The Board of Governors and Staff of St. Joseph's Primary School are firmly committed to promoting the spiritual, academic, social, physical, and aesthetic development of all our children. We wish to create a safe and happy learning environment, where a caring and Christian ethos is visible and where all our children will have the opportunity to develop their individual talents.
We wish to foster in every child a positive self-image, self-confidence, self-respect and respect for others.
The importance of parental involvement in education is widely recognised and we are committed to maintaining good communication with parents and developing close home-school links. We are also committed to promoting the professional development of all our staff.
The Board of Governors has overall responsibility for the effective management of the school. As well as nominees of the Trustees, the Education Authority and Department of Education, its membership also includes an elected parent governor and an elected teacher governor. The Principal completes this team which represents all the main interests concerned with the school. The present Board of Governors was reconstituted in 2014 and will serve for four years.
Present membership of the Board of Governors is as follows:
|Fr Tony Fitzsimons||Trustees|
|Mr Fearghal McKinney||Trustees|
|Mr John McCaffrey (Chairperson)||Trustees|
|Mrs Sarah Greene||Trustees|
|Mr Peter McKeown||Department of Education|
|Mr Martin Wolfe (Vice Chairperson)||Education Authority|
|Mrs Noeleen Dunn||Education Authority|
|Mrs Cliona McCotter||Parents|
|Mr Paul Donaldson||Acting Principal|
|Miss Suzanne McCullough||Teachers|
NON TEACHING STAFF
Mrs Rosemary Kearns (Secretary)
EARLY YEARS ASSISTANTS
Mrs Wendy Chambers
Ms Catherine Scott
Mrs Helen McVeigh
SPECIAL NEEDS ASSISTANTS
Mrs Laura Heatley
Mrs Carol Corlett
Mrs Oleysa Trainor
Miss Stephanie Palmer
Mrs Yesuko Toyada
Mr Brian Fay
CANTEEN STAFF & SUPERVISORS
Mrs Denise Connolly
Ms Janice Shields
Mrs Marian Park
Mr Paul Donaldson (Principal)
Mrs Roisin Irvine
Mrs Helen Hamill
Mrs Anne Marie Magee
Mrs Martina Petticrew
Mrs Bernadette McAlister
Miss Ashleigh Crawford
Mrs Ciara Herbert
Mrs Donna Duffy
Miss Claudine Kelly
Miss Suzanne McCullough
Mrs Fionamarie Devlin
Miss Katie McKinney
Mr Conor Donnelly
Mr Kevin McBride
Mr Ciarán Wright
Mrs Ann Tully
DESIGNATED TEACHER FOR CHILD PROTECTION
Mr Paul Donaldson
DEPUTY DESIGNATED TEACHER FOR CHILD PROTECTION
Mrs Ann Tully
Our Vision Poster in St. Joseph's states:
- In our school we all matter
- In our school we all belong
- In our school we all try to do our best
- Today's pupils, tomorrow's citizens
The vision poster is based on the school mural in the playground which is entitled 'Share the World'. At St. Joseph's Primary School we value all our pupils, irrespective of their differing backgrounds, as important members of our school community.
St.Joseph's Primary School
Today's Pupils, Tomorrow's Citizens
St. Joseph's Primary School
uniform is described below.
To instil a sense of belonging
and a sense of pride in our
school, parents are requested
to ensure that their children
wear the proper school uniform.
- Royal Blue V-neck Jumper with crest.
- School tie.
- White shirt/blouse.
- Grey trousers/skirt.
- Black school shoes.
Every pupil is also expected to have a PE kit, consisting of:
- White polo shirt
- Royal blue shorts / jogging bottoms.
- Black plimsolls/black or white trainers.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are marked clearly with your child's name.
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.
In addition to the full range of Learning Areas outlined in the NI Primary Curriculum document, the school offers a range of activities which contribute positively to a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils enjoy swimming lessons, instrumental tuition, class educational trips, visiting professionals, links with neighbouring schools and a variety of after-school clubs. The school facilities include interactive whiteboards and ipads, a large main hall, a library/computer suite, an outdoor resource area and separate play areas for the Foundation and Key Stage groups which includes picnic tables, climbing walls, and a range of educational games and activities.
St. Joseph's also offers a pre and after school facility run within the school grounds. This offers the children a breakfast club before school and a range of games and activities after school coordinated by the Sleepy Hollow Group.
St. Joseph’s is a very happy, friendly school which adopts a positive approach to learning and discipline, encouraging and rewarding effort and good behaviour. The school values a strong partnership with our parents and there is a thriving Parents’ Association who organise social and fundraising events during the year. In our playground there is a wall mural depicting children and animals dancing round the world with the theme ‘Share the World.’ That is also our vision – to welcome all pupils into our school and share with them the joy, friendship, learning and caring that exists in St. Joseph’s Primary School.