Scoil Bhride Primary School Edenderry

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

All the staff in Scoil Bhríde would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. The school will re-open  on the 5th January.



SANTA CLAUS VISITS SCOIL BHRIDE

On December 15th Santa took a break to visit all the boys and girls of Scoil Bhríde and to wish them a Merry Christmas. Santa knew that all the boys and girls have been very good this year and gave out a special treat to everyone!

Santa Claus meets some of the boys and girls in Scoil Bhríde
Santa speaks with the boys and girls on the yard
Santa asking Mr. Taaffe if the boys and girls have been good this year

 



CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES 2014

From Monday 8th to Friday 12th December the children of Scoil Bhríde put on a ‘Christmas Sing-along’. All the students and teachers put in a lot of work to entertain their parents and family members. A great week was had by all. We would like to thank all the parents who made costumes and came along to support the children.

Ms. Coleman's Junior Infants preparing for their Christmas performance
Ms. Fitzgerald's Senior Infants performing in their classroom
Mr. Winters' First Class getting ready for their Christmas performance
Ms. McKeon's and Mr. Nugent's Second Class performing their songs on stage
Ms. Keane's and Mr. Taaffe's Third Class on stage
Third Class during their Christmas performance
Students from Third Class sing one of their songs
Aimie from Third Class on stage during their Christmas performance
Ms. Rourke's and Ms. McKeown's Fourth Class perform a song on the tin whistle
Boys and girls from Fourth Class perform a song
Boys from Fourth Class enjoying themselves during their Christmas performance

 



SPORTS AND ACTIVE SCHOOL FLAG

Work began this year on the application process for the Active School Flag.
The Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills (DES) initiative designed to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. Schools that are awarded the ASF are recognised for their efforts in providing a quality PE programme for all students and for promoting physical activity across the whole school community. See our Active School Tab for more information, pictures and activities! 

 



NEWSLETTER

Latest Newsletter Issue No. 17 (November - December 2014)



UPCOMING EVENTS AND DATES IN SCOIL BHRIDE

With the festive season upon us, the students and teachers of Scoil Bhríde are busy preparing for our annual Christmas shows. This year the children are preparing to entertain their parents and family members in ‘a Christmas Sing-along’. We would like to extend a welcome to all family and friends to support us on the day and share in celebrating this very special time of the year.

Below is a timetable of this year’s Christmas performances for each class. Please note that some classes will perfom in their classrooms and some will perform in the Halla.
 
Monday 8th December
Junior Infants: Ms. Hayes and Ms. Coleman – in classrooms at 1:10
Tuesday 9th December
Senior Infants: in classrooms at 1:10
Wednesday 10th December
Junior Infants: Ms. Dalton - in classroom at 1:10                                                                             ASD Classes: in Halla at 1:00                                                                                                             1st Classes: each class perform seperately in their classrooms at 2:10                                     4th Classes: perform together in the Halla at 2:10
Thursday 11th December
3rd Classes: in Halla at 12:00                                                                                                             2nd Classes: in Halla at 2:10
Friday 12th December
5th Classes: in Halla at 12:00                                                                                                             6th Classes: in Halla at 2:00

Students from Scoil Bhríde will also be performing Christmas Carols  in Dunnes Stores Shopping Centre. The times for the Carol Singing are listed below. Please let your family and friends know that everyone is invited to come along and join in the festivities.

Carol Singing in Dunnes
Monday 15th December
12:30 - 12:50             Senior Infants (Ms. Fitzgerald)
12:50 - 1:10               Senior Infants (Ms. Dillon)
1:10 - 1:30                 Senior Infants (Ms. Butler)
1:50 - 2:10                 3rd Class (Mr. Taaffe)
2:10 - 2:30                 6th Class (Altogether)
Tuesday 16th December
12:30 - 12:50            4th Class (Ms. Rourke)
12:50 - 1:10              4th Class (Ms. McKeown)
1:30 - 1:50                1st Class (Ms. Evans)
1:50 - 2:10                2nd Class (Ms. McKeon)
2:10 - 2:30                2nd Class (Mr. Nugent)
Wednesday 17th December
12:30 - 12:50           Junior Infants (Ms. Coleman)
12:50 - 1:10             Junior Infants (Ms. Dalton)
1:10 - 1:30               Junior Infants (Ms. Hayes)
1:30 - 1:50               5th Class (Altogether)
1:50 - 2:10               1st Class (Mr. Winters)
2:10 - 2:30               3rd Class (Ms. Keane)

 



SCIENCE WEEK 2014

Students from Oaklands Community College visited Scoil Bhríde to demonstrate some amazing science experiments. Also have a look at our very own Science Exhibition:

Students from Oaklands Community College visited Scoil Bhríde to demonstrate some fun and amazing science experiments as part of Science Week.

