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St. Brigid’s Day Assembly

Report by Conor D. Cian M. and Alex O’R.

Ms McCabe held a St. Brigid’s Day assembly for 2nd to 6th classes. This is Catholic Schools Week and the theme this year is Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home. This week isn’t just for Catholics in our school, though. We welcome all religions and Ms McCabe told us that we should extend kindness towards everyone. If we are kind to each other the school will be a happier place for everyone.

Image from NCEA


As we know, Wednesday was St. Brigid’s day and she was known and loved for her kindness and care for the poor, the sick and the elderly. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland but St Brigid is the female patron saint of Ireland. St Brigid’s cross is normally made from rushes. On February 1st, people hang it up in their home for protection from evil.
Conor D. read the story of St Brigid’s cloak and how she managed to spread her cloak from North to South to East to West. James C. O’S read a poem about St Brigid weaving crosses from rushes.

As we are a green school, Ms McCabe also discussed the Green team and the School Council who are constantly improving our school. St. Josephs is going to have a new bike rack for 5th and 6th class boys attending the school and it will be quite close to the church as 5th and 6th class boys will be bringing their bikes home every day. Ms McCabe also discussed our healthy eating policy and we contributed to the formation of this policy.

To end the assembly, Father Philip Bradley read a short prayer for everyone.

Cake Sale

Another successful cake sale with a huge array of beautiful cakes. The boys returned to class full of sugar and with full tummies. Many thanks to all the parents for their support by offering cakes and to the Parent Association for their hard work in organising and working all day at the event.

Santa also made a surprise visit.

Trócaire Award

p1140355The student council accepted a very special Trócaire award today on behalf of the whole school. Over the past 23 years our school community has donated an incredible €71,000 to Trócaire. 

This money has benefited the lives of millions of people in over 20 countries worldwide. Trócaire presented this award to only 30 schools in Ireland in recognition of their outstanding support for their work.

Ms.  Josephine Crowley received a special thanks for her tireless assistance in collecting Trócaire boxes and money over the years.

Shoe Box Appeal

wp-1480356096602.jpgOnce more we had a great response to our Shoe Box Appeal for Team Hope. Many thanks to all for your generous donations. It’ll make a great Christmas for some less fortunate boys and girls.


Minister Richard Bruton unveils commemorative stone

Minister of Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, spoke at St. Joseph’s today in commemoration of our 150th anniversary and unveiled a commemorative stone.

Ms Anne McCabe, principal of St. Joseph’s BNS, welcomed the minister and other distinguished guests including former deputy mayor of Dublin Edie Wynne, former principal of St. Joseph’s Mr. Matt Hume, chairperson of the board of management Fr. Philip Bradley, Kate O’Connell TD, Councillor Anne Feeney, members of the St. Joseph’s Parent Association and the management board.


Ms Anne McCabe from St. Joseph’s BNS on Vimeo.

DSC 0022 from St. Joseph’s BNS on Vimeo.