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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Newsletter    May 13th 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Another week has gone by in the blink of an eye. Can you believe.there are only seven weeks left to the summer holidays?

School Attendance over the last week– 94.8% attendance. 5.2% absence.

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays this week are Samuel, Jack, Finn and Manus. Wishing you all the best for your birthdays. We hope you have a great day.

Second Hand Uniform Sale – The Parents Association hosted a Secondhand Uniform Sale in the school hall last Friday. The sale was a great success with the PA raising €600.00.  Considering the rising cost of living, we were delighted that so many of our parents were able to avail of the opportunity to bag a bargain on the day. A big thank you to Aoife and her team of merry helpers who facilitated the sale.

Primary Language Sampler – Only Week 2 of the Primary Language Sampler and the children in our 5th and 6th classes have already picked up a number of Spanish words and phrases. Teacher Jackie Leahy seems to have an excellent rapport with the children, encouraging them to speak with an accent and not to worry about making mistakes.

Gaelic Blitz in Bray – Well done to the 16 girls who represented St. Brigis’s at a local derby Gaelic Blitz in Bray yesterday. The girls played three matches, winning one and drawing two. St. Brigid’s abú.  A big thank you to Ms. McGuirk and parent Kate Fiorasa who accompanied them to the Blitz,

School Garden — Our gardens are looking a little unkempt and in need of some tender loving care. A big thank you to the parents from the Parents Association who will be in this morning to do a bit of a tidy up. Thank you also to Josephine O’Keefe, Granny to Conor and Leah Gill who donated some bulbs and plants from her garden to add to our pollinator garden. It was very generous of her and very much appreciated.

Turn the town gold for Ukraine – Our 6th Classes will plant some sunflower seeds in pots today as part of a Greystones initiative to turn the town gold for Ukraine. Once the seeds have propagated and developed into young plants, they will be transferred outdoors to the garden. The hope is that they will grow tall and proud and shine over the wall in late summer.

School Plays and Concerts – We are so happy to be able to put on our school plays and concerts again after a very long two years, Below is a list of the dates for the performances – All performances will take place during school hours with the exception of Mr. Dodd’s stage production of “Hamlet” which takes place in the school hall on the evening at 8.00pm.

End of Year School Plays / Concerts / Performances / Sports Day June 2022

Date Time Room / Teacher Class Location
14th June  9.30 – 10.30 4 Ms. Coffey Senior Infants School Hall
14th June 11.00 – 12.00 2 Ms. Carwood Senior Infants School Hall
14th June 12.30 – 13.30 19 Ms. McGuirk Senior Infants School Hall
15th June 09.30 – 10.30 1 Ms. Curley Junior Infants School Hall
15th June 12.30 – 13.30 3 Ms. Smith Junior Infants School Hall
16th June

Jr Sports Day

09.00 – 11.00

12.30 – 14:30

1,2,3,4,19

5,6,7,8,

Junior & Senior Infants

1st & 2nd Class

School Grounds- children come to school for normal school day.  No early close.
17th June

Sr Sports Day

09.30 – 11.30 12, 15,16,17,20 5th & 6th Class Éire Óg- drop to Éire Óg for 9.20 & return to school until 2.40pm
17th June

Sr Sports Day

12.00 – 14.00 9,10,11,14 3rd & 4th Class Éire Óg – come to school for 9 & collect from Éire Óg at 2pm
20th June 09.30 – 10.30 14 Ms. Heneghan 4th Class School Hall
20th June 13.30 – 14.30 11 Ms. Woodcock 4th Class School Hall
21st June 09.15 – 09.45 7 Ms. Horan 2nd Class School Hall
21st June 10.00 – 10.30 8 Ms. O’Donnell 2nd Class School Hall
21st June 13.00 – 13.40 5 Ms. Mangan 1st Class School Hall
21st June 14:00 – 14:40 6 Ms. Finnerty 1st Class School Hall
22nd June 09.15 – 09.45 9 Ms. Murray 3rd Class School Hall
22nd June 10.00 – 10.30 10 Ms. Purcell 3rd Class School Hall
23rd June 8.00 pm 17 Mr. Dodd 6th Class School Hall
28th June 13.45 – 14.40 12,15,16,20

Ms. Corcoran/Ms. Caffrey/ Ms. Hughes / Ms. Walle

5th Class & 1 6th Class School Yard weather permitting

Holy Rosary if wet

 

Preparation for Confirmation –  Confirmation candidates from 6th Class attended a Reconciliation Service in the Holy Rosary Church on Tuesday the 10th of May at 11am in preparation for their Confirmation in a week’s time. , Thank you to Fr. Gerard and the Sacramental Preparation Team for organising this for them

That’s it for this week

Until next Friday slán,
Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 27   

May 6th 2022 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well. May has arrived and the weather seems to be improving, Long may it continue.

School Attendance over the last week– 95% attendance. 5% absence.

Standardised Testing – Standardised Testing in Maths and Literacy is carried out during the month of May  The children from 1st to 6th will be tested in Reading, Spelling and Mathematics this month. Every year we advise that parents shouldn’t be overly concerned about test results unless the teacher is.  As in other years, if a teacher has concerns, he or she will be in contact with you with advice as to how you can help your child and plan for the future for addressing any difficulties your child may be having

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays this week are Lucia, Lucy, Hugh, Zoe, Benjamin, Ioana, Aiden. Marcus and Oisín. We hope you all have a lovely day.

6th Class Hoodies – There was great excitement in the green yard on Tuesday when our 6th Class pupils were presented with their Class of 2022 hoodies in recognition of their eight years here at St. Brigid’s school.  We look forward to the children wearing them to school for the remainder of their time here.   A huge thank to the Parents Association and in particular to Aoife Murray and Tara Vance who organised this for us. We are so lucky to have such an active PA.

2nd Hand Uniform Sale – There will be a Second-Hand Uniform Sale in the School Hall from 9.10am to 10.10 on Friday 6th May. Thank you to the Parents Association for organizing this event and to all the parents who donated uniforms for the sale.

Primary Language Sampler – Our 5th and 6th classes had their first of six Spanish lessons on Tuesday with teacher Jackie Leahy. They really enjoyed the lesson and are already looking forward to next week’s lesson. Hopefully by saying “Yes” to languages the pupils will grow in confidence in engaging with new languages in the future.

Gaelic Blitz in Bray – Well done to the 16 boys who participated in the Gaelic Blitz in Bray yesterday. They played two matches. They beat St. Kevin’s and lost to Kilcoole. Ms. Murray who accompanied them to the Blitz, commented on how well behaved and enthusiastic they were and how proud they should all be of themselves. Maith sibh a bhuachaillí!!

Parents’ Association Meeting – Please be advised that the next St Brigid’s Parents’ Association Meeting takes place on Monday 16th May.

School Calendar – A reminder that the school calendar for 2022/2023 is up on our school website.

As always, if you have any concern relating to school matters, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Enjoy the weekend.

Le meas,
Máire Costello

Principal

28th April, 2022

Newsletter 26   

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a good week and a nice Easter. It was lovely to see the children back at school this week looking refreshed and ready for the busy term ahead. The children have lots of things to look forward to over the next couple of months from sports days to school tours to school plays and concerts not to mention First Communion and Confirmation. The weeks will fly by and it will be the summer holidays before we know it.

School Attendance over the last week– 95.8% attendance. 4.2% absence.

Birthday Greetings – Happy birthday to Ethan, Brandon, Isabe, Niall, Lucy, Síofra, Méabh, Sarah and Beth who are all celebrating birthdays this week. We hope you all have a lovely day.

Summer Uniform – According to the Irish Calendar, summer begins this coming Sunday May 1st. From next Tuesday, the children may wear their summer uniform (green school shorts and white polo shirt) to school instead of their school uniform for the months of MAY and JUNE if they would like to,

Greystones Historical Walk  – Room 16 enjoyed  their day out in Greystones on Tuesday 26th April. The sun shone brightly and the children learned a lot about the history of the community in which they live.  A big thank you to Ms. Ahern, Ms Hughes and Ms. Duggan for facilitating this

Gaelic Blitz in Bray –Ten of our children from 3rd to 6th participated in a Gaelic Blitz in Bray Emmet’s  yesterday. They were competing against children from St. Laurence’s NS, Roundwood NS and the Gael Scoil. They won one match, drew one and lost one. They had a great day out. Thank you to Ms. Teehan who accompanied them on the day.

Welcome to St. Brigid’s Jessie and Heide – Burns Pet Nutrition Foundation, based in Wales, has developed a volunteer Reading with Dogs scheme, where well behaved and fully trained companion dogs and their equally well-suited owners visit schools to read with the children. The scheme is designed to create a stress-free, relaxed environment where a child can read to the dog without interruption or social pressure. In practical terms, the children read stories to the dogs, it is not a ‘reading lesson’.

