Initially introduced in 2017, our two infant classes now experience and benefit from the play based Aistear curriculum during the school year. Aistear looks specifically at the development of language through play and is thoroughly enjoyed by our infant classes.
We have a long standing tradition of musical expertise in Scoil Bhríde, with many fine musicians on staff. Pupils have many opportunities to participate in musical moments such as Peace Proms, guitar workshops, tin whistle, choral presentations to name but a few.
We have a huge love and interest in quizzes within Scoil Bhríde, with some in-house quizzes organised for our pupils during the school year. Our pupils also represent our school in various competitions such as the Prosperous Christmas Quiz, the Credit Union Quiz and Cumann na mBunscol Quiz.
Each year our pupils have the opportunity to explore our local surroundings and gain further insights into natural amenities on our doorstep. During recent school years, our senior pupils explored the canal during Bio-diversity Week and visited Pollardstown Fen, with the renowned heritage in schools expert, Éanna Ní Lamhna.
Many of our pupils and staff have a great love of the visual arts. We have varied displays to view within the school. These displays help to inspire all learners and have a very positive effect on a pupil’s learning environment. At various stages during the school year, our entire pupil body will work on a collective display for the school hall. This promotes great collaboration between all members of staff and pupils.
Our pupils experience a drama rich curriculum and have many opportunities to perform for their families during their time in Scoil Bhríde. Each Halloween marks our annual Witch and Wizard Walk, where class prepare a short performance for the whole school community. Christmas marks a special time of the year, where our Junior Infants perform annually and our other classes participate in either a choral performance or plays.
In Scoil Bhríde, we recognise the importance of building on our current on site facilities and resources. Our school grounds and building have been added to over a number of years and provide the best possible educational environment for our pupils, while also keeping our personal feel and our enviable space. We hope to further develop our facilities into the future.
An additional, quiet and calm area within the school for pupils. This room is equipped with beanbags, sensory equipment and mood lighting. It is also, frequently used by our SET team to enhance the learning environment for our pupils with complex needs.
Used by all pupils through all seasons. This area, only recently established, has added significantly to our sporting facilities on the school grounds. It is a wonderful addition for P.E. and yard times and is enjoyed by all of our pupils.
We are extremely lucky to have beautiful, open, green spaces surrounding our school. Our pupils benefit from experiencing school life in a rural setting, yet only a short distance from larger towns such as Newbridge and Kildare.
We have invested in specific O.T. equipment overtime, which allows the opportunity for some of our pupils to participate in deep pressure and self-regulation activities during the school day.
We are committed to the further development of IT within our school and have made good progress to date. Our initial focus was on the improvement of network infrastructures within our physical school building. All of our classrooms currently have access to interactive whiteboards. Additional WiFi hotspots have been installed throughout the building and we have purchased a class set of tablets to continue our good work. We look forward to further developments in our digital plan and welcome the role IT will continue to have for our pupils into the future.