St Mary's Primary School
Tel/Fax (028) 6634 8598
E- mail: email@example.com
St Mary's is a co-educational, Catholic maintained, primary school situated in Cleenish Parish on the
outskirts of Enniskillen. It is a caring school where the whole school community shares a common
goal to do the very best for all the children in its care.
As a Catholic school our overriding aim is to establish and foster Christian values for life. To do this it
is essential that we work in partnership with all our parents and the parish community. Indeed the
success of our school depends on the good co-operation between staff, pupils, parents and the local
This prospectus is intended to help you know more about the life and work of our school. It outlines
what we stand for and what we offer your child. We have explained the wide curriculum on offer to
and how this fits in with recent government legislation for all schools.
Of course no booklet can convey the real atmosphere of a school. I warmly invite you therefore to
come and visit us and see the school. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will share with us
in making this a successful and memorable period in your child’s life.
I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there
The clay they used was a young child's mind
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools he used
Were books and music and art;
One a parent with guiding hand,
And a gentle loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled
With touch that was deft and sure
While the parent laboured by his side
And polished and smoothed it o'er.
And when at last their task was done
They were proud of what they had wrought
For the things they had moulded into the child
Could neither be sold nor bought.
And each agreed he would have failed
If he had worked alone
For behind the parent stood the school
And behind the teacher the home
1. OUR AIMS AND PURPOSES
2. GENERAL INFORMATION
3. THE CURRICULUM
4. PASTORAL CARE AND DISCIPLINE
5. ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
(1) Aims & Purposes
St Mary's seeks to establish an educative community, centred on Christ, so that his values and gospel
message pervade the whole life of our school: where young people are empowered to achieve their
potential and make informed and responsible decisions now and in the future.
Our vision for St. Mary’s is that we as a staff, parents and governors will endeavour to have a school
where dignity, development and worth of each individual is uppermost; where good relations are
established and cemented in an atmosphere of respect, caring and commitment. Educational
experiences will have a relentless focus on promoting the active contribution of young people to
society, the economy and the environment.
CHILDRENS MISSION STATEMENT
We want our school to be a place for everyone
Where people feel that they belong
Where we do our work and have some fun
We ask God to be active here
To create an atmosphere of respect and peace and love.
We the Governors and Staff of St Mary's Primary School believe the school to be a vital part of the
Catholic Community. We are firmly committed to
the aims of Catholic Education
providing effective education for all our children
developing positive pastoral care systems in our school
establishing close links with the home, the parish and the wider community.
Our school aims to provide an educational experience within a caring community in accordance
with the Christian Faith.
Specifically we aim:
1. To provide a balanced, stimulating curriculum which fulfils the requirements of the Northern
Ireland Education Order:
2. To enable each child to develop his/her potential so that he/she can have an appreciation of
3. To encourage qualities of initiative, independence, resourcefulness, self confidence, self
discipline and respect for others and the environment:
4. To help children to develop an understanding of their own culture and tradition and to foster
tolerance by promoting respect and understanding for that of others:
5. To develop home-school links so that children can benefit from their teachers and parents
working as partners in their education:
6. To develop children's awareness of their local and wider environment and of the effects which
their actions can have on both:
7. To promote effective links with the post-primary schools to which our children transfer.
The school's priorities and policies are based on the characteristics of Catholic education and we are
committed to the Statement of Aims of the Catholic School and to the promotion of an ethos which
reflects the Christian teaching and values of the Church. All members of staff are committed to the
highest standards in their provision of Religious Education and in sacramental preparation.
(2) GENERAL INFORMATION
St Mary's Primary School
Tel/Fax: (028) 6634 8598
PRINCIPAL: Mr Liam Magee.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS:
Mr. Tony Keenan (Chair of Governors) Rev. Fr. Finnegan, Mr. Ciaran Treacy, Mrs. Sharon Cassidy,
Mr. Paul McGowan, Mrs. Ann Dolan, Mr. Patrick Monaghan, Mrs. Ann Keenan, Mr Liam Magee
Governors are responsible for the overall management of the school. This includes responsibility for:
1. The curriculum.
2. Selection and promotion of staff and other personal responsibilities.
3. Admissions policy.
4. School maintenance.
5. Implementation of new legislation.
6. Fostering links with the local community and pursuing the objectives of Education for Mutual
7. Salary Policy.
8. Equal Opportunities Policy.
The Principal is a non-voting member of the Board of Governors.