Four children from 3rd and 4th class will be reading with Jessie and Heide her owner this term.

Jessie is being introduced to a larger school group from 2nd, 3rd and 4th today in the hall. The Irish organizer of ‘Burns by Your Side’ Orlagh McCarthy will make the introductions and explain how we should treat our new ‘school’ dog when we meet her around the school and how we should treat other dogs we meet outside school. Heide and Jessie have volunteered after a 12-week training course with Orlagh. We would like to thank them for giving of their time and for this wonderful opportunity.

Write a Book Project – Congratulations to the boys and girls in our two Second classes who participated in this year’s “Write a Book Project” The children received high praise from the judges for their books and received a certificate of achievement for their work. Maith sibh a pháistí. Special mention goes out to Elsie McConville and Laura Williams who were awarded merits for their books and to Conan Donegan, Diya Bishnu, Róisín Acker, Izzy McDarby, Mollie Duffy and Oisín O’ Brien whose books were all highly commended.

Basketball League – We are very excited that our Basketball League will start back next Tuesday 3rd May after two very long years. We wish all ten teams participating in the league the very best of luck. May the best team win.

May Bank Holiday – The school will close today at 2,40pm and reopen on Tuesday 3rd May at 8.50am.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

8th April, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Click on this link to download a copy of the Easter Newsletter 2022. I hope you enjoy reading about the  highlights of the last term and all the exciting things that are happening in our classes.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter.. Stay safe and stay well.

Le meas,

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 26   

April 1st  2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a good week. The week has flown by. I can’t believe it is Friday not to mention the 1st of April already.

It is lovely to see the sun shining this morning even if it is a little cold side.

School Attendance over the last week– 90.5% attendance. 9.5% absence. A big improvement on last week.

Birthday Greetings – There are 9 pupils celebrating birthdays at the school this week – They are Sage, Theo, Olivia, Yao Ya, Ewan, Tom, Hunter, Sadie and Leah Gill. From all of us, we hope your birthday is full of joy and excitement.

Rapunzel Donation –  A special shout out to Anna Killilea who has donated 14”” of her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation. The Rapunzel Foundation is a charity organization that works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss (alopecia) through fund raising as well as through hair raising. We are so proud of you Anna.

Easter Raffle – Our annual Easter Raffle takes place next Thursday 7th April. Tickets cost €5.00 and are available to buy at https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/StBrigidsNSGreystones until 5th April. Our target is 5,000.00 and as of this morning our ticket sales are at 2,260.00. Thank you to everyone for supporting this raffle and to Emer, Audrey and Daniel from the Parents Association for all their hard work behind the scenes.

Engineers Week – Each year some of our classes take part in the The Marshmallow Challenge for Engineer’s Week. The challenge involves building the tallest free-standing structure in just 18 minutes using no more than 20 sticks of spaghetti, 90cm of tape, 90cm of string, and one marshmallow. The marshmallow must be on top and cannot be deformed to hold it in place. The winners of the Marshmallow Challenge at our school for 2022 are a team of three girls – Niamh Doherty, Niamh Holohan and Anna Killilea – from Ms. Walle’s 5th class. They built a tower measuring an impressive 71 cm. Maith sibh a chailíní,

GAA Coaching – Kevin Spain will finish up coaching our Junior Classes next Monday 4th April.. He will commence coaching our three 5th classes after Easter. Kevin has worked at the school over the last eighteen months and the children really enjoy his sessions. He incorporates lots of fun games into his drills and ensures every child can participate whatever their sporting prowess.  In the interest of health and Safety it is important that the children wear a gum shield for these lessons.

Home-School Communication – It is important that your contact details are up to date here at the school. If you have a new email address or a new phone number, please contact the office.

We would really appreciate you letting us know if your child is moving school at the end of this year. We have waiting lists for all classes, and we would like to be able to offer places to those on our waiting lists as these become available.

Until next week, take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

You may have read about a group of Greystones locals who are currently in Rzeszow in Poland. Each day they are driving a truck loaded with medical supplies, food and essential to the Ukrainian Refugee Camp at the border town of Medyka.

One of our parents, Richie Murray, is heading to Rzeszow in Poland on 30th March. He is funding his own flights, accommodation and food but is looking to raise funds to cover the cost of the medical supplies and other essentials.

If you would like to support Richie, please contact the school office.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Newsletter 25   

March 25th 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a nice St. Patrick’s Holiday last weekend.  It was lovely having the extra bank holiday. The weather was beautiful, which certainly helped to lift people’s spirits.

I will not lie when I say it has been an incredibly challenging week here at the school this week with 25% of the staff off sick and very few substitute teachers and SNAs available to cover these absences. It was a real team effort keeping the show on the road over the last ten days but somehow, we have managed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for going that extra mile to ensure we did not have to resort to closing classes. This, believe me, is the last thing any of us would want.

Céad Míle Fáilte – We extend a very warm welcome to Anastasiia, Mariia and Bogdan who have joined our school from Ukraine over the last nine days. It is a real privilege to have them in our community and we hope they will be very happy at St. Brigid’s.

Gardening. News from Room 14 – Spring has sprung and Room. 14 have been busy planting in the school garden. They are taking part in the Innocent Big Grow and in the Agri Aware Incredible Edibles.They received compost, pots, and instructions for growing a variety of vegetables and strawberries. The potato seeds and strawberries have already been planted. They are enjoying the sun in the school garden and will be well minded. In the next week they will plant some carrots, spinach, and broccoli.The children have also taken home their own plant to mind. They had a choice of radish, pea, or salad leaf seeds. Luckily, the class has many budding and some experienced gardeners and all are eagerly awaiting the results of all this effort.

Save the Bees Project – We hope to participate in an initiative to reverse pollinator loss in our community over the coming weeks. Yesterday we received a “SuperValu Save The Bees Pack” which promotes awareness and action for school children around the topic of improving our local biodiversity. The Student Council will lead this project.

Interviews for St. Davids for First Year Class of 2022/2023 – These will take place in the first week of April. The parents of the children concerned will be notified of the time and date of these informal interviews.

School Attendance – 84.4% attendance. 15.67% absence.

Birthday Greetings – There are 8 pupils celebrating birthdays at the school this week – They are  Caoileann, Rian, Charlie, Róisín, Conor, Amy, Emily and Blair.  Breirthlá shona daoibh go léir. Enjoy your special day.

First Confession 2022  – Congratulations to the boys and girls in Rooms 7 and 8 who made their First Confession in Holy Rosary Church, Kilcoole last night. It was a very special night with the children participating so well in the ceremony. A big thank you to the class teachers Ms. Horan and Ms. O’Donnell, to the SNAs Sharon and Helen, to the Sacramental Coordination Team Lisa and Natalia and to you the parents for preparing the children so well for this sacrament. Thank you also to Fr. John and Fr. Gerard for making this a night for the children to remember.

Lá Glas in aid of “Make a Wish Foundation”– Every Seachtain na Gaeilge, the Student Council get to decide what charity the school will raise funds for on Green Day. This year their chosen charity was “The Make a Wish Foundation “. This is a charity close to our hearts as they helped make a dream come true for one of our past pupils, who sadly is no longer with us. We raised €1,693.00 for the foundation. Thank you for helping to create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses

Health and Safety – If your child tests positive for COVID-19 they must stay home and isolate for 7 days. They can only return to school on day 8 if they have been symptom free for 48 hours. The day they test positive is considered day zero. So, if for example your child tests positive for COVID on a Monday they cannot return to school until the Tuesday of the following week (i.e., 8 days later)

Mothers Day– Finally, a special shout out to all our St. Brigid’s Mums and Grannies for Mother’s Day this Sunday 27th March. Wishing you all the love and happiness you so richly deserve. I hope you have a very happy Mother’s Day!

Le meas.

Máire Costello

Principal

21st March 2022

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

I hope you had a lovely weekend. The weather was beautiful, so I do hope that you got to do something nice outdoors.

Unfortunately, the latest wave of COVID has hit the school hard, with 25% of our children and staff absent today.

I appreciate how difficult it is for parents to keep on top of the ever-changing information from the HSE so I contacted them directly on the Principal’s special helpline this morning to get the most up to date information on antigen testing and isolation periods for children.

