On behalf of the Board of Management, staff, parents and pupils, I warmly welcome you to our school website. We are a Catholic primary school with a special unit for children with autism. We continually strive to provide a caring, happy and secure learning environment, where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of our pupils are identified and addressed.. There is also a wonderful sense of community evident in our school and it is the vitality of staff and students and the support of parents that makes Scoil Bhríde Kilcullen truly unique. I hope you enjoy learning about our school and are encouraged to continue visiting both our school and our website.
Le gach dea-ghuí,
Anne Flanagan, Principal
Enjoy the Easter Holidays!
Spring has sprung in school with some lovely daffodil displays starting to pop up around the grounds and some wonderful Easter displays in school making us feel the Easter holidays aren’t too far away! School will be closed from March 26th to April 8th for the holidays. A very happy holiday to everyone!
Easter Egg Raffle and Disco
There is great buying of Easter Egg raffle tickets in Scoil Bhríde this week for wonderful Easter hampers very kindly donated by the Bowens family and students are really looking forward to a disco on Fri, the day of our holidays, which the Parents’ Association is organising. The monies raised will go towards school funds. Many thanks go to the Bowens family, our Parents’ Association and all the pupils and parents for their support. Pictured below are our lucky winners Alex, Daniel and Nick with members of the Bowens family and principal, Ms. Flanagan.
The Easter Bunny arrived in Junior Infants!
Planting in the Valley
Seachtain na Gaeilge '18
Bhí a lán rudaí ar
siúl in ár scoil chun ceiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana. Bhí ceilí, dhá
ceolhcoirm agus tráth na gceist againn. Chan na ranganna amhráin agus rannta
nua. Bhí radió na Gaeilge againn gach maidin freisin le seanfhocail, tomhais, an aimsir
agus rannta nó amhráin ó na ranganna. Bhí La Glas againn ar an Aoine 16ú de mí Márta agus bhi ar na páistí éadaí glas a chaitheamh don paráid mór a bhí againn. Bhí a lán craic agus spraoi againn go léir.
Football Mini 7s
Round 1 of the girls and boys mini 7s Football Blitz took place on the 16th of March in Kilcullen.
The boys played Halverstown, Kildare town and Rathangan and were victorious over each team. The girls played Moone, Kilmead and Scoil Mhichil Naofa Athy. They were also victorious. Well done to all the girls and boys involved for putting in a tremendous performance! The finals have been postponed until after Easter due to snow on the school pitch. Best of luck teams!
4th Class Concert
The children in 4th class put on a great performance of guitar playing, singing and dancing for their school and parents last week in the school hall. They played songs such as Three Little Birds, Irelands Call, the Kerry Polka and Michael Rowed the Boat on the guitar. Some children danced to Blue Suede Shoes, Better When I'm Dancing and Shake It Off. Everyone put in a great effort to make the concert a very enjoyable and memorable experience.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Our Second Classes recently celebrated making their First Penance in St. Brigid’s Church. Fr Harte and Fr Mackey presided over the ceremony and children and parents enjoyed the special day that it was. They are currently really excited and very busy with preparations for their First Communion Day which will be celebrated on Sat May 12th. We wish them all a happy and holy day and fingers crossed for some sunshine on the day also!
New School Garden for Scoil Bhríde
Beside the junior yard the Green Schools Committee have started a new school garden. Some of the classes and the Green Schools Committee will be growing peas, beetroot, potatoes, herbs, strawberries and ornamental gourds in the garden. It is too early to sow any of our vegetables outdoors yet but the children are busy growing them from seed in their classrooms, and when the weather gets warmer they will be planted outside. We are looking forward to a great growing season here in school!
by Kalina Slattery
by Kalina Slattery
A couple of weeks ago, Garda David Prendergast came into our classroom to teach us about internet safety. The other 6th classes came into our room to listen too. We were told the basic information, such as, we were not to give out personal information like your real name, age or location. We were also taught about recommended age rating of apps. Some of us were quite surprised about the age rating of YouTube as we have been using it for quiet a while, so we would’ve thought that it would have a lower rating than 17! It was a quick, informative session but it was fun none the less. I feel I have a much better understanding of the dangers and consequences of misusing the internet.
Congratulations to teacher Ms McMahon and her husband on the birth of their beautiful baby daughter Robyn. We wish them every happiness.
