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Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche Bunkers Hill, Castlewellan

A message from the Principal / Nóta ón Phríomhoide


Tá fáilte mhór romhaibh agus roimh bhur bpáistí sa scoilbhliain nua seo!

We are delighted to welcome our new Rang 1 pupils and their parents into our school community, as well as wishing a warm “welcome back” to all our “old” friends among the R2-7 pupils and their families. We in Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche are enthused and excited to start off the new school year having achieved so much last year (for example winning the local Credit Union Quiz and The Formula 1 in Schools Challenge – Maith thú múinteoir Ciarán!) Furthermore, at the end of last year, the school also received 2 major awards – The Green Flag for being an ECO-school and the Digital School Award for excellence in teaching and learning practices in ICT. (A great deal of credit is due to múinteoirí Brenda and Máire for their leadership in gaining these awards.)

In Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche community spirit has always been highly valued and encouraged. After all, “Ní neart go cur le ceile” – (We are only strong when we work together). We would like to encourage parents, current or new, to involve themselves in the life of the school – perhaps through helping CAIRDE, our PTA, with fundraising events. Last year, CAIRDE, made wonderful contributions to all of our pupils’ education by purchasing 8 iPads as well as a variety of Sports equipment and paying for some school trips, new books, etc.. Practical skills and expertise are also welcome – for example help and advice would be welcome, on occasion, regarding such things as minor plumbing issues, or even putting together shelves! So please let us know if you have any practical expertise and a little time to offer.

A big “Go raibh maith agaibh” is also due to many parents and grandparents who volunteered to help in a range of activities last year, such as maintaining the garden, driving pupils to a wide variety of Sporting events, academic activities, competitions, etc., as well as preparing a wonderful “after-party” for our R4 pupils following their First Communion Service. All of these efforts are greatly appreciated.

As we approach our annual Siúlóid Urraithe/ Sponsored Walk, which we normally hold in the first week of October, I would like to remind parents that this is the school’s main source of additional funding for the year. I’m sure you will appreciate how important this is to the school in the current climate of severe cuts to the Education budget. You have probably heard on the news about the additional unexpected cuts which were foisted on all primary schools at the very beginning of September – approximately £56 per child was cut from predicted school budgets, leaving our own school almost £6000 under our expected funding amount for the year.

Last year our Sponsored Walk raised a commendable £938.20 and this was spent on:-

  • Sports Day resources & Awards
  • Gardening materials & grass cutting services
  • Classroom resources and games
  • Buses for trips
  • Hire of halls for pupils’ shows
  • Some sports coaching fees
  • Course fees for Staff Training
  • Advertising expenses, etc.

I hope that you can appreciate the importance of your efforts in fundraising for our sponsored walk & contributing to school life in general. This is essential, now more than ever, to the successful running of our school and the provision of a wide-ranging educational experience for all the children.

Finally, could I also encourage parents to apply for Free School Meals, if they think they might be entitled to them at all. The percentage of children on Free School Meals greatly affects the funding that is awarded to the school by the Education Authority – whether or not the children actually avail of school dinners. A drop in our free school meals percentage this year lead to a 33% cut in our After Schools Budget amongst other effects to the whole school budget. Applications forms for FSM are available to pick up from the office.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh agus guímis gach rath ar obair na scoile don bhliain seo amach romhainn!


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Upcoming Events...

Wednesday, 20th September 2017
Aonach Leabhair (Scholastic Book Fair in Bialann 2.15 - 3.30 - everyone welcome!)
Thursday, 21st September 2017
Aonach Leabhair (Scholastic Book Fair in Bialann 2.15 - 3.30 - everyone welcome!)
Monday, 25th September 2017
Rang 2 Curriculum Meeting (2.15 Brenda's Classroom)
Tuesday, 26th September 2017
Rang 1 Curriculum Meeting (2.15 Máire's Classroom)
Wednesday, 27th September 2017
Rang 3 Curriculum Meeting (2.15 Maeve's Classroom)
Thursday, 28th September 2017
Rang 4/5 Curriculum Meeting (2.15 Aingeal and Sinead's Classroom)
Friday, 29th September 2017
Lá na dTeangacha Eorpacha (To celebrate European Day of languages, each class will wear the colours of their designated country to school today)
Rang 6/7 Curriculum Meeting (2.15 Ciaran's Classroom)