Category: ‘Whole School Activities’

CPR -First responder training 2017

June 13, 2017

We were delighted to link up with Birr responders again this year to upskill in the area of CPR and First Aid. The staff of the school did after-school sessions with David McEvoy and all agreed that it was an excellent course to do and a great skill to have in life.
David then organized Ross and Christina to do a day course with our 6th class pupils and their parents. The boys really got stuck and we were delighted to have so many parents attend. Thanks to Ms.Treacy, Rose Harte and Carambola for the tea and sandwiches. Sincere thanks to Birr Responder group for being so generous with their time and expertise. David McEvoy pledged to try train 1000 people this year and I believe our school brought him near 700 so that’s fantastic going to all concerned.
1st responders staff CPD

6th CPR

January 2016- New computer room

January 13, 2017

We are delighted to have our newly upgraded and decorated computer room officially opened. Huge thanks to Ian Murray for all his work in setting up the 20 desktops and flatscreens and getting it up and running with network and WIFI. Pictured are some pupils accepting cheque from PA Chairperson Caroline Boyd and PA Treasurer Lucy Franks. To our Parents Association who raised the money and all who support them last year we say a massive thank you– To the boys we say ; use carefully respect technology, be aware of its advantages and dangers and enjoy many years of learning !100_8492

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2016 Christmas draw and santa visit

January 13, 2017

Santa Visit: With the help of our Parents’ Association Santa visited St. Brendan’s. He arrived this year in his sleigh. He visited and had a cool selection box in his bag for all the classes.

Parents’ Association Christmas Draw
Our hard working Parents’ Association organised their Christmas Draw again this year in support of our school activities. With wonderful prizes on offer all tickets were sold . Draw took place on Tuesday 20th December with Mr Tommy Shaw ( Superhero!) pulling out the winning ticket. The 1st prize of a PS4 went to our very own Noah Lynskey from 2nd class—Congrats Noah !We would like to thank all the sponsors, organisers and supporters of this great initiative. It is always one of the highlights of the school year.

Full list of sponsors ( over 50 prizes) and winners can be viewed on PA facebook site

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Hurling update APRIL 2016

May 8, 2016

Hurling
Hurling coaching with Eoin Pilkington is going very well and it is also great to see Junior Infants and Senior Infants playing on wednesdays . Lunchtime hurling for all boys continues each Tuesday.

Mr Kennedy has also set up a lunchtime hurling league for junior boys ( 1st—3rd) and is a great success on the top field.

The order for hurls and helmets under the Cumann na mBunscoil has been submitted. We will contact families who have placed orders in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to Mr.Kennedy and his hurlers on good championship displays so far this year. Team are playing with great skill and spirit with new players really coming to the fore. They have played challenge matches with Clareen and Ballaclla and championship wins over Carraig/Killeen and Dromakeenan with a narrow loss to Shinrone/ Clonlisk. Another victory followed last week away to Banagher. Well done Boys

Community games art and craft 2016

May 8, 2016

Well done to all the boys who took part this year. We had a great entry and thanks to all the teachers and Mrs. Kelly for promoting this great event. Special mention must go to the artistic boys in 5th class who had some fantastic entries. We hope to hear from Catherine Barry after the Easter Break about any medal winners we had.
WINNER ANNOUNCED !
Community Games Modelling
Denis Konev – Silver
Luke Sheils – Gold———- OFFALY CHAMPION
Brad McEvoy – Silver
Kealan Franks – Silver
Darragh Tierney – Gold
Darragh McNamara – Gold——-OFFALY CHAMPION
Alex Byrne – Gold————-OFFALY CHAMPION
Darragh Mooney – Silver
Joe Hutchinson – Silver
Ronan McArthur – Silver
Sam McAulay – Bronze
James Carroll – Bronze
Dinny Kelly – Bronze
Reece Swanepoel – Bronze
Ben O’ Brien – Bronze
Damien Delaney – Bronze
Kristian Bodik – Bronze

From Cavemen to 1916 and beyond.

May 8, 2016

All roads led to Marian hall Birr last Wednesday night 9th March as St. Brendan’s Boys Primary school staged their historical production and tribute to 1916. Heritage has a major influence on the school and so they were delighted to have Michael Donegan ( Former Principal) back to write and direct the first half of the show. Current principal welcomed the huge crowd to the free show and thanked the people of the parish for their continued support of the school. He also thanked the parish for use of their fine hall and to hall caretaker Martin Walsh for his support with the show. The stage looked fantastic with set designed by local artist George Dempsey and painted by pupils from the school with lights and sound by Phil Walsh kindly organised by parent Pierre Greijmans. Then the boys took over !

