Next Incoming First year Webinar, Wednesday 26 March, 7:30
Extra Curricular Activities
Please click on the link below for information on registering for the school bus for September.
As you may be aware, we have been exploring the option of introducing a student 1:1 device programme for quite some time now. This is where each student has their own specialised education device with is used as an additional tool to support teaching and learning. After much research and consultation, we can make the exciting announcement that we will be introducing a student 1:1 device programme for our 2023 incoming first years.
In order to share full information on what devices have been chosen, how the changing curriculum supports the necessity for student devices, what benefits this programme will bring to your child’s learning at our school and ultimately why we have made this decision, we will be holding a dedicated information evening on April 19th. Whilst we envisage any questions you have being answered within the presentation, we welcome and encourage all questions.
Thank you for the time taken to assist in the transition process for your son/daughter. If there are any other materials or information that you feel might be useful to have here, please do not hesitate to let us know. Taking care of your child and their wellbeing is a priority for our school. To that end, the school will have in place for September:-
Meitheal Leaders – who are current LC2 students who will help with any problems or queries your child might have when they enter the school;
Class tutor – who is a teacher that teaches your child. This role is pastoral in nature and gives the student easy access to a teacher to discuss any problems they may be having.
Year Head – who will be the head of year for 1st year and will make sure that students settle into our school and she is there to guide and advise their year group.
Guidance Counsellors – Ms Browne, Ms Sinnott and Ms Cullen are always available to speak to students and steer them in the right direction.
Home School Community Liaison – Ms Norris, our HSCL, is always available to help students and their families.
School Management – We are always here to support your child.
If you want a little peek around our lovely school, watch the videos below.
Adrian Power – Principal
Anne Cullen – Deputy Principal
Video 4 – Tour of our Green Building (ASD)
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Q & A for incoming First Year Students
When do First Year students start school?
This date needs to be confirmed and will be shortly. 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, Wellingtonbridge, Hore’s 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 €95 for all students covering 24 hour student personal insurance, locker rental/maintenance, student journal, photocopying and other fixed costs incurred by the school. There is a book rental fee of €145 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. The calculator remains the student’s property.
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 to Thursday and from 9:00am to 1:20pm on 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.
What time does school start?
School Starts at 9:00am
What time does school finish?
School finishes Monday at 4:00pm on Monday to Thursday and 1:20pm on Friday.
How many classes will I have in a school day?
There are 9 x 40 minute classes Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
There are 6 x 40 minute classes on Friday.
When do we get our breaks?
You get 2 breaks per day
- Morning Break
COVID safety measures mean that there are five breaks and the time for first years is currently 11:40am
- Lunch Break
COVID safety measures mean that Junior and Senior lunches are on at different times. Junior lunch is at 2pm each day.
Can I leave the school grounds at lunch time?
No, students are not allowed to leave the grounds during break times. An exception may be made for students who live near to the school and can go home for lunch (not break). These students must have had a consent form signed by their parents/guardians. They will receive a card that they must have with them when they go home for lunch.
Where do I eat my lunch?
You can eat your lunch in the school canteen.
Can I buy lunch in the school canteen?
Yes, you can buy lunch in the school canteen.
How much does lunch cost?
There is a subsidised lunch available to all students which costs 1.50. For example, a filled roll and a piece of fruit. There is a subsidised hot food selection each day for €2. Other choices are available outside of the lunch scheme.
Can students get breakfast before school starts?
Yes, there is a breakfast which is free of charge, available for students who are in early. The canteen is open from 8am.
How many subjects will I be studying in first year?
Core Subjects: All of these subjects will be studied in first year.
English, Maths, Irish (unless you have an Irish exemption), History, Science, Social Personal Health Education (SPHE), Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE), Religion, Physical Education and Digital Literacy.
Optional Subjects: Students will study 3 optional subjects from the following list to be confirmed.
Wood Technology, Engineering, French, Geography, Applied Technology, Home Economics, Business Studies, Music, Graphics and Visual Art.
Students are surveyed before they start school to identify their preferences for optional subjects.
Can I change an optional subject after I start school in first year?
If you want to change optional subjects you/your parents or guardians should speak with the Deputy Principal. It may not be possible to change because there may not be room in the class that you wish to change to. In this case your name will be placed on a waiting list in case that a place becomes available.
Do I have to buy all my school text books?