Saint Mary's is situated approximately 5 miles south-west of Enniskillen, near the village of
Bellanaleck, in the rural setting of Arney. The school is conveniently surrounded by the local church,
Millennium Community Hall and local G.A.A. club. The school shares its name with the local church, St
Mary's opened on 4th September 1961, with 49 pupils on roll. The enrolment grew in the eighties to 60
pupils and is presently 116 pupils.
In selecting children for admission to the school we will apply the criteria as set out by our school in the
Western Education and Library Board Handbook. Copies of which are available at the school - (these
are also distributed with the admissions/application form). The admissions criteria for those seeking
admission in 2009 may be found in appendix one of this prospectus.
ACCOMMODATION AND RESOURCES
Our school is a single storey building and has recently benefited from a major extension and
refurbishment which has provided the school with the very latest in educational accommodation and
resources. It contains a dual purpose dining hall/Gym, storage areas, toilets and staff room, special
needs room, special needs toilet, school office and foyer. The school has 5 classrooms. Each
classroom has its own storage and display areas and is equipped with the very latest computer
technology including broadband and wireless access. Outdoors, we have a number of play areas
which include a grass pitch. This is kindly loaned to us by the local G.A.A. club. The school also uses
the facilities offered by the local Community Millennium Hall, which is next door; the Fermanagh
Lakeland Forum, for the swimming programme and Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre is used as
required by pupils in Key Stage 2 for Orienteering, Maths and Science programmes. The school uses
the National Trust property at Florencecourt for WAU programmes. Corralea Outdoor Activity Centre
is used for Water Sports Activities by KS2 pupils. We are fortunate to be surrounded by the local
community hall, football field and church.
STAFF OF OUR SCHOOL
The teaching staff of St Mary's Primary School are employed by the Council for Catholic Maintained
There are six full time staff including the principal.
P7 Teacher Mr Liam Magee (Principal)
P6 Teacher Miss Denyse Quinn
P5 Teacher Mrs Ann Dolan (Vice Principal)
P3/4 Teacher Mrs. Mary Cullen
P2/3 Teacher Mrs Leanne Maguire
P1/2 Teacher Miss Finola Tracey
(Pupil teacher ratio 1 : 20).
Classroom Assistants Mrs. Geraldine Fingleton, Ms Frances
Storey, Miss Sarah Dourish & Miss
Chaplain Rev. Fr. Finnegan
School Doctor Dr. Therese Martin (Paediatrician), Dr
School Educational Psychologist Mrs. Jackie Magwood
School Nurse Deidre Foley
Administration Mrs. Ita McDermott
School Caretaker/Cleaner Mrs. Rosaleen Curry
Cook Mrs. Celine Cox
Lunchtime supervisors Ms M. McElhinney, Mrs. I. McDermott
In addition to our permanent staff the school receives support from the WELB classical music tutor,
Mrs Brenda McAleer (violin tuition for year 4 - 7 pupils) and from the WELB peripatetic music service.
Support in instrumental tuition for P2 -7 is also provided weekly by a traditional music tutor, Mr D.
Support is also received from the WELB Curriculum Support Service. Some children receive support
from a specialist language teacher or outreach teachers from the Erne School and from Mrs Patricia
Bell. The GAA kindly provide qualified coaches for hurling and football for pupils in upper classes on a
weekly basis. Mr Owen Mooney provides coaching of ball skills etc for foundation and KS1. Ms Judith
Bell provides Spanish tuition for foundation and KS1.
THE SCHOOL DAY
Primary 1 and 2 - 9.15 am to 1 pm.
Parents should arrange to collect their children at 12.55 pm. Those availing of school meals should be
collected by 1.40 pm.
Primary 3 - 7 pupils - 9.15 am to 3.15 pm.
The morning break is: 11.00 -11.15 am.
All pupils are supervised by staff during morning break.
The lunch break is from 1.00 pm -1.45 pm.
All pupils are supervised by two lunchtime supervisors.
The school is serviced by a number of buses on various routes. Parents are requested to ensure an
adult meets children disembarking from buses on the homeward journey and that children are
accompanied by an adult to the bus in the mornings to ensure children's safety. Parents of children
travelling by car are asked to be punctual in collecting their children in the afternoons. For safety
reasons parents are asked not to bring their cars into the school yard or to park directly in the entrance
to the school.
