EDENDORKPS

Dear Parents, It is with pleasure that I present to you the Board of Governors’ Report on Edendork P.S. for the academic year 2014/15. 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 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

GOVERNORS REPORT FOR THE YEAR 2014/15
VISION
Together as governors, staff, parents, the local Church and community:

“Inspired by our faith in Christ, as a Catholic school, we will provide a happy, secure, caring, well resourced and stimulating learning environment. We will support and enable our children to realise and achieve their potential. We will empower them to be caring, responsible individuals, contributors to their community, capable of independent thought and well equipped to meet the opportunities/challenges of education, work and life.”
EDENDORK P.S.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

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)





WHAT ARE THE GOVERNORS MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES?


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.














SCHOOL AIMS & VALUES

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.


REVIEW OF THE PAST YEAR

This review is intended to give a brief synopsis of the life and range of activities presented in Edendork P.S. during the 2014/2015 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 2014, 48 P.1 children enrolled in Edendork P.S. and 7 children were enrolled into classes from P.2 to P.7. 36 children left the previous June thus the enrolment for 2014/2015 school year were 301.

In June 2014, 39 children transferred to second level education into the following schools:
St. Joseph’s College, Coalisland 4
St. Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore 1
St. Patrick’s College Dungannon 17
St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon 16
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. In recognition of its value for empowering individuals to maximise the working of the team for the benefit of children, Edendork P.S. was accredited with the Investors in People Bronze Award in June 2012.

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 2014/2015 we evaluated our provision for World Around Us. Teachers engaged in planning for greater breadth and progression of this curriculum area We were fortunate to be included in the SELB Primary Stem Project which enabled three teachers (one from each key stage) to work with a Teacher Developer in sharing good practice and presenting Science learning to the children. All teachers and classroom assistants received Hi-Five training from Mrs Kate O’Hanlon. This Intervention Programme was implemented as a strategy to reduce underachievement and enhance achievement in Literacy. Teachers explored questioning techniques to promote children’s thinking in both Literacy and Numeracy. In house training in relation to Special Needs was also presented including identifying individual pupil need and presenting a Multi Sensory Approach such as Jolly Phonics and Reading Recovery Strategies. With regards to ICT we availed of ‘Fronter’ training which was facilitated by Capita. We also reviewed our policy and practice in relation to eSafety following consultation with a number of parents who have an expertise in this area. All staff, including teachers, classroom assistants and lunch time supervisors received Anti Bullying training which was led by Joanne Donnelly from BELONG. As part of our Anti Bullying review, the Parents Support Group and School Council were consulted with, in reviewing school policy and practice. The Inclusion & Diversity team worked with teachers and classroom assistants in relation to supporting newcomer children.

Following a successful application for CRED funding the previous year, children and teachers from P.1, P.2 and P.3 were able to avail of shared lessons in both schools. This enable children from Edendork P.S. to work with children from the Howard P.S. in a series of educational experiences which aim to deliver the curriculum area of PDMU in a range of Cross Community settings. Topics explored included identifying similarities and differences; celebrating differences. CRED also provided teachers and classroom assistants with the invaluable CPD opportunity to meet, engage in professional dialogue, share resources including skills, experience, interests and expertise.

Use of School Development Days

26h August Writing Partnership Programme ‘Hi Five’
& 23rd September Facilitator: Kate O’Hanlon

27th August Morning: Christian Meditation & Prayer
Facilitated by Kiernan Murphy

Afternoon: School Development Planning
Review of 2013/2014
Whole School Planning: 2014 - 2016
2014- 2015 School Year including Management & Organisation
WAU

28th August Morning: Effective Questioning
Afternoon: Classroom Management

30th October Afternoon: Anti Bullying Training
Facilitated by Joanne Donnelly BELONG

Afternoon: eSafety Training

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

6th January Morning: Inclusion & Diversity training
Afternoon: ICT training ‘Fronter’ facilitated by Capita

7th January Morning: WAU
Afternoon: Strategies to support individual learner: Reading Recovery, Jolly Phonics; Questioning techniques to promote thinking skills and Personal Capabilities in Maths

22nd February Assessment: CEA Using ICT
Internal levelling using CEA descriptors of Cross Curricular skills: Using
Communication & Using Mathematics.

18th April Classroom Management & organisation

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. This was monitored and evaluated by Mrs Mc Ateer (SENCO). A temporary teacher (Mrs Harte) was employed in terms one and two, on a part time capacity, to present children with additional support in Literacy and Numeracy. In addition to this, one infant teacher presented small group support in Numeracy in the afternoons. 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 SENCPD training in Literacy. This enabled teachers to develop greater competence and confidence in identifying pupil individual learning profiles and addressing individual pupil learning needs including strategies and resources for developing Short Term Memory. This is in light of DENI’s publication titled “A Resource File to Support Children with Special Educational Needs’. Edendork P.S. Special Educational Needs policy is available on the school website or alternatively a copy can be requested.