Sixth Class Basketball Blitz
by Jessie O' Gorman
by Jessie O' Gorman
On the 12th of March, Kilcullen girls participated in a basketball tournament. It was held in the community centre in Kilcullen. Six teams attended but there could be only one winner. Each team played five matches before the finals. Kilcullen won three matches and lost two. There was an amazing atmosphere inside the centre. Sadly, Kilcullen missed out on the final but the girls played better than ever on the day. Ms. Moran and Ms McNairney trained the girls all year and helped us get as far as we did! All in all there was some great basketball played and it was a great experience.
by Darragh Coughlan
by Darragh Coughlan
The mass for my Conformation was held in the church in Kilcullen on the 8th of March. Bishop Eamon Walsh said the mass. We started with the procession of symbols, then the prayers of the faithful and at the end the laying on of hands. was a very nice ceremony. Everybody did their own thing with their families in the evening. It was a lovely day and a special memory for all of us.
Credit Union Quiz News
Scoil Bhríde qualified for the finals of the Credit Union Quiz in Toughers recently. Our Junior team achieved 3rd place and our senior team joint 4th. Well done to all and many thanks to their mentors Mr O Raoghaill and Mr Hanafin for volunteering their time and expertise in this event.
Green Schools News
By Jorda and Orla 6th Class Hazel Ms O Keeffe
By Jorda and Orla 6th Class Hazel Ms O Keeffe
We are still recycling in each classroom and conserving energy and water. Every Wednesday we have a competition in the school called Walk on Wednesday. This encourages the children to leave their cars at home and walk, scoot or cycle to school. If you live far away you have the option to park and stride or car pool. We have a golden boot for the junior end of the school and a different one for the senior students. If your class wins, your teacher will give you a reward or a prize.
We are also hoping to hold our Action Day for Biodiversity after the Easter Holidays. The children will be asked to dress up on the day and an activity has been organised for each class. We will also be taking part in An Taisce’s National Spring Clean for the month of April, and will be picking litter around our school grounds each week for the month.
Our Green Schools Notice board has all of our news on it and it is located outside Ms. Carney’s room, 3rd Class.
A Hero's Welcome for David Burke
The Galway Senior football captain visited our school on Tuesday 13th February to present the U11 Camogie and Girls Football teams with their medals that they won earlier this year. Both teams were victorious during the Cumann na mBunscol campaign and were delighted to receive their well-earned medals. David Burke was very encouraging and spoke of how he developed a love of GAA and described the dedication required to play hurling at Senior County level. The students thoroughly enjoyed the “Either...Or” quiz that Shane Lawlor and the 5th class students prepared. We were thrilled that David travelled all the way from Galway for this special occasion and thank him for visiting our school.
Peace Proms 2018
We the children from Scoil Bhride Choir had a wonderful experience on Sat the 3rd of February when we performed in the RDS with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. We performed with many other schools and were so lucky to be in the front rows so we could see our parents and were so close to the orchestra and all the other performers. We sang songs from the Disney Dreamworks, from Hairspray the musical, Michael Jackson’s Earth Song and of course our Dance Medley and Pop Medley which included all our favourites ! We left the school at 4pm and didn’t return until after midnight!Our teachers Ms Nolan and Ms Clifford were very proud of us as was Ms Flanagan and all our parents. We can’t wait to do it all again next year and are looking forward to learning all the new songs and moves.
6th Class Boys & Girls crowned Kildare Soccer Division One 11-a-side Champions 2018!
Both teams were thrilled to be crowned Division 1 champions in the inaugural 11-a-side leagues at the end of February. The girls played 3 matches against Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany, Patrician Primary Newbridge and Gaelscoil Chill Dara on their way to winning the cup. The boys began their campaign playing Scoil Mhuire, Ballymany, Patrician in Newbridge, St. Peter’s BNS of Monasterevin and St. Mary’s BNS of Maynooth in the final. The teams played with a fantastic, positive attitude in all their games and represented the school with great distinction. Coaches Ms O’Driscoll, Mr Molloy, Mr Elliffe, Joe Kennedy and Principal Ms Flanagan were very proud of them all.
