some changes to the school week. We understand the inconvenience of this and would like to reassure you that we would bring in families on the same days.

At the moment we are just gathering the information that will help us plan for the best outcomes. We want to work together with you to achieve this. Many of the staff are homeschooling while they work, so they understand the challenges parents face. We want to address difficulties you may be having as best we can.

With 328 families in the school we got a wide range of answers. The key findings are;

  • 6% have no access to a device.
  • 61% are sharing a device with others
  • 29%  have no printer access
  • 20% have limited access to a printer
  • 4%  have no or limited internet access

Some parents find teaching hard, and some are enjoying it. While some parents would like more engagement online, others have requested the use of books and copies and minimal work online. Some prefer revision, while others would like to move on to new topics at home. Some parents would like ‘busy work’, others would like something that fulfils the curriculum. Some parents asked for more engagement and some have requested less.

Regarding parent concerns on blended learning, what we did learn was that parents have concerns about:

– availability of childcare, asking a child minder to home school

– safety, family members who are high risk

– the effects of school closure on children, emotionally socially as well as educationally

– difficulties children have with focus and distractions where they feel there is little accountability, worries parents have about children falling behind.

– Irish, Art, tin whistle, project work and handwriting can be hard. Workbooks like ‘Figure It Out’ are easier to do.

– concerns about Junior Infants, particularly with socialization,

– Sixth Classes preparing for secondary school

– Children with additional needs

There is shared agreement that parents would like a safe environment, with investment by the DES as necessary to reduce spread of virus. If there was to be a ‘new normal’ where the school environment was very different, parents wondered on the effect this would have on children. You would like if we could show flexibility and understanding of work commitments and home school. You would also like to see a more uniform approach across the school

Some of these lessons can be implemented immediately:

– Work will be sent home on a Friday, not a Sunday.

– Work will not require a printer.

We appreciate all you have been doing at home. With these responses you have given us a lot to think about. We have taken on board what you have told us. We will keep the lines of communication open. We will do our best. Parents and teachers have been on a sharp learning curve. Staff will continue to work on upskilling in the new circumstance in which we find ourselves. Please be assured that we will do our very best to make sure that the children’s return to school is a happy and healthy time for them.

Kind regards,

Ms Costello

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2nd June 2020

Dear Parents, Please find attached details on the SCHOOLWEAR HOUSE REOPENING in June. Kind regards, Ms. Costello

1st June 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all having a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend. This year, it seems summer has arrived a little earlier than expected with beautiful days to lift our spirits.The weather has been absolutely gorgeous over the last few weeks and has afforded us the opportunity to spend quality time with family enjoying summer activities outdoors. La vie est belle.

As time goes on, and weeks have turned into months, I know that many of our children are finding learning at home consistently more challenging. From the correspondence we have been receiving of late, it is obvious that home learning fatigue is setting in. The fact that siblings in Secondary School have now finished up for the year, does not help matters. The fall off in engagement from the beginning of the lock down to now is to be expected.Taking learning outdoors will help with re-engagement.It is proven that being outdoors in the sunlight improves our mood and helps keeps us feeling balanced and focused. My advice to you therefore at this time is to allow the home learning take place as much as possible outside. Also, don’t forget the Home School Hub and Cúla4 are great resources to tap into.The links to this weeks schedules are here: RTE Home School Hub  and  Cúla4

School in the month of June is very different from all the other months of the year. While there continues to be a strong focus on Numeracy and Literacy, it is traditionally the month of summer activities, school tours and of course the all important annual school sports day. St. Brigid’s Sports Day, which was scheduled for Friday 12th June, will not happen this year in the format we are accustomed to. However, Ms Murray is busy working on a virtual sports day plan, which will be sent out to all families early next week. We hope as many of the boys and girls will commit to participating in our first and hopefully last ever virtual sports day and that they will enjoy the day.

I said in a previous email that it is important to continue to have high expectations for your children, to remain positive, to keep up with a daily routine and to engage with learning activities that the children enjoy. It is important to remember that children learn best when they are happy.

Finally, a huge thank you from all the staff for the support and encouragement you are giving to your children in the times we are currently living through. I know many of you are working full time and it is not easy juggling home and work life. Continue doing what you are doing. Rest assured you are doing your best and your best is good enough.

Until next week, take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,
Ms. Costello

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29th May 2020

LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well and safe in these exceptional times and are not finding things too stressful. Our school Principal Ms Costello has kept the Board of Management aware of the work that the teachers and SNAs have been doing, to assist your children continue their learning despite the school being closed and of the huge efforts you the parents are making to support this. The Board greatly appreciates the work being done by everyone and is anxious to support you in any way possible.

Re-opening of school

You will be aware that the current Government advice is that schools will remain closed until 1st September. I think everyone is very anxious to ensure that the schools will in fact open on that day. This will of course be subject to it being safe to do so. The Board of Management and the teachers and school staff are very keen to be able to return safely on 1st September. We have already started to look at what a return will look like in light of Public Health advice, social distancing etc. and trying to anticipate what arrangements we will have to make and any measures we may need to put in place to ensure we can open.

We are also aware that the Department of Education and Science in consultation with the education partners and public health experts are considering what the “new normal” will be when the schools re-open. We expect to receive guidance from the Department on this in the next few weeks and this will assist our own planning. I want to assure you at this stage that the Board the teachers and the staff are very anxious to get back to school as soon as possible and we are fully committed to doing everything possible to achieve this. We will keep you informed of progress as we go on and if it will be possible to have a full return or whether some form of ‘staggered classes’ will be necessary. Our objective is to achieve normality or as close to it as possible.

Bereavements

The Board of Management has learned that a number of families and staff have suffered bereavements since the closure of the school. Unfortunately we have been unable to offer support and sympathy in the usual way so I take this opportunity on behalf of the whole school community to offer our condolences to the bereaved and to pray that their loved ones are safe in the arms of God.

First Communion, Confirmation, Graduation

Unfortunately it has not been possible to celebrate any of these important and always joyful events as we had planned. Fr Gerard and Fr John have used the Morning Mass on the parish webcam and the Evening Prayer on the Zoom App to pray for the boys and girls on the appropriate dates and I know that the Principal and class teachers were also in touch with special messages for the occasion. The parish and the school are committed to celebrating the sacraments when it is possible to do so.

It will not be possible to celebrate the 6th class graduation in the normal way either. We are aware that some schools have held virtual graduation ceremonies on the Zoom or other platforms. The Board and the teachers have considered this and we feel that a virtual celebration is not a satisfactory substitute for the usual graduation mass and celebration in the parish hall and we do not therefore intend to arrange one. We feel it is preferable to wait until we can have a proper graduation ceremony and we are committed to arranging this as soon as it is possible. We are considering whether it might be possible to arrange a less formal get together of the girls and boys before 1st September, within Public Health guidelines – possibly sometime in August.

Conclusion

Finally I want, on behalf of the Board of Management, to thank you for your help and support for the school and the staff throughout these extraordinary times. I hope the next few weeks when ‘distance learning’ will continue, to whatever extent is possible for each family, will not be too stressful and that you and your children will be able to enjoy the good weather. Enjoy the summer holidays. Please stay safe and well.

We look forward to seeing you all when we re-open.

Tom Sherlock

Chairman

Board of Management

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25th May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Click on ‘Read more’ below to see an audio message for the children for this week.

Kind regards, Ms. Costello

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24th May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Week 9 of Home Learning. It is strange how the days seem to be going by so slowly while the weeks seem to be flying by.

It was so nice to catch up with some of you last Wednesday when you were collecting your children’s books even if it was from a 2m distance and even if it was only briefly. Your cooperation on the day was very much appreciated and ensured we could distribute the books in a safe manner.

I  know the boys and girls have been trying really hard to keep up with their weekly school work and I am so proud of all that they have achieved over the last two months. I have enjoyed hearing about all the new skills they have been acquiring from learning to ride a bike, to baking cakes, to painting fences, to learning to read.  Skills for life indeed. I particularly like hearing about all the books they have been reading.  I know some children say they don’t like reading. It is my firm  belief that they just haven’t found the right book. What better gift can we give a child than a love for reading !!

Spare a thought for our  6th classes who  were due to make their Confirmation next Thursday 28th May in Holy Rosary Church surrounded by family and friends.   However, due to the  Covid 19 pandemic this has been put on hold for now. This is hard on our 6th class students but it will be all the more special  when it does eventually happen.

If you haven’t already seen the special  video the boys and girls in Ms. Smith’s Junior Infants made  to thank our front line staff for all they do on our school website, I urge you to do so. It would melt you heart and will certainly keep you smiling. One of the children is even wearing a white coat. How cute is that  !!

I love hearing from the boys and girls so if they have anything work they  want to send me, I would be delighted to see it.

