History of Scoil Bhríde
Scoil Bhríde is one of two junior schools in the parish of Holy Trinity, Donaghmede. The school caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants to 2nd Class. Scoil Bhríde first opened its doors in September 1974. At that time Junior Infants to 6th Class were accommodated in the one building. Scoil Bhríde occupied the Junior Corridor and consisted of Junior and Senior Infants.
The present Staff Room was used as a classroom. What is now the Secretary’s Office was the Staff Room. After a number of years, when Holy Trinity had been built, Scoil Bhríde expanded to occupy the 1st and 2nd Class corridor and had in total 16 Classrooms. A shared PE Hall was at the front of the building between Scoil Bhríde and Holy Trinity. At one stage it was also used as a Church. It had to be demolished in the late 1980s as it was considered unsafe.
For many years Scoil Bhride experienced significant growth in its pupil population until, due to demographic trends, there was a slump in the mid 1990s. In recent years, however, the number of children attending our school has grown again.
Scoil Bhríde Today
Today, Scoil Bhríde is a vibrant, busy Junior School with over 400 pupils. There are 16 mainstream classes and two ASD classes. In addition we have a team of six support teachers.
We hold workshops in Yoga, Drama and Dance throughout the year. The children have the opportunity to attend training in Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie provided by GAA coaches. An Irish Dancing Teacher comes to the school twice weekly after school for girls and boys who are interested. We have a school Choir for 2nd Class children.
The school has a General Purpose room where the children do PE, games and assemble for concerts and other various activities. We have a lovely, well stocked library. All classrooms have a teaching lap-top and an interactive whiteboard. This year we will be developing our Digital Learning Plan and children will have access to iPads to enhance their learning.
We are a Green School and an Active School having been awarded a number of Flags for both areas.