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.

Attendance & Punctuality

During the pandemic we ask parents to observe COVID protocols regarding keeping children at home.

Good attendance is very important.

It is vital for developing your child’s life skills and for his/her success at St Brigid’s that her/his attendance is both regular and punctual. As far as is possible a child should remain in school for the full school day. Family trips should be organised to coincide with the school holidays.

(Dental appointments during school hours seem to be unavoidable. )

Please do not promise your child that he/she may come home from school if he/she is unwell, as this may be unsettling for your child. It is understood that if a child is obviously unwell that you will be contacted but it is in your child’s best interest to be in school every day for the full day

The school is legally required to notify the National Educational Welfare Board if your child has missed twenty days or more in the course of any one school year or if the principal/ class teacher is concerned about your child’s attendance.

Click here to see a summary of our attendance policy.

The Importance of being Punctual.

When the bell rings in the morning,the teachers bring the children to their classrooms to start school work straight away. As the Irish proverb goes ‘Tús maith, leath na hoibre’ ‘A good start is half the work’.

Being on time for school is very important. It is at this time the children get an opportunity to say hello to their friends and teacher and to ‘settle in’. You will know yourself that being ‘on time’ makes for a more relaxing and happier start to a day.

The first ten minutes of school is an important time of the day. It is during this time that the teacher tells the children what the day ahead will bring. Being late certainly ‘wrong foots’ the child. They can be unsettled and spend a significant part of the morning ‘catching up’ as a result.

If there are late comers, the teacher is delayed starting the day’s work. He or she will find themselves repeating themselves as they ‘update’ each late comer as they arrive in the classroom.

As fir the children who have arrived on time: this repetition can be tedious for them and can result in them losing concentration. Late comers slow class work down. The student who arrived late can be playing ‘catch up’ until little break as a result.

Being on time is an important life skill which will stand to your child throughout their lives.