Assessment and Reporting
Due to Industrial Action, CCEA End of Key Stage Assessment: Using Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT did not occur during 2014/2015. Although teachers followed the INTO 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.

Each year group utilised a range of commercial and non-commercial produced class tests which were utilised by the teacher to inform planning for future learning and teaching. 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 2014/2015 children from P.4 to P.7 were presented with the recently revised standardised test Suffolk Reading. The ‘Progress in English’ (PIE) and ‘Progress in Mathematics’ (PIM) tests were purchased, administered to children in P.5, P.6 and P.7 and results were 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. with results again being analysed. These tests are replacing PIE and PIM and are more reflective of the skills based NI Curriculum.

All parent teacher interviews occurred in December 2014. Following a whole school audit in May 2014 which involved consultation with parents, Edendork P.S. introduced a second interview between teachers and parents of children from P.1 to P.3 in the second term.
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 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 2014/2015, despite being zero funded from the DENI Extended Schools Programme (ESP), we continued with programmes initially introduced via ESP. This included the Breakfast Club (parents whose children availed of this service covered the cost) and the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader for children from P.4 to P.7 (funded in 2014/2015 by PSG). We were however still included in the Film Club Rural Inclusion Programme which enabled children from P.3 to P.7 to explore the Science and Wheels Movie Project ‘Polar Express’ hosted in St. Malachy’s Hall car park. The Department’s ESP clustering project enabled the school to present P.5 children with ‘All Set Music and Dance’. This Programme provided them with the opportunity of working with pupils from Sperrinview Special School and the Bush P.S.

In addition to the above, children from P.1 and P.3 continued to avail of the After school Club organised by classroom assistants from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. A French teacher offered French lessons to children from P.3 to P.7 once a week. Judo, athletics, samba 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 and Camogie activities.

Children from P.1 to P.3 were presented with Fundamental Movement Skills through the DENI funded Ministers Sports Programme. 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. Throughout the year, we availed of Tyrone County Board Gaelic sports coaches for football, Camogie and hurling. Through the Minister’s Language Programme, children from P.1 to P.3 availed of Polish Lessons which occurred once a week throughout the 2014/2015 school year. Children from P.4 were presented with Mandarin Chinese Language lessons. Students from St. Patrick’s Academy presented Irish Language lessons to pupils from P.5 to P.7. The SELB Music Service provided tuition to Key Stage 2 children. P.3 to P.7 children were presented with tin whistle classes. The School Council engaged in activities for school improvement including presenting the school with a ‘Christmas Crackers Talent Show’ and generating anti bullying rules and creating an anti-bullying board. As a result of leading the school in engaging in various activities throughout the year including ‘Power Down Day’, recycling and poster competitions, the school Eco Club achieved a green flag award.

Children were prepared for and celebrated reception of the sacraments First Confession, First Communion and Confirmation. Last year, due to the renovation of St. Malachy’s Church Edendork, all three sacraments were celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church Dungannon. 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 SELB and the tin whistle teacher 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, choral verse, 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.

In 2014/2015, P.5 children were involved an eLearning Project with St. Mary’s P.S. Banbridge. This involved the children communicating with each other through video conferencing.

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 2014/2015, 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 Art lesson once a week to either P.3 and/or P.2 children at Edendork. During term 2, a P.E specialist from the Integrated College Dungannon also worked with our P.E. co-ordinator in delivering P.E. activities to a Key Stage Stage 1 class once a week.

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 1/2 End of Year Discos. These events which occurred after school hours were enjoyed by young and old.

‘Fund Raising’
During the 2014/2015 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 accumulated efforts of the PSG resulted in the school being able to purchase Accelerated Reader for every child from P.4 to P.7. The PSG also contributed a significant amount of money towards the purchase of an interactive touchscreen SMART board which was installed in a newly created classroom. This invaluable group of parents also contributed towards refreshments for First Communion. They also funded the P.7 end of year trip.
During 2014/2015 the local Gaelic club, St. Malachy’s GAC funded transport costs to and from all Gaelic games/tournaments. School Funds, derived from a Sponsored Silence, 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, ‘Special Olympics Ulster’, Southern Hospice, Team Hope Shoebox Appeal, Trocaire, ‘Thrive Africa’ and the local pilgrimage to Lourdes.
School Building & Resources
During the past year a number of improvements were made to the school building. A successful application for ‘Minor Works’ to the Department of Education provided funding to tarmac the car park and the playground area immediate to the exterior of the main school building. DENI also funded the installation of a secure bin storage area and fire doors which made the school compliant with fire safety standards. We secured the local council Festive School Grant which enhanced the community over the Christmas season. 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.3/P.4) and a new learning space at the rear of the P.2 and P.3 classrooms.
Security
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.
Finance
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 2014/2015 was £771,521. 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.
2014-2015 Outturn Statement


