St Patrick’s school marks 150th birthday

St Patrick’s school marks 150th birthday

This year, St Patrick’s National School (formerly Newbridge No 2 School) is celebrating 150 years of serving the Kildare and Newbridge Union of Parishes and the wider community.

To commemorate this very special year, the school has organised lots of events.

Last week, there was a prayer service in St Patrick’s Church hosted by Rev Tim Wright, followed by the unveiling of a piece of artwork in the school PE hall of two trees, illustrating the surnames of all pupils and teachers, past and present.

There was a slice of birthday cake “for everyone in the audience”.

To give the children a taste of life 150 years ago, the school went back in time. Children and staff dressed up as in times past. Teachers used blackboards and children experienced sitting in the old two-seater desks. They played old fashioned games such as conkers, marbles, pennies, blind mans bluff and Mrs Brown.

The old roll books dating back to 1887 were on display and traced back three generations of families who attended the school.

It was discovered that the oldest living past pupil is Mary Young of Young’s Chemist.

The school has come a long since its opening in 1868.

Today there are 200 pupils and a staff of 22 people, consisting of 13 teachers, six SNAs, secretary, caretaker and cleaner. St Patrick’s is an active and vibrant school where children have the opportunity to participate in many extra curricular activities.

“Our u11 girls are still elated at having recently won the Camogie blitz in Scoil Mhuire. Other activities include debating, chess, coding, basketball, soccer, hurling, Gaelic football, table tennis and cross country. Every December, the school go carol singing in the Whitewater and perform Christmas plays to raise money for charities,” it said.

The school is working on its fifth Green Flag. Over the summer, with the help of parents, it made a sensory garden.

St Patrick’s is now accepting enrolments for September 2019. You may download form of enquiry from website: or request one by contacting office at 045432446 or email

Principal Joe O’ Connor says that “this is a very special year for St Patrick’s and we hope that the school will continue to serve the community for the next 150 years. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.”