Sixth Class 2020 – The Graduation
Thursday 25th June 2020 was a special day: a day we hadn’t thought would be possible on account of the Covid pandemic, until well into the Autumn Term.
With careful planning to ensure social distancing and that everyone was safe, 6th Class, St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones 2020 graduated. The graduation was outdoors and the sun shone.
Mrs. Costello gave the students some good advice (see the ‘Parable of the Pencil’ below) and wished them well for the future.
In attendance were the students, their parents, some brothers and sisters, some grannies and granddads, 6th class teachers and many teachers some of whom had taught these students over the years, Tom Sherlock, Chairperson of the Board of Management and the school chaplain Fr. Gerard Tyrrell. He also said a few words and reminded us of the patron saint of our school St. Brigid who was a strong woman of faith, and of the song ‘We sing a song to Brigid:
We sing a song to Brigid,
Brigid brings the spring
Awakens all the fields and the flowers
And calls the birds to sing.
All were welcome at her door,
no one was turned away.
She loved the poor,
the sick and the sore,
She helped them on their way.
She laid her cloak out on the ground
And watched it grow and grow,
In wells and streams and fields of green
St. Brigid’s blessings flow.
Lyrics from Alive-O (Veritas).
Written by Clare Maloney and Patrica Hegarty
The three class teachers, Ms. Caffrey, Mr. Dodd and Ms. Hughes also said a few words, reminding the students of the highlights of their year so far, and then they presented their students with a scroll, a school t-shirt and some treats.
We wish this year’s sixth class all the best in the future. We look forward to them coming back to visit us and telling us how they got on.
The Parable of the Pencil
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”
One: “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.”
Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”
Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”
Four: “The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”
And Five: “On every surface, you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.
One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.
And Five: On every surface, you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.
Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person, and only you can fulfil the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.
FOR SIXTH CLASS
All I really need to know I learned in school
All I really need to know
about how to live
and what to do
and how to be
I learned in school.
Wisdom was not
at the top of a 3rd level mountain top,
but there in the
sandpit at school.
These are the things I learned:
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Live a balanced life;
and think some
and work every day
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
watch out for traffic,
hold hands, and stick together.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
And it is still true, no matter how old you
are – when you go out into the world, it is best
to hold hands and stick together.
Adapted from a longer piece called ‘All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten’ by Robert Fulghum.
WORLD BOOK DAY 2020 was a great success in St. Brigid’s NS. A huge thanks to The Student Council, Ms. Hughes and mum Hazel Doyle who organised a second-hand book sale on the day. Money raised from this sale will go towards restocking the school and classroom libraries. Míle buíochas to everyone who bought books and supported this event. I hope the children enjoy reading their ‘new’ books. There were lots of in-school events on the day. The children really enjoyed participating in paired reading sessions between the older and younger classes and the re-enactment of the classic fairy tales was a big hit with everyone. Thank you to Ms. Hughes who co-ordinated the activities on the day. It was a great success.
The Parents Association and the Students Council are joining forces to support the “In My Shoes” appeal for 2020.
“In My Shoes” is an appeal for a donation of quality, pre-loved trainers & sports shoes from families in Ireland, which are sent to kids in townships in Cape Town, South Africa. Thanks to the support of Parcel Motel, donations of sports shoes are accepted from anyone across Ireland so we are easily able to get the sports footwear to the appropriate place.
Sometimes, a fairly simple idea can really strike a chord with many. Particularly if it taps into the Irish tradition of giving to those in need. During a business trip to South Africa, Sligoman, Ciaran McHugh, visited the township of Khayelitsha, the largest township or “slum” in Cape Town, in November 2018. He was moved to reach out to the many enthusiastic yet ill-equipped kids who were desperate to play sport in the township. They had no shoes.
We can help by checking our homes for good condition runners/football boots which our children have outgrown. The good news is we are helping other children and also taking positive action for the environment by recycling.
Please support our appeal. Click on the link for further information https://www.inmyshoes.ie/elsewhere
11th February was SAFER INTERNET DAY.
Garda Maria and Garda JP gave a talk to our 5th and 6th Class pupils today.
The students were really interested in what the visitors had to say and paid great attention.
Members of the PA’s Digital & ICT Committee gave a talk on responsible global citizenship to our senior classes during ICT lessons in conjunction with Transition Year students from St David’s.
Again the students were very receptive.
Today is an ideal opportunity to talk to your child about internet safety.
Keep lines of communication open with your child. Talk about safety online.
Barnardos say that once a child is online, it is a good time to talk to them.
Parents can find useful information HERE
Click on the following link to read the Christmas Newsletter 2019 with all the latest news.
Senan from Senior Infants was on Ireland AM with his Dad talking about CF. Ms. McGuirk, Catherine and St. Brigid were all delighted to hear their names mentioned. Thank you Senan. You can see this seasoned performer interviewee on THIS link. This year our CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY raised 1210 euro with some monies still to be added. If you want to learn more about CF take a look at this short Youtube video: Oli and Nush – Getting Nosey about CF
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FESTIVE CHRISTMAS FOOD APPEAL 2019
These items were collected by the Vincent de Paul on Thursday 12th December. Two carloads were filled. Your generosity is much appreciated.
Another successful year for thirty two of our pupils and our School Choir at the 64th annual KILCOOLE FEIS which was held November 19th – 24th. The Feis was established by the then local district nurse Mary Kieran in 1955. St. Brigid’s have been participating in this Feis for as long as any of us can remember. Generations of children have taken part in it and taking part in it year after year is a highlight of their time in school for many.
This year the children competed in four categories:
- Verse – Highly commended
- Singing – 1st and joint seconds
- Strings – 2nd
- School Choir – Highly commended
A big thank you to Ms. Ahern for all the hard work she did in preparing the children for this special event. Well done to the students for preparing so well for the Feis. You did yourselves, your families and the school proud.
You can read more about the Kilcoole Feis HERE
Thank you to all those who responded to the CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL. 250 boxes were collected by Brian from Greystones Christmas Shoebox Appeal. A huge thank you to all you busy people who got these shoeboxes ready. We appreciate a lot of work goes into this. We think it is so important that the fortunate students in St. Brigid’s get an opportunity to give to those who are not as fortunate. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause. Scroll down to see what 250 shoeboxes look like!
Thank you also to all those who supported the Halloween Bake Sale in aid of The Bray Lakers. As you may be aware, the Bray Lakers lost four buses and a lot of school equipment in a fire last October. They are eager to replace all the equipment and buses that they lost in this fire. Your donation will go a long way towards helping them.
Our new Junior Infants are to be congratulated for settling into St. Brigid’s so well.
‘Independence Day’ Thursday 12th September 2019 was a big day for them.
From now on Junior Infants will remain in school until 1.40 pm.
To mark this milestone Mrs.Costello gave the boys and girls a special pencil. Thanks to Carol and Tara in the office for organizing these.