Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all. It is wonderful to welcome all the pupils back safely to Scoil Bhríde this week. Our pastoral theme this month is positive intentions.

A few points to note as we start the New Year:

  • Attendance and punctuality:

All parents are reminded of the importance of regular attendance and punctuality at school. Scoil Bhríde are obliged to refer any pupil with concerning attendance to the Educational Welfare Officer. Pupils are only to be collected from school early in the event of illness, medical appointment or family emergency.

  • Nuts and Kiwi:

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring Scoil Bhride is a nut and kiwi free zone. This is vital to ensure the safety of several pupils with severe allergies to kiwi and nut. We ask for your constant vigilance in this regard. Thank you for your support.

  • School Closure:

Scoil Bhride will close on Wednesday 20th February 2019 for a language training day for all staff. Mid Term break is 21st and 22nd of February.

  • Substitute Crisis:

It is important that parents are aware of the substitute crisis that is ongoing nationally. We are very lucky to have all our teaching positions filled, other schools are not so fortunate. However, short term vacancies that may occur due to staff illness are proving almost impossible to fill. Thank you to our staff who do their best to support the school and pupils as much as possible during these times.

  • Thank You!

Thank you so much to Myah Rose Looney who attends Mount Sackville, for her fund-raising work in aid of our school and Coiscéimeanna in particular. Myah Rose raised the money by having a cake sale in Mount Sackville in aid of Coiscéimeanna. We are very grateful to her and to her family for their generous donation.

  • School Improvement Plan:

Our school improvement plan is looking at increasing pupils use of Irish and enjoyment of oral Irish. Our Gaelbhratach team will be putting a new phrase up on our website for parents to use each week starting next week. Thank you to Ms O Donovan for her time and energy in leading this initiative. Please check our website every Wednesday for the phrase.

  • Garda Band:

The Garda Band will visit the school on the 12th April. This is a very exciting event for the school. Thank you to Mr O Reilly for organising.

  • Child Abuse Prevention Talk for Parents:

A Stay Safe talk will be facilitated for parents in February. The date will be confirmed in the coming weeks. This talk will be facilitated by the Child Abuse Prevention Programme. I highly recommend parents attend. All pupils in the school will be taught the Stay Safe programme this term. An e mail has been sent to all parents in relation to this programme.

  • Mini Scientists:

Thank you to our mini scientists who are doing a great job educating our school on the impact of plastics and encouraging all of us to reduce our use of plastics and use tin water bottles.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Julie Dowd