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Besides the larger annual activities at St. Brigid's National School, we also have smaller annual activies and occasional events worth mentioning.

13 June 2019: Publication Date School Magazine
The school magazine is important as it allows the children to publish their own written work – fulfilling curriculum aims. It is also an excellent fund raiser – bringing in €800 to €1000 each year. This money is used to purchase resources for classrooms. The publication date for this school year is dependent on senior pupils getting advertising and bringing it in before 3 June 2019. We cannot accept it any later than this date and publication of the Magazine will be cancelled if necessary.

27 January to 2 February 2019: Catholic Schools Week
During Catholic Schools Week we will have a special Mass in St. Brigid's Church on Saturday 2 February at 6.30pm – date to be confirmed. The school choir will be performing during Mass. And children will be involved in choir, readings, prayers and offertory procession. Please have the children wear their school uniform. All are invited.

16 November 2018: Used Clothes Collection
If you are tidying out your presses and making more space, please consider donating your unwanted items to our Used Clothes Collection. The collection will take place on Friday 16 November. Please have all items, tied plastic bags, in the school before 9.30 am.

You can donate all your clean, unwanted clothes, shoes, belts, bags, soft toys, and household textiles i.e. curtains, towels, and bed linen. Wearable clothes will be recycled and re-used and other items will be recycled for items, such as, industrial wipes or soundproofing. The following will not be collected: laptops, mobile phones, mats, duvets, pillows, carpets, dirty/wet clothing, and books. Thank you for your support and taking the time and effort to support our fundraising drive.

26 September 2018: Recognition Night Pride of Place 2018
To celebrate and acknowledge the efforts and work undertaken by the our community in preparation of the Pride of Place Competition 2018, a Recognition Night will take place on Wednesday 26 September at 7.30pm in Carlow Town Hall Chamber, Centaur Street, Carlow. Light refreshments will be served.
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16 May 2018: Clonegal Village representing Carlow in Pride of Place
Clonegal village is representing Carlow in the IPB National Pride of Place. IPB Pride of Place 2018 in association with Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place is an all-island competition which recognises improvements by local communities to create civic pride in their area. The competition focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area. The competition is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme.

In Pride of Place, community groups have the opportunity to showcase specific initiatives which will have long lasting and positive impacts on their community. Judging Day is all about showcasing your work as a community with emphasis on collaboration, inclusion, community and voluntary effort, innovation and promotion of pride in your village of Clonegal.

St Brigid’s National School is part of Clonegal village and we would like to have the school looking its best for the Pride of Place Competition. Your help is needed to achieve this. Parents are asked to come on Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings starting June 13th from 7-9pm to help with painting, cleaning and gardening. If available please bring any of the following: paint brush, drip sheet, outside sweeping brush, buckets and plastic containers for sharing paint. Note: In the interest of Health and Safety as supervision is not provided, younger pupils are asked not to attend these sessions, we appreciate the help of all the parents and only the pupils from 5th and 6th class. The Judging Day takes place on Thursday 26 July 2018.

16 May 2018: To Be Continued...2018 - A Ben Markey's Story
This year’s “To Be Continued…. 2018” is Ben Markey’s story called “Coming Home” Pupils were invited to write the ending (500 words max) for the story started by Ben. Congratulations to our six young authors who had their stories published in the book:
Róisín Mulvihill Róisín
Carroll Ava Tracey

Jasmine Currey Nardin
Niall McGrath
Donnacha Cosgrave
The presentation of books took place in Our Lady of Lourdes NS on Wednesday 16th May. All of the authors received three copies of the book.
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18 December 2017: Cooker for School from Sales Bunclody Bake Off
Congratulations to Ms Cawley and her class from last year who won the Bake Off competition, organised by Supervalu, Bunclody, which was open to all local schools. Their cinnemapple bread was on sale in Supervalu Bunclody during the year. Originally the school was to receive €1 for every cake sold during the year. 964 cakes were sold, but in their great generosity, Supervalu presented the school with a cheque for €1,500. Joe and David O'Reilly visited the school on 18th December to make the presentation. As the money was won for a baking competition, and all classes in the school like to do some baking, Ms Cawley has suggested that we buy a cooker for the school which could be installed in the staffroom. It would be possible to have cookery sessions in the staffroom and would be much more convenient than going across the road to the hall for cookery and checking on baking in the oven! The Board of Management will decide on the issue at their next meeting.
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28 June 2017: We are Writers Book Launch
Every child in the school is an author! Soon you will be able to read their stories and poems in the second edition of “We are Writers”. The book launch will be held on Wednesday 28th June. The children are invited to dress up as their favourite character from a book they have read. They will walk to Huntington Castle, dressed as their favourite character to emphasise the importance of reading and their imagination. Those who have ordered books will receive them on that day.


