Category: ‘Whole School Activities’

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.
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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)

COVID19 Update 26th March

March 26, 2020

Dear Parents of St Brendan’s PS Birr 26th March 2020

As outlined in our recent text message the TAOISEACH has directed all schools to remain closed until April 19th at the earliest as the whole country tries to do its bit to stop the spread of COVID19 and save lives. We have spent this week planning for the new phase in this closure and how we can support our pupils through distance learning which we (like the majority of primary schools) have not been set up to operate. Each school is different in its context and we are confident of our plan going forward.
Tomorrow (Friday 27th March), our teachers will operate a book collection for families who wish to avail of this. This is not a signal from us that you have to turn your home into a mini school. Don’t over worry about your child’s learning. Worry about your children. They need your love, your calm, your courage, your sense of humour, your patience and your gentleness. The rest will take care of itself.
Teachers sent home work-packs back on Thursday 12th March which were to keep some routine and learning going for 9 school days until Monday 30th March. These school books that we are giving out now will help support each pupils learning for another week. Then we have Easter holidays but we feel that schools may not open again until May so we need to be able to support distance learning until we return whenever that happens.
• Book collection times and safety advice- see website / Facebook page
• Work plan for classes- To be posted onto DISTANCE LEARNING section of school website.
• Teachers contactable via new school email addresses.
However we also need to supply a bit of perspective. There is enough stress in the lives of parents and children without our school adding to it. With worries about health, jobs and family members the last thing we want is parents worrying about their chid falling behind with school work.
So, don’t panic and turn your home into a mini school and yourself into the pretend teacher. However do try to set up the school books for an hour or two each morning where your child can work away with writing , reading , colouring and maths. This is to give them some routine away from technology as well as giving mam/dad a well-deserved break ! Then allow them to play ( keeping social distancing advice) and make sure they get fresh air and even try some of the hurling skill challenges that are going around!
Some teachers have set out apps and programmes to work with and these can be useful to try if you wish. There are also some stories and magazines available online too and each family will tailor the work to what they can do and what their child needs.
Do follow your child’s interests; play their video games with them and talk about them, read and critique their History and Geography books with them, use a cúpla focal timpeall an tí, let them cook a meal with you as their assistant, pay them with real money for doing jobs around the house and garden. In the midst of all this chaos which we have been thrust into- family time; which can sometimes be bypassed in our busy lives; can be the golden light !
Dear Parents, I offer the above guidance and advice in solidarity, humility and sympathy for what you are all going through. You are the best judge of what your child needs, emotionally and educationally – not me or our staff. Please God the country as a whole will unite through these emergency measures and social distancing to stop this virus in it’s tracks.
In the interim our thoughts are with you all, keep sane and safe !

Niall C and Staff.

DES School Closure – Covid 19

March 12, 2020

12 March, 2020

STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SKLLS

An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March.This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.

In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning, all schools will be asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools are asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their response.

Schools are asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.

Physical classes in universities and higher education facilities will not be held during the closure. Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business continuity plans and contingency planning.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:

“I am deeply conscious of the impact that school and education setting closures have on students, on families and on the wider community. This is a necessary and proportionate measure that we are taking as a pro-active measure to help contain the threat of Covid-19.

“This is the right decision at the right time. It is taken in the best interests of our children, our young people, our school and college communities and our wider society.

“At this point in time the closure is planned for two weeks, from tomorrow until 29 March. The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to that date will be communicated widely.

“Pupils should take their books and learning materials home with them this evening.

“This is a very challenging time for our pupils, our teachers, our students and our colleagues in further and higher education.

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – we all live in one another’s shadow. If there was ever a time for us to appreciate how closely we are connected, how much what we do matters to others, how much we rely on each other, this is it. This is a time where we all need to work together for the best possible outcome for our students. The support of everyone across the sector is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this threat is dealt with as effectively as possible.”

The Department of Education and Skills will remain open and will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time.

The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue.

ENDS

Contacts:
Pearse O’Caoimh
Department of Education and Skills Press office
T +353(0)1 8892304

Pearse Ó Caoimh
Higher Executive Officer — Communications.
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An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna
Department of Education and Skills

Sráid Maoilbhríde, Baile Átha Cliath, D01 RC96.
Marlborough Street, Dublin, D01 RC96.
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T +353(0)1 8892304

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

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 !

June 2018- End of year awards

July 13, 2018

End of year awards ( 2018) ceremony is always a special occasion at our school – hurling leagues / sports days / tech week and individual awards were presented – we have a number of awards cups and trophies for sporting and academic achievements
: Kenneth fox / Aidan rosney / Derek Maher / Brian Mcmanus / Brother finian /Johnny Cleary . These hold a special place in our hearts and we are delighted to welcome members of these families to school to present these awards. This year we created a new award – the Tommy K infant achiever award and were so happy to have Lisa Kelly and little Darragh there to present the trophy for the 1st time.
Congratulations to all this years winners.
· The Brother Finian Cup for the 6th class long race was won by Ricky Hanlon
· The McManus Cup ( Special Achievement Award) was won by Aaron Kirwan
· The Derek Maher Trophy (Student of the year) was won by Conor lally Greijmans ( Pictured)
· The Aidan Rosney Cup (Snr Hurler of the year) was won Adam Duffy
· The Kenneth Fox cup (Winning Capt of Senior Hurling league) was won by Ricky Hanlon ( Pictured)
· The St.Brendans Cup (Winning Capt.Of Junior Hurling League) was won by James Carroll
· The Junior Hurler of the year went to Robert Landy
· The Johnny Cleary Cup( Most Improved Hurler) was won by Oisin Digan Sullivan ( pictured)
· Tommy K Infant Achievement Award was won by Jack Gleeson ( Pictured)
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Derek Maher Trophy

Johnny Cleary cup

Kenneth Fox trophy

McManus Cup

Perfect attendance primary school

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Tommy K Award