Return 2 School

Return 2 School:
We are working hard to get the school ready for the return of our pupils and staff next week.

We want to keep the school a Covid free zone.

Maximise Distance, Minimise Contact.

Hand washing & Sneezing Etiquette:
It is really important that children arrive at school clean and that they wash their hands before they leave home. They will wash hands first thing on arrival and several times during the school day.

Practice washing and sneezing properly at home!!

Staggered Start:
To avoid crowding we will have a staggered start for a number of weeks. For the first 2 days there will only be half the school in attendance as we need to give them important information about how the school day will run for them.

Thursday 27th:
School only for 3rd & 4th classes
• 3rd class times 9.30am – 1.45pm
• 4th class times 9.15am – 2.00pm

Friday 28th:
School for 5th & 6th classes only
• 5th class times 9.00am – 2.15pm
• 6th class times 8.45am – 2.30pm

From Monday 31st:
All classes in school with different start times.
• 3rd class times 9.30am – 1.45pm
• 4th class times 9.15am – 2.00pm
• 5th class times 9.00am – 2.15pm
• 6th class times 8.45am – 2.30pm

Each class will enter & exit through a designated door that we will show them.

We hope to extend the school day for all classes as we get better at entering and exiting the building.

Important Notes:
1. Children have the option to wear a mask, some tissues bring some sanitiser but are not allowed to share. No sharing of any equipment allowed. Staff will be wearing a mask or a visor in school.
2. Pupils should only arrive at correct times only.
3. No dropping off early.
4. Brothers & sisters from the same family can enter school with the oldest child and go straight to their class. Same for collecting.
5. No breakfast club to start with.
6. School lunches will be delivered as normal in school.
7. School uniform or school tracksuit to be worn each day alternating daily.
8. All school pens/pencils/books will stay at school. we won’t be giving any written homework to start with, might be more active homework.
9. Adults are asked not to enter the school and must make an appointment. Masks to be worn.
`10. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick. This is really important this school year.
Parents will be contacted to collect their child if the child feeling unwell at school.

Our Return 2 School Plan is a work in progress and we will update you again and again as we get closer to opening.

Email if you have a question/comment.

Sorry for the long list but we want everybody to be safe.
Looking forward to working with you in the next school year.

Dates for Sacrament of Confirmation:

Confirmation Update:

Confirmation ceremonies for our 6th classes will be on the following dates in September. All dates are Saturdays, 11am.
Ms Brazil Sep 5th
Ms Foskin Sep 12th
Ms Whelan Sep 19th
Mr Ring Sep 26th
Please pass on the word to 6th class parents & pupils. We will have more information later in the summer.



Day 2: Technology and Engineering


Today is technology and engineering day. Below are some activities for you to try. You don’t need to do all the activities, just pick an activity that you will enjoy.


Activity 1: Build a flag from Lego

Build a flag from Lego


This experiment is great fun and everyone at home can join in. Try build a flag of any country with Lego.

Above is a picture of the American flag. Check out the video above for some ideas. We would love to see your creatures. Send photos to your teacher on Dojo 🙂



Activity 2:

Pyramid Catapult


You can make your catapult from any items you can find at home. Watch this video for some ideas. You may not have all the materials listed in the activity below.






10 lollipop sticks

5 Skewers

3 straws

1 cup

1 rubber



  1. Cut 2.5 straws into quarters. Pinch the straw piece and insert a craft stick. Repeat until there are 3 straw pieces and 3 sticks connected end-to-end.Fold the shape into a triangle and connect the ends together.Peel off a length of tape from the roll without severing it. Wrap the entire perimeter triangle in tape as you peel it off of the roll.

    Repeat 2 more times to create a total of three triangles. Arrange them in a trapezoid pattern and tape the edges together in at least two places. Fold the outer two triangles upwards to form the pyramid. Tape the edge together to keep the pyramid shape intact.

  2. Lay 5 skewers flat and neatly lined up. Keeping the skewers flat, wrap tape around the skewers in at least two places. Tape a craft stick to the centre of the skewer bundle to reinforce it.Insert the pointed end of the three middle skewers into the remaining 1/2 straw piece. Tape it on.Lay the skewer bundle inside the catapult and align the straw with the front of the pyramid. Tape the straw to the front edge of the pyramid. This will create a flexible joint which will allow the catapult arm to move up and down.

    Attaching the arm to the catapult frame requires a lot of dexterity. Encourage your students to take turns helping each other with this step: one person holds the pieces in place while the other tapes it.

  3. Place a piece of tape at a perpendicular angle on the back of the catapult arm. Hold a cup near the top of the arm and wrap the ends of the tape to the sides of the cup. Be sure to leave some of the skewers exposed at the top of the catapult arm. Use more tape to secure the cup to the catapult arm.
  4. Place one hand inside the pyramid frame and firmly press on it. Use the fingertips on the other hand to press down on the end of the catapult arm. Pull back, then release by allowing your fingertips to slide off of the skewers.




