Enrolling NOW for 18/19 – Pre Enrol online.


Scoil Bhríde is now accepting enrolments for all classes for the next school year, September 2018 to June 2019.

You can pre-enrol your child by clicking the link HERE or below.

On receipt of the pre-enrolment form we will be in contact with you to make arrangements to progress your child’s application. Should you have any queries please contact the school on 0505 46546 or by email to scoilbhrideoffice@gmail.com.

Thanking you for your support of Scoil Bhríde,

John Gunnell (Principal)

Click HERE to pre-enrol your child for the school year 2018/19.


Nollaig Shona – Christmas Activities 2017






Christmas activities 2017


School Open Tuesday 12/12.. Please Read

Please take care tomorrow and DO NOT bring your child to school if you are not happy to do so.

We have made a large effort to open the school tomorrow and to try to ensure the safety of all.

The paths from the church carpark to the school have been cleared and gritted (for funeral today), so it may suit some to park in the church car park and walk with your child to school.

Roll call for pupils will be at 12 noon tomorrow – so if you are coming to school please arrive AT ANY TIME before 12. ..we want to avoid a large amount of traffic at morning time….THERE IS NO NEED TO HAVE YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL TOMORROW AT USUAL TIME .. GRADUAL DROP OFF FOR SAFETY.

As at 5:45pm today Monday this is the situation…

- The paths to the door of the school have been cleared and gritted.
- The School road has been gritted, but there is lying snow.
- The roundabout at the top of the school road has a single track gritted – stay on this track…THERE IS LYING SNOW OUTSIDE THIS TRACK.
- The parking spaces at the side of the school road have been gritted but please do not park in them… LYING SNOW.

If coming onto the school grounds please do not park in the spaces at the roundabout or at the side of the school.. …drop your child off at the Zebra crossing on the school road (at the kids stop sign)…




Latest News/Dates for Diary

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December 7th 2017


Dear parents and guardians,


Please take note of the following important items and upcoming events:

Upcoming events / dates for your diary.

Christmas Carol Service and Parents association Christmas raffle will take place in the school hall on WEDNESDAY 20th December from 7:30pm. Raffle tickets will be available from members of the parents association and we are hoping that we will have a special visitor to the school yard after the carol service !

As with recent tradition, we will have a carol service/christmas concert on alternate years – next year will be a school concert year.

Carol singing outside Super Valu (weather permitting) on Friday next December 15th from 11am.

Violin recital and display of musical talents from pupils in fifth and sixth classes with their tutor John Davidson on Tuesday morning 19th December at 9:30am – all welcome.

(John is a member of a local folk band called CUA who have recently released a new album called songs of the hollow. Click link to their youtube video here. Or see facebook.com/cuaceol

In summary..

Christmas Carols & Raffle in Scoil Bhríde Hall – Wed. Dec 20th @ 7:30pm

Carols at Super Valu – Fri. Dec 15th @ 11am.

Violin Recital – Tuesday 19th Dec. @ 9:30am

School Closing for Christmas – Fri 22nd Dec. @ 12 noon.

Reopen for new term – Monday 8th January @ 8:50am.

Recent Parent-Teacher Meetings

Thank you to all who attended recent P/T meetings. If you havent met your child’s teacher(s) and wish to do so, please contact Sue in the school office to make an appointment.

Based on feedback from all concerned it seems the online booking and meeting on one day were successful and we hope to continue with that system next year. It is also agreed that a small increase in the time slots to about 10-12 minutes each would be beneficial to avoid too much waiting around.

Please remember if you are concerned about anything in the school, please contact the class teacher or Principal to make an appointment to discuss.

Review of healthy eating policy

We are currently reviewing our healthy eating policy. If you would like to add any comments or suggestions please contact the school or send same by email to scoilbhrideoffice@gmail.com

Board of Management will meet on Tuesday next 12th of December. The Board wishes all our school community a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.


Yours sincerely,

John Gunnell, Principal.


Board of Management Notes 24/10/17

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A meeting of the BOM took place recently on 24th October 2017.

