Latest Newsletter – 26 May

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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

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