Today is Education Sunday; it is a special day of celebration for all those involved in the world of education. The theme for Education Sunday 2015 is ‘All Gifts and All People'. The Pupils, Staff, Families and Governors at our Parish School always share their gifts and talents to ensure our pupils have an outstanding Catholic Education and it is an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks to all those who work so hard in and for Catholic schools and colleges across the country.
St Brigid of Ireland (c.451-525 AD) is commemorated on 1st February. St Brigid founded a double monastery at Kildare in the year 470, one for men and the other a convent for women, of which Brigid was the Abbess. The foundation developed into a place of learning and spirituality in the centre of the Cathedral city of Kildare. Brigid also founded a school of art which produced The Book of Kildare – an illuminated manuscript. She was a remarkable woman of her time with extraordinary spirituality, boundless charity and compassion for those in distress. Saint Brigid is often depicted holding a reed cross and a lamp called a “lamp of learning and wisdom”. Today on Education Sunday, as a school community, we can learn from Saint Brigid’s example and go forth into our wonderful school with compassion; empathy and energy to support all our learners to develop their individual gifts and talent to share with the whole of our community, plus continuing to follow Christ’s example as he is our first teacher who teaches us through the gospels how to be inclusive to all people.
Prayer to Saint Brigid
Mary Mainwaring Head teacher