Dear Parents, It is with pleasure that I present to you the Board of Governors’ Report on Edendork P.S. for the academic year 2015/16. It is the intention of the Governors, and indeed the Principal, for you to be informed about your child’s progress at school and so this report is one of a number of ways in which information is provided. Schools are very busy places with so many initiatives happening and so this report can only serve as a “snapshot” into all the learning experiences presented in our school. It is intended this report gives you an overview and creates an opportunity for you to gain a flavour of the work, lifestyle and ethos of Edendork P.S. If you require information about your own child or have any concern, you should feel free at any time to contact the school and arrange an appointment with the Principal, Mrs Mc Alinden, or your child’s teacher. Requests for additional information or clarification of any aspect of this report should be forwarded in writing to the school. On behalf of the Governors, I thank you for your support and look forward to your continued interest. I commend this report for your consideration Mrs K. Conlon Chairperson



The year in brackets indicates the year in which each member’s term of office ends.

Trustee Nominees

Mrs. K. Conlon (Chairperson) (2018)
Rev. Fr. R. Mc Aleer (Vice Chair) (2018)
Mr. N. Maneely (2018)
Mrs. R. O’Neill (2018)

D.E.N.I. Representative

Mrs. M. Mallon (2018)

S.E.L.B. Nominees

Mr. J. Gildernew (2018)
Mrs. C. Mc Atasney (2018)

Parents Representative

Mrs. Y. Mc Avoy (2018)

Teacher Representative

Mrs. P. Forker (2018)

Principal - Non Voting Member

Mrs. A. Mc Alinden (Secretary)


The Board of Governors has overall responsibility for the effective management of the school. They are required to meet at least three times each year (usually once per term) but in practice, they may meet more often than this. Their range of duties and responsibilities are diverse and include:

• Maintaining and developing the Catholic ethos of the school.

• School Development Planning

• Setting the school’s aims and policies in relation to:
 the curriculum;
 pastoral care – i.e. the arrangements to promote pupil and staff welfare;
 pupil discipline;
 special educational needs and disability; and
 charging for school activities.

• Performance Management

• Admissions and Enrolment

• Staffing and Finance

• Preparing information for parents including an Annual Report.


Edendork Primary School believes in promoting the spiritual, personal, social and academic goals desirable for our pupils. We wish to promote in all our pupils such values that will help them to become caring responsible citizens of the future. These Catholic values are inherent in all areas of the school’s life. At Edendork, we aim:

1. To develop a strong Catholic ethos underpinning our pastoral care systems. This incorporates fairness, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness, whilst setting standards of respect for others and ourselves.

2. To develop interpersonal relationships fostering mutual respect with and between all members of the school community.

3. To promote close links between home, school, the parish and the wider community.

4. To facilitate and develop the spiritual, personal, cultural, intellectual and physical needs of each and every child at the school, and enhance their contribution to society.

5. To provide a broad and balanced curriculum, for the children of all ages within a friendly, supportive and caring learning environment.

6. To provide opportunities to enhance teaching and enrich children’s learning experiences across the curriculum using Communication, Mathematics and I.C.T.

7. To integrate thinking skills and personal capabilities in our planning and practice so that children develop skills for life.

8. To foster qualities and values such as personal responsibility, commitment, determination, resourcefulness, openness to new ideas, self confidence, curiosity, flexibility, tolerance, integrity, community spirit and self discipline enabling our pupils to become caring, responsible citizens of the future.

9. To present a variety of learning experiences to our pupils and staff tapping into and developing talents and interests, so that they can progress to the best of their ability.

10. To develop in our pupils a sense of appreciation and preservation of their environment, both at a local and global scale.

11. For pupils to be happy at Edendork, to do their best and to be recognised and valued for themselves.

This review is intended to give a brief synopsis of the life and range of activities presented in Edendork P.S. during the 2015/2016 academic year. It serves as a window into the range of achievements, which have been made. A detailed listing is available in Calendar.

In September 2015, 48 P.1 children enrolled in Edendork P.S. and 2 children were enrolled into classes from P.2 to P.7. 38 children left the previous June thus the enrolment for 2015/2016 school year was 316.

In June 2016, 47 children transferred to second level education into the following schools:
Drumglass High School 1
Holy Trinity College, Cookstown 1
St. Catherine’s Armagh 1
St. Joseph’s College, Coalisland 6
St. Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore 1
St. Patrick’s College Dungannon 14
St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 22
St. Patrick’s Grammar, Armagh 1

The Curriculum
The broad and balanced curriculum presented involves the presentation of a variety of learning activities, which include opportunities to achieve in the creative areas such as sport, music, and art. In Edendork P.S, the teaching and expression of our Catholic faith and values, are very important elements of our curriculum and permeates every aspect of our school life. A team approach is key in all our plans and evaluations for curriculum development. The role of pupils, parents, all staff and governors continues to be paramount in this process.