Finally, I know that many of the children are enjoying the  RTE Home School Hub and Cúla4 programmes. Below are the links to this week schedules for your convenience .

RTE School Hub     Cúla4

Until next week, stay safe, stay well and stay home.

Le meas,

Ms. Costello

21st May 2020

Dear Parents /Guardians,

Thanks for picking up your child’s books yesterday.  It went very smoothly.  Some people couldn’t make it yesterday.  We are opening one more slot to collect your child’s books on next MONDAY 25th MAY from 9.30 am -11.00 am.  Entrance to the school will be via the old convent.  Please come to the school office to collect books. We would ask you to keep social distancing in mind when entering and exiting the school on Monday.

Kind regards,
Ms. Costello

19th May 2020

Dear Parents,

As a follow up to the email sent last Thursday.

Just a quick reminder that the book collection is taking place tomorrow Wednesday 20th May.

All classes have been allocated individual timeslots.  Please note, you will collect all books for your family, at the time allocated to your oldest child if you have more than one child in the school.

Click HERE to download the collection schedule for Wednesday.

We will not be in a position to take back, schoolbooks, book rental books or library books tomorrow.

 

We would appreciate your co-operation in the one-way system which will be in operation when entering and exiting the school grounds tomorrow.  Please note the entrance and exit point for your family.

 

We would urge you to leave the grounds as soon as you have collected your books to ensure everyone’s safety.

 

Stay safe and stay well.  See you all tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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Sunday 17th May, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Tomorrow marks a new beginning for us all as we enter Phase 1 of the lifting of restrictions. This is good news and a positive note to start the new week.

I know every family’s experience of home learning is different but whatever your experience has been over the last number of weeks. it certainly was an opportunity to spend some more time with your children and this has got to be a good thing. You will never get these days back so enjoy them while you can.

Saturday was to have been a very special day for the boys and girls in Ms. Murray’s and Ms. Staunton’s 2nd classes. They were to have made their First Holy Communion in Holy Rosary Church surrounded by family and friends. Unfortunately as you know this could not go ahead due to the Covid 19 Restrictions that are currently in place.. However, our families are made of tough stuff and the boys and girls together with their families managed to mark the day in their own special way and create memories for the future. From the photos I received, it is obvious that the children enjoyed their day in spite of everything. And can I say , that they all looked really beautiful and really happy. When they do eventually get to make their First Communion, it will be an extra, extra special day.

A quick reminder that you can collect your childrens’ books from the school on Wednesday 20th May. It is important that you adhere strictly to the times allocated to ensure everything runs according to plan.

Please find below the links to the Cula4 and Home School Hub.schedules for the coming week.

For the Home School Hub from Monday 8th May to Friday 18th May to Friday 22nd May Click HERE to download

For Cula4 scroll down the link to see the lesson content planned for the week.

Finally, I know the enthusiasm for home learning may be waning a little, but just remember we are all here to help you should you need us. The teachers are keen to know how the children in their classes are getting on with home learning so I would encourage the boys and girls to send in one piece of work to their teacher each week. Alternatively, an email to say they are getting on fine would be very much appreciated.

Say hello to the boys and girls for me and tell them I am so proud of them all.

Until next week,

Slán go fóill,

Ms. Costello

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14th May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are organising to distribute your child/children’s school books on Wednesday 20th MayThe collection will take place at designated collection points A , B, C, D and E in the school grounds Attached please find the Timetable for Book Collection

The following guidelines MUST be strictly adhered to:

  • Please adhere to your allocated time. Times are final and cannot be changed.
  • No children are allowed on the premises.
  • There is a strict one-way system in place for entering and leaving the school grounds.
  • Teachers will have organised siblings’ books to go to their older brother/sister’s class for collection so please note time of your eldest child’s class collection only
  • Bags will be ordered alphabetically to speed up the collection.
  • A staff member will leave your child’s bag on the table for you.

When you collect the bags, please leave the school grounds quickly and safely.

  • Parents must not stop to chat to other parents at any time during the collection.
  • Please adhere to HSE social distancing guidelines at all times.

 

Collecting multiple bags from your child’s class only

To promote social distancing and maximise safety for all, whilst supporting parents who cannot collect their child’s books, we would ask parents to liaise with each other when organising the collection of multiple bags.

We thank parents who are collecting multiple bags for other children but please ensure that the bags are from your child’s own class as these are the only bags that will be available at that time slot.

 

Myself and some staff members will be in the school on Wednesday to facilitate the collection. The Gardaí will monitor the collection to ensure that the guidelines are being adhered to.

 

I would strongly advise all parents to follow the strict rules set out above.

 

I would appreciate your full cooperation to ensure we carry out this task safely.

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Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Principal

MONDAY MORNING AUDIO MESSAGE for CHILDREN from MRS COSTELLO: 11th May 2020.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope all the home learning goes well this week. I know it is not easy.

Please find attached an audio message from me for your children. It is an MP3 file so you should be able to open it on any smart device or laptop.

Kind regards,.

Ms. Costello

10th May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you well and safe. I don’t know where this week has gone to.

We have been blessed with some beautiful weather over the last few days. I know that a  lot of learning has been taking place outdoors this week and that is exactly as it should be. Children learn best by doing and there is no better place to be active than outdoors.

This week I have enjoyed looking at some of the fantastic work your children have produced as part of this week’s home learning. The teachers have been sending me on some of their projects, stories, book reports and drawings. I am in awe at all of the new knowledge and skills they are acquiring. I am looking forward to meeting the next David Attenbourgh, the next JK Rowling when we return to school. The boys and girls are a credit to you all, to themselves and to their teachers.

To keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the school I would encourage you check out the school website. The video clips of the younger children will bring a smile to you face.

I know the thought of sustaining home learning for the foreseeable  future can appear daunting but I would like to reassure you that the teachers and I are here for you every step of the way and are eager to help in any way that we can.

Here are the links to the RTE Home School Hub  and Cula4 ar Scoil schedules

If you are looking for some more material to occupy your child, I recommend “The Childrens Times” that comes with the Sunday Times.

Stay well and stay safe.

Ms Costello

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NEW:’Morning Boys and Girls, I hope you had a nice Bank Holiday Weekend and are ready for another week of home schooling. You are used to hearing me at 12.15pm on the Intercom at school each day so I decided to surprise you with a short audio message today’. Click HERE to download it so you can listen it on your laptop or tablet.

The following version you can play on your phone:

Audio Message to Children 4 May 2020 (online-audio-converter.com).mp3

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5th May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,,

We are currently planning for you to come and collect your childrens school books. However, this will not take place until after the 18th of May in keeping with the Governments recent guidelines on the opening of school buildings for school staff. As you will appreciate the logistics of, organising the collection of the books while ensuring that social distancing is maintained will be challenging. We will be in touch again with you with your date and time for collection when we have the plans finalised.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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3rd May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians.

I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather we are having this Bank Holiday Weekend and availing of the opportunity to get outdoors even if it is within a 2km limit. Thank you to those of you who have been in touch. Your messages are very much appreciated.

I know that two emails within two days may seem a bit excessive. However, in light of the Taoiseach’s announcement on Friday that schools would remain closed until the Autumn, I thought it was necessary.

Tears have been shed in many a household within our community since this news broke. Dreams of the longed for school tours, Sports Day and the Basketball League have all been shattered not to mention the disappointment for our 2nd and 6th classes who will not be making their First Communions and Confirmations this year. My heart goes out particularly to our 6th class students whose time in Primary School has been cut short so abruptly. However, I guarantee we will mark their time at St. Brigid’s with a very special celebration when it is safe to do so. And that is a promise you can hold me too.

Covid 19 has had a huge impact on us all. Despite all the turmoil, there is cause for hope. There is no doubt that our children have been asked to sacrifice a lot but they will emerge a more resilient, empathetic generation from this pandemic.

Finally, I would like to assure you that the staff of St. Brigid’s will continue to deliver the high standard of teaching and learning that you have come to expect from our school . I can’t speak highly enough about my staff and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their professionalism and dedication publicly. A huge thank you to Tara also who has been keeping things going behind the scenes as usual.

Say a big hello to the boys and girls for me and remind them ” to always look on the bright side of life.” I will be sending them their own special message tomorrow.

Fan sabháilte.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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1st May 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Today marks the end of another five days of home learning.

I know for some, the week has not been without its challenges. I am conscious of the fact that the novelty of home learning may be wearing thin and that home learning fatigue may be setting in. This is perfectly normal and to be expected. The children are missing their friends and would like to get back to learning as they know it.

My advice at this time is not to stress about schoolwork. When school returns to normal, we will get your children back on track. We are teachers and that’s what we are trained to do. In the meantime, continue to have high expectations for your child/children, remain positive, keep up with a daily routine and engage with learning activities that the children enjoy. It is also important that the children link in with their teachers at least once a week so the teachers can see how they are getting on and offer any support they may need.

