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Nov 17 – Kayak training level 1 students

November 10, 2017

Kayak level 1 training course– Our 6th class boys got a fantastic opportunity in last week of October 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.

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Oct 17 – Mrs Lonergan retirement mass

November 10, 2017

School mass at start of year– Thanks to all involved for supporting a lovely and special school mass in the hall. This marked the start of the year and also was where we could celebrate the 20 years Mrs Mary Lonergan had given to our school. The music and parts of the mass were chosen specially and it meant a lot to her. The finale was the “Ode to Mrs Lonergan “ which was sung with gusto by 200 boys and which was specially written by Ms Majella Killeen. Afterwards there were presentations from the school and Parents and Mary spoke at the end to thank everyone. Her words echoed the passion and commitment she has always shown to the school and indeed St Brendan’s PS will always be in her heart.

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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

Oct 17- Offaly Cross country Athletics

October 8, 2017

Great event for the boys again this year.

Trials were held in 3rd / 4th / 5th / 6th classes to find a team of 4 boys from each class.

Boys traveled to Tullamore Harriers on Friday 6th October 2017 to compete.

All boys ran well with medals winner in individual runs from Ruairi and Danny- Also 5th class boys cam 2nd in team event.

Thanks to Mr Crofton and Mr Cunningham for taking them.

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Oct 17- School closure -New Language Curriculum

October 8, 2017

St Brendan’s PS

Dear Parents,                                                                           4th  October 2017

 

There will be no school on Wednesday 11th October 2017 due to a full day professional development seminar for the new Primary Language Curriculum for English and Irish. This closure is under the direction of the Department of Education and Skills.

We have co – ordinated our closure with Mercy Primary School, who will also be closed on the day.

Kind regards,

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Niall Crofton

(School Principal)

Sept 2017- New Junior Infants

October 4, 2017

Junior Infants

School Calendar 2017-2018

September 22, 2017

St.Brendan’s PS                   School Calendar 2017/ 2018

 

School reopens                                                                           Thursday  31st August 2017

Mid Term Break                                      Closing                      Friday 27th   October 2017

Re-opening               Monday 6th    November 2017

 

Christmas Holidays                               Closing                        Friday  22nd December 2017                                                                                                                                                                            Re-opening                 Monday 8th January 2018

 

Mid Term Break                                    Closed                         Thursday 15th  February 2018

Closed                         Friday 16th February 2018

 

St. Patricks day                                     Closed                         Monday 19th March

* Easter Holidays                                  Closing                       Friday 23rd March  2018

Re-opening                Monday 9th  April 2018

 

May Bank Holiday weekend                  Closed                         Monday  7th   May 2018

Closed                         Tuesday  8th    May 2018

 

June Bank Holiday weekend                 Closed                         Friday 1st   June 2018

Closed                         Monday 4th   June 2018

Closed                         Tuesday 5th  June 2018

 

Summer Holidays                                   Closing                                    Thursday 28th  June 2018

 

* 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)

Raising 5th Green Flag- 2017

July 20, 2017

We raised the Green flag for Bio-diversity at the end of June also. The committee spoke about all the work that had been carried out by pupils and teachers. The flag was raised by Mrs Lonergan and then all the boys got to get some ice-cream from the van. Thanks to our fantastic Parents Association for sponsoring the ice- creams which were very popular on the day!

School reopens for pupils on Thursday 31st August and we wish pupils and families a happy and safe summer.
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End of year awards 2017

July 20, 2017

End of year awards hold a special place in our hearts as they celebrate our young peoples achievements at school while remembering those from our school community who have sadly passed away. Special trophies and awards have been created over the years and June is a special time where we invite members of the various families back to St Brendans to present these awards to the next generations.

The Brother Finian Cup for the 6th class long race was won by Ben Miller
The McManus Cup ( Special Achievement Award) was won by Nanghal Khan
The Derek Maher Trophy (Student of the year) was won by Damien Delaney
The Aidan Rosney Cup (Snr Hurler of the year) was won by Darragh McNamara
The Kenneth Fox cup (Winning Capt of Senior Hurling league) was won by Ailbe Watkins.
The St.Brendans Cup (Winning Capt.Of Junior Hurling League) was won by Ruairi Mooney.
The Junior Hurler of the year went to James Carroll.
The Johnny Cleary Cup( Most Improved Hurler) was won by Canice Stevenson (6th).
Annual spelling bee champion Damien Delaney.
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Mr Kelly retirement June 2017

July 20, 2017

St Brendan’s PS Birr past and present came together on Friday 23rd June 2017 to celebrate the teaching career of its Deputy Principal Mr Niall Kelly. Niall began his teaching career back on 1st September 1981 when he walked through the gates of St Brendan’s Boys Primary school and has taught the boys of Birr with passion and commitment each year for 36 years. The school celebrated this achievement and thanked him for his service at our end of year mass in our wonderfully decorated school hall. The theme of the mass was “ Light and sunshine” which was celebrated by Fr David Carroll. A candle was lit in memory of our dear friend Tommy at the beginning accompanied by a medley of special songs by the boys. The current pupils of the school did themselves proud with beautiful song ,music and reading during the mass.

The school surprised Mr Kelly by organising some of his former teaching colleagues from the Presentation Brothers to attend. We were delighted to welcome Brother Andrew, Brother Ultan, Brother Vincent and Brother DePaul who was principal of the school when Niall was teaching. At the end of the mass some presentations were made to Niall and his wife Assumpta from the Parents Association ( Caroline Boyd) and the Board of Management ( Fiona Ward and Adrian Sheils). Indeed it was fitting that Adrian and Luke Sheils made presentations on the day with Adrian being a pupil in Niall’s first class in the school and his son Luke being in Niall’s school guitar band during his final year this year. The boys then all sang a song composed by the amazing Majella Killeen about Niall’s life and teaching which did bring a tear to the eye. Then Niall spoke and thanked all involved in his wonderful journey over the past 36 years. He was looking forward to retirement but can look back proudly and fondly at his teaching career in Birr. He wished all associated with St Brendan’s PS well into the future.

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