Links 27.09 April 2022

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6th Green Flag Awarded to SnB

Good News, 

We have just been awarded our 6th Green Flag for Global Citizenship Litter and Waste. Well done to all the Green School Committee past and present  who worked so hard over the last  two years to achieve this flag in very challenging circumstances. 

There will be a virtual awards ceremony on May 25th at 11am for the Green school committee to attend. 

A special thanks to Ms. Niamh Mac Auley who is our Green School’s Coordinator and who organised our application and worked with the boys throughout the year.

Our new Outdoor Classroom

Many thanks to Mrs. Marie Hayes who has organised an outdoor classroom for SnB. Our new seats arrived yesterday and we thank the Board of Management for paying for these seats.

On Monday the 14th of February Jessica Mason came to Scoil na mBuachaillí to help us with are outdoor classroom. We made are outdoor classroom next to the willow tunnel. First we did sound mapping then we brainstormed all the things we heard including birds, trees and cars.  We also learned about how we shouldn’t dig during gardening as it takes away the nutrients from the soil. Then we took away all the weeds from the garden and found a suitable place to make the outdoor classroom. Then we dug a trench and planted blueberries and other flowers. We put the weeds in the compost bin.

The Maths Trail

The Maths Trail
6th class took advantage of the sunshine and completed Ms Fitzmaurice’ Senior Maths Trail. We had to calculate area, percentages and search for angles in the environment. We even learned about counties when we recorded and classified the cars in the teachers carpark.
We started by looking at the school gate and simply counting the bars. Then we counted the number of cars their registrations and the difference between the oldest and the newest car. We then had to go around the school where we looked around to find 2-D and 3-D shapes we had to find shapes such as circles, squares, trapeziums, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, pentagon. We searched for 3-d shapes such as cube, cuboids, sphere, cones , pyramids and cylinders. We also had to count windows that were open and ones that were closed and put them into percentages and measure objects all in a race. We also had to find different types of angles in the environment.
We measured objects such as a wooden fence but we used our selves to measure the wooden fence and then used a trundle wheel to measure the actual length. We also measured a basketball hoop height from the ground. We calculated the area of the glasshouse and the perimeter of the beds in the garden. We had loads of fun doing taking part in the maths trail.

New Science Blog published

A message from Ms. Fitzmaurice: As you are aware this year we are applying for a Badge of Excellent in STEM. As part of this we have compiled a blog which will detail the work done in the area of STEM this year. Many thanks to Mr. Harrington who has been a great help in putting this blog together.  Here is the link to the blog.

As part of this process many of you filled in questionnaire earlier in March about the blog. Thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaire….your time and support are appreciated. The results of the questionnaire will be posted in the blog in due course. 

We are now delighted to say the Maths, Science and Engineering Blog is officially open and you can view it by clicking on the link below. 

Please keep an eye on this blog and view it with your son or daughter. We hope it will give you an insight into all the great work that happening in SNB in the area of STEM Education. 

We have also started an interactive Science Quiz which is also available to complete in the blog.

Mock Debate in Rang 5B

Before the Easter Holidays 5th Class B had a mock debate. The motion was, ‘Smartphones should be banned and replaced with outdoor activities’. The motion was hotly contested with the motion carried in one debate and defeated in the other. Well done to the four teams and their excellent captains!

Macbeth – Tickets on sale!

Tickets for Macbeth went on sale on 26th of April. Adults tickets cost €10 and children’s tickets cost €6.

How to book tickets (under review at present – I’ll finish it as soon as I have worked out the best way to book via Aladdin Payments).

  1. Go to Aladdin.
  2. Choose the night you want.
  3. Choose whether you want to book for Adult or Child.
  4. Pay for your tickets on the Aladdin payment app.
  5. Email the school straight away after paying, and let us know which seats you would like to book. The seating plan is on Aladdin. In the email specify the seats you want e.g A5 and A6. If they are not available we will give you seats as close to there as we can.
  6. Remember: if you order more tickets you must always let the school know by email, as we may not notice it.

Easter Activities in Senior Infants

Easter Activities in Senior Infants 

The boys enjoyed learning about the Easter Story and finding out more about Easter traditions. 

Shopping for Ingredients with Ms. O’Brien

Try Outs for Cork City Sports

Newly Qualified Dragonologists in Rang 2/3

Daffodil Day Cheque Presentation

Leprechaun Traps in Rang 4

Disclaimer: no leprechauns were hurt during these experiments.

Culture Day – Rang 4

School Tours for all classes

  • ASD Classes: Ms. Róisín O’Brien & Ms. Therese Crowley: Railway village on the 2nd of June. The railway village is offering all ASD students this free of charge. We will be collected at 09.30hrs by the train.
  • Rang 4: Destination: Zip It – Farran Forest Park. Date: Wednesday 1st June. Cost: €30 paid by Saving Stamps.
  • Rang 5: Kayaking: 11th / 12th May in Reen Pier. Brought to and from Reen Pier by Parents. Price €50: paid by Saving Stamps.
  • Rang 6: Surfing: Tuesday 3rd May and Monday 9th May. Price €80 – paid by Saving Stamps. There may be another day – Tuesday the 3rd of May (yet to be confirmed).