Can I let you in on a little secret? The teachers are really missing the children and are really anxious to hear their news and all about the new skills they have acquired.

While today marks the end of five weeks of home learning, it also marks the beginning of a new month, the beginning of Summer, the beginning of new experiences. Thinking about this has brought to mind the poem “Begin” by Brendan Kennelly, particularly the last four lines.

“Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.”

Our children will not give in. They will continue to grow and be the best that they can be.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend. Enjoy this special time with your families. Talk to you all again next week.

Le meas,

Ms. Costello

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1st May 2020

Dear Parents,

FYI – The timetables and details for Week 3 Cúla4 ar Scoil  and for the Home School Hub from Tues 5th May to Friday 8th May.

https://www.rte.ie/learn/2020/0418/1132305-home-school-hub-teachers-lesson-plan/

Ms. Costello
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26th April, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As promised, here are the details for this weeks Cúla4 ar ScoiL and RTE Home School Hub. I hope they are of some help.

For those of you want to support your childs learning of Irish at home, Cúla4 ar Scoil is a school program on TG4 covering elements of the primary curriculum with different themes each week. This weeks theme is Éadaí (Clothes). It’s airs daily at 10 a.m. Details of the timetable are at https://www.cula4.com/en/shows/cula4-ar-scoil/

Regards.

Ms. Costello

RTE HOME SCHOOL HUB Week: 27 – April 1 May

Date Subject

1st & 2nd

Subject

3rd & 4th

Subject

5th & 6th

Monday 27 April History (Children of Lir) Gaeilge (Ócáidí Speisialta) Science (Lava Lamp)
Tuesday 28 April Geography (Local Natural Environment) Maths (Data) History (The Normans)
Wednesday 29 April PE (Gymnastics) English (Poetry – Limericks) Music (Alouette)
Thursday 30 April Maths (Algebra) ISL (Irish Sign Language)  Visual Arts (Viewfinder)
Friday 1 May English (Grammar) Maths (Lines and Angles) Geography (Flora & Fauna)

24th April, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians

You have come to the end of another week of supporting home learning.

It is not easy I know, but from the emails and communication we have been receiving, it would appear that the children are coping well over all under the circumstances. Children are very resilient and a great example to us all.

I know that many of you are taking advantage of the good weather we are having of late and that a lot of learning is taking place outdoors in back gardens. This is to be encouraged. After all,a book is no substitute for nature.

There are some in our school community who have lost loved ones recently. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

FYI

  • Barnardos have launched a national telephone support service for parents in response to the challenges they are facing during the Covid 19 Pandemic 1800 910 123. They are providing support and advice to parents on a range of issues issues
  • Ms. Beausang updates the Junior and Senior Webmixes on the school website every Monday morning. Be sure to check them out.
  • Home School Hub & Cúla4 ar Scoil -Unfortunately, I have not yet received the scheduling for next week but I will send this on as soon as I receive it.

A final word, I feel it is important to remember to take one day at a time, try to focus on the positive and do what works best for your family.

Have a good weekend. Stay safe and stay well

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

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20th April, 2020

Hello Children,

It feels strange to be welcoming you back after your Easter holidays via email rather than in person in your classroom,  or on the corridors or in the playground.

I do hope you enjoyed the last couple of weeks, especially  the wonderful weather and perhaps a little  chocolate was consumed.

It is back to home learning today for the next couple of weeks at least. Please do what you can in agreement with your parents / guardians. Remember,  try and read a little bit everyday, and if you read a particularly great book, send me an email with the name of the book and a short blurb along with the reasons you enjoyed the book.

Finally, remember, we are still all trying to stay healthy by washing our hands regularly, maintaining social distance and exercising good cough & sneeze etiquette.

Take care and continue to make me proud by being the best that you can be.

Your virtual Principal,

Ms. Costello

19th April, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

The teachers have organised some home learning for your children for  this coming week. You know your child  and what works best for them. Listen to them and be guided by them.

I came across some good advice in this regard from a lecturer in Digital Education from Marino Institute of Education who says “Parents should focus on routine and not productivity”

For your convenience please find below the timetable for this weeks RTE Home School Hub and a link to the materials from previous episodes. This might help a little in organising the home learning.

We are all here to help you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need us.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Worksheets and supporting material from previous episodes can be found at https://www.rte.ie/learn/

RTE HOME SCHOOL HUB Week: 20-24 April

Date Subject

1st & 2nd

Subject

3rd & 4th

Subject

5th & 6th

Monday 20 April Gaeilge (Éadaí) Art – Marbling SPHE (Worry)
Tuesday 21 April SPHE (Helping at Home) SESE (Counties of Ireland) English (Haiku)
Wednesday 22 April Art (Stencils) English (Biography) Music (Carnival of the Animals)
Thursday 23 April Maths (Data) PE (Circuit Lesson)  Science (Solar Oven)
Friday 24 April Drama (Exploring) English (Poetry) Gaeilge (Dul Siar ar Éadaí)

 

17th April, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you all had a nice Easter and an opportunity to spend some quality time with your children and just be.

I know the news that schools would remain closed for the foreseeable future was not the news you wanted to hear from Minister McHugh last week. It is not the news we tthe staff at St. Brigid’s wanted to hear either. We are anxious to get back to school to engage with teaching and learning as we know best. We miss the children terribly and the unique atmosphere of the school setting.

However, this is not to be for the time being. To stay safe and stay well, we must stay at home.

Trying to work from home whilst entertaining children and refereeing sibling quarrels, all the while facilitating home learning is undoubtedly challenging. Not to mention the worry of a sick relative or concern for a member of the family who has just lost their job due to the Covid crisis. If any of the work being sent home by teachers is causing stress and anxiety for you or your child/children, you don’t have to do it. As I have said many times before, you know your child best. Be guided by them.

I would like to reassure you of the teachers commitment to support your child’s/childrens’ learning over the coming weeks. . I want you to know that we are all here for you. If you any problem, no matter how small, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. .

Finally, I want to commend you on the excellent job you are all doing in supporting your childrens’ learning at home and reassure you that your children are learning even when they are not learning.

Be sure to say hello to all the boys and girls from all the staff.

Regards,

Ms. Costello

8th April 2020

EASTER NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please find attached our Easter Newsletter.

Happy Easter to one and all. Say a special hello to the boys and girls for me.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Easter Newsletter 2020

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26th March 2020
Boys and Girls, I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

You are now at the end of two weeks of home learning. I know that this type of learning is very different from what you are used to but I am confident that you will continue to be the best that you can be no matter where the learning is taking place.

I am excited to hear about all the new skills and knowledge you will have picked up over the last while. The world is such a wonderful place and there is so much out there to explore.

It is important to keep up with your reading during this time even it’s only for 10 mins a day.  Getting out in the fresh air is also really important along with washing your hands, keeping your physical distance and doing everything else that your parents tell you to do. Mum and Dad know best !!

I know that you are really missing your friends right now but it will make meeting up again when we return to school all the more special.

The school is a very lonely looking place right now.  Myself and your teachers are a really missing you and hopefully it won’t be too much longer until we are all back together again.

Bye for now, Ms. Costello

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3rd April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you well and safe.

Let me begin by thanking you for the lovely messages of support and good wishes that we have received from so many of you over the last few weeks.. I can’t tell you how much it means to us all. It is very much appreciated

I take my hat off to you the parents for the part you are playing in supporting your children’s learning at home at this difficult time . I know that none of you signed up for the job and I appreciate how difficult it can be managing home and school life under the one roof. It is great to hear that many of your children are engaging fully with this new form of learning and that is a testament to just how resilient our young students are.

However, for others, it a proving to be a bit of a challenge. This is to be expected as many children require the routine structure of the school day, the physical environment of the school building and the face to face interaction with the class teacher to learn best. As I have mentioned before, please don’t let any school suggested activities add in any way to what is an already stressful and testing time for many.. You know your child/children best. Be guided by them.

Like you, all of us at St. Brigid’s are trying to manage and cope with the many changes imposed upon us since the forced school closure three weeks ago..As teachers we are committed to supporting your child/children from a distance, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can support them further.

On another note, there has been a whopping response to the online St. Brigid’s Home Learning Survey. Mile buíochas to all who took the time to complete it. It will help greatly with the planning for home learning going forward. I will analyse the data over the Easter and send a report on to you of the findings. Thanks again for your participation. We are all in this together.

I will be sending out the Easter New Letter over the coming days. A nice way to stay in touch with the Community I think.

Say a big hello to your children from me. Tell them that I am really missing them all. i hope it’s not too long before we meet up again and get the opportunity to share experiences and new skills learned over this time

Finally, on behalf of the Board of Management, the Staff and myself, I would like to wish you all a very happy Easter. Put the books away, enjoy this down time with family and take the time to appreciate the wonderful world we live .

