St. John the Baptist Primary School 2009 - 2010 St. John the Baptist Primary School 250 Garvaghy Road Portadown Craigavon BT62 1EB Tel No. 028 38336211 Fax No. 028 38362051 E-mail: email@example.com Web Site: www.stjohnthebaptist.org.uk PRINCIPAL: Mr. M. Gribbon BA PGCE CHAIRMAN OF BOARD OF GOVERNORS: Rev. Fr. M. O’Dwyer, PP Enrolment No: 495 Admission No. 71 Expected enrolment in September 2009: 360 pupils aged 4-11 years (Boys/Girls) ADMISSION If the school‟s admission and enrolment numbers have not been reached the school will admit all children of the appropriate age whose parents wish them to attend the school. These children are:- those of compulsory school age (children who reach their fourth birthday on or before l July 2009) ADMISSION CRITERIA The Board of Governors will apply the following criteria to identify which children should be admitted either at initial admission to education (P1) or on transfer from another school. 1. Children resident in the Parish of Drumcree whose parents intend them to complete their primary education in St. John the Baptist Primary School. 2. Children resident outside the Parish of Drumcree whose parents intend them to complete their primary education in St. John the Baptist Primary School. In the event of over subscription in any one of the criteria the following sub-criteria shall apply. (a) Children transferring from St. John the Baptist Nursery School. (b) Children who have brothers/sisters (half- brother/half-sister) presently enrolled in the school (c) Children whose parent/guardian, brother/sister (half/brother-half-sister) are prior pupils of the school. (d) Children whose parent/guardian is presently a permanent member of the school teaching/ancillary/auxiliary staff. (e) Children with special circumstances (social, medical or security). The special circumstances must be made known at the time of application. The Board of Governors reserves the right to seek confirmation of the special circumstances from a statutory body. (f) Proximity of the child‟s home to the school. Sub-criterion (f) will also be used as a deciding factor in the event of over-subscription within a sub-criterion. YEAR 1 ADMISSIONS AFTER THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR The Board of Governors will apply the same criteria as that stated for Year 1 entry. ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADMISSION During the summer term 2009 children to be admitted to P1 in September 2009 will be invited to the school with their parents to meet the teacher and to be provided with additional information. Children will be admitted to Primary 1 if their fourth birthday has fallen on or before 1st July 2009. There will be one admission to Primary 1 during the year. VISITING THE SCHOOL The school believes that each child‟s potential is best realised by an active partnership between parent and teacher. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child‟s progress and to contact the Principal to discuss this. The school will arrange Parent/Teacher meetings at which parents will be afforded the chance of receiving a detailed report from the class teacher and to hear and talk about their child‟s education. Each child also receives a written Report at the end of the school year. The school also offers parents an opportunity to view their child‟s class when the school holds its annual Open Night after the Christmas Carol Service. There are many other opportunities for parents to participate in the life of the school. Often the school arranges information evenings, concerts, plays and of course our PTA events which are open to all our parents. We particularly encourage parents of children in Primary 1 to join our PTA! Should you wish to visit the school prior to submitting an application form, you are most welcome to do so. Please contact the school office to arrange a convenient time. CURRICULUM POLICY St. John the Baptist Primary School exists to further the spiritual, academic, social and cultural development of its pupils in their daily encounter with the school. Society makes harsh demands of young people and if school is to meet these challenging demands it must keep abreast of educational change. Therefore the School Management Team keeps under constant review the policies, resources and methods in use within the school. This Team is briefed to investigate and where finances permit, acquire and trial new materials and resources and is encouraged to make Curriculum recommendations to the Principal. The School Management Team Principal Mario Gribbon Vice-Principal & KS2 Co-ordinator Diarmuid Magee Key Stage 1 Co-ordinator Nuala McAlinden Special Ed. Needs Co-ordinator Anne McGuinness Irish Medium Unit Co-ordinator Aileen Nic Íomhair By forging close links with the Parish of Drumcree and in perceiving itself as the third vertex of the triangle of Church, Home and School, it endeavours to bring its pupils closer to God by example and its emphasis on the Catholic way of Life. To this end, the Principal, Vice- Principal and teachers liaise closely with our school chaplain and indeed all the priests of the parish. As language is the medium through which learning takes place, the school stresses the importance of this subject. A co-ordinated language scheme, catering for the essential elements of Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening is in use throughout the school. Those children