Our First Year, 2018/2019!
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Welcome to Brannoxtown
Community National School!
Welcome to Brannoxtown Community National School! We opened in September 2018 under patronage of the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) as a Community National School.
Our school is located approx. 10 minutes drive from Naas and 5 minutes from Kilcullen. It includes the original schoolhouse dating back to 1885 and a state-of-the-art, new school building which opened in 2013 and is equipped with a wonderful range of educational resources and technologies. We use the kitchen in the original schoolhouse for baking and science experiments. Our classrooms are in the new building. We have lots of new PE equipment and we’re currently brightening up our school grounds with flowers, vegetables and new green areas.
We are guided by four values, which chidren chose for our school and you’ll see these on our crest: Ambition, Effort, Respect and Teamwork. Brannoxtown CNS is a happy place where we support all children to grow in competence and confidence so they can flourish as learners and individuals. Our school is at the heart of the community and we value strong communications with parents and community members.
We’re enjoying some wonderful adventures as we begin our second year!
Meeting with Parents (29/01/20)
All parents are welcome to our next meeting on January 29th, 9:50-10am. Agenda items include: improving our school grounds (and the. climbing frame), school policies (admission, attendance, administration of meds, etc.), plans for Enrolment Open Days and ideas for our Bookfair which begins on Thursday 26/03 for one week.
Primary Science Fair, BTYSTE (09/12/20)
Congratulations to all our students (2nd to 6th class) who presented our research at the Primary Science Fair: ‘A healthy way to beat bad breath’. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Dheeraj and Dr. Ewen, Teagasc for their leadership and support. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish!
Hot off the press... BCNS Christmas Newsletter! (20/12/19)
Christmas Holidays (20/12/19)
School closes for the Winter Break for all children, at 11:45 on Friday, 20th December. We wish BCNS families and friends every joy and happiness over the Christmas season. School reopens on Monday, 6th January.
Visit to Dunshane, Camphill (17/12/19)
We’re looking forward to a wonderful visit to Dunshane, Camphill with chidlren from 2nd to 6th class. Children should wear their tracksuits and footwear suitable for outdoors – for a tour of the gardens and farm.
Winter Gathering (14/12/19)
All are invited to the Brannoxtown CNS Winter Gathering, from 3-5pm on Saturday, 14th December, in collaboration wtih the Brannockstown Community Group. We’ll have Tea and Treats, Santa’s Grotto, our first Craft Fair and Children’s Workshops. Our event will conclude with Santa leading us to the 1885 school-house to switch on our Christmas Lights!
Rugby Blitz with Halverstown NS (05/12/19)
Our long-awaited Rugby Blitz is scheduled for Thursday, 5th December. Children should wear their tracksuits and bring a change of footwear.
Sacramental Preparation Classes
Sacramental Preparation Classes for Communion and Confirmation will take place every Wednesday. Classes will begin at 2.30pm and finish at 3.30pm. Children are welcome to bring an extra snack for the class. Children will receive a small amount of homework every week. Múinteoir Dawn will be running the classes weekly.
Team Hope Shoeboxes- collection 22/11/19
Shoeboxes for Team Hope will be collected from our school on Friday 22nd November. Children from 2nd to 6th class opened up some Team Hope Boxes last Friday and discussed filling boxes with the four Ws (wash, wear, write and wow!) All families are invited fill/help fill a shoebox for children around the world who may not otherwise receive a Christmas gift. Any individual items children can bring to help fill boxes and/or empty shoeboxes are very much appreciated. You can find out more here. Thank you in advance.
Science Workshop at Birr Castle (15/11/19)
Children from 2nd to 6th class are in for a treat; a Science Workshop on global warming is scheduled for our school at Birr Castle on Friday, November 15th. Children should wear tracksuits and footwear suitable for outdoor walking and playing.
Dunlavin Dairy! (08/11/19)
We are very excited to visit Dunlavin Dairy this Friday (8th). Children come to and return from school at the normal times. Please ensure your child has a warm coat, good footwear, a snack and lunch and a reusable drinks-bottle. After an exciting day of learning at Arthur’s Dairy Farm on Friday, children will have a long weekend. Our school is closed on Monday 11th to facilitate staff training in the Primary Language Curriculum.