Parents collecting PI or P2 children should walk into the school yard or school building to meet their
School will open to receive pupils from 9.00 am. The principal and his staff will arrive at school before
9.00 am. Children should not arrive at school before 9.00 am and no responsibility can be taken for
those who arrive on the premises before this time. Classes begin at 9.15 am. The registers are
marked by class teachers at 9.20 am. Those children not in class when the register is completed are
recorded as being late if they present themselves after registration is complete.
In the interests of safety NO pupil is allowed to leave the school grounds at any time without
permission from the school.
All pupils not engaged in school organised activities should have left the premises by 3.20 pm (Those
travelling by bus/taxi may leave later).
If you have any queries about these arrangements please phone the school on 028 66348598 and
speak to our secretary, Mrs. McDermott who will deal with the issues raised.
The percentage attendance rate in the school year 2007 -2008 was 96.1 %.
All children should attend school for the 190 days which the law requires, unless they are ill. If children
have to miss school for illness or any other reason then parents should send a note into school
explaining their absence the reason for absence is recorded. Registers are marked in both the morning
INSPECTION OF DOCUMENTS/ POLICY STATEMENTS
Copies of the schools anti-bullying, child protection and discipline policy statements can be obtained
from the school if required. Please contact the school to arrange an appointment to view these
Copies of the schools charging and remissions policy and the Governors statement of aims of the
school are also available at the school for inspection by parent.
SCHOOL MILK AND DINNERS:
Milk is available for all children. The charge is 9p per day. No refunds can be issued for absences of
less than 5 consecutive days. Milk should be paid for by the end of the September of the new term.
Break: The school, in keeping with its healthy eating policy, asks parents to ensure that only healthy
snacks are sent for break e.g. vegetables or fruit. Please do not send chocolate, sweets, biscuits etc.
Children are encouraged to bring fruit for break. Chewing gum is not allowed in school. The school
has in recent years been awarded “The Smart Snacks Award” for the promotion of healthy snacks at
break time in school.
Dinner: The school provides hot cooked meals. The cost of each dinner is £ 2.20. Some children
may be entitled to meals. An application form may be obtained from the Western Education and
Library Board, 1 Hospital Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone, BT79 OAW. Dinner money must be paid on the
first school day of each week. Children are supervised during dinner time by two lunchtime
supervisors and the Principal.
Monies being sent to school must be sent in a sealed envelope with the child's name, class, amount of
money enclosed and what it is for marked clearly on the outside
It is essential that any medical problems concerning your child's health should be discussed with the
Principal, as it will help us to do the best for your child. All information will be treated in confidence.
Prescribed drugs may be administered in school with the permission of the Principal under strict
The school has a no-smoking policy. Visitors are asked not to smoke in the school building. Upper
key stage 2 children are members of the 'Smokebusters Club'.
Through the school's drug education programme there will be opportunities for the children to acquire
knowledge, information, understanding and skills to enable them to consider the effects of drugs on
themselves and others and make informed and responsible decisions within the context of a healthy
It is important that each child comes to school neat and tidy. We are proud of our school uniform
which reflects the individuality of our school and offers to all children a common form of dress. School
uniform must be worn each day unless special clothing is required e.g. for field trips or on P .E. days.
In the interest of Health and Safety we request that jewellery is not worn to school.
Girls Uniform Boys Uniform
Navy skirt or pinafore Light blue blouse Navy Trousers Light blue shirt
V neck jumper with school crest V neck jumper with school crest
School tie School tie
Plimsoles - for indoor wear. Plimsoles -for indoor wear.
School uniform may be bought at any shop of your choice. Crested items can be purchased from
“Institches” in Enniskillen (Telephone 028 6632 5423). Please mark all your child's belongings clearly
with his/her name.
Navy track suit bottoms (shorts in summer) Navy sweatshirt, Sky blue T-Shirt with crest
Track Shoes -for outdoor PE classes
Personal items e.g. lunch boxes, pencil cases should be marked with the child's name.
The school reserves the right to determine what is acceptable, appropriate and safe.
The school supports three or four charities each year. Numerous charities make application to the
school each year. The school endeavours to rotate fundraising efforts for charities.
Subscriptions made to these are voluntary. The monthly newsletter gives notice of monies raised.
