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Newsflash Archive 2019-2020

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On this page you will find news articles from the school year 2019-2020.

30 June 2020: A final word from our Principal
The academic year has now come to a close. I am writing to thank you for your support of our school since the 12th of March. None of us could have predicted how long we would be out of school. Although the children weren’t physically in the classrooms, the learning continued with you at home.
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12 March 2020: School closed until further notice due to Covid-19
The decision to keep schools closed has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. We a few websites that might be helpful to keep your children occupied and also learning during this time.
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5 March 2020: World Book Day
On World Book Day pupils may come to school dressed up as a character from a book. This is only an option for them and it is by no means compulsory. Teachers will distribute book vouchers too in the coming days.

29 January 2020: Grandparents Day starts at 1pm in the Church
This school year we will celebrate Grandparents Day on 29th of January. It commences with a blessing in the Church at 1.00pm. Grandparents then come to the school and talk to the children in the various classes. They can enjoy a chat and a cup of tea together afterwards. This is a really interesting day for the children as grandparents' memories are history for them.

6 February 2020 at 7.30pm: Next Parents' Council Meeting
There will be a Parents' Council Meeting on 6 February at 7.30pm. We will discussing this years' fund raisings amongst other things. Meeting will be held in the school.

November 2019: Announcement School Plays on 18 December
There is great excitement building in the classrooms for our Christmas plays, which will take place on Wednesday 18th December in St. Brigid’s Hall. Each class has an allotted time. Parents and extended family members are welcome to attend.

There is no charge for attendance at the show, but traditionally we have had a donation box at the door. The proceeds will go towards purchasing two goats for Bóthar. Please support generously. We look forward to meeting you all during the Christmas plays.

9.30am: Junior and Senior Infants
10.30am: 1st class
11.30am: 2nd and 3rd class
12.30pm: 4th class
1.30pm: 5th and 6th class

We endorse the aims of the Primary School Curriculum for Drama. Through the teaching of Drama it is hoped that the children will have an opportunity to develop his or her potential in an enjoyable setting.
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November 2019: Donations and help needed for yearly Christmas Raffle
With Christmas right around the corner, so is the Parents’ Council’s yearly Christmas Raffle, held on 13 December at 10am in St. Brigid’s Hall. Raffle prizes include hampers, vouchers and other items. In order to make the hampers and prizes, we are looking for donations of non-perishable items, such as: vouchers, small craft item, tinned foods, sweets, biscuits, dry packed foods (pasta, noodles) and drinks. No frozen foods, fresh fruit, meat items or other perishable items can be accepted.

On 12 December at 7pm we will be putting together the hampers in the school. With a few extra hands we would be done much quicker. Come and lend us a hand while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. We would appreciate your help very much and we hope to see you then!

We are sending out the Raffle cards soon. Please return raffle cards and bring in donations to the school office by Tuesday 10 December at the latest.

November 2019: Whole School Evaluation from 2 to 4 December
Our school has been informed of a Whole School Evaluation which will take place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of December. The visiting inspectors will be distributing questionnaires to parents from the Junior ASD and to parents from third to sixth class. If you receive a questionnaire, please fill it out and return it in a timely manner.

November 2019: New Board of Management elected
The new Board of Management will begin a four year term of office commencing on 1st December, 2019. All procedures have been followed in line with the new Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2019-2023. A female and male parent representative were elected by the parents of the school at a meeting. Staff selected their representative and the other six members of the board selected the community representatives. The Patron nominees are at the discretion of the Patron, Bishop Denis Nulty.
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November 2019: Child Protection
Our school fully endorses the Children First — National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and follows the Child Protection Guidelines for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017. Our Child Protection Policy is available for parents to view on this website. Mary Gallagher, who attended Child Protection In-service training on 4th October 2019, is the Designated Liaison Person for Child Protection and Eithne Ryan is the Designated Deputy Liaison Person. If you have any concerns about any child protection issue please contact the DLP.
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November 2019: Bring happiness with Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
Traditionally in Ireland, many children receive presents from their Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts, Uncles, etc. In many countries families are too poor to give presents to their relations. Imagine the smiling face of a young boy or girl in Africa or Eastern Europe as he/she receives a Christmas box filled with small gifts and treats?

Please support this very worthwhile initiative and bring happiness to poor children at Christmas. One or more shoe boxes can be filled with gifts during Halloween break. Have a look on for ideas on what to include and what not to include. Please enclose €4 with each box. Boxes are collected early in November. Specific date will follow.

26 October 2019 from 3 to 5pm: Halloween Disco
The Parents Council invites all children to the Halloween Disco, held on Saturday 26 October from 3 to 5pm in Ben Mulhall Complex in Clonegal. There will be a donation box at the door and we ask each child to contribute two euro towards fundraising for the school. Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent and will remain the responsibility of their parent while the disco is on.

