Welcome From Our Principal
Céad Míle Fáilte Romhaibh.
We hope our website will give you a flavour of our vibrant school life and that it will keep you up to date with our work and our activities. Scoil Bhríde Loreto is a co-educational Catholic primary school. At present we cater for 125 pupils in a pleasant rural environment about two miles from Killarney town. We have a dedicated staff who are committed to the holistic development of your child and to ensuring that school is a happy place where children can learn, reach their potential and grow to be kind, tolerant, responsible young people who can think for themselves.
The present school was built in 1978 and was renovated and extended in 2008. Our school is run by a hard working and supportive Board of Management and has an active Parents’ Association whose involvement is encouraged and appreciated. It is a six classroom school with an office, learning support room, library / computer room and a spacious hall. We have a large hard surface play area and extensive playing pitches in a beautiful setting overlooked by Mangerton and Torc Mountains.
Bluebells Preschool is also located in the building and caters for younger children.
We recognise the vital role of parents and the importance of partnership. Your child is very precious. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s education.
We hope that you enjoy our website and are witness to the many wonderful activities that are on-going in our school.
Mise le meas,
The mission of Scoil Bhride, Loreto is to provide opportunities for the children to achieve their personal best in a safe, caring and positive environment, in a spirit of friendship and belonging.
We strive to enable the children to become responsible and productive citizens and to develop the skills to embrace lifelong learning.
The school is a Roman Catholic School guided by the principle of Christianity as depicted by the symbolism of the Loreto Crest.
The Cross - the sign of our salvation
The Sacred Heart - the source of the infinite love of Jesus for each one of us
The Heart of Mary - our human model and inspiration:
The Anchor - a symbol of hope
The emblem is rich in symbolism. This symbolism is summed up in the final scroll:
‘’Cruci dum Spiro fido’’, ‘’throughout my life, I shall place my hope in the cross’’.
We believe that education is for the wholeness and dignity of each child. The code of behaviour is built around the positive principles of respect for oneself, for others, for the school, and for the outside world.
We promote a happy and inclusive environment; where differences are respected, where each individual in the school community belongs and where each individual is valued and makes a difference.
The Loreto Sisters came to Killarney in 1860. We are privileged to follow in their footsteps and aim to promote an atmosphere of happiness, consideration, acceptance and love, in which all children are included and find security, and where Christian values are actively lived. We are very conscious that our school is part of the community and the wider world.
Mary Ward, founder of Loreto believed in empowering young people to build a better future for others. We continue to take on this challenge in the 21st century. The aspiration of our children is that ”the world will be a better place because I am in it”.
We are delighted to continue our link with Loreto by learning about the missions and supporting our twin Loreto school in Rumbek, Sudan.
The children of Scoil Bhríde, Loreto are encouraged to have a definite sense of parish and community. This fosters their self-esteem and self-confidence and helps their social, moral and religious development.
We encourage them to be independent, tolerant, kind and cooperative. Participation in sports e.g. football and swimming at local level, participation in the annual Christmas in Killarney parade, and our fifth and sixth class visits to local nursing homes with a special annual visit to St. Mary of the Angels school are but some examples of our educational experiences which promote community awareness
Education in Scoil Bhríde is concerned with the holistic development of your child. We seek to develop all aspects of the human intelligences. There is an emphasis on Literacy, Numeracy and Gaeilge.
This is complemented by fostering the sporting, musical, artistic and social aspects of your child’s development. We work towards developing a natural scientific curiosity and imagination in our pupils. They are encouraged to investigate and explore their physical and natural surroundings.
Part of this involves field trips in the areas of Geography, History and Science. These first hand experiences will help them to find answers to problems themselves by exploring their own environment.
Our children enjoy self expression through drama, sport, school debates, art, music, creative writing, participation in the school choir and participation in school Masses. The publication of our annual school magazine is a highlight of our school year enjoyed by children, staff, parents and other relatives alike. Every child in the school contributes to the magazine, and every year we are proud to dedicate the proceeds to the Chernobyl Children’s Fund.
Teams representing Loreto in competitions learn to be gracious in victory and in defeat. They understand that participation is what counts. Each child gets the opportunity to wear the school jersey with pride. We are very fortunate to have extensive training fields (courtesy of the Loreto Sisters) and training in these surroundings is always a pleasure.
We encourage our students to be curious about the natural world around them. Torc and Mangerton Mountains loom majestically over our school, which is located less than a mile from Killarney National Park and other locations of historic interest. Enveloped by green fields, trees and mountains, our natural surroundings provide the perfect backdrop to the environmental awareness which we seek to instill in our pupils.
We mark the changing seasons by field trips and religious events. We are involved every year in keeping our beautiful environment clean and litter free. We have an active green school committee and have hoisted the green flag in our school five times to great pride and joy of all. The green schools programme is a whole school effort. Every class is involved and represented. We appreciate the efforts of all the teachers and staff and of all the parents who also help out. A special thank you goes to all the children for their enthusiasm and willingness to protect our beautiful environment
We have a dedicated staff who are committed to the holistic development of your child and to ensuring that school is a happy place where children can learn, reach their potential and grow to be kind, tolerant, responsible young people who can think for themselves.
Mr. Brian O'Sullivan, Principal (Support Teacher)
Ms. Evelyn O’Reilly, Deputy Principal, Junior & Senior Infants
Ms. Claire O’Meara, 1st & 2nd Class (Girls)
Mr. Padraig O’ Sullivan, 2nd Class (Boys) & 3rd Class
Mary Rose Clifford, 4th & 5th Class (Boys)
Mr. Edward Looney, Principal II, 5th Class (Girls) & 6th Class
Ms. Michelle O’Brien, Support Teacher (Shared)
Ms. Esther O’ Connell, Supply Teacher (Covering admin days)
Ms. Edel Finn, SNA
Ms. Margaret O’Sullivan, Secretary
Mr. Seán Cronin, Caretaker
Fr. Kieran O’Brien, Chaplain
Our Board of Management
The Board of Management manages the school on behalf of the patron and is accountable to the patron and the Minister. The Board must uphold the characteristic spirit (ethos) of the school.
Our Current Board of Management will be in place from 2019-2023.
Chairperson: Fr. Kieran O’Brien
Patron’s Representative: Mr. Frank Lewis
Principal: Mr. Brian O’Sullivan
Teacher’s Nominee: Mr. Edward Looney
Community Representative: Mrs. Gerardine Harnett
Community Representative: Mr. Frank Shaw
Parent’s Nominee: Mr. John Healy
Parent’s Nominee: Mrs. Caitriona Doolan