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German Visitors

A group of language teachers from Germany visited us recently. They came to Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) to see how we teach and learn languages here. They were very impressed!

The teachers visited the children in their classes and spoke to them about all the wonderful work they do in class. They were amazed by the beautiful dual-language books written by the girls in Second Class. They loved the dance performed by the girls and taught them a German dancing game played by children in Germany.

They loved the sound of the Irish language as they moved from class to class and they learned how to say ‘Dia dhuit!’ (Hello).

When they visited the Language Room, they were completely enthralled by the wonderful fashion show put on by the girls from a few different classes. They were really impressed by the ease with which the girls were able to comment, in a variety of languages, on the beautiful traditional clothes on display.

All in all, it was a most successful visit. Who knows? Maybe some of the marvellous ideas the visiting teachers got when they came to our school will be used by them when they go back to Germany!  Gute Reise! 

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Wonderful handwriting

The girls in Sixth Class took part in a handwriting competition recently. They had to research and write about either the city of Hamburg in Germany or Elsa Beskow, a Swedish illustrator of children’s books. The standard of handwriting was very high and it was difficult to choose a winner. In the end, Molly Scattergood won the Swedish section of the competition and Aoife Penetrante won the Hamburg section. Well done to both girls and to all who entered the competition. 

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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.

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Oo la la!

The girls in 5th and 6th class designed and made dual language fashion magazines. We wrote some parts of the magazine in English and some parts in our home languages. We swapped magazines and helped our friends to read  the different languages. We had great fun!!
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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Fun with Maths

The children in fourth class have been enjoying learning about long multiplication. To finish our period of study, we organised and took part in a long multiplication hunt. We solved sums to match the answers on our worksheets. What a great way to use our multiplication skills outside of the classroom! 

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We Know Lots of Languages!

We have been discussing the topic of clothes in Ms McKay’s room this week. We learned lots of vocabulary. We discussed what these words were in other languages too. We learned some Polish, Hindi, Arabic, Romanian, Malayalam and Portuguese. We designed outfits and used this vocabulary to label our pictures. We had great fun!!

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La Galette des Rois

La galette des rois ( The Kings’ cake/ cake of the Kings) is traditionally served on January 6th, a Christian holy day called the Epiphany/ L’Épiphanie. This was the date when the 3 wise men were thought to have visited Jesus.

In France, the tradition of serving this puff pastry and almond cream tart can be traced back to the 14th century.

According to French tradition, a small charm (la fève) is baked inside the cake and whoever receives the little favour is then crowned king or queen for the day.

As part of their French lesson, our sixth class girls baked a chocolate cake on Friday 12th January (we took the liberty of modifying the recipe as we felt that puff pastry was a bit ambitious for us!)

Following the tradition, the youngest child in the class, Betsy, closed her eyes and decided who got each slice. The person serving asked ” C’est pour qui celle-la?” ( For whom is this slice) and Betsy had to answer “C’est pour……” ( It’s for…..). She did a great job of remembering everyone’s name with her eyes closed!

Another tradition asks that you cut the pie according to the number of guest plus one. The extra slice is known as ” La part du Bon Dieu” God’s slice) or ” la part du pauvre”     (the poor man’s slice. We gave Ms. Tiernan the extra slice!)

Abilily was the lucky girl who found ” la fève” in her slice of cake. She had to shout, ” J’ai la fève” ( I have the charm) and then she came forward and was crowned “la reine” ( the queen). She then picked Ella to be the king. Everybody then had to shout ” Vive la reine, Vive le roi” ( Long live the queen and king!) before tucking into their cake!

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