The world that your child is growing up in is changing rapidly. It is a world full of opportunities, challenges and possibilities. As parents, we all want our children to lead happy, successful lives, to be in good relationships and to make good choices for their future.
Our vision is “Learning for Life”
Our School Mission Statement is “Caring, Sharing, Preparing”.
This highlights that as a school we provide every child with an excellent educational experience, which is enjoyable, stimulating and safe, enabling them to reach their full potential. We are a family school, with big ideas and do not set limits on what our children can aspire to and achieve.
We care about our pupils and want them to feel safe and supported. We ensure our school is friendly, welcoming, active, vibrant and inclusive. We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and foster a culture which goes above and beyond our statutory duties.
Our School Aims…
- To provide a curriculum that is creative, challenging and relevant. We will develop our children’s critical thinking skills so that they can work using their own initiative.
- To provide a warm nurturing and fully inclusive family centred environment.
- To encourage our children to be open-minded, tolerant of other people’s differences, responsible, respectful and resilient.
- To encourage children to participate fully, learn through their mistakes and always try to do their best.
- To develop a partnership between teachers, pupils, parents, governors and our community with shared goals and aspirations.
Jones Memorial Primary School has been involved in the Extended Schools programme since 2015. The Extended Schools programme was devised with the aim of helping and supporting children and young people in areas of social deprivation. The programme has five key outcomes:
- Being healthy
- Enjoying learning and achieving
- Living in safety and with stability
- Enjoying economic and environmental well-being
- Contributing positively to community and society
Each year our school receives Extended Schools funding from the Department of Education. We use this money to provide a range of activities for our pupils, in order to help them achieve the outcomes listed above.
Over the past decade our Extended Schools programme has included the following activities:
- The After-School Club (Buttercup)
- Homework Club
- Accelerated Reader
- Computer Club and talks on Internet safety for parents & children
- Cookery Club for parents & children
- Dance for parents & children
- Language & Communication
- Literacy & Numeracy After schools club and parents evening
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language
- Mental health talks, Play therapy and Relax kids
Most of these activities take place at the end of the school day, and most are organized and delivered by members of the school staff.
During the past year we have run many of these activities, including:
The After-School Club (Buttercup/Homework)
Open to all pupils from Reception to Primary 7. Children are given help with their homework and also have opportunities to participate in a range of creative activities, such as arts & crafts and games.
OUR BOARD OF GOVENORS
Our Board of Governors comprises of Transferor representatives, EA representatives, parent representatives and a teacher representative. The School Principal acts as secretary. The four-year term of office began in September 2018.
Mrs A Beattie (Chairman)
Mrs R Hamilton
Mrs D Wilson
Canon I Ellis
Mr D Graham(Vice Chairman)
Mrs S Coalter
Mrs D Morrison
Mr N Foy
Mrs S ISherwood (Non voting member of the Board)
The Board of Governors meet regarding their responsibilities for:
- The Delivery of the Northern Ireland Curriculum
- Management of staff and staff appointments
- Admissions Policy and Open Enrolment
- Self Evaluation and School Development Planning
- Policy Review and implementation
- Budget/Finance Management
- Management of premises and facilities
- Responding to Department of Education and EA Initiatives
- Reporting to Parents
Our annual Board of Governors Report which outlines the main events of any year and is available for you to view. All parents can request and staff receive a copy of this report annually.
- Assembly hall / dinner hall
- Ict suite
- Classroom facilities inc active panels, computers, mini libraries
- Resource area
- Reprographics area
- Covered Play area in Reception and P1
- Playground equipment in Key Stage 1 Area
- Gym Equipment
- Netball Court
- Football Pitch and running track
- Forest Trail/school
- Butterfly Garden
- Inclusion Garden
- Outdoor Classroom
8.15AM – 9AM
Supervision in Playgrounds starts
9.20AM – 11.15AM
Assembly on Tuesdays and Thursdays
11.15AM – 11.30AM
Bell rings for end of break and children are brought back to class by the supervisors
11.30AM – 12.55PM
Mid morning lessons
Hometime for Reception and Y1 or 1.15 if staying for dinner.
3.15pm if availing of After School Care for Reception & Year 1”Buttercup Club
12.55PM – 1.40PM
Bell rings at end of lunch
1.40PM – 3.15PM
Hometime for P2-P7
3.15PM – 5PM