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
IMPORTANT: SCHOOL CLOSED TOMORROW FEBRUARY 6TH DUE TO INSERVICE TRAINING.
Safer Internet Day - February 5th 2019
Success at the Credit Union Quiz
Congratulations to our very clever Under 13 and Under 11 teams at the recent District meeting in Kildare Education Centre, Both teams represented themselves, their families and their school very well and we are very proud of their achievements. Both teams had success on the day with our Under 13 team finishing in second place, just two points away from first place in that division. Our Under 11 team finished in first place and will represent this district and the next round. Details of this meeting are TBC. Congratulations and thanks also go to Mr O' Raoghaill, Mr Donovan and Mr Hanafin.
Trip to St. Brigid's Well
The first class children had a very enjoyable adventure at St. Brigid's Well to celebrate St Brigid's Day last Friday. We looked for signs of spring on own walk through the valley. There were a few buds on the trees and some daffodils stalks poking through the ground. We loved the scavenger hunt and we did some practical maths by measuring the raised platform with a metre stick. Ms. Power told us about the healing traditions associated with Holy Wells in Ireland. We also tested the PH and temperature of the well and decided that it was unsafe to drink as there were too many items on the filter paper. It was a really cold but fun trip to the well.
Communion in our Grandparents Day
Grandparent’s Day took place on the 30th 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 pictures of their special day. Indeed the resemblance between the children and their grandparents was very obvious in some pictures! 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.
Blast off in Senior Infants!
Here are some of our senior infants having great fun designing and building balloon rockets.
Peace Proms 2019
Practice your dance moves at home by clicking these links:
Religious Ceremonies 2018-2019
New Year School Mass
Thursday 4th October 2018.
Confirmation – Tuesday 5th March 2019 - 11.00 a.m.
Ceremony of Light - 12th February 2019 – 7.15 p.m.
First Penance – Tues 2nd, Wed 3rd, &
Thurs 4th April 2019 – 1.15 p.m.
First Holy Communion - Saturday 11th May 2019
10.00 a.m. & 12.30 p.m.
6th Class Graduation
(Provisional) - 25th June 2019.
Want to help your child learn?
As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher. Your home is a place where lots of learning is happening every day. Your most important job when it comes to your child’s learning is to show interest and get involved. You make a difference every day when you talk to and listen to your child. The Department of Education and Skills have designed a website called www.helpmykidlearn.ie which highlights the way people of all ages learn as part of their everyday lives and especially the positive things that children learn at home from their families.
By speaking and listening to your child, by talking and reading to them, by pointing out words and notices at home or out and about, you have introduced your child to the world of language – spoken and written. Through playing with your child, they learn new words, and learn to think and to talk about their thoughts or feelings.
The website is for parents of children aged 0 – 12 years, from birth to the end of primary school and is divided into five age categories (0-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12). It is designed to support parents with fun activities and tips according to their child’s age. There are lots of ideas for helping children with talking, playing, reading, writing and using numbers. Since your child was born you have been teaching them to learn about the world. We hope you find the website useful as you continue to help them learn and develop.
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.