This is the advice I received from the HSE at 10am this morning.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19 they must stay home and isolate for 7 days. They can only return to school on day 8 if they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

The day they test positive is considered day zero. So, if for example your child tests positive for COVID on a Monday they cannot return to school until the Tuesday of the following week (i.e., 8 days later)

It is important to note that if your child has tested positive and is asymptomatic, they still need to stay home and isolate for 7 days returning to school on day 8. I know how tempting it can be to send them back to school if they appear well but we all need to continue to play our part in keeping the schools open and a safe place to teach and learn.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any concerns, please contact the HSE directly.

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/restricted-movements/if-your-child-is-told-to-isolate/

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Newsletter 24   

March 16th 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of all the staff here at St. Brigid’s. I would just like to wish you all a very happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Enjoy the weekend ahead. It looks like the weather forecast is good, so be sure to make the most of it.

There was a lovely atmosphere here at the school today with all the children and staff dressed in green and everyone getting into the spirit of this holiday weekend. A huge change from this time two years ago thank God.

School Attendance over the last 3 days – 83.3% attendance. 16.7% absence. The number of COVID cases has risen quite sharply at the school this week and this is reflected in the high number of absences.   It is important to remember that COVID has not gone away, and we will need to continue to take every precaution we can to keep our school safe and are confident of your support in this endeavour.

Sow and Grow – A big thank you to the PA who came into the school on Monday to work with our Infant and First classes on this project. It was an extremely cold day but that didn’t seem to bother the children one bit. They really enjoyed the session. There is nothing like learning about nature firsthand. I think it may have taken the parents a few hours to thaw out after.

Birthday Greetings – There are 5 pupils celebrating birthdays at the school this week – They are  Seán, Emily, Harriet, Jessica and Aidan,  Breirthlá shona daoibh go léir. Enjoy your special day.

Ceolchoirm sa Chlós. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge we had a special concert in the school yard yesterday which all the school attended. We got to sing along to some of our more famous traditional Irish songs and watch some of the children in Ms. Woodcock’s 4th class perform some reels for us. The concert ended on a high with Mr, Dodd doing a jig, The children were mightily impressed and begged for more. Mr Dodd obliged and we left wanting to take up Irish dancing.

Lá Glas in aid of “Make a Wish Foundation”– The children and staff made a great effort to wear something green to school today in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation. We have raised a whopping €1,527.00 for this very worthy cause, I am lost for words at the huge amount we have raised. Thank you so much. I know it will go a long way to create life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh go léir arís,

I would like to end this week’s message with an old Irish saying “For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck, and happiness for tomorrow and every day.”

Le meas

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 23

March 11th 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are enjoying the weekend despite the heavy rain we had last night. Apologies for the late Friday message but it has been an exceptionally busy week here at the school this week.

Spring has sprung. The sight of golden daffodils and brightly coloured crocuses and tulips would certainly put a spring in your step.

School Attendance this week – 90.5% attendance. 9.5% absence. A number of students and staff tested positive for COVID 19 this week so we continue to take every precaution we can to keep our school safe.

Sow and Grow – The PA will be working with our Infant and 1st Classes over the coming days on this project. The opportunity for children to get their hands dirty and to observe first-hand how plants grow is an educational opportunity not to be missed.

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays this week are Rachel, Ellie, Sophie and Freya,  Sending you all special birthday greetings for your special day.

Trip to Greystones Library for Engineers Week – Our two fourth classes visited the library on Tuesday 8th March to take part in a Magformers building event to mark Engineers Week. The children used the magnetice building sets to build things they associated with Ireland from Round Towers to Gaelic footballs. They really enjoyed the event and were delighted to have the opportunity to sign up for the library.

Tree Planting on Kimberley Road –  Our Student Council together with some pupils from St. David’s Secondary School helped plant eleven food producing trees on Kimberley Road last Thursday. The tree planting was the final element in the improved road layout for Kimberley Road. The trees should leaf soon and will improve the environment of this busy road, both in terms of how it looks and feels as well as the more scientific benefits of trees in urban areas; not to mention the potential of free food for the children in September. I would encourage you to take a walk down this road in the weeks to come when the trees are in full leaf, to see how the trees transform the look and feel of this road. A big thank you to Greystones Municipal District Office in cooperation with Greystones Tidy Towns and the people  at www.Foodtree.ie, who facilitated this project

Céad míle fáilte – We will welcome 4 new pupils from the Ukraine to our school over the next two weeks, The boys and girls in Rooms 2, 5, 10 and 16 are looking forward to extending a very warm Irish welcome to, Maria, Zlata,Ihov and Anastasia to St. Brigid’s. We hope they settle in well and will be very happy here.

Artists and Gymnasts in the making – Congratulations to Stefan and Cillian in Ms. Murray’s 3rd Class. Stefan was a runner up in the recent Flahavans Super Oats Colouring Competition and Cillian came 3rd in a recent Gymnastics Competition. Maith sibh a bhuachaillí ! Well done boys.

Lá Glas/Green Day – We are looking forward to celebrating our Lá Glas in aid of the Make a Wish Foundation on Wednesday 16th March. All donations to this worthy charity are much appreciated.. We are inviting the boys and girls to come to school dressed in something green for the day. The children can wear their tracksuits to school if they are not comfortable dressing up.

Seachtain na Gaeilge  -Weather permitting we hope to have an outdoor parade and concert on Wednesday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge . A big thank you to Mr. Dodd for coordinating this.

Finally, a reminder that the school will close early on Wednesday 16th March to facilitate Inservice training in the Primary Language Curriculum for the teachers. The Infants and their siblings will go home at 12.10pm and the remainder of the school will go home at 12.30pm.

That’s all the news for now. Until next week. Slán sabháilte.

Le meas

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 22

March 4th 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you all had a lovely mid-term break.

What a real pleasure it was this week to return to a more normal school environment. We are no longer required to maintain class pods and bubbles, we can return to team teaching, sports, singing, music and inter school activities and we can use the PE Hall and Staff Room once again. The wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory for staff or children from 3rd class up. I have to admit it is lovely to be able to see the children’s faces again.  School Attendance this week – 90.9% attendance. 9.1% absence

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays this week are Ethan, Elsie, Emily, Mia, Elliot, Sam, James, Bridget, Amelia and Ava. We hope you all have the happiest of birthdays. Enjoy your special day.

World Book Day – Yesterday was World Book Day. To celebrate the day, every child received a book token to spend on books in participating bookshops. The theme of World Book Day for this year is getting books into the hands of kids so hopefully the children will use their tokens to buy a book of their choosing over the weekend.

The Junior and Senior Infant Classes were delighted to have Mr. Dodd’s and Ms. Caffrey’s 6th classes to visit to help them celebrate this special day. The infants read their favourite books with their older 6th class buddies and even had a special song and story “as Gaeilge” performed by Mr. Dodd. A big thank you to the 6th classes and their teachers

Lent – We are now in the season of Lent. Just like spring, this is a time of new growth and new beginnings, but also a time of prayer and forgiveness. We are encouraged to prepare for Easter by changing ourselves for the better and by making life easier for others. Fr Gerard visited the school on Ash Wednesday to distribute ashes to those who wished to receive them and to talk to the children about the season of Lent.

The Trócaire Lenten Campaign Box is used for fundraising during the days of Lent. For many decades it was one of the most prominent symbols of Irish people’s support for many of the world’s poorest. The children brought home their Trócaire boxes this week. Any support you can give to this campaign will be much appreciated.

Seachtain na Gaeilge  – We look forward to celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge over the next couple of weeks.  The boys and girls in Mr. Dodd’s 6th Class have been busy decorating the school with posters and Seanfhocails in preparation for what is an fhéile Ghaeilge is mó in Éirinn agus ar fud an domhain.   More on this next week.

Finally, on behalf of all of the community here at St. Brigid’s, our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukranian people as they continue to protect something truly special to them.  In the words of Robert H. Schuller “Tough times never last but tough people do”. A more hopeful note to end this message on.

Le meas

Máire Costello

Principal

28th February 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians

I hope you are all keeping well and that you had a nice restful mid-term break.

Please find below the Department of Education new “Information Note” regarding the reopening of schools from tomorrow Monday 28th February with regard to COVID-19.

It is great to see that things are eventually getting back to some kind of normal.

Looking forward to seeing all the boys and girls back at school tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Maire Costello

Principal

Information Note from the Department of Education

Newsletter 22

February 18th  2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well.

The weather has been a hot topic of conversation over the last couple of days. Fingers crossed conditions will improve next week just in time for our Midterm Break.  I know the children are really looking forward to the week off and have been telling me about some of the exciting things they hope to get up to. We look forward to hearing all about them on their return to school on the 28th February.

School Attendance this week There were a few more positive Covid cases at the school this week, so the overall attendance  was 91.1% and the absence was 8.9%.