SCHOOL: Edendork Primary COST CENTRE: 0521
SECTOR: Maintained Primary School PUPILS: 279
DE REF NO: 503-2585 FTE: 279.00


1. RESOURCES AVAILABLE School Delegated

£
2013/14 Carryover/(Overspend) 6,872
Formula Allocation 748,136
CYP – Extended Schools 0
Other Allocations 16,513

TOTAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE 771,521




2.
ACCRUED EXPENDITURE

Teaching Staff 605,328
Non-Teaching Staff 117,127
Other Employee Expenses 0
Non-Staff Costs 43,494
GROSS EXPENDITURE 765,949
Less Income -9,777

NET EXPENDITURE 756,172



3.
2013-2014 CUMULATIVE CARRYOVER/(OVERSPEND) 15,349











Sporting Achievements
Throughout the 2014/2015 school year, children were engaged in a range of sporting activities. The Minister’s sports programme was presented weekly to children in P.1, P.2 and P.3. Children from P.4 to P.7 also availed of the opportunity to attend swimming lessons. Other sporting events which occurred during the 2014/2015 school year 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, 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.

Presentations
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 2014/2015 school year, a sense of pride and achievement was experienced and generated from ALL pupils and their parents.
Throughout 2014/2015 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 Lowe’s class and Mrs Shields’ class.

A number of children won local art competitions including those sponsored by local shops/industries. 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 purchased through school funds. 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 2014, Cara Shields and Mariana De Costa received the Catriona Charlton Cup for their Art work. Eimear Conway won the Powerscreen cup for STEM. The Mc Caughery Family (past pupils) presented a new trophy for progress made throughout Edendork P.S. in all aspects of life. This was won by Cormac Mallaghan with Ronan Mc Intyre being a worthy runner up.

STAFFING COMPLEMENT

TEACHING STAFF

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 P.3
Mrs J. Lowe P.3 (Assistant Designated Teacher)
Mr N. Morgan (substitute teacher for Mrs Lowe)
Mrs T. Toye P.4
Mrs Toner P.4/P.5
Mrs A. Mc Ateer P.5
Mr. J. Crozier P.6
Mrs S. Shields P.7 (Assistant Designated Teacher)
Mrs. C. Harte Temp. Special Needs & substitute teacher for Mrs Toner’s maternity


Non-Teaching Staff

Mr M. Conlon Caretaker
Mrs A Coulter Secretary
Mrs M McBride 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
Mrs. E. Mc Causland Temp. Classroom Assistant/Lunch Supervisor
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

ANNUAL ATTENDANCE RECORD

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 95.78% for children from P.1 to P.7. This continues to be relatively high with the overall attendance rate for NI primary schools in 2014/2015 being 95.4%. All efforts to ensure continued high attendance are to be commended.


SCHOOL YEAR 2014/2015

Calendar of Events

AUTUMN TERM
September 2014 New admissions to Primary 1
Mass to celebrate new school year
P7 Prefects appointed
Tin whistle classes commenced P.4
Literacy & Numeracy After schools commenced
Additional support for Special Needs commenced
Parent teacher IEP meetings
Judo after school commenced
Golf After schools commenced
Polish Lessons commenced P.1 – P.3
Teaching Practice commenced for 2 PGCE students from UUC
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
Tutoring commenced through SELB Music Service
Accelerated Reader P.4 – P.7 commenced
Teacher & Classroom Assistant ‘High Five’ Training
Road Safety Art Awards
Induction for P.1 Parents
Parents Information Book 2014- 2015 issued

October 2014 Flu Vaccination
St. Joseph’s Grammar Community Link commenced
Chinese Mandarin commenced P.4
Eco Club work commenced
P.5 Elearning C2K project with St. Mary’s Banbridge
Tyrone County Board Football Blitz
Inclusion & Diversity Team Support
School Photographer
PSNI Internet Safety
CATS Tests administered to P.4 & P.6
Sponsored Silence (£1950 raised for school funds)
Inclusion & Diversity Team training (CEFR)
P.4 Assembly (Mrs Toye’s class)
Non Uniform Special Olympics Day with visit from athlete SJ Sweeney (£272.50 raised for charity: Special Olympics Ulster)
Scholastic Book Fair (£1249 worth of books generated for school)
PSG Halloween Disco
SEN training
Anti Bullying training
eSafety training


