S.J.P.S (St Joseph's Primary School)
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- Surround ourselves with a happy and secure learning environment for all.
- Join together the home, the school and the wider community.
- Promote academic and cultural excellence amongst our pupils.
- Support and provide for everyindividuality.
Services for Parents.
In St. Joseph’s we believe in Educare. This means one site where children can be educated and cared for safely. For this reason we provide child-care services both before and after school, at a fraction of the cost of private child care. The following facilities are available;
Early morning drop off. Children can come to school at 8am and go to Cool Kids where they will be supervised.
Homework Club for P4-P7 children (5 days a week from 3pm – 4.30pm ) A snack will be provided for all children attending.
Cool Kids child care for P1-3 runs from 2pm-5.30pm daily. See Mrs McGrath the co-ordinator for individual needs.
After School Activities – every evening Monday-Friday
Curriculum meetings for parents
Individual Parent Meetings.
Parent training courses
Open Door Policy
Monthly news sheet and letters to parents
Text to Parents Service
The School Day
Begins at 9 am
Pupils attending should arrive by 8.55am to be punctual.
Pupils can play in the yard from 8.50am – 9.00am.
Pupils should join their line at 9.00am
Teachers are on duty from 8.45am
On wet days, pupils go to their classrooms.
Break time 10.25am - 10.40am
Lunch time P1-P3 11.55-12.45pm
Lunch time P4-7 12.45 - 1.35pm
Home time P1/ P2/ P3 - 2 pm.
P4/ P5/ P6/ P7 - 3 pm
After School Clubs finish at 4.00pm
- Classroom assistants run Cool Kids and the Homework Club on a daily basis. Homework Club helps pupils to form good habits in getting their homework done early. It helps pupils develop skills of independent learning in a supportive environment. If children have finished their homework they can research on the computer or play games. (Prices are reviewed annually )
Our uniform should be worn every day. It makes a statement" We belong to St. Joseph's"
Our Uniform is:
Navy blue pullover with school crest.
Sky blue shirt
Sky blue / navy tie.
Charcoal grey trousers or skirt.
School shoes must be worn
White socks or navy tights.
Summer uniform (May-October optional)
- Shorts and t-shirt with black trainers
- School P.E uniform is available (shorts and t-shirt with crest)
We educate children to look after their bodies when they are young.
This involves physical activity and eating habits.
Pupils enjoy a healthy mid - morning break freshly made by our team of classroom assistants in P1-P2. In P3-P7 milk and fruit can be bought for £2 weekly
Ballygowan Water is also available on demand.
At dinner time the children can enjoy a healthy dinner.
Dinner costs £2.30 per day and should be paid to the class teacher.
Children can bring their own packed lunch
Children are free to choose which service they will use on a daily basis.
We aim to provide primary experiences as often as possible for our children.
Educational visits are organised with our Educating for Diversity link schools, Harmony Hill and St Aloysius.
Educational visits are organised throughout the year to develop areas of the curriculum in each class. Visits include; the zoo, the farm, the museum, the seaside, the park, The Linen Centre, The Waterfront, The Island Centre, the hospital, the airport, the fire station, The Grand Opera House and various exhibitions. Primary Seven pupils benefit from a four day residential in term 3.
Our monthly Awards ensure that children are recognised for their achievements in school.We have awards for:
- Pupil of the month in each class
- Most caring pupil in each class.
- Best handwriting
- Excellent work
- Being Creative
Certificates for any other achievements outside and inside school and the 'Cool Kids' award.
We asked some of our parents to tell us "anything you feel would help reassure other parents that St. Joseph's is the right primary school for their child".
"We moved our children to St. Joseph’s two years ago and have never regretted the decision for a moment. All three of them have grown in confidence and ability since joining this school and we put this down to the incredible ethos which pervades every aspect of school life. Every child is valued as an individual and children are taught by example to respect each others’ strengths and tolerate each others’ weaknesses and difference.
Any parent considering sending their child to St.Joseph’s can rest assured that the Principal and teachers will always strive to bring out the best in every child, academically, musically, in sport and socially and every opportunity will be given to enjoy the amazing lifestyle that is St. Joseph’s!"
Kerry and Frazer Buchanan
"Our three children currently attend St. Joseph's. We appreciate the big happy family atmosphere created by the staff who are enthusiastic and committed to the development of the children. We would not hesitate to recommend it to any prospective parents."
Paul and Bernie Grant
I pondered greatly over what school to choose for my daughter when I moved back to the Lisburn area. I attended an open day and instantly felt a warmth and a family attitude within the school. Pupils respect the teachers and teachers certainly respect the children. I feel St. Joseph's will provide a good basic education for my daughter.
I moved my child into P3 from another school and couldn't be more delighted with her treatment. She has really blossomed under the caring attitude of all the staff at St. Joseph's. I now have four children at the school and am very pleased with progress in every aspect.
Dr. Martin Mc Mullan
For more information on the school and more parent's comments please contact us for a copy of our School Prospectus