As we approach the end of term I would like to thank you for all of your support since we opened in August.
A quick reminder that tomorrow is our Christmas jumper day and anyone who has yet to contribute €5 please do so tomorrow.
As we enter the Christmas period, our school community should be aware and take note of current advice in relation to travel. It is important that all non-essential domestic and international travel is avoided. Anyone who travels internationally must restrict their movements for 14 days on arrival into Ireland. Alternatively, travellers may take a PCR test on day 5 after arrival and should continue to restrict their movement until they receive a ‘not detected’ result.
We have been very successful in keeping our school Covid-free thus far and would appreciate it if you would all continue to follow the guidelines in the new year.
Also many thanks to Ivan Camier for donating the outdoor Christmas tree again this year, and also to Catriona and Martin McCarthy for putting it up.
We would also like to thank Jonathan McCarthy and An Garda Siochana for organising the Garda escort for Santa on Friday.
We will be forwarding on a link to our Christmas performances later today for you to watch as a family. This will also be available on the school website: https://scoilbhrideballydehob.weebly.com/ The videos have been uploaded to Youtube on a private link, I would ask that you do not post this link on social media. Alot of work has gone into creating these performances and we hope you enjoy them.
Have a happy and healthy Christmas.
P.S: See photo of Santa escort and article in the Star this week.
We had an unexpected visit from The Three Wise Men and their camel today! They entered Bethlehem on their Sat Nav and arrived at Scoil Bhríde, Ballydehob!
Congratulations to you all for all your hard work, kindness and care in promoting positive mental health in our classrooms, school and throughout our school community. This week the children are writing what they are grateful for each day. They hang a ribbon on our Christmas tree to mark their random acts of kindness.
The children of Scoil Bhríde made some wonderful Christmas crafts for the elderly in our community. We want to spread the spirit of Christmas to those who need it most. Well done boys and girls! Thank you to Garda Jonathon who kindly offered to deliver these for us.
We had a wonderful day on Friday 11th December. The children enjoyed watching Cinderella - a virtual pantomime this year!
As we enter the Christmas season, we have some lovely preparations in flow in our classrooms.
The beautiful Christmas cards have gone home to be posted and the Christmas annuals have been dispensed!
While we will not have our usual live Christmas performances, the teachers and students in each room are preparing a video performance that can be shared at home with all the family via Seesaw.
We are also getting very creative making Christmas crafts for local people who might be in need of a pick me up, particularly the elderly- especially as this year has been such a difficult one. Garda Jonathan will be doing the honors of delivering these pieces of art for us.
If you know of anyone in particular that could do with a gift from the Scoil Bhride students, please let us know. We want to spread the spirit of Christmas to those who need it most.
We are also hoping that Santa Claus will come to pay us a visit here in school. He has had to cancel visits in lots of places but we are hoping to bring some magic to Scoil Bhride. We are looking forward to meeting him very briefly outside and if we're lucky he might bring a treat! If anyone has a small gazebo that we could borrow for this event, we would really appreciate it.
We would like this to be a surprise for all of our students... Ssssh!!!
We are also going to have an online pantomime on in each classroom as we can't go on our usual trip to Cork. Children are permitted to bring a treat into school for the pantomime!
We will also be having our Christmas jumper day on the 22nd of December, the last day of school ! There will be lots of fun and festive cheer to be had. We would ask that each child would contribute €5 towards the cost of running the above events (€2 per child will be donated to Simon for the Christmas Jumper Day.)
We would also like to bid farewell to Mrs Cearma Levis on her retirement as a sna after 17 years and warmly welcome Michelle Murnane as our new member of staff.
Nollaig Shona daoibh go léir.
Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Christmas.