Jubilee 1970-2020

A chairde, our school will be celebrating its Jubilee year in 2020. We are hoping to publish a Jubilee Book of memories stretching back to the very first day in the new school. We need your help in gathering information, photographs etc. Please spread the word to all your family, friends and past pupils wherever they may be around the world. Please send any and all correspondence to jubilee@bgns.ie or contact the school directly. This is a novel way to help celebrate our school and the history attached to it.

Super Troopers!

We are delighted to be taking part in Laya Healthcare’s Super Trooper programme to promote fun, family friendly activities to keep us active in 2019. Each student has received a Health Homework Journal to record their activities. Within these journals also are activity suggestions, games, recipes, mindfulness and challenges for all the family to get involved in. We look forward to tracking our progress over the coming months.



5th Class Vikings

5th class have been learning about the vikings. Everyone has been doing their own projects on paper or presented on a USB. We’ve learned lots about their customs, how they ate and their language.

The class worked together to make a Viking shields and a giant viking longship collage in our art.

By Kaiyah

Active School Challenge

Each class is taking on the Sights of Europe Running Challenge, trying to reach landmarks such as Big Ben, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Prague Castle. Each lap of the school yard is 1km and classes are trying to reach their destination before this challenge finishes at the end of the month. Keep running!


5th Class

Reopening of St. Mary’s NS

A chairde,

I hope you and your families are keeping well.

As you are aware, our school has now been closed since March 12th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are now hoping to reopen our school safely and in line with current guidance and recommendations from the Department of Education and Skills.

Reopening the school safely will require the co-operation of all members of our school community – Board of Management, School Leadership, Staff, Parents and Pupils. We will all be called upon to play our part in ensuring that reopening of the school is organised in a safe manner which helps reduce the spread of the virus and allows the vital work of teaching and learning to proceed with as little disruption as possible.

We have been working on our plan for the safe reopening of our school for some weeks now and have published the DES COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Primary and Special Schools. See below.

COVID-19 Response Plan for Primary and Special Schools

The Response Plan gives details of

  • Physical preparation, signage, hand sanitiser stations.
  • Advice, procedures and training for the safe return to working in the school for all school staff and pupils.
  • General and specific advice on how all pupils, staff, parents and visitors will prevent the spread of the virus.

We are currently applying  these guidelines to our specific setting. Further information will follow over the coming weeks to ensure that everyone is as prepared as possible for our school’s reopening.

We have also published our COVID-19 Policy Statement. Our Board of Management will keep you informed as to the progress of our reopening plans and provide you with the information required by you to play your part in safely reopening the school.

Covid-19 Policy Statement

We are really looking forward to welcoming our pupils back to school on tuesday September 1st and will be doing all that we can to ensure that the return to school is a safe and enjoyable experience for our pupil and families.  Junior Infants will finish at 12 o’ clock for the first two weeks of school (September 1st – September 11th.) Senior Infants will finish at 1:40 pm and all other classes will finish at 2:40 pm as per usual. More information will follow and we will be in touch with you again before school reopens.

Le dea-ghuí

Niall Madden


The following websites provide further information on COVID-19 and on government advice and recommendations regarding the re-opening of schools: –

Farewell to our 6th Class

This time of year is always particularly sad for our 6th class pupils as they graduate from primary school. Our group have missed some of the normal things 6th class pupils get to do in May and June. Here is a little slideshow to help them remember all the fond memories, friends and experiences that they have made and shared over the last 8 years. Please click on the above title to play!


Dear families,

Please have a look at these brainbreak ideas. These are really useful to help clear the mind and give focus to pupils.


Thank you to Ms O’Sullivan for this idea and we hope it will be useful for our families.

Le meas,

Niall Madden

Message from Mr Madden May 11

Here is a little bit of fun for all the boys and girls!

Can you find your teacher?

All our teachers, Mandy and Breda have sent in their childhood photographs.

So use your detective skills and see if you can identify all the staff below.

Thank you to Ms Kehoe for organising this little piece of fun.

We will post the answers next week.


Great Green School News

Mrs Dwyer has some great Green School news that she would like to share with the school! Click on the attached to link to read all about it!

Congratulations Everyone – Great News !

Message from Mr Madden


Please click on the link below to play!

Le meas,


Term 3 2020 (School Closure)

A Chairde,

I hope you all are safe and well at this time. Easter has come and gone, an Easter that will live long in our memories for various reasons. I understand the Easter Bunny was not bound by Covid-19 restrictions, I hope the boys and girls had a visit from him or her! As we all now know, May 5th is our latest extension of restrictions and there has been no indication given to when primary education will resume in the country.