Competitions, such as Feis Fhearmanach, provide the stimulus and impetus for high quality work. The
school is proud of its many successes in this competition. However, to compete is more important
than to win. The school makes provision for those wishing to enter the following sections: Art,
Classical Music (solo), Verse -verse speaking and own poetry, History, Irish and traditional music - tin
whistle (group or individual). We also encourage children to enter Lisnaskea Feis and The Fermanagh
(2) THE CURRICULUM
When we speak of curriculum in our Catholic school we are talking about the learning experiences that
are present for each child, those planned by the staff and those imbibed from our school ethos and
environment. Since Christ is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise in a Catholic school all
our curriculum will attempt to reflect Christ's message. When planning our curriculum we take into
account the uniqueness of each child and his/her individual needs. We develop attitudes and values
based firmly on the Gospel message. Our aim is to offer each child a broadly based and appropriately
Within the Primary Curriculum there are three stages:
The Foundation Stage: Years 1 and 2
Key Stage 1: Years 3 and 4
Key Stage 2: Years 5, 6 and 7
The Structure Of The Primary Curriculum
The Curriculum for the three stages is set out in six Areas of learning:
Language and Literacy
Mathematics and Numeracy
The World Around Us
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
At the heart of the curriculum lies an explicit emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for
lifelong learning and for operating effectively in society. Through opportunities to engage in active
learning contexts across all areas of the curriculum, children should progressively develop:
Using Information and Communications Technology
Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities:
Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
Working with Others
THE RELIGION PROGRAMME WE OFFER OUR CHILDREN
Our R.E. Programme, based on the Alive O series, goes beyond the requirements of the core R.E.
syllabus agreed by the main churches. It prepares each child for participation in the liturgy and
sacraments of the Catholic Church. Religious Education is not confined to the timetables programme
within the school but pervades the whole life of our school. Daily prayer, attendance at Mass, e.g.
beginning of school year, during Lent, the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation are also an
important part of the programme. Sacramental preparation i.e. first penance, first communion and
confirmation, altar service, prayer services and school assembly are also part of programme. The
school is committed to the aims and values of the Catholic faith its ethos and learning experiences
reflect this commitment.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS
At the heart of the work of every school and every class lies a cycle of planning, teaching and
assessing. These general arrangements in a school take account of the wide range of abilities,
aptitudes and interests which children bring to school. Most children learn and progress well within
these arrangements: those who have difficulty in doing so may have special educational needs.
The identified educational needs of each child will be catered for by his/her class teacher who is
supported by our Special Needs Co-coordinator and other relevant outside agencies.
In accordance with the requirements of `The Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of
Special Educational Needs’, the school will seek to identify, assess and make provision for all children
who may have special educational needs. Effective assessment and provision will best be secured
through partnership between parents, the school and other outside agencies.
The school aims to provide a programme of P .E. which aligns closely with the requirements of the
Northern Ireland Curriculum.
All pupils will experience a range of activities which develop a range of skills, a sense of enjoyment,
achievement and quality performance. At Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, the PE programme
includes games, dance, athletics and gymnastics. At Key Stage Two the programme also includes the
above elements and, in addition, swimming.
The following sports are available to pupils: hurling, Gaelic football, mini-soccer, netball, mini-netball,
swimming, (and water safety) uni-hoc. Dance, athletics and gymnastics are also available to pupils.
Orienteering -full day programmes -are available to Key Stage 2 pupils.
Pupils are encouraged to avail of sporting activities. They are encouraged to take part in Community
games organised by Fermanagh District Council. In addition they are encouraged to involve
themselves in out of school sporting activities organised by G.A.A. Children receive coaching by
G.A.A. coaches in hurling and gaelic football weekly in P4 to P7 (provided courtesy of the G.A.A). P2,
3 & 4 also receive weekly coaching in school.
The school requires pupils in P7 to take part in the cycling proficiency scheme which provides children
with essential cycling skills and teaches road safety.
Annual sports days are held in June each year. The school acknowledges the facilities provided by
the G.A.A. - the use of the grass pitch adjacent to school grounds (the Art McMurragh's Club).
The school also uses the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum for its swimming and mini soccer programmes.
Gortatole Outdoor Education Centre is used for orienteering activities, maths trail etc.
Other venues around the county -club grounds and other school facilities are used as need determines
e.g. Cumann na mBunscol -league contests, etc.
Homework is regarded as an integral part of every pupil's learning. Parents are encouraged to be
actively involved in their children's homework. Homework set by the school should be supervised and
signed by parents. Pupils must get used to the discipline of home study and accept it as an extension
of their school work. We encourage our parents to contact their child's teacher if there are any
difficulties regarding homework. It may also be necessary for the teacher to contact the child's parent
about any problems arising.