Grandparent’s Day took place on the 31st of January and the children in second class were visibly excited and eagerly hoped to catch a glimpse of their grandparents as they gathered in the senior hall. This is always a very special event and people travelled from near and far to celebrate the special relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren as part of the Catholic Schools Week celebrations. Fr Harte opened the ceremony with prayers, songs and readings and the choir lifted the roof with their fantastic singing. Some grandparents then recalled memories of their own First Communion and some even showed us their outfits. It was lovely to sit and listen to stories that never grow old about life in our grandparent’s time. A special word of thanks to all those that were able to join us in Scoil Bhríde for this lovely occasion.
Feeling the love in Scoil Bhríde!
Success at the Credit Union Quiz
We are delighted to report that Scoil Bhríde were very successful at the first round of the National Credit Union Table Quiz, with four teams taking part and two finishing in first place and two finishing in second place. We have a long standing tradition of participating in this competition and take great pride representing our school, community and Kilcullen Credit Union. We wish every success to our two teams going forward to the next round which will take place in Toughers on March 2nd.
St Brigid's Crosses
It is a yearly tradition that students from 5th and 6th classes are given the opportunity to make St. Brigid’s crosses in school. They gathered rushes and helped each other to construct these crosses that will hang above the entrance of their homes. Each one was blessed in church on St. Brigid’s day when many classes went to mass to celebrate this special day.
A representative from Trócaire visited our school on Monday 12th February and discussed the Lenten Trócaire campaign with students from 3th-6th class. She encouraged us to join Trócaire in prayer and thanksgiving this Lenten season and to be mindful of the poor and needy. We also learned about the Koroma family in Freetown, Sierra Leone who were affected by recent landslides in their area and are featured on the Trócaire box.
Dara Wyer from Kildare County Council visited our school on Tuesday 20th February for our biannual visit. He was delighted with how we are maintaining our previous four flags that include managing litter and waste, energy, water and travel. We are currently working on the Biodiversity flag and as part of this initiative we have a brand new bug hotel and a new school garden. We will have a Biodiversity Action day on Friday March 22nd and Eanna Ní Lamhna will visit classes to discuss biodiversity and animals. Yan Baars, a parent of students in our school will also conduct a river study with 5th class students. Students will be encouraged to dress up and to bring in any unusual pets.
Ceremony of Light
Our Ceremony of Light took place on Tuesday 13th of February and involved our sixth class students that are making their confirmation this year. This enjoyable service was a key part of preparing for Confirmation. Parents passed the lighted Baptismal candle to their child as a sign that they are willing to hand on their faith to their child. The Confirmation ceremony will take place on March 8th at 12pm.
Internet Safety Day - February 6th 2018
There are further resources available on our Promoting Friendship page. This includes the most up-to-date Internet Safety Guide from ZEEKO which empowers children to protect themselves through education.
Here in Scoil Bhríde we strive to ensure the safety of our pupils and are particularly conscious of the dangers of the internet these days. February 6th is Internet Safety Day which is an EU wide initiative that promotes a safer internet for all users, especially young people. This year, ZEEKO, an Irish company that teaches internet safety, recently surveyed 3,590 boys and 4,173 girls in Irish Primary Schools from September 2017 to January 2018. Here is what they found:
- MORE BOYS THAN GIRLS speak with strangers online, 27% of boys vs 11% of girls.
- THE ISSUE IS BIGGER THAN SMART PHONES: A large proportion of children are speaking with strangers online with a device other than a smart phone. 43% do not use a Smart Phone to speak with a stranger online. Smart phones, iPods and Tablets have the same capability and the same risk.
- MINORITY OF CHILDREN DO NOT SEE THE RISK: 27% of Primary school children think it is ‘not serious at all’ or ‘kind of serious’ to talk to a stranger online.
- MORE OLDER THAN YOUNGER CHILDREN speak with strangers online, 27% of 6th class vs 12% of 2nd class.
- VERY SMALL USAGE OF KIK: 2 out of 7,763 Primary school children reported using KIK.
Tesco tokens for our ASD Unit
Tesco in Newbridge have included our ASD unit in their community fund programme. Every time you shop in Tesco you receive blue tokens and we would be delighted if you could support our ASD children by droppng the tokens into the funnel located at the doors of Tesco. Alternatively, you can drop them into the office and we will pput them in for you. This will go towards funding the necessary upgrade of resources in Sonas.