April 2017: World Water Day - Water and Waste Water
World Water Day was officially celebrated on 22nd March, but we decided to celebrate it on 7th April – the day of the Easter holidays. The theme for this year was – Water and Waste water. We decided to celebrate the day to raise awareness of the hardships endured in some parts of the world where water is scarce. We wanted to experience the reality of carrying water long distances for use in homes.


We decided that the senior classes could carry 6kgs over a distance of 6kms and the other classes would carry less weight and over a shorter distance. In reality most of the classes carried more weight and over longer distances than we expected. The children decided for themselves how far they would walk and how much to carry and they arrived in school on the day ready for action. They carried books, potatoes, stones, clothes and even an extra large box of washing powder! The Junior and Senior Infants carried a combined weight of 6kgs. Having measured the distance involved, we discovered that the return journey from the school to Huntington Castle was 1.5 kms. All the senior pupils, the staff and many of the juniors completed the journey four times carrying their precious loads!


The atmosphere was relaxed and fun and there certainly was an appreciation of how fortunate we are to be able to turn on the tap and have water any time we need it. Hopefully it also made us think of how precious a commodity water is and appreciate the need to conserve it.
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March 2017: World Autism Awareness Day
Sunday 2nd April was World Autism Awareness Day. To mark the occasion and to celebrate our two classes for children with autism, we invited children to wear a blue top to school on Friday 31st March as blue is the colour for Autism. We walked down through the village at lunch time.
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February 2017: Shrove Tuesday
It is always a very busy day in the school as every class makes pancakes. The children enjoy the excitement of mixing, cooking and of course eating the pancakes. Many of them also engage in Procedural writing in Irish and English after the event!
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December 2016: Buy our award-winning Cinnemapple Bread
Congratulations to Ms Cawley and her class who were declared Master Bakers at the Bunclody Bake Off Awards ceremony in SuperValu Bunclody on Friday 2nd December. Their “Cinnamapple Bread” beat off opposition from 5 other schools who participated in the competition. You can now buy lots of their delicious “Cinnemapple Bread” in Supervalu Bunclody. It will be on sale for the full year and all profits will be paid to our school. Please tell everyone about it!

The competition, organised by SuperValu Bunclody, challenged 6 local schools to create a cake or bun to represent their school. The schools were St. Brigid’s NS, Clonegal , Kildavin NS, Kilmyshall NS, Carrigduff NS, Ballyroebuck, NS and Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Bunclody. The Independent judging Panel included a representative from Musgrave Retail Partners, Wexford Local Enterprise and their in-house head baker. It was judged under various headings such as costings, flavour and shelf life.

