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Tuesday 6th March

A walking path has been cleared to give access to the schools for tomorrow, Tuesday 6th March. The more people who can walk to school, the better. This will be the safer option.  If a parent feels that they must drive in to the campus, please continue through on the one way system, exiting the school campus at the Castleknock Road. PLEASE DO NOT ENDANGER OTHER PEOPLE by turning in the church carpark. This will cause mayhem. 

Confirmation will be on tomorrow. The Mass will be at 10.00 o’clock. All the arrangements made for last Wednesday still stand, but at one hour earlier. 

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MONDAY 5th MARCH

Parents and teachers: Currently (5.15pm Sunday), there is NO SAFE ACCESS to the school and we must remain closed tomorrow, Monday 5th.

However, a further inspection will take place very early tomorrow morning and IF the situation has improved, we will open. Arrival times will be flexible if this is the case. I will text all parents in the morning.

If we are unable to open tomorrow and if the snow is not melting quickly enough, I will ask for as many adults as possible to come to the school with shovels to help us clear what is left, so that we can open safely on Tuesday. A further text will issue in this case!

As of now, Confirmation will be as re-scheduled for Tuesday 6th March at 10.00am.

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RED WEATHER ALERT

Due to a severe red weather alert for Dublin, all schools in Dublin 15 will remain closed until Monday 5th March.  

The Sacrament of Confirmation has been re-scheduled for Tuesday 6th March at 10.00am in the Parish Church. All parents have been informed. 

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Parent Seminars

CYBER SAFETY AWARENESS

A very successful cyber safety awareness seminar for parents and children took place recently in the school. During the day, the children from 1st to 6th Classes had their own seminar on the dangers posed by many aspects of the internet – in particular by social media sites. In the evening many parents came to the school hall for the Parent Seminar. Many parents were shocked at just how dangerous it is to allow a child to use the internet without the supervision of their parents. The internet is a wonderful resource but children need to be protected from the dangers it poses to their safety. The key message? Talk to your children about the internet and monitor their use of apps and social media sites.   

STAY SAFE PROGRAMME

The ‘Stay Safe Programme‘ is a national programme aimed at giving children the skills they need to keep themselves safe from dangerous situations and how to get help if they find themselves in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable.  The programme has been in use for many years and has recently been modernised. There will be an information evening for PARENTS on Wednesday 21st February to highlight some of the new features of the Stay Safe Programme. At least one parent from each family is encouraged to attend. Shortly after that evening, teachers will be implementing the Stay Safe Programme in class. The children will bring home worksheets and will talk about what they have learned in school. Again the key message is to talk to your children – and to listen when they talk to you. 

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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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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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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. 

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