 

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SCIENCE WEEK 2014

From Monday 10th to Friday 14th of November as the whole school celebrated ‘Science Week’. The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in our everyday lives. As part of this, Scoil Bhríde held a number of activities throughout the week to help promote Science. We have organised events to promote the relevance of science in our everyday lives and to demonstrate its importance to the future development of Irish Society and to the economy.

Science Co-ordinator Mr. Winters introducing Shay O’Loughlin from the Ballyfore Group Water Scheme to the children for his presentation to help teach about the water cycle
Mr. Taaffe's Third Class practicing their Science experiment for our Science Exhibition
Ms. Evans' First Class practicing their Science experiment for our Science Exhibition

 



6TH CLASS VISIT TO OAKLANDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

On 11th November our 6th class pupils visited Oaklands Community College to view the school campus and its facilities for the coming year. The children were shown around by Ms. Monaghan and took part in many activities made available by the school.

 



COLLECTION FOR RED CROSS AND BARNARDOS

Following the collection of our Halloween fancy dress, a total of €494.50 was collected. This was divided between the Red Cross and Barnardos. Many thanks for all those involved who helped donate towards these charities.

Mr. Duffy presenting money collected to Barnardos

 

Mr. Duffy presenting money collected to the Red Cross

 



JUNIOR INFANT ENROLMENT SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 



CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL

On Monday 3rd November Scoil Bhríde took part in the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal with Team-Hope. We would like to give a very special thank you to the parents and children who sent in boxes for this special cause.

 

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HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS
Friday the 24th October 2014 saw all of the children come to school in Halloween fancy dress. There was an excellent display of creative costumes, with a very high standard set by everyone.  A huge thank you to all of our children for participating in the fancy dress. A special thanks must also go to all the parents for their time and creative efforts in helping your children with their costumes.
 
Ms. McKeown's Fourth Class enjoying our Halloween Fancy Dress
Ms. Butler's Senior Infants looking spooky on our Halloween Fancy Dress

 

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6TH CLASS FOREST TRIP

On Friday, the 17th of November, Ms. Morrin’s 6th class went on a trip to a family forest in Kilshanroe. We had a great day at the farm and forest. When we first arrived, we made sausage rolls with puff pastry and sausage meat. Next, we visited and fed all of the animals on the farm. We met Mary and Betty the donkeys, Sneachta the lamb, Sheeba the dog, all the hens and ducks, Cuff and Link the turtles and Rashers the pig! Then we went for a long walk in the forest and collected lots of different things. When we came back, we made a woodland in a box with everything we had collected,  remembering to include the leaf litter, ground layer, shrub layer and the canopy. After all of our work, we had a camp fire where we sang songs, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. Finally, we each decorated a Halloween bun. We had a great day in Kilshanroe!

 

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WITCHES AND WIZARDS WOOD WALK

On Thursday 16th October 2014, the boys and girls from First Class took part in our annual 'Witches and Wizards Wood Walk'. The boys and girls had a great day. We saw lots of signs of Autumn including colourful leaves, acorns and nuts. We had a lovely walk around the woods and we finished up by feeding the ducks. Here are some pictures from our day.

Mr. Winters with some of our First Class pupils at Donadea Forest.
Ms. Evans with some of our First Class pupils.

 

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NEWSLETTER

Latest Newsletter Issue No. 16 October 2014

 

 



EDENDERRY PARISH MISSION

Last week (6th - 10th of October) a team from Céilí Community visited our school. They visited many of our classrooms throughout the week. They taught the children songs, drama, sketches and they spoke to the children about God's love for us. There were two presentations, a Junior and Senior presentation for the parents in the hall at the end of the week. We had a fantastic week. We would like to thank all parents who attended the presentation and of course the Céilí Community team for their hard work.

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SENIOR FOOTBALL FINAL

Best of luck to the Edenderry Senior football team who are playing in the County Final on Sunday from all the pupils and staff at Scoil Bhride.



COMMUNITY LAUNCH OF OUR NEW SCHOOL BUILDING

 

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SCOIL BHRIDE TAKES PART IN OFFALY CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

On Thursday 18th September boys and girls from Scoil Bhríde travelled to Tullamore to take part in the Offaly Cross Country  Athletics competition.  Over thirty boys and girls from 3rd to 6th class competed on the day with everyone performing exceptionally well but the performance of the day came from Mark  who ran an outstanding race to place second in the 6th Class Boys competition. A huge well done to Mark and all the boys and girls who ran so well on the day.

