Detailed reports are issued to parents twice yearly. Assessment reports designed to monitor application and progress are issued on request. Individual contact between school and home is strongly encouraged. Parent-Teacher Meetings are arranged at least once a year for all students and parents. Pastoral Care is a very important part of the school’s programme.
Year Heads: responsible for the welfare, development and progress of each year group. The Year Head is responsible for discipline; with an emphasis on positive discipline where possible. Class Teachers: Each class group is assigned to the care of a specific teacher. The Class Teacher meets the students at roll call each morning. The Class Teacher is responsible for the students in his/her care. Within the pastoral care system the Class Teacher offers support and encouragement to each student and provides a “listening ear” as necessary. Parents are actively encouraged to contact the Year Head or Class Teacher if they are concerned about anything relating to their son/daughter while in Coláiste Bhríde.
Students who need extra assistance have always been well catered for in Coláiste Bhríde. Smaller class groupings and individual assistance is provided as necessary. Extra support is organised for students who require it during their Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.
Coláiste Bhríde is a multi-denominational school. Spiritual celebration plays an important role in our educational policy. School services take place throughout the year. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore their faith, their relationship with themselves and others. They build on the faith that has been nurtured in the home, the school and the community.
The career path chosen by students is of paramount importance. Therefore emphasis is placed on career information and guidance. Students visit Career Exhibitions, College Open Days and are comprehensively assisted in career choice, filling up CAO forms etc. Work experience and mock interviews form a significant part of career guidance in Coláiste Bhríde.
This scheme for all students has been established and developed over a number of years. The cost of textbooks has increased enormously placing a considerable burden on parents. The relevant fees are due between May and September and there is a family discount. The cost of student personal accident insurance, photocopying and a student journal are also covered by this scheme. Textbooks and/or e-books are distributed to students by subject teachers. Students are responsible for all text books issued to them by the school. While all textbooks remain the property of the school, students are required to cover them and to handle them with care. Students are responsible for purchasing their own stationery. Subject teachers will direct students as to what will be required.
Uniforms can be purchased in the school on specific dates, online or at Kaideen in Baltinglass. Jacket: Students must wear regulation school jacket Jumper: Air-force Blue – V neck with gold stripe & school crest Tie: Air-force blue with grey stripes Footwear: Black polish-able shoes. Runners or suede shoes are not acceptable Boys: Shirt – dark grey, Trousers – grey flannels Girls: Blouse – cream, Skirt – Air-force blue tartan kilt -knee length, Navy Lycra tights or navy knee socks
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