Slán go fóill.

Ms. Costello

24th March, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well and remembering to practice social distancing.

The last two weeks have been particularly challenging for families of school going children and with the Minister for Education confirming today that schools will not be reopening in the short term, it looks like these challenges may continue for some time.

We as a school, do not want to add to the stress and pressure that parents/guardians may be feeling right now. We understand fully that the teaching and learning that take place in the classroom cannot be replicated in the home nor would we expect it to. We appreciate how difficult it is to motivate children to do school work when they are not in the school setting. The children have had to adapt to a new way of learning and this takes time. Add to this the many distractions at home and it is easy to see how quickly routine can go out the window.

The teachers have assigned work to our pupils in attempt to ensure continuity of learning and to help provide some structure and routine to the childrens’ day. However, you as the parent/guardian and  primary educator, are best placed to know what is and what is not working for your child/children in your home setting. Remember there are many forms of learning and school work is just one of them. We are really looking forward to hearing all the different skills and knowledge that the children will have acquired by the time we return to school.

To summarise, my message to you is to use the school work provided if it is working for you as a family. If it is not, I am confident that you will think of other activities that will keep your children occupied and engaged during this time. Don’t forget , there are lots of useful links and information  on the school website for both online and offline activities.

Stay well, stay safe and remember we are here to help and support you.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

20th March, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this email finds you all well. We are indeed living in unprecedented times.

I understand that juggling and balancing life’s demands is particularly difficult at present. There is also the added worry for some of caring for elderly or vulnerable relatives and a real fear around losing jobs and the fear of contracting the dreaded virus.

Our education system is designed around the norms of classrooms where we as a community trust a small number of adults to deliver a curriculum that enables each child to reach their full attention. Now, parents/guardians are being asked to work from home and home school their children at the same time. No easy task I know.

I am aware that your own family circumstances will dictate what you can provide for your child or children in the home at this time. I know that for some, getting to the teacher assigned work can be a difficult task. So my advice is that education happens in lots of different ways so don’t be hard on yourself or feel guilty if its not happening daily. There is more to education than the curriculum. Our children will bounce back and may indeed pick up many other useful skills during these weeks. You focus at this moment for your family will likely be to keep everyone safe and happy.

Rest assures that the staff are continuing to prepare resources and materials to support the learning that will be taking place at home over the coming days and weeks. Don’t forget that if you are looking for ideas to keep enquiring minds busy, there is a wealth of really useful information and links on the school website.

Please don’t be afraid to reach out to us if there is a concern or question that we might be able to help you with. We may not be able to get back to you straight away but we will do our very best to help and support you. You the parents can support each other by sharing strategies that you have found useful.

We are missing the daily interaction with your children and look forward to re-opening the school when it is safe to do so. Stay safe, stay well and remember when we do come back from this – and we will come back from this – we will come back stronger.

All the best.

Ms Costello.

12th March, 2020

The teachers have prepared SCHOOL WORK for your children to do during school closure. They are contacting their classes on the ‘platform’ they use most frequently and that parents are most used to. This might be Aladdin Connect, Seesaw, Class Dojo, email or Google Classroom. Please note that replicating the classroom learning environment for your child at home would not be possible. So much of the teaching and learning that occurs in the classroom is rooted in oral language e.g. direct teaching, class discussions, partner work and group work. Written work is always built upon an essential foundation of oral language. Therefore, it is not possible or relevant to provide enough ‘written work’ to keep your child busy for the entirety of what would be a school day. What we have tried to do, is provide what we feel is enough work to sustain and reinforce learning until we can return to normal. Teachers will be in touch over the length of the school closure. We will supplement this work with some further suggestions here on the school website, which we hope you will find useful. We provide this work to be helpful and not to put families under any pressure. Routine will be reassuring for your child at this time. These are suggestions only. The work provided is not compulsory.

Good attendance matters

WHAT MIGHT YOU MISS IF YOU MISS SCHOOL?

Independence Day? The Halloween Bake Sale? The day the baby lambs come to visit? The day the hens came. Baking buns in the staffroom? Making pizza in the staffroom? The Day the Santa Claus Man visits? The school decorated for Christmas. The school decorated for Halloween. English: our class novel, learning poems, writing poems, writing stories. Teacher reading to us. Irish: fun and games in Irish, learning Irish songs. Maths: doing our sums, learning our tables, doing problem solving. PE with teacher. PE with Cormac. PE in the hall. PE in the yard. PE anywhere. Go Noodle. Art: drawing, painting, using clay, using pastels, use charcoal, being messy. Music: listening to music, singing songs, singing rounds, singing in harmony. Learning about long ago. Learning about other countries. Learning about science. Aistear in Infants. Library day. The Library Ladies. Music Generation with Joan. The days we plant things. The day we harvest things and eat them. Using the ipads, laptops or chromebooks. School plays. Rehearsals. The musicals. Seeing the little kids do their plays. Being the audience when the older children perform. Sports. Matches. GAA. Basketball. Bicycle Safety, Scoot to School Day. After school activities. The day we get our photographs taken. The photographer that tells jokes. Dressing up for Halloween. Non uniform days. School Tours. Nature Walks. Trips to the Beach. The Seaside Scavenger Hunt, Sports Day. Students vs Teacher. Basketball Match. Visitors to the school. When the gardaí come to visit. When the fire brigade come to see us. More visitors to the school: the priest, ‘The Happy Pear’, authors, sports people, successful teams, the Sam Maguire Cup, scientists, engineers, artists, the photographer, politicians, the fire alarm, the day a dog came into the yard

What else would you miss?

There are so many interesting things to do in school it would be a pity to miss any of it.

#MissSchoolMissOut !

Reading with dogs

Could you and your dog spare a few hours each month to visit a local school to help improve children’s literacy and confidence?
We in St. Brigid’s would LOVE to have a dog visit our school to help children with reading. ‘Burns by Your Side’ will give you and your dog the opportunity to become trained volunteers.

Working alongside your dog, you will visit a local school for a few hours each month. Your dog could help children: increase motivation to read independently. The tried and tested method helps children gain confidence in building their vocabulary and fluency by reading to a dog. The dog is a non-judgmental listener, whose very presence may calm and relax reluctant and anxious readers. Dogs do not judge. In addition children involved in the scheme are taught how to handle the reading dogs appropriately, including how to greet and respect dogs and how to be safe around them.

Your dog should be healthy, well behaved and have a good level of obedience, be over 18 months old, have lived with you for at least a year. You’ll receive full training in the form of a canine good citizenship course for you and your dog, on going support, uniform for both dog and handler, full Garda Vetting. The training is at a small cost, and will be held over 12 weeks for 90 minutes during a weekday morning in Bray. To find out more about the scheme and how to apply contact orlagh@burnspet.ie

If you and your dog fulfil the criteria, Orlagh will arrange an initial meeting for you to understand the scheme a little more,
discuss your volunteering desires and see if your dog will be comfortable in his/her volunteering role. To learn more about this initiative take a look at the Burns by Your Side website; www.burnsbyyourside.org

After school activities

AFTER SCHOOLS ACTIVITIES 2019-2020

Dear Parents,

The general feedback on how we enrolled children for after school activities in previous years was that queuing system just wasn’t working. Parents also found our online option very frustrating.

With this in mind, we have decided to pilot a new system this year bearing in mind that most children were successful in securing a place in their preferred activity in previous years.

Children who were enrolled in Art, Basketball, GAA Football and Theatre Group for 2018-2019 will have first preference to re-enrol for next year. To secure your offered place, you need to pay a deposit of €30 online by Thursday 27th June at 9am. A payment link will be emailed separately to you this evening. Any remaining places will go into a lottery and the lottery draw will take place on Friday 28th June after the Uniform Sale at 11.00am. You are welcome to attend the draw.

If you would like your child’s name to be included in the lottery, please email the office stating the Activity and Day of choice e.g. Joe Blogs, Room 20, Art Tuesday.

If your child is successful in securing a place in the lottery you will receive an online payment link to pay the deposit by Wednesday 3rd July. If no deposit is received, we will offer the place to the next drawn ticket.

For 3rd Class 2019-2020 Students ONLY

As these students have not previously been enrolled in Art, Basketball, GAA Football or Theatre Group, places will be offered through the lottery system only. Please email the office stating the Activity and Day of choice e.g. Joe Blogs, Room 20, Art Tuesday. Their names are then put into the draw taking place on Friday 28th June.

If you have any difficulty in making a payment at this time, please contact me before Thursday 27th June at 9.00am.

You can download the list of extra curricular activities here:

After School Activities List 2019

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Costello

Please see attached list for days and classes for the various activities.