Students from 3rd to 6th class in Scoil Bhríde who took part in the Offaly Cross Country Athletics Competition

Mark who placed second in the 6th class boys competition.

 



WELCOME

We would like to extend a very special welcome to all of our new students who started with us in September and to all students returning for the new school year. Below are pictures of some of our new students.

Ms. Dalton's Junior Infants
Ms. Hayes Junior Infants
Ms. Coleman's Junior Infants
Some of our new students

 



NEWSLETTER

Latest Newsletter Issue No. 15 June  2014



FIRST COMMUNION

Congratulations to all the boys and girls from second class who received their first Holy Communion last Saturday. We hope you all had a special day!



SCHOOL SELF EVALUATION REPORT

School self-evaluation of teaching and learning is an ongoing process in Scoil Bhríde Primary School. Our focus for self-evaluation during the period January to June 2013 was literacy. This took place in the context of existing interventions in our Literacy Strategy targeting oral language, reading comprehension and reading fluency. A particular focus was placed on examining the teaching and learning of writing. To see the the summary report of the results of the school self evaluation please click on the link below. Scoil Bhríde would like to thank all of the parents who contributed to the findings and enable us to continue to keep informed of our childrens learning.

School self evaluation report-June 2013



OFFALY COUNTY ENTERPRISE BOARD

Well done to Aaron from Mr. McDonnell 3rd class who received a 'Most Enterprising Student' certificate from Offaly County Enterprise Board. Aaron received the certificate for his innovative business 'Foto frame Fun' at a ceremony in Tullamore recently.

Aaron receiving his certificate from a representative from Offaly County Enterprise Board along with Ms. McKeown

 



ENTERPRISE DAY A HUGE SUCCESS IN SCOIL BHRIDE

Scoil Bhríde Primary School hosted its first ‘Enterprise Day’ on Friday March 7th 2014. Student demand for trade stands far surpassed expectations and, event organiser Ms Fiona McKeown, had to relocate the event from one of the school’s classrooms to the local GAA Pravilion, to accommodate all our young entrepreneurs. Pupils from 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th classes participated. Student involvement was on a voluntary basis and in total 50 young entrepreneurs availed of the opportunity to showcase their business ideas and products.

An aerial view of the bustling GAA hall on Scoil Bhríde's Enterprise Day in which children from second to fifth class got the opportunity to set  up their own business and sell their wares at their own stall

The judging panel, comprised of entrepreneurs from small businesses in the local area and business teachers from the two local second level schools, was given the extremely difficult task of selecting our ‘Most Enterprising Student’ for 2014.

Judges visited all trade stands and spoke to all the individual project promoters. They examined their business plans and discussed how ideas had been developed into products, resources used, costs, marketing strategies and plans for the future development of the business. Judging took approximately four hours.

Budding entrepreneur Meabh from second class with her eye catching stand at the Scoil Bhríde entrepreneur day

 

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ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOIL

In what will be a major milestone for Scoil Bhríde, we will be entering two teams from the school in the Allianz Cumann na mBunsoil competition for the first time in our brief history. We will have one team in the boys 13 a side category and one team in the girls 11 a side categories. The boys and girls first match details are as follows

  • Boys 13 a side versus Ballinagar in Edenderry GAA pitch at 3.30pm on Wednesday 12th March
  • Girls 11 a side versus Walsh Island  in Walsh island at 3.15pm on Thursday 13th March

all support would be greatly appreciated for our teams to cheer them on in their first games!!



LOCAL HISTORIAN VISITS FIRST CLASS

On Thursday 27th Feb 2014, local historian Mairead Evans came in to talk to the boys and girls in Ms. Evans first class about some of the changes that have occurred in Edenderry over the past number of years. The boys and girls have been doing lots of work on this topic and had many questions, which Mairead answered. She told them lovely stories about the town of Edenderry, about schools long ago, and the general lifestyle that people had. The boys and girls really enjoyed her visit and got a great insight into life in Edenderry in the past!

Local historian Mairead Evans has pupils from Ms. Evans first class engrossed as she talks about Edenderry's history.

 



WORLD BOOK DAY 2014 / LIBRARY VISITS

For World Book Day 2014 the children of Scoil Bhríde dressed up as their favourite characters from books they've read. Some of the characters attending school on the day were Harry Potter and Horrid Henry. All mainstream classes also visited Edenderry Library where the librarians kindly suggested some new books to read. Thanks to Edenderry library for accomodating all the classes and to all of the parents in their efforts with costumes.