In response,

  1. We will be setting suggested weekly work and tasks again from Monday 20/04/2020.
  2. The useful websites and resources list has been updated.
  3. A specific Special Education Needs section will be uploaded to the website, teachers will also be contacting some families in regards to this.
  4. I will continue calling all our families to see how things are going re: school work at home.
  5. We have established a dedicated phone facility that all our families can call if they wish to seek pastoral advice, support or guidance at this time.

Once again, I want to reassure you that the assigned work that we are setting is in no way to add stress or strain to your current family situation. All work is assigned as a support to parents and pupils, it is not intended to cause any anxiety in any home. If possible, try and do whatever you can, whenever you can!

Please remember that your child has completed a significant amount of the year’s work before Easter! I have spoken to quite a number of parents via phone call before the Easter break. I gather that all the boys and girls are doing really well, the assigned work is working out well and I’ve also been told that everyone has been a great help at home. Pupils are busy exercising, baking and cooking! Lots of life skills are being learned at home whilst the outdoor environment has become the new classroom for many. Keep up the good work. We definitely miss seeing each other but we know things are improving greatly and hopefully we will be back in school again before long.

Teachers can be contacted through the email address they have nominated on the suggested weekly work. I would ask that all families contact their teacher via email to let them know how things are going for you child(ren). This will also help us identify all the families that are aware of the suggested work online. You can contact your child’s teacher with regards to any queries or feedback that you need.

Some children may be coping well with social/physical distancing and completing school work at home, others may be finding these changes difficult too. There will be challenges ahead as your child misses school, their friends, routine and extra curricular activities. We are all in a period of adjustment and it will take time to adapt to these changes. We are aware of this as a school, we now have a dedicated phone facility for any of our families who would like advice, guidance, reassurance or support during these challenging times. Ms Kehoe (Deputy Principal) will be available to speak with parents between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm during term time. This number will be text to all families.

I miss seeing all the smiling and happy faces. I hope the pupils are trying to use the ‘cúpla focal’ at home and maybe the boys and girls might make it a mission to teach their parents a new sentence or word ‘as Gaeilge’ once a week. We will be in contact again in a few days. Keep safe and keep well.

Le meas,

Niall Madden

Hello everyone,

I hope that you are safe and well at this time.  These are very strange times that we find ourselves in.  It is an extremely difficult and stressful time for families for so many reasons. All families are under pressure, pressures of different kinds, and everyone is affected. We, as a school, recognise this and are willing to support our families and community.

All our teachers have been busy collaborating on a list of suggested activities, websites, tips, timetables and much more to help our students revise topics and learn at home over the next two weeks. I acknowledge that some families do not have internet access, printers or laptops for pupils to allow them to engage with all these suggestions at home. Some parents may not be able to help their child at home due to changes in working hours or for commitments in caring for other family members.

Please don’t panic,  these are only suggested activities that may be applicable to your family situation at present. The school does not wish to place added pressure on families, but rather support you. Remember, in school your child is comfortable working on their own for 15-20 minutes within groups and whole class settings. They don’t need constant supervision when completing tasks.

We suggest that not all learning takes place in the classroom, our advice is to try and get out and explore when possible. Your garden and home environment is now your classroom. Explore the Living Curriculum of life, insects and animals! Record your learning experiences using writing, drawings or technology. See below our suggested list. We will keep you updated with more resources and guidance as we receive it. For queries, contact principal@bgns.ie

Updated list for April/May 2020

1. Dublin Zoo webcams https://www.dublinzoo.ie/animals/animal-webcams/

2. Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

3. Indoor Activities for busy toddlers

4. Play games and learn all about animals

5. Travel to Paris to see amazing works of art at The Louvre https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

6. This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.

7. Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/

8. Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/

9. This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

10. 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/

11. Geography and animals

12. Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry http://www.mathscore.com/

13. Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/

14. Crafts, activities, mazes, join the dots etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

15. Voice based learning… learn through Alexa https://bamboolearning.com/resources

16. Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/

17. Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/

18. Digital archive of history https://www.bunkhistory.org/

19. 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. https://www.countryreports.org/

20. Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customised to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/

21. Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. https://www.gonoodle.com/

22. Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php

23. Poetry and music https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments

24. 3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving maths https://www.instructables.com/member/EdgertonCenter/instructables/

25. Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library

26. 80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities

27. Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. https://noveleffect.com/

28. Free videos from around the world

29. Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

30. Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/

31. Phonics worksheets for kids https://www.funfonix.com/

32. Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/
33. National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

34. Learn all about earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/

35. Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids

36. Space science for kiddos https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

37. Maths Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/

38. Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

39. Tons of science experiments that you can do at home https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

40. Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

41. Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.