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays recently are Isabel Wojcieszczuk, Eoin Finn, Oisín O’ Brien, Georgia O’ Gorman, Saoirse Faye Nolan, Katie Roche, Jack Corrigan, Joe Dalton, Tomasz Ellard Nowak, Anna Killilea, Shawna Megannety, Amelia Mitchell, Clara Aston Brownbill, Grace Smyth, Lilah O’ Brien, Anika Smith, Ethan Oman, Elsie McConville, Emily Carroll and Mia Cleere. We wish them all a very happy birthday and hope they enjoy their special day.

HEPA Filters  We have purchased a further 5 large HEPA filters for the school with the remainder of the special DES Grant we received for improving classroom ventilation. There are HEPA Filters in all our densely populated classrooms now. Theoretically they can remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). This should give us all some reassurance.

Easing of Mitigation Measures at School – We have always followed public health advice and will continue to follow that advice in the future. While we continue to adopt a cautious approach to the easing of mitigation measures at school and while enhanced cleaning practices and measures around hand hygiene will remain in place for some time.  the removal of the requirement for children to wear face masks to school is something we are all looking forward to.

New Alarm System – A new Monitoring and Fire Alarm System will be installed at the school over the February Midterm Break.

Preparation for Confirmation – In preparation for their Confirmation on May 29th, our two 6th classes have been attending Thursday Mass at Holy Rosary Church over the last couple of weeks. Several of the parishioners have been commenting on how well behaved they have been, which is always nice to hear, and their singing is certainly adding to Thursday mass.

ICT – Junior Infants to 2nd class have been making great use of the school iPads recently. The boys and girls are becoming experts at scanning QR codes to find the  Maths and English games they are working on. They are getting very good at playing these games. They are learning new sounds, counting games and doing lots of reading. It is always great to learn a new skill.

The 3rd and 4th classes really enjoyed their ICT studies at the school this week. The week was led by eight TY students from Saint David’s and eight of our parents. The week was a great success, and we look forward to doing it all over again next year. A big thank you again to students and parents alike who facilitated the week.

Congratulations – There was great excitement at the school this week with the news of the safe arrival of Ms. Donnelly’s twin baby girls Aibhí  and Peigí. Tá siad go hálainn. We hope Ms. Donnelly is enjoying all those newborn cuddles. Mum and babies are doing really well, and we look forward to meeting them in person in the summer term.

New School Tracksuit for 2022/2023 – A sample of the new school tracksuit is now available to view at the school. The tracksuit will be available from “Schoolwear” who currently supply our school uniform and tracksuits. Children can continue to wear their old tracksuits to school until they outgrow them.

I hope you all have a lovely Midterm Break and get to spend some precious time with family and friends.

Le meas

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 21  

February 11th  2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week seems to have flown by. The brighter mornings and longer evenings have certainly put a pep in everyone’s step.  It was lovely to hear music coming from the classrooms  this week (God how we have missed this) but more importantly, it was lovely to see smiley, happy children engrossed in their learning.

School Attendance this week – This week’s attendance was slightly up on last weeks with an attendance of 93.4%.. Let’s continue to make every school day count.

Birthday Greetings – Nine children are celebrating birthdays at our school this week. They are Saatvik Gupta, Lauren Sotto Murray, Oisín Connaughton, Nora Gonzalez Guridi, Christopher O’ Connor, Aleksander Siwiec, Alan Joshy , Robyn Scally and Cliona Foy. We wish them all a very happy birthday and best wishes for the year ahead.

Wordle – Wordle, the deceptively simple online word puzzle has been a conversation starter in the staffroom and many a classroom since we returned to school after Christmas. The game is just so good with students and staff competing to get the word in less than six guesses. If you haven’t given it a go, I highly recommend it.

Friendship Week – We will be celebrating Friendship Week at the school next week. The underlying purpose of Friendship Week is simple – to provide a space that enables everyone to be more conscious of the importance of ‘Friendship’ and to promote activities and events that encourage the development of positive friendships. The children will be encouraged to engage in random acts of kindness over the course of the week, say nice things to each other and reach out to those who sometimes get left out for whatever reason.

Authors in the Making – Our two second classes have entered this year’s Write a book Project organised by the Blackrock Education Centre and now in its thirty seventh year. The Write a book Project enables primary school children to become real authors as they create their own books by actively engaging in the processes of writing, composing, constructing, designing, illustrating and presenting their work to a wide audience. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the process and have learned a great deal along the way. We wish the boys and girls all the best in this competition.

ICT – Digital learning is alive and well at St. Brigid’s with our 5rh and 6th classes now set up on Google Classroom. They will be well ahead of the posse when they transition to Secondary school.

We will welcome eight Transition Year Students from St. David’s to our school next week. The students will be helping our 3rd and 4th classes get to grips with Google Classroom. A big thank you to Ms. Heneghan and volunteer parents Janet Watters, Aisling Carroll, Daniel English, Susan Walkin, Caroline Donegan, Ed Melvin, Elaine Killilea and Rebecca Gill who are all giving of their time so generously and will be managing this week. Teamwork at its best.

That’s all for now. Have a lovely weekend. Until next week.

Slán go fóill

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 20  

February 4th  2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well.

This week we celebrated St. Brigid’s Day, traditionally the first day of spring in Ireland, and while there may still be cold weather ahead, it is a time of hope. Speaking at the Oireachtas Health Committee on Wednesday, the Chief Medical Officer said the pandemic was “not over” but it is “safe to return to all activities”. This is the news we have all been waiting to hear.

It is lovely to see the spring flowers appearing in our school garden again and the “All we need is Love” window paintings in Room 16 are a welcome sight.

Fr. Gerard invited out two sixth classes to attend mass to celebrate the Feasts of St. Brigid and St. Blaise this week. The older people in the community were delighted to see the boys and girls back in the congregation after such a long time and commented on just how well behaved they were. It is lovely to hear such positive feedback. Maith sibh a pháistí. I am enormously proud of you all.

Lost Property – On Monday 7th February weather permitting lost property will be on display in the school yard at 1.35pm and again at 12,35pm. We do this on the first Monday of each month.

School Attendance this week – This week’s attendance was 92.9% which is really very good. We all know that children who go to school regularly are more likely to make friends, to do well in school and be involved in their community.

Birthday Greetings – We wish Peter Owens, Grace Allan, Leila Mellet, Ayaan Goyal, Ethan McKeever, Charlie and Finlay Corcoran, Dylan Scally and Jamie McKenzie who are all celebrating birthdays this week happy birthday. We hope they enjoy their special day.

Keeping Fit – Since we returned to school on the 6th January, Room 16 have been ensuring they get their daily steps in by running 1km a day every morning. They have measured it all out and two laps of the perimeter of the school grounds equates to 1km. I will have to join them one of these days.

Safer Internet Day 2022 – This will take place on Tuesday, February 8th. This year for Safer Internet Day, Webwise and the National Parents Council Primary are running a campaign to support parents in their engagement with their children’s lives online. Further information available at https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/

Rapunzel Foundation Donation – Well done to Jessie Hackett in Ms. Corcoran’s 5th class who donated 17 inches of her lovely golden hair to the Rapunzel Foundation to help make much needed wigs to improve the lives of those living with hair loss. What a generous thing to do.

Mask wearing in Primary Schools – According to Dr. Tony Holohan mask wearing for primary school children is likely to end in the coming weeks, something we would all welcome. We will of course let you know when protocols around mask wearing for 3rd to 6th change.

Appeal for help with design of Classroom Libraries  Please do get in touch if you feel this is something you could help us with.

Finally, this Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations opener between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium should be something to look forward to not to mention the much anticipated match between Kerry and Dublin in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division in Austin Stack Park Tralee. Slowly, things are getting back to some kind of normal TG. Have a great weekend whatever you get up to.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 19  

January 28th 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This has been a good week. The reopening of our country and the lifting of so many restrictions is great news. There is of course no guarantee the pandemic is over, but the signs are certainly good.

So, for now, let’s rejoice and be happy.

School Attendance this week – School attendance is getting back to normal levels again with an overall attendance this week of 91.5%.

Entrance Exams for St. David’s for 2022/2023 – Some of our boys and girls will be sitting their St. David’s entrance exams tomorrow and we wish them the very best of luck.

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays this week are Emily Hanley, James Carroll, James Elliot, Mark and Lillian O’ Neill, Chloe Loftis, Senan Cribbin, Tom Mc Sherry Tyrell, Ruadhán Murray, Lewis More O’ Ferrell, Styliani  Maria Lamprinakou and Finn Tohill, We wish them all a very happy birthday and hope they enjoy their special day.

COVID-19 Restrictions – Whilst many of the public health measures put in place were removed on 22nd  January the protective measures in schools will remain until 28th February.

