Category: ‘Friendship’

My great Isolation activity pack 2020

May 3, 2020

My great Isolation activity pack 2020

St Brendans’s  PS were delighted to be able to create this pack over the past few weeks and deliver one to every pupil in the school. This has been in response to the continued closure of school and the fact that some of our boys may not have free access to pencils and colours. Thanks to the teacher in Dublin who designed the activity book ( containing 36 pages of fun tasks and .. learning !)  and allowed sharing of it – Lucy Harris ( Link to download below)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gasHX74OYHHH4hrrP5Y823FarA_TgnuI/view?usp=sharing

We also sent out packs to our 22 new junior infants ( September 2020) who we might not be able to meet in our usual manner but we are thinking of you all and will work something with you before the end of june.

Thanks to our local SNA / teacher team who put the packs together at home and wrote boys name and address and finally thanks to Birr GAA and Mr Dave Coffey who organised delivery to homes through his willing army of volunteers. Some packs to our pupils who live outside Birr have been posted to hope you all get delivery soon. This has been amazing for our school so thanks to all involved. Hope our boys ( young and old ) enjoy the book and materials in the packs and they help keep you busy at home during this time.

PS – The wristbands are our special way of saying we are thinking of you all- Wear the wristband next week when you are doing your reading , maths , PE lesson and send us in a photo PLEASE – we can stay strong together !!!! NC

Message from Most Rev Fintan Monahan re Sacraments 2020

April 25, 2020

A Chara,

 

Rescheduling of Sacraments of First Holy Communion and remaining Confirmations

At a Council of Priests meeting on-line yesterday it was agreed that it is impossible to give dates for Sacraments as we do not know what advice is going to be given regarding mass gatherings, post May 5th.  We hope to be clearer at that point.  Following the Health Authority advice – rescheduling of dates for First Holy Communion and Confirmation will then be a decision made in conjunction with Parish, School and Home.  Sorry there is no more clarity at this point.  It may be a possibility to have some ceremonies before Summer, but that will totally depend on what advice is given in the coming weeks.

 

Confirmation Video

In the mean-time I am forwarding below a link to a Confirmation Resource Video that might be a help for students and teacher of Confirmation.  It might help in the learning process and can be shared via social media if you wish.  Many thanks to Fr. Dariusz in Ennis Parish for his kind assistance and expertise in preparing it.  Grow in Love have also opened up their resources and that also will be helpful for teachers and students.

 

Vimeo Platform

https://vimeo.com/410747270

 

YouTube Platform

https://youtu.be/AHfaZInERfI

 

 

Wishing you every good wish and blessing in these difficult and challenging times.

 

Sláinte agus beannachtaí agus le mór-mheas.

 

+Fintan

 

+ Fintan Monahan

Westbourne

Cusack Road

Ennis

Co. Clare

V95 W63H

 

Telephone: +353(0)656828638

 

https://www.killaloediocese.ie

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Video Message to boys – 2020 Lockdown

April 20, 2020

COVID 19 message to boys 2020

Food box – school lunches – delivery

March 30, 2020

School meals / lunches provision
The Minister is conscious that a lot of boys and families rely on our school lunches for healthy and nutritious food each day.
Therefore GLANMORE foods are delivering FOOD BOXES to the school this WEDNESDAY morning.
The boxes this week will contain – Milk / Bread / Butter / Bananas / Yogurts / cereal bars etc. The value will be of approx €10 for each child who gets school lunches.
In order to ensure no waste we ask parents to TEXT 0866045024 OR email the school / facebook if you wish to opt in for this food box. This will continue for the 2 weeks of the easter holdays and until the school re-opens.
NOTES-
The text number is Ms Ann Hennelly HSCL- Your text will be kept private.
Collections- Please note this week collection will be at the school and Glanmore foods are looking at AN POST delivery option for next week.
Collection for MERCY PRIMARY / ST BRENDANS PS will both take place from our school yard-shed this wednesday morning – drive up yard / collect box / drive out- No contact with any staff / parents or kids.
Collection times yet to be fixed as we await final numbers involved.
The boxes will have non-perishable items going forwards also when suppliers have been set up.
These boxes are for each pupil and are FREE as your son already gets school lunches.
The lunch scheme works to ensure all boys get same lunch opportunity and so we encourage all families to take up the offer of these boxes to ensure the same high take up !
We ask as many families as possible to avail of these boxes- Spread the word to friends and family via social media. You cannot opt in after our delivery list has been created so get in quick !!!
Text the number with your sons ( daughter from Mercy Primary) name / names by 2pm today at latest.
Gardai will allow you to travel to collect. If you cannot collect due to self isolation etc please let us know as we may be able to arrange a SAFE drop to your doorstep.
Thanking you all for your support in arranging this food measure to ensure all our boys and families are supported during this crisis- Keep safe – Niall C and staff

