Archive for: ‘October 2015’

PA / BOM memorial to Johnny Cleary RIP

October 25, 2015

St Brendan’s Boys NS Pay Moving Tribute To Late Johnny ClearyThursday, 22 October 2015

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THE ‘unwavering dedication’ and commitment to hurling coaching at St Brendan’s Boys Primary School, Birr by the late Johnny Cleary was marked in a moving tribute at the school last week.
In a fitting tribute to the much loved local man, an oak tree was planted in the school’s grounds along with the erection of a beautifully inscribed plaque, which reads: ‘This oak was planted by the Board of Management and Parents Association on Thursday, October 15th, 2015 in recognition of Johnny Cleary (RIP) for his unwavering dedication to hurling coaching in St Brendan’s Boys School.’
Members of the extended Cleary family attended the very emotive and moving event and were joined by staff, students, members of the Parents Association, the Board of Management and the local community.
Addressing the crowd, Damien Dillon, of the Parents Association, explained that in July last, ‘we lost a fantastic GAA man here in Birr’ with Johnny’s passing. ‘He was also a fantastic man within the school and in tribute, we planted this lovely tree in his memory.’
Niall Crofton, School Principal, noted that the oak tree would be in the school forever and was also overlooking the school’s newly unveiled hurling wall, which was a fitting tribute to Johnny.


2015 Green school committee

October 25, 2015

New Green school committee elected.
New campaign towards biodiversity7A4A6589

Science and math award 2015

October 25, 2015

• The school received its newest “Science and math excellence award” in the post this week. Thanks to Ms.Ward for organising and co-ordinating the classes to work towards this award which was our 3rd in a row. Congrats to all involved and good luck with this years campaign. Pictured are Ms.Ward with a rep. from all classes who took part.100_7199

Sept oct 2015: Hurling

October 25, 2015

Hurling Coaching : Coaching will continue in November with Colm for classes 1st—6th. Boys asked to bring gear on Wednesdays and we would LOVE to see the boys using the ball wall every day.

Sept / oct 2015 : Rugby coaching

October 25, 2015

Rugby Coaching ; We welcome Stephen Niland to the school and he has begun rugby coaching with 5th / 6th classes each Friday. This will hopefully entend to other classes as the year goes on. Boys are asked to bring in old runners / jumper etc as the pitch will get mucky after mid term.

Sept oct 2015

October 25, 2015

H.S.C.L Update: Hi all! It has been lovely settling back in and seeing faces old and new. I have enjoyed catching up with everyone and really look forward to visiting all our new Junior Infant parents over the next few weeks. Our ‘Fantastic Fruit Mammies’ are back in action. Every child in our school gets a piece of fruit everyday as part of our Healthy Eating endeavour! Our school lunches are also going down a treat and the feedback has been brilliant. Don’t forget if you want to change your order just log onto .I will be looking for Volunteers for Science For Fun, Maths For Fun, Action Maths and Story Sacks after Midterm. Please try to get involved….It is an experience you will enjoy. Enjoy the break!! Richelle.

Oct 15: Maths Week 2015

October 25, 2015

Maths Week 2015
We had a great week taking part with the national maths week 2015 campaign. Classes took a little more time to look at maths in a fun way. Mr. Cunningham also set the senior classes up for registration with the math online game programme MANGAHIGH. I hope your students enjoyed taking part in the Mangahigh Maths Week Challenge. The engagement generated has been exceptional, with over 22,000 students from 472 schools across Ireland answering over 7,500,000 maths questions!
The school came in 82nd place overall in Ireland. This was despite a lot of the computers in the computer room being slow / not working due to their age. The BOM / PA hope to target this area for support during this school year.Many thanks to Mr. Cunningham and the boys for the great effort and we hope you enjoyed the week. Prizes will be given out to the top 5 performers on Friday.

Oct 15 – Whole school poetry

October 25, 2015

School Poetry competition
Ms.Costigan has gone around to all classes 1st-6th doing some poetry lessons. We will have a poetry comp for each class in NOV with cool prizes , display on noticeboard , poems published in books and even in local paper! Genres—1st—sense poem, 2nd—Acrostic, 3rd—Rhyming couplet, 4th—Alliteration, 5th –Kennings, 6th—Haiki / Cinquins. Enjoy !!

Oct 15: Wild birds at the school

October 25, 2015

St. Brendans gone to the birds !
Mr Sam Rochford visited the school during October with his owls and birds of prey. The boys from SI / 1ST / 3RD AND 4TH got to see and rub an eagle owl , a barn owl and a tawny owl. He also had a Harris hawk and some ferrets in his pockets ! He chatted with the lads and they all learnt about these cool creatures. Thanks to Mick Hansbury and St Brendans game club for organising the visit.




Offaly schools Football champions 2015

October 25, 2015

Offaly schools Gaelic Football Champions : Congratulations to all the football panel under the management of Mr. Kennedy on the a great victory in winning the schools football title. 2 in a row ! The team trained hard with a great team spirit and played with fairness ,honesty of effort and great skill in each game. They were unbeaten all year and defeated a good Dromakeenan team in the final by a score of 1-4 to 1-2 with Captain Sam Smith proudly lifting the cup.