Art- Places will be offered to those enrolled in Art 2018-2019 first. Deposit to be paid online by Thursday 27th June at 9am to secure place. You will receive a payment link if your child is currently enrolled.

A lottery will take place Friday 28th June for any remaining places.

Athletics- Enrolment through school office in September

Basketball- Places will be offered to those enrolled in Basketball 2018-2019 first. Deposit to be paid online by Thursday 27th June at 9am to secure place. You will receive a payment link if your child is currently enrolled.

A lottery will take place Friday 28th June for any remaining places.

Football- Places will be offered to those enrolled in GAA Football 2018-2019 first. Deposit to be paid online by Thursday 27th June at 9am to secure place. You will receive a payment link if your child is currently enrolled.

A lottery will take place Friday 28th June for any remaining places.

French- Enrol directly via www. littlelingua.com

Guitar – Enrol directly with Marc Roche at 086-393 5142

Science- To be confirmed with Fiona Lang

Swimming -Enrolment through school office in September (places will be offered to current swimmers first)

Tennis- Enrol directly with Diane Cahill at 085-145 2000 or dianecahill9@gmail.com

Theatre Group- Places will be offered to those enrolled in Theatre Group 2018-2019 first. Deposit to be paid online by Thursday 27th June at 9am to secure place. You will receive a payment link if your child is currently enrolled.

A lottery will take place Friday 28th June for any remaining places.

School Calendar

The Parents’ Association have very kindly offered to organise the school calendar for 2019 as it was such a big hit over the last couple of years. However, there is a new twist for this year.  Each month will be themed, and we are asking the children to dress in keeping with the theme for the month. Children born in January will dress in ‘winter clothes’ (hats, scarves etc.) children born in June will dress in ‘sports gear’ (rugby kit, tennis outfit, school tracksuit etc.) and so on.

Photographs for the calendar will be taken on TUESDAY 9th October in the school hall by the calendar committee from the Parents’ Association.

Themes for the year 2019 are detailed below.

Children born in

Theme

What to Wear

Props

January

Winter

Winter Clothes

Hats, scarves, Ear Muffs

February

St. Brigid’s/ First day of Spring

Full School Uniform

Spring Flowers, Hearts for Valentine’s Day

March

St. Patrick’s Day

Green Clothing

Shamrocks, Irish Flags, Head Boppers

April

Easter

Yellow /Orange Clothing

Easter Eggs, Baskets, Bunnies etc

May

Month of Mary / Flowers

Blue /Spring Flower coloured clothing

Toy animals, flowers

June

Sports- Active Schools

Football/Rugby/ Tennis/ Basketball kits

Balls, Racquets, Skipping ropes etc

July

Summer

Appropriate Summer Clothing

Beach balls, sun glasses, sun hats etc

August

Farming / Harvest

Autumnal coloured clothing

Corn, hay, grass, rake, spade etc

September

Back to School

Full school uniform

Apples, pencils, school bag etc

October

Halloween

Non-Scary Fancy Dress

Pumpkins, brooms, Halloween props

November

Literacy – Book Characters

Dress up as your favourite book character

Books, Book Markers, props to go with chosen character

December

Christmas

Christmas Jumper / Christmas Clothing

Snowmen, Reindeer, Christmas Props

If you need any further information, please contact the Parents’ Association.

The children can come to school dressed in their themed clothing on Tuesday 9th October.  Children born in February and September must wear their FULL School Uniform (not tracksuit) for the photo shoot.  Children may change into their school tracksuits afterwards.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

We are a Digital School of Distinction

February 2020

Lego We Do is really taking off in school. Click on ‘Read More’ below to take a look at the slide show and photos from Ms. Murray’s 2nd Class R7

January 2020

In an exciting development for ICT in St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones, advised by Ms.Staunton the school has invested some of the 2019/2020 ICT Grant to invest in ten “WeDo 2.0 Lego Kits” for the school.

Designed for primary school classrooms, the children use the kits to enhance their skills in computing and science. All classes from 2nd up will have an opportunity to use the kits over the course of the year to design their very own robots and use basic programming to make their robots move.

Ms. Staunton’s 2nd class have been the first class to use the kits. Communicating, collaborating and creativity are all part of the process as the students follow instructions, learn how to code and problem solve in an ‘hands on’ way.

With Ms.Staunton leading our learning, staff and students alike are all looking forward to learning more about WeDo 2.0 Lego and how it works.

We love learning about technology.

Hot on the heels of Ms. Staunton’s 2nd Class was Ms. Murray’s 2nd.

Lego We Do is really taking off in school. Click on ‘Read More’ below to ake a look at the slide show and photos from Ms. Murray’s 2nd Class R7

ICT WEEK: A snapshot! After an intensive Good Digital Citizen session prior to lunch, 6th class room 15 had a super short timed PowerPoint presentation on any subject they wished with advice and support from the Transition Year students from St David’s. Eight students from St. Brigid’s presented their work. It was so much fun. Well done to all. A big thank you to Ms Caffrey for having us in.

January 2020

The staff of St. Brigid’s NS would like to thank parents Ruairí O’Sullivan, Niall Harrison and Janet Watters, and past pupils Cillian and Sébastien Fulmer who generously gave of their time to come into school over the weekend and domain link and update our stock of laptops.

We are hugely in their debt and very appreciative for all they, and the rest of the Parents’ Association Digital & ICT Committee do to keep our laptops up and running particularly in advance of this term’s ICT Week with the TY students of St. David’s Secondary School (see below).

You can read more about the work the PA’s Digital & ICT Committee has done in the school HERE.

‘Many hands make light work’. If you are a parent and if this is an area of expertise you have, and are willing to share we would love to hear from you. You could drop a message for Janet with your contact details into the school office.

 

December 2020

Last week was declared an ICT success by students in 3rd and 6th class and their teachers. They would like to thank the DIGITAL and ICT Committee of the Parents’ Association and the group of wonderful TY students that came in from St. David’s, Greystones to assist them in their learning.

Building on ICT weeks that the committee has previously organised, the work will continue to focus on 3rd to 6th with the goal to increase their digital skills in preparation for their transition to secondary school and associated IT demands.  A further goal is to assist the drive on positive use of technology and to create good digital citizens.

Third Class learned about Powerpoint and Sixth worked on Scratch.

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive activities, games, and animations. Scratch helps us learn to think, to problem solve, to be creative and to work together — essential skills for life in the 21st century. And it is fun!

The success of the week was in no small part due to the extensive preparation and planning by the Parents’ Association ICT Committee and the help and guidance provided to the primary students by the TY students from St. David’s.

Many thanks to the Digital and ICT Committee who came into school on Saturday 9th November 2019 to audit all the laptops that we have.

Even since then much quick thinking, trouble shooting and repair was involved as glitches presented themselves.

Eight reconditioned laptops are being donated to our stock. Many thanks to the committee for their trojan work.

In addition another kind benefactor has donated ten reconditioned desktops to the school, so our work in digital learning is really taking off the ground with the provision of the resources we need by generous parents and friends of the school.

We would like to thank the parents involved in delivering the content this week: Janet, Amanda, Aisling, Barbara and Sandra

and in addition those who help us behind the scenes: Ruairí, Milan and Niall.

‘It takes a village to raise a child’.

 

November 2019

1.Many thanks to the Digital and ICT Committee who came into school on Saturday 9th November 2019 to audit all the laptops that we have.

In addition eight reconditioned laptops are being added to our stock. Many thanks to the committee for all their trojan work.

This audit is timely as members of the committee are running an IT week from Monday 25th November 2019.

The work will continue to focus on 3rd to 6th with the goal to increase their digital skills in preparation for their transition to Secondary school and associated IT demands.  Also the goal is to assist the drive on positive use of technology and to create good digital citizens.

2.Thanks too to the Wicklow Library Service who have given us a number of free licences for Touch Type Read Spell. We have put these to good use.

October 2019

As European Code Week comes to an end, just a reminder of the happy news we got back in June when GOOGLE EUROPE announced the names of the thirty three organisations that were getting grants for Codeweek and St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones was one of the lucky ones.

St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones were one of just six organisations from Ireland on the list to receive a Europe #CodeWeekGrant! goo.gle/EducatorGrantsECW. Many congratulations to all the other awardees.

These grants amount to €186,000, given to thirty three schools and nonprofit making organisations in Europe who will deliver computer science hands-on activities for 236,000 students.

The Irish organisations are @WeAreTUDublin @SchoolOfEd_UL @LYITComputing @MakerMeetIE one other school @stjosephsrush Post Primary.

It ‘takes a village to raise a child’ and it takes support to embed digital technologies in a primary school. We would like to thank our principal Máire Costello and Board of Management for their continuing support, our wonderful Parents’ Association Digital & ICT Committee for their hard work and vision, Ciara Brennan of the PDST for her advice and guidance, the teachers and students for their enthusiasm and GOOGLE EUROPE of course.