With regards to curriculum initiatives, teachers at Edendork continued to be involved in raising standards in the three key areas of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. In 2015/2016 teachers engaged in planning and utilisation of resources for greater progression of skills from P.1 to P.7 in the development of Numeracy and Listening. Teachers’ accessed QFT (Questioning for Technique) training which presented them with strategies to promote and develop children’s thinking skills across the curriculum. All teachers worked in partnership with staff from the Howard Memorial P.S. and explored the new Mathematical resource IZAK9. Teachers availed of ICT training in relation to the C2K resource ‘Fronter’. Developing teachers skills in the use of this teaching resource is ongoing. We also developed a new policy in relation to eSafety following a review of practice and consultation in 2014/2015 with a number of parents, C2K and EA (Education Authority) personnel. An intensive self-review and evaluation of ICT provision in Edendork P.S. enabled the school being awarded with the ICT NAACE accreditation.

Teachers from each Key Stage worked together to develop lines of progressive skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to World Around Us with local topics or places of interest being identified for each year group. All staff received Child Protection training and classroom assistants, supervisors and teachers were presented with Play Board training with our counterparts from the Howard P.S. Building on the information received from this training, the Edendork P.S. School Council developed a wider range of play activities at break and lunch time for children throughout the school.

Following a successful application for Shared Education Signature Project funding, children and teachers from P.1 and P.2 were able to avail of shared lessons in both schools. The implementation of this Signature Project was delayed due to the terms and conditions of offer being part of a dispute with teachers’ union directive. This enabled children from Edendork P.S. to work with children from the Howard P.S. in a series of educational experiences delivering a learning area of the curriculum including PDMU and World Around Us. The Shared Education Signature Project also provided teachers and classroom assistants with CPD collaborative learning opportunities. It has presented them with the invaluable opportunity to observe and identify good practice; to meet, engage and participate in professional dialogue; to share resources including skills, experience, interests and expertise; and to enable the school to access professional training as identified in Edendork P.S. School Development Planning. This project is funded for 3 years with the plan for all pupils and teachers being involved by 2018.

Use of School Development Days
25h August Morning: Self Evaluating School
Progression of Numeracy & Listening Skills
Afternoon: World Around Us

26th August Morning: IZAK9 training
Afternoon: School Development Planning
Review of 2014/2015. Whole School Planning: 2015 - 2017
2015- 2016 School Year including Management & Organisation

27th August Classroom Management

22nd September Morning: Circle Time
Afternoon: Promethean Interactive Whiteboard training
29th October Morning: Child Protection Training
Afternoon: Maths Key Stage planning for progression.

8th December ‘Consultation for Future Planning & Learning’
Consultation & Reporting to parents

5th January Play Board training
6th January Training for QFT Philosophy for children (Facilitator Aidan Lennon)

25th March Assessment of Using Communication & Using Mathematics
Training for facilitating child with Diabetes
3rd June Fronter training
Introduction to Numicon
World Around Us
Special Educational Needs

All teaching staff continued to ensure data and information derived from assessment (including adult observations), fed into target setting, teaching and learning. IEPs were reformulated to include: ‘How parent has agreed to help his/her child achieve targets’. In addition to this, under the direction of class teachers, classroom assistants presented small groups of children with the intervention programmes: ‘High Five’ and ‘Reading Partnership’. One infant teacher presented small group support in Numeracy in the afternoons and another infant teacher presented the ‘Forward Together’ programme to parents of SEN children. Throughout the year, 3 retired teachers worked in a voluntary capacity and presented individual lessons in Numeracy or Literacy. The EA provided peripatetic support to individual children Pupil progress was regularly reviewed. Where there was cause for concern, parents were contacted and children were placed on the ‘Special Educational Needs Register’ according to the Code of Practice for special educational needs. No child was registered on Edendork P.S. Special Needs Register without parental permission. Individual Education Plans were written for these pupils and were reviewed termly with the parents/guardians. Advice was sought from external agencies, such as the educational psychologist, the Visual Impaired Team and Behavioural Support Team, where and when required. Teaching staff continued to participate in SEN training which included an introduction to Numicon A greater awareness of strategies to support SEN children with reading, writing and spelling was also generated (as outlined in DENI’s publication titled “A Resource File to Support Children with Special Educational Needs’). Throughout 2015/2016 the special educational needs provided in Edendork P.S. was monitored and evaluated by Mrs Mc Ateer (SENCO). Edendork P.S. Special Educational Needs Policy is available on the school website or alternatively a copy can be requested.

