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A Sporty/Active School

A great emphasis is placed on the value of sport and the importance of keeping active! The sporting activities encorporated into weekly life in St. Brigid’s include:

  • Irish dancing lessons every Monday with Linda
  • Swimming lessons for 2nd - 6th Class.
  • Soccer lessons with FAI coach Ken.
  • Hurling lessons with our coach Jenny 
  • P.E. lessons delivered weekly by the class teachers

Throughout the year we often invite instructors to our school for hip-hop dance workshops and we take part in other once off activities such as 'drop everything and dance!' Our senior classes take part in a yearly tag rugby blitz and we also have great fun each year at our annual Sports Day. Our school has also been awarded The Active School Flag. This means that our school has been successful in our aim to promote a physically active school community.

Music/Arts

We love to sing in St.Brigid’s Primary School! Our school choir is made up of 5th and 6th class pupils and music is an integral part of every classroom in the school. As a school we aim to enable each child to experience the joy of participation in music and song.

In the last number of years St.Brigid’s School Choir has performed with The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland at the Peace Proms and with The National Children’s Choir, culminating in a performance in The National Concert Hall.

In St. Brigid's Primary School, we emphasize the importance of the Visual Arts and offer a broad programme in all strands of the curriculum. Regular visits are organized to galleries and museums as well as workshops with NCAD and Pallas Studios right next door to our school. We have an extensive collection of Artwork in our school. These include both original and reproductions from famous artists. We also place great importance on displaying the children's work throughout the school.

A Diverse and Multicultural School

The mission statement of St. Brigid’s declares that our school operates an inclusive policy. This ensures access to all newcomer pupils, regardless of their ethnicity, religious or cultural background. Margaret Alyward, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Faith, initiated this inclusive policy which welcomes and supports pupils of all abilities and social backgrounds. The principal, staff, pupils and parents are committed to the safeguarding of these principles of inclusivity.

Our school strives to recognise and celebrate many festivals throughout the year. These include:

  • Eid
  • Divali
  • Chinese New Year
  • Mongolian New Year
  • Africa Day
  • Mos Nicolae

We also hold a Multicultural/International Day on an annual basis so that the school and wider school community can celebrate our student’s cultures and traditions.

A Green School

Our School is proud to be members of An Taisce’s Green School Programme. St. Brigid’s first Green School’s Committee was set up in 2002. Over the years, teachers, parents and above all, students have worked tirelessly to attain our flags. The flags we have so far received are for Litter and Waste, Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship-Litter and Waste and Global Citizenship Energy.

Caring for the environment has always been a huge part of St. Brigid’s ethos and the children play a very active role in all aspects of environmental care both in school and in the community. We take part in community clean ups in the local area and have many workshops in the school from local environmental agencies. Since moving to our wonderful new school building in 2008 we have been developing the new school gardens. We are lucky to have a considerable planting area and a Thinking Garden. Every child in the school from Early Start to 6th Class gets the opportunity to plant something with their teacher each year.

Blue Star Flag

In June 2014 we were awarded the Blue Star Flag for E.U. awareness. All classes from Early Start up to sixth class participated in projects which concentrated on the History, Geography, Culture, Art and Politics of the E.U. In March 2014 we were honoured to receive a visit from the Minister for Foreign Affairs who was very impressed with all of our work. In May 2014 our E.U. Art work was on display in the Mansion House where the sixth class girls and their teachers received the opportunity to meet the Minister and the Lord Mayor.

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