About St Brigid's
Welcome to Our School
We welcome you and your child to St. Brigid’s NS. Greystones.
St. Brigid’s Board of Management and staff look forward to working in partnership with you. We welcome and need your involvement.The Parents’ Association have provided a red post box at the secretary’s office where you can post your comments and suggestions.
A message from the principal
Let me start by saying, St. Brigid’s NS, Greystones has a well earned reputation and I know that the students, parents, staff and Board of Management have played an integral part in building this reputation.
The pursuit of excellence is at the heart of St. Brigid’s but in saying that, our school is about so much more than academic achievement. It’s about companionship, inclusion, friendship, minding each other, balance in life, music and singing, sport, art, debate, leadership, a sound work ethic, commitment and endeavour.
It has been said: ‘The essence of a great school is people working together, with a unity of purpose’
Students: whose energy and motivation are a driving force in the daily life of the school.
Staff: all of whom are willing to go the extra mile and deliver the best education possible.
Parents: who entrust their children to us here in St. Brigid’s and work in a positive partnership with the Board of Management and the Trustees.
As Principal, I have undertaken to provide an excellent teaching and learning environment, which enables all pupils to experience the joy of learning in a safe, inclusive and highly stimulating environment, and to be inspired to be lifelong learners. Together with the staff of St. Brigid’s, we strive to empower the students in our school ‘to be the best that they can be.’
Appreciating parents as the primary educators of the child, we encourage and support the involvement of parents in their child’s education and in the wider life of the school.
Thank you for visiting our school website. We hope will give you a window on school life in St. Brigid’s.
Máire Costello, Principal.
St Brigid’s National School is a Roman Catholic co-educational school that was first established in 1906 by the Holy Faith Sisters to provide Catholic education for the children of Greystones. The present school building was officially opened in November 1973.
St. Brigid’s, Greystones was part of a network of Holy Faith Schools dedicated to St. Brigid, one of Ireland’s greatest saints. Margaret Aylward founded the Holy Faith Sisters in 1868. She saw education as the best means by which children could be enabled to reach their full potential.
Prior to 1999, St Brigid’s educated girls from Junior Infants to Sixth Class and boys from Junior Infants to First Class. In September 2000, St Brigid’s became a fully co-educational vertical school – Junior Infants to Sixth Class. On 1st October 2001, the day-to-day management of St Brigid’s was transferred by the Sisters of Holy Faith to the parish of Holy Rosary & St Kilian.
The Holy Faith sisters came to Newtown Mount Kennedy in 1892, to Kilcoole in 1897 and to Greystones in 1906. There were very few Catholics in Greystones in 1906 and the first Catholic Church was a temporary structure. The first Catholic school was built in 1906. The school was begun by the Holy Faith Sisters at the invitation of the Parish Priest of Bray and Greystones. The Church and school was built on the La Touche Estate. The sisters could not build a free school on the property so they conducted a private day school. By 1917 the sisters established a national school – the first in Greystones, and it was located at the convent.
Meanwhile the private junior school had gradually grown into a secondary school and more accommodation was needed. By degrees nearby houses were bought. St. David’s was bought in 1941. In September 1969 the present St. David’s was completed. The boarding school, formerly Lewis’ hotel was demolished in 1972 and the new primary school was built and opened the following September 1973 under the patronage St. Brigid.
In 2006 the Holy Faith Sisters celebrated 100 years in Greystones. President Mary Mc Aleese came to the school in October 2006 to unveil a plaque to commemorate this occasion.
Our mission is to provide Primary Education of the highest quality for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development.
Our aim is to enable children in our care to play their part confidently as members of today’s society and to prepare them to take their places in the future as valued and contributing adults in society.
Our vision is of a learning community where each child is valued and cared for as a unique individual.
We aspire to continue a tradition where the many energies of the school and extended community are integrated in order to provide for the holistic education of the children in our care, so that they may understand what it is to be a unique and special person created by God in God’s image, living in partnership with all life on the earth.
Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.
“Praise the youth and they will flourish”
Trustees & Board of Management
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, as leader of the Catholic community in the Diocese and as patron has ultimate responsibility for St Brigid’s Primary School. The Archbishop delegates some of his responsibility to the Board of Management. The Board of Management is responsible to him and does its utmost to provide a caring, welcoming, safe and happy learning environment in St Brigid’s. The board is responsible for the staffing, planning and maintenance of the school.
St. Brigid’s is one of the three Catholic primary schools in the Parish of Holy Rosary & St Kilian. Our School Chaplain is a priest or parish pastoral worker from Holy Rosary & St Kilian Parish.
Patrons Representative: Mr. Tom Sherlock (Chairperson)
Patrons Representative: Fr. Gerard Tyrrell
Elected Parent: Mr. Jim Clarken
Elected Parent: Ms. Aoife Murray
Principal: Ms. Máire Costello (Secretary)
Teacher Representative: Ms. Orla Teehan (Recording Secretary)
Community Representative: Mr. Liam McCabe (Treasurer)
Community Representative: Ms. Louise Fenelon
Principal: Máire Costello