Assessment and Reporting

Throughout the school year children were observed by their teacher and/or classroom assistant to generate their attainment to date and plan learning experiences which are appropriate to individual development. Each year group also utilised a range of commercial and non-commercial produced class tests which were subsequently utilised by the teacher to inform planning for future learning and teaching.

Every child’s progress - academic, social, and physical - was continuously assessed and reviewed, with parents being kept informed both formally and informally of their child’s progress. Examples of this occurring informally include comments related to homework, class tests, parent contacting the school to arrange a meeting with the teacher, at any time during the school year, and vice-versa. All parent teacher interviews occurred in December 2015. Following a whole school audit in May 2014 (which involved consultation with parents), Edendork P.S. again had a second interview between teachers and parents of children from P.1 to P.3 in the second term.

At a significant expense to the school, in terms of time and finance, we purchased and administered commercially produced tests. This included CATS4 tests to children in P.4 and P.6 which enabled teachers and senior managers in the school to make detailed analysis of pupil learning. Information derived from these are utilised for targets to be set for improvement.

In 2015/2016 children from P.4 to P.7 were presented with the revised standardised test Suffolk Reading. The ‘Progress in English’ (PIE) and ‘Progress in Mathematics’ (PIM) tests were administered to children in P.6 and P.7 with results then analysed which included tracking of individual progress from previous years. New ‘Progress Tests in Maths’ (PTM) and Progress Tests in English’ (PTM) were purchased and administered to pupils in P.4 and P.5 with results again being analysed and tracking of individual pupil progress in P.5 from the previous year. These tests are replacing PIE and PIM.

Despite the INTO teachers union directive in relation to boycotting End of Key Stage Assessment, all teachers in the school attempted to internally level each child according to CCEA Using Mathematics and Using Communication descriptors. In 2015/2016 data submitted to CCEA was from approximately 26% of primary schools in NI. During 2015/2016 children at Edendork were assessed at the end of K.S. 1 and K.S. 2.with data submitted due to Edendork’s involvement in the Shared Education Signature Project.

At Key Stage 1: 91.9% of children achieved level 2, and above, Using Communication. (5.62% above NI average)
89.2% of children achieved level 2, and above, in Using Mathematics. (4.5% above NI average)
At Key Stage 2: 87.3% of children achieved level 4, and above, in Using Communication. (11.04% above NI average)
89.37% of children achieved level 4, and above, in Using Mathematics. (12.18% above NI average)

All teachers created and disseminated to parents Pupil Reports using SIMS Assessment Manager at the end of the school year. These reports were focused on reporting children’s achievements and attainment in the areas of:
▪ Communication ▪ Using Mathematics ▪Using ICT ▪The World Around Us
▪ Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities ▪Arts ▪ Physical Education
▪ Personal Development & Mutual Understanding ▪ Religious Education
‘Interests and Strengths’ and an area of ‘Focus for Development’ were also reported for each child. Parents were also informed of the outcome of standardised (P.4, P.5, P.6 & P.7) and statutory (P.4 & P.7) assessment. At the end of June, parents were asked to evaluate the extent reports were informative. This evaluation will feed into future school practice for report writing.

After Schools and Extra Curricular Activities
In 2015/2016, children from P.1 and P.3 availed of the After School Club organised by classroom assistants from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. A French teacher offered French lessons to children from P.3 to P.7 once a week. Judo, athletics, ‘Exercising for Children Programme’, hip hop dance, guitar and golf lessons also occurred with specialist coaches/tutors presenting the activities in the school facilities. These activities were funded by parents of participants. In addition to this, teachers/classroom assistants presented before/after school Maths, Literacy, Cycling Proficiency, Choir, Gaelic Football, Drama and Camogie activities.

As the local Councils merged, Edendork P.S was included in Mid Ulster District Council’s Traditional Music lessons. This involved children in P.4 being selected to avail of tin whistle lessons with the cost being subsidised by the Council. A number of children were then given the opportunity to progress to learning the guitar. The services of a local tutor were also utilised enabling P.5 and P.6 children to learn the tin whistle. The EA Music Service provided tuition to Key Stage 2 children. The Department’s Extended Schools Programme clustering project enabled P.7 children the opportunity of working with pupils from Sperrinview Special School and the Bush P.S. in the ‘All Set Music and Dance Programme.’

