A Note from the Principal

To all Parents, Guardians, Pupils of Scoil Bhríde and Prospective Parents,

This will be my final note on the Scoil Bhríde website. As most of you are aware, I am retiring at the end of August. I have already thanked staff, parents and children, but I would again like to reiterate how grateful I am for the loyalty and support I have received from the community of Donaghmede since I came here in 2007. The welcome I was given and the interest that was shown by parents in their children’s education and wellbeing was an inspiration to me.

I would also like to thank those of you who sent best wishes to me, by word, email, card or gift. All your thoughts and wishes are very much appreciated.

For those of you reading this website for the first time and who are interested in sending your child to Scoil Bhríde, the following should give you some idea of what the school is about.

Firstly, Scoil Bhríde is a Catholic Junior School, which caters for the children from Junior Infants to Second Class in the Parish of Holy Trinity, Donaghmede. Although we are a Catholic school, we welcome children of all faiths and none. We are an inclusive school and teach our children to be tolerant and respectful of all.

Over the last number of years our school has increased in size and numbers by about twenty-five percent. This has brought with it challenges, but overall we are delighted with the extra space which includes mainstream classrooms and support rooms. We have also done work on our grounds.

While the pursuit of excellent teaching and learning is the most important objective of any school, we also strive to give our children a holistic and rounded education. This we do through the provision of extra-curricular activities and through our emphasis on the Arts (music, drama, dance and visual arts) and on physical and mental well-being. We are an Active School and we engage a Yoga teacher to provide workshops for our pupils every year.

We have a highly motivated staff, who continually engage in professional development and whose dedication is obvious to all those who visit our school. So, it is of particular delight to me that one of those motivated teachers was chosen to become the next principal of Scoil Bhríde. Ms. Marianne Craig has worked here for ten years, and has been an Assistant Principal for the last four. I know she will bring tremendous energy and a passion for education to the role and I wish her well.

Please have a happy and safe summer.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Áine Dillon                                             July 2021