Children from Scoil Bhríde in their favourite characters costumes for World Book Day
Children from third class engrossed in some books at Edenderry Library on their Library visit

 



FOOD DUDES SCHEME IN SCOIL BHRIDE

Scoil Bhríde is delighted to announce that the  Food Dudes scheme is well underway  in the school . The objective of the Food Dudes programme is to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. The Food Dudes programme focuses on three factors: taste exposure, peer modelling and rewards. So far as a reward for tasting one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables per day at school the children win a prize. Some of the great prizes so far have been pencil cases, stencils, colouring pencils and pedometers. The children have had a variety of fruit and vegeatables so far including apples, cucumbers, peppers, raisins, oranges, carrots, cherry tomatoes and bananas. There is great excitement in the school each day as the children await to see what fruit and vegetables lie in store, as well as of course the daily prize!!

Students from Mr. McDonnell's third class showing some of the fruit and vegetables they have tried so far, as well as some of the prizes they have won as part of the Food Dudes healthy eating programme.

 



CREDIT UNION QUIZ

The Edenderry Credit Union held their annual quiz on Saturday February 1st. In our second year competing in the competition Scoil Bhríde entered two teams in the under 11 category and one team in the under 13 category. All of the teams represented Scoil Bhríde with distinction but in particular the under 11 team of Aisling, Odhrán, Holly and Caitlin who came third following a tense tie breaker. Well done to all of the participants on the night.

Members of the succesful under 11 team from Scoil Bhríde who came third in the Credit Union quiz from left to right, Caitlin, Aisling, Holly and Odhran with Brendan Fanning From Edenderry Credit Union

 



AMLIN CHALLENGE CUP, RABO DIRECT PRO 12 CUP AND BRITISH AND IRISH CUP VISIT SCOIL BHRIDE

On the 29th of January the children of Scoil Bhríde were very lucky to have Edenderry Rugby Club community rugby officer Patsy O’Gorman and Leinster Rugby marketing officer Darragh McGinley bring the Amlin Challenge Cup, the Rabo Direct Pro 12 trophy and the British and Irish Cup to Scoil Bhríde. All classes got a chance to hold all of these cups won by the Leinster Rugby Team and get their picture taken with them. We would like to thank Patsy and Darragh for this opportunity and let’s hope that this time next year they will be in the position to bring the Heineken cup back to the school.

 

Ella, Aaron and Stephen from third class with the Amlin Challenge Cup, the Rabo Direct Pro 12 trophy and the British and Irish Cup that the Leinster Rugby Team won last year
Pupils from Ms. McKeown's 2nd class, Mr. Spains 4th class and Ms. Cramptons 4th class with the Amlin Challenge Cup, the Rabo Direct Pro 12 trophy and the British and Irish Cup ​that the Leinster Rugby Team won last year.

 



CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2014 WAS A WONDERFUL SUCCESS

During Catholic Schools Week 2014 Catholic schools were invited to celebrate and experience the joy and happiness of being part of a developing, loving and caring community.   The ultimate aim of Catholic education is the full growth of the individual, a fully alive person for self and for others, in communion with Christ. It also pointed out that it should be remembered that children can teach one another much, as they journey together in faith. The pupils of Scoil Bhríde P.S. were encouraged to grow in communion with Christ and with each other alone as individuals but with the help of each other. An important element of the Catholic Schools Week 2014 was prayer time in class and in quiet times of reflection.

The first class boys and girls in Mr. Winters, Ms. Evans and Miss Butler’s class invited their grandparents to join them in the Edenderry GAA Hall to celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Wednesday the 29th January. This provided an opportunity for the children to realise that their grandparents also share the good news of our faith in a kind and loving way. The children performed songs for their Grandparents. The children interviewed their grandparents and recorded their answers. Grandparents were also asked to bring artefacts with them on the day and place them on the artefacts table on stage. The children and Grandparents enjoyed the day immensely.

The third class pupils at Scoil Bhríde P.S. celebrated the feast day of our schools patron saint, St. Brigid by making St. Brigid crosses. Jessie Sheridan’s Grandmother kindly gave her spare time to teach the third class pupils how to make the crosses.

Finally, School Principal Mr. Duffy, students of Scoil Bhríde P.S. and all teaching staff gathered together in the halla on Friday morning to partake in a mass to mark the end of Catholic Schools Week. The school choir, the readers and all the children present contributed in their own special way to a memorable mass. Many thanks to all of the parents who attended to make it a special occasion.



SCOIL BHRIDE CONTINUING AGE OLD TRADITIONS, AND INTRODUCING SOME NEW ONES TOO!

This week the old and the new came together as initiatives got underway in Scoil Bhríde Primary School Edenderry to mark the feast of the school’s patron saint , St Brigid.

