Category: ‘Attendance’

Halloween 2018

November 6, 2018

HSCL Pumpkin Carving —Thanks to the parents who helped our 4th class have a great Halloween art activity– Mile buiochas to Ms Treacy for organising and Mercy Primary for having the boys over! Great to see so many parents turn up to lend a hand.

Fire safety at Halloween .5th and 6th classes got an information chat about bonfire and firework safety at Halloween from our community Garda Grace Heffernan. It was an excellent talk with many questions from the boys. There were some hard photos of injuries that can occur from fireworks and bonfires so we ask all our boys to stay safe this HALLOWEEN

The parents association are holding a HALLOWEEN DISCO in the Marian Hall on Thursday 1st November . 7.00-8.30pm This is a fundraiser with Mercy Primary so please come along and support. €5 / €15 family

Oct 18 – Wellness month

November 6, 2018

October wellness 2018
Each year we try to run a wellness programme for all the boys in the school. This year was another great one with lots of class and whole school activity.
Central to this year was DANCE . The boys from Junior Infants to 5th class really loved the 5 weeks of modern dance with Lisa Hogan of “Dance it Out Ireland”. We finished off the programme by with a performance afternoon in our school hall. The hall was packed , the beats were hopping and the dance moves were unreal . Most pleasing of all was that all boys took part regardless of ability , interest or coolness– they performed with a smile which showed enjoyment of dance and added to their general wellness ! Dance it Out are holding a dance workshop and dance disco for Halloween in the school hall and also are going to run a 6 week after school dance programme for any boys or girls from Birr– See facebook for further details.
Tom Wells of Scholar and warrior studio also did a workshop on karate and self-defence for all classes in October. Tom is running classes each Thursday at 6.30pm in the school hall for any boys who are interested.
Kayak level 1 training course– Our 6th class boys got a fantastic opportunity as they each earned certs from The Irish Kayak Association of Ireland for level 1 kayak skills. The OEC organised through the excellent Yanni and he had the boys out paddling the Shannon and overcoming their fears and anxiety in no time at all. It was great to see the boys excel at this activity and all really enjoyed the outdoors—maybe as a future alternative to FORTNITE!
Our Parents Association also organised a ZEEKO on line safety programme for boys / staff and parents. This programme will be rolled out after mid term in school. Again the school must remind parents that your childs on line internet / social media actions and behaviours are your responsibility and it will have serious consequences for them into the future. The parents who attended the talk found it very informative and a useful tool for them to support their children into the future.
Finally we welcomed FRED THE PARTY PROFESSOR back to the school for a great show of magic and music !

Oct 18 – Kayak level 1 course

November 6, 2018

Kayak level 1 training course– Our 6th class boys got a fantastic opportunity last week as they each earned certs from The Irish Kayak Association of Ireland for level 1 kayak skills. The OEC organised through the excellent Yanni and he had the boys out paddling the Shannon and overcoming their fears and anxiety in o time at all. It was great to see the boys excel at this activity and how many attend the OEC centre.

2017 2018- School Attendance

November 6, 2018

Pictured are boys who received certs for 100% attendance last school year – 2017/2018 – Well done to the boys and their families.

Feb 18: Trip to Glanmore foods in Dublin

March 3, 2018

On 12th February 2018 , 44 lucky boys who had won attendance awards travelled to Blanchardstown in Dublin to get a tour of the Glanmore Foods Factory . Glanmore Foods are our school lunch providers this year and we were delighted to accept their kind offer of a tour. The boys ranged in classes from 1st-6th and either had 100% attendance or were on the winning teams for our attendance awards ( School attendance plan). School attendance promotion is very important at our school and previous rewards have included OEC , tearaways and local pool.
The staff in Glanmore were amazing as they suited the booted all the boys in protective gear and toured the working factory to show them how their lunches are made each day. The boys saw the bread being baked, sandwiches being individually filled to order and fruit being chopped and sorted by the ton ! Each boy was then given a goody bag at the end.
Then it was onwards to the swimming pool in Roscrea for a well-earned dip in the pool and fun—then back to Birr tired and happy. Thanks to Glanmore foods for having us and to Mr Crofton, MsTreacy, Mrs Gorman, Mr Bergin and Mr Carroll for travelling with the group. ( photos on website)
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Attendance award 2018

February 9, 2018

School Attendance award trip 2018

Date               Monday 12th February 2018

Time –           Depart from school at 9.10 am (Bus)

Return to school around 4.00 pm (approx)

Who –            Boys from 1st -6th classes who qualify below

Four staff from school will travel inc SNA

This is part of our DEIS plan to encourage school attendance. The boys from our attendance team E who won term 1 with an average of 70 days from total of 74 days , boys with 100% / improver certs for term 1 / 100% attendance boys for school year 2016-2017.Also a winning team from last year who missed their reward. All names will be on website later. Total of 47 boys qualify. All of these boys have made a great effort to attend school and we are delighted to offer them this trip this term. Previous team prizes are been Birr OEC / Birr pool / Tearaways and Birr restaurant.