This time may vary with tasks given or the individual child's pace of working. A homework diary is
issued by the school. Please use it to check given tasks are completed, to record problems and sign
nightly. The school finds communication via the home-school diary useful. Homework is one occasion
when home and school impinge on each other most directly. It offers an opportunity to parents to fulfil
in a particular way their role as the primary educators of their children. It is an instance of genuine
partnership between teachers and parents in the education of their children.
SCHOOL'S COMMUNITY RELATIONS PROGRAMME
The school has developed a very successful programme in conjunction with Florencecourt Primary
School. We run several separate programmes -these corresponding to the composite classes in each
school. Much of the work done via the programmes necessitates visits to various places of interest
mainly in County Fermanagh, but also in other parts of Northern Ireland. The programme is developed
by the teachers in the two schools, with the help of the Advisory Officer in the Western Education and
Library Board. Meticulous planning goes into the programme to ensure venues are suitable and
transport is available. Classes engage in up to six planned visits during the year. Some of the
curricular area of 'environment and society' is delivered through this programme.
These are an important part of school life. Preparations and follow-up take a lot of time and the visit is
the main point to the work being undertaken. Letters asking for parental consent and detailing
requirements for the visit and information for parents about visits are sent to parents of children
Music is a vitally important part in the life of our school. The tin whistle is taught from classes P2-7 and
other traditional instruments are taught once a week also. A classical music tutor also visits the school
once a week. The school has won numerous prizes in music competitions in recent years. Individual
pupils and groups have achieved wide ranging success at national level.
P4 Programme – Development of Musical Skills. In this school year a pre-instrumental programme is
available to all P4 pupils. The pupils will have the opportunity to develop their basic music skills prior
to some pupils being selected for instrumental tuition in KS2. The programme will:
Address aspects of the requirements of the NI revised curriculum.
Focus on the development of pulse, rhythm and pitch.
Lay the foundations for KS2 music programme.
Tuition is provided by WELB, through a team of qualified instrumental tutors. Tuition in violin is
provided for selected pupils in P5, P6 and P7. Information about your child’s progress, orchestra and
performances will be notified to parents directly.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The school offers a wide range of after school activities. We believe that such activities are a vital part
of the children’s development and as such we endeavour to offer as extensive and comprehensive a
range of activities as possible to suit the needs of all the children in the school. After school activities
are all supervised by qualified personnel and teachers will always be on the school premises when
such activities are being undertaken. The range of after school activities we offer include :
Traditional music tuition (in association with CCE – ongoing each term).
Football for boys and girls/Hurling for boys and girls.
Gymnastics / Aerobics.
Orchestra (for some pupils in P5 – P7).
Where parents consider that the curriculum provision for their child is not satisfactory they are invited
to express their concern to the school through:
1. The class teacher, with permission of the Principal.
2. The Principal.
3. The school Board of Governors.
4. The Western Board's complaints tribunal for curriculum matters.
HANDLING COMPLAINTS IN CATHOLIC MAINTAINED SCHOOLS
INFORMAL - Stage 1 - Discuss the issues
Comment / Complaint made to appropriate Implement any agreements
member of staff (verbally) No further action
INFORMAL - Stage 2 - Schedule meeting
Comment / Complaint made to Principal Discuss the issues
(verbally) Implement any agreements
No further action
FORMAL - Stage 3 - Acknowledge receipt (within 10 working days)
Formal written comments / complaints made Investigate the complaint
to Principal Implement any agreements / changes
Confirm outcomes in writing (within 20 Working days)
No further action
FORMAL - Stage 4 - Acknowledge Receipt (within 10 Working days)
Formal written comments / complaints made Investigate the issues / meet with complainant
to Chairperson of Governors and referred to Implement any agreements / changes
Governors’ Sub-Committee Confirm outcomes in writing (within 25 working days)
No further action
APPEALS PROCESS Acknowledge Receipt (10 Working days)
Written request to have case heard by full Meet with complainant (30 Working days)
Board of Governors Consider the issues
Implement any agreements / changes
Confirm outcomes in writing (by the 40th working day)
CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY
In line with the requirements of the Northern Ireland Education Reform Order 1989, it is the policy of
the Board of Governors to:
-maintain the right to free school education for all pupils:
-establish that activities organised wholly or mainly during school time should be available to all pupils:
-require parents to pay charges for board and lodging for their children, on residential trips, taking
account of any relevant remission arrangement:
-confirm its right to invite voluntary contributions for the benefit of the school or in support of activities
organised by the school:
-make charges in respect of optional extras, as determined by the Board of Governors.