Boys from 6th , 4th and 3rd classes took the audience of over 600 on a journey from the glaciers of Ireland up to the famine. Classes came on for scenes in magical costumes to a rocking soundtrack as they retold Irish History through the first farmers , celts , , Christians , Vikings ,Normans, Plantations, Penal laws and suffering of the famine times. All through this they had a commanding performance from the director ( Jack) and the story kept great flow through the narrators (Paul and Jack).The audience were on an emotional roller-coaster from laughter at the ABBA dancing Vikings to sorrow with the famine dead. Then came the interval with tea/ coffee provided by parents association and shop.

The second half began with 120 boys on stage playing a tin-whistle medley of Irish traditional and republican songs and a booming version of Fields of Athenry. The 5th class under Ms.Ward and placement student Eoin Pilkington then held the audience spell-bound with their version of “Triumph of Sorts” written by local principal Damien White. Drums and rifles were to the fore as Padraig Pearce ( Darragh) led the rebels to the GPO where the proclamation was dramatically read aloud to the audience with drum beats bellowing. It was special to see the proclamation being read aloud by pupils born in other countries but who now see themselves as Irish. This is really Ireland in 2016. Music and song interspersed this part with Banna strand and foggy dew being sung with a highlight of grace being sung by 5th class accompanied by the talented Ms.Pilkington and Ms.Ryan.
Thanks were expressed to all through the booklet on the night for all the elements that go into a show of this scale with funding support from Offaly Arts Council and Birr Lions club. Mr Crofton thanked the audience and community for allowing the boys the opportunity to perform on stage and to celebrate 1916 in this manner. Michael Donegan was thanked for his time, energy , passion and inspiration to the show and he then spoke of the pride he has in the school , the boys and the school community which is such an integral part of Birr. The audience then sang the finale of Amhran na bhFiann to conclude the night and send the audience home with a spring in their step and happiness in their hearts.
We hope it was both educational and entertaining and respectful to the memory of the heroes of 1916.
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5th class on stage

6th class on stage

Visit of Bernard Dunne- Boxing Legend

May 8, 2016

We were delighted to welcome former world champion boxer and Irish legend– Bernard Dunne to the school in February. The visit was arranged through Carembola ( Lunch provider) for Bernard to visit the school and speak with the boys as a motivational life talk. He spoke about his career, life choices and the benefits of living a healthy life through healthy diet and sport. He held the packed hall of over 200 captive for over an hour and the boys found him really cool and entertaining. As a spokesperson for promoting “ labhairt gaeilge” he was delighted to be interviewed by three 6th class pupils– Kyle / Seosamh and Sean. The boys earned the “ chance of a lifetime” to interview Bernard by doing extra gaeilge work at home in creating questions: Ar feabhas buachailli !!

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Dec 15: Christmas concerts and plays

December 22, 2015

This year lots of classes performed plays and Christmas recitals in the packed hall for families and friends. Many thanks to all the staff who worked so hard in putting these together and to the boys for matching talent and hard work to get onto the stage and entertain…
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Science and math award 2015

October 25, 2015

• The school received its newest “Science and math excellence award” in the post this week. Thanks to Ms.Ward for organising and co-ordinating the classes to work towards this award which was our 3rd in a row. Congrats to all involved and good luck with this years campaign. Pictured are Ms.Ward with a rep. from all classes who took part.100_7199

Ceili Mission in St Brendans PS

October 25, 2015

We would like to inform you of the Ceili Mission which will visit the school next week. The mission will be in our school from Monday 28th Sept to Fri 2nd October. The Ceili group will be working in the Parish of Birr and teams from the Ceili Mission will be working in each of the Parish to work with the pupils. This promises to be a fantastic week for all involved with our school. There will be opportunities for parents , teachers and pupils to embrace the mission.
During the mission, which will be based on the Themes of Gods Love, Trust in God and Jesus our Friend, the team of 4 staff will work with the boys in class exploring the themes, leading prayer and song and holding special presentation evenings.
Short Prayer for parents / adults each morning in Mr.Kelly room at 9.20am
Mission Prayer 2015

Our School Creed

This is our school
Let peace dwell here,
Let the rooms be full of contentment,
Let love live here
Love of one another
Love of mankind
Love of life itself,
And love of God.
Let us remember
That, as many hands build a house
So many hearts make a school

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