who are found to under-achieve in this area are catered for by additional classroom support utilising the skills and experience of our early years staff. The school also has the Reading Recovery programme in place for children who require initial support in this vital area of the curriculum. The school feels that it is important to equip children with a wide range of mathematical experience and for that reason our Maths Policy encompasses the five essential elements of the Maths Curriculum namely Number, Algebra, Measurement, Space and Shape and Data Handling. As Number is the language through which Mathematical concepts are expressed, emphasis will be placed on Basic Numeracy and the learning of Number facts. We also place strong emphasis on “mental arithmetic”. Providing the children with opportunities to “think” through a variety of solutions to mathematical problems will be an essential part of our mathematics programme. Our children live in a world which stresses the importance of Science and Technology and this need is met by a comprehensive Science Policy which, when allied with extensive Science resources, provides a challenging learning environment for all pupils. Children have a need to express themselves and the Creative and Aesthetic elements of the Curriculum encompass a wide range of activities within the disciplines of Art/Craft, Music and PE. Each child is encouraged to explore the limits of their environment and to express their feelings and responses to it through a variety of media. It is the policy of the Board of Governors that all pupils will have access to the entire curriculum irrespective of gender. Where Department of Education and SELB staffing and funding permit it is the aim of St. John‟s to go far beyond the bare legal requirement. The Curriculum is designed to promote active learning and to stimulate diligence and a desire to succeed. CURRICULUM DELIVERY The distribution of time among the Areas of Study will be as follows:- Subject K.S. 1 K. S. 2 Religious Education 10% 10% Literacy 20% 24% Mathematics 20% 20% Science and Technology 15% 11% Environment and Society 15% 15% Creative and Expressive 20% 20% (Percentages are approximate) CROSS CURRICULAR THEMES The Cross-Curricular themes of Education for Mutual Understanding, Cultural Heritage, Information Technology and Health Education will be taught as integral parts of the main Areas of Study. A vibrant EMU link exists between St. John the Baptist P.S. and Edenderry P.S. and each year our P.5 -7 pupils we are engaged in a variety of projects. We are also involved in several projects with other local Controlled Primary Schools and the Upper Bann Institute of Further and Higher Education. The school, through its ICT policy affords all children opportunities to use many aspects of Information Technology including word processing, data handling, e-mail and the Internet. The school, through its ICT policy affords all children opportunities to use many aspects of Information Technology including word processing, data handling, e- mail and the Internet. We have on-line computers in every classroom and most classrooms are equipped with the latest Interactive whiteboards. Where difficulties arise in the main curricular areas the Principal is available to set up a meeting between the class teacher and parent/s in order to allay fears and to resolve differences. SCHOOL HOURS Primary 1 - 3 9.05 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. Primary 4 - 7 9.05 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Arrangements will be notified to parents at the beginning of September and regularly in Newsletters. Holidays will also be posted on the school web site. LEAVING THE SCHOOL DURING THE DAY Children are never permitted to leave the school grounds during the day without permission. When a child has to leave for any reason parents should send a written request, telephone the school office, or call personally. No child will be allowed to leave the school without being accompanied by an adult. (ie a person over 18 years of age) RELIGIOUS EDUCATION As a Catholic School, St. John‟s promotes the philosophy of religion permeating school life. It believes itself to be complementary to the Catholic home. The „Alive O‟ series is used as a core scheme throughout the school. At each level there is a strong emphasis upon the twin themes of personal spiritual growth and community responsibility. To re-inforce the programme the pupils participate regularly in a programme of class and school Masses, religious assemblies, prayer services and collections for charitable purposes. The school chaplain, Fr. O‟Dwyer, is a regular and welcome visitor who co-ordinates preparations for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Thus our Religious Education programme is presented within the proper context of Home, School and Parish. CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Children with special needs will receive additional support in so far as funds and staff permit. It is our aim to ensure that children with either short or long term physical disability will be afforded every chance to achieve their full potential. We may, on occasions, seek parents‟ permission to refer children to the SELB Special Needs Department to seek additional advice, help and support. The school also has a Reading Recovery trained teacher who will identify early reading difficulties