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Peace Proms

For the first time in the history of Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní), we took part in the Peace Proms concert. This is a wonderful event for the children to be involved with. As the name suggests, the Peace Proms is all about co-operation between North and South. Young people get to work on a common repertoire of songs and then to perform them together.

The Fourth Class children have been learning many medleys of songs  – and associated dance moves! – since September. The big performance took place on Sunday 4th February. The children and their teachers set off by bus to the RDS in Ballsbridge where the concert was to take place. They had a rehearsal at 6.00pm and then the audience arriveed for the show at 8.00pm.

And what a show it was! The arena was full and there was a great atmosphere of excitement. The choir was a joy to hear and there were wonderful performances by soloists from many parts of the country. Dancers from Scotland, a champion uilleann piper from Ireland, solo singers made up the rest of the show and a wonderful night was had by all.

An event like this does not happen without a large group of people working together to make it happen. Ms. Laura Cusack, who has previous experience of Peace Proms encouraged us to enter the event – and we’re very glad she did! A number of other teachers were heavily involved too. The two class teachers, Mr. Seán Devlin and Ms. Kathleen O’Reilly did trojan work with the children throughout the preparation period. On the day of the concert Ms. Anne McKeon, Deputy Principal, Ms. Laura Cusack, Ms. Sinéad Toomey and  Ms. Rachel Dudgeon accompanied the girls to the concert. The Principal, Mrs. Siobhán Kirwan Keane was there too, as were many parents of the children involved. A great night was had by all. Our first involvement with Peace Proms was a great success and we look forward to taking part in this wonderful venture in the future.

Lá ‘le Bríde / St. Brigid’s Day

St. Brigid’s Day is a very special day in the calendar. Traditionally, the 1st of February has signalled the start of Spring in Ireland. Ofcourse, in our school it is  extra-special as St. Brigid is our Patron Saint. Our school and our parish are called after St. Brigid – so she is very important for us.

Today we had a lovely celebration of St. Brigid’s Day. The girls in Mr Devlin’s Fourth Class led the ceremony. We all gathered in the school hall. The ceremony started with the Fourth Class musicians playing the music for ‘We Sing A Song To Brigid’. They then read poems and told us some stories about St. Brigid. The girls spoke in ten different languages. These were: Bosnian, English, Gaeilge, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Polish, Romanian, Shona, Slovakian and Tagalog. Some of the younger children in the Junior classes were thrilled to hear their own language in the school hall. The ceremony finished with the girls singing the old Irish song ‘Gabham Molta Bhríde’. It was a lovely, reflective ceremony. Indeed we all enjoyed it so much that we decided to sing our special song ‘We Sing a Song to Brigid’ all over again!

Well done to all the girls in Fourth Class and to their teacher Mr. Devlin. 

Laudate Festival

The girls in 5th and 6th Classes took part in the Laudate Festival on Tuesday 30th January. The Festival took place in Ballymun church and was a very enjoyable event for the girls. They have been learning the songs since September. They went to a rehearsal in Ballymun, followed by the actual performance on Tuesday. Thye were joined by girls and boys from many other schools around Dublin, so the choir was a very large one! They sang beautifully and everyone enjoyed the experience. Thank you to Ms. Tiernan (6th) and Ms. Ní Chiosáin (5th) for all their hard work and enthusiasm. An event like this cannot happen without such enthusiastic input from the class teachers. Some of the same songs will be sung at the upcoming Confirmation and Communion Masses. Well done to all.

Cyber Safety Seminar

Cyber Safety Seminars for children from First Class to Sixth Class will take place in the school on Monday 5th February.

These will be different for each age group.

There will be a seminar for parents on Monday evening, 5th February, at 7.00pm in the school hall. 

Junior Infant Enrolment

If you have a daughter who is due to start school in September 2018, please contact Maeve, the school secretary, for an application form. Alternatively, the form can be downloaded from this website (Parent Tab). Please note that applications must be accompanied by an original birth certificate, a baptismal certificate (for Catholic children) and TWO current utility bills which show proof of address. Only fully-completed application forms can be considered. Documents will be photocopied and the originals returned to you. As per the Enrolment Policy of the school: Children whose fourth birthday occurs after 31st May in the year  of proposed admission to Junior Infants cannot normally be accommodated.

It is important that you fill in an application form for your daughter EVEN if she has a sister in this school or a brother in Scoil Bhríde (Buachaillí).

 The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 31st January 2018. Applicatons received after this date will be put on a waiting-list. 

Library membership

We are very fortunate to have Blanchardstown Library on our doorstep.

It is the largest library in Ireland and everyone who lives in Dublin 15 (Fingal Co. Co. area) can apply for membership.

It is now possible to join the library online.

Just go to www.fingal.ie and use the drop down menu for Community and Leisure.

This is a fantastic resource for both adults and children. 

Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent-teacher meetings will take place on the week beginning Monday 13th November. The main day for Parent-Teacher meetings will be Wednesday, 15th November 2017 between 2.40pm and 5.45pm.  It will not be possible for teachers to meet with the parents of every child in the class on that particular day and this day may not suit every parent. Therefore, each individual class teacher will arrange a mutually convenient day and time slot to meet with you to discuss your daughter’s progress at school. These meetings are of great significance for teacher, parent and, most importantly, for your child. It is very important for your daughter that she sees you making the effort to come to the Parent-Teacher meeting. In this way, she knows that home and school are working together for her benefit. If you cannot attend at the proposed time or date for the meeting, please let the teacher know as soon as possible and another arrangement can be made for a meeting at a different time. 

Scoil Bhríde Cailíní Time Capsule

September 2017 was our fifth September in our lovely new school. To mark this all the children in Scoil Bhríde Cailíní got involved in a time capsule project.

Each child from 1st class to 6th class contributed a piece of writing to be buried in the time capsule. Children wrote on a variety of themes – their own lives, predictions for the future, new inventions, all about 2017, the history of the school and many others. Even the Junior and Senior infants drew pictures and made hand prints to be included in the capsule.

These stories and samples of art were compiled by Mrs. Kearney and placed in a waterproof container. The container was buried on the school grounds on Thursday 28th October.

The time capsule will remain buried for 20 years and will be dug up in September 2037. I wonder how many of our predictions and inventions will come to pass?

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Graffiti Classics

Every child in the school thoroughly enjoyed the visit on Monday of Graffiti Classics!

The musicians played, sang and danced their way through a really wonderful concert.

The children clapped along and had great fun!

Click on the links below and join in the fun!

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