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St Brigid's Primary School

St Brigid's Primary School, Broughshane Road, Ballymena opened its doors on 3 September 2007.  It's Principal is Mr Jim Brady.

School Mission Statement  "St Brigid's Primary School aims to develop each child to their fullest potential

May 2015 - St Brigid's has launched its new school website www.stbrigidspsballymena.com  Check here to see useful information and photos showing daily life at the school.

 

High expectations and effective teaching and learning will enable all children to achieve and develop as life long learners, fully prepared for the ever changing world of today. As a Catholic school we will develop within the children values of respect, compassion for others and a genuine celebration of cultural diversity. We will strive to help each and every child grow into greater wholeness in Mind, Body and Spirit using St. Brigid as our example. We realise that we are a central part of our community and strive to involve all parish partners in our work, especially our parents.”

St. Brigid’s Primary school opened in September 2007 following the rationalisation of Catholic primary schooling in the Parish of Kirkinriola. It is situated on the site of the former All Saints’ Primary School, Broughshane Road and draws its pupils from the surrounding areas. The age range of our pupils is 4 years to 11 years and the school is presently oversubscribed with a current enrolment of 325 (January 2010).

The school building comprises 12 classrooms all resourced with the latest technological learning aids including interactive whiteboards and wireless computer connectivity. Each classroom in the main building has its own toilets and cloakroom facilities. Teaching and learning is also facilitated through the efficient use of a school multi-purpose room for learning support and peripatetic teaching. Plans to add 2 additional multi-purpose rooms are at an advanced stage.

The building itself is both modern and bright and has been designed to support learning and teaching to the highest possible standards. Classrooms are set around a shared resource area which facilitates the seamless extension of classroom and small group work while also successfully linking the outdoor learning environment with the indoor area. The school has a well equipped permanent computer suite, a portable computer suite and a multi-purpose hall for assembly, P.E. and canteen services.

The administration accommodation comprises Principal and secretary’s offices to the front of the school which are entered via a warm and welcoming reception area and school foyer. Hard play areas in two separate playgrounds surround the school while it is bordered to the front and side by substantial soft grass play areas. A new grass football pitch has recently been laid and will be operational in June 2010. Plans to develop an “outdoor learning” area are currently progressing well.

As a Catholic school we pride ourselves on the provision of strong pastoral care for all pupils and staff. At St. Brigid’s Pastoral Care permeates all aspects of school life. It reflects the values, attitudes, beliefs and practices of our faith and involves all members of the school community where Christ is the example to all and where each child is helped to develop to his/her full potential. The most obvious sign of our pastoral ethos can be witnessed in the excellent relationships visible within the school between adult and child, children and their peers and adults and each other. Our commitment to developing pastoral support for all is evidenced by the inclusion of a dedicated Pastoral Care Co-ordinator in our school leadership structure

As a staff we work as a team, respecting each other’s roles and recognising individual talents and expertise. We are concerned with the needs and well being of each child and with the approaches and programmes we implement in order to aid his/her personal development.

We recognise and value the important role parents play in their child’s education. Every effort is made to ensure that parents feel welcome, that they are made aware of the schools aims, objectives and policies and of their child’s needs, progress and achievements. As a Catholic School, our overriding aim is to establish and foster Christian values for life. To do this, it is essential that we work in partnership with all of our parents and the parish community. Indeed the success of our school depends on good co-operation between staff, pupils and parents.

The welcoming and inclusive environment so visible within St. Brigid’s has enabled us to extend a very warm welcome to many children from countries across the globe. These include Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, and the Philippines. Additional learning support for those pupils for whom English is an additional language is provided and includes provision of bi-lingual classroom assistance and after school English language classes. Of course the presence of the children themselves provides an excellent opportunity to deepen awareness among all pupils of other cultures, a key element of the curriculum.

 


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