Glanmore Foods are our catering partner this year and have supplied the Tour of their factory in Blanchardstown Dublin where our lovely lunches are freshly made each day. At the end of the tour the boys will get a goodie bag from them and we will go on to swim for an hour at either National Aquatic Centre / Local Pool ( Depending on availability). Then back to Birr for approx. 4pm
Cost                €5 – please as school will pay all the rest , Thanking You , Mr Crofton

To Bring –     Packed lunch ( in school provided which we will collect before we depart)                                         Extra Drink (water etc.)

Boys must wear school uniform ( Full would be best)

Light coats / jacket as temp in factory may be 0-10 degrees ( food )

Bag for swim gear —Swim togs / towel / swim hat


I give permission for _______________________

To travel and take part in the Dublin Trip on Monday.

Signed ____________________________ (Parent / Guardian) Date _ _/_ _/_


Oct 17 – Dance legends

November 10, 2017

Dance programme—legends– Over October every boy in our school engaged in our wonderful dance project. It was led by the amazing local dance teacher  Ms. Lisa Hogan.  The programme was designed for our school by Lisa and entitled –  legends.

–          Throughout the years, there have been many male icons in the music industry. Leaving the world in remembrance of their signature dance moves and performances. This in turn has given young boys and men figures to idolise and encourage the art of music and dance. With this in mind we have designed a programme under the theme of “Legends” inspired by Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and the likes. This programme will create a fun, welcoming and empowering environment for the boys of St. Brendan’s PS where they can explore the history, creation and performance of dance and these icons.

Not only will we be keeping the work of these legends alive and educating the children on their legacy, we strongly believe that dance with these well known and loved moves will heighten a child’s confidence and self-esteem as well as awareness in the body both physically and emotionally. As most children will be aware of the signature moves, it will be easier for them to engage with and master, thus leaving them with more confidence.

The boys really loved the 5 weeks of modern dance with Lisa. We finished off the programme by recording some of the dances on video and we hope to share them with the boys and families in November. The programme was supported by Offaly County Council Arts office and celebrated the arts in our it out

Jan 2017- Attendance

January 31, 2017

Great attendance stats from term 1 with 26 boys at 100% for the term and lots of boys with improved attendance. Boys with 100% and improvers were presented with certs .The winners of our attendance team ( Boys 1st-6th) were team 3-They will get a trip to Tearaways as prize for having the best overall team attendance ( highest average from 75 days) as with our school plan.

January 2016- 6th class debating team

January 13, 2017

Arguments are flying around in 6th class as Mr Cunningham prepares his team for the next round of the midland schools debating competition. The team under captain Damien Delaney have already had two great debates with Oxmantown NS and St . Cronans NS Roscrea which they narrowly won. Thanks to Mr John McArdle who officiates are independent judge. All involved in the school teams should take great pride in the high standard and no doubt we are witnessing future politicians in action ! ( Pictured St Brendans PS V Oxmantown NS)100_8480





Calendar 2016/2017

June 14, 2016

St.Brendan’s PS School Calendar 2016 / 2017

School reopens Wednesday 31st August 2016

Mid Term Break Closing Friday 28th October 2016
Re-opening Monday 7th November 2016

Christmas Holidays Closing Thursday 22nd December 2016 Re-opening Monday 9th January 2017

Mid Term Break Closed Thursday 23rd February 2017
Closed Friday 24th February 2017

St. Patricks day Closed Friday 17th March 2017
Closed Monday 20th March 2017

* Easter Holidays Closing Friday 7th April 2017
Re-opening Monday 24th April 2017

May Bank Holiday weekend Closed Monday 1st May 2017
Closed Tuesday 2nd May 2017

June Bank Holiday weekend Closed Friday 2nd June 2017
Closed Monday 5th June 2017
Closed Tuesday 6th June 2017

Summer Holidays Closing Friday 30th June 2017

* The Department of Education and skills has informed all schools that they may stay open for up to 3 days (During Easter Holidays) to make up for any time lost due to unforeseen closures if these occur during the school year 2016/2017. Eg: Weather

Kind regards,
Niall Crofton (Principal)