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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 _ _/_ _/_


Feb- Half day Child protection training

February 9, 2018

St. Brendan’s P.S.

Staff training Re: Child Protection

School close 12.30pm : Wednesday 14th Feb

Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                                                                              7/2/2018

I would like to inform you of the implementation of the 2017 Children first National guidelines/ 2017 DES Child Protection Guidelines. All schools have some new measures to put in place and are directed to close for two half days this school year. Schools are not currently permitted to combine half days.

Our school (along with Mercy Primary) will close for half day (12.30pm next Wednesday 14th February) to facilitate staff training. The other half day will be planned for term 3. We ask families to make arrangements for collection and childcare on that day.

Many Thanks for your cooperation,

Niall Crofton

Jan 18 Visit of Offaly Hurling Cup

January 29, 2018

groupVisit of the cup – We were delighted to welcome some past pupils back from St Brendans U21 hurling team with the cup after their great U21 county final win. Gary Cahill ( Mentor) along with Cathal Kirwan , Morgan Watkins and Sean Thompson entered the hall to a huge roar and the sight of lots of boys in their Birr Jerseys. The group spoke to the school about their pride in bringing the cup back to their primary school and how they hoped to inspire the next generation of hurlers in town from this success. We wish the panel congratulations on their success and best wishes with their hurling into the future.

December 2018

January 29, 2018

Christmas 2017- We were delighted to welcome Santa to the school again this year thanks to our parents association. This year he arrived on a massive tractor and the place went wild! The Irish Independent picked up the facebook post and video and posted onto which was great for the boys to see their school on national media.

The last week of term was filled with concerts and Christmas nativity plays which were well attended by parents and families.

The always successful Christmas Draw was held then with all details of winners posted onto PA facebook page.( Pictured are some our PA members with prizewinners) All proceeds from this will this year be spent on our school garden as we are planning a project to install more play equipment and a basket swing. More details and photos to follow in 2018 and thanks to all who supported the draw.1 2 3 4 5 5th class nativity 6 7 8 9 carol singing at lights carols FullSizeRender IMG_0743 IMG_0747 IMG_0772 IMG_0774 IMG_0776 IMG_0778 IMG_0783 train boys

Dec 17- Christmas shows

December 18, 2017

Christmas 2017 @ St Brendan’s PS

It’s a busy time with all classes celebrating the season in their own way. Some classes are doing plays and concerts this week. The following is a list so that parents/ families can make plans if they wish to attend. Please note that any photos videos taken should be of your child for your own personal use. Thank you for your support with this.

Monday 18th Dec              11.15-12.30         Confessions for boys 3rd -6th for Christmas

Tuesday 19th Dec:             11.30am               Junior Infants / Senior Infants    songs / play

Wednesday 20th Dec       12.00pm               PA Christmas Draw in hall

Thursday 21st Dec           10.00am               6th class visit Christmas market in Community school ( Full Uniform)

11.05am               1st Class Christmas songs

11.20am               2nd class Christmas songs

11.35am               5th class Christmas Play

12.15pm               Birr U21 Hurlers bringing their cup to school – Past pupils

1.20pm                 Junior Infants/Senior Infants songs/play (for anyone who missed 1st show)

1.30pm                 6th class- Carol singing in Sandymount – home after if note

Friday 22nd Dec                  12.30pm               School Holidays ( Final advent assembly in school)

No school lunches today so all boys asked to bring a snack

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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.


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 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,


Niall Crofton

(School Principal)