There is a book rental scheme in the school which covers all the main text books required for the first three years of school. Information about the book rental scheme will be sent to parents/guardians of incoming first years before the start of the school year.
When do I get my school text books?
Students are given their books on the first day of school, and this includes a School Journal.
When do I get my timetable?
Students get two copies of their timetable on the first day of school, one they put on the back of their locker door and the other they hold onto. The timetable will tell you what classes you have each day, the name of the teacher that you have for each class and the room number where the class will be held.
How do I keep track of my homework?
Every student is required to have a Homework Journal, and you are given time at the end of class to write your homework into your Journal.
Do students get lockers?
Yes, on the first day of school students get their lockers.
When can I go to my locker?
You can go to your school locker at set times throughout the school day to organise the books that you need for classes.
In the morning before school starts, during the morning break, during lunch break and at the end of the school day.
Do I need to bring home all the books that I used during the day?
You only need to bring home books that you need for written homework or work that you have been given to learn. Books that you do not need can be left in your locker.
What kind of sports can I participate in while at Bridgetown College?
Students participate in Gaelic football, hurling, camogie, soccer, rugby, handball, basketball, athletics as well as equestrian events.
Can I participate in any other extra–curricular activities?
Yes. Several lunch time activities are offered to students. An example of these are choir, orchestra, crafts, table tennis, creative writing and chess.
Can I use my phone in school?
Yes, you can use your phone in school during break times and in line with school rules you are not allowed use the phone during class time unless you are required to do so by your teacher for classwork.
When is the parent teacher meeting for first years and how does it work?
The parent teacher meeting for first years is usually held in the first term of school. It is held at the end of the school day, in the school Gym.
On arrival to the Gym parents/guardians are given a list of teachers that their son /daughter has for class. Teachers are seated around the Gym in alphabetical order and parents/guardians queue to speak with them.
Under COVID restrictions we will conduct Parent / Teacher meetings online through Microsoft Teams.
How do I find my way around the school?
There is a map of the school in the School Journal, and on your first day in the school the Meitheal Leaders bring students on a tour of the building. First years need never worry about getting lost because there is always someone to show you where classrooms are. Your timetable will have on it details about which room you should go to for each class.
What is a Meitheal Leader?
Meitheal Leaders are leaving certificate students who help first years settle into school. They meet you regularly during the first term of school, and assist with organising activities for students that help them to get to know other students in their class and how the school operates.
What staff other than subject teachers will be working with first years?
Students meet their subject teachers when they are timetabled for them. In addition, students work with other staff members which include:-
Each year group has a Year Head. The Year Head looks after the care and development of the students in their year group. Parents can contact The Year Head if they want to discuss issues relating to the overall progress of a student.
Each class group has a Tutor, who is one of their subject teachers. Tutors are the link person for students in each class group. Students can speak to the class tutor about anything they are unsure about.
School Guidance Counsellor
The school Guidance Counsellor is available to all students, and supports them with making personal, social and career related choices. Students or their parents/guardians can make an appointment to speak with the counsellor.
Special Education Teaching Co-ordinator (SETCO)
The SETCO helps co-ordinate learning supports for students. Students or their parents/guardians can make an appointment to speak with the SETCO If they need support with school work.
Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)
Special needs assistants assist a small number of students in some classes. They are there to support the teachers as well as the students.
Do I have to wear a school uniform?
Yes. There is a school uniform for Bridgetown College. Details of this to be provided.
Where can I get more information if I need it?
You can get more information by ringing the school on 053 9135257 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a wealth of useful information on this website.
What if I cannot find the answers I need here?
Simple. Click on the link below and enter your question. We will then add the question to this list. Add in you email if you want a personal answer!!!
What else does my child need for first year?
The first year book list has the details of what stationary and copies etc are necessary.
Can I buy the books myself?
This is not an option as we automatically buy the amount of books necessary. We do not have the administrative services to differentiate between people who want to but the books outright and not. If you feel very strongly that you wish to do this please contact the office. The book rental scheme costs a fraction of what it would cost to buy all of the books outright.
Is Transition Year compulsory?
No, Transition year is not compulsory in Bridgetown College.
What do we mean by “Reports” when we ask for them to be given to us?
Some students have educational reports that help to inform the school of the learning needs of the school. Some students also have official exemptions from the study of Irish. this is important information for the school as it allows us to properly cater to the needs of all of our students.