Junior School Tour 13.06.18

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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

Rathcoole’s Successful Science Students!

 

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.

Rathcoole past-pupils Neill & Darragh

The boys were also presented with awards for Agricultural Innovation from Teagasc, and the Perrigo Best Biological and Ecological Project

TEAGASC
Declan Troy, Assistant Director of Research at TEAGASC presents the TEAGASC award to Darragh Twomey, Neil O'Leary, Andrew Heffernan, Colaiste Treasa Kanturk Cork for their project “Feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050. The effects of Pseudomonas Fluorescens L321 on enhancing barley crop yield.” in the Biological and Ecological Intermediate Group Category.
 Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

TEAGASC
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.”

Eimear Corcoran-and-Mark Casey

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.

Primary Science Fair 2018

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.  

Nuacht 16.1.18

 

  • Christmas Play DVD- The Christmas Play DVDs have been ordered and will be dispersed to pupils in school when they arrive. (Any late orders can be added up to Fri 19th)
  • ‘Off the Hook’ Fundraiser Banteer Drama Group want to thank the community of St Brendan’s N.S. for their support on Friday last. The Group also made a particular mention of thanks to the pupils who were present on the night, for the commendable attention and manners shown to the cast during the show. A special thanks also to the Parent Association for their organisation of the evening and all the preparations made in the lead up to the event. €1,300 was raised on the night. Very well done to all involved.
  • RDS Primary Science Fair- 5th and 6th class will participate in the RDS Primary Science Fair, which takes place in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick on this Saturday, January 20. The children are currently putting the final touches to their project, which explores “Will increasing our fitness levels, improve our school work?” It promises to be a great day out and all the pupils are looking forward to presenting their project on the day and visiting all the other exhibitions.
  • Aistear- Junior and Senior Infants will participate in Aistear every Tuesday and Thursday of this term with Ms. O’Connor and Ms. Fleming. Aistear is an educational initiative around learning and developing through thematic play in the infant classroom.
  • Internet Safety Night St Brendan’s N.S. Parent Association have organised an Internet safety night for the parents and community of our school on Thursday, January 25 in the school hall commencing at 7.30pm. Please make a special effort to attend as internet safety and usage is a very prevalent issue in today’s society, in particular for our children. The presentation is expected to last about 90 mins. An information letter is also attached to the newsletter email to outline the content covered during the seminar. If you have any additional questions regarding the presentation please don’t hesitate to ask. All parents are welcome.

 

 

Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan

Principal

Nuacht 9.1.18

 

  • Christmas Play DVD- A DVD of the Christmas show is available to purchase from the school. The cost of the DVD is 15. If you are interested in purchasing a DVD please return appropriate fee in an envelope to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, January 16.
  • ‘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 this Friday, January 12 commencing at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available to purchase at a cost of €10 each. Please return money in an envelope to your child’s teacher by this Thursday, January 11 or likewise tickets can be purchased Thursday morning in school between 9.10am and 9.30am from representatives of the Parent Association. Remaining tickets, which haven’t been pre-booked, will be allocated on a first come first serve basis with limited tickets available for the night.
  • TextaParent AppReminder 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
  • RDS Primary Science Fair 5th and 6th class will participate in the RDS Primary Science Fair, which takes place in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick on Saturday, January 20. Travel arrangements and additional details will be forwarded to 5th and 6th class pupils later this week.
  • Safe Farewell It is with great disappointment we also say good-bye to the Nkengasu family who moved to the UK over the Christmas holidays. We thank them for their continued support to the school and wish them the very best of luck in their new venture. Slán go fóill agus beannacht.
  • Staff Meeting School will close on this Friday, January 12 at 2.00pm for all pupils.

 

 

Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan

Principal

Newsletter 19.12.17

 

  • 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 VisitThe 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 AppReminder– 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 HolidaysReminder- 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,

Michael Horan

Principal

Newsletter 13.12.17

 

  • Christmas PlayReminder ‘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. There will be a raffle at the interval of both shows. The evening show is expected to finish at approximately 8.45pm. All Welcome. 
  • Christmas Play Costumes– Pupils can bring their costumes in a bag to school on Thursday morning for the Christmas show. Children may wear clothes to school tomorrow (Thursday) that they can wear underneath their costumes. Please ensure your child also brings warm clothes/jackets to school, as they will be outside for break times.
  • Radio Kerry VisitThe broadcast of ‘Horizons’ featuring our school pupils will air on Radio Kerry on  Christmas Eve morning at 9am.  We would like to thank Mary Fagan for her visit and we hope everyone will enjoy the show.
  • ‘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 will be dispersed next Monday to the pupils and parents may fill in how many tickets they would like for the performance. Please return the accompanying slips by Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
  • Textaparent App 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
  • Christmas Holidays School will close for the Christmas break on Friday, December 22. The school will reopen again on Monday, January 8.

 

 

Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan

Principal

 

Newsletter 6.12.17

 

  • December 8 School Closure- St Brendan’s NS will be closed on this Friday, December 8. School will reopen again as normal on Monday, December 11 at 9.20am.
  • Christmas PlayReminder ‘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. There will be a raffle at the interval of both shows. The evening show is expected to finish at approximately 8.45pm. All Welcome.
  • Christmas Play Costumes– Pupils have been informed of the costumes needed for their Christmas play. Some costumes have been sourced here through the school. 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 tomorrow, Thursday, December 7. Mary Fagan, who presents ‘Horizons’, which is broadcast every Sunday morning from 9am to 10am, will record our pupils’ performances for their upcoming Christmas show. Further details of when the show will be aired will be forwarded to parents after the recordings. If you do not want your child to participate in any of the recordings please inform your child’s class teacher.
  • ‘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. All Welcome. More information about this event will be sent to parents next week.
  • 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.

 

 

Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan

Principal

Newsletter 30.11.17

  • 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,

Michael Horan

Principal