Here’s to learning how we can use #ComputerScience to impact students’ education, together! #GrowwithGoogle.

Success in IT in school

1.A success we had not anticipated was the ‘knock on effect’ or the ‘snowball effect’ of Codeweek within the school, as teachers and younger students who were not included in the event, were got involved. The teachers of the younger students saw the buzz coding was creating and used our Beebots. So the younger students started coding during Code Week also. This initiative was a great success with students and teachers – and looks like becoming a regular event in the infant classes.

2.Coding will not be limited to Codeweek. Another initiative is planned for November.

3.In addition Senior students acted as peer tutors and taught their teachers too, using Scratch.

4.Initially the students who were being trained as ‘leaders’  worked in pairs. This methodology worked well in terms of developing the students’ communication skills.

 

Students learned with pair programming, sharing a device and working together.

‘During pair programming, students work in tandem. The “driver” controls the mouse & keyboard while the “navigator” makes suggestions, points out errors, and asks questions…partners routinely switch roles to gain the benefits of each role’. from NCWIT’s

‘The Power of Collaborative Learning.’

 

April 2019

Planning ahead for Code Week EU October 2019

Following on from the success of the visits of the Transition Year students from St. David’s Secondary School, mentored by members of our school’s Parents Association, we are planning the following for Code Week EU in October 2019; that approximately 10-12 visiting students would coach 3rd & 4th class students attending Learning Support for Special Needs, in code using ‘Hour of Code’ activities from the Code.org website e.g.

Hour of Code on Code.org

The Learning Support students accompanied by Transition Year students and supervised by members of the Parents’ Association will be timetabled

– to initially tutor younger 2nd classes in code,
– then their peers in 3rd and 4th class
– and finally older 5th and 6th classes in the school.

This will develop
– their self esteem,
– their ‘standing’ amongst their classmates,
– and their problem solving and coding skills.

March 2019

NEW to the website: Click on THIS link for THE DIGITAL LEARNING PLAN, for St. Brigid’s Greystones 2019 – 2020 (including targets and the actions we will implement to meet the targets).

IT Week: 11th – 15th February 2019

Objective: To help all our students acquire the digital skills required for secondary school assignments and project work

This week both 3rd classes were for the first time included. Using the laptops, the following was explained:

– cloud computing
– directory management
– file location
– and naming & saving

Then we moved on to working with power point presentation slides. Parent Barbara Beatty went through a presentation slide by slide using country and frog facts. The children were supported in the classroom setting by the Transition Year students to copy what Barbara was showing. Then the students ran their own slideshow. They had so much fun.

With the 4ths and 5ths the focus was on
– using the internet as a useful research tool
– and how to manage together with preparing a fact sheet showing the full extent of work done (in Word) and a presentation, showing bullet points only (using Powerpoints)

Parent Amanda Fulmer gave us ‘Hints and Tips’ on research technique including ‘the do’s and don’ts’. She then explained the differences between using fact sheets and slide presentations. We also covered
– personal presentation skills required
– and how to get the information across.

A quote from parent Elaine Killilea on this sums this up well:
“Tell them what you are going to tell them.
Tell them.
Then tell them what you told them”.

Time was then given, supported by the Transition Year students, to practice the useful hints given.

6th class had the opportunity to review Google Classroom & drive used by St David’s Secondary school. Transition year students Ruby Mackay and Conor Campbell showed  us an individual student class room account. We saw assignments already submitted and some group project work.

Ruby advised if we can use Word and Powerpoint proficiently we would have the skill set to use Google Docs which is very similar. She showed us a 3000 word English assignment submitted. Ruby reminded us that good basic typing skills is really a must. Otherwise it will take many more hours to prepare digitally submitted projects. Click HERE to find a webmix of free online typing activities on the St. Brigid’s website.

We revised some word skills with Mr Dodd’s class and project preparation skills with Ms Murray’s. The Transition Year students then supported classroom project work mingling among the student.

 

November 2018

Our digital year has gone from strength to strength. In the last week of November, Ten TY students from St. David’s secondary school worked in St. Brigid’s teaching 4th, 5th and 6th computer skills. The TY students have been very good teachers, establishing a great rapport with the primary students and having great patience. The younger students in turn are very engaged in learning about computers from young people that they look up to. This is another great initiative from the Parents’ Association, more specifically the ICT committee. Thank you to parents Janet, Amanda and Aisling for co-ordinating this for us.

Some words from the Parents’ Association on the inaugural SCHOOL’S ICT WEEK

‘We are delighted to confirm that the Parents Association have this year continued their support of our students with their digital and ICT development for educational use. We launched an IT week on the 26th November for the senior section of our school 4th, 5th and 6th class. For the first time we were supported by ten Transition year St David’s students. The children loved being mentored by their older peer group. They were deemed much cooler than parents! A big thank you to St David’s  school for joining us on this new venture.  We hope to repeat this again next February.

What was covered?

With fourth and fifth class we focused on the huge capability of Word.  We showed where it might be more appropriate to use than Power Point and how both can be used in conjunction. The students work on Christmas menu’s  and we saw some very creative work. We were subsequently told by a parent how her child used these newly acquired skills to design a Café Price list for St David’s Christmas Café.

 

Sixth class were given a session on using the Internet safely as a research tool. They also got valuable instruction on how to present a digital project. All skills definitely required for their continued educational journey in secondary school. One class then put into action research techniques learnt for their current class project on WW2 whilst the other class in small groups put together a fact sheet on healthy lifestyle for 12 year olds. They researched, created a word document fact sheet and then presented their findings to their class mates. It was a very interesting experience.

Feedback

We have received extremely positive feedback from Ms Costello, the teachers involved and the students.

I want to thank Aisling Carroll, Amanda Fulmer, Ms Costello, the staff of St. Brigid’s and staff and students St David’s school for making this possible. Without their commitment and determination none of this would have been possible. I also want to thank the IT operational support group of parents that keep our school student laptops in working order.

Janet Waters, PA Digital & ICT Group’

You can read more about the work of the hard working and far sighted PA Digital and ICT Group HERE. New members are always welcome to this group. Just leave a message for Janet, at the school office.
September 2018

Our digital year started well.

The students and staff in St. Brigid’s were very happy to receive the following email from Scoilnet today. Scoilnet is the official education portal of the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland. Today’s email said: ‘I’m delighted to congratulate your website on being chosen as Scoilnet’s Star Site. We here at Scoilnet think that you have a great website and that it is a super point of contact between the school and the wider community. I’ve attached the Star Site logo for you to proudly display alongside your other many awards on your site.

We would like to thank everyone who contributes to our website: students, parents, teachers and secretarial staff. We would like to thank our Principal Mrs. Costello and our Board of Management who support all our work. Thank you too, for visiting our website and reading all about our school. We hope that it is like a window on all that makes St. Brigid’s NS Greystones a special place to be.

This is what was said about our website on the Scoilnet Star Site page:

Congratulations to St Brigid’s NS of Greystones, Co. Wicklow for winning the Scoilnet Start Site Award.

St Brigid’s National School’s website is very well designed and is packed full of useful information for parents, pupils and the wider community. The layout is easy to navigate and the most important information such as Latest News and Term calendar is very easy to locate. The homepage contains a photo slider which highlights activities and achievements within the school. There is also a tickertape containing information on events and news. The homepage is mainly divided into three distinct columns which contain info on events in the school as well as information on enrolment and booklists.

The site contains a navigation bar to the left of the page which makes the site extremely easy to navigate. Some of the navigation tabs give information on the school, school news and school policies. There is a dedicated section to the pupil’s work and achievements such as science experiments, class plays and a visit to UCC to receive first prize in the All-Island School’s History Competition! There are also links to pages detailing other achievements of the school such as Active Schools, Green School award and Digital School of Distinction.

All in all, St Brigid’s National School’s website has a very clean layout, is easy to navigate and make excellent use of space and colour. It is an excellent point of contact between the school, pupils, parents and the wider community. Well done on winning Scoilnet’s Star Site Award!

Thank you very much to Scoilnet for featuring our website. Well done everyone

June Update:

We were awarded the Digital Schools of Distinction Award at the start of May. On 27th June 2018 we held our awards ceremony and we raised the flag. We were very lucky to have Minister Simon Harris join us for this special occasion. He raised the flag in front of the whole school. We really enjoyed showing him around St. Brigid’s and we were honoured to have him raise our flag. Below is a slideshow of some photos.

Members of the Parents’ Association Digital and ICT group completed desktop, word and PowerPoint sessions with 4th Class, Rooms 17 and 19. They were super students and really enjoyed it.

The group said; ‘We were able to deliver this program to all 3rd and 4th classes this year. We are pleased with our achievement’.

