“ Be in your line at ten to nine”

The first fifteen minutes each morning are busy times in class. Often books are exchanged and homework checked as children and teachers prepare for the day ahead. To minimize early morning disruptions please try to have your child at school in time.

We know that some children feel really anxious when they have to enter the classroom late  and if this is a regular occurence it can undermine their confidence and create a lot of  anxiety problems in the morning.

Parents are asked to encourage independence by allowing their child enter  each morning with their line. It is not necessary to accompany them to the classroom door.

Absence from School

If a child is unwell they should stay at home and we understand that some children are more prone to illnesses especially in their first year in school. However we ask you to inform the class teacher as to the reason for your child’s absence on their return to school. We are obliged to state  absence reasons when making out attendance reports each term  Our school app  and website have forms that can be filled and sent from your phone or you can simply write a note.

If a pupil has missed 15 days the school will inform you by text. At 20 days we are required to inform the National Welfare Board even if the absences are due to illness.

If a child misses 20 days of school , that’s nearly a month  out of 10  months..so those  odd days really  add up and your child’s progress does suffer,

We discourage parents from taking children on extended family holidays  during the school term except in exceptional circumstances. We are not allowed under law to give permission to  a parent take a child out of school for a holiday. If a parent wishes to do so , they need to state this intention in writing.

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Birthdays are important days in children’s lives and teachers usually mark theses occasions in class with a badge, sticker, birthday hat etc.  However parents are asked NEVER to give  out invitations in the classroom or anywhere on the school grounds  ( or ask their child to do so)  Too often in the past , this practice has hurt other pupils who feel excluded. Please do not ask a teacher to make an exception for your child as a refusal can sometimes offend. Similarly  to avoid hurt for other children if a group of children  are attending a party they should never be collected together from the classroom door or school grounds.

In accordance with our NUT FREE POLICY  birthday cakes  may not  be shared in school.

We appreciate your co-operation in implementing this policy.


School Sports

What a great day! We had perfect weather,  not too warm and not too sunny.  Everyone was in great spirits leaving school at 10 a.m. and the first race got underway at 10.30. Each section had 6 classes and  each class five different races. We had egg and spoon, boy’s and a girl’s  sprint,  a sack race  and a three legged race . Winners won points for their team and  the team with the most points won the section .  Everyone arrived back in school at 1pm and were so tired they just sat down in the yard during break. _MG_0062 _MG_0067 _MG_0144

Check out the 156 photos on our flickr page that Nora took .



Senior School Basketball Blitz

It’s been a great week for Sport on our school. and today  our winning streak continued when teams from Dublin 15  schools arrived in the Sports Hall for an exciting basketball blitz.  Our team played really well and won a thrilling final . Check out the photos in our photo section or on  our flickr page … Saint Brigids National School.

Tomorrow is our school sports day in Russell Park. We hope to leave school at 10am approx and return around 12.30.

Children should wear sunscreen if it is a sunny day and bring plenty to drink bottle.

Parents are very welcome to join us but  for safety reasons please do not take your child home from Russell Park unless you have  good reason. Children will walk up and back with their teacher.

Let’s hope we all have a great safe day. martyrdom-clipart-sp


Our Approach

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Our Ethos

We promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil- intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and with other people. The school models and promotes a philosophy of life, inspired by belief in God and in the life of Jesus Christ. St. Brigid’s provides Religious education for pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic Faith.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/2″][trx_image url=”2614″ align=”none” shape=”square” icon=”inherit” width=”90%” bottom=”5px”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Our Mission

St. Brigid’s National School, Beechpark Lawn, Castleknock is a Catholic primary school for the education of children from the parish of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, Castleknock. It is committed to the aims and principles of the revised curriculum (1999) and the Education Act(2001). St. Brigid’s N.S., in partnership with parents and community, seeks to enable pupils to discover and develop their talents and aptitudes in an environment permeated by Catholic values, so that they will be able to participate actively and responsibly in society and in the future.

More specifically, our mission aims to enable each child

To live a full life as a child and to realise his/her potential as a unique individual with his/her own particular aptitudes and talents
To enhance his/her self-esteem so that they will become sensitive, caring and responsible members of the community and society
To develop to the best of his/her ability in all aspects of school life and to respect the right of other children to do the same
To prepare for further education and life-long learning

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St. Brigid’s N.S. seeks to provide

A secure, happy and purposeful environment that allows children to enjoy quality learning experiences designed to engage and challenge them
A welcoming environment for all – respectful of diversity of race, culture, religion, gender and ability
A supportive environment for all children with special needs through learning support and resource teaching.
We value our relationship with parents and the community and we are committed to working in partnership with all involved in the education process so as to ensure that the best interests of each child is provided for.

