Dear Parents /Guardians,
Please find above our summer Newsletter.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support throughout the year. It means so much to the staff here at St. Brigid’s.
Have a lovely summer and we will see you all again in September.
Newsletter June 24th 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Our last full week at school and what a week it has been.
School Plays and Concerts –The school was alive once again this week with the sound of music as our 4th classes performed their version of “Pirates Versus Mermaids” for their parents on Tuesday and our 3rd classes put on their Music Generation Concert on Wednesday. On Thursday night Mr. Dodd’s 6th class put on “Hamlet” to a packed house. I am so proud of all the boys and girls for how well they all performed in front live audiences. It was great entertainment much appreciated by all.
Recent Birthdays – Happy Birthday – This is a very popular week for birthdays. Eleven in total. Wishing twins Matt and Laura, Amelia, Sophie, Daniel, Daisy, Bryan, Nancy, Kari, Dylan and Conan, all the best for their birthdays. Breithlá sona daoibh go léir.
School Attendance over the last week– 90.2% attendance. 9.8% absence
End of Year Awards – Congratulations to all the boys and girls who received medals today for, Art, Athletics, Basketball, Basketball League, Creative and Cursive Writing, Gaeilge, GAA and Good Citizenship. Maith sibh a pháistí. You should be so proud of yourselves.
Ice-cream Day – To celebrate all the hard work the children have done at the school over the course of the last year, we had a surprise Ice-cream Day for them at the school today. It was lovely to see so many happy smiley faces.
6th Class Graduation – This will take place on Monday 27th June. There will be a special graduation mass in Holy Rosary Church at 10.00am followed by some light refreshments for parents in the school hall after and a pizza party for the children in the green school yard in the afternoon. We are all looking forward to what should be a very a memorable occasion.
Upcoming Performance in the Holy Rosary Church – Our three fifth classes and Ms. Caffrey’s 6th class will perform a medley of songs from the National Children’s Choir repertoire next Tuesday 28th June at 2.00pm. This is a performance not to be missed.
Basketball League Final – Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors who beat the San Antonia Spurs in a thrilling final yesterday. All the classes from 2nd class up were on the side lines cheering for their teams. It was a fantastic sporting occasion.
Farmers in the making – Some boys from Ms, Heneghan’s 4th class harvested their first crop of potatoes here at the school yesterday. The children in Room 14 then had the great pleasure of eating these new potatoes for lunch along with some delicious sausages. A feast fit for a king!! `
New Deputy Principal – As you are all aware Ms. Beausang is due to retire at the end of August. Ms. Orla Teehan has been appointed as our new Deputy Principal. She will take up the position on the 1st September 2022. We wish her all the best in her new role.
Summer Holiday – The school will close on Thursday 30th June at 12.10pm for Infants and their siblings and at 12,30pm for all other children and will reopen on Monday 1st September at 8.50am.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
Máire Costello, Principal
Newsletter – June 17th 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Another busy and happy week in St. Brigid’s. Here is an update on some of the highlights this week.
Write A Book -Congratulations to Elsie (Room 7) and Laura (Room 8) who were winners in this year’s Write a Book Competition run by the Blackrock Education Centre. Both students were invited to an Awards’ Ceremony in the Fitzpatrick Killiney Castle Hotel on Monday. Well done to Elsie and Laura – and to all the students in Ms. Horan’s and Ms. O’Donnell’s class who participated. The standard was very high and there were many excellent books written. Who knows this could be the start of a career as a famous author or book illustrator!
School Plays and Concerts – This week the school was alive with the sound of music as Junior and Senior Infants performed their play to appreciative audiences. Junior Infants told the story of how a little tadpole becomes a frog and showed us how we can do anything we set our minds to. Senior Infants’ had an important message about looking after planet Earth. The boys and girls also sang the catchy songs they learned with Joan from Music Generation. It was great entertainment much appreciated by all.
Recent Birthdays – Recent birthdays have been celebrated by Joshua, Amelie, Emma, Hugo, Louis, Gillian and Aaron. Many congratulations to all.
Science in Action – Congratulations to Ms. Caffrey’s 6th class who showcased the fantastic experiments they have been working on over the last couple of weeks at the school yesterday. The children really enjoyed the scientific research they undertook in preparation for the science show and are to be highly commended for the manner in which they presented their work. Maith sibh a pháistí, I look forward to seeing some of you entering the young scientist exhibition in the years to come.
Active Schools Week – Thanks to Ms. Murray for organizing a great active schools’ week this week. The children have loved being active and have enjoyed being outside in the nice weather. The week began with aerial yoga.
It was quite tricky, but the children really loved it. There were ‘Buddy Up’ PE sessions, where older classes worked with younger ones. On Wednesday we had dance teacher Saran in to put us through our paces.
She was fantastic and everyone really enjoyed it. The week ended with our Junior Sports Day on Thursday and our Senior Sports Day on Friday.
Junior Sports Day – Junior Infants to Second class had their Sports Day yesterday. It was a huge success, the weather held up and the children were delighted to be going home with their Sports Day rosettes. A big thank you to Cormac and Shane who put in a huge amount of time and effort into organising the day and to all the teachers and SNAs who helped out on the day
Senior Sports Day – This will take place today in Éire Óg. 3rd to 6th Classes are assured of an exciting day today if yesterday’s sports day is anything to go by.
