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

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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