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” Learning, Striving, Achieving..Together ”


Administering Medicines

The aims of this document are:

·         To create a caring community with the support of pupils, teachers, parents and non-teaching staff
·         To promote an environment where everyone feels safe and secure.
·         To set out a procedure for administering medication by staff members under the authorisation of the Board of Management.
·         To inform fully the school community of procedures for administering medication to pupils with recognised health problems.
·         To clarify the responsibility of parents, BOM, principal, teachers, staff and children regarding the giving of medicines.
·         To encourage adherence to an agreed set of principles

Underlying Principles:

·         Parents have the prime responsibility for their child’s health.
·         Medicines should only be administered in school when essential and cannot be given at an alternative time: i.e. that it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day.
·         Medicines will not be administered, even in an emergency, without the prior written permission of the child’s parents which has been updated annually.
·         Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by the pharmacist and include the prescriber’s instructions.
·         Medicines will not be stored or administered without prior written permission from the B.O.M.
·         Parents should keep children at home when they are unwell.

Children with Long term Health Problems:

When enrolling a child in St. Brigid’s National School, the Board of Management requires parents/guardians to fill out an application form, part of which seeks details of any health problems affecting the child.
Where a child is in need of medication during school hours, the parents must outline clearly in writing when medicines must be administered, what can/cannot be done in a particular emergency situation with particular reference to what may cause a risk to a child.
The parents will give written permission for the administration of the prescribed medication and will sign an indemnity letter.

Parents should collect medicines and store them at home during holidays


Conditions that apply

Medical  information will be kept in the pupil’s file throughout the child’s time at school.
When a child’s medical condition necessitates ongoing monitoring and may involve the administration of emergency medicines the following practice will prevail:
Teachers will receive professional training on the illness, symptoms, and the administration of medicines
The “twinned” teacher will also be familiar with the child, the condition and receive professional training.
All staff will be made aware of the child and his/her condition and how medicines should be administered.
The child’s photograph will be included on a notice-board in the staff room and on the relevant yard notebook to assist instant recognition and children will wear high vis armbands in the yard,
Specialist medicines will be stored in the child’s classroom in an easily identified box with child’s name clearly printed on the outside, which will also hold administration  instructions, emergency phone numbers, G.P.’s phone number
In emergency situations qualified medical assistance will be secured at the earliest opportunity.
A record of administration will be kept

The Board of Management will:

  • give specific authorisation in writing to members of staff who are willing to administer medication.
  • require an indemnity from parents in respect of any liability that may arise regarding the administration of medicines
  • Provide training /instruction for teachers on the administration of specialist medicines
  • Arrange for the safe storage of medication e.g. a secure First Aid box, special kits etc. will be provided in the appropriate classrooms.
  • inform the school’s insurers accordingly
  • review the policy every 12 months.

The Principal will be responsible for
·         putting this policy into practice
·         making the school community aware of the policy
·         ensuring that all staff are aware of children with acute conditions
·         Arrange for the administration of medicines, allocation of child to “twinned teacher” in the event of the authorised teacher being absent

Role of the Teacher:

No teacher will be obliged to either administer medicines or to supervise children taking them.

The teacher will:

·         not administer  medicines without the specific authorisation of the BOM.
·         Make all staff aware of the child and his/her condition and how medicines should be administered.
·         Inform parents if their child has received/refused medication at school to avoid repeat dose at home or at wrong time interval.
·         Keep written records each time medicines are given( Kept in the Principal’s office unless other arrangements are in place.
·         Inform parents if prescribed medicines could not be administered
·         Seek direction from parents when risk to the child is suspected
·         Ensure that emergency medicines are readily accessible yet out of children’s reach

