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Open Evening in St Brigid's Secondary School Killarney

St. Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School, Killarney, Open Evening took place last Wednesday 26th October. A very large crowd of prospective first year students from all of the local primary schools as well as students from outside of the catchment area attended the event with their parents.

The families were greeted by staff and tour guides when they entered the school and each family were given an extensive tour of the school facilities by current TY and 5th year students. During the tours, students and parents had the opportunity to speak with all of the teachers about their subjects in the school and the numerous co-curricular links.

They also had opportunities to decorate and eat home-made buns in the Home Economics room, get active with CPR, do some Art work and enter numerous competitions on the night.

The students experienced the varied extra-curricular activities on offer such as solving Maths puzzles, practising some language skills, contributing to the fashion-blogging society, debating issues, imparting ideas to the enterprise students and some students even got their nails and hair done. Undoubtedly they found it difficult to leave.

The Principal’s address took place in the school gym at 7.15pm to facilitate the large crowd. Ms. Mairéad Lucey, Deputy Principal acted as MC and welcomed everybody to the school. She outlined the importance of the Open Evening as it gave the school an opportunity to showcase the school’s successes, achievements and plans for the future.

The school choir directed by Ms. Rosie Healy and accompanied by Ms. Louise Luddy gave a glimpse into their range of talents. It was a truly outstanding performance and no less than was expected as these students will perform in the Friary with the Three Tenors on Sunday night 4th December.

Ciara Carroll a current 5th Year student then addressed the large audience regarding her time as a Transition Year student last year.

Ciara highlighted to parents and prospective students the diverse and varied nature of the programme that facilitated her to mature in so many ways and thus make more informed choices regarding her subjects to study for the Leaving Cert.

Roísín Kearney Leaving Cert student and Chairperson of the student Council spoke and recalled her first year in the school and commended both staff and students for the warm welcome and friendships that made the transition into secondary school so much easier.

Roísín highlighted the community aspect that permeates the school and concluded by stating that she was ‘Proud to be a Pres girl’ and would always treasure the memories of her time spend in St. Brigid’s.

Ms. Bernadette O’ Donoghue Chairperson of the Parent’s Council spoke on behalf of the very vibrant group of parents that comprise the council and outlined their role in the school community.

The final part of the presentation was given by Ms. Roísín Moore, Principal of St. Brigid’s. During her address, Ms. Moore outlined all that St. Brigid’s has to offer.

She gave very specific information to parents and prospective students regarding the wide range of subjects and programmes on offer in the school and highlighted in particular the fact that all students in First Year are afforded the opportunity to study all subjects for the entire year so that they can make informed subject choices for 2nd Year.

The Pastoral Care Programme was explained in detail and Ms. Moore outlined that each class group is assigned a Class Tutor and Year Head and First Year students also have the support of Mentors, 5th Year students that are trained specifically to help the new students make a smooth transition into St. Brigid’s.

The State Examination Results were conveyed to the attentive audience illustrating how St. Brigid’s continues to be a centre of academic excellence scoring well above the national average in all results.

Ms. Moore then explained about the comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer in the school and encouraged all prospective students to try new things and reach their potential as individuals.

The closing date for receipt of application forms which was Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 4.30pm was conveyed to parents.

The Open Night was a resounding success. Parents and prospective students undoubtedly got a flavour of the school’s history, ethos and aspirations for the future.

The selection of pictures below gives a taste of this wonderful evening.

Open Evening Photos