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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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Feb 18: Credit Union Quiz team

March 3, 2018

Credit Union Quiz 2018

Thanks to Mr Cunningham for organising trials for our school team.

U-13 team was : Conor Lally Greijmans , Steven Dillon , Charlie Loughnane and Sam McAuley

U-11 team was : Harry Reynolds / Reece Swanepoele / Barry Tierney and Alex Hough

Both teams represented the school well and enjoyed the night with Mrs Kelly in attendance to support the boys–
Well done to all ;)
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Feb 18: Spelling Bee

March 3, 2018

The school held its annual spelling Bee in the hall in February for 5th and 6th class boys. All were invited to take part with a huge participation rate of over 90% !! It was a close run competition run by Mr Cunningham and Ms Ward ( class teachers) – Winner in 5th was Eoin Hoare with winner from 6th was Conor Lally-Greijmans.
Both boys took part in a 20 spelling shoot-out the next day to find our school spelling Bee Champion.
Conor LG won out and went on to the Eason Offaly Spelling Bee in Tullamore Educate Together.
Conor came a well-placed 8th on the day and all at St Brendans PS are very proud of his spelling exploits !

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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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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 independent.ie 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.

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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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