IT Week – We are delighted to be welcoming eight transition year students from St. David’s to the school for our IT Week which will run from the  14th to the 18th February this year. The students will work with our 3rd and 4th classes on the G Suite and Google Classroom.

HEPA Filters –  We have 7 HEPA filters at the school now. We are really surprised at just how quiet they are. We hope to get some more over the coming days.

News from  our two  6th Classes 

The art of debate is alive and well in Ms. Caffrey’s 6th Class. Over the last couple of weeks, the boys and girls have been debating some interesting topics such as whether or not children should have to wear a school uniform and whether or not computers are better than books. Without question these debates have given the children the opportunity to reason and think through arguments and to consider the evidence behind a particular statement rationally. Great skills to have for the future you will agree.

Mr. Dodd’s 6th Class has begun rehearsals for their production of William Shakespeare’s, ‘Hamlet’ which will take place on Thursday 23rd of June. The students are working very hard at learning their lines and choreography routines.  We look forward to them performing the play for their families.

Appeal for help with Classroom Libraries – We are hoping to create a proper library space in each of our classrooms from 3rd to 6th. This would involve building bookshelves in a designated place in each of the 10 classrooms. We are appealing to anyone who has expertise in design or carpentry or has any creative ideas, to get in contact. We would welcome your input for this project. Ms. Hughes, and parents Elaine Killilea and Treasa O’Brien are working on a plan to remodel our school and classroom libraries which we hope will ensure a better library experience for all the children in the school. Do get in touch if you feel this is something you could help us with.

Catholic Schools Week 2022 – A big thank you to the boys and girls in Mr. Dodd’s 6th Class who have led this week’s Catholic Schools celebration at our school. I am so proud of how the   children delivered the daily reflection over the intercom despite the nerves.  Maith sibh a pháistí. You are amazing.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Until next week, take care

Máire Costello

Principal

January 21st  2022 

Newsletter 18  

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

There is light at the end of the tunnel -The days are getting longer and the news of the rapid lifting of some COVID restrictions by the end of next week is music to our ears.  

For any of you who have not witnessed the sun rise over the sea over the last few mornings, be sure to take a look. I can guarantee you; you won’t be disappointed. It makes for a lovely start to the day.  

School Attendance this week – School attendance was really good this week with a whole school attendance record of 91.6%. 

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays this week are Jacob Harris Wright, Cathal Donnelly, Leo Looney, Darragh Gill, Nicole Byrne, Senan McCabe, Amber Boden, Ellie Donegan, Elia Morrisey, Jack Clarken, Erin Williams, Finn Osborne and Sadie O’ Dwyer.We wish them all a very happy birthday and hope they enjoy their special day.  

HEPA Filters   We are due a delivery of seven HEPA Filters later today. The HEPA filters are just one of the mitigating measures we are putting in place in our fight against COVID. Theoretically they can remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). 

New School Tracksuit – Some exciting news on the school tracksuit front. The Staff, and some members of the Parents Association, Student Council and Board of Management had the opportunity to look at a new style tracksuit for St. Brigid’s just before Christmas. The feedback from the viewing was hugely positive and we have decided to go ahead with this change. The tracksuit will be available from “Schoolwear” who currently supply our school uniform and tracksuits. Children can continue to wear their old tracksuits to school until they grow out of them. I hope to have a sample of the new tracksuit for you to view over the coming weeks. 

Catholic School Week– We look forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week at our school next week. The theme this year is ‘Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full’. Over the course of the week some of the staff and pupils will read a thought for the day aloud over the intercom system to the whole school community. The spoken reflection will be followed by a short period of Christian meditation. Unfortunately, for a second year in a row, we will not be able to have our Grandparents with us to celebrate Grandparents’ Day something we really look forward to. However, we promise to keep them in our thoughts and prayers on this special day. 

Notification of school absence – A you will appreciate, the school office is a very busy place and we would urge you not to contact the office regarding school absences. The best way to let the school know your child will be absent from school is to use the Aladdin Connect App. Alternatively you can notify the class teacher on Class DoJo or Seesaw. It is important that you give a reason for the absence. 

It’s a Boy – Congratulations to Carol and Donal McCarthy on the birth of their beautiful baby boy. Rose and Alex are delighted with their new baby brother “Leo” and have been so proud showing pictures of him to their classmates at school. 

That’s all the news for this week.  

Go dtí an seachtain seo chugainn, 

Slán sabháilte 

Máire Costello 

Principal 

January 14th 2022 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Friday. I am sure you are all looking forward to the weekend ahead.

The boys and girls have been working really hard this week and are getting back into the routine of school. They were very excited by the sight of the frost on the ground yesterday morning. In the words of one Second Class Child “I love the frost Ms. Costello. It looks just like sparkly sugar.”

We were delighted to welcome Cormac back for PE and Joan back for Music Generation this week. The children really look forward to their sessions with them.

School Attendance this week – There has been a notable improvement in school attendance this week with an average  attendance of  83% over the course of the five days. This is great to see.

Birthday Greetings – Ten of our students are celebrating birthdays this week. They are Grace McCarthy , Kate Quinn, Isabel McCarthy, Devin Kelly, Ananya Syamkumar, Emma Rose Gaffney, Sophie McFadden, Bella McKenzie, Elijah Rikje and Raymond Pender. We wish them all a very happy birthday and hope they enjoy their special day.

Talk for Parents – Delgany National School invites you to a talk/presentation on “Supporting Parents to Support their Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing” on Zoom this coming Monday 17th January at 7:30pm. The meeting details are as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/9202836043?pwd=NjZkS3BObkhzckxlVDRoaFYxME12Zz09

Meeting ID: 920 283 6043

Passcode: NPCparents

Kidcast  – We sent an email to you about this Irish Primary School Podcast earlier in the week. It is supported by the Arts Council  and is well worth a look at especially if your children have to stay home and you are looking for something fun and educational for them to engage with.

Carbon Dioxide Monitors  – All classes now have their own Carbon Dioxide monitors having purchased a further 16 this week. The CO2M Carbon Dioxide Monitor provides reassurance to staff and pupils in terms of whether or not the classroom is adequately ventilated.

HEPA Filters Thank you to everyone who has been sharing their knowledge of HEPA Filters with us. We want to make sure we get the right make and model for our specific needs and really appreciate all the advice we have received. We will let you know when they are in situ.

Online Preparation for Confirmation – An online service for families preparing for Confirmation took place last night Thursday,13th of Jan, at 7.30pm.  Thank you to Lisa and Natalia from the Sacramental Coordination Team for organisng this.

Dates for First Holy Communion and Confirmation 

  • First Holy Communion – Sunday 29th May 2022 at 10.00am in St. Anthony’s Church Kilcoole
  • Confirmation – Saturday 21st May at 12.00pm in St. Anthony’s Church Kilcoole

Term 2 After School Basketball and Gaelic – These will start back this coming Monday 17th January.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend. Be sure to wrap up if you are out and about.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

7th January 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a nice Christmas even if it was a little bit quieter than normal. It was lovely to welcome  the boys and girls back to school yesterday and they seemed genuinely happy to be back. None of us know what lies ahead in terms of Covid 19 but we must take hope from the huge numbers of the population that are now fully vaccinated and the fact that younger children are now being offered their vaccinations. We have  had 3 teachers out since we returned to school which is not all that bad when compared to other schools. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

School Attendance over the last two days 25% of pupils were absent today and yesterday –  A sign of the times.

Warm clothing  – There has been a notable drop in temperature over the last couple of days, and with windows and door open to facilitate good ventilation,  it is really important that the children layer up to stay warm at this time.

Saint Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal –   David from the Greystones branch of the SVP would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who contributed to the school’s annual SVP Christmas Appeal.. We raised a whopping 2579.60 for this worthy charity. The money was transferred to SVP Greystones Account this morning. Thank you again for your generous support

Birthday Greetings – Celebrating birthdays this week are Charlie McConnell, Millie and Lottie Carey, Holly Nohilly, Pearl Butler Young, Katelynn and Lianna Damery Vaughan and Huey Pust. We wish them all a very happy birthday and best wishes for the year ahead.

Close Contacts – Just a reminder regarding close contacts If you have been told by the HSE services that you are a close contact of a case of Covid-19, you need to adhere to the advice on the HSE website in relation to restricted movements and testing. Children under 13 years who are household close contacts must restrict their movements for 14 days and will be offered PCR testing at day 0 and day 10. On receipt of a day 10 not-detected PCR test result, they may exit restricted movements. It is important that anyone who has been identified as a close contact, is very aware of COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate and undergo testing should they develop any symptoms.

