Nuacht 22.6.18

Nuacht ó Scoil Náisúinta Breandán Naofa 22/6/18

  1. Graduation- Well done and congratulations to our sixth class pupils of 2018 on their graduation, which was held in the school hall on Wednesday last. A big thanks to all the pupils, both past and present, who participated in the Mass and to Mrs. O’Brien, Ms. Fahy, Mrs. Murphy, Ms. O’Connor, Mrs. Collins and Ms. Fleming for all their help in the organisation, running and preparation of the event. Also a big thanks to the 5th Class parents, who organised baking for the event and to all the parents who helped out on the evening. We wish our sixth class pupils the very best of luck in their big move to secondary school next year and thank them for their immense contribution to our school the past 8 years. Go n-éirí an t-adh libh.
  2. Class Arrangements 2018/2019 School Year-

Junior and Senior Infants- Ms. O’Connor

1st and 2nd Class- Mrs. O’Brien

3rd and 4th Class- Mrs. Murphy

5th and 6th Class- Mr. Horan

Learning Support- Ms Fahy and Mrs Collins

  1. Music DVD- A DVD containing clips of some performances from present and past pupils of St. Brendan’s will be filmed on this Monday, June 25th in the school. Pupils from 3rd to 6th are asked to wear their new uniforms on Monday for the event. Pupils from 1st to 6th are also asked to bring in their tin whistles on Monday. The DVD will be available for purchase later in the year.
  2. School Reports- School Reports, School Calendars, Booklists and a Uniform Information Note were posted to parents today. The School Calendar, Booklists and Uniform Information will be available to view on the school blog also at the end of next week.
  3. Ice Cream Fun Day- Ice Cream Fun Day in aid of Down Syndrome Cork will take place on this Tuesday, June 26 at 12pm approx. Pupils are encouraged to bring in €2 to support the event. All support would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Crumlin Children’s Hospital- A crazy hair/non uniform day was held on Friday last in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. €200 was raised on the day for this excellent cause. Well done to all the pupils on their great hairstyles.
  5. Medal Presentation-. A medal presentation for the victorious boys hurling team will be held in conjunction with our Ice Cream Fun Day on June 26. All welcome.
  6. School Holidays– The school will close at 12pm on Wednesday, June 27 for the summer holidays. School will recommence again on Thursday, August 30 at 9.20am.

 

 

Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan

Principal

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

Nuacht 13.6.18

Nuacht ó Scoil Náisúinta Breandán Naofa 13/6/18

  1. Graduation- Graduation Mass for 6th class pupils will take place on Wednesday next, June 20 in the school hall at 1.30pm. A note has been dispersed to 5th class pupils about organising baking/sandwiches for the event. Please return slips by this Friday, June 15.
  2. 6th Class DVD- If parents of pupils in 6th class have any appropriate, suitable photographs of the 6th class children involved in school activities in the past, you may email them to the school and we will try and fit them into the Graduation DVD. If you have any questions or queries regarding this, please contact Mr. Horan.
  3. Early Closure- School will close at 11am on Thursday morning to facilitate the senior school tour to Haulbowline Naval Base.
  4. School Tours– Both school tours will take place this week. Today, the junior tour heads to Knockreer House in Killarney National Park for an exciting day of ecological activities. The junior tour will return to school at 3pm this evening.

Tomorrow, our senior tour will depart for Haulbowline naval base in Cobh. The bus will return back to Rathcoole Thursday evening at 7.30pm approx. No electronic devices or mobile phones are permitted on the trip. Pupils will eat part of their lunch in school before leaving on the bus. Pupils may bring the remainder of their lunches with them, but all food will have to be left on the bus, as there will be no bags/lunch boxes permitted during the tour of the naval base. Please ensure all pupils are neatly dressed in their new school uniforms and children may also bring their school jumper incase of inclement weather. Pupils are allowed to bring a maximum of €5 pocket money for the trip. If you have any further questions or queries please contact Mr. Horan.

  1. Millstreet Sports- Millstreet sports (Athletics) will take place on Monday next, June 18. All pupils from Junior Infants to 6th class are invited to take part in the event. A bus will leave the school with the junior pupils (Juniors- 2nd) at 10am approx. and will return at 12pm approx. The senior pupils will depart the school at 10.20am approx. and will return at 1.45pm. A note containing relevant information will be sent home with pupils tomorrow and should be returned on Friday. If pupils are not travelling with the school or are heading home with their parents after the event, parents must ensure the teachers in attendance are informed of the arrangements. All pupils are asked to bring €5 for the bus. Any further questions or queries please contact Mr. Horan.
  2. Ice Cream Fun Day- Our HB Ice Cream Fun Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland will take place on Tuesday, June 26 at 12pm approx.
  3. Crazy Hair Non Uniform Day- A crazy hair/non uniform day will held on this Friday, June 15 in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Children may wear their own clothes on the day to mark the event and may also decorate their hair with a ‘crazy’ hairstyle. All support would be greatly appreciated and pupils are encouraged to bring €2 to support the event.
  4. Rural Schools Competitions

Hurling and Camogie– Our hurling and camogie finals took place on Friday last in Newmarket GAA grounds. The boys played Freemount NS in the 9 aside B Hurling final and had a fantastic victory. Our girls had a tough battle against Millstreet girls in the 7 a side Camogie final, and were narrowly beaten in a tremendous game. Well done to all our players on an incredible year. A medal presentation for the victorious boys team will be held in conjunction with our Ice Cream Fun Day on June 26. All welcome.

Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan

Principal

Nuacht 6.6.18

Nuacht ó Scoil Náisúinta Breandán Naofa 6/6/18

  1. Cork City Sports- Well done to all our athletes who competed in the Cork City Sports on Friday last.
  2. Graduation- Graduation Mass for 6th class pupils will take place on Wednesday, June 20 in the school hall at 1.30pm.
  3. School Tours– Please return respective payments, Junior Tour €20, Senior Tour €20, by this Thursday, June 7. If you have any questions or queries regarding the tours, please contact your child’s class teacher.
  4. Millstreet Sports- Millstreet sports will take place on Monday, June 18. Details will be issued to parents early next week.
  5. Ice Cream Fun Day- Our HB Ice Cream Fun Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland will take place on Tuesday, June 26 at 12pm approx.
  6. Crazy Hair Non Uniform Day- A crazy hair/non uniform day will held on Friday, June 15 in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Children may wear their own clothes on the day to mark the event and may also decorate their hair with a ‘crazy’ hairstyle. All support would be greatly appreciated and pupils are encouraged to bring €2 to support the event.
  7. Rural Schools Competitions

Hurling and Camogie– Our hurling and camogie finals will take place on this Friday, June 8 in Newmarket GAA grounds. The boys take on Freemount NS in the 9 aside B Hurling final at 10.50am while our girls will play against Millstreet girls in the 7 a side Camogie final, which throws in at 12.40pm. We wish both teams the very best of luck in their respective finals

Le gach dea ghuí,

Michael Horan

Principal

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

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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

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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