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Background Information

Background Information

The school is situated in the village of Moira on a spacious, attractively landscaped, mature site which includes tarmac and grass play areas.
 
Moira Primary School’s extension was completed in June 2002 providing 2 additional classrooms and a computer suite. The excellent accommodation comprises 14 classrooms, library, computer suite, activity based learning resource areas, multipurpose hall (recently extended), staffroom, administrative block and meals kitchen.
 
Current enrolment is 411 pupils including 26 Nursery.
 
The current teaching staff is Principal plus 15 full-time assistant teachers and 1 part-time assistant teacher.  The extensive experience and expertise of the staff is put to effective use and regular meetings and liaison of the team contributes to the educational development and smooth running of the school. The classroom assistants, clerical staff, caretaker, cleaners, lunch-time supervisory assistants, school meals staff and crossing patrols complete a team dedicated to the education and welfare of the children entrusted to our care.
 
Moira Primary is controlled by the Department of Education and managed by the South Eastern Education & Library Board.  
 
We are a naturally integrated and inclusive school welcoming and valuing children from all backgrounds – religious, cultural and social.
 

Our School Aims:      

 

In MoiraPrimary School we aim:

  • to achieve a happy, harmonious school atmosphere.
  • to build on success not failure. Children will be encouraged to the full in everything they are good at, or have a keen interest in developing.
  • to help your child to produce work of the highest quality of which they are capable.
  • to make the whole environment as stimulating as possible by providing the widest range of materials and experiences.
     
The Community


The school maintains close and valued links with the Moira and District Community. Associations include local Churches, Library, Council, Neighbourhood Police and other schools.

 

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding is developed both within the day to day curriculum and through these community links.

 

An important part of our strong community tradition is to think of others less fortunate. We annually support a number of charities either in kind e.g. the Shoebox Present Appeal or through sponsored events which raise significant amounts for a variety of charities both local and worldwide.
 

Admissions Criteria


Please refer to the associated document at the bottom of the page.
 

Educational Visits


Educational visits play an integral part of our active and environmental based curricular activities. Your help and encouragement is asked for in supporting such activities. Children from P1 upwards visit local places of interest as part of their programme on The World Around Us. 
 

A Scripture Union weekend takes place each year.

 
P6 pupils have the opportunity to attend a residential trip at an Outdoor Educational Centre. P7 pupils are given the opportunity of a residential trip to England or Scotland.
 

 

Medicines in School

On occasions your child may have a medicine prescribed by the doctor and yet be fit enough to attend school. Staff will administer medication if parents are unable to administer the medication themselves and under the following conditions:
 
An Administering Medicines Request Form is completed.


The medicine must not be brought to school by your child. You must bring the medicine and give it, with instructions, to the class teacher. It will then be stored in a safe place.

If you have any queries regarding medicines in school, please do not hesitate to contact us. It should be understood that medicines are administered in school as a last resort and the conditions above are for the safety of all.

 

Illness at School


If your child becomes ill or has an accident at school, we will either administer First Aid, if appropriate, or if further attention is required we will contact you, so that you are able to take him/her home or to a doctor.


Please never send a sick child to school. If in doubt, a short stay at home is the best course of action.

It is very important that parents keep us informed about any changes in their contact details. It is also important that you supply us with the names of additional contacts in case of emergency. The health and safety of your child is very important to us and in an emergency we will take essential action to ensure this is protected.


Concerns/Problems

 

If you have a concern or problem, you should in the first instance, discuss this with the class teacher - the Key Stage Head and/or the Year Group Head may also be included, if thought necessary at this stage. If the issue is not addressed to your satisfaction the Vice Principal and then the Principal should be involved.

The majority of issues are resolved at the first stage of this process, but, in the unlikely event of them still being unresolved after discussion with the Principal, the matter may be referred to the Board of Governors via the Chairman.

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