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A day in the life of Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin

Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin is a stones throw from that busy intersection which those who travel from the south of the country to the capital would know as Newlands Cross. And just as that piece of our road network is a continuos hive of activity so too is the that school which is in its shadow.

Coláiste Bríde was founded by the Presentation Sisters and is fortunate enough to still have a number of Sisters involved in the school on a day to day basis.

Sr. Gemma McKevitt and Sr. Angela Dolan help out on staff while Sr. Anne Nevin is on the School Board of Management.

With over 940 pupils the schools increased enrolment is a reflection of the population growth Clondalkin/ Lucan suburbs in recent years. However with a number of other schools in the area there are more reasons than increased population to explain its popularity with families in the area.

The school endeavours to 'keep ahead of the possy' in regards to curriculum and technological innovation. It offers both The Leaving Certificate Established and Applied as well as LCVP.

Junior Cycle students can choose the traditional Junior Certificate or the alternative JCSP. There is also a very popular Transition Year on offer for students with currently 4 classes pursuing the programme.

First Years in Coláiste Bríde get a particular treat. As well as the traditional subjects on offer they also do I.T and Horticulture. The school is very fortunate to have a passionate gardening expert on staff in the form of Pat. Her interest in and knowledge of all things green is contagious and the students are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to put the theory into practice in their own school garden.

Another example of 'active learning' is the very successful face forward initiative. This was an initiative organised by the Art Department in which the local community were invited to nominate a number of local heroes. From the large number of nominations 15 were selected.

The students then used their photography skills to capture images of these heroic natives. These images and their stories will soon adorn the hoarding on the motorway which have been erected recently as the motorway under goes a major reconfiguration. So the next time you travel to Dublin and see these images don't forget you read it here first!

As a Catholic and CEIST school care of pupils is a priority. A very successful Rainbows programme is just one small example of this care put into practice. The school is also very fortunate to an active and committed RE team. Two students and a teacher will soon travel to Lourdes to help out with the local parish pilgrimage.

When one firsts visits Coláiste Bríde on is struck by the brightness of the General Purpose Area (GPA) as well the vibrancy of colours on the wall.

Vibrancy and brightness are also the two adjectives which sum up the school that is Coláiste Bríde.

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