Welcome – We extend a warm welcome to Anna Gulyás  who has joined Ms. Heneghan’s  fourth class from Cork. We hope she will be very happy here at St. Brigid’s. .

I began this message on a positive note and would like to end on one too. Though we are living in challenging times there is always hope and joy ahead and always an opportunity to start over again. In the words of the great Irish poet and scholar  Brendan Kennelly 

“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.”

— From Begin by Brendan Kennelly

Until next week, slán sabháilte.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

5th January 2022

Below is the advice I have received from  Dr. John Cuddihy, Acting HSE National Clinical Director of Health Protection at lunch time today and which I have been asked to share with all staff and families in the community.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

 Close Contacts If you have been told by the HSE services that you are a close contact of a case of Covid-19, you need to adhere to the advice on the HSE website in relation to restricted movements and testing. Children under 13 years who are household close contacts must restrict their movements for 14 days and will be offered PCR testing at day 0 and day 10. On receipt of a day 10 not-detected PCR test result, they may exit restricted movements. It is important that anyone who has been identified as a close contact, is very aware of COVID-19 symptoms, and isolate and undergo testing should they develop any symptoms.

Re-enforcing general public health messages All staff and children are reminded of the importance of abiding by the national public health measures currently in place at all times e.g. vaccination (including boosters), social distancing, use of face masks, hand hygiene, ventilation and minimising social contacts.

17th December 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Friday.

Tá an Nollaig buailte linn

agus draíocht na Nollag san aer.

Christmas is  here and

the magic of Christmas is in the air,

While we have had a number of positive COVID cases at the school over the last few weeks , over all we are doing really well. Thank you for the part you continue to play in helping keep St. Brigid’s a happy and safe place to teach and learn. Fingers crossed next year will be a bit different for us all with the gradual easing of restrictions and COVID protocols

Finally, if anyone has any expertise in the area of ventilation and air filters, we would love to hear from you.

Attached please find this week’s newsletter Newsletter 15

Le meas,

Maire Costello

Principal

10th December 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Click on the following linking link to download this week’s Newsletter 14

What a week this has been !! From Storm Barra, to school closures to school absences like we have never seen before. The rising number of positive COVID cases in the community is also a little concerning.

However, on a positive note, Christmas is just around the corner and the magic of Christmas is very definitely in the air.  The decorations are up and there is a great buzz about the school. Every morning the children check the blackboard at Tara’s office to see how many more sleeps until Christmas before they make their way to “Santa’s Workshop” one of the stations for Aistear this month.  The classrooms have been transformed into Christmas wonderlands and you really could not ask to be anywhere nicer right now.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Until next week, keep safe and keep well.

Le meas,

Máire Costello

Principal

3rd December 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope this email finds you well. Click on the following link to download this week’s Newsletter 13

This has been a tough week for everyone but especially for our older boys and girls,. None of us are comfortable with the children from 3rd to 6th class having to wear masks at school but unfortunately it is necessary.considering the high  incidence of COVID-19 in the community. What I would like you to know however, is that the children have been great wearing their masks and just how proud I am of them adapting to yet another new protocol. So much has been asked of them over the last eighteen months and yet they always rise to the challenge. They are amazing.

On a lighter note, can you believe it is December already? It was lovely to see the boys and girls arriving to school in their Santa hats and reindeer antlers over the last couple of mornings – a gentle reminder that Christmas is just around the corner.

December is always a busy month at St. Brigid’s with lots of exciting things happening. Walk into any classroom and you will see the boys and girls busy working on their Christmas art, retelling the very First Christmas story in their very own words and happy to be humming along to the Christmas songs and carols.  It is such a privilege to be working in a school at this time of year. We are really looking forward to having fun with the boys and girls over the next few weeks. We want it to be a special time for them.

Finally, thank you for your continued support in helping to make our school a safe place to teach and learn.

Until next week,

Slán sabháilte

Maire Costello

Principal

1st December 2021

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Please find attached a letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan to parents/guardians and a guide for parents and children 3rd – 6th class on how to use face coverings that we received late last night. Our immediate and main aim for now is to try to keep everyone safe for the remainder of this term.

CMO Letter to schools FINAL_30 Nov 2021

How to use a face covering for Primary Pupils 30 Nov 2021

The requirement to wear a mask is for children 3rd class and up and is Government policy. We strongly encourage the wearing of masks to help protect your child as currently there is a very high incidence in the unvaccinated 5–11-year-old age group.

We appreciate that children’s masks may not be available locally and you may need to order them online. We would hope that everyone from 3rd-6th class would have their masks by Monday.

If you have any concerns/issues please contact the school directly. Thank you for your support, which has been fantastic. It makes these challenging days in school easier knowing we have this support.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

Principal

26th November 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Friday.

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the number of kind messages we received this week . Your continued support, encouragement and appreciation of all that we are doing here at the school in difficult times has not gone unnoticed. Thank you.

Christmas officially kicks off tonight with the airing of the annual Late Late Toy Show. I know that many of our boys and girls have been looking forward to this for many weeks now – the Christmas pyjamas are at the ready, the treats have been bought and the children are all set to tune into the biggest Toy TV show of the year. We could all do with a little sprinkling of joy right now, so be sure to tune in wherever you are. It will be totally worth it.

Click on the following link to download  Newsletter 12 2021

Until next week, stay safe and keep well and remember there is always a reason to smile.

Le meas,

Máire Costello

Principal

Principal

19th November 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy Friday. I hope this email finds you all well. Click HERE to download Newsletter 11 2021.

I apologise for my late Friday message but I was teaching for the day and am only getting around to my emails and the Friday Newsletter now..

To be honest, this has been a tricky week at the school  with the number of children and staff being tested for COVID increasing by the day not to mention the added pressure of the lack of substitutes available to cover for absent teachers. We have had to use our Learning Support teachers to take over classes (something we are not meant to do, but needs must).  Myself and my Deputy Mary Beausang are also back in the classroom too – not full time yet – but it is looking more likely if the number of infections NPHET are predicting come to pass, Fingers crossed this is not the case.

However, every cloud has a silver lining. It was lovely to spend some time with the children today and their smiley happy faces certainly helped brighten my day..

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at the school who continue to provide the best teaching and learning experiences for the children under what are quite stressful conditions.. We have a great  team spirit here at the school and it this team spirit that will see us through the next few difficult weeks.

Slán go fóill.

Until next week, stay safe and stay well.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

12th November 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians.

Click on the following link Newsletter 10 2021

for this week’s Newsletter.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

5th November 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It was lovely to see the children bouncing into school this week after their week off. They have settled back into school and are enjoying being back with their friends.

Please find attached this week’s Newsletter 9 2021.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

4th November 2021

Dear Parents/ Guardians,We received this information today which the Department of Education have asked us to share with you.

Public Health Advice for Parents/ Guardians about COVID-19 Symptoms

Please see link below for parent-focused public health advice about COVID-19 symptoms.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/#health-advice-for-parents

Children First Awareness Week

Children First Awareness Week is taking place from 1st to 7th November 2021. Children First promotes the protection of children from abuse and neglect, by setting out what individuals and organisations need to do to keep children safe, and how to deal with concerns about a child’s safety or welfare. Society has a duty of care towards children, and everyone should be alert to the possibility that children they are in contact with may be abused or at risk of abuse or neglect. If you are concerned about a child or young person, you should contact Tusla social work department. Organisations classed as providers of relevant services under the Children First Act 2015 are required to complete a risk assessment and must have a Child Safeguarding Statement in place. More information on keeping children safe in our communities is available at gov.ie/childrenfirst

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

22nd October 2021

Newsletter 8

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of myself and all the staff at St. Brigid’s NS, I would like to wish you all a very happy Halloween. I hope you all have a great Mid-term break and get some time to spend  with family and friends.

We appreciate all the support and help you have given to us over the last eight weeks. We do not take this support for granted and know that not every school is so well supported.

The boys and girls have worked hard this term and learned so much. We look forward to welcoming them back on the 1st of November.

Click on this LINK to download the Newsletter for this week.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

15th October 2021

Newsletter 7

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please find attached this weeks Newsletter.

Bainigí taitneamh as an deireadh seacthtaine. Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 7

8th October 2021

Newsletter 6

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all keeping well. Attached is the Newsletter for this week. I hope you enjoy the new format. Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

Click on the link below to download:

Newsletter 6

Newsletter 5

1st October 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Tempus fugid. I can’t believe today is the 1st of October although with the drop in temperature, it is beginning to feel a lot more like autumn.

Autumn is all around us here at the school from the lovely clay hedgehogs our first classes are making to lessons on hibernation in science to nature tables filled with conkers and colourful leaves. It really is a lovely time of the year.

