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Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche Bunkers Hill, Castlewellan

Admissions for Naíscoil / Rang 1 2020


Events in the next 3 days...

Friday, 28th February 2020
Kazoku Fitness After School Club (2-3 pm)

Fire Safety Advice at Christmas

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25th Feb 2020
Thaitin sé go mór le páistí Rang 2 pancóga a dhéanamh...
25th Feb 2020
 Comhghairdeas le Clíodhna i Rang 6 a ghlac páirt in Oireachtas...
14th Feb 2020
Bhí rang 4 ag obair go crua an leath théarma seo ag foghlaim faoin...

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Upcoming Events...

Friday, 28th February 2020
Kazoku Fitness After School Club (2-3 pm)
Monday, 2nd March 2020
School Council Cake Sale for Fairtrade Foundation (9.15 - 11.30 am in the Canteen)
Snámh R6/7 (10.30 - 12 noon)
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
Ulster Council GAA coaching (1.20 - 2pm R5; 2 - 2.40pm R6/7)
Thursday, 5th March 2020
An Chéad Fhaoistin (First Confession @ 6.30pm in St. Malachy's Church, Castlewellan)
Friday, 6th March 2020
Kazoku Fitness After School Club (2-3 pm)
Monday, 9th March 2020
Snámh R6/7 (10.30 - 12 noon)
Tuesday, 10th March 2020
Ulster Council GAA coaching (1.20 - 2pm R5; 2 - 2.40pm R6/7)

ICT Excellence Award Winners / Buaiteoirí Barr Feabhais TFC

Tá áthas an domhain orainn gur roghnaíodh muid mar an bhunscoil is fearr sna Duaiseanna Barr Feabhais TFC i mbliana!

We are delighted to be chosen as Northern Ireland Schools ICT Excellence Awards primary winner for 2019!


Miss School, Miss Out!


Going to school regularly is important for your child's future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. Parents are legally responsible for making sure that children attend school. If your child doesn't go to school, you could get fined or prosecuted. 

Benefits of school attendance

Good attendance at school is not just beneficial, it’s essential. Attending school is directly linked to improved exam performance which should in turn lead to further learning opportunities and better job prospects. As well as this, going to school helps to develop:

  • Friendships
  • Social skills
  • Team values
  • Life skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Career pathways

Absence from school

All schools must record details of pupils’ attendance and absence at school. They do this at the beginning of morning and afternoon sessions meaning that each day your child receives two half day marks.

If your child is going to be absent from school, (e.g. for an unavoidable appointment) then you should let the school know as soon as possible. If your child has been absent due to an unexpected event such as bereavement or illness then you must also let the school know on the first day of absence in accordance with the school’s attendance policy.

The school will then record the absence. If you fail to notify the school as to why your child has not been present then the school may record that period of absence as being unauthorised.

The Education Welfare Service (EWS) has access to all attendance information for each pupil and if your child is missing school without good reason, schools and the EA have the authority to find out why.

Attendance in figures

Schools will advise parents of a child's attendance levels at least once a year. This will usually include a percentage attendance figure.

Achieving 90 per cent in an exam or test is a fantastic result but if your child is at school for only 90 per cent of the school year then they will have missed 19 days - almost four whole weeks of school.

For primary-age children, this can mean almost 120 guided learning hours. This is a big gap for any child to make up.

This is especially true when pupils are being educated through the medium of Irish. For the vast majority of our pupils this is not the language of the home, therefore by missing school they are missing out on language acquisition skills, opportunities to practise and improve their Irish as well as other educational knowledge and benefits.