See the BOM section in the SCHOOL COMMUNITY tab above for the agreed report or CLICK HERE.

The next Board meeting will take place on 12th December 2017.

School Newsletter


Copies of the latest school newsletter were circulated to pupils today 5th October 2017.

Topics include; Parents AGM, Uniform Days, Choral Concert in Abbeyleix and more.

See pdf below.

October 5th 2017 NEWSLETTER

Clothing Collection – Thank You Very Much.


Our Parents Association, and all of us  in Scoil Bhríde are very grateful to all who donated items to our used clothes collection.

A large amount of bags were dropped into the school over the last few days and have just been collected.

Thanks to sixth class pupils who helped make a ‘clothes mountain’ for the ‘man in the van’.

10% of funds collected will be donated to the Laura Lynn Foundation.

Again thanks you all for your support.

See http://www.bag2school.ie/irl/home/ for more info.

OVER €400 raised for Scoil Bhríde …. Thank You Very Much.

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Booklists 2017/18 – NOTE: SCHOOL REOPENS Thursday 31st August.







Click below to access pdf of booklists for next school year.

FINAL Booklists 2017.18

Latest News – End of year mass/Violin/Infants day/CYCLETHON & more


We would like to thank all parents and the community for your continued support of our school over the past year and ask you to take note of the following events over the final few weeks of the school year;


  • Tuesday next June 13th @ 9:30am – Violin recital from fifth and Sixth classes with their tutor John Davidson from Music Generation – All welcome
  • Friday 16th June @ 2pm – Welcome meeting of new junior infants and their parents together with a talk from Triple P Parenting Programme.
  • Thursday / Friday June 22nd/23rd – school reports should arrive by post together with booklists and class arrangements for the next school year.
  • Thursday 15 June & Thursday 22 June – Gymnastics with Linda.
  • CYCLETHON – Thursday 22nd June from 7pm – usual routes – letter and sponsorship cards out next week (Please note change of date … originally scheduled for 15 June but changed to 22 June )
  • School Tours – dates as per individual class letters -
    • June 12 – Junior & Senior infants tour
    • June 16 – 6th class tour
    • June 20 – 5th class tour
    • June 21 – 2nd class tour
    • June 23 – First class tour & 4th class tour
    • June 27 – 3rd class tour
  • Wednesday 28th June @ 11am – End of year mass with Fr. Martin and Farewell to sixth class pupils – All Welcome
  • June 29th – Thursday – End of School Year – School closes to all pupils at 12 noon. 
  • Thursday August 31st – School Re-opens for new school year.

Latest Newsletter – 26 May


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Click this link for School News 26.5.17 as PDF

Scoil Bhríde Newsletter 26/5/17

School Calendar 2017/18

Copies of the school calendar will be distributed with the end of year school reports.

Here are the main dates for your diary;

  • School re-opens to all pupils Thursday 31st August 2017.

  • Closed October Mid-term – Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November

  • Closing for Christmas on Friday 22 December, Re-open Monday 8th January

  • February Mid-term – Closed Thursday and Friday Feb 15 and 16

  • St. Patricks – Public Holiday, Closed Monday 19 March

  • Closing for Easter on Friday 23 March, Re-open Monday 9 April

  • May Bank Holiday- Closed Monday 7 May and closed for the rest of this week, 9/10/11/12 May, Re-open Monday 14 May (The 4 days required to close for the week come from opening one day earlier than usual on 31 August, and not closing for the full week at February Mid-term. All primary schools are open for the same number of days.)

End of year school reports

School reports will be posted to all families this year. If you think we do not have your correct postal address please contact the school office to amend ASAP.

If you wish to discuss your child’s school report with the class teacher, please contact Sue in the office to make an appointment.

Reports will be posted on Thursday or Friday June 22/23.

They should arrive on Monday 26 June and teachers will be available to discuss reports with parents who request same on Tuesday and Wednesday June 27/28 (all dates approximate).

School reports from first class to sixth class will also contain results of your child’s standardised tests in reading and maths.