Pupils and staff were delighted to welcome Mrs Mary Malone, grandmother of Casey, Jessie and Eoghan Sheridan, who visited the school to demonstrate the age old tradition of making St. Brigid’s crosses to 3rd class. Ms Butler, History Coordinator in the school, said it was a perfect opportunity for the children to learn of traditional customs and folklore and to participate in the craft involved under Mary’s watchful eye. The children are planning to use their crosses to trigger happy memories and stories of times past with family and friends throughout the community over the coming weeks.

Mary Malone showing third class students how to make St. Brigids crosses as part of the St.Brigids day preparations.

 



Meanwhile, pupils in 5th class were busy initiating what they hope will become a national tradition among schools under the patronage of St Brigid. They were actively involved in an art project and designed a beautiful St Brigid’s Card to send to their nearest school under the same patronage. The lucky school was Scoil Bhríde in Croghan and on Thursday last the card was presented to Mr David Brady teacher in Scoil Bhríde Croghan.  Mr Brady confirmed that Croghan School were delighted to be part of the initiative and were busy preparing a card of their own to pass to their nearest neighbouring Scoíl Bhríde.

Well done to all involved.

Fifth Class students presenting Mr. Brady from Scoil Bhríde Croghan with a St. Brigids day card

 



CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES 2013

There was great excitement in Scoil Bhríde on the 3rd and 4th of December as all class levels put on a Christmas performance in the hall for schoolmates and families. It was clear that all students and teachers put in a lot of work in what was a very memorable two days in the school. We would like to thank Paddy O’Connor and Ed Kenny for providing and setting up the sound system in the hall and to all parents who made costumes and came along and supported the children.

Students from Mr. Desmonds and Ms. Byrnes fifth class in costume for their Christmas performance
Fifth class on stage during their Christmas performance
Mr. McDonnell's third class on stage during their Christmas performance
Cian from Mr.McDonnells third class in role for his classes Christmas performance

 

 



SCIENCE WEEK 2013

There was great excitement and fun in Scoil Bhríde from Monday 11th to Friday 15th November as the whole school celebrated ‘Science Week’  

The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and Maths in our everyday lives and there was a number of activities held throughout the week in the school  in order to achieve this.   

On Tuesday 12th the children attended a presentation by Declan Manley on Swallow and Sand Martin studies. All were interested to find out about the process of  bird ringing and also the migratory patterns of the Swallow. 

Science Co-ordinator Mr. Winters introducing Declan Manley to the children for his presentation on Sand Martin studies as part of the Science Week celebrations

On Wednesday 13th students from Oaklands Community College came to the school to show the pupils a whole host of wacky and interesting science experiments using a range of materials. First year students Tiffany O’Reilly, Rachel Cummins, Jessica Keyes, Angel Lynch, Megan Winter and Michelle Duffy, third year student Shauna Bannon Ward and teachers Ms. Claire Mahon and Ms. Deirdre Roddy really captured the pupils imaginations with their eye catching experiments.

Students from Oaklands community college wow the students of Scoil Bhríde with their fun and exciting science experiments as part of the Science Week celebrations in Scoil Bhríde

 



Also on Wednesday 13th Tom Egan from Edenderry Power came into the school to talk to the children about Bord Na Monas energy producing processes in our local area. The pupils enjoyed learning about some of the scientific processes that are going on in our local environment.

Tom Egan from Edenderry Power with some students from Scoil Bhríde and Mr. Winters after talking to them about some of the energy producing processes in our local area as part of the Science Week celebrations in Scoil Bhríde

Finally On Friday 15th all class levels came together to put on a science exhibition for parents. It was clear that a lot of preparation went into this and well done to all of the children for presenting some very interesting science experiments. The staff, Board of Management and students would like to thank Declan Manley,Tom Egan and the Oaklands Community College students and teachers for coming to the school and sharing their knowledge with us. We would also like to thank all of the parents for coming to the science exhibition and sharing in the learning with the pupils. Finally well done to all the students of Scoil Bhríde for all of their efforts in creating what was a very memorable week in the school.

Students from Ms. Keane's third class hard at work with their science experiment as part of Scoil Bhrídes science exhibition during science week 2013
Budding scientists from Mr. McDonnells third class are all smiles as they show how to make a homemade lava lamp as part of the Scoil Bhríde science exhibition during Science Week 2013
Students from Ms. McKeowns second class proudly show their science experiment to parents and schoolmates as part of the Scoil Bhríde science exhibition during Science Week 2013
Junior Infant students from Ms.Colemans class already showing a healthy appetite for science as they show how magnets work during the science exhibition in Scoil Bhríde during science week 2013.