A Sporty/Active School
There is a comprehensive and balanced Physical Education programme in St. Brigid’s school. A great emphasis is placed on the value of sport and the importance of participation in sport. The sporting activities in St. Brigid’s school include:
- Irish dancing lessons every Monday for all classes.
- Swimming lessons for 2nd -6th class.
- Soccer lessons with FAI coaches.
5th and 6th Class take part in an annual soccer blitz with other schools in the Community.
- Tag rugby lessons.
The Tag rugby teams participate in an annual tag rugby blitz with other schools in the Community.
- Sports Day: Including races and a bouncy castle.
The pupils get an opportunity to play games with the sports equipment at big break time. They are assisted by the Playground Team. Our school had also been awarded The Active School Flag. This means that our school has been successful in our aim to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.
A Diverse and Multicultural School
The mission statement of St Brigid’s Primary school 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.
The Language Support teacher has a key role in the integration of newcomer pupils and in the implementation of the objectives. She/he provides the pupil with basic language skills to negotiate in the classroom and playground. The L.S.T communicates with the family on a regular basis. These informal meetings afford parents an opportunity to express concerns, to seek information and to share their experiences.
Our school celebrates many festivals throughout the year. These include:
- Chinese New Year
- Mongolian New Year
- Africa Day
- Mos Nicolae
We also hold a Multicultural Day on an annual basis so that the school and wider school community can celebrate our student’s cultures and traditions.
We love to sing in St.Brigid’s Primary School! Our school choir is made up of 5th and 6th class pupils and is taught by Ms.Burke and Ms.Simcox. We rehearse every week and our repertoire is broad, encompassing everything from Beyonce to Bach! As a choir we aim to enable each child 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 the Chester Beatty Library. 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 childrens work throughout the school.
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. Every year since then twelve children and three teachers form a new committee, taking on the role of organising Green School and environmental projects for that year. Over the years, teachers, parents and above all, students have worked tirelessly to attain our six flags. The flags we have so far received are for Litter and Waste, Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship-Litter and Waste.
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 every child in the school from early start to sixth class gets the opportunity to plant something each year.
The people of the Coombe have always been very proud of their area and the children of St. Brigid’s are carrying on this tradition in a very active way.
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.