Happy Birthday – Celebrating autumn birthdays this week are Michael Fioraso, Freddie Warde, Oliver Krepel, Emily Cole, Tristan McKeever,  Christopher Roche, Joshua Place, Neal Yadav, Sam Mc Dermott and Ralph Jimenez. We wish them all a very happy birthday and hope they all enjoy their special day.

Christmas Shoe box Appeal – We are delighted to be participating once again in Team Hope’s  annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal in aid of needy children in Eastern Europe and Africa The children will receive an information leaflet before the mid-term break about what they need to do to build their boxes. The idea is that they would fill their boxes over the Halloween Break. The closing date for Team Hope to receive the filled boxes is Monday 8th November. We will be accepting filled boxes in the school from Monday 1st November to Friday 5th November. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any boxes before mid-term break as the school will be undergoing is deep clean for Halloween.

School Cookbook – This term ‘Saint Brigid’s National School is taking on a mammoth task! We are planning to produce our very own cookbook to raise much needed funds for our school. We need lots of time to put this project together so please send in your child’s family recipe to their class teacher by Monday 11th October. Thank you in advance for your support with this project.

Vacancy on the BoM for parent nominee – A reminder that The By-Election for the nomination of a father representative to the Board will take place on Monday 4th October in the school Hall at 7.30pm. A big thank you to Jim Clarken, Emmet Hickey and Paul Molamphy who have put themselves forward for nomination to this position. As more than one nomination has been received for the father panel, a secret ballot shall be held on the night. Parents can vote for any ONE of the three nominees who have confirmed their willingness to become members of the Board.

Admission Notice – The Admission Notice for Junior Infants 2022-2023 was uploaded to the school website on Wednesday. Enrolment will be from Monday 1st November to Monday 22nd  November 2021 (3 weeks). Enrolment forms can be downloaded from the school website from Monday 1st November.

Congratulations – Congratulations to the Noble family on the birth of their new baby boy “Brendan”. Daniela is delighted to have a new baby brother and was so excited when she was telling me all about him when she bounced into school this week.

A nice note to end this week’s message on.

Have a lovely weekend. Slán sabháilte.

Le meas,

Máire Costello

Principal

29th September 2021

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

We wanted to give you some advance notice regarding some upcoming dates and events.

Early Closing on Friday 22nd October

To facilitate further teacher engagement with Assessment and the Primary Language Curriculum, a half day school closure has been sanctioned for all schools by the Department of Education in Term 1.  St. Brigid’s will close early on Friday 22nd October for this teacher workshop.   This is the day we finish for the Halloween Break until Monday 1st November.

Junior Infants / Senior Infants and their siblings will go home at 12.10pm.

1st – 6th Class will go home at 12.30pm.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

We are excited to be able to facilitate the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal this year in the school.  The children will receive an information leaflet before the mid-term break about what they need to do to build their boxes.  The idea is that they would fill their boxes over the Halloween Break.  The closing date for Team Hope to receive the filled boxes is Monday 8th November.  We will be accepting filled boxes in the school from Monday 1st November to Friday 5th November.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept any boxes before mid-term break as the school will be undergoing is deep clean for Halloween.

School Cookbook

We are planning to produce our very own cookbook to raise much needed funds for the school.  The PA will be sending information out tomorrow about this exciting publication.  Please keep this in mind for friends and family presents this Christmas.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

St. Brigid’s N.S.
Trafalgar Road
Greystones

Co. Wicklow

A63WR64

 

01-2876113

Information for Parents from HSE about the Changes to Contact Tracing and Testing for Children

The HSE has provided information for parents about the changes to contact tracing and testing for children aged between 3 months and 13 years in early learning and care, school aged childcare, education, primary school sports and social settings. You can find it here:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/13610-information-for-parents-about-the-changes-to-contact-tracing-and-testing-for-children-aged-between-3-months-and-13-years-in-early-learning-and-care-elc-and-school-age-childcare-sac-education-primary-school-sports-and-social-settings/

Other resources for parents can be found here:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/

It is really important that if a child has any new onset symptoms as listed and feels unwell or seems off-form, not to send them to school and contact their GP for advice, if necessary.

Thank you.

Newsletter 4

24th September

Dear Parents Guardians,

Happy Friday! I hope you  are all keeping well and looking forward to the weekend ahead.

The boys and girls have been working really hard at school this week and are really enjoying their yard times. It is lovely to see them playing so well together and the older classes are delighted to have the opportunity to play ball games at lunch time.

Happy Birthday – This has been a very popular week for birthdaysHappy birthday to Charlotte Roche, Alison Pyke, Jessca Tutthil, Rose Maguire, Henry Lewis, Hanna Olcyzk, Cameron Archer, Doireann Purcell, Sarah Clarken, Brodie Higgins, Kai Hardie and Margaret Guerrerio Vincente who are all celebrating birthdays this week. We hope you all enjoy your special day.

Appeal for Volunteer Traffic Wardens on Kimberley Road – The PA are trying to set up a rota of volunteer parents to work as traffic wardens on Kimberley Road at home time ( 2.40pm to 2.50pm0. A big thank you to those of you who have already offered to volunteer to help. If you are free to cover even just one day a fortnight or month the PA would be delighted to hear from you.

AGM for Parents– The Annual General Meeting for parents will take place this Monday 27th Sept at 8pm via Zoom. A link will be sent to you to join.

Congratulations – Congratulations to the boys and girls in third class who made their First holy Communion and to the boys and girls in First and Second Year who were confirmed over the last three Saturdays at St. Anthony’s Church in Kilcoole. The ceremonies were very special, and we were blessed with the weather. Thank you to Fr. John, Fr. Gerard, the Parish Team and class teachers for the huge preparation they put in behind the scenes.

Photo Shoot for our Junior Infants – Our Junior Infants had their photographs taken by Ian Young our school photographer this week. The boys and girls were very relaxed in front of the camera and I’m sure the photos will be lovely.  Be sure to get your hands on a copy of this week’s “Bray People” as our Junior Infants are featured in it.

Vacancy on the BoM for parent nominee –The By-Election for the nomination of a father representative to the board will take place on Monday 4th October in the school Hall at 7.30pm.

Health and Safety – As you are aware Irish Water are currently working on replacing old pipework on La Touche Road and will be moving up to Trafalgar Road in the coming days. It is really important that we take extra care around the school at drop off and collection times while this work is going on.

European Sports Week – European Week of Sport is being celebrated across Europe from 23rd-30th September The week is for everyone, regardless of fitness and we would encourage as many of our families as possible to engage in some extra physical exercise over the course of the week. The  teachers will be assigning “active homework” to their classes and we look forward to hearing what  fun exercises the children have been getting up to. Any initiative that promotes people to be more active on a regular basis gets a big thumbs up from us.

That’s all the news for now. Until next week. Slán sabháilte.

Le meas,

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 3

17th September 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Another week has just flown by. I can’t believe we are already halfway through September. Thankfully the weather is staying fine, and the children are getting out to play most days. The children are bouncing into school each day which is lovely to see and confirmation that St. Brigid’s is a nice place to be.

Well done! – Our Junior Infants are to be commended on just how well they have handled their first week of full school days.  Maith sibh a pháistí. You are just great!

Photo Shoot– Our new Junior Infants will have their first school photographs taken next Tuesday and next Wednesday. Speaking as a parent of two boys I know how these photos will take pride of place in homes for many years to come.

Happy Birthday –Special birthday greetings go out to Chloe Cunningham, Matthew Gormley, Donncha Cribbin, Ned Flynn, Jake Killilea and Nicole Barranski who are all celebrating birthdays this week.  Breithlá sona daoibh go léir

Absence from school Please continue to let us know if you are keeping your child home sick or if they are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms. We are working diligently to continue to monitor all wellness related information and to keep our school healthy.

Confirmation 2021 – We wish the Class of 2021 all the best for their Confirmation tomorrow in St. Anthony’s Church Kilcoole. It will be a great opportunity for the boys and girls to meet up with friends they haven’t seen for a while now that are attending different secondary schools.

Music to my ears – It is so lovely to hear music around the school again at last. Our senior classes are working on some challenging pieces from the 2019 National Children’s Choir and I look forward to them performing for a live audience in the future, fingers crossed

Music Generation – We were delighted to welcome Joan from Music Generation back to our school again this year. The children all love her and look forward to their weekly lessons with her. She will be working with Senior Infants to 3rd Class this year.

Vacancy on the BoM for parent nominee – Due to the recent departure of Eamonn Foley from the 2019/2023 Board oof Management, we will be holding a By Election for the nomination of a father representative to the board in the coming weeks. More details to follow.

