Newsletter 22nd September 2023

Ardscoil na Tríonóide -Athy: 5th & 6th class pupils and their parents / guardians are invited to an open evening on Wednesday 27th September at 6:30pm. Principal’s address will take place during the evening.

Best wishes: Best wishes to both St. Brigid’s U12 teams who represent their club in the finals of the Heather Cowen Tournament on Sunday September 24th in Rathleague GAA. St Brigid’s play St. Conleth’s at 12pm in the division “C” final and face St. Conleth’s again at 2pm in the division “A” final.

Teacher Continual Professional Development: Teachers have recently completed CPD in the new UFLI and Heggerty phonics and phonological awareness programmes. These evidence-based programmes will inform our approach to phonics going forward and provides explicit, systematic, comprehensive instruction in all the phonics skills, including letter-sounds, phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, reading words from memory, and text reading. This will see a move from the more traditional spelling lists and Friday tests, in favour of equipping children with the skills to spell independently.

All Inclusive Junior Duathlon The National Primary and Post-Primary Schools Duathlon Championships are hosted by Athy Triathlon Club and take place in Narraghmore, Kildare on Sunday 1st October. See for more details.

Ballylinan GAA: Best wishes to Ballylinan GAA as they take on Crettyard in the Intermediate County Final on Saturday 30th September in O’Moore Park. To mark the occasion, children are invited to wear the Ballylinan colours (green & gold / yellow) to school on Friday 29th. We are expecting photographers from local media outlets on the day. These photographers may take photos for publication in local newspapers or on their online platforms. If you have any concern about your child’s photo being used, please contact or call the school.

Cumann na mBunscol:

Tuesday 26th: Our boy’s team play Ballyroan at 12:00pm at Ballylinan GAA.

Wednesday 27th: Last week’s postponed fixture V Ratheniska has been rescheduled. Girls play at 12:00pm and boys at 12:45pm.

Please bear in mind that these fixtures are subject to change, often at short notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Smart Moves:  5th and 6th class are participating in the ISPCC Smart Moves programme. The programme aims to support the emotional resilience of children as they prepare to transition from primary to secondary school.

Healthy lunches: We encourage the eating of healthy lunches. Please do not send sweets, crisps (and similar snacks), chips, chocolate, fizzy or energy drinks to school please.

Homework: Homework will resume in the coming weeks. Throughout the year, we will explore various homework activities. We will also be seeking parental feedback periodically on how you feel that your child is engaging with these learning activities.

Ms. Kiernan: Good luck to one of our special education teachers Ms. Kiernan as she competes in the European Masters Athletics Championship in Italy next week. Go néirí and tádh leat.