42. This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

43. Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/

44. This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/

45. Alaskan Wildlife cams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams

46. Coding with Star Wars https://code.org/starwars

47. Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun https://www.crazygames.com/

48. Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/

49. Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/

50.Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/

List from March 2020:

  1. Please read as a family, this will help you get to grips with learning at home https://irishprimaryteacher.ie/advice-for-parents-covid19/
  2. Tips For Learning at Home, some useful advice here to begin with https://www.into.ie/2020/03/18/tips-and-tricks-home-learning/
  3. http://www.scholastic.com/learnathome this website offers free exciting articles, stories, videos and fun learning challenges
  4. Easy to navigate website for talk, play, reading and writing activities at every level http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie/
  5. Addition Tables Practice, really good for number facts https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/game?key=8205aef8
  6. Subtraction Tables Practice, number facts practice https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/game?key=07e035a9
  7. Multiplication Tables Level 1, number facts practice https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/game?key=13fdc8c6
  8. Multiplication Tables Level 2, number facts practice https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/game?key=5b087182
  9. Multiplication Tables Level 3, number facts practice https://arithmetic.zetamac.com/game?key=7550253f
  10. Dance Mat Typing, useful if you want to learn to touch type at home https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr
  11. Oxford Owl Ebook Reader Library, Oxford Owl has an ebook library with over 250 books in it and offers free access once you create an account at www.oxfordowl.co.uk They also have some vocabulary and comprehension activities for most of the books.
  12. Writing Legends, Junior Classes, Free Writing templates, Writing Legends is a comprehensive writing program, containing hundreds of activities for students. https://www.writinglegends.com/
  13. http://www.sorchaj.com Infants – 5th Class, This site covers phonics, dolch, Jolly Phonics including tricky word lists and practice reading sentences
  14. 30 Day Lego Challenge https://www.mykidstime.com/entertainment/download-free-30-day-lego-challenge-creative-fun/
  15. Irish Activities https://www.cula4.com/ga/feach/player/?pid=6142017456001&teideal=Dot&series=Dot&dlft=7
  16. First and Second Class online activities https://padlet.com/ffarry1/firsec
  17. Third and Fourth Class online activities https://padlet.com/ffarry1/thifou
  18. Music Resources, SoundTrap, All Classes, www.soundtrap.com A great way for students to experiment with loops and sounds through layering tracks and building songs. Supports GSuite and Office365 logins which means all work saved to the cloud. Free version gives students five compositions to explore. Lots of learning in students playing around with the built in demo songs and their use of sound recording techniques, musical effects and layering of sounds (texture etc.)
  19. Juniors to Second Class Home Teach Resources, website jam packed of useful templates and activities https://mash.ie/product/parent-pack-covidhometeach/
  20. Seomra Ranga History Links, Infants to 6th Class https://www.seomraranga.com/links/sese-links/history/
  21. History and Geography, Ask About Ireland, Infants to 6th Class, This web site covers both History and Geography from infants to 6th class including some great project ideas. http://www.askaboutireland.ie/learning-zone/primary-students/
  22. 3000 free EBooks and Audio Books available for pupils to access online https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==
  23. Resources to support PE or Exercise at Home, GoNoodle, All class levels, GoNoodle is a really easy and good way to get kids moving. https://www.gonoodle.com/
  24. www.cjfallon.ie School Book Publisher have given free access to all, so all class levels can view their books, interactive books and content online. Simply select your class level, subject and book you wish to view.
  25. Read, Read, Read, Write, Sort, Draw, Paint, Dig, Bake, Explore, Build a Fort/Tree House, Help at Home, Keep a Diary, Call Your Friend, Write a Letter.
  26. Plant seeds, do the gardening, wash the car!
  27. Do something nice for Mum and Dad
  28. Write a letter/post card to your grandparents or relatives in another part of Ireland.
  29. Great spelling activity website https://play.edshed.com
  30. Maths Week Ireland have launched an excellent”Maths At Home” section on their website. This will be updated daily. Suitable 8-12 years. http://www.mathsweek.ie

Keep safe and well!

Niall Madden




Coronavirus Covid -19


Dear Parents/Guardians

Please see the link to the latest information supplied to all schools in relation to the coronavirus.


The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools on Covid-19. This has been provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.