Category: ‘Attendance’

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
SWIM NOW CHANGED TO ROSCREA POOL on way home at 2.15pm . UPDATE
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

  • NO MOBILE PHONES / MONEY NEEDED / NO JEWELLERY ALLOWED IN FACTORY

I give permission for _______________________

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

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

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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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