We endeavour to ensure everyone feels part of a warm and inclusive community, that the school and the staff are welcoming and the pupils and their parents feel valued and secure in Castleroe Primary School.
The children are all working really hard and members of staff are enjoying working with them. We now have 105 pupils in school. This is a very positive sign for our school especially at a time when enrolment and performance of schools in the area are being closely monitored.
We have a very active PTA who work tirelessly to ensure there are a range of social and fundraising events throughout the year. If you would like to get involved please contact me at any time.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns as we go through the term please do contact the Principal.
Extended Half Term – 19th October – 30th October 2020
Term One Ends – 18th December 2020
>>>Term Two Starts 4th January 2021
Half Term – 15th – 19th February 2021
Public Holiday – 17th March 2021
Term Two Ends 29th March
>>>Term Three Starts – 12th April 2021
Public Holiday – 3rd May 2021
Half Term – 31st May – 4th June
Term Three Ends 30th June
Our Health and Safety Commitments, COVID-19 Secure
Despite these difficult and uncertain times Castleroe Primary School continues to work to take all reasonable steps to provide safe and healthy conditions for staff (including agency staff), pupils and others who may be affected by its activities and will take all necessary steps to ensure compliance with all relevant health and safety legislation.
We are committed to doing this in a way that protects the safety and security of everyone, our employees, pupils, contractors and members of the public (parents). Therefore, we will follow the Government’s phased approach to implementing a recovery plan that includes:
Only reopening the school in line with the legislation and Government guidance
Only carrying out activities where we are certain this can be done safely once a risk assessment has been completed.
Managing the risk of COVID-19 through four key mechanisms of infection control: physical distancing and limiting contact (Bubbles), environmental hygiene, personal hygiene and where appropriate Personal, Protective Equipment (PPE)
Making changes to our building environments to encourage social distancing
Considering how we can welcome visitors safely
Making changes to how we teach, placing pupils in to bubbles with a maximum capacity of 12-15 (depending on classroom size restrictions) to limit contact with others
Ensuring our buildings are well ventilated
Ensuring we have the facilities available to encourage excellent personal and respiratory hygiene (bins, tissues, hand sanitiser and wash hand basins)
Ensuring we maintain excellent environmental cleaning across our buildings
Encouraging everyone that uses our sites to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene through information, signage and visual cues
Where appropriate our employees wearing the PPE according to the task they are undertaking to keep them and others safe
Follow Government guidelines on infection control
Take recognised industry guidance into account
Consult with our recognised unions and engage with our Education Authority when planning to carry out other activities
Ensure our employees and pupils are safe
Consider the individual health needs and personal circumstances of our employees and pupils in our risk assessment processes
Provide our employees with the information, instruction and training they need to carry out their roles for everyone’s good and safety
What to do if my child or someone in my home or social group is ill, and how will school manage this?
We are so proud of all our pupils and staff and the vibrant and welcoming school community.
Celebrating our Wonderful Staff
A huge thank you to the parents of the school who nominated Mrs Wilson for the Primary School Teacher of the Year award in the Families First 2018 Awards. A number of the staff and Governors were delighted to travel with Mrs Wilson to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast on the 24th March for a formal awards ceremony hosted by Stephen Clements and May McFetridge. We are so proud of our friend, colleague and teacher and were delighted to be able to share this very special occasion with her. Well done Mrs Wilson.