The PA Digital and ICT group want to thank lecturers Aisling Carroll and Barbara Beatty and all the parent support team. Without all their hard work and commitment none of this would have been possible.

At the beginning of May we found out the exciting news that we were awarded the Digital Schools of Distinction Award. Neil, the validator, was very impressed with the work we are doing in the school to improve out IT. He visited a few classes and couldn’t believe how much knowledge the children had regarding powerpoints, internet safety, Beebots, coding, etc. He was delighted to give us the award and looks forward to hearing what we have planned for the future.

Latest News

Summer Term

The Digital Schools’ validator Neil O’ Sullivan visited the school. He was helpful, encouraging and affirming. We await the news as to whether we have earned a Digital Schools’ Flag. Here’s hoping!

The Parents’ Association’s IT Committee are back!

On Tuesday, 17th April and Thursday, 19th they are going to work with Ms. Purcell’s 3rd Class and coach them in Word and Powerpoint.

The following week they are going to work with Ms. Finnerty’s 4th Class. They are also going to work with Ms. Smith’s class.

Staff and students really appreciate this input from the IT Committee.

 

New Year 2018

The Parents’ Association’s IT Committee worked with 3rd Class Room 14 during the months of February and March 2018. There were four intensive, hour long sessions which ran over just two weeks. The children were introduced to Word and Powerpoint during this time.

The children really put a value on this learning. Being motivated digital natives, they learn a great deal in this time. Over the next few weeks this opportunity will be offered to other middle and senior classes, as time allows.

We would like to thank Aisling, Amanda, Barbara, the two Janets and Roz for giving up their time to help us learn.

IS YOUR CHILD SAFE ON THE INTERNET? Parents of 2nd to 6th Class students, your Parents Association and St Brigid’s held an Internet Safety training session (recommended by the National Parent’s Council Primary) on Tuesday 23rd January 7.30pm to 9.30 pm., St Brigid’s School Hall. Following on from the interest generated by the Internet Safety training session held in the first half of the year, this second session was held for those who could not attend the previous session or for those who wish to learn some more.

‘The overall objective of the session was to provide parents with enough information and skills so that they will be able to engage in their child’s online life. Parents often admire how easily their children can use the Internet – but aren’t quite sure of what they are doing or seeing. This programme looks at how children use the internet and gave a practical demonstration of the technologies and the websites young people are using. Parents were introduced to strategies to help their children be responsible, effective and safer Internet users. This session also looked at cyber bullying.

As parents, it is vital to have good, open communication with your child about their internet lives, as with all other aspects of their lives. We need to talk to our children about the potential dangers that they may come across online as well as the many benefits they will find. The programme also shows parents how to disable or enable safety mode on your computer. Setting rules and boundaries around children’s Internet usage is an important aspect of keeping them safe on-line’.

Training & Development Programme, National Parents Council Primary

Digital Schools – Our Journey so far

We could have submitted for the Digital Award any time in the past three years or so, however we are ‘hastening slowly’.

When we are assessed, we aspire to be in a situation where
the use of ICT in our school is ‘authentic’
that every teacher is confident with IT
and that all students are be ‘hands on’ with technology.

1. Management has supported the teachers in this. A really important development that had to take place before we really could make progress was that the Broadband connection be improved. That happened in the Autumn Term of 2015 and has made a huge difference. Then when returned to school in September 2018, we found that we had Wifi. This was invaluable in terms of making progress using technology in the school.

2. We also needed to ensure that students had access to technology, so there was a substantial investment made in laptops. We decided it would be better to have a uniformity in the technology that we used and so built up a sizeable supply of laptops. They are relatively durable in comparison to other devices. One parents kindly gave of her time to unbox all these laptops for us and got them up and running.

3. With the investment in laptops came the need to store these laptops and presses were built accordingly.

4. We are working towards children getting ‘laptop time’ timetabled regularly. To date it has been practical that this would occur from second class. A significant break through occurred in the Summer Term of 2017. A group of parents ran a ‘four class pilot program’ with 6th class, with three sessions on word and one on Powerpoint.
In addition there was a ‘two class pilot program’ with a third class; one on Powerpoint and one on Word. This has been followed up in the school year 2007 – 18. The IT committee of the Parents’ Association is working with 3rd and 4th classes, coaching them in basic computer skills, Word and Powerpoint.

6.The Board has also encouraged teachers to upskill by offering to pay for Summer Courses in IT. Teachers are growing in confidence and competency with IT year on year.

7. St.Brigid’s has an online presence. There is a the school website, a Green Schools blog and a local history blog. Five teachers have had class blogs over the years. Three still do. Again pressure of time makes this challenging. However each class does have work displayed on the school website.

The local history blog was shortlisted for an Eir Junior Spiders Award this year. In 2014 the Green Schools Blog was shortlisted and in 2013 class blog ‘If Only the Best Birds Sang’ won the best school blog and overall prize for primary schools at the same awards.

Currently teachers use technology for;
1. Accessing ‘Aladdin’ to call the roll. Using the online noticeboard on ‘Aladdin’; reading the information on there
2. the Smartboard & Interactive White Board (IWB) publisher content in Irish, English&Maths
3. Using bought software e.g. Jolly Phonics
4. IWB online educational games particularly in Maths
5. Listening to audio files in Religion, Irish etc.
6. Watching educational powerpoint and video content
7. Using the online behavioural chart from Classroom Dojo
8. Using the exercise site ‘Go Noodle’
9. Teacher Planning: word processing
10. Engaging with the ‘Wordsworth’ programme for reading using ‘the flipped classroom’ approach. You can read more about the ‘flipped classroom’ HERE .
11. Subscribing to sites like the teaching resource site Twinkl and the Teaching Art website deepspacesparkle.com
12. Some teachers have class blogs and student blogs. Last March, Mrs. Caffrey’s class participated in the global initiative ‘Student Blogging Challenge’ over ten weeks.
13. Watching RTE 2 Children’s News Today if there is a ‘big’ story in the news e.g. 1916 commemorations
14. Creating slideshows of the children’s art for the school website.
15. Some teachers have tried Mystery Skype with other classes in Ireland and abroad.
Some students in turn have been
1. Using educational software like ‘Wordshark.’
2. Using the Symbaloo webmixes on the school website to work independently on Maths or English during the time they are timetabled.
3. Developing their skills in English; e.g learning phonics using ‘Teach your monster to read’, improving comprehension using Readtheory.org, vocabulary development using Freerice.com
4. Taken part in the Khan Academy ‘Learn Storm’ competition in Maths. Unfortunately that is not running this year. However students can use Khan Academy to learn maths.
5. Learned how code; to programme; to use ‘Scratch’.
6. Done word processing; typing up their own writing online and blogging (Mrs.Caffrey’s 5th and some students in LS)
7. Learned how to present projects as powerpoints (many classes from 4th up)
Our work now in school is to continue to continue to develop our own skills as teachers and giving children these opportunities to engage with technology at a younger age.

Some skills we would like the children to learn include
1. take photos on digital camera, upload them and make Animoto or Photopeach slideshows.
2. use Class 2.0 Tools; digital tools and widgets; Prezi.com, Storybird.com, Timetoast.com, Padlet, Tagxedo.com
3. make podcasts (sound recordings) using Audioboo or Audacity
4. make stop motion animations, and lego robotics (this would require an additional investment, or sponsorship)
5. engage with ‘makey makey’; a form of engineering that turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet. (However once again this would require an investment)
6. participate in three Irish based annual Twitter projects: Autumn, Spring and Digital Art.
7. Taking care online. Observing online safety, etiquette and copyright.

The Irish Times – Thursday 10th November 2016.  Innovation in the Classroom

What will learning be like in 2036?

‘Pupils on a pilot project at St. Brigid’s National School in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, are using the WordsWorth Learning Programme for the flipped classroom model.

Instead of the pupils listening in class and then doing the homework, they watch video tutorials outside class and do some interactive exercises to consolidate what they have been taught.  The next day, they go back to school and build on what they have learned; they also learn from each other.

‘Using this peer group learning approach means that the students become more involved’, says Orla Teehan, learning support teacher at St. Brigid’s.  ‘When they come to me, they feel more confident because they have already done the work at home.’

The school also uses the programme to maintain & improve literacy standards, WordsWorth & similar programmes are likely to become commonplace, although a debate is needed on the role of for-profit service providers in the education system and whether we dance to their tune or get them to work for what we need.

Still, leading educators have advocated for this model including Pip Ferguson of DCU’s teaching enhancement unit and the late Bianca Ní Ghrógáin, a leading innovator in education.  Trials with the children at St. Brigid’s learning support unit have shown that the flipped classroom model leads to marked improvements in reading accuracy, reading comprehension and spelling skills.

Welcome to the classroom of the future.  This is one of numerous innovations changing how students learn’.

