Category: ‘Attendance’

March 22- Alice in Wonderland

April 7, 2022

Amazing show yet again by PWC players “ Alice in Wonderland “ last Friday 👏👏- boys from 3rd class / Mr Cunningham and Mr Kennedy got the great opportunity to see the show .. and loved it ! Special mention to our 6th class boys from Syria whose first experience it was seeing Panto ❤️❤️ Thanks to Anne Coughlan and all at Birrtheatre Offaly for their support of our school 🙏👍😀

Nov 21- Admission Notice 2022

November 1, 2021

12370c Admissions-notice 2022

Summer Provision 2021

August 13, 2021

We are delighted to run the summer provision programme at the school for 6th consecutive summer. This was formerly called July provision and summer provision. This 3 week programme is an amazing opportunity for our 17 pupils with SEN who are eligible to get an intensive in-school fun experience that will set them up well for a return to school in September. Thanks to the 8 staff who will work on the programme over the 3 weeks. We are also running the DEIS literacy and numeracy camps for 36 boys in the final week of august as part on the new SP.

1st March 2021- Phased reopening

March 5, 2021

The sunny weather 🌞and being back at school with friends in senior infants – Magic !! 😎

Enrolment 2021- January enrolment week

January 18, 2021

Notice of Enrolment 2021 :
Parents who wish to enrol their child for September 2021 please see below:
The Enrolment Application Form for the 2021-2022 school year is available as follows:

• Download at www.stbrendansps.ie under Forms and Policies
• Email : principal@stbrendansps.ie.
• Contact the school principal Niall Crofton via message on the school facebook page. Leave a phone number and we will call you back.
• Forms can be collected each Wednesday from 11am-1pm at the school with school lunch pack collections if you wish.
• The school has published and displayed an admission notice as required by DES outlining the number of places available in Mainstream / Special classes.

Completed applications can be emailed back or dropped to the school post box at the front gate / posted to:
St. Brendan’s PS, Moorpark st, Birr, Co.Offaly
We would hope to be in contact with families confirming places for Junior Infants in the coming weeks and hopefully ( COVID-19 safety allowing) we can run the full induction programme with school visit in June. In the meantime keep safe everyone,
Niall Crofton ( School Principal)

Oct 20- New school admission notice for enrolments 2021

October 9, 2020

Admissions-notice 2021

Oct 2020- Happy 142 Birthday St Brendan’s PS

October 5, 2020

Happy Birthday St Brendans PS Birr – 142 years old today ! – thanks to Brother Denis for joining Mr Crofton at school gate to acknowledge the proud heritage of Presentation Brothers who founded our lovely school back on Oct 2nd 1878 / covid safe celebrations today to acknowledge the event and please God we can create a gathering in future years – lovely photos of some of our school community this morning ❤️

Thanks to Glanmore foods for helping us celebrate school birthday with 200 individually wrapped muffins today so all the boys could enjoy the birthday in a covid safe way – 😀

2019 / 2020- School attendance

October 5, 2020

21 school days back and back safely 😀- promoting school attendance is always important for our school as every day counts 👍 this year with COVID-19 the priority is safety at the moment so thanks to the boys and parents for keeping kids at home ur in doubt – symptoms 👏 – so getting 100% attendance this year is not a target – We will acknowledge “ sensible school attendance “ in our own way during the year – Finishing up from last year 2019/2020 to acknowledge 100% and only 1 day missed to march – presented in their class bubbles – well done boys 👍😀👏

Return to school – letter 3 to parents

August 24, 2020

St. Brendan’s PS
New COVID 19 Return to school
Drop-off and Collection arrangements

Dear Parent / Guardian, 24th August 2020
The BoM, the School Leadership Team and staff have been working to ensure a safe return to school for all pupils and staff for Friday 28th August. We have now finalised our plans for drop-off and collection of the children every day.
With over 190 boys arriving and leaving via Moorpark st. we have no option but to stagger morning arrival and afternoon dispersal times. This is to support social distancing which we are obliged by the Government to facilitate. We are staggering break and lunch times during the day also so that class bubbles do not mix in any way.
St Brendan’s PS appreciates your support as we try to safely reopen the school building. If at all possible we request you not to come onto the school grounds or into the school building unless it is essential. We appreciate that dropping off the Junior & Senior Infant pupils to their line in the yard is essential, but for the older pupils a drop off at the school gate is desirable. Working together we hope to be able to progress the reopening in as safe a manner as possible for all.
We would ask all parents to familiarise themselves with the following drop-off and collection routines for the safe delivery and collection of pupils from school. Please be patient as we endeavour to embed these necessary precautionary and protective practices at the beginning of the school year. They will make sense when you see them in action !

Class Arrival Morning Bell Home Bell
Junior Infants 9.10-9.20am straight to class N/A 12.30pm for first 2 weeks
Then 2.00pm
Senior Infants 9.10-9.20am straight to class N/A 2.00pm
1st Class From 9am 9.10am 2.50pm
2nd Class From 9.10am 9.20am 3.00pm
3rd Class From 9am 9.10am 2.50pm
4th Class From 9.10am 9.20am 3.00pm
5th Class From 9am 9.10am 2.50pm
6th Class From 9.10am 9.20am 3.00pm
Cairdeas pupils can liaise with bus/class teacher to whichever suits family best.

It is imperative that

• Parents wait at front gate / high st gate
• Adults at the gate / in waiting area do not come within 2m of each other
• Parents no longer wait on school yard at 3pm
• Parents no longer sit / wait in school shed at 2pm
• Parents do not try to have meetings with members of staff in the playground at drop-off and collection times – meetings between parents and teachers can only take place by prior arrangement and cannot take place indoors. We will establish a safe and accessible means in coming days and let you know how to arrange.
• all parents adhere to the drop-off and collection plans as outlined below
Drop-off Notes
All infants go straight to class for the first 2 weeks.
Parents can walk them to the school door at carpet area and then leave immediately.
All boys from 1st-6th class must to left by parents at the school gate- Supervised from 9am / 9.10am
Collection Notes
We will obviously work around any families who must collect from Mercy Primary at 2.50pm so just let us know if there are any issues. We can work around siblings leaving 2.50pm or waiting till 3pm also once we hear from parents.
Message from Allianz insurance
The school will open to receive pupils at the hour of 9.00am. No responsibility is accepted for pupils arriving before that time.
Boys must go to their own class areas on the yard during this time. If raining we will go straight to classrooms.

Junior Infants
The first day of school for Junior Infants is THURSDAY 27th August to allow the boys have that special first day experience. Each boy has been given a time slot from 10.00am till 10.30am in groups of five. Each boy is allowed 2 family members max to bring him to school. These adults can come inside the school but MUST wear face masks. We ask them to then leave as soon as possible before the next set arrives. On this day they will all finish at 12.30pm and teacher will walk them down to the front gate.
Junior Infants will finish at 12.30pm for the first 2 weeks as informed already by the school. Parents are asked to wait at the area just inside the front school gate and teacher will walk the boys down to you as there will be other classes on the yard. From Monday 14th September the boys will finish at 2pm. ( See arrangements above)
le meas,
Pat Teehan Niall Crofton
Cathaoirleach, An Bórd Bainistíochta Príomhoide

Return to school – COVID 19 School response plan

August 23, 2020

St Brendan’s PS School_Response_Plan_2020

PLEASE SEE LINK TO SCHOOL PLAN ABOVE –

Whilst we feel our plan is detailed , safe and achievable- we are still aware that return to the classroom will be different this year ! 🙂