at the end of Primary 1 and the beginning of Primary 2. Access to this special reading support programme may be offered for a period of time in Primary 2 or 3. HOMEWORK Teachers in St. John‟s set homework in order to re- inforce the work of the day and to foster in their pupils the discipline of study. Homework in the junior classes should not exceed 30 minutes and senior level a maximum of one hour should be the norm. It is school policy not to set homework at weekends or during holiday time. However, exceptions to this Policy are made for children who have opted to sit the Transfer Tests. You will be given a copy of the School Homework Policy in September or is available now on request. PASTORAL CARE In seeking to promote the physical, spiritual and intellectual development of its pupils the school recognises the need to provide a secure emotional environment. Should difficulties of a pastoral nature arise please contact Mr. D. Magee, our Vice-Principal. If a pupil takes sick during the day the school will inform the parent or guardian and endeavour to have them take the child home. Class teachers are not permitted to administer or to oversee the administration of medicines. The school‟s policy on the administration of medicines will be given to you in September or is available now on request. Personal Development and Health Education St. John the Baptist Primary School is a caring, responsible school with the children at the core of our activities. We strive to respond to the personal, emotional, social and education needs of our pupils through our interaction with them in the classroom and beyond. The emphasis of our Personal Development programme is on personal health and safety, relationships and the dangers involved in the misuse of tobacco, alcohol and drugs/medicine. As our programme responds to need, we will include other issues when appropriate. This programme is cross-curricular in nature, although many aspects of it are taught through health education and the science curriculum. We recognise this as a partnership between the school and the parents, where we work together toward educating and preparing our children for each stage of their lives. EXTRA CURRICULAR & EXTENDED SCHOOL ACTIVITIES The school offers “Extended School” activities to all its pupils, including a breakfast club, and a broad range of extra curricular activities of an academic, sporting and cultural nature to its older pupils. All these activities aim to foster the development of independence, team spirit and enhance the physical well being of the individual. MID-ACADEMIC YEAR CHANGES If, due to unforeseen circumstances, changes to the information given in this Prospectus are required during the school year, all parents will be informed in writing of the changes. DISCIPLINE In order that all children may learn in an atmosphere of order and calm the school places great emphasis upon respect. The school expects pupils to show respect to one another, to the teaching and non-teaching staff and to the furniture and fittings of the building. Serious cases of indiscipline will be notified to parents and they will be invited to meet the Principal in order that the responsibility for discipline may be shared between the partners in the child‟s education. In the case of less serious breaches of the rules there are a graded series of sanctions that will be brought to bear on the situation. Our School Discipline Policy actively promotes positive discipline by acknowledging, highlighting and rewarding appropriate behaviour. Appropriate behaviour is celebrated and commended through our “Caterpillar” books and our Star Pupil awards. Should you require further details of these strategies, a copy of our School Discipline Policy and our school Anti- Bullying Policy is available now on request; however, all parents of Primary 1 children will be receiving a copy of these policies in September. SCHOOL UNIFORM The school uniform consists of black trousers/skirt, a white shirt and school tie or a red polo shirt and a grey school sweatshirt or cardigan bearing the school crest. The uniform is available from Maxwell‟s shop, Union Street, Lurgan. The school also has a PE uniform consisting of a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and white socks. (Dunnes Stores or Tesco brands are suitable.) Slip-on plimsolls should also be worn for PE. CHARGING AND REMISSION POLICY Education at St. John the Baptist Primary is provided free of charge. The school may take part in „optional extras‟ that are not connected with the school‟s formal curriculum such as visits to exhibitions or trips of an extended nature requiring an overnight stay. Charges may be made for these. Written parent/guardian consent will be required before a pupil participates in school trips. Due to the large gap between State funding and the essential educational needs of the school, the school will, as it has done in the past, invite you to take part in our fund-raising activities on a voluntary basis, but it is stressed that no child will be disadvantaged if parents choose not to participate. SCHOOL WEBSITE Visitors to our regularly updated school website will get a flavour of some of the activities that regularly take place in St. John the Baptist P.S. Our school web address is: www.stjohnthebaptist.org.uk Please feel free to visit our website!
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