Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

6th Class Graduation 2020

Today, Thursday 25th June 2020 was a special day: a day we hadn’t thought would be possible on account of the Covid pandemic, until well into the Autumn Term.

With careful planning to ensure social distancing and that everyone was safe, 6th Class, St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones 2020 graduated. The graduation was outdoors and the sun shone.

Mrs. Costello gave the students some good advice (see the ‘Parable of the Pencil’ below) and wished them well for the future.

In attendance were the students, their parents, some brothers and sisters, some grannies and granddads, 6th class teachers and many teachers some of whom had taught these students over the years, Tom Sherlock, Chairperson of the Board of Management and the school chaplain Fr. Gerard Tyrrell. He also said a few words and reminded us of the patron saint of our school St. Brigid who was a strong woman of faith, and of the song ‘We sing a song to Brigid:

We sing a song to Brigid,
Brigid brings the spring
Awakens all the fields and the flowers
And calls the birds to sing.
All were welcome at her door,
no one was turned away.
She loved the poor,
the sick and the sore,
She helped them on their way.
She laid her cloak out on the ground
And watched it grow and grow,
In wells and streams and fields of green
St. Brigid’s blessings flow.

Lyrics from Alive-O (Veritas).
Written by Clare Maloney and Patrica Hegarty

The three class teachers, Ms. Caffrey, Mr. Dodd and Ms. Hughes also said a few words, reminding the students of the highlights of their year so far, and then they presented their students with a scroll, a school t-shirt and some treats.

We wish this year’s sixth class all the best in the future. We look forward to them coming back to visit us and telling us how they got on.

The Parable of the Pencil 

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.

“There are 5 things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.”

One:  “You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand.”

Two: “You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil.”

Three: “You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.”

Four: “The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.”

And Five: “On every surface, you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”

 

The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.

Now replacing the place of the pencil with you.  Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you’ll need it to become a stronger person.

Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s on the inside.

And Five: On every surface, you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.

Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person, and only you can fulfil the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.

Anonymous

FOR SIXTH CLASS

All I really need to know I learned in school

All I really need to know
about how to live
and what to do
and how to be
I learned in school.

Wisdom was not
at the top of a 3rd level mountain top,
but there in the
sandpit at school.

These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.

Live a balanced life;
learn some
and think some
and draw
and paint
and sing
and dance
and play
and work every day
some.
Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world,
watch out for traffic,
hold hands, and stick together.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.
And it is still true, no matter how old you
are – when you go out into the world, it is best
to hold hands and stick together.

Adapted from a longer piece called ‘All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten’ by Robert Fulghum.