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Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche Bunkers Hill, Castlewellan

Tús Mheán Fómhair The beginning of the new school year

A thuismitheoirí agus a chairde,

Tá fearadh na fáilte romhaibh ar ais ar scoil!

We are delighted to welcome back all our “old” friends from among the R2-7 pupils along with their families, as well as our new pupils and their families who are joining either Rang 1 or our Naíscoil. Once again we hope to build on the many successes and achievements which we attained last year (such as being pronounced in June as the N. Ireland Primary School winner of the ICT School of Excellence Awards.) The continued growth and success of Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche is a tribute to our whole school community, but much praise and credit must also go to our staff who work diligently for the benefit of our pupils. I would like to applaud our múinteoirí, cúntóirí and auxiliary staff for all their hard work and the caring attitude they show to our pupils. As a school, we would like to congratulate our Rang 1 teacher, Máire, and her husband, Barry, on the birth of their daughter , Sadhbh, who has recently been welcomed home after an extended stay in hospital.

As you will be aware from recurring stories in the News about education shortfalls across N. Ireland, all schools are continuing to struggle with budgetary pressures. We, the staff in Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche, endeavour to do as much as we can with the decreasing resources that are available so as to keep costs down for our families. Our Breakfast Club and After Schools Clubs will continue in the same format as last year and at the same prices. Additional information will be updated on the Clubs page of this website.

A massive “Go raibh maith agaibh” is also due to some families who volunteered over the summer to maintain the garden, gather, prepare and freeze the fruit harvest ready for our pupils to use during this incoming term. I am very grateful to the parents and families who volunteer to help out with this and many other tasks during the school year, for example transporting pupils to competitions, etc. as it all helps to broaden the experiences and reduce the costs for the pupils in our school. Our parent support group, CAIRDE, also provide invaluable support to all our pupils through their fundraising efforts. I would encourage you all to support them in their activities.

Finally, I would like to welcome a new, or rather returning, member to our staff – Mary McMurrough, who will be taking Rang 1 during Máire’s maternity leave. Fáilte ar ais!

Go n-éirí go geal linn uilig sa bhliain seo amach romhainn!



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Upcoming Events...

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
Rith / Athletics coaching (with Siobhan - all classes )
Thursday, 24th October 2019
Seó na Naíscoile (Naíscoil Halloween Show 11.15 am)
Friday, 25th October 2019
Halloween Drama in St Malachys HS (10am to 12 noon)
Monday, 28th October 2019
School closed Halloween holidays
Tuesday, 29th October 2019
School closed Halloween holidays
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
School closed Halloween holidays
Thursday, 31st October 2019
School closed Halloween holidays
Friday, 1st November 2019
School closed Halloween holidays

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.