Artists working together in Ladybird!
A Visit from the Guard
Our Junior and Senior Infants were learning all about people at work and were delighted to see the guard come to our school. He taught us all about how they catch the bad guys and showed us his handcuffs. He also reminded us of our road safety rules but some of our clever Junior and Senior Infants were not long telling him that they knew all the rules! The students were also delighted when they were allowed to try on his hat and coat. Many thanks to Garda John O' Brien for coming to visit our young students.
10 @ 10 Time Again!
Coding in Sixth Class
Tomas and Conor visited our school to give the sixth class students a hand with learning to code. Some students had experience with this fun and exciting tool as they created their very own Minecraft games using code.org. The Department of Education have stated that coding will form part of their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert programmes with additional provision being made to primary schools in this area. While it is not a subject just yet, it is most certainly on the way so it was fantastic for our students to have a chance to engage with coding. The programme used by Conor and Tomas was free and available to all on www.code.org so don't be surprised if you see our sixth class students practising it a little more at home!
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Station Teaching in Our School
When your children tell you about their day at school, you may hear them mention maths or literacy stations, ready set go and DLP (Differentiated Literacy Programme) groups. We have included these activities for the past number of years and have refined and improved our approaches along the way. We find that breaking children into smaller groups with the support of additional teachers and assistants really benefits all the children in the classroom. There are usually four groups and everyone has a turn at four activities on a rotational basis. A teacher is there to explain/guide the children through each activity. The students really focus and work hard - possibly because a teacher is sitting at the table but generally, it is because they like the games and activites that are provided. They get to "play" with concrete materials and feel more comfortable to ask questions in a small group situation rather than in front of the whole class.
Under 11 Girls Gaelic Football Team
The Life of an Irish Dancer
Fifth Class Trip to Blessington
Our Exciting Carol Service
Our traditional carol service was held on the day of the Christmas holidays and it is always very exciting start to the Christmas holidays. We have lots of prayers and readings as well as singing hymns and Christmas songs. We are also very lucky that Santa sometimes pops in to say hello!
Pictures from our Christmas Plays
The Winter League
By Finn & Ben 6th Class Willow
By Finn & Ben 6th Class Willow
By Finn & Ben 6th Class Willow
Our School choir on KFM
- Friday 8th Dec, 16.45, Hark the Herald
- Monday 11th Dec, 8.45, Somewhere Only We Know
- Wednesday 13th Dec, 10.45, Away in a Manger & Silent Night (medley)
Come see our Crib in the Senior Hall...
Aistear in Junior Infants
Aistear is the best time,
for I play and make and do,
I learn with my new friends,
I use my imagination too.
I am as busy as a bee,
I am as smart as a fox,
I'm as happy as can be!
Well Being Week
Well Being week encouraged both the staff and students to recognise the importance of mental health and to take time to relax, talk about our feelings and to find ways to cope with aspects of daily life that are challenging or stressful. All the classes completed activities such as mindfulness, yoga, quite time, super troopers, tea parties and teddy bear picnics. We also recommend websites such as www.gonoodle.com and www.cosmickids.com as they have some excellent activities that only take a few minutes to complete but positively contribute to improving your day - after all we all need a break sometimes and it is important to listen to our bodies and to take those breaks when needed. Here are some pictures of our Junior Infants playing together at the Teddy Bear's Picnic which helped the children develop friendships in a fun way.
Scoil Bhríde's budding mathematicians
In Junior Infants, the children complete station teaching activities called "Ready, Set, Go" Maths. This involves the class teacher and support teachers coming together and dividing the class into small groups to "play" different activities. This process allows the teachers to demonstrate concepts easily to small groups and the children love "playtime" with teacher. The children really enjoy the games and activities as you can see from this activity where they learned about shapes, copying patterns, worked with partners and listened to instructions.
Scoil Bhríde has the "KFM Factor"
Remember to come visit our Christmas Fair on Sunday 3rd December in Scoil Bhríde from 12.00 to 2.30 p.m. Santa will visit, there’s a Monster Raffle, Craft stalls, Cake Sale & the Scoil Bhríde Choir will be singing.
It's that time of year again...time for the Christmas Concerts!