Here are some more engineering activities for you to try out

  • Design and build a roller coaster. …
  • Construct a LEGO camping lantern. …
  • Make a snack pulley. …
  • Create mazes for hexbugs. …


Here are some websites with even more ideas:




This week is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) week.  We have some fun and engaging experiments for you to try at home.

As this is a short week and we get our holidays on Thursday the activities are divided into three days. Today we will be exploring the world of science. Tomorrow we will be constructing some items for technology and engineering day and Wednesday we will investigate mathematics.

We hope you all have fun trying out our exciting activities with someone at home. Enjoy and make sure to send on your pictures and videos to your teacher. We love to see how you are getting on!


Day 1: Science 

Parental guidance is advised for all experiments.

Experiment 1:

How to do a Volcano Science Experiment

Maybe try this experiment outside, not to destroy the kitchen 🙂 



  • 50ml Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda/Bicarbonate Soda
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Pint glass/large glass


  1. Place 3 to 4 tablespoons of baking soda into the glass jar.
  2. Add a few drops of food colouring to ½ cup vinegar. Pour vinegar over the baking soda and watch it fizz.
  3. You can also create a hollow mountain structure from paper mache, cardboard, or clay and place a cup containing the baking soda inside. Leave the top open as the volcano’s vent. Pour the vinegar into the vent and over the baking soda and watch the miniature volcano erupt.


Bicarbonate of soda is a compound of sodium, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen.

These compounds break up when they come in contact with vinegar. The carbon and oxygen separate to form a gas, carbon dioxide.


Experiment 2:

Vinegar Pops



  • Ice Tray
  • Vinegar
  • Food Colouring (optional)
  • Baking Soda


  1. Fill up ice tray with vinegar. Add food colour if you desire.
  2. Put ice tray in freezer for four to six hours.
  3. Pop out your Vinegar Pops and dip them in a plate of baking soda.
  4. Wait a few minutes and watch the bubbling begin.


When you have an acid (vinegar) and a base (baking soda) mixed together there is a chemical reaction. That chemical reaction releases carbon dioxide and results in the bubbling.

Extra Experiments:

  1. If you did try it with food colouring, try doing it without it and vice versa.
  2. Add lollipop sticks to the ice trays when you freeze the vinegar. Does it work better, worse, or the same?
  3. Try doing the experiment with citric acid instead of vinegar. Some examples of citric acid would be lemon or lime juice.



Experiment 3

Make it Rain



  • Glass jar
  • Ceramic plate
  • Hot water (parental guidance with this part)
  • 6/8 ice cubes


  1. Pour the hot water into the canning jar.
  2. Cover the jar with the ceramic plate face up.
  3. Wait 3 minutes to continue to the next step.
  4. Put ice cubes on the plate.
  5. Now observe your homemade water cycle. You will see the formation of cloud/water vapour in the bottle.

Hypothesis (Explanation):

The cold plate causes the moisture in the warm air, which is inside the jar to condense and form water droplets. This is the same thing that happens in the atmosphere. Warm, moist air rises and meets colder air high in the atmosphere. The water vapour condenses and forms precipitation that falls to the ground as rain or snow.

Extra Experiments:

  1. Do two separate experiments at the same time. Have all the variables controlled except for the temperature of the water. Have one hot and one cold. How does it affect the experiment?
  2. Try using a paper plate instead of a ceramic plate. Which one worked better? Could the results have anything to do with absorption? Or not?
  3. Now think on a bigger scale, the world scale. Draw a picture of your experiment, but draw it to reflect what happens in the world’s water cycle.


We would love to see how your experiments went. Send your teacher some photos on Dojo.


Here are some more websites for you to explore the world of science.



Ms. Rowsome and Ms. E. Kavanagh. 










Social Distance Sports Day 2020!

So, this is a sports day with a difference. You have to use household equipment if you don’t have the real sports gear! Change it to suit yourself if you need to. We understand the weather is poor with showers today so try your best. Also take a look back at the other activities from the past four days and try them if you haven’t given them a go. We had Zumba on Monday which is perfect for indoors.

