Christmas Letter

Dear Parents, Guardians and Families,

It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas here in St. Brigid’s as
classrooms and corridors glisten with decorations and the colours the season. I’d imagine that by the end of next week, pupils’ excitement will
be palpable. It’s a great time to be amongst children.
The ‘Countdown to Christmas’ brings both excitement and pressures.
Families are bombarded by the advertising and media hype that
surrounds the festive season. Whilst determined to retain the magic of the
season, school can be a refuge from the commercialism that can often
take hold in December. We aim at fostering that delicate balance that
keeps children in touch with the true meaning of Christmas without losing
the instinctive delight and anticipation that Christmas always brings.
Providing a quality academic education for pupils is a priority in St.
Brigid’s, but so is fostering school values and personal development so
that children flourish and grow into rounded, caring, confident young
people who know they have much to contribute. Christmas offers many
opportunities to reinforce these aims in very practical ways.
Our Christmas season began in November with the preparation of
Christmas cards and the shoe-box appeal. I think this year’s appeal had
the biggest response ever and it was so rewarding to see pupils present
their boxes with pride and generosity as they knew their gift would make a
difference to some less-fortunate boy or girl on Christmas morning. Many
thanks to Ms. O’Brien for organising it and to all who contributed.

It was wonderful seeing so many of you at the Christmas Fair this year. This
fair was a fantastic, fun-filled “gathering” of the many stakeholders in our
school and its success (both socially and financially) is testament to the
commitment of each part … parents, teachers, pupils, the community
Centre management, the local community and local businesses. Many
thanks to all who contributed and supported the fair. Special thanks to
Pamela Moore, Nikki Carroll and our hard working P.T.A. and the many
parents and supporters who helped with collecting, sorting and preparing
the displays or gave time on the day.
Earlier this week, Mrs. Noelle Mac Donagh unveiled our new crib
in the reception area. The wooden frame and background
artwork creates a beautiful scene and captures so much of that
first Christmas morning. The result is spectacular. Thank you, Mrs. Mac

Now it’s over to the children who are invited again this year to create their
own cribs for display in the main hallway between Friday, December 14th
and Thursday December 20th . Thank you to Mrs. Stokes who has prepared
this display – we hope many parents will be able to visit.
As I write, pupils from sixth class are organising a variety concert to be
presented to the residents of Mount Hybla Nursing Home next Tuesday.
We are always in awe of our pupils’ talent and I’ve no doubt but that
they will bring great joy and entertainment to the residents.
Our Carol Services will be held at 11.00 a.m. in our parish church on
Wednesday December 19th and Thursday December 20th. Again, this
year, in an effort to address safety concerns and to afford parents the
opportunity to attend the Carol Service in some comfort, we have opted
to hold two carol services on consecutive days. The class performance
dates have been published on our school app. We look forward to seeing
you all there!
Separately, I wish to congratulate all who helped in any way to secure the
Phoenix Park Racecourse site for the new Edmund Rice Secondary School.
This school is an essential addition to our community and will eliminate a
lot of stress for families and children. Special thanks to our P.T.A and
particularly to Ms. Eveleen Maher, Ms. Eithne Mc Grath and Mr. Nick
O’Brien for leading this campaign. Whilst there may still be a long road to
travel on this project, this decision is a very good start.
Finally, I hope all your homes are filled with warmth and joy this Christmas
and that 2019 is good to us all! Nollaig Shona Daoibh.

Denis Courtney