Christmas Annuals

What Daddy or Mammy does not remember the Christmas Annual which first went on sale 48 years ago and every year since they have been getting bigger and better.

Sourced from sustainably managed forests and 100% recyclable, each Folens Christmas Annual is bursting with activities, games, stories and competitions to entertain and delight this festive period. Plus, each Annual comes with a free Christmas pen or pencil.

This year they will be on sale after small break from Monday December 2nd until stocks run out. They are priced at €4 which is great value for 80 pages of fun!

Christmas Cards to Colour

Larry, in 4th class brought some  ” Colour your own Christmas Cards ” in for his classmates to colour and decorate. His Granny bought them in packs of 6 cards from the Hospice. We think they are a lovely idea for children who wanted to personalise their  Christmas cards and for parents who would like to support St. Francis’ Hospice. They are available from the Hospice.

Child Safeguarding Statement 2018

Our Safeguarding Statement

Saint Brigid’s National School is a Primary National School, state-funded by the Department of Education and Skills. The school was established under the patronage of Archdiocese who defines the ethos of the school. We are based on Castleknock, Dublin 15. We provide primary education for children aged 4 to 12 years. In addition to the Principal and Deputy Principal we currently employ 46 teachers, 11 Special Needs Assistants, a caretaker, a secretary and a housekeeper.

In accordance with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015, Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017, the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 and  An Tusla Guidance on the preparation of Child Safeguarding Statements, the Board of Management of St. Brigid’s National School has agreed the Child Safeguarding Statement set out in this document.


The Board of Management has adopted and will implement fully and without modification the Department’s Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools 2017 as part of this overall Child Safeguarding Statement


The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Denis Courtney          


The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Noelle Mac Donagh and in the absence of both the most senior member of staff will assume the role.


The Board of Management recognises that child protection and welfare considerations permeate all aspects of school life and must be reflected in all of the school’s policies, procedures, practices and activities. In its policies, procedures, practices and activities, the school will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare: The school will:

  • recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations;
  • fully comply with its statutory obligations under the Children First Act 2015 and other relevant legislation relating to the protection and welfare of children;
  • fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters
  • adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect workers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
  • develop a practice of openness with parents/guardians and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children;
  • fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.


The following procedures/measures are in place:

In relation to any member of staff who is the subject of any investigation (howsoever described) in respect of any act, omission or circumstance in respect of a child attending the school, the school adheres to the relevant procedures set out in Chapter 7 of the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 and to the relevant agreed disciplinary procedures for school staff which are published on the DES website.

In relation to the selection or recruitment of staff and their suitability to work with children, the school adheres to the statutory vetting requirements of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 and to the wider duty of care guidance set out in relevant Garda vetting and recruitment circulars published by the DES and available on the DES website


In relation to the provision of information and, where necessary, instruction and training, to staff in respect of the identification of the occurrence of harm (as defined in the 2015 Act) the school-

  • has provided each member of staff with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • ensures all new staff are provided with a copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement
  • encourages staff to avail of relevant training
  • Encourages Board of Management members to avail of relevant training

The Board of Management maintains records of all staff and Board member training

In relation to reporting of child protection concerns to Tusla, all school personnel are required to adhere to the procedures set out in the Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017, including in the case of registered teachers, those in relation to mandated reporting under the Children First Act 2015.


In this school the Board has appointed the DLP as the “relevant person” (as defined in the Children First Act 2015) to be the first point of contact in respect of the child safeguarding statement.


All registered teachers employed by the school are mandated persons under the Children First Act 2015.


In accordance with the Children First Act 2015, the Board has carried out an assessment of any potential for harm to a child while attending the school or participating in school activities. A written assessment setting out the areas of risk identified and the school’s procedures for managing those risks is attached as an appendix to this statement.


The various procedures referred to in this Statement can be accessed here, the DES website or are  available in Reception


This statement has been published on the school’s website and has been provided to all members of school personnel, the Parents/guardians ’ Association (if any) and the patron. It is readily accessible to parents/guardians  and guardians on request. A copy of this Statement will be made available to Tusla and the Department if requested.


This Child Safeguarding Statement will be reviewed annually or as soon as practicable after there has been a material change in any matter to which this statement refers.


This Child Safeguarding Statement was adopted

by the Board of Management on _________________ [date].


Signed: _________________________               Signed: ____________________________

Chairperson of Board of Management                Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management



Date:     __________________________            Date:    __________________­­­­­­­_


Risk Assessments 








New Secondary School Appeal

We want to thank all those who have responded to our appeal about the location of the promised secondary school. Please support us by copying the document linked here and emailing it to your local politicians.  The map below shows the location of our nearest secondary schools. Both our nearest schools are fee paying. Parents are struggling to find places for their children in any school and the situation will not be improved if the new school is built on the outskirts of Dublin 15.

This is our only chance to secure a school for future generations. Please add your voice


Campaign for a Secondary School located in the Racecourse

Campaign to ensure the Phoenix Park Racecourse Site is selected for the new Edmund Rice Secondary College.

Please note that this is a different letter to the one you may have received a few weeks ago on. This campaign is specifically about getting the school located in The Phoenix Park racecourse site.

We need you to campaign to ensure the new €15m Edmund Rice secondary school for Dublin 15 will be located beside Castleknock village, namely the Phoenix Park Racecourse.


Linked below is  an open letter to the local representatives. We would urge you to copy and paste this into your own email, sign it and send to our local representatives. 

Some emails addresses below


Please also pass on to as many people as you can living in the area. Each email will add to the strong community voice on this issue. 

Sincere thanks in advance,

The PTA of St Brigid’s National School Castleknock



Christmas Cards

Our PTA are very busy this week sorting out the Christmas Card orders. We want the children to have them back in plenty of time for Christmas posting, so tomorrow will be the last day. Please send money in an envelope with child’s name and class. Don’t worry if you don’t have the order code or original form.


Debating Club

Some members of Ms. Murray’s and Ms. O’Brien’s classes have been participating in a debating club these last few weeks. The club, run by Ms. Ní Fheargail, has been meeting at lunchtimes in the library . The members have completes activities to develop their debating skills. The improvement in these skills was easy to see this week, when the children debated against each other on the following motions

All children should have mobile phones.

Homework is unnecessary.

The children in the audience decided on the winning motion by showing either a red or green card, depending on which speakers has convinced them of their motion the most!

Well done to all the children involved for using their lunch break to work on a new skill.

Debating will continue next week for the children in Mr. O’ Loughlin’s and Ms. Murray’s classes.

Thank you to Ms. Ní Fhearghail for giving up her own lunch break to run this worthwhile club.