November 2014 Shoebox Appeal (142 shoeboxes)
School Council elections
Eco Club ‘Power Down Day’
Paired Reading Programme: P4 parents & pupils
P.6 trip to Navan Centre to explore ‘Vikings’
2 pupils won Navan Centre Poetry Competition
Anti-bullying week
P.5, P.6 & P.7 St Patrick’s Academy Irish lessons commenced
P.4 visit to Tescos to explore ‘Farm to Fork Trail’
P.1 & P2 ‘Healthy Eating’: Ulster Cancer (Genevieve the Goat)
Training & planning for CRED activities with Howard P.S.
Work experience for 3 students from St Joseph’s Grammar & 1 student from St. Patrick’s Academy
Gaelic Football After Schools
P.2 Art activities commenced with St. Patrick’s College Dungannon
Altar Servers Mass
P.4 Assembly (Mrs Toner’s class)
Handball Tournament in St. Joseph’s College Coalisland
Table Quiz in St. Joseph’s College Coalisland
P.3 St. Patrick’s College Art lessons commenced
P.7 attended Exhibition of ‘Prayer & Spirituality’ in St. Patrick’s College
Dungannon Council: Recycling talk
New Altar Servers enrolment Mass in St. Patrick’s Church Dungannon
Visit from Santa & elves


December 2014 Board of Governors meeting
P.1 – P.7 attended ‘Dancing Queen’ in St. Malachy’s Hall
Choir Performance in Ranfurly House Dungannon for SVDP Annual Christmas Fair
Q Radio recording of school choir
Parent Teacher Interviews P.1 – P.7
P.1 Christmas Nativity Play: ‘The Christmas Story’
P.3 Christmas Plays/Assembly: ‘The Little Angel’ (Mrs Litter & Mrs Lowe’s classes)
P.1 – P.4 Craic Theatre Christmas Concert
P.5 - P.7 ‘Scrooge’s Christmas’ in Market Place Armagh
P.3 – P.7 Science & Wheels Movie Project in St. Malachy’s Hall car park.
Confessions P.5 – P.7
P.7 St. Vincent De Paul Hampers
School Council ‘Christmas Crackers’ Concert
P.5 ‘Back to the 80’s’ concert in the Integrated College Dungannon
Altar Servers Retreat
School Choir Carol Singing in Sainsburys & Tescos
Edendork P.S. Open Day for September 2015 P1 intake
C2K Capita Training including Equella & Fronter
Classroom Assistants Raffle (£170 for schools funds)


SPRING TERM
January 2015 Inclusion & Diversity Team Training & CCEA Using Communication Assessment: Writing descriptors
Literacy In service training
CPD Transition Project videoing of P.6/P.7 classroom practice
P.5 & P.6 tin whistle lessons commence
P.1/P.2/P.3 After schools provided by classroom assistants
Videoing of classroom practice for Key Stage 2 & 3 transition project
SELB Music Exams
P.4 WW2 trip to Palace Stables
Football after schools commenced
P.5 Extended School cluster programme ‘All Set’ commenced with Sperrinview Special School & Bush P.S. Dungannon
P.1, P.2 & P.3 Shared Lessons commenced with the Howard P.S. (CRED)
P.5 Fire Safety Talk
WAU STEM Project: P.2, P.4 & P.7
Tyrone County Board football, camogie & hurling coaching: P.5
After Schools Camogie, Gaelic football & hurling commenced
Mass in Armagh Cathedral (3 P.5 children)
Cumann na mBunscol indoor hurling & camogie tournaments (Dungannon)
P.7 Boys County Indoor Hurling final: Omagh
Reading Challenge commenced
P.E teacher from ICD team commenced team teaching with Edendork P.E. co-ordinator
PSG making of St. Brigid’s crosses
P.6 Assembly (Mr. Crozier & Mrs Forker’s classes)

February 2015 Catholic Schools Week
Whole School Mass
P.7 parent & principal transfer meetings
Teaching practice commenced for 3 students from St. Mary’s College
Bank of Ireland P.7 trip & presentation
St. Patrick’s Academy Maths classes commenced for P.6 & P.7
P.5 ‘All Set’ performance in Dungannon Youth Centre
P.2 Assembly (Mrs Bowe & Mrs Litter)
P.7 Boys & Girls Cumann na mBunscol Indoor Football Tournaments
Women’s Aid Training for Designated Teacher
Cycling Proficiency Training: 2 classroom assistants
Solas Programme commenced
P.5 Mallaghan Engineering Trip
2 P.7 boys representing school in Allianz League half time game