The NCCA publish a pdf/information sheet to explain standardised tests results called ‘YOUR CHILD AND STANDARDISED TESTING – UNDERSTANDING THE STEN SCORE’.See end of newsletter for link. The table below describes what the different STen scores tell you about your child’s achievement in English reading and maths.

8-10 Well above average

6 – 7 High average

5-6 Average

3- 4 low average

1-3 Well below average

Cost of schooling and Contributions for certain activities

We are very much aware of the difficulties that many of us experience as we try to educate our children. This is especially obvious at this time of year as we try to pay for activities and also prepare for the next school year with new uniforms, books etc.

We have been looking at how we as a school could help in a small way to ease this burden into the future and have decided that for the next school year the following activities will be paid for by general school fundraising or Parents Association Fundraising; (to be reviewed each year depending on funds available)

French for Rang 5 and Rang 6 which did have a fee of €2 per week will now be free.

Gymnastics for all classes which did have a fee of €1.50 per week will now be free.

Dance for all classes which did have a fee of €1.50 per week will now be free.

Violin Class for Rang 5 and Rang 6 reduced to €1 per week.

Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science and Maths Award.

We were delighted to receive a letter last week informing us that we had been successful in our application for the Science foundation Ireland Discover science and maths Award. Special thanks to Ms. Glendon & Ms Grimes and their fourth class pupils who led the process for the whole school. They submitted a comprehensive digital log outlining all their work in promoting STEM (Science,Technology,Engineering and Maths) among all the classes in the school. We look forward to receiving our award in the near future. Here is a small sample of some of the work involved, this experiment helped us understand how our lungs work..

“Working in pairs, we helped each other to make our lungs. The balloon was a bit tricky to pull over the lip of the bottle.” The balloon inflated when we pulled down our “diaphragm” . This happens in our lungs when our diaphragm muscle moves down. It pulls in air and our lungs fill up.” The pupils explained how their model lungs show us how our lungs work.


Dance, Gymnastics and new I-Pads

We have had three weeks of dance with Rosalie and are really enjoying the experience. It is great fun taking part in creative dance to the latest tunes. Next Tuesday will be our last dance class and Gymnastics with Linda will kick off next Thursday for 4 weeks. Please note the following for Gymnastics class:

  • Long hair must be tied back (low ponytail or plait)

  • - Absolutely no jewellery or big hair clips

  • - No loose swinging clothes (Girls must have pants, skirts are inappropriate and pose a health hazard by coming down over their bodies if they are standing upside down)

  • - Runners or bare feet or socks with grips on the soles of them

We recently took delivery of a suite of Apple I-Pads. Hopefully over the coming months and years many pupils will get the opportunity to use them to help with their class learning. The Department of education strongly encourages schools to integrate the use of Information and Communications Technology (I.C.T.) across the curriculum.

School Tours

June is traditionally the time of year when pupils and teachers head far and wide as they travel on their school tours. The tours and dates are listed below. Enjoy !

Junior & Senior Infants – Lisduff Farm – 12 June

Rang 1 -Tearaways Pet farm – 23 June

R2 – Lullymore Discovery and Heritage Park – 21 June

Rang 3 – Donaghmore Museum & Roll N’ Bowl – 27 June

Rang 4 – Castlecomer Activity Park – 23 June

Rang 5 – Tour of Laois (Timahoe, Dunamaise, Emo Court, Slieve Bloom Mountains & More ) – Date in late June TBD.

Rang 6 – University of Limerick Adventure Centre – 15 June

Note: As always if you have a difficulty paying for school tour or any other activity, please contact the school in confidence. We would like all pupils to take part in all school activities.

Dates for Your Diary

  • Cyclethon – Thursday 15th June 7pm (weather permitting)

  • New Junior Infants Visit – Friday 18 June at 2pm

  • End of year Mass and celebration of Rang 6 – Wednesday 28 June

  • School closing for Summer Holidays – Thursday 29 June at 12 noon.

  • Start of new school year – Thursday 31 August 2017

NCCA – Click here for information on Standardised Test Scores

Click this link for School News 26.5.17 as PDF