OPEN DOOR POLICY
The most successful learners are part of a collaborative community. We strive to work with you to provide the best learning opportunities for your children. If at any time you have any worries or concerns, please speak to your child’s class teacher or Mrs Williams without delay. We will address your needs immediately.
Alternatively, appointments may also be made by contacting the school Principal, Mrs Williams, on 02870352880.
Parents and pupils due to start P1 in September are invited to an open morning in June where Mrs Williams and the P1 teacher, Mrs Wilson, will talk to the parents about starting school in September, providing them with important information and also how to make the transition form a pre-school setting to primary school as easy as possible for the children. During this information session the children have the opportunity to spend time in the P1 classroom with present P1 pupils and become familiar with their surroundings. Primary 1 pupils are quickly settled into the school day in September. Their school day for the first two weeks is from 9am- 1.15pm and from week three the pupils stay until 2pm.
Any concerns or worries will be dealt with promptly by the Principal and the class teacher, please do not hesitate in contacting us about anything that arises.
KEEPING UP TO DATE WITH SCHOOL LIFE - OUR SCHOOL APP
We very much want to develop an effective working relationship with you so that we best meet the needs of your child, and having a vibrant and engaging community where everyone is involved and valued. Please download the school app where the school calendar and news about school life and events is shared and updated regularly.
Instructions to download:
1. Using your device (iPad, iPhone, smart pad, tablet or android phone), visit the relevant marketplace for your product (Apple Store or Google Play).
2. Search for ‘OurSchoolsApp’ and download the app.
3. Once downloaded, use the search bar within the app and enter the postcode or the name of the school – BT51 3RN.
4. Hit the search button.
5. Once you see the school name displayed, just touch the screen on the school name.
6. Confirm your choice by pressing ‘OK’.
7. You will now be presented with the correct app for your chosen school which contains news, information, calendar events, contacts and any other relevant details.
Should you need any assistance accessing it, Mrs Williams will be only to happy to help.
EARLY BIRD CLUB
Doors open for children to come into school fully supervised are 8.30am. Please ensure your child has a coat each day as we encourage them to participate in outdoor play as part of our active Playground Policy. Games and collaborative play are actively developed, with playground supervisors and appointed Playground Buddies are on hand to assist with developing essential social skills.
We at Castleroe PS encourage and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. We have a Healthy Eating policy, available from the school office, that advises children to eat a healthy snack at break time – pancakes, a sandwich, fruit, cheese or yoghurt. We also offer milk on a daily basis. If you would like your child to have milk contact the school office for more details.
Here at Castleroe PS we offer tasty and nutritious school meals freshly prepared each at a cost of £2.60 each day. Pupils order and pay for their dinner on a Monday each week using the booking form distributed at the beginning of each month. The dinner menu can be downloaded here: April 2019
DEVELOPING THE WHOLE CHILD
We have a variety of peripatetic tearchers who offer violin, flute and woodwind lessons with EA peripatetic teachers, guitar lessons with the Music Loft and Speech and Drama lessons with More School of Performing Arts . Children can develop their skills for fun or work towards graded examinations. We also offer after school sports such as football with coaches from Coleraine Football Club and Judo with Triangle Judo Club. Pupils enjoy Spanish, Gardening, and activities with the Ulster Scots Society. There is definitely something on offer for everyone at Castleroe.
EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING IN THE PROMOTION OF EDUCATION HEALTH AND WELL BEING
Castleroe Primary School are delighted to work with RDA, Coleraine, to offer Equine Assisted Learning for pupils who have a Stage Five Statement of Special Educational Needs. Although we have only been attending a few weeks, the benefits for the pupils are already evident. Please take time to watch the following video to see how this service has assisted other children in Northern Ireland. We are delighted to have developed a partnership with RDA to allow the pupils of Castleroe PS to be in a position to take advantage of this invaluable service.
(Fast forward to 24mins 52secs to skip the theory of the benefits of equine assisted learning, and see what pupils, parents and teachers have to say about their experiences).
AFTER SCHOOLS CLUBS
We endeavour to offer a wide variety of after school activities. These include:
Transfer Test Club P7 (Term One)
Harry Gregg Football Coaching – on offer to various classes throughout the year
Judo P2, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, (Term One, Two and Three)
Judo P3-P7, 3.00pm – 4.00pm, (Term One, Two and Three)
Cycling Proficiency Tuesday & Wednesday, P6, Term 3
Good News Bible Club P2 &3, 2.00pm -3.00pm, (Term 1 &2)
Good News Bible Club P4 – P7, 3.00pm -4.00pm (Term 1 &2)
Ulster Scots – P4 – P7 (Term 3)
Spanish P1,P2&P3, 2.00pm -3.00pm,
Spanish P4 – P7, 3.00pm -4.00pm (Term 1 &2)
Gardening Club (Term 3)
Friday Club 2.00PM – 3.00PM P1, 2 & 3 (Term One, Two and Three)
At different times throughout the year teachers offer Drama Club, Glee Club (singing), Gardening Club, Sports Club, Art Club etc.
There is lots on offer for everyone!
Please download a copy of our latest School Prospectus here: Prospectus