Children from P.1 to P.3 were presented with Fundamental Movement Skills through the DENI funded Ministers Sports Programme. Throughout the year, we availed of Tyrone County Board Gaelic sports coaches for football, camogie and hurling. Children from P.4 to P.7 availed of swimming lessons in Dungannon Leisure Centre. In addition to this, Key Stage 2 children participated in soccer, Gaelic football, hurling, camogie and handball tournaments. Edendork P.S. Boys Gaelic Football Team won the Allianz Tyrone Cumann na mBunscol Cup; both boys and girls won the Allianz Tyrone Cumann na mBunscol Handball Tournament hosted in St. Josephs, and Edendork P.S. Boys Gaelic Football Team won our own Edge Innovate Gaelic Football Cup.

Children from P.4 and P.5 were presented with Mandarin Chinese Language lessons throughout the 2015/2016 school year. As P.4 pupils were also exploring the ‘Chinese New Year’ as a class topic, this group of children were given the opportunity to participate in Chinese New Year celebrations hosted in the South West College. The Mid Ulster Council funded an 8 week Irish Language Programme which was presented to both P.5 classes. Students from St. Patrick’s Academy presented Irish Language lessons to pupils from P.6 to P.7. The School Council engaged in activities for school improvement including presenting each class with a greater range of playground games and activities for break and lunch times. This group of children worked with the School Council from The Howard P.S. and visited Dungannon Council chambers and reviewed their practice including School Council elections. Edendork P.S. Eco Club continued to engage the whole school community in various activities throughout the year including recycling of Christmas cards, batteries and old mobile phones.

In September 2015, the school was privileged to be involved in the reopening and rededication of St. Malachy’s Church Edendork through providing refreshments as part of this historical community occasion. The local Church and school continued to work closely together as children were prepared for and celebrated reception of the sacraments First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation. The school choir participated in these events with children attending practices organised by teachers out of school hours. A range of instruments were played on both these occasions reflecting music taught by the EA and the tin whistle/guitar teachers in the school.

Throughout the year, each class was presented with the opportunity to lead Key Stage assemblies. Parents and family friends were invited to these occasions. Dungannon Parish organised a special Altar Servers Retreat and an Induction Mass for new altar servers.

In the second term, all children throughout the school were given the opportunity to participate in Dungannon Feis. Edendork P.S. therefore was represented in a range of events which included solo singing, speech and drama including “own verse” poetry writing and the Irish Speaking poem. Not only were a significant high number of children awarded with prizes but all the children who participated are to be congratulated for individual effort.

We continue to build on our partnership with the post primary schools in the area. St. Patrick’s Academy Dungannon presented to Edendork P.S. pupils lessons in Science, Mathematics, and Irish. This included pupils from St. Patrick’s Academy presenting P.6 and P.7 children with Irish language lessons once a week and P.7 pupils with Maths Activities. In addition to this, we were also extremely fortunate to continue to avail of a very strong community link with St. Joseph’s Donaghmore. Throughout 2015/2016, pupils from St. Joseph’s Donaghmore supported teachers in presenting individual children with regular Paired Reading activities. Students from St, Patrick’s College Dungannon also presented an Art lesson once a week to either P.2 or P.3 children at Edendork.

Edendork P.S. continued to enjoy the loyal support and tireless work of a number of parents who form the Parent Support Group and give their valuable time and effort to help provide our pupils with equipment and experiences not funded by the Department of Education. The Parents Support Group (PSG), hosted various after school activities throughout the year including a Halloween Fancy Dress Disco, making of St. Brigid’s crosses, refreshments after First communion, ‘Guess the Score’, Sponsored Walk and Fun Evening at St. Malachy’s GAC and Key Stage 1/ Key Stage 2 End of Year Discos. These events which occurred after school hours were enjoyed by young and old.