Every school day counts TESS

February 19, 2020

Every school day counts
– 20/11/19 to 18/12/19 :
20 school days –
61 boys had 100% and got certs and homework vouchers !
Overall class prize with average of 94.5% attendance over 20 days was 2nd class !!
Prize a private bus trip and play session to tearaways !!
Thanks to parents for the effort with school attendance
👍👍👍👍

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Grandparents day 2020

February 19, 2020

Grandparents’ Day 2020
On January 30th, we had some very special visitors to the school. A large number of our Grandparents called to see us, to see their grandsons’ musical talents, to meet the teachers, to chat with the lads and with each other too. The children in 2nd and 4th classes had been busily preparing for a little concert in the hall. They sang songs, played instruments and recited poems. Following this showcase of some of the fantastic music activities the children partake in and a display of their wonderful talent the grandparents got to enjoy some well-deserved refreshments. The Grandparents proved to be a big hit on the day. Some of the stories from their own lives are so interesting. How times have changed!!! School is much more fun nowadays!!! Thanks to the Grandparents who visited and we hope to see you all again soon.
If you would like to be more involved in school activities or our walking group please do not hesitate in contacting me, Ann, for more information.
086 6045024
hsclbirr@gmail.com

Musical Christmas Day

December 13, 2018

Musical Christmas Day :
Thursday 20th December 2018

9.20am 4th class carols (Foyer)

9.30am Junior Infant play-

10.00am 3rd class – carols

10.15am 5th class play

11.00am 4th class carols (Foyer)

11.15am 1st Class –carols

11.30am 2nd class play

12.00/12.10 Senior Infants – carols

12.25 4th class carols (Foyer)

Lón

Nollag Shona Daoibh !

Halloween 2018

November 6, 2018

HSCL Pumpkin Carving —Thanks to the parents who helped our 4th class have a great Halloween art activity– Mile buiochas to Ms Treacy for organising and Mercy Primary for having the boys over! Great to see so many parents turn up to lend a hand.

Fire safety at Halloween .5th and 6th classes got an information chat about bonfire and firework safety at Halloween from our community Garda Grace Heffernan. It was an excellent talk with many questions from the boys. There were some hard photos of injuries that can occur from fireworks and bonfires so we ask all our boys to stay safe this HALLOWEEN

The parents association are holding a HALLOWEEN DISCO in the Marian Hall on Thursday 1st November . 7.00-8.30pm This is a fundraiser with Mercy Primary so please come along and support. €5 / €15 family

Gaelic Football Champions 2018 – Offaly schools

November 6, 2018

Gaelic Football team

A great season for our schools Gaelic Football team. The boys really bought into the idea of playing the game for September and October and we had huge numbers 70+ playing the lunchtime league with Mr Crofton. The panel of 31 boys then training each week under guidance of Mr Kennedy and great to see such good numbers from 6th class this year playing.
They started off the campaign with a good win over Dromakeenan and then also won against a weakened Banagher side and young Gaelscoil Tullamore side to reach the final in St Brendans park. The boys really had it put up to them by a strong Banagher team with a goal only in it at half time. That’s when the men stood up and led by some outstanding performances by 6th class they eased away with 5 mins to go. The honour of lifting the cup fell to Adriano Szoma as captain.
Thanks to Mr Kennedy for his passion and dedication to the team– the school staff who supported the team as various matches and attended in great numbers at the final and to the great parents for support as each match too Full report in this weeks midland tribune and we also hope to write our school magazine after mid term with some reports—

Oct 18 – Wellness month

November 6, 2018

October wellness 2018
Each year we try to run a wellness programme for all the boys in the school. This year was another great one with lots of class and whole school activity.
Central to this year was DANCE . The boys from Junior Infants to 5th class really loved the 5 weeks of modern dance with Lisa Hogan of “Dance it Out Ireland”. We finished off the programme by with a performance afternoon in our school hall. The hall was packed , the beats were hopping and the dance moves were unreal . Most pleasing of all was that all boys took part regardless of ability , interest or coolness– they performed with a smile which showed enjoyment of dance and added to their general wellness ! Dance it Out are holding a dance workshop and dance disco for Halloween in the school hall and also are going to run a 6 week after school dance programme for any boys or girls from Birr– See facebook for further details.
Tom Wells of Scholar and warrior studio also did a workshop on karate and self-defence for all classes in October. Tom is running classes each Thursday at 6.30pm in the school hall for any boys who are interested.
Kayak level 1 training course– Our 6th class boys got a fantastic opportunity 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 no time at all. It was great to see the boys excel at this activity and all really enjoyed the outdoors—maybe as a future alternative to FORTNITE!
Our Parents Association also organised a ZEEKO on line safety programme for boys / staff and parents. This programme will be rolled out after mid term in school. Again the school must remind parents that your childs on line internet / social media actions and behaviours are your responsibility and it will have serious consequences for them into the future. The parents who attended the talk found it very informative and a useful tool for them to support their children into the future.
Finally we welcomed FRED THE PARTY PROFESSOR back to the school for a great show of magic and music !