Easter Art

Pictured below are Art Works from various classes in the school.

Marble Run

France Projects in Rang 5B

ZoomTV SnB

ZoomTV Snb replaces Raidio SnB this year. So far it has been a great success. Please forgive the quality of the pictures – they are screenshots and are a bit blurry. Many thanks to all the teachers for preparing the boys for ZoomTV SnB.

6000 bottles of Water so far !

Jamal is pictured below, he is the 1000th person who have filled their bottles at the Water Refiller Station and next to him is Conor, he is the 2000th person! The 3000th person is Gavin. The 4000th is Colin, 5000th is Matthew and the 6000th is Zinzan.

Gentleman, Lift Off Boy & PenMan of the Month

2022/2023 Calendar

Admission Notice for 2022/2023

Dear Parents we are now taking applications for Junior Infants and other classes for 2022/2023. Please click on this link to see our Admission Notice and click here to order an Admission (Enrolment) form. Please click here to view our new Brochure for 2022.

We have now sent offers to everyone who has completed the Admission Form. Parents have to reply to this offer by Thursday 17th of February.

Below you can see our first ever Virtual Tour of Scoil na mBuachaillí – a day in the life of the school.

Our Virtual Tour

Many thanks to Ms. Regina Fitzmaurice and cameraman Ethan Deasy for creating this video, to the staff of the school for their assistance and to all the boys and girls who are the stars of the show!

Dates for your Diary

  • Enrolling for next year (2022/2023): is currently underway. Please see above. We are offering places to children for 2022/2023 on Wednesday 2nd of February. Parents have to accept places by Thursday 17th of February.
  • Easter Holidays: Friday 8th of April at 12.00 p.m.. Return Monday 25th of April.
  • First Confession: Monday 25th of April @ 6.30 p.m. in the Parish Church.
  • School Closed: Monday 2nd of May.
  • Communion: Saturday 7th of May, 2022 @ 11.00 a.m.
  • School Closed: Monday 16th of May.
  • School Closed: Friday 3rd and Monday 6th of June.
  • Summer Musical: 21st, 22nd and 23rd of June. Please note change.
  • Summer Holidays: Tuesday 28th June @ 12.00 p.m.
  • Sixth Class Party: to be decided.

Below you can see the most up to date calendar with the swimming changes included also.

Fees for 2022

  • Rental Scheme: if you haven’t paid for this yet, please do so now. It’s €30 for Classes 1st – 6th.
  • Photocopying Fee: if you haven’t paid for this yet, please do so now. It’s €20 for all classes – including Special Classes.
  • Art and Craft: if you haven’t paid for this yet, please do so now. It’s €12 for all classes – including Special Classes.
  • French: if you haven’t paid for this yet, please do so now. It’s €8 for classes Rang 2 – Rang 6 for each term.
  • Elocution: for all classes Juniors – Rang 6. €7.50 in total. Many parents have paid already for this. Don’t worry, you can’t pay twice.

Rehearsals of the songs started on Monday 17th of January. Interviews are progressing at the moment. Below you can see photos of successful applicants.

Adverts – Emmet Hotel and Batemans Footwear

Facts of the Month

by Finn McCarthy Rang 5
Templebryan Stone Circle is located 2.5 km outside of Clonakilty.
It is illegal to stand within 90 meters of the queen without socks on.
Bees are found everywhere in the world except the Antarctica.
Your nose and ears continue growing for your entire life.
There is a tree called the idiot fruit, it grows in the Australian rainforest.

By Josh Wedlock, Rang 5

1. April is named after the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite.  2. April used to have 29 days but it was changed to 30 by Julius Caesar.  3. Shakespeare was born on April 23rd 1564. 4.On April 15th 1912 the famous Titanic hit an iceberg.  5. The first Olympics of the modern era took place on April 26th 1896 in Athens. 6.April Fool’s day lasts for 2 days in Scotland it’s called Gowk’s day. Gowk means cuckoo.

Adverts: Old Brewery Montessori School & Clonakilty Park Cinema


If you would like to book an ad for the coming school year 2021 – 2022 please let Noreen know as soon as possible.  The number of ads is limited.  Our Links goes to all parents in the school – 10 times a year – at the beginning of each month. Now due to the fact that it’s online many more people will view the Links. The cost is €20 per issue or at a discount of €150 for the entire year!  Please ring 8834487 if you are interested.

“Cent” Box – Thorntree Project

“Cent” boxes will continue this year in a different format due to Covid-19.
Rang 5 A (Ms. Marguerite Bradshaw) and 5 B (Mr. Seán Daly) will be in charge of this and will inform you later of how it will be organised. We have been assisting the Thorntree Project since 2015, when we release a Christmas single “Butterfly Child”. Please support this worthy cause, when asked to do so.

Nut Allergy – IMPORTANT!

