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A Welcome to our School from the Principal, Mr E Magee

Coronavirus (Covid - 19)  The school's first priority in all its responses to this pandemic will the the health and safety of all our school community, wider community and the global community where we are all members. 

Our school is responding to the ongoing impact of Covid -19 .  We are providing home learning resources for all our pupils.  The school has responded to the PHA and Government directives where they have quite rightly put a range of measures in place to help keep us safe.  These measures include social distancing and only going outside the home for essential travel.  While these directives are proving to be quite challenging for the whole community, our school staff have risen to this challenge! I have provided information to parents on how we are meeting the present challenges on our website's ' Key Information' area.  This area will be updated with more information when more information is available.    We have continued to provide home learning support within our school website's Class Pages, and after Easter 'Holiday' the school has provided learning packs to each of our primary school children.  Our Nursery children and parents will continue to receive online support. 

Our communication email address for parent queries is info@stpandstbps.ballycastle.ni.sch.uk

 

 

Our School - In normal circumstances:

We are an inclusive, active and friendly school, with lots going on. This website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing up to date information for parents, pupils, community and 'newcomers'.

 

Please view on our 'bespoke' website's 'Home Page' some of the features and activities associated with our school and surrounding area.  If you look at this page you should be able to 'locate' our beautiful new school and nursery buildings, designed for us with a number of seaside themes and bespoke designs .  We pride ourselves in our school's recent achievements and the historic and friendly culture, as well as our inclusive ethos to be found in and around our school and school community.

 

Our Board of Governors are all local members and meet on a regular basis to plan and review the management of our school.  In a Department of Education inspection reports issued in May 2014 andune 2017 management of the school was described as being 'outstanding'.  Our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures met all the recommendations for child protection and stated that parents should be confident that the child protection and safeguarding procedures as detailed by the Department of Education (NI) are being met.

 

The majority of our pupils come from the town and surrounding areas of Ballycastle, Ballintoy and other local areas within the parish and elsewhere.  We welcome children from other places 'near and far' as well as children fron other countries and traditions.  We support the United Nations' Convention  regarding the 'Rights of the Child' and have attained the full  'Rights Respecting School' recognition award.  Our school is also recognised as being recipients of the 'Inclusion Quality Mark' & 'International Schools' Awards, as well as being an 'Eco Green Flag Award' school.  All these awards endorse and recognise our committment to the 'Rights of the Child' being paramount in every decision we take and the decisions they help us to make!  

 

While being managed by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools we accept children from all religious denominations and our religious education programme encompasses and recognises the rights of all as stated in our Mission statement.

 

We are a seaside, rural area with many farms and local areas of interest.  As well as being beside the sea we are a recognised inland 'scenic area' with many beautiful features such as 'Knocklayde Mountain' 'Fair Head and Torr head, the world famous 'Giants' Causeway' in close proximity as well as the 'Glens of Antrim'.

 

Our Catholic Church is adjacent to the school forming a close bond as we are the parish school with the same name as the church, St Patrick's and St Brigid's.  The church car park is adjacent to our school and is used daily by both church and school to facilitate safe parking.

 

Ballycastle has a tradition of myths and legends about the area, including the legends about the  'Children of Lir' and 'Finn Mc Cool' our local giant!  We also promote and participate with great success in traditional Irish sports such as hurling and camogie, as well as football and a range of sports.  We promote a wide range of after-school activities and make use of local 'expertise' and 'knowledge' to assist and promote these activities.

 

We hope this short description and the features on our 'Home Page' provide you with an introduction to our school as well as information about the local area.  I hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find the information you are looking for.

Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries or to request more details about our school and school community.

Please note the tab on the 'Home Page' that translates much of the website information into a range of languages.

 

Eamonn Magee

Principal

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If you require information about our Nursery Unit or Primary School or would like arrange to meet the principal and see around the school, please ring the school directly. Alternatively please send us a message on this contact form and we will reply as soon as we can. Please note that we strive to reply within 24hrs to messages, on occasions we may take a little longer due to a number of reasons including, the school being closed, unexpected computer system failure or other school daily commitments; so if you have not received a reply within 2 or 3 days please ring the school Tel: 02820762765.

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