We have also used Khan Academy in 2015 and 16 from 3rd Class to 6th in a Flipped Classroom approach. Approximately 200 children took part in the Mathletes and Learnstorm competitions.

From June Newsletter to Parents 2015

Learning Maths on Khan Academy

What is Khan Academy?

Khan Academy is a free website for learning. In 2004 Sal Khan began coaching his twelve year old cousin Nadia long distance in Maths. After a while he found it easiest to send her YouTube videos to explain things. Out of this beginning grew Khan Academy. Its motto is ‘”a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere”. In the years since then, Khan Academy has become bigger and more effective. To start with Khan Academy just taught Maths.  Now you can learn about history, science, art, economics, music, computer programming and more. Many experts in their field work to put content online that students can learn from. It is free to use and is supported by donations. The Gates Foundation and Google are two of its main supporters.

How has Khan Academy been used in St. Brigid’s?

Two hundred students in the school from 3rd class to 6th were signed up for the Khan Maths Challenge. Khan is particularly suitable for 4th – 6th class however there is plenty of early maths for 2nd class up too. Children like it because it makes learning fun; they are rewarded for doing Maths with points, badges and avatars. Persistence is rewarded as well as achievement.

Khan tracks progress for the student and recommends what they should do next. Teachers can check the dashboard and see the skills the students are acquiring and what students are finding hard. They can see who is working on Khan at home and the time they spend. Since January one hundred and seventy one students worked on Khan regularly. Seventy per cent of the work was done at home. The top three students competing in the Khan 6th week challenge spent nearly sixty hours working on Maths between them. Working thirty minutes a day on Khan really adds up. Even ten minutes a day would help.

The school piloted Khan from January, when a number of students participated in the national Mathletes Challenge. We came 1st in Wicklow, 7th in Leinster and 13th overall in Ireland. From 27th April we had a 6 week in-school challenge. This was even more successful. We hope to take part in the all Ireland Mathletes in January 2016.

Attendance

It is vital for developing your child’s life skills and for his/her success at St Brigid’s that her/his attendance is both regular and punctual.

You should ensure that your child remains in school for the full day and that family trips are organised to coincide with the school holidays.

(Dental appointments during school hours seem to be unavoidable. )

The school is legally required to notify the National Educational Welfare Board if your child has missed twenty days or more in the course of any one school year or if the principal/ class teacher is concerned about your child’s attendance.

At the end of each term, children with full attendance will be acknowledged and complimented. Children with full attendance for the year will receive a certificate on the last day of summer term.

Please do not promise your child that he/she may come home from school if he/she is unwell, as this may be unsettling for your child. It is understood that if a child is obviously unwell that you will be contacted but it is in your child’s best interest to be in school every day for the full day.

Good attendance is very important.

You will understand that it is important for learning. Good attendance is also a factor in a child’s social development in class. A child who is in school regularly will find it easier to make friends and sustain friendships. They will also know the teacher and settle in better.

We understand that sometimes children are unwell and have to stay home to recover. However the National Educational Welfare Bureau asks us to submit the names of any child who misses 20 days or more. The other nineteen days shouldn’t be seen as leeway.

Click here to see a summary of our attendance policy.

We asked the students of St. Brigid’s

‘WHAT MIGHT YOU MISS IF YOU MISS SCHOOL?’

and this is what they said:

‘Independence Day? The Halloween Bake Sale? The day the baby lambs come to visit? The day the hens came. Baking buns in the staffroom? Making pizza in the staffroom? The Day the Santa Claus Man visits? The school decorated for Christmas. The school decorated for Halloween. English: our class novel, learning poems, writing poems, writing stories. Teacher reading to us. Irish: fun and games in Irish, learning Irish songs. Maths: doing our sums, learning our tables, doing problem solving. PE with teacher. PE with Cormac. PE in the hall. PE in the yard. PE anywhere. Go Noodle. Art: drawing, painting, using clay, using pastels, use charcoal, being messy. Music: listening to music, singing songs, singing rounds, singing in harmony. Learning about long ago. Learning about other countries. Learning about science. Aistear in Infants. Library day. The Library Ladies. Music Generation with Joan. The days we plant things. The day we harvest things and eat them. Using the ipads, laptops or chromebooks. School plays. Rehearsals. The musicals. Seeing the little kids do their plays. Being the audience when the older children perform. Sports. Matches. GAA. Basketball. Bicycle Safety, Scoot to School Day. After school activities. The day we get our photographs taken. The photographer that tells jokes. Dressing up for Halloween. Non uniform days. School Tours. Nature Walks. Trips to the Beach. The Seaside Scavenger Hunt, Sports Day. Students vs Teacher. Basketball Match. Visitors to the school. When the gardaí come to visit. When the fire brigade come to see us. More visitors to the school: the priest, ‘The Happy Pear’, authors, sports people, successful teams, the Sam Maguire Cup, scientists, engineers, artists, the photographer, politicians, the fire alarm, the day a dog came into the yard.’

What else would you miss?

There are so many interesting things to do in school it would be a pity to miss any of it.

#MissSchoolMissOut !

WHAT MIGHT YOU MISS IF YOU MISSED A DAY DURING DECEMBER 2019?

WHAT MIGHT YOU MISS IF YOU MISS SCHOOL in DECEMBER? The school all decorated for Christmas by the Parents’ Association, Christmas themed lessons that the teachers have planned, Christmas Art&Craft, perhaps some Christmas baking, Christmas decorations in the classrooms. Seeing the stage going up in the hall, Seeing the big crib going up outside Mrs. Costello’s office, Christmas Trips to the Whale Theatre: Infants to 2nd – December 10th – “The Muppets Christmas Carol” followed by 3rd to 6th on December 17th – “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Rehearsals for the Christmas Plays in Junior Infants to 1st Class, Rehearsals for the Christmas Carol Service – 3rd to 6th class, 18th December 2019 in Holy Rosary Church at 8.00pm – Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 19th December is in aid of CF Ireland – A Very Special Visitor also on that day. That exciting feeling when school closes for the Christmas Holidays on 20th Dec 2019 (at 12.10 for Junior/ Senior Infants & Siblings / 12.30 for 1st – 6th) and you know Christmas Day is getting even nearer. And lots more. WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU MISS ? There are so many interesting things to do in school in December. it would be a pity to miss any of it.

How parents can make EVERY SCHOOL DAY COUNT?

  • Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
  • Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
  • Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not
  • Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
  • Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness – this should be followed up with a written note when your child returns to school.
  • Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?
  • Take family holidays outside term
  • Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).
  • Attend parent evenings and school events.
  • Praise and reward your child’s achievements at
  • Always support school staff in their efforts to control diffcult or challenging behaviour
  • Discuss any problems or diffculties with the school – staff are there to help and will be

The advice for parents given above was published to mark the national ‘Every School Day Counts’ attendance awareness campaign for November – an initiative from TESS.

Good attendance is very important. 

You will understand that it is important for learning. 

Good attendance is also a factor in a child’s social development in class. 

A child who is in school regularly will find it easier to make friends and sustain friendships. 

They will also know the teacher and settle in better. 

 

TUSLA asks us to submit the names of any child who misses 20 days or more. The other nineteen days shouldn’t be seen as leeway. 

We understand that sometimes children are unwell and have to stay home to recover. 

However if a child was to miss 20 days in a year, they would miss 160 in their primary school career. 

On average children attend school five days a week and twenty days a month. 

So missing 160 days of school is the equivalent of missing eight months of school over a child’s time in primary school.

Even missing 10 days a year would be the same as missing eight weeks of school: 

the same length of time as the summer holidays here in Ireland. 

Taking even a week off school in June each year to go on holidays takes eight weeks off the number of days a child comes to school in their school career. A child can learn a great deal in that time. 

Being Punctual

New Year’s Resolutions: Being on time

The importance of being punctual.

When the bell rings in the morning,the teachers bring the children to their classrooms to start school work straight away.

As the Irish proverb goes ‘Tús maith, leath na hoibre’

 ‘A good start is half the work’.

Being on time for school is very important. It is at this time the children get an opportunity to say hello to their friends and teacher and to ‘settle in’. You will know yourself that being ‘on time’ makes for a more relaxing and happier start to a day.

The first ten minutes of school is an important time of the day. It is during this time that the teacher tells the children what the day ahead will bring. Being late certainly ‘wrong foots’ the child. They can be unsettled and spend a significant part of the morning ‘catching up’ as a result.

If there are late comers, the teacher is delayed starting the day’s work. He or she will find themselves repeating themselves as they ‘update’ each late comer as they arrive in the classroom.

As fir the children who have arrived on time: this repetition can be tedious for them and can result in them losing concentration. Late comers slow class work down. The student who arrived late can be playing ‘catch up’ until little break as a result.

Being on time is an important life skill which will stand to your child throughout their lives.