Update Friday 15th:
Mr Horan was interviewed on C103 this morning
We had an amazing experience on our tour of Haulbowline Naval Base today…
Click on thumbnails to enlarge, and I’ll add more as I get them… (click on page 2 for additional pictures)
Our School Tour was to Killarney.
Tara was our leader for the day.
First we went catching bugs. We got bugs in a pooter and we went up stairs to the labs and we looked at them through microscopes. They were ugly. I enjoyed sucking up the mini beasts into the pooter. A pooter is a small container with two tubes, one green and the other was white. You suck the green and point the white at a bug. We collected a lot of bugs.
Then we looked at woodland creatures. First we saw lots of stuffed animals like stoats and pine martins. Then we went out to see what was in the traps. I liked holding the bank vole and the wood mouse. The wood mouse likes berries.
Finally we went to the river and caught flies with a sieve. I enjoyed looking for a mayfly and a stone fly in the river, it was a bit cold but exciting.
We had a great day.
By 1st & 2nd Class
Congratulations to all our pupils and past-pupils who participated so successfully in the BT Young Scientist and RDS Primary Science Fair Exhibitions over the past 10 days.
Rathcoole Past pupils Darragh Twomey & Neil O’Leary (along with Andrew Heffernan, all TY Students from Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk) were overall Group Runners-Up with their project entitled “Feeding 9.6 Billion by 2050” examining ways of increasing crop yields by introducing a strain of bacteria found in Elephant Grass.
The boys were also presented with awards for Agricultural Innovation from Teagasc, and the Perrigo Best Biological and Ecological Project
Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research at TEAGASC presents the TEAGASC award to Darragh Twomey, Neil O’Leary, Andrew Heffernan,
Their former classmates in St. Brendan’s, Eimear Corcoran and Mark Casey (TY students in Millstreet Community School) were ‘Highly Commended’ in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category with a project on “Improving the ranking system for Ireland’s second level schools.”
And our current crop of 5th & 6th Class were very highly praised for their entry in the (non-competitive) RDS Primary Science Fair “Will increasing our fitness levels improve our school work?” The judges’ feedback praised the students’ organisational skills in collating results and plotting graphs, noted how they enjoyed the demonstrations of the various exercises, and outlined the great job they did in carrying out, displaying and explaining their project.
The judges also wrote that “The pupils should be really proud of their strong and competent communication and presentation skills”
and added “An excellent job done by all the pupils… Well done! I hope to see ye next year again”
Great credit is due to the pupils and their teacher Mr. Horan for this achievement. The science fair itself was an enjoyable, entertaining and educational event for all who attended, including several parents and families who joined us on the day.
If you missed the broadcast of our Christmas Play on the Radio Kerry ‘Horizons’ show on Christmas Eve, it is now also available as a Podcast –
Our school is introduced, and Mr. Horan is interviewed @ 10:00, the play starts @ 12:20, and ends @ 30:00 approx.
Well done to all our broadcast stars!
- Christmas Play DVD– Well done again to all our pupils on their fantastic performances last Thursday. A DVD of the Christmas show will be available to purchase in the New Year. Further details will be forwarded to parents in January.
- Radio Kerry Visit– The broadcast of ‘Horizons’ featuring our school pupils will air on Radio Kerry on Christmas Eve morning (this Sunday) at 9am.
- ‘Off the Hook’ Fundraiser– The Banteer Drama Group have kindly offered to donate the proceeds of one of their performances of ‘Off the Hook’ to St Brendan’s N.S. Parent Association. The show will take place on Friday, January 12 commencing at 8.30pm. A note was dispersed today to the pupils and parents may fill in how many tickets they would like for the performance. Please return the accompanying slips by Thursday, December 21, 2017.
- TextaParent App– Reminder– Please download the new TextaParent App to your phone. The App is free and will reduce the cost of texts for the school. Additional school messages and calendar updates can now be sent to the App. https://app.textaparent.ie/get/app
- Safe Farewell– It is with great disappointment we say good-bye to the Honeybournes who are moving to London in January. We thank them for their years of continued support to the school and wish them the very best of luck in their new venture. Slán go fóill agus beannacht.
- Christmas Holidays– Reminder- School will close for the Christmas break on Friday, December 22 The school will reopen again on Monday, January 8
I would just like to wish everyone a very merry and safe Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing everyone again in the New Year. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain Faoi Mhaise daoibh.
Le gach dea ghuí,
- Deputy Principal– Congratulations to Mrs. Maureen O’Brien who has been appointed the Deputy Principal for our school. Mrs. O’Brien has over eighteen years experience working in St. Brendan’s and has taught at all levels in the school. She has also completed a Masters in Education and has a great passion for Music and the Arts. We wish her well in her new role.
- Retirement Mass– Mrs. O’Connor and Mrs. Lynch would like to say a massive thanks for all the support and generosity shown for their retirement mass, which took place earlier this month. We wish both of them a happy and healthy retirement and thank them for their amazing service to the school over the past two decades.
- Bazaar– Thanks to all the staff, parents and members of the school community for the support and generosity shown for the Dromtariffe Parish Bazaar, which was in aid of the three schools of the locality. The Bazaar took place on Sunday last. The event raised €2,400 for our school. Míle Buíochas do gach duine.
- Sherkin Island Marine Station Competition Winner 2017- Congratulations to all our winners of the Sherkin Island Competition. The pupils received their prizes during the week at morning assembly. Well done again to all.
- Christmas Play– ‘The Nativity’ Christmas Show will take place on Thursday December 14. The matinee show will commence at 12pm and all pupils may be collected at 2pm once the show has finished, in order to prepare for their evening performance, which begins at 7.15pm. Pupils must return to the school that evening at 6.50pm. The Parent Association will hold a raffle at the interval of both shows. The evening show is expected to finish at approximately 8.45pm. All Welcome.
- Christmas Play Costumes– The pupils have been informed of the costumes needed for their Christmas play. Examples of previous costumes for the Nativity play are available on our school blog- stbrendansrathcoole.scoilnet.ie/blog/ If you have any further questions or queries regarding costumes, please contact your child’s class teacher.
- Radio Kerry Visit- Radio Kerry will visit our school on Thursday December 7. They will record our pupils’ fantastic singing and some of their performances for their upcoming Christmas show. They will also interview a selection of teachers and pupils about the upcoming school performance. If you do not want your child to participate in any of the recordings or interviews please inform your child’s class teacher.
- RDS Primary Science Fair 2018- 5th and 6th class have been accepted to display their science project at the upcoming RDS Primary Science Fair in Limerick. The pupils are currently exploring the question- “Does increasing my fitness levels improve my school work?” The exhibition takes place on Saturday, January 20. Travel arrangements to Limerick on the day will be arranged after the Christmas break.
- Internet Safety Information Day- The Parent Association has arranged an Internet safety seminar, which will take place on Thursday, January 25. Pupils from the senior classes will take part in workshops during the school day. Parents are requested to attend an Internet safety and information meeting that evening. Additional details will be sent at a later date.
- Christmas Holidays- School will close for the Christmas break on Friday, December 22 at 12.00pm. The school will reopen again on Monday, January 8 at 9.20am.
To finish, I would just like to say a big thank you to the whole school community for their kind welcome and continued support since my move here in September. Míle Buíochas.
Le gach dea ghuí,