Christmas concerts will be held on the following dates and times in the Main Hall in the new building.
Monday 18th December -
- 1:00 p.m. Butterfly - Ms O’ Driscoll & Daisy – Ms Lucey
- 2:00pm Heather – Mr O Reilly
- 2.20pm Performance from Trad Group
Tuesday 19th December
- 1.00 p.m. Ladybird - Ms Ryan & Primrose - Ms Kenny
- 2:oopm Rabbit – Ms Walsh
Wednesday 20th December -
- 1:00 p.m. Bumblebee -Ms O Gorman & Bluebell – Ms Clifford
- 2:00 p.m. Fox – Ms Mc Nairney
- 7:oo p.m. Wren- Ms Humphreys
All parents and family members are invited to view their child’s performances. As we are using the main Hall in the new building, we ask that all parents are in their seats by 12.45 p.m. and stay for the 2 lunchtime shows.
The standard as always I’m sure will be excellent and we hope you enjoy the shows.
Class visit Castlemartin House
6th Class visit Castlemartin House
On Friday the 24th of November the 6th class children were given a tour of Castlemartin House and grounds. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Jim Kelly was our guide for the day. He told us all about the history of the grounds and all their plans for future developments on the 800 acres. We were taken along the Laurel Walk and saw a ‘Bug Hotel’, horses, the river Liffey, different trees, the ice house, the herb garden, the orchard, the stables and the underground well. We also went into the church which Jim told us had been rebuilt using traditional wooden pegs instead of nails to hold up the roof and it now has underground heating. We learned a lot about our local history and the flora and fauna in the area.
6th Class Bake Off!
Success in the REELLIFE Science Competition
Some of our Sixth Class students took part in this Science Initiative in which students make an engaging and educational three minute video informing people on a Scientific subject of their choice.
Ms O' Keeffe's class submitted videos on topics that included ‘Design Your Future‘, ‘Healing the Body‘, ‘How Things Work‘, ‘Incredible Life‘, ‘Our Amazing Planet‘, ‘Science and Me‘, ‘Science in Space‘ and ‘The Power of Science‘. All students enjoyed this fun an engaging activity and in addition, four of our students made it through to the second round. Well done boys and to all our budding scientists!
Parent Teacher Meetings
Team Hope Collection
The families of Scoil Bhride Kilcullen have always donated generously to the Team Hope Christmas Shoe box Appeal and this year the boxes are piled higher than ever before. The process involves filling a shoe box with small gifts for some of the world's most vulnerable children - many of whom will receive no other gift this Christmas. Further details are available on www.teamhope.ie and leaflets/labels are available in the school lobby.
Gaelic Winter League
The teams have been selected and we are all set for another Gaelic Winter League amongst the boys from 5th and 6th class. Have a look at the team photos here. We hope you enjoy this much anticipated event over the coming weeks.
Our Annual Witches Walk
Check out the wild, wonderful and very clever costumes on our students this year! Children from all classes dressed to impress and had a lovely time during our traditional Witches Walk. This year all monies raised supported our local GAA club. The children also had an extra special treat this year as our Lip Sync stars - Team Top Class - performed their dances for all the children in the school hall. It was a lovely way to finish the half term and everyone enjoyed the day.
Meet our 2017 School Choir
There has always been huge interest in taking part in the school choir and we are delighted to see so many children get involved again this year. With the help of Ms Nolan and Ms Clifford these students will perform at Peace Proms, Christmas shows, school events and are regularly asked to perform at community events such as the Enterprising Town Initiative and the Christmas Fair.
Opening School Mass
Our opening school mass took place on Thursday 28th of September. All our pupils and staff gathered in the hall and Fr Harte reminded us to be kind to one another and to work hard during the coming year.
Our September Newsletter was sent out on Monday 25th of September. There is lots of information on upcoming events in the school as well as advice on school lunches information on after schools activities. Click here or on the picture to view the full document.
After Schools Activities
Welcome back to school everyone!
We are delighted to be back in school and are well rested after our lovely summer holidays. We hope everyone is settling in to their new classes and are excited for the year ahead. A special welcome goes to our Junior Infants- have a look at the video and you will see their happy faces as they begin their journey in Scoil Bhríde Kilcullen. We hope you have many happy years here filled with learning, friendships and happy days of fun and laughter.