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26th March 2020

Beannachtaí to our Students & Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to week 2 in these times of school closure in the building and our migration of all school activities to online. Kitchen tables or any table is now a hive of activity for students of all ages and teachers beaming into homes on a daily basis.

Well done everyone, you are all doing great work. These are tough times,  because you as students want to meet your friends, see the teachers and enjoy break times & fun together. There is a famous saying/truism in life “This too shall pass” and now we need to say this and believe in it. Meanwhile do your best, support your parents, mind your friends by Staying Home, Stay apart, just connect online and help do your bit for Team Ireland by protecting yourself and your family.

This week in our Newsletter we invited 2 parents to share their insights. I applaud all the great work being done at home, the baking, the exercise, the writing cards to the elderly in Nursing Homes, this is just fantastic. Also in our newsletter, we give you details of who to contact if you need support in any way. However, we are not a 24hr service as teachers like yourselves need rest, sleep etc just like on a normal school day.

Mind yourselves everybody,

Marie-Therese Kilmartin

Principal

 

I have recently written a piece for the website www.educationmatters.ie about the challenges we are now facing in our new school enviroments.  Click on the link below to read the piece in full...

https://educationmatters.ie/remote-teaching-and-learning-a-school-leader-perspective/

 

19th March 2020

Dear Students and Parents,

Thank you all for your fantastic co-operation last week as the school closed very suddenly as announced by the government.  It was so heartening to witness all the lovely interactions between students, staff and parents. The travel cases arriving to bring books home certainly made me smile, it showed great creativity and foresight.  Well done everyone.

As our new reality of safe-distancing, hand-washing and online teaching and learning settles in, please know that we in Coláiste Bríde, will continue to do our best for your daughter. As students, parents and teachers settle into new routines we shall all be learning together. Fortunately as you can see by reading our recent Whole School Evaluation (WSE) report our school systems are strong and robust, with care and compassion central to what we do. As well as continuing to provide for your daughter’s education, we shall focus on wellbeing, physical activity, positive mental health and coping strategies.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all those among our parent body who are helping on the frontline, be they in healthcare or other important services to the country. The Taoiseach in his address to the country asked that students be aware that this is a very stressful time for parents too. I ask that all of our CB girls show leadership, show responsibility, help with doing jobs for the elderly, help at home and BE KIND. All of this costs nothing but the payback is huge and good for wellbeing. (Ladies I said this on the intercom in school last week – what action have you taken?) As Presentation People, as followers of Nano Nagle we believe in “Deeds not Words”, we take action, we do things to help.

I encourage all parents and students to download the Twitter App and follow @colaistebride to access all the excellent advice and resources that we share for the whole school community. It is our plan to publish a regular newsletter for students and parents, to keep in touch. Our website shall also be updated as required.

As I finish I am reminded of the prayer:

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.

Marie-Thérèse Kilmartin

Principal

 

2018-19 School Journal

Our 2018-19 school journal cover reflects key school themes of inclusion, diversity, respect, wellbeing, celebration and family.  The #Nano300 logo is central as this year we celebrate the tercentenary of our foundress Nano Nagle, the Lady of the Lantern, bringing light, hope, comfort and solace to the lives of those she served.  In a very special way we recognise the legacy of Nano Nagle through the Presentations Sisters and our schools today.  Each year we invite students to design the cover of the journal and we incorporated their work into the final design.

The winning entry this year was inspired by a design by Daria Margonska.  In her own words Daria describes what inspired her design…

The design of the cover represents many things that connect us.  The two hands represent friendship for each student and how different we all are.  There are many ways to describe someone and that’s why I added words such as being kind, generous, trust worthy etc.  I added some more design and colours for the bracelets representing the peace and love that everyone should have in their hearts.  The heart with the symbol of the school shows the love for the school and that we are all part of the school.

Also contributing, the back cover is based on a design from Weronika Piasecka.  Weronika’s design is based on our school jumper, with the various badges representing the roles and diversity amongst our school community.


 

School Focus 2018 - 2021

Our Coláiste Bríde 2018-2021 Vision Board reflects the many themes, values, strategies, curricular priorities and responses to identified needs that will help shape our work in the next three academic years.  We will reflect the importance of a welcoming, nurturing, supportive approach within our school community.  We are looking forward to moving from vision to action!