School Building & Resources
During the past year a number of improvements were made to the school building. Exterior walls outside the infant classroom and the Hand Ball Wall were painted. Money generated for school funds throughout the year, including the school sponsored silence and the classroom assistants Christmas raffle was utilised to pay for the creation of a new classroom (P.4) and a new learning space at the rear of the P.3 mobile classrooms. C2K also gave the school 4 additional PCs, 2 laptops and a wireless point towards resourcing the new room. We secured the local council Festive School Grant which enhanced the community over the Christmas season.
‘Fund Raising’
During the 2015/2016 academic school year, parents, pupils and teachers of Edendork P.S. were involved in various fund raising events to boost school funds and consequently, resources. The Central Resource area/Library was reorganised to become a new classroom and two mobile classroom stores were merged together to create an additional space where small groups of children can be taught. A Touch Screen Interactive Whiteboard was purchased and installed in the new classroom. Although we received some funding from the Parents Support Group towards the purchase of the interactive touchscreen SMART board, the majority of the cost including: rewiring, floor covering, walls broken through and doors built up, shelving relocated, painting and floor covering was paid out of and depleted school funds. A Sponsored Silence activity in September raised £1794 for school funds. The accumulated efforts of the PSG resulted in the school being able to purchase a whole school handwriting scheme. This invaluable group of parents also contributed towards refreshments for First Communion and they also funded the P.7 end of year trip. During 2015/2016 the local Gaelic club, St. Malachy’s GAC funded transport costs to and from all Gaelic games/tournaments. Local businesses namely Mc Avoy Group funded prizes for Sports Day and End of Year Awards while Edge Innovate funded prizes and refreshments for Edendork P.S. Football and Rounders Tournaments. A significant amount of money/resources was raised for various charities, which included a generous donation towards the St Vincent De Paul Christmas hampers, Southern Hospice, Blythewood Shoebox Appeal, Trocaire, Cancer Research and the local pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Edendork P.S. has only one main entrance / exit during the school day, i.e. via the front door. While we value our role in the community, we must be aware at all times that the safety of the children is paramount. There should be no member of the general public or unidentified personnel on the school grounds or in the school building during the school day.
All visitors to the school, during the school day, are requested to inform the secretary of their arrival and sign the ‘Visitors Book’. Parents are requested not to go directly to their child’s class but to report to the office. An unfamiliar adult in the school ground can potentially be upsetting to children.
If a parent wishes to speak to a teacher or the Principal, an appointment should be by telephone or through a written note.
Since April 1991 the school has been responsible for the management of its overall budget. To this end the Board of Governors has overall responsibility, although on a day-to-day basis this responsibility is delegated to the Principal.
In the current financial climate, last year saw the tightening of the spending belt even further thus, prudent management was the order of the day. The school’s allocation for the financial year 2015/2016 was £940,907. This figure included both staffing, extended schools money and running costs. Overleaf is a copy of the Outturn Statement from the S.E.L.B. for this school. This statement details the overall budget allocation, its breakdown and the balance that remained at the end of the financial year. To ensure a wide range of resources are enjoyed by all pupils throughout Edendork P.S., fundraising and accessing funding from external sources has been vital.

2015-2016 Outturn Statement

SCHOOL: Edendork Primary COST CENTRE: 0521
SECTOR: Maintained Primary School PUPILS: 301
DE REF NO: 503-2585 FTE: 301.00


2013/14 Carryover/(Overspend) 15,349
Formula Allocation 816,419
CYP – Extended Schools 0
Other Allocations
Centre Funds Allocated 23,702



Teaching Staff 656,497
Non-Teaching Staff 145,834
Other Employee Expenses 16,689
Non-Staff Costs 57,095
Less Income 10878



Sporting Achievements
Throughout 2015/2016, children were engaged in a range of sporting activities. The Minister’s sports programme was presented weekly to P.1, P.2 and P.3. Children from P.4 to P.7 availed of the opportunity to attend swimming lessons. Other sporting events which occurred included girls and boys indoor and outdoor Gaelic football, Camogie, Hurling, Rounders, and soccer tournaments which were hosted in Clonoe, Lough View Centre, St. Joseph’s College Coalisland, Cabragh, Donaghmore, Moy and the Mid Ulster Sports Arena. We experienced success when the P.7 handball team won the St. Joseph’s Handball competition and again when both girls and boys handball teams become Tyrone Handball Champions in the Cumann na mBunscol tournament hosted in St. Joseph’s Coalisland.. Eight children from P.7 represented the school in a camogie, hurling, girls and boys Gaelic football skills competition which was hosted in Primate Dixon Coalisland by the Tyrone County Board Coaches. Edendork P.S. also hosted the local heat of the Tyrone Cumann Na mBunscol table quiz with several schools participating. Edendork P.S table quiz team represented Tyrone at Ulster level. Edendork Primary School Gaelic Football and Rounders Tournaments, sponsored by Edge Innovate, were held in the grounds of St. Malachy’s GAC. Several other schools participated in this very successful event. Edendork P.S. P.7 girls won the rounders competition and brought home the Cullen Cup for all their effort. A Sports Day in June involved children from P.1 to P.7 participating in a range of activities.