Mid-term Newsletter! (25/10/19)
Hot off the press… our student-preoduced October Newsletter! We hope you enjoy reading about our learning adventures so far this year.
Mid-term Holiday (25/10/19)
Our school will end at the regular time this Friday for the half-term holiday. School will reopen on Monday, November 4th. This Friday, children are invited to wear a Halloween costume (or part of a costume!) to school. Copies of our half-term newsletter will go home with children also on Friday. On behalf of us all, thank you for your great support this term. We wish you a wonderful holiday!
Sacramental Preparation Meeting (21/10/19)
Parents of children preparing to receive Catholic Sacraments durign this school year are invited to meet with Fr. Mackey in St. Joseph’s N.S. on Monday evening, 21st October:
- 7:00pm Meeting with parents of Communion children (2nd class).
- 7:20pm Meeting with parents of Confirmation children (5th and 6th class).
Children's School Lives (CSL) Research (21/10/19)
We are delighted that our school has been chosen to participate in the longitudinal study, Children’s School Lives (CSL). The purpose of the study, led by researchers at UCD, is to learn more about children’s lives so that education policy can be more in-tune with and responsive to children. Your child received a Consent Form today for you to read and to sign, if you are happy for your child to participate. We think this is an important opportunity to ensure children’s voices shape national policy. Click here for more information.
Castletown House (18/10/19)
First to Sixth Class: Maths trails and tour of park lands. Children to come to school at the normal time. We will return to school before 2.30pm. This trip is funded by the school. Please ensure your child has a warm coat, good footwear, a drink with a screw-top lid and extra snacks.
Mobile Library Schedule (2019/2020)
The 11 Mobile Library dates for the current school year (every third Tuesday, 10:30am-12 noon) are:
- September 10th
- October 1st and 22nd
- November 19th
- December 10th
- January 14th
- February 4th
- March 3rd and 24th
- April 28th
- May 19th
The Library is available for the Brannockstown community; no class is assigned to the Library from 10:30 to 10:45am. Your regular library card can be used in the Mobile Library or a new account can be set-up for you.
Busy Fingers at Brannoxtown CNS - Afterschool and Preschool!
We are very excited to welcome Busy Fingers Creche to Brannoxtown CNS! Busy Fingers Creche will provide an Afterschool/Homework Club at Brannoxtown CNS up to 4:30pm from January 2020 and a Pre-school (ECCE) from September 2020. You’ll find more information on our Parents page.
Term 1: Additional School Closures (18/09/19)
To facilitate staff training and development of our school, the following are additional school closures for Term 1:
- Monday, Oct 7th: School closes at 11:50am (Staff development)
- Monday, Nov 11th: School closed (Language Curriculum training)
- Monday, Dec 2nd: School closed (Language Curriculum planning)
Kfm Interview (04/09/2019)
Huge thanks to Clem Ryan and the team at Kfm for the opportunity to talk about Brannoxtown CNS this morning (interview begins at approx 2:45):
Tracksuit & Uniform Days (2019/2020)
For all children, school tracksuit days are: Friday, Monday and Tuesday and (formal) school uniform days are: Wednesday and Thursday. Stand-alone crests are available for purchase from the school during the year (€5 per crest).
Welcome to a new school year! (2019/2020)
Our school will re-open on Friday, August 30th. All parents received this letter with information and updates for the new school year.
BCNS Booklists (07/06/19)
BCNS School Booklists, are available online for all classes, Junior Infants to Sixth Class.
Enrolling your child at Brannoxtown CNS
Wonderful things happen here and our school is growing! Check out the Q and A about our school . To schedule a meeting to discuss enrolling your child(ren), email email@example.com or call 087-1124310.
We are a Community National School! (03/09/18)
Our school opened as a Community National School (CNS) on September 3rd, 2018. For more information on the CNS model visit: www.cns.ie