We are all really excited about their win as their “Cinnamapple Bread” will be produced by the In-store bakers and sold in the store throughout 2017. All profits from it’s sale will go to the school. Great credit is due to Ms Clodagh Cawley and her class who worked very hard at perfecting their recipe and adjusting flavours until their product was just right! It is very appropriate that their entry was based on apples as each year there is an abundant supply of apples in the school grounds and Travis brought in a large basket of apples from his home. Ms Cawley and her class spent many happy afternoons in the kitchen of St Brigid’s hall mixing, chopping, stewing, baking and tasting until they were happy with their final product. All staff members enjoyed the tasting sessions too. Now the school are hoping for high sales and repeat purchases to ensure a high dividend from their efforts.
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September 2016: Summer Memories Competition
We have engaged Music Generation Carlow to work with all classes again this year. To help raise funds we are very fortunate that a family has again agreed to organize the “Summer Memories” Competition. Closing date was 28 September 2016. There are 3 amazing prizes:
- 1 st prize: Family entrance to Wells House, Ballyedmond, Gorey worth €20. Wells House have kindly sponsored this portion of the prize. The family who organised the competition are sponsoring a €50 voucher towards lunch in Wells House. (Approx cost of lunch for 2 adults and 2 children is €36). This will be a wonderful day out for the winning family – it is a full day of fun and excitement with House, Gardens, Playground, Nature trails and Craft Shop.
- 2 nd prize: €50 Voucher for IMC Cinema in Fairgreen Carlow – sponsored by the family.
- 3 rd prize: €20 cash prize – again sponsored by the family.
The family are also sponsoring three additional prizes of €10 each.
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March 2016: 1916 Centenary Celebrations
At 12 noon on Tuesday 15th March, our school, like every other school in the country, raised our National Flag as a commemoration of the 1916 Rising. All members of the school community were invited to the event and though it was cold, we celebrated in beautiful sunshine. It was very appropriate that we should remember the people who have gone before us, the people who worked to give us the country we have today. In remembering them and acknowledging their efforts, we looked at the huge progress our country has made, while being conscious that there are still improvements needed before we can truly say we cherish all children equally.

During the previous weeks, every class was busy preparing for the event. Children wrote their own Proclamations, based on the original 1916 Proclamation but suited to the Ireland we live in today. Each class, from Junior Infants to 6th class read from their Proclamations. It was inspiring to realise how aware these young pupils are of the wonderful qualities of Irish life and the areas that need further development.

Many pupils had researched their Family Trees and several had traced their ancestors back to people who had participated in the 1916 Rising. Darragh, Stephen, Constance and John presented us with information on these ancestors while Luc spoke about his relative who was one of the 1st Guards in the Free State.

Each class had prepared projects on this period of our history and they were on display throughout the school. Also on display were the projects from Junior and Senior Infants and 5th and 6th class who had won the Wexford Education Centre History Project competition which was based on Ireland in 1916. In 1966, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rising, each school was presented with a framed copy of the 10916 Proclamation. The copy which was received by our school was on display on Proclamation Day.

At 12 noon, the flag was raised by Fr. Fleming assisted by Jack and Cillian – the oldest and youngest pupils in the school. Afterwards all present sang Amhrán na bhFiann. When the formal part of the ceremony was completed, the children provided excellent entertainment for their parents. Each class had items prepared – singing, dancing and playing music. Then the Parents Council provided very welcome refreshments for all.
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January 2016: Coin Collection
As you know 1c & 2c coins are going out of circulation. Each classroom has a jar for the coins for your coppers. A very sincere thank you for your wonderful support of this collection. Some classes have already filled their bottles and are on target to fill a second one. Other classes are still busily searching out the coins, hoping to enjoy a special treat when it is filled!

November 2015: Presentation of National Flag and Proclamation
Two members of the Defence Forces visited our school on 25 November: David O’ Flaherty and Owen Stapleton. This was part of a Government initiative to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the Irish Proclamation. It was a very special ceremony and pupils, teachers, staff members and parents were all very impressed by the event. The two army officers, in full uniform, talked about the National Flag, how it should be cared for and the protocols that surround this vibrant symbol of our nation. They also explained the history of the Proclamation.

One of our pupils, Darragh, read paragraph four of the Proclamation – the section which refers to cherishing “all the children of the nation” equally. The Flag was accepted by Constance on behalf of the school and Jack accepted the Proclamation. The Defence Forces also presented the school with an information pack. The question and answer session which followed was very interesting and the children sought a lot of information on the work of the army, overseas service and the significance of the uniform and medals. The officers then set them a special task to be completed in their own time – to write their own proclamation for the next 100 years. The presentation concluded with the children singing “Amhrán na bhFiann”.

The Defence Forces will visit every school in the country and the initiative will culminate on 15 March 2016 – Proclamation Day – when, at 12.00 noon, every school will raise the flag in a special ceremony and the Proclamation will be read.
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