At the end of each month four children from each classroom are presented with golden certificate awards for effort in class work, home work, behaviour and contribution to school life. As every pupil in the school received at least one certificate at the end of the 2015/2016 school year, a sense of pride and achievement was experienced and generated from ALL pupils and their parents.
Throughout 2015/2016 school year, a girl and boy from each Key Stage received Best Boy and Best Girl certificates at the weekly assembly. These were awarded to children who displayed courtesy and a positive attitude to school life. At the end of the school year, the class who received the most certificates in each Key Stage were treated to a trip to the local cinema! Last year this trip was won by Mrs Bowe’s class and Mrs Forkers’ class.
A number of children won local competitions including those sponsored by local shops/industries (Bank of Ireland, Tescos, Navan Centre Armagh). This included a P.7 pupil winning the Tyrone Courier Art competition of a free trip for her class to the Grand Opera Christmas Pantomime ‘Snow White’. A number of children won significant prizes at Ulster and All Ireland level for their skills and talents in judo and dance. The school year concluded with a very successful prize-giving event with prizes sponsored by local business: Mc Avoy Group. Medals were awarded to Sports Day winners and to those who participated in P.E throughout the school year. Trophies and prizes were presented to those with 100% attendance, Eco Club leavers, altar servers, school choir members and School Council leavers. In June 2016, Nonita Da Cosa Ramos De Andrade received the Catriona Charlton Cup for her Art work. Meghan Doherty won the Powerscreen cup for STEM. The Mc Caughery Shield was won by Rachel Magee for progress made throughout her time at Edendork P.S. in all aspects of school life.


Principal Mrs A. Mc Alinden
Vice Principal Mrs P.Forker P6/P.7
Assistant Teachers Mrs P Conlan P1
Mrs L. Dunne P1(Child Protection Designated Teacher)
Mrs D. Bowe P2
Mrs A.M. Litter P2 substitute teacher N. Morgan for
Mrs Litter’s maternity.
Mrs J. Lowe P.3 (Assistant Designated Teacher)
Mrs K. Mortagh P.3/P.4 teacher
Mrs T. Toye P.4
Mrs A. Mc Ateer P.5
Mr. J. Crozier P.5
Mrs Toner P.6 Substitute teacher Mrs C. Harte for Mrs Toner’s maternity
Mrs S. Shields P.7 (Assistant Designated Teacher)

Non-Teaching Staff
Mr M. Conlon Caretaker
Mrs A Coulter Secretary
Mrs E. Mc Causland Temp. Classroom Assistant (P1)
Mrs R Gates Classroom Assistant (P2)
Mrs S Casey Classroom/General Assistant, Lunch Supervisor, Breakfast Club
Mrs P. Dillon Classroom/General Assistant
Ms. C. Willoughby Temp. Classroom Assistant
Ms C. O’Neill Temp. Classroom Assistant
Mrs A Mc Nally Lunch Supervisor/Cleaner
Mrs P. Quinn Cook
Mrs C. Hempsey Kitchen Assistant/Cleaner
Mrs A O’Neill Kitchen Assistant/Cleaner
Mrs B Casey Kitchen Assistant
Mr I Burrows Crossing Patrol/Lunch Supervisor


Attendance levels enhance opportunities for educational achievement.

Attendance at Edendork Primary School continues to remain at a high level with the overall percentage record being 95.6% for children from P.1 to P.7. This continues to be relatively high with the overall attendance rate for NI primary schools in 2015/2016 being 95.5%. All efforts to ensure continued high attendance are to be commended.

SCHOOL YEAR 2015/2016

Calendar of Events

September 2015 New admissions to Primary 1
Reopening & dedication of St. Malachy’s Church Edendork
Mass to celebrate new school year
P7 Prefects appointed
Literacy & Numeracy After schools commenced
Parent teacher IEP meetings
Waterbus visit to the school
Judo after school commenced
P.1, P.2, P.3 Fundamental Movement Skills commenced
P.6/P7 Gaelic football skills commenced (Tyrone County Board)
Athletics After schools commenced
P.2/P.3 After Schools provided by classroom assistants commenced
French lessons commenced
Playground buddies appointed
Class Termly Information Leaflet distributed
Swimming lessons commenced
Guitar after schools commenced
Chinese Mandarin commenced P.4 & P.5
Tutoring commenced through EA Music Service
Accelerated Reader P.4 – P.7 commenced
Induction for P.1 Parents
Parents Information Book 2015- 2016 issued
P.4 Mid Ulster Council Music Programme (tinwhistle)
Sponsored Silence (£1794)
Staff Training: Circle Time & IWB
P.5 Teachers Training: ‘Fronter’

October 2015 Solas Programme commenced
School Fundraiser: O’Neill Sisters & school choir in Craic Theatre (£400)
St. Joseph’s Grammar Community Link commenced
School Council elections
Eco Club work commenced
Tyrone County Board Football Blitz
Inclusion & Diversity Team Support
School Photographer
PSNI Parents Workshop: ‘Safe Use of the Internet’
CATS Tests administered to P.6
Inclusion & Diversity Team classroom assistant training (CEFR)
P.4 Assembly (Mrs Toye’s class)
P.4 Tesco ‘Farm to Fork’ visit
P.1 & P2 ‘Healthy Eating’: Ulster Cancer (Genevieve the Goat)
PSG Halloween Disco
Fancy Dress Non Uniform Day for Cancer Research (£242)
All staff Child Protection Training
eSafety training