A copy of the full charging and remissions policy is available at the school for inspection by parents.
LINKS WITH OTHER AGENCIES
We see the school as a vital part of the parish and take every opportunity to contribute to the life of that
parish. In order to do this we liaise closely with our local priests and church organisations. The Parish
Priest visits our school regularly and so gets to know the staff and children.
We have established close links with our local secondary schools in order to ease each child's
transition to second level education. Visits for the P7 children are arranged to the new schools in the
We enjoy good relationships with our neighbouring primary schools, for example, we work with our
neighbouring primary schools in organised cluster groups on curriculum issues, in organising small
school's sporting fixtures, etc.
We co-operate with and fully support the work carried out by the local Health Authority personnel and
necessary, we seek help and advice from other statutory agencies. Visitors like the school nurse,
dentist, doctor and educational psychologist call at the school in order to cater for the needs of your
We have developed close links with various community organisations eg local GAA.
We see the Library Service, in it's service to our school as an essential service providing a significant
resource for teachers and pupils.
We liaise closely with the Western Education and Library Board, the C.C.M.S. and the Department of
'to protect pupils in its care and to comply with the recommendations of The Department of
Education for N.I., the school shall refer any concerns about the well being of its pupils to the
Social Services Department'.
(4) PASTORAL CARE AND DISCIPLINE
At St. Mary's pastoral care permeates all aspects of school life. It reflects the values, attitudes, beliefs
and practices of our Catholic faith and involves all members of our school community -children,
parents and all other adults who contribute to the well being of each child.
We strive to create an atmosphere where - God's love is experienced by all members of the school
community through their relationships with each other: where - Christ is the example to all: where -
each child is helped to develop to his/her full potential.
The atmosphere of the school is based upon good relationships between staff/pupils/parents. As a
staff we work as a team, respecting each other's roles and recognising individual talents and expertise.
We are concerned with the needs and well being of each child and with the approaches and
programmes we implement in order to aid his/her development.
We recognise and value the important role which parents play in their child's education. Every effort
is made to ensure that parents feel welcome, that they are made aware of the school's aims,
objectives and policies and of their child's individual needs, progress and achievements. We expect
you, our parents, to co-operate fully with us in achieving these goals.
We in St. Mary’s have a primary responsibility for the care, welfare and safety of the pupils in our
charge, and we will carry out this duty through our pastoral care policy, which aims to provide a caring,
supportive and safe environment, valuing individuals for their unique talents and abilities, in which all
our young people can learn and develop to their full potential. One way in which we seek to protect our
pupils is by helping them to learn about the risks of possible abuse, helping them to recognise
unwelcome behaviour in others and acquire the confidence and skill they need to keep themselves
DESIGNATED TEACHER FOR CHILD PROTECTION:
MR LIAM MAGEE
DEPUTY DESIGNATED TEACHER FOR CHILD PROTECTION:
MRS ANN DOLAN
In the interests of Child Protection all visitors to the school should report to the Secretary or
The chart on the next page details the procedures for reporting an incident of Child Abuse in St
Procedures for reporting an incident of Child Abuse in
St Mary’s Primary School Mullymesker
Child makes a disclosure to teacher or
teacher has concerns about a child either as
a result of one observation or many
observations over a period of time. Teacher
does not investigate.
TEACHER MUST ACT PROMPTLY
If there is any doubt about whether
to take any more action, advice is
Teacher refers and discusses matter
with Mr Magee, Designated Teacher
He makes full notes. W.E.L.B Designated officer
(Marian McBride Tel: 028-
Mr Magee meets with Deputy Mrs
Dolan to plan a course of action and
ensure that a written record is made.
When seeking advice you are not
required to give any names. You
are making an enquiry.
Mr Magee makes a referral to:
Social services and Care Unit
Copies of pro-forma to:
W.E.L.B Designated officer
(Marian Mc Bride)
Indicate that it is a Child Protection
issue in an envelope marked
CONFIDENTIAL. Other Action
Record advice given
Our school discipline policy is based on the school's Christian values and beliefs. We aim: -
to provide a supportive environment which will foster the growth and development of caring and
to create a well-ordered school in which pupils can learn effectively
to develop in our pupils a sense of self-worth and self-control.