Quite a significant number of boys in our school are allergic to nuts and for them any contact with nuts or products containing traces of nuts can be dangerous for example NUTELLA or Peanut Butter!!!!
Please be aware of this when organising your child’s lunch and DO NOT allow your child to bring anything containing nuts to school. Your help in this matter is very much appreciated.

Please give your children water to drink coming to school – not sweet or fizzy drinks.

Contact Numbers

If you have moved, changed phone/mobile numbers or changed doctor or emergency contact person or got a new email address – please update these details on the Aladdin App yourself so that we can contact you in case of emergency. You can do this yourself, there is no need to ring in, just change it on the App and we will be notified automatically.

We will no longer be sending texts to parents – we will just use the Aladdin app.

Recycling – Green Waste

Over the past few years we have tried – in vain – to recycle our Green Waste and unfortunately it hasn’t worked out, probably because the only waste was fruit.
The Recycling bins have being attracting visitors that we don’t want! Because of this we are asking boys to bring home their apple cores, banana skins (organic waste) etc from now on.

Tin foil and uneaten lunches will be brought home also. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Can Can-Paign

All cans gratefully received. Please contact Ms. Regina Fitzmaurice if you have any query re. this matter. Many thanks to Ms. Fitzmaurice.
She and 6th class will also look after the school garden and glasshouse. The money that is collected by this scheme is used in the school garden.
Thanks to Ehan and Ahmadi for looking after the cans this coming year.

What’s going on? … in school and extra-curricular activities.

Basketball 21/22: Basketball training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the end of September / early October. Thanks to Ms. Carol Anne O’Donovan / Seán Daly / Paul Carmody for assisting again with Basketball this year. This year it have to be run as last year – Tuesday will be for Rang 5 / Thursday will be for Rang 6.

Quizzard ‘21/22: will start soon. Classes from Rang 3 – Rang 6 will be participating. Last year we only managed to do a few rounds, outside in the yard but we are hoping to complete it in the coming year. Cillian Whooley and Pearse Nolan are in charge of the Quiz this year.

Chess: started in September. Boys in Rang 4, Rang 5 and Rang 6 may participate. It will run on Tuesdays and Wednesday after school. We hope to start before the end of September and end before Easter.
Thanks to Ms. Niamh Mac Auley for her help with the players. Thanks to Ms. Gillian Galvin for her help with the Learners Chess Club.

Soccer Competitions

Senior Infants Soccer
Held on Fridays only
Rang 1 & Rang 2
Held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Teams are on website.

Rang 3Rang 6
Held on Mondays – Thursdays. Teams are on website.

Multi-Media Authoring / Video Editing / Computer Lessons / Coderdojo – for Rang 2, Rang 3, Rang 4, Rang 5 and Rang 6 will hopefully start this year. Thanks to Mrs. Margaret Deegan for hopefully teaching Coder Dojo to Rang 2 each week.

Swimming: for Rang 1 and half Rang 6 starts on Friday 29th of April

Wardens – every year Rang 6 act as School Wardens. The scheme is up and running. Thanks to our team of SET teachers who have taken over from Mr. O’Driscoll. Thanks also to Chris Hinchy for his help again this year.

GAA – Conan O’Donovan on Wednesdays.
Rugby – Finbarr O’Mahony on Fridays is now finished.

Sciath na Scol Competitions – we’re not sure what’s going to happen with Sciath na Scol this year. We’ll let you know as soon as we know.

P.E. / Soccer Timetable

Junior Infants (Mrs. Marie Forristal)Not applicableMondays and Thursdays
Senior Infants (Ms. Gillian Galvin)FridaysWednesdays and Fridays
Senior Infants / Rang 1 (Ms. Michelle O’Neill)Fridays for Seniors
Tuesdays and Thursdays for 1st
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Rang 1 (Ms. Kathryn O’Shea / Ms. Karen O’ReganTuesdays and ThursdaysTuesdays and Fridays
Rang 2 (Mr. Paul Carmody)Mondays and WednesdaysMondays and Thursdays
Rang 2 / 3 (Ms. Carol Ann O’Donovan / Ms. Laura Connolly)MondaysMondays and Fridays
Rang 4 (Mrs. Marie Hayes)TuesdaysTuesdays & Wednesdays
Rang 5 A (Ms. Marguerite Bradshaw)WednesdaysTuesdays and Wednesdays
Rang 5 B (Mr. Seán Daly)WednesdaysMondays and Fridays
Rang 6 (Ms. Niamh Mac Auley)ThursdaysTuesdays and Thursdays
This timetable may be updated in September 2021

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an international, universal,  evidence-based, classroom programme that has shown dramatic effect in reducing aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. Barnardos was chosen as the lead agency to deliver the programme in Ireland in 2011.
The programme has been delivered in a hundred and thirty primary schools around Ireland with a small number of schools in Cork and Waterford already participating. As a result of support from the Tomar Trust, Barnardos is now in a position to roll out the programme in West Cork & Waterford schools. They are currently developing a three year plan to involve schools in Cork and Waterford in the Roots of Empathy programme. We have been chosen as one of the West Cork Schools and will be implementing the programme this coming year. Please note Covid-19 may change these plans.

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