November 2015 Board of Governors meeting
Shoebox Appeal (127 shoeboxes)
P.2 to P.7 Parent Maths Workshops
Forward Together Programme commenced
P.6 trip to Navan Centre to explore ‘Vikings’
2 pupils won Navan Centre Poetry Competition
Anti-bullying week
P.6 & P.7 St Patrick’s Academy Science lessons commenced
PSG ‘Guess the Score’
Gaelic Football After Schools
P.6 Assembly (Mrs Toner & Mrs Forker’s classes)
Handball Tournament in St. Joseph’s College Coalisland
New Altar Servers enrolment Mass in St. Patrick’s Church Dungannon
Flu Vaccination

December 2015 Classroom Assistant SEN training
Choir Performance in Ranfurly House Dungannon for SVDP Annual Christmas Fair
BBC School Choir competition
Parent Teacher Interviews P.1 – P.7
P.1 Christmas Nativity Play: ‘The Story of Christmas’
P.3 Christmas Plays/Assembly: ‘The Little Angel’ (Mrs Lowe & Mrs Murtagh’s classes)
P.5 – P.7 Christmas Carol Service followed by Christmas Fair
Tyrone County Board Boys Indoor Football
P.1 – P.4 ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in Market Place Armagh
P.5 - P.7 ‘Scrooge’s Little Red Riding Hood’ in Lyric Theatre Belfast
Confessions P.5 – P.7
P.7 St. Vincent De Paul Hampers
School Council ‘Christmas Crackers’ Concert
Altar Servers Retreat
School Choir Carol Singing in Bank of Ireland, Sainsburys, Newell Stores & Tescos
Edendork P.S. Open Day for September 2016 P1 intake
Mid Ulster Council Community Festive Grant (£750)
Christmas Dinner
Classroom Assistants Christmas Raffle (£641 for schools funds)
PSG Christmas Elves distributing gifts

January 2016 Play Board training with the Howard Memorial P.S.
In service training: QFT: Philosophy for Children
Paired Reading Programme: P4 parents & pupils
£325 raised through Relay Race for Romanian orphanage (Edendork P.S. pupil Eva Cullen visited)
P.7 ‘Snow White’ in the Grand Opera House Belfast
P.5 & P.6 tin whistle lessons commence
P.1/P.2/P.3 After schools provided by classroom assistants
Teaching Practice commences for 1 UUC student
P.6 & P.7 St Patrick’s Academy Science lessons commenced
After Schools Activity: ‘Exercising for Children’ (5 weeks)
P.7 standardised tests in Literacy & Numeracy
School Photographer: Class Group Photographs
P.4 WW2 trip to Palace Stables
Four Wall Handball competition in Carrickmore
Tyrone County Board football, camogie & hurling coaching: P.5
After Schools Camogie, Gaelic football & hurling commenced
Mass in Armagh Cathedral (Three P.5 children)
Cumann na mBunscol indoor hurling & camogie tournaments (Dungannon)
P.1 to P.7 PSNI Internet Safety Workshops
All Set Programme commenced with Bush P.S. Sperrinview Special School and P.7 children from Edendork P.S.
P.7 parent & principal transfer meetings commenced
Mid Ulster Council Irish Language Programme for P.5 commenced
PSG making of St. Brigid’s crosses
Mass of Thanksgiving in St. John the Baptist Church, Portadown
P.5 Assembly (Mrs Mc Ateer’s class)

February 2016 Catholic Schools Week
Whole School Mass
Teaching practice commenced for 2 students from St. Mary’s College
St. Patrick’s Academy Maths classes commenced for P.6 & P.7
P.7 ‘All Set’ performance in Sperrinview
P.3 teachers training: ‘Fronter’
P.2 Assembly (Mrs Bowe’s class)
Work Experience placement for St. Patrick’s Academy student
CATS Tests administered to P.6
P.7 Boys & Girls Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Football Tournaments
Reading Challenge commenced
P.4 celebrated Chinese New Year in South West College Dungannon
ACE Team Programme ‘Follow Instructions through Movement’ commenced with P.3
P.2 presentation from St. Patrick’s Academy promoting Dental Health
Heart Start Training
Afterschools Gaelic Football commenced
P.7 ‘Under the Hawthorne’ experience at Ranfurly House Dungannon
P.7 BREAM Workshop
P.2 Assembly (Mr. Morgan’s classes)

