In the Summer of 2012 , the library refurbishment was completed and new shelving and seating installed. Two artists were invited to create murals on three blank walls. They asked the children to suggest characters from their favourite books and they were incorporated these into the mural. Harry Potter, Clarice Bean, Kipper, The Gruffalo and Old Bear are a few they chose. All the characters were on a tree house with a great view of the Phoenix Park.
On another wall they painted a giant’s foot descending from the clouds in search of the golden egg.
Castleknock history was also represented in a wistful mural of Castleknock Castle and it’s Celtic Cross.
This beautiful cloak was designed by Ms. Nicola Fay and Mrs. Brenda Mohan to celebrate the opening of our new building on February 1st 2013. All pupils from 4th class drew scenes from the life of Saint Brigid onto squares of cotton. The squares were then ironed to set the colour. With expert guidance from Mrs. Mohan , the children sewed the squares together. Panels were added so each child and staff member in the school could sign the cloak. It was worn during the opening ceremony by Grace Maher as a symbol of our school. We think it is exceptional and we will cherish it for many years to come. It is now on display in the main school entrance.
To celebrate our 150th anniversary we commissioned a very special piece of Art by mosaic artist Elaine Prunty. We spoke to Elaine early last year and asked her to design colourful mosaic of Saint Brigid and we wanted all 914 children to be involved in the design and represented in the final mosaic ! Elaine came to us after Easter and spoke to all the children. She asked them to draw a magical flower ( Saint Brigid brings the Spring) and also to design colourful children’s clothes. Elaine then took all the atet work away and she selected one flower to represent each class and some clothing designs also.
Elaine reproduced these flowers exactly in glass and in the mosaic all 32 are surrounding Saint Brigid. The children in the mosaic are under her cloak, and they have mirrors for faces so as our pupils pass by they see themselves sheltering under the cloak. Saint Brigid has a beautiful face and Elaine used a special glass to give her a twinkle in her eye.
The slides below show how the mosaic was made. We are very grateful to a family in our school who paid for this wonderful mosaic. It will be a symbol of this school for many years to come.