We expect all our school community to act in a positive and caring way towards each other. To this
end we have some school rules for our pupils which we will implement fairly and consistently.
We require our pupils:-
to be punctual for all school activities
to respect their own and other's property
to be given permission before being excused from class
to play fairly and for enjoyment
to wear school uniform
to move through the school quietly and in order
Should the unlikely need for pupil suspension or expulsion arise we shall follow the procedures laid
down by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.
The following information detailing school rules is issued to parents at the beginning of each school
Children in the school are encouraged to develop a healthy respect for the school and everyone in it.
It .is vital that: -
Children know what to expect when they break the rules and what to expect when they keep
the rules. Teachers use routines and positive reinforcement for appropriate behaviour.
Minor lapses in behaviour are dealt with in school. Parents will be informed of more serious lapses in
TALKING AND LISTENING LEARNING
We listen to each other therefore: We try our best therefore:
When the teacher speaks we stop We come to school ready for work
look, listen. We start our work quietly and always
We listen to each other. try to finish.
When we want to speak we put our hand up. We keep busy.
Work talk is soft talk.
We ask for help when we need it.
SAFETY AND MOVEMENT CARING
We want a safe school therefore: We care for others therefore-:
We sit on our seats. We show good manners.
We handle all equipment carefully. We are kind to others.
We use the toilets properly. We tell the truth.
We need permission to leave school. We care for everything in our school.
We always walk quietly.
OUR PLAYGROUND RULES
When we are playing and having fun we think of others therefore: -
Be happy, play safely.
We let others play in our games.
We walk to our lines and stand quietly.
We walk to our line in the room.
Acceptance of admission to the school implies parents' acceptance of the school's discipline policy.
(5) ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING
ASSESSMENT REPORTING AND RECORD KEEPING IN OUR SCHOOL
Assessment of children's work is an integral part of our school. The main purposes of assessment are
1. Establish through a variety of means what each child is able to do.
2. Assist the teacher in planning appropriate tasks for each child.
As part of this regular assessment takes place throughout the year with the results formally recorded
by the teacher and reported to parents. The records of each child's attainment and work samples are
passed on to each successive teacher. We invite parents to discuss their child's progress at the
annual parent teacher meeting with his/her class teacher.
In line with the Educational requirements of N.I.our children will take part in the formal external
assessment at the end of P4 (Key Stage 1) and in P7 (Key Stage 2). In the autumn term this year
pupils in P5 & P6 completed a computer based assessment called InCAS. Parents receive scores for
their children in Reading and General Maths. Parents will be fully informed of the arrangements made.
Outcomes are reported to parents on the end of year written reports.
At the end of Primary 7 -(Key Stage 2) when children are transferring to second level education our
school will follow the special arrangements as laid down by the Western Education and Library Board.
Parents will have the opportunity to meet the Principal and class teacher for advice and discussion.
Copies of the transfer arrangements will be distributed to the parents of the P7 children.
There are six class units in our school, each grouped according to the age of the children –
1. Primary One & Two
2. Primary Two and Primary Three
3. Primary Three and Primary Four
4. Primary Five
5. Primary Six
6. Primary Seven
Classes are organised on the basis of age -each child spends one year in each class from P 1 -P7.
Children under statutory age may be admitted to Reception Class (pre-primary one).
It is the aim of St Mary's Primary School to involve parents in the education of their children and to
inform them as fully as possible about their children's progress. The initial contact you as a parent will
have with the school will be through sampling day in June for new entrants. All parents of prospective
P1 pupils will be invited to meet with their child's teacher at an afternoon session in the school in June.
Please use this occasion to bring any medical condition effecting your child to the attention of the class
teacher. Please complete the admission form.
Once your child commences school there are many opportunities for staff and parents to meet. Some
of these occasions will be on a formal basis and you will be notified in due course of the dates.
-The Annual General Meeting for parents organised by the Board of Governors
-Key Stage 2 (P7 Leavers) Transfer meeting -Spring Term
-Pre Sacramental preparation meeting (First Penance, First Communion, Confirmation)
-Annual Parent Teacher Meeting.
Other meetings can be arranged by mutual request. Please contact our school secretary to arrange
an appointment if you wish to speak to your child's teacher or the principal.
In addition parents are invited to meet teachers for a full discussion of their child's progress during the
school year. Parents are encouraged to contact the school and make an appointment should they
require information or have any concerns about their child. In addition parents are given useful
information via a monthly newsletter (issued to each family at the beginning of each month).