25 October 2019: Halloween Celebrations in school
Children are invited to dress up for Halloween on Friday 25th October. On the day we will have our yearly Halloween walk to Huntington Castle and a Halloween assembly in the hall during the day. Please note that children are not allowed to carry any dangerous/sharp implements in the school grounds or on the walk. Masks are not allowed either - all for safety reasons. Children may wear face paints and/or hair spray if applied at home, but are not allowed to bring them in to the school.

21 October 2019: Election Meeting New Board of Management
The current term of the Board of Management will expire on 30 November and a new board will take up office on 1 December. Even though parent nominees are elected by parents, they do not represent the parent body, but are elected to bring a 'mother's' and a 'father's' view of Managment deliberations. Their contribution is a very important one, but they are not required to consult with the wider parent population, take instruction from them or report back to them.

A meeting will be held at the school on Monday 21 October at 8pm. Nominations will be sought from parents for persons to stand for election as parent nominees on the Board. A ballot will be held at the meeting to elect the nominees. You may self-nominate at the meeting, however, you must be seconded by a person attending the meeting.

2 October 2019: Digital Schools Supported by Parents' Council
At St. Brigid's N.S.we strive to develop all areas of our pupil's education including working digitally. On 2nd October 2019 there was a very fruitful meeting with our Parents' Council. It was so rewarding to see the parents so interested in promoting the I.T. element of their child's education. It is hoped that they will be able to purchase some more laptops for the laptop trolley. In an ever growing technological world, it is increasingly important to develop skills in ICT. Each pupil is exposed to various types of digital technologies such as laptops on our laptop trolley, digital cameras, class visualisers, interactive whiteboards/screens, iPads and more. We use these as part of our learning, to help us access the wider world of information and also to communicate with the wider world outside our school. Our school website is a great example of this and how we keep in touch with our community. It provides a link between us and our families and local community. We are always trying to improve our learning and skills and last year we were named a Digital School of Distinction for our efforts. We are extremely proud of this.

1 October 2019: A few important dates

  • Parent Teacher meetings will take place on 20 November 2019. You will be allocated a specific time. Meetings usually start at 3.10pmPupils will go home at 2.45pm.
  • Christmas plays will take place during school time on Wednesday 18th December, 2019. Times of class plays to follow. Parents will be invited in.
  • Bóthar Goats visit the school on 20th December. Children will make calendars to help with proceeds from the plays. Traditionally we raise sufficient funds to purchase 2 Bóthar goats. This is part of our SPHE programme in the school and “Bothar” is the school’s designated charity.
  • More dates of upcoming events and holidays can be found in the school calendar

1 October 2019: Just a few reminders

  • Board of Management stress that morning supervision of schoolyard is only provided from 9.10 - 9.20am. Children should not be on the premises before this time as there is no supervision.
  • Please do not park in the area in front of the school as it is needed for buses and taxis.
  • Due to serious allergies please do not include fish, eggs, kiwi, nuts, ground almonds and pulses such as peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc. in lunchboxes. Please check that these items are not included in other foods – mayonnaise, hummus, etc.
  • Unfortunately, headlice can always be a problem in school. Please check your child's hair weekly and if your child has headlice please inform us so we can urge all families to check hair.
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October 2019: Beginning of the year newsletter
I want to welcome all the children back and especially our 16 new Junior Infants to our school and I hope they and their families will be very happy with us.We are set for a busy year ahead but I thoroughly look forward to embracing it with you all. I thank Mrs. O' Rourke in the office, all the staff, pupils and parents for their continued support of such a beautiful school.
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5 September 2019: 10 Weeks of swimming lessons starting on 10 September
We have organized swimming lessons for first to sixth class in Graiguecullen Pool this year, starting Tuesday 10 September. We decided to go with Graiguecullen Pool again as they teach the PAWS Programme and children receive certification. Children will need swim wear, a towel, goggles and a hat. Due to the Plowing Championships there will be no swimming on the 17th September.

It is essential that two parents are available to travel each swimming day as assistance is required and we also need two adults in each dressing room. Parents need to be Garda vetted – forms are available in the office. We depend on your generosity to volunteer to assist with the swimming each week. If it is more convenient for you to travel by car and meet the children at the pool, this is very acceptable.

1 September 2019: Library Summer Reading Challenge
Congratulations to the pupils who completed or participated in the Summer Reading Challenge in the local libraries. The certificates were presented to the children during assembly in September. Well done to all! Please continue to encourage your children to read as it is really important for their education, enjoyment and general living.
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Tullow Show Competition of 2019
The Tullow Show took place on 18 August 2018. We were all delighted to hear we did well; six art awards and a first prize in the 5th & 6th essay competition. We are also thrilled our school won the award for the best large school for the work the pupils entered for Art, Handwriting, Poetry and Essays. We even had a teacher who won a prize for her own bread and jam. We had a wonderful night of awards in the Tullow Community School on 25 September 2019 and we got a very impressive trophy.
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