  1. Obstacle course. If you have somewhere outdoors, set up an obstacle race, you can use anything. Make one course and time yourself against your family, neighbour or friend…. keep apart between races.
  2. Javelin throw. Individual, measure distance. If you don’t have a javelin, throw a wellie, a shoe…. anything you like!!!
  3. Egg and spoon. For social distancing , you could time individual runs.
  4. Sack races. Use bin bags if they are big enough!
  5. Three-legged race. This can only be done with a family member, due to restrictions.
  6. Baseball pitch. Get a child/adult to pitch the ball and see who can hit it further. You can use the tennis racket if you prefer.
  7. Bean bag balance. You choose how many race at once while balancing beanbags. You can also decide the distance. Put bean bag, or book on your head, see how far you can get!!! Speed it up as you get better!! This can also be done on a timer for distance/safety.
  8. Sprints. Divide in to whatever size group you like to race between the markers.

For mindfulness today, we want you all to have a movie night with your family. Watch a family favourite and spend some time together. Build a fort with blankets and cushions and create your own home cinema. Have some foods you like and treat yourself, such as, popcorn or a chocolate bar. Yum!

Have a great day everyone and we hope you had a fantastic week. The activities will stay on the homepage here for the summer if you want to try any of them out. The hurling challenge video by Diarmuid O’Keefe is on Class DoJo and the school’s Facebook page.

Ms. J Kavanagh and Ms. Waters


Day Four of Active and Mindfulness Week

This morning you will be learning about water safety. We live on an island and thus are completely surrounded by water. Thus, it is very important that you learn about how to stay safe in the water and also to respect the water.

Follow the link below:

If you want to write a piece or draw a picture to show what you have learned, then go for it!

Your afternoon activity is Urban Rascals at 1.30pm. Tune into Urban Gym on Facebook. It is the final Urban Rascals workout and we would love if everyone took part. We want to say a big thank you to Andy and his family for doing these workouts twice a week, free of charge, so please leave a thank you comment if you do tune in.

Your mindfulness activity today is to watch the sunset with your family and reflect on the week. Ask one another what did you do, what did you not like about the week and what did you like about the week. Sunset is at approximately 9.52pm tonight.

Today’s magic word is shark and when someone in the house says this everyone must do mountain climbers for 60 seconds.
Record what distance you walk today too!

Active and Mindfulness Week Day Two

Good morning Bunscoil Rís students! 😎


Magic Word: Sunshine= 5 burpees

Don’t forget to keep track of the kilometres you walk today and share it with us also.

Today is GAA day!! We are very excited to say that Senior Wexford hurler Diarmuid O’Keefe will be helping us out today. Dee O’Keefe is from Rathangan and plays midfield for Wexford. He won an All Star Award last year and played a huge role in winning Wexford the 2019 Senior Hurling Leinster Championship title. Mr. Murphy is also a very skilled hurler and has set you challenges for the day.

1. How many jab lifts can you do in a minute?
2. How many handpasses can you do off a wall in a minute?
3. Create a target area to land a sliotar or football in.
4. Send a video of you doing freestyle hurling skills.
5. Practise chip picking up a football.

Take a look at the video which I have posted to the school’s Facebook page and Class DoJo now of the challenges Dee has set you for the day. Best of luck!

Today’s mindfulness activity is to do something that you enjoy. Do something for yourself. It might be reading, baking, walking, running, playing a game etc.

Have a great day!

Ms. Kavanagh


Good morning boys and girls! Are you ready for another fun filled day of activities?

Magic Word: Beachball = Lunges from 60 seconds. Someone in your house says this word and everyone must do the activity. It can be said randomly throughout the day!

Remember to send me the distance you walk today as we are trying to walk around Ireland this week.


Have a fantastic day and try to do it all outside as it looks like it’s going to be another lovely day.

Ms. J Kavanagh and Ms. Waters

This morning afternoon activity is a Body Burn Workout.

Warm up for 5 minutes (jog on the spot, high knees, kick your feet back high and stretch)

Do each exercise for 50 seconds with a 10 second break. Repeat twice.

  1. Mountain climbers
  2. Squats
  3. Jumping Jacks
  4. Burpees
  5. Plank

Cool down by jogging lightly on the spot, slowing to a walk and finally stretch!

Your afternoon activity is Urban Rascals at 1.30pm. Tune into Urban Gym on Facebook. Comment ‘We love Active Week!’ with your name and class so we can see you taking part.

For mindfulness today, at the end of the day, lay on you bed and focus on your breathing. Think about what you liked about today and what you didn’t like. This also works well by telling someone so you could do this before bedtime also.

Special Needs Assistants

Special Needs Assistants:
Next year we may need extra Special Needs Assistants to cover illnesses & absences.
This will depend on government grants and what guidelines we receive from the Department of Education.
I would like to have some SNAs on standby to avail of if & when required.
If you know anybody who may be interested in working as a SNA in the school please ask them to send a CV to
Regards Gerry Moran.

School Cleaners

School Cleaners:
Next year we may need to employ extra cleaners. This will depend on government grants and what guidelines we receive from the Department of Education re. cleaning.
I would like to have some cleaners vetted, on standby & to avail of if & when required.
If you know anybody who may be interested in working as a cleaner in the school please ask them to send a CV to
Regards Gerry Moran.

