Congratulations and thank you

Today we wished two of our teachers a very happy retirement on their final day of teaching  in 3rd and 4th class. After many years of dedication to hundreds of pupils, Ms. O’Halloran and Ms. Kane said their goodbyes. On behalf of the entire school community we want to say a  huge

They are joined in the picture below by Mrs. Collins and Mrs. Barbara Mc Donagh, both of whom retired during the past year. Congratulations ladies…. You’re off and away!

Virtual DreamSpace visit for 6th class @MS_eduIRL

The remaining 6th classes took part in virtual STEM sessions with the DreamSpace team today. It was a fantastic experience for all the children. They learned lots about the world of STEM, mixed reality, artificial intelligence and also coded with MicroBits. Lots of complicated code was written and tested!
Thanks to Niamh and Michael of Microsoft DreamSpace for facilitating the sessions today. We look forward to hopefully making an actual visit some day soon.


Child Safeguarding Statement Review

We wish to advise all parents and guardians that the B.O.M.  of St. Brigid’s National School will conduct a review of our Child Safeguarding  Statement and risk assessment at the October B.O.M. meeting.

In recent years, as a society, we have become very aware of the problem of child abuse through neglect, emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Each one of us has a duty to protect children and Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2011) notes that teachers, who are the main care givers to children outside the family, are particularly well placed to observe and monitor children for signs of abuse.

In response to this, the Department of Education and Skills published Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools (2011) in relation to child protection and welfare. These procedures promote the safety and welfare of all children and are to be welcomed.

The Board of Management of St. Brigid’s N.S. has adopted these procedures as school policy. Consequently, if school staff suspect or are alerted to possible child abuse (neglect, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse) they are obliged to refer this matter to Children and Family Service of the HSE. The HSE will then asses the situation and provide support for the child concerned.

In our school the Designated Liaison Person for dealing with Child Protection is Ms. Nicola Fay.

Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools

Parents/Guardians are also welcome to look through the procedures and Child Safeguarding Statement of our school here .