Q & A for incoming First Year Students

When do First Year students start school?

First Year students will start on Tuesday the 27th of August. This is an induction day where you will meet your class tutor and year head. You will receive all of your books and a locker to put them in. You will also meet your Meitheal Leaders. They are Leaving Cert 2 students who will be assigned to your class for first year and will be there to help you out in any way they can.

Where can I get my uniform?

Uniforms are available in Wallaces of Wellingtonbridge, Hores Stores and Shaws in Wexford town.
Our uniform consists of a plain pale blue shirt, a blue jumper with the school crest and navy trousers (or skirt for girls) and a navy jacket with the school crest. To allow for laundering and/or accidents students need at least two of each of the uniform items listed above.

Students are required to wear completely plain black shoes or navy deck shoes.

A school jacket is now included in the school uniform. Alternative jackets may not be worn at school.

In PE classes students wear a track-suit bottom or shorts, a tee-shirt and non-marking runners. Students may need swimming togs from time to time. Students should bring a towel for showering.

If I live near the school can I go home at lunch time?

Yes. Students living in Bridgetown can apply to go on the Lunch List if they wish to go home for a home cooked lunch. These forms are available in the main office and should be returned to the deputy principal for ratification. Students can only go their home and a parent(s) must be available to supervise them. Students may not go to any other relative’s house and may not bring friends with them. It only applies to lunch time, not small break and it is not a pass to go to the shop.

When will I know what choice subjects I have been assigned?

Students will receive their timetables and subject list on their first day. The preferences are based on preferences entered before the summer. If a student wishes to apply for a change of subject, they must see the deputy principal. Students have been given their preferences in so far as is possible. However, due to space restrictions in classes it is not always possible to get everyone everything they wanted and changes cannot always be accommodated. Change of subject requests will be entertained until the end of September.

How much do I have to pay?

There is a miscellaneous fee of €50 for all first year students covering student personal insurance, locker rental, student journal, photocopying etc. (This fee is €85 for subsequent years.) There is a book rental fee of €140 that covers rental of the majority of books for the three years of Junior Cycle and a calculator. €25 of this is returned at the end of the three years if the books are returned in good condition.

How can I make these payments?

These payments are made through the school’s online payment system called Way2Pay. You will be sent a link to give you access. Almost all of the schools payments are now done through this portal.

Can my child bring a mobile phone to school?

Yes. However we do not recommend they bring in new phones or phones that are valuable. The school is not responsible for loss or damage to students’ property. The phone must be powered off and out of view during class and between classes. In other words, phones may only be used before school, at break time, at lunch time and after school. Some teachers might give permission for students to use their phones for subject related activities. Phones will be confiscated if they are out when they should not be for the rest of the day in the first instance and for 72 hours for the second and subsequent offences. You will receive a letter after your child’s phone has been confiscated for the first time. Taking photographs or videos in school is forbidden.

What are the school opening times?

The school day is from 9:00am to 4:00pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 9:10 to 3:35 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It is not always possible to contact the school at break time and lunchtime as the office is not staffed for these periods. Click here for a more detailed timetable.