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
Feeling the love in Scoil Bhríde!
Success at the Credit Union Quiz
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 even let some of us try on his hat and coat!
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.