Active Schools Week

This week is Active Week and Mindfulness Week. We are going to get moving and also look after our wellbeing that little bit more. We hope you enjoy this week and use it to refresh, reflect and focus on your mind and body. Each day there will be two active activities and one mindfulness activity. Enjoy!

Firstly, we as a school are going to walk around Ireland. I want you to walk a kilometre or more each day and send me how many kilometres you do each day to the school’s Facebook messenger. We hope to reach 4,000km by Friday evening which is the distance around Ireland.

Next, each day we will post a magic word with an exercise attached. Someone in the house says this word throughout the day and you must do the exercise. For example, monkey = 5 jumping jacks.

Ms. J Kavanagh and Ms. Waters


Magic Word: Monkey. Whenever someone says this word you must do five jumping jacks!

Today’s active work this morning is a Zumba class. See the links below!


This afternoon’s activity is Balloon Soccer. If you have balloons, then great! Blow them up and have fun playing a game of soccer. How many do you think will burst? If you don’t have balloons, that’s fine. Use socks to roll up and use this a ball or you could just use a soccer ball.  

For mindfulness today, we want you to focus on your breathing.

  1. Spend three minutes focusing on your breathing.
  2. Where in your body do you feel it the most? Your nose? Your belly?
  3. Be aware of the sensation of the in breath and the out breath.
  4. Just notice the normal rhythm of your breathing and if the mind wanders, gently bring it back and focus on your breathing
  5. Continue for 3 minutes and enjoy the calm this exercise brings you.

12/06/20 Thank Crunchie it’s Friday

Happy Friday. It’s treat day today and you deserve it!!

The treat I have picked for today is a yummy one! A Crunchie is one of my favourite chocolate bars so I have gone for a Crunchie Biscuit Cake! This can last in the fridge a few days but it never lasts that long in my house 🙂

I have also added other ideas for a healthy banana ice-cream or nice popcorn treats for a movie night along with some three ingredient recipes.
I hope you enjoyed the week of different challenges. We loved seeing the pictures that you sent into us. You are all so inspirational and creative in the work that you’ve been doing and you should be proud. We are very proud of you all. Thank you also to the adults who helped you this week and any older brothers or sisters!
I hope you enjoy all the challenges that are being set for you next week.

Ms. N. Foskin

11/06/20 It’s a Pizza Cake!

Welcome to Day 4

Hi everyone. We are now on to the second last day of our arts/crafts and baking week and I hope you have enjoyed it?
Today’s challenge is all things pizza related! This could be something for you to make for lunch or dinner for the whole family, it is also a much healthier and cheaper option than buying shop bought pizzas. You can decide if you want to use pasta/pitta breads/wraps or even crusty bread rolls will work too? It is a great way to get you using lots of skills like chopping, weighing and measuring.

Your work so far has been fantastic! Keep sending all your pictures in to your teacher and they will share them for us all to see. Well done to you all!
Ms. N Foskin.


Day 3- Let’s Rock!! 10/06/20

Welcome to day 3 of your themed week. You need to copy and paste the link above into your browser and you will see all the activities for today on my padlet. Today’s theme is rock/stone art. Hopefully these will be easy to find around your house or garden and if not why not take a walk and pick some up? I am giving you a few options so you can either paint your stones or create your art using stones or do both?? There’s also a rock bun challenge for all the budding bakers out there. I hope you enjoy today’s challenge? Keep sending in your pictures to your teachers, we love seeing how creative you all are!

Ms. N. Foskin

09/08/20 Day 2- Get Fruity!

Welcome to Day two of our themed week.
Today’s challenge is based around fruit and vegetables and hopefully you have lots of these in your home in all shapes and sizes. Please feel free to adapt any of the tasks to suit your home? If you want to do some different to the activities I have mentioned on my padlet page then please do. We encourage lots of creativity!

Send photos to your teacher via Class Dojo or whatever way you communicate with your teacher be it email, What’s App or Facebook.
Don’t forget to take a break from all your creative work and join Urban Gym for a 1:30pm workout on Facebook Live.

Have a great Day 2!
Ms. N. Foskin and Ms. King

08/06/20 Art/Crafts/Food Themed Week

Hi Everyone,

We are having themed weeks for the month of June. The first week’s theme is art/crafts/food. Click on the link below, or copy and paste into the search bar, this will take you to a Padlet page with lots of ideas for you to try.

We would love to see what you managed to create, if you would prefer to do something different to the activities detailed on the page- please feel free, we would love to see your creativity in action.

Send lots of photos to your teacher via Class Dojo or whatever way you communicate with your teacher be it email, What’s App, Facebook.