March 2016 Board of Governors meeting
C2K eLearning Conference
P.4 First Confession
Dungannon Feis commenced
World Book Week
Dress Up In Character Day
Shared Education planning commenced (P.1 & P.2)
Reading Challenge concluded. Hannah Currie won signed Tyrone Jersey
Shared Education Lessons commenced including P.1 Gruffalo Trail in Parkanaur
P.2 Library Visit
After School ‘Hip Hop’ Dance commenced
Afterschool Handball commenced
P.3 & P.5 Science Week experience in Navan Centre
Global Learning
St Joseph’s Grammar Donaghmore P.2 Easter Egg Hunt
Cumann Na mBunscol Table Quiz hosted at Edendork P.S.
Dairy Council presented ‘Food and Fitmess’ workshop to P.5 & P.6
Non Uniform Green Day in Aid of Prince’s Trust (sponsorship of Edendork P.S. pupil Jodie Gates Hair cut)
P.1, P.2 & P.3 Parent Teacher interviews
P.5 Assembly (Mr. Crozier’s class)
School Council Easter Egg Hunt
PSG Easter Egg Raffle
P.7 Trociare Bun Sale
Edendork GAC presented ‘Gaelic for Girls’ initiative
Diabetes training
EA Music Makers Concert (children representing Dungannon Area)

April 2016 St Joseph’s College Coalisland P.6 girls and boys football tournament
P.1 Navan Fort: ‘Food in the Past’
P.1 School Nurse Assessment
Afterschools ‘Hip Hop’ Dance commenced
Cumann Na mBunscol Skills Day in Primate Dixon
P.7 Breakthru Programme: ‘Hidden Harms’
P.7 Bank of Ireland presentation
Girls and Boys Moy Gaelic Football Tournament
ESafety week
P.1 Teachers Training: ‘Fronter’
ACE Team Programme ‘Attention and Listening’
commenced with P.3
Armagh Diocesan Religious Advisors (P1 – P.7 visited)
Cumann na mBunscol Girls and Boys Handball Wall competition: Edendork P.S. winners and runners up in both sections
Tyrone County Board football coaching commenced
P.1 Assembly (Mrs Dunne’s class)
P.7 Service of Light

May 2016 Confirmation
First Communion
P.5 Mallaghan Engineering Trip
P.2 Shared Education commenced including Belfast Zoo visit
P.4, P.5 & P.6 standardised tests in Literacy & Numeracy
Support from Inclusion & Diversity Team
P.1 assembly (Mrs Conlan’s class)
Cycling Proficiency commenced
St. Patrick’s Donaghmore Gaelic Football Tournament
St Patrick’s Academy Boys & Girls Gaelic Football Blitz in Mid Ulster Sports Arena
Sports Day
Non Uniform Day for Zambia Aid Development (past pupil Connor Watt)
Fronter Training (all teachers)

June 2016 Board of Governors meeting
P.6 St. Patrick’s College Fun Day
Super Six Soccer Tournament
School Council Shared visit with Howard P.S. to Dungannon Council
P.1 Teddy Bears Picnic
P.2 experience Armagh Planetarium
P.3 trip to ‘The Argory’
P.4 trip to ‘The American Folk Park’ Omagh
P.5 trip to Cookstown Leisure Centre
P.6 trip to Belfast Zoo
P.7 trip to Dunluce Centre & Barry’s Amusements
P6 Parent Teacher interviews
Edendork P.S. Gaelic Football (Edge Innovate cup) and Rounders (Cullen Cup) at St. Malachy’s GAC.
Cabragh Tournament. Boys: Gaelic football
Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 Prize Giving Days funded by the Mc Avoy Group
P.7 EWO transition programme
Post primary schools’ Open Days – P.7 attended
P.1 (September 2015 intake) Induction Days: Children & Parents
P.1 teachers visited preschool settings for observations met with nursery teachers/ playgroup leaders
P7 Leavers Mass with presentation of Probationer Pioneer Certificates & Pins
PSG Sponsored Walk & Fun Evening in St. Malachy’s GAC
P.7 Assembly (Mrs Shields & Mrs Forker’s classes)
“Camogie Taster” presented by St. Malachy’s GAC: P.3, P.4 & P.5
P.6 Art Workshop in ‘The Hill of the O’Neill’
P.7 trip to local business: Qeda ‘Bridge Building Project’
ICT Assessment for NAACE Award
Shared Education action planning with the Howard Memorial P.S. for 2016/2017 school year and evaluations of 2015/2016 shared lessons.
Best Boy/Best Girl award Cinema trips: funded by school funds
Key Stage 1: Mrs Bowe’s class
Key Stage 2: Mrs Forkers’ class
PSG end of Year Discos
Non Uniform Day for charity: ‘Asthma FS’ (£124)
End of Year Reports issued
Whole School End of Year Mass

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