Trips to the Beach – We are so lucky to have the sea at our doorstep and many of our classes will be taking advantage of the good weather over the next few days to make day trips to the beach. This is exactly what memories are made of.
Greystones Library Summer Stars Reading Adventure – We received an important message from Catherine Costello who works in Greystones Library.
The Summer Stars Reading Adventure is back and running from Monday, 13th June until Wednesday, 31st August 2022 in all public libraries across Ireland. Children are invited to register for Summer Stars in Greystones Library and be a part of the reading adventure.
As you’ll know, there is a lot of research which shows that children who read over the summer maintain their reading levels and return to school more prepared for the new school year. We would love if you could encourage your classes to continue their learning journeys over the summer months.
Reading Cards: All participants will be given a Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track their own progress. They will receive a summer star stamp for each book read, in print or online. There will be a certificate and medal at the end for all participants.
EBooks and AudioBooks Count Too! The new BorrowBox Summer Stars ebook and audiobook collections for all age groups are now available. These collections are free to all library members.
Events and Activities: There are lots of activities and events taking place across the county. Check out our website or social media accounts for more details.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Catherine Costello Librarian ,Greystones Library, Mill Road, Greystones, Co. Wicklow A63 KN52 Ph: +353 (0)1 287 3548
Each year students from the school participate in the Summer Stars Reading Adventure. We can heartily recommend it as both enjoyable and worthwhile in terms of keeping up the reading over the Summer.
Condolences – Our deepest sympathy to Claire Walle on the recent passing of her dear Dad, May he rest in peace,
School Attendance over the last week– 90.4% attendance. 9.6% absence
School Improvements – The convent lane wall was plastered over the June Bank Holiday weekend. A big thank you to the Aoife Murray from the Parents Association who over saw this project. Phase 2 of the project involves the painting of a mural along the wall. We are looking at different designs at the moment and the idea is that every child in the school will be involved in completing the mural.
New Smart Boards were installed in Rooms, 10, 16. 8 and 5 last week much to the delight of the children and teachers in these rooms.
School Reports – The reports went out yesterday via Aladdin Connect. If anyone has trouble accessing the reports, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the office.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
Mary Beausang, Deputy Principal
Máire Costello, Principal
Newsletter June 3rd 2022
For many of us June marks the real start of summer. We are all looking forward to longer days, brighter weather and more time outdoors. Some of the children are already talking about what they are doing for their holidays and counting down the days to the 30th June.
School Attendance over the last week– 92.1% attendance. 7.9% absence – The same as last week.
Congratulations – Congratulations to the boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion in St. Anthony’s Church Kilcoole last Sunday. It was a lovely day. Thank you to Fr. John who was the celebrant on the day and to Ms. Horan, Ms O’ Donnell, Lisa, and Natalia who prepared the children so well for the sacrament. After the ceremony many of the children and their families returned to Kilian Hall where the Parents Association hosted the Communion Teas. Everyone enjoyed their time in the hall with many of the parents and grandparents delighted to see this tradition back after two long years. A big thank you to all the parents who helped on the day and to those of you who donated cakes and treats for this special celebration. We couldn’t’ have done it without you.
School Improvements – The convent lane wall will be replastered over the Bank Holiday weekend.
New for 2022/2023 – Swimming Lessons are being arranged for 3rd, 4th and 5th on Thursdays at Shoreline for the coming school year. 4th will do 10 weeks in Term 1, 3rd will do 10 weeks in Term 2 and 3rd will do 8 weeks in Term 3. More information to follow.
Retirements – Ms. Beausang, Ms Ahern and Ms. Caffrey will all retire this year. They will be greatly missed here at the school. On behalf of the staff. Board of Management and Parents of St. Brigid’s NS. we wish them well for the years ahead and thank them for their loyal service over many years.
Birthday Greetings – This week is a special week for PJ, Alex, Thomas, Cian, Chrisand Lily who are all celebrating birthdays. Breithlá sona daoibh go léir. Birthday greetings also go out to Adam and Saibh for their birthdays on Monday and to Conor who is thirteen on Tuesday. Have a wonderful day.
School Tours – Our Second Classes are heading off to Belmont Forest on their school tour next Thursday 9th June. We hope they have a great day.
Internet Safety – Rian Morris a TY student from St. Davids will give a talk to our 4th and 5th classes on Internet Safety and social media on Thursday 9th June.
2022/2023 Junior Infant Welcome and Information Meeting – Dressed in character as a lady bird and two bumble bees, 5th class students Leila, Elliot and Ellie welcomed our new Junior Infants and their parents to the school yesterday. And what a welcome they received!
The families were then escorted to the school hall where 6th class students Ruadhán Murray and Isabel McCarthy spoke to them about their time at St. Brigid’s. The parents were very impressed with how eloquently they spoke, and they received a well-deserved round of applause. The children were introduced to their new teachers Ms. Curley and Ms. McGuirk and then spent some time in the infant classrooms. The children really enjoyed their first visit to St. Brigid’s with one or two crying when they had to leave.
June Bank Holiday – The school is closed today Friday 3rd June, Monday 6th June and Tuesday 7th June for the Bank Holiday Weekend and will reopen on Wednesday 8th June 8.50am.
School Reports – The end of year school reports can be accessed on Aladdin Connect from Thursday the 16th June. We will notify you on the day when they are going live.
I hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday.