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Welcome to Brannoxtown
Community National School!

Welcome to Brannoxtown Community National School! We opened as a Community National School in September 2018 under patronage of the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB). Our school is located about 10 minutes drive from Naas and 5 minutes from Kilcullen. We are guided by four values (which children chose): Respect, Teamwork, Effort and Ambition. 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 are enrolling across all classes. If you’d like to inquire about enrolling your child(ren), email us at: brannoxtowncns@kwetb.ieYou can find out about our learning adventures here and by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Dr. Sarah FitzPatrick, Principal

Notice Board

New Teacher Post (fixed-term): 11/11/22

We’re looking for an innovative, happy teacher to join our staff at Brannoxtown CNS, to the summer! Our Fixed Term post is advertised with a closing date of Friday, November 25th, 5pm. This is an additional mainstream class teacher post (1st & 2nd class). Click here for the Advert and Application form.

Visit to Mountlucas Wind Farm: 15/11/22
Huge thanks to Lisa-Anne Crookes at Wind Energy Ireland and Catherine Swaine at Mountlucas Wind Farm, Bord na Móna for organising a wonderful day for students from 3rd-6th class to learn about Wind Energy!
BCNS October Newsletter! 28/10/22
Well done to all students on a great half-term. School finishes for the mid-term holiday on Friday, 28th October, at the normal time (1:30/2:30).  We hope you enjoy reading about our learning adventures over the past 8 weeks in our October Newsletter published in PDF and also published as an online file (Venngage). The newsletter also includes important notices about calendar dates for the next half-term, and beyond.
Visit to the Houses of the Oireachtas: 27/10/22
Fifth and sixth class students had a super day learning about democracy and governance at Leinster House. We were thrilled to witness the Dáil in session and to sit in the Seanad! Huge thanks to Senator Fiona O’ Loughlin for facilitating our visit and for David Griffin and Tony Maher for their wonderful welcome and a very memorable tour experience. Stay tuned for our video of this ‘great day out’!
Parent Group - Survey Invitation: 27/10/22
The first meeting of the Parent Group is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9th, at 7:30pm. Parents are invited for tea/coffee from 7:15pm. It’s a hybrid (online & onsite) meeting. Thank you for responding to the short online survey to say if you may be interested to take-on a lead/team role. Meeting details (including the link to join the meeting online) will be sent to any parents who expressed an interest.
New School Policies: 20/10/22
Four updated/new policies are published on the school website, available here. The first two of these are considered ‘essential’ policies for every school:
  • Child Protection: Child Safety Statement and Risk Assessment
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Communications with Parents Policy
  • Class Size and Class Progression Policy.
Board of Management Meeting: 20/10/22
The first meeting of the Board of Management this school year was held on Thursday, 20th October. Four more meetings of the Board are scheduled on December 1st, February 16th, April 27th & June 8th. Our 8-member board includes two parent nominees (Mitzie Day and Eugene O’ Brien), two community nominees, two patron (KWETB) nominees, one teacher nominee and the Principal. You’ll find an Agreed Report (summary) of each meeting here on our school website.
Family Project & Family Day: 07/10/22

The Family Project begins Monday, 3rd October and concludes with Family Day on Friday, 7th October. Parents, grandparents and family members are invited to visit the school for tea/coffee from 1pm next Friday.

The focus of the week is on helping children develop their understanding of past and present and that older people grew up in a different age, a time before they were born. Some of next week’s activities include:
gathering information about our grandparents (data, maths)
connecting with grandparents/older family members (with calls, cards, emails, etc.)
inviting grandparents to share stories with our school
preparing to welcome parents and grandparents to our school next Friday.

We’re looking forward to a wonderful celebration!

Visit to Gilltown Stud: 29/09/22

Parents can view a video (created by Senior Room Students) of our wonderful day at Gilltown Stud at this link. Our very sincere thanks to staff at Gilltown for their wonderful, warm welcome. It was a fabulous day…  from start to finish!

Mobile Library Dates: 2022/2023

The Mobile Library will visit our school on Tuesdays, approximately every third week. Mobile Libary dates for the current school year are:

  • September 20th 
  • October 11th 
  • November 8th & 29th 
  • January 10th & 31st
  • February 7th & 28th
  • March 7th & 21st
  • April 25th
  • May 16th
Welcome to the new School Year! 30/08/22
Well done to our Junior Infants and new students who visited their new school earlier this week.  We look forward to welcoming all students back to school on Wednesday, August 31st. Please read this note for families with updates for the new school year
School Bus Transport Scheme: 06/07/22
Bus Eireann has announced that school transport fees will be waived for all families for the 2022/2023 school year. The Family Portal is temporarily unavailable for updates. Once restored, families can continue to register for any available places on the route using BCNS-SchoolTransportScheme-2022July.pdf
June Newsletter: 29/06/2022

Hot off the press… this is our June Newsletter (PDF). All content was created by children. Two 6th Class Graduates, Ava and Matilda edited this issue. We used a new tool to create the newsletter (infograph.venngage); you can also view it here. We hope you enjoy!

New Deputy Principal & Teacher Interviews: 27/06/2022

Following interview this evening, we are delighted to announce that Muinteoir Deirdre is now our Deputy Principal in a permanent capacity. Next Monday, July 4th, interviews are scheduled for Special Education Teacher (SET) and Mainstream Teacher positions at BCNS.

 

Badminton Coaching Sessions: 21/06/2022

Jennie King from KCELL Badminton Academy in Kilcullen will visit our school on Wednesday 29th June where all children will take part in a Badminton Coaching Session with Jennie.

 

Family Open Day Friday, 24th June 2022

The Family Open Day will take place on Friday, 24th June at 1:30pm.  This will include our 6th Class Graduation which will take place at 2pm.  More details will follow closer to the time.

 

Gathering for families survey: 09/05/2022

Please let us know your interest/availability to participate in the gathering of families event which is being suggesed for Saturday, May 28th.  Please respond to the survey by Friday, May 13th: https://forms.office.com/r/aUs1hpBQFB

 

Gathering for families survey: 09/05/2022

Please let us know your interest/availability to participate in the gathering of families event which is being suggesed for Saturday, May 28th.  Please respond to the survey by Friday, May 13th: https://forms.office.com/r/aUs1hpBQFB

 

School Calendar Update: 05/04/2022

School Calendar Update:

  • On Friday, May 6th and Thursday, June 2nd, children will finish school early (a half day) to facilitate staff training/CPD.
  • In lieu of the March 18th ‘Covid-19 Day of Remembrance’ (when our school was closed), we will take the additional holiday on Friday June 3rd (leading into the June Bank Holiday weekend).
Covid-19 Information Note (DES): 23/02/2022

This note from the Department of Education and Skills (DES) updates schools on the new public health advice, effective from 28th February 2022. The DES advises that schools should resume normal school routines and  teaching and learning activities and that:
It is no longer a requirement for staff or pupils/students to wear a face covering/mask in school. Staff and student/pupils can continue to wear a face covering/mask if they wish to do so on a personal basis and schools should continue to make masks available on request as they are currently doing. (p.2)

February Mid-term: 18/02/2022

We wish all families a restful and enjoyable mid-term break. School reopens for all children on Monday, February 28th.

Climate Change Student Survey: 18/02/2022

What do Irish students believe about Climate Change and how do they feel about it? Senior Room students have designed a Climate Change Student Survey to answer this question. The survey for students from 3rd class at primary to 6th year at post-primary, complements research published last year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ‘Climate Change in the Irish Mind’ (2021). The EPA surveyed 4,000 adults aged 18 to 65. This survey is to ensure students’ voices are part of the ongoing discussions about Climate Change. We believe the leaders of tomorrow are sitting in the classrooms of today… Your view counts!

School Services Survey: 17/02/2022

The School Services’ Survey for Parents to express interest in Afterschool Club, Breakfast Club, Holiday Camps or the ECCE (Preschool Scheme) is open until Tuesday, 22nd February. 

BCNS Student Council Meeting: 09/02/22

Our Student Council met today to discuss and agree some important actions for our school. The Student Council meets every 2-3 weeks. Here’s a flavour of what’s on our agenda!

BCNS School Calendar 2022-2023

Please click on the link below to view the BCNS School Calendar for the next school year: 2022-2023. 

BCNS-Calendar-20222023

 

HSE Guidelines: 07/02/22

The HSE’s latest guidance to families on what to do if you or a close contact has a confirmed case, or symptoms, of Covid-19, is posted to Class Dojo (School Story). With the virus very much active in our local communities at present, thank you again for carefully checking daily that children are safe to come to school in the two remaining weeks to the February mid-term.  HSE Guidance

School Services Survey: 03/02/22

We are prioritising the 1885 school-house for services to support school families, next year. We are considering extending Afterschool Club to five days and adding three new services there: Breakfast Club, Holiday Camps and Preschool. The survey link below is to ask if you may be interested in any of these services for your child(ren) for the next school year. Thanks for sharing your views by Tuesday, 22nd February. https://forms.office.com/r/tWqe5LPLPB

Confirmation and Communion Classes 2022

Sacramental Preparation classes are held on Mondays, from 2:30-3:00pm. Communion Classes are with Múinteoir Deirdre and Confirmation Classes are with Múinteoir Sarah. Children will also continue their preparation with parents at home. This year’s Confirmation includes 5th as well as 6th class. Information on mass celebration dates and venues will be shared as soon as details are finalised.

Staffing Update: 02/02/22

We are delighted to announce that Suzanne Dowling joins our staff in a full time permanent/SNA capacity, this week, following recent recruitment competition with over 35 applications. Today, we also welcome Aisling Lennon, SET, who joins our staff every Wednesday, to support children across a range of skills, to the end of the school year. 

Broadband Upgrade: 26/01/22

Our Broadband is being upgraded from FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) to FTTH (Fibre To The Home) to improve reliability and speed. Following initial works, the line has been cut for about a week. Unfortunately, during this outage, back-up wifi dongles don’t work. Please use Class Dojo only to flag student absences. Other messages can be communicated on paper (e.g., a note at the back of the Homework Journal) or email to the school: brannoxtowncns@kwetb.ie. 

Antigen Test Availability: 16/01/22

Free antigen test kits are available for parents to order from the HSE at: https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/schools-antigen-testing/. There are five test kits in each pack. The school roll number required for the order is: 16817P

Sacramental Preparation Survey: 10/01/22

Parents of children in 2nd, 5th and 6th Class class can use the survey at the link below if you wish your child to prepare for and receive the Catholic sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and Confirmation.https://forms.office.com/r/JyfuDk4aEG

School Reopening: 06/01/22

We hope you had a lovely break and we look forward to reopening school, Thursday 6th January. We will continue to undertake all actions to keep our school open safely. All staff are Covid-free for school reopening; if this changes, we may need to consider teacher changes/closure, at short notice. Parents, please continue to text any absences to your child’s teacher on Class Dojo. 

School Bus Transport Scheme Review (24/01/22)

Under the terms of the School Transport Scheme, primary school children are eligible for school transport if they live 3.2 kilometres or more from their closest school, ‘having regard to ethos and language’ (i.e., denomination and language of your choice).

The DES is now inviting parents to complete a survey to review the school bus transport scheme. It takes just 2-3 minutes to complete. Part 2 is for parents whose children do not currently avail of the scheme. In the text box at the end, you may wish to note that the two multi-denominational schools you pass on the way to Brannoxtown CNS are full (see bold text above). Completing the survey may improve the odds of our bus route being approved. You’ll find the survey link here:

https://dessurveys.education.gov.ie/surveys/parent-and-guardian-school-transport-survey

 

Virtual Winter Concert! (22/12/21)

Happy Holidays! Sit back, relax and enjoy our Virtual Winter Concert!

Junior Room:

Jingle Bells

Greek Mythology

Senior Room:

Jingle Bell Rock

Greek Mythology

Term 1 Newsletter (22/12/21)

Friday Collages from September to December take centre-stage in our bumper A3 winter newsletter, BCNS News for parents. Look out for Junior Room Aistear themes, visits and visitors and everyday magic moments full of active, joyful learning across the school!

SNA Post Advert (21/12/21)

A new SNA post for Brannoxtown CNS has been advertised on Education Posts. Completed Application Forms can be submitted by email (only) to: bcnsrecruitment@kwetb.ie by 5pm on Wednesday 12th January, 2022.

Mobile Library (16/11/21)

The mobile library will visit our school on the following dates:

07/12/2021 (cancelled due to Storm Barra)

18/01/2022

08/02/2022

08/03/2022

29/03/2022

03/05/2022

24/05/2022

CMO Letter & DES Guidance - Face masks 3rd-6th Class (01/12/21)

Here, parents can access a copy of:

These measures are temporary and for review by NPHET mid-February, 2022. On behalf of the Board of Management, we very much appreciate the continued efforts of all families to keep our children safe and well.

Board of Management: Parent Nominee Vacancy (22/11/21)

A Vacancy has arisen on the school’s Board of Management, following the relocation and resignation of our (Dad) Parent Nominee on the Board of Management (Board). We are inviting expressions of interest to: brannoxtowncns@kwetb.ie by Friday, 26th November. To maintain a gender balance, we are seeking a male nominee. The Board has eight members including two patron nominees, two parent nominees, two community nominees and one school staff nominee and the Principal (Secretary to the Board). You’ll find more information on this Overview Note of the Board’s work. Links to Agreed Reports from meetings are available on the Board Webpage.

Drama Module (18/11/2021)

All children begin a new five-week Drama Module with Mauricio Quevedo on November 18th, funded by our Creative Schools grant. Children will progress from drama games and improvisations, to stage a short adaptation of a Greek myth. The final piece will be  recorded and shared with parents as part of our ‘Virtual Christmas Concert’. Stay tuned for more information… recording is scheduled for Friday, December 16th!

Parent Teacher Meetings (23/11-01/12/2021)

Parent Teacher Meetings (PTMs) take place over five days from Tuesday, 23rd November to Wednesday, 1st December. Use this link to access booking calendars for PTMs with Múinteoir Deirdre (Junior Room) and for Múinteoir Sarah (Senior Room). The Zoom meeting link will be shared before your meeting.

COVID-19 Government Announcement (18/11/2021)

This evening, government Ministers for Education and Public Health announced additional measures regarding COVID-19 in primary schools, effective from Monday, 29th November or sooner. There are four key messages from today’s announcements regarding COVID-19 in schools, summarised in this note for parents of Brannoxtown CNS. Implications for parents are outlined on page two of the note. Further information is available in today’s Press Release by Ministers Foley and Donnelly.

School photos (18/11/2021)

School photos are scheduled next Thursday, November 18th. Children from 1st to 6th should wear their formal uniform (not tracksuit). This year, there is no ‘return visit’ by County Photos for any children absent on the 18th. Proof cards in a sealed bag will be given to each child and photos can be ordered via the school or online.

Board of Management Meeting (16/11/21)

The Board of Management meeting  on Tuesday, November 16th was held at Brannoxtown CNS. The Minutes and Agreed Report from the June Meeting were approved. The next meeting of the Board of Management is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th. Agreed Reports for all Board Meetings are available on the  Board of Management webpage.

Senator Vincent Martin - Visitor (09/11/21)

To help us set-up our Student Council, our final visit by a public representative was by Senator Vincent Martin on Tuesday, November 9th. Senator Martin answered additional questions about his election to Seanad Éireann and about his Green Party’s policies to protect ourearth. It was a busy morning for Senator Vincent Martin at Brannoxtown CNS before he left our school for Seanad Éireann! Míle buíochas, arís!

Team Hope - Shoebox Appeal Online (08/11/21)

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Team Hope is asking for online donations to their gift-filled shoeboxes again this year. Donations enable the network of local partners in Africa and Eastern Europe to purchase items for shoeboxes for children affected by poverty. Often these shoeboxes are the only gift that a child will receive at Christmas and the joy that they deliver is incredible. Parents can learn more and contribute here. 

Cllr. Peggy O' Dwyer - Visitor (04/11/21)

Our third Councillor visit was by Peggy O’ Dwyer and we learned so much! Although children had 10 (planned) questions for Peggy, we veered a little off-script when we discovered Peggy’s love of animals! We hope Peggy enjoyed her gifts of a Homework Journal, Homework Pass and Honey and the special Thank You card that children so carefully constructed to say a huge thanks to each and every visitor who shares their expertise and experience with us.

Cllr. Noel Heavey - Visitor (02/11/21)

Thank you, Councillor Noel Heavey, for visiting the Senior Room, to talk about your work . Children had 10 (planned) questions for Noel, but we did not expect hi to sing for us (‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’), nor did we expect to sing for him (‘What a Wonderful World’)! We are delighted to hear that Noel’s Homework Pass (awarded by children) is in his back pocket for a special day when he needs to put his feet up and have a cuppa and take some time out from his very busy schedule!

Thank you, Pastor Richard Blaney! (21/10/21)

Huge thanks to Pastor Richard Blaney and colleagues for organising our visit to Brannockstown Baptist Church (in separate groups) this week. All children had an opportunity to see what one Church in the Christian faith looks like, inside and out. Children prepared for our visit by sharing what we know already about different places of worship. This is part of our Patron’s Programme, Goodness Me, Goodness You! (GMGY) to support children to develop an understanding and awareness of different values and beliefs. Senior Room children learned about the significance of the Church in the village’s history, as part of local studies.

Cllr. Tracey O' Dwyer - Visitor (19/10/21)

We were thrilled to have our first Councillor visit to the Senior Room, when Tracey O’ Dwyer came to talk about her work on Tuesday. Children had 10 (planned) questions for Tracey … and many more! We especially appreciated Tracey’s gifts of time and honesty. She also brought physical gifts-pencils and pencil sharpeners with the ‘waste and rubbish management’ reminder: reduce, reuse and recycle!

First Green Flag! (19/10/21)

On Tuesday, October 19th, a very special guest, Cllr. Tracey O’ Dwyer  raised the ‘Litter and Waste Flag’ with Múinteoir Dawn. Múinteoir Deirdre lead us in song (‘What a wonderful World’) on keyboard. Brian Byrne (author and editor) visited Brannoxtown CNS for the very special ceremony to raise our first Green Flag and captured some of the magic in his blog post!

Admissions Notice - September 2022 Enrolment (01/10/21)

Spaceous play areas, large well-equipped classrooms, high quality care and education, small classes, regular tours and trips outdoors, Afterschool Club and Preschool Care … these are some of the reasons, highlighted on our Admissions Notice, why parents choose our school. Check out our Facebook posts and this website to learn more. Further information including our Enrolment Form are available here

Brannoxtown CNS HSE School Dental Programme Form: 2nd, 4th & 6th Class (02/09/21)

Brannoxtown CNS requests your permission to forward the following information to the HSE in relation to your child’s participation in the HSE school dental programme: Name, date of birth, address and contact phone number(s). Can you confirm if you grant permission or not by completing the online form by Wednesday, 8th September. The link to the form is: https://forms.office.com/r/mdY5d4K3Fv

Class Dojo Website & App (01/09/21)

Your child’s teacher has sent you a message, inviting you to join Class Dojo. Please respond via Class Dojo to join your child’s class. Parents use Class Dojo during the year to let class teachers know if your child is/will be absent. This is the fastest way to contact your child’s teacher regarding absences.  Teachers use the Class Dojo to share special learning moments (Class Story) and to complement children’s learning stories (Class Dojo Portfolios). 

School Re-opening (1 & 2/09/21)

Our school reopens for Junior Infants on Wednesday, 1st September and for all children on Thursday, 2nd September. Parents are asked to complete the Covid-19 Return-to-School Form for child(ren) before their return. Our school reopening update (emailed to all parents) is available here. We look forward to welcoming all families ‘back to school’ including ten new families who join us this year.

Afterschool Club Leader - Sinéad Leydon (28/08/21)

We are delighted to welcome Sinéad Leydon, the new Afterschool Club Leader at Brannoxtown CNS! Sinéad looks forward to welcoming children to Afterschool Club, from Monday to Thursday, from 1:30/2:30 to 4:30pm. Afterschool Club Forms and additional information are available here. Preschool is scheduled to begin at the school in September 2022. Specific queries can be emailed directly to Sinéad at: sineadleydon@yahoo.co.uk.

School Office Re-opening (23/08/21)

The school office closed for the summer holiday on Friday, July 23rd. Liz Kavanagh, Secretary will reopen the office, the week beginning Monday, August 23rd. Queries regarding purchase of school uniform crests/ties or payment of the General Purpose Fee can be made to Liz via the school email: brannoxtowncns@kwetb.ie. Parents will find information for the 2021/2022 school year (calendar, booklists, uniform, etc.) on the school homepage: www.brannoxtowncns.ie. 

School Calendar 2021/2022 (29/04/21)

Our School Calendar for the next academic year is available here. Junior Infants will begin school on Wednesday 1st September. Senior Infants to Sixth Class will return the following day, Thursday 2nd September.