Category: ‘Home-School’

Grandparent’s Day

February 13, 2014

St. Brendan’s Primary School celebrated their second ‘Grandparent’s Day’ on Friday March 31st. Despite the terrible bad weather that morning everyone made a great effort to turn out and it was a wonderful occasion! Events began with 10.00 a.m. mass in St. Brendan’s church where 2nd and 4th class sang beautifully. The children returned to school followed by their parents and grandparents. A welcome cup of tea/coffee was offered to all with some delicious home made buns and cakes in the school hall. 2nd and 4th class provided wonderful entertainment with terrific whistle skills and songs, everyone joined in for the grand finale ‘The Wild Rover”. Mr. Crofton spoke about the huge influence grandparents have with their grandchildren and how important that special bond is before finishing off with a lovely poem about grandparents which really said it all! Fr. Toni joined in with  ‘Any Dream Will Do’. The children’s work was on display, with lovely poems and stories about grandparents. Mr. Kelly and Ms. Lonergan captured many people’s interest with a display of black and white and brown and white photographs of children who attended the school many years ago! Well done to the boys of 2nd and 4th class, their teachers, Ms. Heinz, Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Kennedy, and their music teacher, Majella  for making the day so special and memorable for their grandparents! Well done also to the great bakers in Birr who brought in delicious cakes and buns to share with everyone!

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Grandparents are special people
with wisdom and pride.
They are always offering love and kindness
and are always there to guide.
They often make you feel
so confident and strong.
Their arms are always open
no matter what you did wrong.
They try to help out
in every way that they can.
They love all their grandchildren
the same whether you’re a child, woman or man.
They are always there to listen
and to lend a helping hand.
They show you respect
and they try to understand.
They give their love, devotion and so much more,
that’s easy to see.
what perfect examples
of the kind of person that we should be.

~By Stacy Smith~


Jan 2014 Science for Fun

February 7, 2014

The pupils from 5th class participated in a Science for Fun project in the school. Parents came in to the classroom and helped the teacher and pupils perform science experiments. The project ran for a number of weeks exploring rocket launching, standing on eggs and implementing fair testing and recording of all the findings. The project was enjoyed by all. Well done to Ms. Ward, her pupils and to Margaret and her team of parents.

Sugar Craft Class

January 16, 2014

sugar craft

Learn how to make these beautiful sugar craft flowers. They are easier than you think!

They would be the icing on the cake for that special occasion, on cupcakes or celebration cakes.

Friday, January 17th, 10.00 a.m., Chesterfield Community Centre

Booking necessary, contact Margaret on 086 6045024.

Only 4 places left!

Only €2!


Parents Baking Class

January 9, 2014

Next Baking Class – January, Friday 24th at 10.00am

If you would like to join us in our next baking class just contact me, Margaret, on 086 6045024

Christmas Cakes

December 19, 2013

Congratulations to all the parents who baked festive Christmas Cakes.

It was no easy feat but with Grainne’s guidance they ended up a treat!

We iced and decorated them a few weeks later,

now they are ready for the big day, if they last that long!!!

Christmas Centerpieces

December 19, 2013


Well done to all who made lovely Christmas Centerpieces!!

Thank you Carmel for spending the day with us and demonstrating how to make our own unique Christmas decorations.

You made it look so easy and were on hand to help out at every turn!

Parents arrived at 9.30 and quickly got busy making Christmas candle arrangements.

We enjoyed a cuppa and biscuits after and admired our work!

Christmas Centerpieces!

December 3, 2013


Make your own unique Christmas Centerpiece with a little guidance from Carmel!

Just bring along a candle on Monday, December 9th, to the hall in Mercy Primary School and create your own arrangement!

Greenery, oasis etc will be provided but please feel free to bring your own, you can never have enough greenery!!!

Ivy and holly are great fillers for arrangements!

Tea/Coffee will be nearby to keep you going!

Contact Margaret on 086 6045024 to book your place.

Starting at 9.30 a.m.     This event is FREE for parents!

Shoe Box Project Nov 2013

November 21, 2013

Mr. Kennedy’s class participated in a wonderful Shoe Box Project. The boys were asked to bring in certain non perishable  items that would fit into a shoe box. They wrapped the box in decorative paper and labelled it. The finished gifts were then sent away and they would make a wonderful gift for poor children in the lead up to Christmas. Well done to Mr. Kennedy, parents/guardians and the boys, a truly wonderful and worthwhile project to be involved in.

Local Entrepreneur Visits St. Brendan’s Nov 2013

November 15, 2013

Local business man Martin McCarthy visited our senior classes and spoke to the pupils about his life experiences. He spoke about the history of the town and how the geographical features had changes since he was a young boy. He spoke about education and the role it had played in his life. He spoke about his business ventures and the qualities and characteristics that had served him well through trials and tribulations. Our pupils were delighted and amazed at all the interesting facts he had to share and the visit was an outstanding success.

Halloween Costume Fun Oct 2013

October 24, 2013

One of the highlights of this term in St. Brendan’s is always the Halloween Costume Project. Pupils from our infant classes are allowed to dress up in all sorts of Halloween outfits and have some fun as they tour the classes and show off their Halloween fashions. Thanks to all parents/guardians who put so much effort into the project and it really is one of the highlights of the school year.