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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit
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CRED Stand for Community Relations, Equality and Diversity

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is our joint school council.
This is our joint school council.
 

Our Friends in St. Brigid’s

Over the past five years Ballykeel PS have been working very closely with the staff and pupils from St. Brigid’s PS. We have participated in a range of different programmes with St. Brigid’s and this year is no different! Most of the shared work we do with St. Brigid’s relies upon us receiving funding and we are delighted that we have secured funding for the incoming year to do such work. The funding will enable us to pay for projects, transport and trips. Every class from P1-P7 will meet classes from St. Brigid’s PS at different stages throughout the year, so please keep an eye out for more information in due course and on the class pages and on the Bugle.

Activities with our friends in St Brigid’s Primary School:

Primary 1 and Primary 2:

P1 and P2 pupils meet up with their friends in St Brigid’s approximately 6 times a year. They have shared classes together; circle times, play based learning, learning about Polish and Chinese traditions and the story of Saint Patrick. Children also bring along their friends Tom, Jim, Kim, Bukola, Jenny and Kathleen. These are puppets that the children in both schools are introduced to each year and they are something that all the children have in common.

Primary 3- Primary 7:

Pupils in P3-P7 take part in shared activities focused on pupils getting to know their local community. Through World Around Us themes the pupils have the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between the two main traditions by studying and visiting local landmarks, which are of significance in their town. Last year there were trips to Portglenone Forest, beaches at the North Coast and Slemish! This year they will continue to study their World Around Us themes together, taking part in shared classes and shared trips.

Primary 6:  

Our P6 children take part in basketball sessions with the P6 children from St Brigid’s. Each class has a term of basketball with trained coaches. They also take part in healthy eating and well- being lessons. The children have gained so much from the Basketball Twinning Programme, not only learning the skills involved in playing basketball but also meeting new people.

Primary 7:

Last year P7 pupils participated in a shared transition programme called ‘It’s Your move’. All P7 pupils in Ballykeel and all P7 pupils in St. Brigid’s engaged in 3 RE lessons in term 2 facilitated by the local Scripture Union worker, Rachel Sheppard as well as 1 relationship building day. Lessons alternated between both schools during the programme. The same programme will be taking place this year.

 

Keep an eye on the class pages for more Shared Ed news.

 

Dates for your diary:

P1- 18th October, 21st November, 11th December, 15th December, 16th January, 6th March, 2nd May

 

P2- 17th October, 14th November, 11th December, 15th December, 30th January, 13th March, 24th April

 

P3- 11th October, 23rd/24th October, 9th November,  17th November, 21st/22nd November, 13th December, 15th December

 

Joint School Council 2017-2018:

We have a joint school council who will meet once a term this year. Keep an eye out for photos and videos about our meetings.

The members are Kyle Harkness, Scott Irwin, Daisy McConnell, Lexi McKendry, Ronan McBride, Robert Crooks, Aoife O’Kane, Lukasz Wolinski- Glabikci and Ola Zlobikowska.

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