Annual Admission Notice for the intake of Junior Infants for 2021/2022– It is a requirement of the Admissions to School Act 2018 that the board of management prepare an Annual Admission Notice outlining specific information in respect of the application process for admission to the school year in question. The notice for admissions for 2022/2023 will be uploaded to our school website next week.

Teaching and Learning – I had the opportunity and great privilege to spend some time working with Second Class this week. It was lovely to see the children so engaged in their learning and when one little boy shouted out “Can you come back again tomorrow?”, it just made my day.

Newsletter from the PA – Be sure to read the PA Newsletter which was sent out yesterday. It is a great way of keeping up with what is happening at the school.  A big thank you to Aoife, Rebecca, Emer and all the team for their input on this. 

Finally, I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Take care and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Newsletter 2 

10th September 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians

Happy Friday!

I hope you have all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend ahead and to the All-Ireland Final on Saturday. It would be lovely to see Mayo lift the Sam Maguire Cup after 70 long years.

The boys and girls seem happy to be back at school and are settling well into a daily routine. They have had a great week at school and really enjoyed having Cormac back for PE this week.

Teaching and Learning – For the month of September, the focus for teaching and learning for all classes is on reinforcing and consolidating pupils’ knowledge from their previous class/year. Outdoor learning and wellbeing will continue to be a priority for our school again this year with the teachers adopting a thematic and integrated approach to Curriculum delivery as recommended by the DES.

Happy Birthday -Special birthday greetings go out to Olivia Hynes Emily Doyle, Grace Moran, Katie Heffernan, Brooke Felton, Alfie Doyle, Chelsea Rapliza and May Flynn who are all celebrating birthdays this week at school.  Breithlá sona daoibh go léir

Confirmation 2020 – We wish the Class of 2020 all the best for their Confirmation tomorrow in St. Anthony’s Church Kilcoole . They have waited a very long time for this day. They are now in their Second Year of Secondary school so it will be lovely to catch up with them all again to see how they are getting on.

Junior Infants – From next Monday our new Junior Infants will be in school until 1.40pm each day. The longer day may mean they are a little more tired when they are going home but this is to be expected. It is important that they bring a bigger lunch with them as they will have two lunch breaks during the course of the day.

School Lunches?– We have a healthy eating lunch policy here at the school. Sandwiches, vegetables, fruit, water and milk are what we consider to constitute a healthy lunch. The following are not allowed – Crisps, nuts, lollipops, sweets, biscuits, popcorn, chocolate bars, cereal bars with chocolate and fizzy drinks. Because of the prevalence of nut allergies, please do not give your children nuts or food containing nuts. We would ask that you adhere strictly to this policy

School Uniform – Many people have commented on just how smart our children are looking in their school uniforms. Thank you for ensuring the children wear the correct uniform to school each day.

COVID 19 and School Attendance – We are fielding lots of queries around COVID 19 and school attendance.  We appreciate how confusing it can be for parents and so have  sent an email to all families  with the most up to date information from the HSE in relation to this. Please take the time to  read this email and if in any doubt at all please contact your GP.

Health and Safety – The safety of the children around drop-off and pick up times is always on our minds. Please consider?their safety when you park up in the mornings and afternoons.

Some good news to end. “To hug and to hold from this day forward”. Congratulations to Ms. Kenny on the recent birth of her baby daughter Fiadh and to Ms. Cuffe on the birth of her baby son Cillian.

Until next week. Slán go fóill

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

Newsletter 1  

3rd September 2021

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

I hope you all had a good summer and that you are relaxed, recharged and ready for the year ahead. A new school year means fresh new books, new teachers, new learning goals, and most importantly new friends.

We are so excited to welcome the boys and girls back to school and are looking forward to a year of fun and learning.   May it be all they hope it will be.

Happy Birthday  -Special birthday greetings go out to Jan Barczak, Úna Phelan, Tanmit Roy, Lorcan Looney, Liam Doyle and Rowan Donnelly who all celebrated birthdays this week at school.  Breithlá sona daoibh go léir.

School Development – During the summer, the basketball yard was resurfaced, and a new wall mounted basketball hoop fitted in the green yard. The total cost for these works was €35,000. This school development is only possible because of your generous Voluntary Contributions and your ongoing school fundraising. Thank you!

The plan for the year ahead – Further development of the school yards including the installation of a wall mural and outdoor shelter area and the refurbishment of the classrooms on the blue corridor. This work will take place during future vacation periods.

First Holy Communion -The staff would like to wish all the boys and girls who are making their First Holy Communion in Kilcoole tomorrow all the very best and hope they have a lovely day.? I am really looking forward to celebrating this special day with them.

School Uniform -The children should wear full school uniform on all days except their allocated PE days, on which they should wear the school tracksuit.

PE – Our PE teacher Cormac is all set and ready to start back next?Monday 6th.? The children really look forward to his classes and I know they will give him a big welcome back.???All classes will have two sessions of PE a week.? One with the class teacher and one with Cormac.?  PE will be outdoors as much as possible so we would ask that your child has a rain jacket with them on their?PE days.

Céad míle Fáilte -We extend a very special welcome to Ananya Syamkumar, Tanmit Roy, Brian Campbell, Erza Aston Brownbill, Liam Waghorn, Leo Looney, Ayaan Goyal, Saatvik Gupta, Mia Cleere, Susan Cleere, Liam Doyle, Emily Doyle, Flynn van Sleeuwen Fingelton and Martina Bravo who joined St. Brigid’s NS from other schools this year. Moving schools can be very daunting and I know what a relief it is for parents to hear just how well they are settling in.

New Junior Infants -What can I say about our new Junior Infants !! They are amazing. They look so smart in their shiny new uniforms and seem well ready for “Big School”. They are settling in well to the daily routine, beginning to make new friends already and so enthusiastic about everything. If only we could bottle their enthusiasm. I am so proud of them all.

Admissions for School Year 2022/2023 – Please keep an eye on our website for the latest information regarding Admission to School for Junior Infants 2022. The window for application will open the first week of November.

New Traffic Warden on Trafalgar Road – Wicklow County Council have been in touch to let us know that our new traffic warden Rita Linnane will be taking up duty on Trafalgar Rd from Monday 6th Sept. We wish her all the best in her new role.

Cycle Safety – Cycle Safety classes for 5th class will commence this Monday 6th September. This programme provides children with an understanding of cycle safety theory, bicycle care and practical bicycle safety, and is planned to work into the school timetable.

After School Basketball – Term 1 will commence Monday 6th September and run up until Friday 26th November.

Welcome back and Best Wishes – It is lovely to have  Ms. Murray and Ms. Woodcock back at the school again this year. We wish them and all the staff and community of St. Brigid’s  the very best for the year ahead,

Congratulations – Congratulations to Ms. Kenny on the birth of baby Fiadh. Big brother Darragh is delighted with his new baby sister.

Finally, thank you  for your cooperation at drop off and collection times and for wearing face covering while on the school premises. It is very much appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend.

Until next week,

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

31st August 2021

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

You may or may not be aware that there have been ongoing problems with the pipework on Kimberley Road over the summer months.

We have been working closely over the summer months with Wicklow County Council and Irish Water to try to resolve this issue.  Unfortunately, the road now has to be opened in order to establish what is causing the problem.

Kimberley Road will be closed to traffic from 9.15 am tomorrow morning.  Wicklow County Council and Irish Water have notified us that they expect that the road will remain closed all day. There will only be PEDESTRIAN access to Kimberley Road on Wednesday 1st September.

The children using the Kimberley Lane gate can continue to enter/exit the school grounds through this gate.  PLEASE NOTE: The road closure will only effect motorists.

There will be a council worker at the entrance and exit of Kimberley Road to advise motorists.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused but as you will appreciate it is really important that we get this issue resolved ASAP.

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello

30th August 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are looking forward to welcoming all the boys and girls back to school tomorrow and to welcoming our new Junior Infants to their first day at “Big School”. I am sure the children have grown a lot over the summer and will have lots of news to share with us.

The first day back is always a little bit hectic around the school so I would ask for your cooperation and patience as the children settle back into the daily routine of commuting to and from the school in a safe manner. As there will be no traffic warden on Trafalgar Road for  this week I would urge you to take extra caution when crossing at the pedestrian crossing on Trafalgar Road.  Fingers crossed the Council will have a traffic warden in place next week.

Here’s to a good year !!

Kind regards,

Máire Costello

Principal

19th August 2021

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a lovely summer.  There is still a week to go so be sure to enjoy this time.  I will be in contact next week with some more information but for now please find attached a link with video advise from the Department on returning to school.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a04fc-advice-for-students-and-their-families/#returning-to-school

Kind regards,

Ms. Costello