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.

Welcome to the School of the Future

St. Brigid’s NS. Greystones is now a DIGITAL SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION. The Digital School of Distinction Award Programme promotes, recognises and encourages ‘best practice’ in the use of technology in primary schools. St. Brigid’s NS. recognises the importance of equipping all students for a future in which technological awareness and IT skills are essential life skills.

On the morning of 27th June, 2018, in recognition of this award, a Digital Schools flag was raised on at the school by Minister for Health, and local TD Simon Harris. This is a great achievement for the school and a tribute to the students, parents, staff and management who have worked together to promote technology in the school.

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The students and staff of St. Brigid’s would like Digital Schools’ validator Neil O’ Sullivan who visited the school. He was helpful, encouraging and affirming and had valuable advice for us, for future initiatives we can undertake.

Learning in St. Brigid’s in enhanced through the use of technology in the school; from the teaching of coding in Junior Infants using programmable floor robots called Bee-bots to the presentation of projects by more senior students using Powerpoint and Prezi. Children can learn at home using a variety of online learning programmes. Students can improve their maths skills using Khan Academy and work on their comprehension with

The school uses WordsWorth, an online programme that helps improve the children’s spelling. Students have participated in using pilot programme using WordsWorth and the ‘flipped classroom’ model. A ‘flipped classroom’ reverses the traditional learning by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom as homework. The students then bring what they have learned into school the next day and build on what they have learned in class.

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St. Brigid’s NS. has a strong online presence. The school website is an important source of information for parents and students alike. The school also has a ‘local history’ blog and a Green Schools’ blog. Both of these have been shortlisted in the Eir Junior Spiders Award. A class blog ‘If Only the Best Birds Sang’ won the best school blog and overall prize for primary schools in this same competition sponsored by Eir.

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St. Brigid’s NS. is committed to giving all children the opportunity to be ‘hands on’ with technology, teaching the children about online safety, online etiquette and the importance of observing copyright. Through the teaching of computer skills we hope that our students will be creators rather than consumers of online content. St Brigid’s believe that technology can play a key role in furthering the teaching and learning in the school, and is committed to keeping the school at the forefront of digital learning. St. Brigid’s is confident of doing this given the school’s culture of co-operation and the support by all ‘partners in education.’

Photograph by John McGowan

Have you got a skill that could help with develop ICT in the school? Do you have any suggestions, ideas that could benefit our children going forward. We are looking for persons with a variety of IT skills and background that share our common vision; skills such as multi-media, coding, IT lecturing or operational support. Any parent would like to participate in this Digital and ICT project going forward should contact Janet Waters c/o the school office.