National School, Clonegal
Phone & Fax: 053 9377513
Principal: Mary Gallagher
Situated in the picturesque village of Clonegal, St. Brigid’s
NS, which was built on an elevated site in 1952, occupies
a focal point in the village. The most recent refurbishment
of the school building was completed in April 2014 and a
new mainstream classroom and staffroom extension is currently
a 9 teacher co-educational school with an additional 3
shared Resource teachers. It is under the patronage of
the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. Currently there are 140
pupils on roll. The school has a strong Catholic ethos, but
welcomes children of all religions and none. In keeping with
Department of Education Guidelines the school is managed
by a voluntary Board of Management, comprising of 2 parents
nominees, 2 Patrons nominees, 2 teachers and 2 community
representatives. The Board meets at least 5 times per year
and more frequently if necessary. The school has an administrative
Principal - Mary Gallagher
There are 5 mainstream teachers, 2 ASD class
teachers, a full time Learning Support teacher and 3 shared
teachers. There are 4 full time SNAs in the school – all
working in the ASD classes. The school has a secretary and
a caretaker/ cleaner, employed by the Board of Management.
The very active Parent Association is extremely supportive
of the school. It is affiliated to the NPC and its members
become involved in many of the school’s activities.
Each classroom is equipped with an interactive
whiteboard, teaching laptop, visualiser and children’s laptops/computers.
We have a school library which the children use each week
in addition to a well-stocked library in each classroom.
The school’s P.E. Hall is housed in the local St Brigid’s
Hall where there is also a fully equipped computer room with
computers, a networked printer and an overhead projector.
There is a fully equipped kitchen in this building which
is used by the school for healthy eating demonstrations and
Physical education is an integral part of our school curriculum.
Children avail of swimming lessons in Graiguecullen pool
for 10 weeks each year. There are 2 football pitches, a basketball
court and a soft play activity area in the school grounds.
Each year the local GAA club provides Football/Hurling training.
A qualified basketball coach also provides training for the
children and they participate in inter school/Cumann na mBunscoil
leagues in football, hurling, indoor hurling, basketball,
camogie and soccer. Teachers provide coaching in Hurling,
Camogie, Football, Soccer, Basketball and Rounders as extra-curricular
activities. We also have an after-school gardening club.
Children’s artistic abilities are encouraged and nurtured.
The Recorder is taught from 1st class up and the school regularly
avails of schemes to develop musical and artistic abilities.
All pupils avail of Music Lessons/Vocal Training with Music
Generation Carlow – at no expense to parents. At Christmas
each year the children participate in a school Concert or
Carol Service. Irish dancing lessons are available in the
local hall after school on Friday evenings and music lessons
are held there one evening each week.
We are very conscious of our beautiful surroundings in
the village of Clonegal. We have developed several gardens
in the school and the children actively learn Geography,
Science and Care of the Environment while working in them.
These gardens are a great source of pride to all in the
school and we were awarded 1st place in the schools section
of the Carlow Floral Pride competition this year - having
already won it on three previous occasions. We are currently
working towards our 5th Green Flag. We work in very close
co-operation with the local Tidy Village committee and
at the recent Award Ceremony, when Clonegal was acknowledged
as the tidiest village in Ireland for the second year in
succession and the overall winner in the South East region,
three children from the school were honoured to be asked
to accept the Gold Medal on behalf of the Tidy Village
An After Schools service is provided by personnel
from Millview Montessori school who collect the children
at 2 o’ clock
and again at 3 o’clock. This service is housed in the
local St. Brigid’s hall and they avail of the facilities
in the school grounds.
Parents, or visitors to the school are always
welcome. We may be contacted by phone, fax or email. or
by calling to
the secretary’s office between 9.30 and 2.00 each day
where Mary is available to answer any queries. Further information
can be acquired by checking the school’s website.