Information is also available on the school website
CHANGES IN SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS
Changes occur from time to time in the staffing and organisation of the school and parents will be
informed of these by newsletter. The summaries in this booklet give the present arrangements with
effect from September 2010.
St Mary’s Primary School
Co Fermanagh BT92 2AB
Age Range 4 – 11
Tel/Fax No: 028 6634 8598
Principal: Mr Liam Magee
Admissions No: 16
Chairperson: Mr Patrick Monaghan
Enrolment No: 112
Reception to Year 7 applicants should note that the Board of Governors reserves the right to require
such supplementary evidence as it may determine to support or verify information on any application
Please note that the provision of false or incorrect information or the failure to provide information
within the deadlines set out by the school could result in the withdrawal of a place and the inability to
offer a place on the part of any school nominated on the applicant’s application form.
As a result of the duty to verify procedures which are referred to at the front of the ELB admissions
booklet, the offer from the school may be conditional upon you providing the school with documents
verifying important information contained within your application. Please read carefully any
correspondence issued separately from the school and ensure that you provide the documents
requested before the deadline stated by the school.
If your child is successful in obtaining a place in St Mary’s Mullymesker and we are oversubscribed
you must provide any two original documents of the following four.
A bank or building society statement which shows the address at which the child is resident;
A utility bill (for instance electricity, gas, Television Licence, landline telephone) which shows
the address at which the child is resident;
A letter awarding Child Benefit to the child or another letter relating to this benefit.
The child’s Medical Card.
This is in addition to the standard requirement to provide a Birth Certificate in order to demonstrate
whether or not the child is of compulsory school-age.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA – YEAR 1
In the event of there being more applicants than places available, the Board of Governors will apply
the following criteria, in the order set down below. Priority will be given to children normally resident in
1. Children of compulsory school age who normally reside in the Parish of Cleenish
2. Children of compulsory school age who have a brother/sister, half-brother/half-sister, adopted
brother/sister, foster brother/sister already attending the school.
3. Children of compulsory school age whose parent/guardian is employed by the school.
4. Children of compulsory school age who have previously had brother/sister, half brother/half
sister, adopted brother/sister, foster brother/sister enrolled in the school. (Please attach
5. Children of compulsory school age whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are past pupils of the
school. (Please attach evidence)
6. Children of compulsory school age from other areas.
7. Pupils who reach their 4th birthday between 2nd July 2011 and 31st October 2011 (both dates
inclusive): will be admitted by 31st October 2011 into Reception.
8. Pupils who reach their 4th birthday between 1st November 2011 and 31st December 2011 (both
dates inclusive): will be admitted to reception on first day of the spring term.
9. Pupils who reach their 4th birthday between 1st January 2012 and 30th June 2012 will be
admitted to reception on their 4th birthday.
In the event of over-subscription in any one of the criteria, taken in order, pupils will be selected on the
basis of proximity of parents/guardians home to the school as measured by shortest driving route by
YEAR 1 ADMISSIONS – AFTER THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
If, after the beginning of the school year, the number of late applicants is greater than the number of
vacant places available the same criteria as for normal Year 1 admissions will be applied.
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA – YEARS 2-7
Pupils will be considered for enrolment provided that:
i. The school does not exceed its enrolment number as determined by the Department of
ii. In the opinion of the Board of Governors their admission would not prejudice the efficient use of
the school’s resources.
In event of over-subscription in any one of the criteria, taken in order, pupils will be selected on the
basis of proximity of parent/guardian’s home to the school as measured by shortest driving route by
SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICE
WHAT IS IT?
The School Health Service is part of the National Health Service.
Each school has:
a school nurse
a health visitor
a school dentist
a school doctor
It exists to help children stay healthy during their school days.
WHO DOES WHAT?
Know how a child learns in the classroom
Know if a child has a problem in school
DOCTORS, DENTISTS AND SCHOOL NURSES
Ensure that any physical, emotional or social problems which inhibit a child's education are recognised
and treated as early as possible and that relevant information is rapidly communicated to parents,
teachers and other professionals.
Keep confidential health records on each child.
SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMME
PRIMARY SCHOOL -PRIMARY ONE
*Full medical check
Immunizations as required -School Doctor
Vision and Hearing Test -School Nurse
Height and Weight check
*Not carried out if child already had a full medical by general practitioner
Dental screenings -school dentist.