Why is St. Patrick’s and St. Brigid’s College so popular?

Why is St.Patrick's and St. Brigid's College so popular?

 

Although we think that discipline in St.Patrick's and St. Brigid's College is very strict, the school has a very special, happy and homely atmosphere. It is more like a large family. Pupils, teachers and other adults working in the college are very friendly and welcoming and we feel cared for, comfortable and safe. Everybody seems to know everybody else and teachers know their pupils as well as pupilsknow their teachers. This is important when, for example, we are in need of one-to-one teaching support or when we are involved in extra-curricular activities.

The school continues to enjoy sporting successes at county and Ulster level, particularly in Gaelic football (we are the current county champions!), soccer, athletics, basketball, netball, handball, cricket

and horse-riding. Additional money will be spent this year on hurling, camogie and rugby. Music is also very important both as a successful GCSE subject, but also because of the various music clubs - the guitar club, the traditional music club, the big band and the school orchestra and choir. The village of Claudy is like a big, college campus with the first class, indoor sporting facilities available in the Diamond Centre. Our local GAA club makes its training pitch and their state-of-the-art 3G pitch available to the school and gives us access to Claudy's best kept secret - the beautiful 40 acres of the Cumber woodlands on the banks of the Faughan and Glenrandel rivers.

In spite of just having been recently painted, the school buildings may not look as modern as some other schools, but the inside of the school has been constantly improved and modernised. It is now a 21st century school with the full range of modern technology in all classrooms. This is one of the reasons why, year in year out, the examinations results are always very good. The most important reason why our school is so successful academically is that our hardworking and dedicated teachers are really good at what they do. They have lots of data on each one of us and they know us well, especially our strengths and weaknesses as learners. They are also very generous with their time not least when it comes to providing revision classes after school to ensure that we get really good results. Add to this the fact that homework diaries are regularly inspected by the principal. He also offers parent/ pupil mentoring sessions to discuss our progress and career paths, to advise us about study and revision strategies and to encourage us to aim for the highest possible grades. He always seems to know so much about us!

It is little wonder that there are so many determined, hardworking and ambitious students in 'Claudy' and so many in the local grammar and other schools pursuing 'A' level and other post -16 courses. We will always be really proud to say that we were fortunate to have been educated at St. Patrick's and St. Brigid's College and privileged to have enjoyed the 'Claudy' experience and benefited so much from it. We have loved every minute at this great school and we will be very sad when the time comes to leave.

Eimear Ward (Head Girl) Ryan Brolly (Head Boy)

Maria Samaniego · Kelsey McLaughlin (Deputy Head Girls)

Caolan O'Connor · Cillian Higgins (Deputy Head Boys)


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