For safeguarding reasons the back door of the school will be closed during the school day. We would ask that all parents and visitors use the Holland Drive entrance. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

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Caoilfhionn Cotter, Oliver Kearney, Holly Dawson and Callum Campbell took part in the Road Safety NI Primary School Quiz (East Belfast heat) and finished in second place, qualifying for the Belfast final.

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Dates for your diary - The Christmas Carol Service will be held on Wednesday 13th December for parents of children in P1- P3 and Thursday 14th December for parents of children in P4 - P7.

First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 13th May for children in P4A and Sunday 20th May for children in P4B.


​​Parent/teacher meetings - In response to feedback requesting an earlier opportunity to meet with teachers to discuss pupil progress, parent/teacher interviews have been arranged in the school hall on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October between 14:15 and 17:00. This is based on the secondary school system where teachers are available between set times with no specific interview times arranged for individual pupils. The usual timetabled interviews will be held in the Spring term. Please note that classes will end at 14:00 on those two days to facilitate the interviews. 

The school's newsletter will be available on the website every fortnight. Next newsletter due on Monday 6th November.

Curriculum Meetings

P1   P2   P3   P4   P5   P6   P7


Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October ​ - Parent/teacher meetings​, 14:15 and 17:00​.

Thursday 26th October - Halloween Disco - 6.30pm - 7.30pm (KS1), 7.45pm - 9.00pm (KS2).
Friday 27th October  - School closes at 12 noon for Hallowe’en Break
Monday 30th October – Friday 3rd November -  Halloween Break (school closed)
Friday 8th December -  Staff training day (school closed for pupils)

Wednesday 13th December​ - The Christmas Carol Service (P1-3).

Thursday 14th December​ - The Christmas Carol Service (P4 -7).
Friday 22nd December  - School closed at 12 noon for Christmas Holidays
Monday 25th December - Tuesday 2nd January Christmas Holidays (school closed)
Wednesday 3rd January - Friday 5th January Staff training days (school closed for pupils)
Monday 8th January - School re-opens – start of Term 2

Action Plans for School Improvement

Click on the links below to view each of the Action Plans

​Standards & Achievement             Leadership & Management

Provision for Learning                   Governance


As part of Catholic Schools' Week, Tuesday 31st January was Grandparents' Day. Pupils from P7 performed music and poetry before escorting grandparents on a tour of our school.

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St. Joseph's Primary is a Catholic co-educational school situated in Holland Drive, Ballyhackamore, East Belfast just off the Upper Newtownards Road and adjacent to the parish church of St. Colmcille. The age range of our pupils is 4-11 years and there are presently 385  pupils in the school in 14 classes.

St.Joseph's Primary School

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