In developing our vision, we engaged with staff, students, members of the Board of Management in identifying our needs and priorities for the school.  We built upon our previous vision and incorporated areas of school practice, our values and DES curricular actions that are the Irish post-primary education agenda.  Our approach shall build upon our previous experience, our staff expertise and hopefully make the vision board become a lived experience in our school.

 

 

 

 

 

School Focus 2015 - 2018

Awards Night 2015

Welcome to our annual academic awards ceremony which celebrates achievement, dedication and improvement in the area of learning, a fundamental part of our school mission and purpose.  A huge congratulations to everyone invited here tonight, you are definitely making good choices, decisions, taking responsibility and showing personal leadership for your future.

Here in Coláiste Bríde we are very proud of our students, who are a great bunch of young ladies preparing to play their role in society.  We believe in a positive culture which celebrates achievements, talents and efforts in all areas of school life and throughout the year reward, award and encourage the girls in numerous ways on their journey from 1st to 6th year.

2014/15 has been a great year for the students and staff of Coláiste Bríde, we have much to celebrate.  Our Leaving Certificate students certainly did us, and their parents, very proud with excellent results and so many students achieving their first choice on their CAO options and moving forward into third level education.  Equally, our Junior Certificate results continue to raise standards and we encourage girls to take higher level papers as this gives better preparation for Leaving Certificate and higher education into the future.  We continue to raise aspirations to encourage girls to work to the best of their ability at all times and to explore beyond their comfort zones.

Our school received awards nationally, runner up in Digital Media Awards, intermediate awards for our international links by the British Council, Global Passport – Special Award for Whole School Development Education and at Young Social Innovator – finalist in Making the World a Better Place for Young People.

These awards recognise the great work of staff and students in areas which reach beyond the classroom, preparing our girls to play a leadership role in a society with global connections, through the usage of innovative ICT solutions, creativity, promoting intercultural links and making connections.

Last year at the Awards Night we introduced parents to College for Every Student (CFES) (@collegeFES), a new programme that our school was among 10 schools in Ireland selected by Trinity College Dublin to participate in.  As you may know we worked with our 2nd year CFES Scholars and the entire school to implement the programme which promotes mentoring, leadership and pathways to college/careers. We are most proud to say that within the first year we have achieved the award of “School of Distinction”, reflecting the tremendous work by everyone involved led most capably by Mr Fitzgerald – some of our scholars will tell you more!

Last year was the inaugural Nano Nagle Bursary.   The Bursary Award is a monetary award and is intended to provide a qualifying student, graduating from Coláiste Bríde, with a gift to support and enhance their journey and transition towards their chosen future path.   The Bursary will go to a deserving student and factors for consideration may include: work ethic, economic circumstances, personal commitment, diligence, opportunity, academic achievement etc.  The award will balance all these factors, coupled with a judgement of doing the most benefit for the recipient in continuing their journey with the best wishes of the Board, the teaching staff and the whole school community.

Tonight we welcome the next recipient of the “Nano Nagle Bursary Award” from the Board of Management.  We thank the Parent’s Council for once again helping to promote and fundraise for this award.  By working together in partnership we all achieve so much.

As always, we encourage the students to get involved in extra-curricular activities, to build their skills of teamwork, resilience, organisation, time-management, presentations, debating, to enter competitions, to develop their personalities, to show initiative, dedication, loyalty and leadership which are all most desirable skills and attributes beyond the world of school.

We are most fortunate to enjoy many strategic relationships with organisations complimentary to education and one of the nicest things is to hear how many compliments our girls get on their excellent behaviour, manners, appearance and the positive image of Clondalkin that they promote.  Our students do us proud and you as parents proud on a daily basis, tonight we congratulate them!  Maith sibh a chailíní, keep up the great work, set high expectations and work towards your dream.

I also wish to congratulate all the staff and past-pupils who give so much of their time, care and support to our students by acting as mentors, advisors and advocated.  We are most fortunate to have a tremendous culture of “giving back” within our school and this is mirrored by our students where senior students act as mentors, leaders, prefects in such a caring manner – thank you all so much!

Finally, stay in touch with that is happening at Coláiste Bríde throughout the school year by regularly checking our website www.colaistebride.com and following us on twitter @colaistebride

Is mise, le meas

Marie-Thérèse Kilmartin

Principal


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