March 2015 Board of Governors meeting
P.4 First Confession
Dungannon Feis commenced
World Book Week
Dress Up In Character Day
‘Wear It Green Day’ in aid of Thrive Africa raised £235
Reading Challenge concluded. Hannah Currie won signed Tyrone Jersey
P.1 Gruffalo Trail in Parkanaur
P.7 ‘Under the Hawthorne’ experience at Ranfurly House Dungannon
P.3, P.5 & P.6 Science Week experience in Palace Stables
SELB Music Makers Concert (children representing Dungannon Area)
School Nurse: P.1 assessments
Cumann Na mBunscol Table Quiz hosted at Edendork P.S.
St Patrick’s College Valentine’s Day poetry competition
P.1, P.2 & P.3 Parent Teacher interviews
P.7 standardised tests in Literacy & Numeracy.
Cumann Na mBunscol Skills Day in Primate Dixon
Ulster Cumann Na mBunscol Table Quiz
P.4 First Confession
Confessions P.5 – P.7
P.5 Assembly (Mrs Mc Ateer’s & Mr. Crozier’s classes)
School Council Easter Egg Hunt
School Council Non-Uniform ‘Crazy Hair day’


SUMMER TERM

April 2015 Armagh Diocesan Religious Advisors (P1 – P.7 visited)
PSNI Cyber bullying & keeping safe
Tyrone County Board Hurling coaching commenced
Vice Principal training
P.5 Choral Verse Speaking Dungannon Feis
Tin Whistle lessons: P.3 & P.7
Teaching Practice commenced for 1 student from Stranmillis
Assistant Designated Teacher Child Protection training
P.6 Gaelic Football Tournament in St. Joseph’s College Coalisland
P.1 Assembly (Mrs Dunne’s class)
P.7 Service of Light


May 2015 Confirmation
Bryston Energy efficiency Presentation
P.6 orienteering in Palace Stables
P.4, P.5 & P.6 standardised tests in Literacy & Numeracy
Support from Inclusion & Diversity Team
KS2 Izak9 training
St. Joseph’s College Primary School Hand Ball Challenge
P.1 assembly (Mrs Conlan’s class)
Cycling Proficiency commenced
Super Six Cross Community Soccer Tournament
P.7 Camogie & Hurling in Garvaghey
St Patrick’s Academy Boys & Girls Gaelic Football Blitz in Mid Ulster Sports Arena
P.6 St. Patrick’s College Fun Day
P.5 World Cultural Day in St. Patrick’s College
P.6/P.7 embark on Hughes’ Mushrooms Project
P.6 & P.7 ‘Bee Safe’ PSNI Programme in Killyman
Sports Day
Eco Green Flag Award
Non Uniform Dress up as a Movie Star Day to support St. Malachy’s GAA

June 2015 Board of Governors meeting
Childline Assembly
P.7 Breakthru
First Communion
C2K Assessment Manager training
Girls Gaelic Football tournament in Sacred Heart P.S. Rock
Cabragh Tournament. Boys: Gaelic football
P.6/P.7 visit to Hughes’ Mushrooms
P.1 Teddy Bears Picnic
P.2 experience Armagh Planetarium
P.3 trip to Ulster Museum
P.4 trip to ‘The Giants Lair’ in Mullaghbawn
P.5 trip to Cookstown Leisure Centre
P.6 trip to Belfast Zoo
P.7 trip to Dunluce Centre & Barry’s Amusements
P.6 St Patrick’s College Taster Day
P6 Parent Teacher interviews
Edendork P.S. Gaelic Football (Edge Innovate cup) and Rounders (Cullen Cup) at St. Malachy’s GAC.
P.7 EWO transition programme
PSG Sponsored Walk & Fun Evening in St. Malachy’s GAC
School Council: Guess the number. Funds raised for handball net.
Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 Prize Giving Days funded by school through funds raised eg. Sponsored Silence
Best Boy/Best Girl award trips: funded by school funds
Key Stage 1: Funky Monkeys: Mrs Lowe’s class
Key Stage 2: Cookstown Leisure Centre: Mrs Shields’ class
P.7 Cake Sale in aid of Trocaire (£511)
P.7 Assembly (Mrs Shields & Mrs Forker’s classes)
P7 Leavers Mass with presentation of Probationer Pioneer Certificates & Pins
P.1 (September 2015 intake) Induction Days: Children & Parents
Post primary schools’ Open Days – P.7 attended
P.1 teachers met with Nursery teachers
PSG end of Year Discos
End of Year Reports issued






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