Category: ‘Attendance’

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 school.dance 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

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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,
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Niall Crofton (Principal)

Attendance Awards TERM 2 2015/2016

May 8, 2016

Each term as part of our efforts to get boys to attend school as much as possible we award certificates. For Term 2 of this school year (Xmas– Easter) a fantastic 34 boys had 100% attendance (16% of the school) and were presented their certificates at our assembly so well done to the boys and their families– They also got a homework pass ! Also 13 boys got attendance improvement certs for improvement shown this term.
Attendance teams are a school initiative written in our school attendance plan developed by our hardworking staff to encourage boys to attend school more regularly. The winning team for this term (Team 2) had average attendance of 53.1 days PRESENT out of 56 days. The boys earned the reward of a trip to TEARAWAYS and some nice lunch / snacks . Keep up the great work everyone

Visit of Bernard Dunne- Boxing Legend

May 8, 2016

We were delighted to welcome former world champion boxer and Irish legend– Bernard Dunne to the school in February. The visit was arranged through Carembola ( Lunch provider) for Bernard to visit the school and speak with the boys as a motivational life talk. He spoke about his career, life choices and the benefits of living a healthy life through healthy diet and sport. He held the packed hall of over 200 captive for over an hour and the boys found him really cool and entertaining. As a spokesperson for promoting “ labhairt gaeilge” he was delighted to be interviewed by three 6th class pupils– Kyle / Seosamh and Sean. The boys earned the “ chance of a lifetime” to interview Bernard by doing extra gaeilge work at home in creating questions: Ar feabhas buachailli !!

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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.
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Term 2: Attendance awards 2015

June 2, 2015

Attendance Awards Each term as part of our efforts to get boys to attend school as much as possible we award certificates. For Term 2 of this school year (Xmas– Easter) a fantastic 34 boys had 100% attendance (16% of the school) and were presented their certificates at our assembly so well done to the boys and their families.. Also 13 boys got attendance improvement certs for improvement shown this term.
Attendance teams are a school initiative written in our school attendance plan developed by our hardworking staff to encourage boys to attend school more regularly. This is the 3rd year of this plan and we have received great praise from the Education Welfare Officer for our efforts in this area and the success that we are having. Teams are comprised of boys from 1st class to 6th class and the average attendance for each team is worked out on a termly basis. The winning team for this term (Team 2) had average attendance of 53.1 days PRESENT out of 56 days. The boys have earned the reward of a trip to BIRR CASTLE and some nice lunch / snacks which we hope to organise in the coming fortnight. Keep up the great work everyone!
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Sept 14: Cross country athletics

October 15, 2014

Mr. Kelly and Ms.Dooley took 17 boys from 3rd to 6th class over to the Harriers in Tullamore last Thursday for the Primary Schools Cross-Country Athletics meet. The boys were in teams of 4 from each class and were the top four runners from school trials held by Mr.Crofton earlier that week. The boys had a great day (as you can see from the photo) with lots of laughs and tired legs. The team from 3rd class comprising Ricky/Aaron/Matthew and Darragh won Gold overall for the school and there were also individual honours for Matthew , Ailbe and Nathan. The boys arrived back to a great welcome and the added bonus of homework off ! Thanks to cameraman Lee for the great photo.

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Attendance awards: 2013- 2014

October 15, 2014

100_5369Going to school each day is cool! Our attendance strategies are proving to be really working as overall absent days last year were down by 23%. We had a huge increase in boys who had 100% attendance for the school year 2013/2014 and these 23 boys received certificates at our attendance assembly (Pictured). We also gave attendance awards to boys who only missed 1-3 days all year. Congratulations to all the families involved and keep up the great work !
As part of our efforts to get boys to attend school as much as possible we award certificates for full and improved attendance at the end of year term. Attendance teams are a successful initiative that we have created to encourage boys to attend school more regularly. Teams are comprised of boys from 1st class to 6th class and the average attendance for each team is worked out on a termly basis with reward for best attendance team. The purpose of this is to encourage improved attendance from all boys.