Our School

Exterior of the school

At St. Bridget Catholic School, we are called to celebrate and nurture the God-given talents of each student as we serve with excellence in the light of Christ. We recognize our call to love and serve from our Master teacher Jesus Christ, and we are committed to creating a Catholic learning community under the protection of Mother Mary.

The Catholic Graduate Expectations are our foundation as we strive for academic excellence and the acknowledgement of those who achieve it. We recognize God as the source of all life and actively work to focus on social issues within our local and global communities.

We celebrate the diversity within our community with a collaborative approach to learning, in cooperation with parents, the Catholic faith community, and other organizations that recognize the value of our mission. Within the context of Catholic teaching and Sacramental living, our school community strives to demonstrate respect and reverence for all life, thus nurturing a safe, Christian environment for the entire school community.

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

Our Board's 2017-2018 School Year Calendar is now available. Please subscribe to our school calendar webpage to receive the latest updates and emails on upcoming events and activities happening at school. 

Child Care services

We are pleased to partner with YMCA to provide before and after school care at St. Bridget Catholic School. Call our child care partner at (289) 928-2274 to learn more about our services.

School hours

Our school hours are as follows:

8:45 a.m. - School Begins
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Lunch
3:15 p.m. - Dismissal

Fast facts

Here are some facts about our school:

  • Year Built: 2004;
  • Number of Classrooms: 17;
  • Child Care: YMCA;
  • Community Facilities: Brooklin Library & Community Centre, Luther Vipond Arena;
  • Parish: St. Leo the Great Catholic Church

Patron Saint

Our patron saint is St. Bridget. St. Bridget was the daughter of the royal Prince of Sweden, named Birger, and of Ingeburdis, a descendent of the Gothic kings. From these pious parents she inherited a great love for the Passion of Our Lord. Her father consecrated all Fridays to special acts of penance, and from her childhood St. Bridget loved to meditate upon the Passion of Christ. In obedience to her father, at the age of fourteen she married Ulfo, Prince of Nericia in Sweden, by whom she had eight children, the last of whom, Catherine, is now honored among the saints. Later, the holy couple bound themselves by a vow of chastity and made a pilgrimage to Compostela in Galicia. On their return to Sweden, Ulfo, with his wife's consent, entered a Cistercian monastery, where he died soon after, in the odor of sanctity. After his death St. Bridget renounced her rank of Princess and changed her habit. In 1344, she built the great monastery of Wastein, which became the motherhouse of a new Order, that of the Brigittines. She next undertook a pilgrimage to Rome and to Palestine. Having satisfied her devotion at the holy places sanctified by the life and Passion of Our Redeemer, she returned to Rome, where she lived a year longer. During this time, she was sorely afflicted by sickness, but endured it with heroic patience and resignation. Her son, Birger, and her daughter, Catherine, were with her in her last moments. Having giving them her final instructions, she received the Last Sacraments and died in 1373. She is the patroness of Sweden. Her feast day is July 23.

School prayer

Our school prayer is ....

St. Bridget,
Help us to love, to forgive
and to bring peace to our lives.
Give us the courage to stand up for what is right.
We pray that the Holy Spirit surrounds us
and guides us to be dedicated students.
We, as children of God, all make mistakes
and look for forgiveness from you and God.
Help us to accept the differences of others
as well as our own.
Keep us safe.
Show us the way to everlasting life.
Amen.

School history

St. Bridget Catholic School was established as part of the St. Leo the Great Catholic Church community. The school was designed by The Ventin Group and was constructed by Percon Construction. Nikole Perreault was our founding principal and our founding pastor was Father Philip Jones. Patricia Manson was the Director of the Durham Catholic District School Board at the time. Our founding staff consisted of 25 teachers and support staff. Our school doors opened to students for the first time in September 2004.

Our Official Opening
The blessing and official opening of St. Bridget Catholic School was celebrated on September 14, 2005. The blessing was officiated by Father Philip Jones. The altar, constructed by our school community in honour of our official school opening, still stands in our front foyer as a reminder of our faith. Each class contributed a word on a brick that would set the foundation and act as a reminder of our core values.

Students also played an important part in the official blessing of the school. A quilt was created to represent the spirit of love, creativity and togetherness that lives at St. Bridget Catholic School. Each square was created by students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, and then carefully sewn together by a group of our school moms. The whole school community had a role in creating a beautiful quilt to commemorate the blessing of our St. Bridget Catholic School.

Parental Involvement
Our St. Bridget Catholic School Council was instrumental in efforts to develop a strong sense of community where all members work together to provide meaningful learning opportunities and school spirit for students. Parents' contributions and dedication have been a key ingredient in making our school a success. From funding SmartBoards, to flipping pancakes, to deejaying dance-a-thons and organizing fashion shows, our parent council has contributed to making St. Bridget Catholic School a wonderful place where students flourish and want to be.

Making a Difference
Our school community has supported a variety of local and worldwide charities. Following in the example of Jesus and St. Bridget, who showed great generosity to those in need, we have sent Christmas shoeboxes to Third World countries, gifts to soldiers in Afghanistan, and funds to charities such as the Red Cross, Sick Kids Hospital, ShareLife and the Rose of Durham.

Extra-curricular Activities
Many extra-curricular opportunities have been made available to students at St. Bridget Catholic School. Sports teams, school-wide drama productions, social justice teams, clubs, academic teams, musical choirs, literacy clubs, and eco-club are just a few examples of the fun students integrate into their school life.

Our Future
A beautiful "Kinder Garden," created in the spring of 2005, graces the front and side entrances of our school building. This garden serves as a wonderful reminder that our students are our future and will flourish and learn in the light of Christ.

St. Bridget Today
Today, St. Bridget Catholic School continues to root itself in its founding principles. Although we are still growing, and staff and students change, we continue to be a community of faith, charity, learning and friendship.

Principals

Our past and present principals include:

  • Nikole Perreault
  • Lenore O'Rahilly
  • David Brown
  • Jerry Huxter

Philosophy

As Catholic educators, we live according to our Father's code and to lead our students, by example, to live the basic truths of the gospel message. This is an awesome, yet inspiring challenge which we share with the parents of our young men and women.

Children learn what they live. Each day we have the opportunity to teach our students:

  • to love by the way we love;
  • to be generous by our generosity;
  • to be passionate by our compassion; and
  • to be forgiving by the way we forgive.

However, a person cannot give what he or she does not have. Unless we are living the Gospel message, we cannot lead our students to do so.

There are many hallmarks of a Catholic educator, including:

  • Prayer - The challenges of our vocation, and indeed life in general, are great. To meet them we need to follow Christ's advice that we "ask the father in My name". Each Catholic educator has a duty to expose students to his or her particular style of prayer in order to assist students to recognize the value of prayer in daily life.
  • Eucharist - Parish, school, and staff liturgies provide opportunities to celebrate our faith. Our example can testify to the Eucharist as a joyful source of strength and community building.
  • Social Justice - This is the heart of the Christian message, that we "love one another as I have loved you". As our brother's and sister's keepers, we must be concerned about the aged, the poor, the oppressed, and any other marginalized group - both at home and abroad.

Links

Below are links to resources to help you achieve success while at St. Bridget Catholic School.

Contact us

We welcome your questions, comments and concerns.

Principal: Jerry Huxter
St. Bridget Catholic School
200 Carnwith Drive West
Brooklin, Ontario, L1M 2J8

Phone (905) 655-1875
Fax (905) 655-1890

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