It will be the parent’s responsibility to

  • request the BOM in writing to authorise a member(s) of staff to administer medicine at the time of admission to the school.
  • Meet with class teacher and the principal and inform them in writing, at the beginning of each year, of the child’s medical condition, symptoms and appropriate treatment and how to minimise risk to the child
  • give permission for their child to be taken to the hospital/doctor in the case of a medical emergency, at the teacher’s or principal’s discretion.
  • Update and renew the request for administration of medicine at the beginning of each school year to the Board of Management.
  • Write a letter requesting changes in dosage or time of administration
  • Inform teachers/staff/parents who may take the child for extra-curricular activities, educational visits, tours etc. of the child’s needs
  • Ensure that, as far as is possible, all the medical and nutritional needs of the child are attended to before presenting the child for school
  • Contact the teacher to ensure that the child’s medication is brought on school trips.
  • Supply the medication and check that it is in date, dispose of out-of-date medicines and store medicines over holiday periods
  • Ensure that medicines are clearly labelled with child’s name, parents’ phone numbers, name and dose of medicine and frequency of administration,
  • Check each morning that the authorised teacher is in school,  and if not to speak to the authorised neighbouring teacher.

Parents will be required to give permission for their child to be photographed for the purpose of informing the staff and auxiliary staff about each child’s medical needs. These photographs will be used in yard duty notebooks and on staff notice-boards to assist in the process of identifying children who may require emergency medicine.

Children will

·         Know where their medicines are stored
·         As they get older and more mature it may become appropriate that children take more responsibility for the administration of their own medicines i.e. self-administered when possible, under the supervision of an authorised adult.


Homework Policy

Definition of Homework
Homework refers to any work or activities assigned to students as an extension of classroom work.

There are four types of homework:
1.     Practice assignments to reinforce\consolidate acquired skills- learning and written
2.     Preparation of assignments to help students get ready for future classroom
3.     Extension assignments such as project work.
4.     Reading

Importance of Homework
Homework is important because it encourages and develops good study habits, independent learning, initiative and responsibility.
It helps students to develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to study on their own, and it prepares them for secondary school.
It also promotes positive attitudes toward school because homework allows students to understand that learning can also take place outside of the classroom. Homework also provides a means by which parents can engage in and support the work of the class teacher and the school.

The Principal will
·        Communicate the homework policy to parents
·        Support teachers in the implementation of the policy

Role of the Teacher

  • Administering homework based on the recommended homework policy
  • Providing students with time to note the assignments in their diary
  • Explaining how the assignment might be carried out
  • Pitching difficulty level of homework to the needs of the class
  • Consulting with the Learning Support Teachers regarding needs of children availing of support.
  • Praising the student for completing assignments
  • Correcting assignments or monitoring children’s checking of assignments
  • Providing feedback and help if necessary

Role of the Student
Students are expected to:
·        Write assignments clearly and neatly in their diary on a daily basis
·        Show their diary to parents and have it signed.
·        Complete all assignments neatly and honestly
·        Work independently and ask for help only when needed
·        Read independently (or with a family member) on a daily basis

Role of the Parent 
Parents are encouraged to:
·        Plan a homework schedule and a place free from interruptions for the child
·        Assist the child if necessary but not by doing the homework for the child
·        Check that all homework has been completed and sign the homework diary
·        Encourage the student and praise them when they have completed assignments
·        Encourage reading – either paired or independent.

Communicate with teacher if the child encounters difficulty, has spend an undue time at homework or cannot complete work due to special circumstances.

Frequency and Duration of Homework 

 It is a matter of school policy that individual teachers decide on the amount of homework which they consider appropriate. However, the following samples are guidelines on what parents can expect each evening.

Infant Classes
Time : up to 10 minutes
Examples of Content:   
Oral Homework
Talk about the pictures, sentences and rhymes
Urging children to use full sentences in response to questions
Revise words, work sheets
Occasional Worksheet in Senior Infants

First and Second Classes
Time:   1st Class    up to 15 minutes
2nd Class up to 25 minutes

Tables, Spelling
English and Irish Reading
Mathematics and English Written work

Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes
Time:  3rd and 4th Classes   up to 40 minutes
5th and 6th Classes    up to 60 minutes
Tables, Irish and English Spelling
Irish and English Reading
Written work in Mathematics, English and Irish
Revision of History, Geography, S.P.H.E., Religion
Project Work (Occasionally)

No child is expected to spend more time than the upper limit on the guidelines.

Mobile Phones

We have examined the practice of  children bringing mobile phones to school and in line with our recent  child safeguarding risk assessment, we have decided NOT to allow any child to bring a mobile phone to school or on school outings.  If  on an outing there is a significant delay in the children returning , the office will contact parents by text.