OUR STORY

A Snippet of the Life of Coláiste Bríde - by Fiona Bateman

This year we had a past pupil, Fiona Bateman, return to Coláiste Bríde as a PME student.  Fiona has put together a wondering piece tracing not only her journey from pupil to teacher but the journey the building took during that time.  Fiona started off in the old school building and came back to a very different experience as a PME student.  Click here to share in her journey and learn a lot about our school and it's history...

 

 

History of Coláiste Bríde

 

1857 Presentation Sisters arrived in Clondalkin

1955 Secondary Top in Scoil Mhuire / Convent

1964 Coláiste Bríde established in Convent

1969/70 Coláiste Bríde on current site

2004 New building begins

2006 Phase 1 complete

2008 Official Opening of the New School Building

 

The Presentation Sisters came to Clondalkin in 1857 with the purpose of setting up a school to provide primary education for the children of the local area.  It was not until 1955 that the first steps towards providing secondary education were taken.  In that year a secondary top was established which allowed pupils to sit for the Intermediate Certificate (the examination that preceded the Junior Certificate) in Scoil Bhríde as the school was then known.   This school together with the primary school was situated in part of the convent building until the rapid increase in numbers necessitated new school buildings.

The first new primary school to be opened was Scoil Mhuire, which opened in 1950, followed by the opening of Scoil Áine and Scoil Íde in 1968.  Coláiste Bríde was established in 1964 in the convent building.  The move to the present site happened in 1969 with the official opening taking place in 1970.    There was further expansion in the late 1970’s due to growing numbers.  In the early 1990’s an additional expansion facilitated the addition of further facilities.

 

Our Building

Our new build began in November 2004 with the official opening of our 13 million euro school in May 2008.

The free flow of people, information and ideas is facilitated by the design of the building while fostering pride, respect and self esteem among all members of the school community.

The colour scheme for the school was specifically chosen to stimulate learning.  Research indicates that cool colours work best among the 12-18 year old student population.   The colours also reflect the school colours used in the uniform.

Natural light makes an impact by creating a sense of space and freedom with bright colours giving energy and dynamism to flow areas.

The free flow of people, information and ideas is facilitated by the design of the building while fostering pride, respect and self esteem among all members of the school community.

The St Brigid’s Cross design featured in the Reception and General Purpose Area was designed by Kate Griffin, a sixth year student of Coláiste Bríde while on work experience in the architect’s office.

Visitors are immediately drawn to the accessibility of outdoor space, a green haven in an urban setting and to the unique outdoor performance area in our central internal courtyard where staff and students invest in the school spirit.

For a full list of our school facilites, please click here.

To watch our journey from old school to new please click here.

 

 


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