Category: ‘Home-School’

June 2020- Junior Infant VIRTUAL induction chat

June 28, 2020

Another zoom milestone ! 1st ever zoom meeting for parents of junior infants starting in September 😀 Thanks to all the parents who managed to join us and thanks to Ms Hennelly and Ms Ryan for their helpful tips and advice 👍 Roll on September 😃

June 2020- 6th Class VIRTUAL ZOOM graduation

June 28, 2020

St Brendan’s PS Birr – Class of 2020
We were so proud to say a huge thank you and congratulations to our 24 boys from 6th class last Wednesday night as they “graduated “ primary school.
In light of NPHET recommendations we held a “ virtual Graduation “ via ZOOM which was a great success.
The boys all wore their special “ Class of 2020 “ hoodies which were purchased for them all by our generous Parents Association and BOM.

All were welcomed the large crowd who logged on with passwords and thanked for adapting to use technology for this event.
Mr Crofton then shared a video montage of their photos from the past 8 years and their great activities from this year ( See our YOU TUBE channel)
The boys and their wonderful families heard some words of wisdom from Ms Lena Grace ( class teacher ) and Mr Niall Crofton ( School Principal).
The boys were thanked for their good example and leadership especially during the COVID19 closure where 6th class boys really engaged with school learning activities through SEESAW.
Their stats for May/June were incredible with 79% engagement and 1657 activities / journal entries. Setting the standard and leading from the front !

Mr Cunningham then shared the reflective and thought provoking story of the Pencil / pencil maker.
The boys then shared some of their best and favourite memories with the virtual crowd which was lovely.
Ms Dani Dunne ( SCP) then congratulated the boys on completing a great transition programme this year and wished them well next year at their new schools.
Finally the boys decided to become the 1st ever class at St Brendan’s to create a TIKTOK movie –
We showed their contributions to great fun and laughter.
All that was left was to wish all a safe and happy summer and we will meet for part 2 of the Graduation in late August ( NPHET allowing of course).
The boys will share their traditions hero projects and speeches with the outside crowd for this long standing tradition that hopefully not even COVID19 can stop !
Best wishes to all our school community for the summer break, NC

https://youtu.be/bCpcFTtrJn0 6th class 2020 – Photo movie of their past years at St Brendans PS

https://youtu.be/1aghRIzTejQ 6th class TIKTOK movie !!!

Niall Crofton
(Principal Teacher)

May 2020: Amazing DL project by Darragh

May 13, 2020

Well done Darragh Hand from 3rd class on an amazing project – Distance learning and home-schooling at its best !

Click to see and learn

Peru by Darragh Hand

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

https://twitter.com/BishopFintan

https://facebook.com/BishopFintanMonahan/

https://www.instagram.com/BishopFintan/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/BishopFintan

 

 

 

Video Message to boys – 2020 Lockdown

April 20, 2020

COVID 19 message to boys 2020

Post Easter Distance learning note to parents

April 20, 2020

Dear Parents,

I hope this email finds you and your families all safe and well. ( This note was sent to all emails on our aladdin system – please ensure we get your email address)

The current restrictions are now in place until 5th May and this means that for the next two weeks schools will remain closed. We have not been informed of what will happen after this date or of any arrangements for future events such as end of year testing , Junior Infant induction or sacraments of Communion and confirmation. As soon as we are informed we will pass this on to parents immediately.

 

Following ZOOM meetings with the staff we have made plans for the coming weeks. Teachers will set classwork for pupils and we will share this with parents via the – Distance learning tab- on our school website.

Staff members ( teacher / SNA)  will also try to link personally with every student / family to see how they have been getting on to date and to see how we can support going forwards. They will be ringing from personal phones with numbers blocked to comply with GDPR etc

 

As a school we are now moving forward in supporting our pupils learning via distance learning.

We now want to try to allow students submit their work to teachers and complete assignments that are set and for this we are going to use the SEESAW APP.

This technology has been approved and recommended by DES and is already in operation for some senior class groups.

The school need each parent to agree via email to using this app ( GDPR) so please follow the steps outlined.

I want to stress that this facility is new to staff , parents and pupils so we aim to start slowly and without pressure on families.

The benefits will be amazing as boys will be able to complete a task ( maths / writing story / reading) and parent can take photo or record and submit it to teacher via phone ( app) . The teacher can then correct, evaluate and reply to the pupil with praise , encouragement an guidance for next task. In order to get the boys motivated you might mention that their end of year reports will mention their home-school work during this period.

 

 

Again I would like to reiterate that this school-work is a guideline and if you have a routine in place for your child that works then keep using it. If you need information or help in any way please email the class teacher or SEN teacher- email addresses are on the DL pages on the website outlined above. Some pupils have not collected their school books yet and these can be collected in a safe manner on Wednesday mornings. Please contact me via email / facebook for collection times.

 

 

We will be in touch again towards the end of next week with the plan of work for the following week.

In the meantime please continue to stay safe and hopefully we will get back to some form of normality in the near future.

Kind regards,

Niall Crofton

New steps to follow for Distance Learning at St Brendan’s PS Birr

 

  1. Ensure the school has your email address – email secretary@stbrendansps.ie
  2. Receive email letter from class teacher about SEESAW GDPR
  3. Copy, paste this letter and add your sons name and your name and email back to the CLASS TEACHER
  4. Receive SEESAW pupil code from your class teacher
  5. Download the FREE – SEESAW app
  6. Go to app.seesaw.me
  7. Choose “I’m a Student”
  8. Type in the code: ?????????? This code expires on ???????? ( You won’t get the code until you email teacher)
  9. Each teacher will send home their own code – you just add each student- only download the app once

Finish creating your account using your email address

 

Niall Crofton

(Principal Teacher)

 

St Brendan’s PS

Moorpark st.

Birr

Co Offaly

12370C

0579121033

principal@stbrendansps.ie

 

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Easter SCP activity pack

April 3, 2020

SCP easterActivity Sheet

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

BOOK COLLECTION-FRIDAY 27TH MARCH

March 26, 2020

In order to keep everyone safe during the operation of this book collection we ask parents to read the following :

Collection times are staggered:
• 9.30-10.00am – Junior Infants
• 10.00-10.30am- Senior Infants
• 10.30am-11.00am- 1st class
• 11.00-11.30am – 2nd class
• 11.30am-12.00pm- 3rd class
• 12.00pm-12.30pm- 4th class
• 12.30-12.45pm- 5th Class ( Ms Pilkington math group)
6th class have books given out already.
Cairdeas 1 / 2 / MGLD – can be collected at any slot ( some teachers are emailing directly)

Do not come to school if you have been advised to self isolate or have COVID 19 symptoms.
Wash hands / wear gloves before coming.
Front gate of school will be open so just drive up the yard to park outside the PE hall windows.
One adult ( no kids) asked to come up to the hall window and give in the name of pupils and class.
Staff member ( wearing gloves) will collect from table in the hall and hand out the window to you.
We only have a few staff in hall to avoid social gathering so please be patient.
Please pack up and leave then as we want to avoid any social gathering.
Please wear gloves and wash hands when you go home.

A number of staff are in self isolation with themselves or family members presenting with symptoms so the few staff that have volunteered to come in and create / organize packs and distribute packs are much appreciated by the Board of Management and school community.
Thanking you all, Niall Crofton ( school principal)