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Ceara School
Sloan Street, Lurgan, BT66 8NY, UK Craigavon
Tel. 02838 323312

        Recent Events

  • Annual BBQ and Fun Day for all the Family.
  • Annual Prize Day.
  • Appearances at several Northern Ireland Football Internationals.
  • Balmoral Show visit.
  • Children raised over £1,300 for Marie Curie Nurses through various sponsor events.
  • Children recently completed successfully the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Children took part in several Special Olympic Events. Civic reception for all staff by Mayor of Craigavon.
  • Extensive work experience programme.
  • Intimate Care Conference held at Ceara.
  • Launch of 'Wraparound Funding' at the school.
  • Local PAPA meetings are held monthly at Ceara.
  • Manual Handling Course for all staff.
    Middle School children attended Tain Outdoor Pursuits Centre and SHARE for their annual residential.
  • Parents Group meet in the school every month.
  • Partner school with three other schools in Spain, Germany and Ireland. Pupils attended the Rushmere Trade Fair and won 'Best Team Award"
  • School choir performed at Stormont to MLAs from all Parties.
  • School Choir performed at the Annual Craigavon Schools Choir Festival.
  • School choir performed to the members of the Southern Education and Library Board at one of their meetings.
  • School is a register exam centre for OCR.
  • School Leavers Group won the Gold Award for Excellence at the Mini Enterprise competition.
  • Schools European Curriculum Award winner.
  • Senior pupils entertained local OAPs to tea.
  • Senior School children attended Shannaghmore Outdoor Pursuits Centre for their annual residential.
  • Special Schools Formal.
  • Teddy Bears Picnic.
  • Trip to Euro Disney being planned for parents and children.

Cubs & Scouts

Ceara scout troupe is in its third year of existence and is currently running
at a full capacity of sixteen boys.


The troupe is divided into three patrols, the Bears, the Wolves and the
Panthers. The oldest boy in each patrol acts as patrol leader. There are
four warranted leaders, Akela, Baghera, Baloo and Ka, based on The
Jungle Book characters. The leaders are all currently completing their
Wood badge training. King Louis is an additional helper to the troupe.


Boys become fully enrolled members of the troupe when they make
their promise. Brian is saying his promise to Ray McCleod, the District
commissioner for Lurgan.


The scouts follow a programme of fun and games, out door activities
and achievement awards. Here the scouts are recycling plastic and glass
bottles as part of their Global Conservation badge.


Making our own recycled paper which we will then use to make note
books and cards.


A large part of the scouting programme involves fun, games and physical
activities. Our favourite game is called ‘Tails’. Last year the troupe achieved
their fitness challenge award.


Ceara’s Brownie pack and Scout troupe joined together last summer for an
Adventure Day. We had a treasure hunt, craft activities, marshmallow hunt,
story, games and barbeque. Of course, there was lots of friendly competition
between the girls and boys.


Every year Ceara scouts join the other scouts in the Lurgan area for a district
event. For the past two years we have taken part in the Lurgan District Youth
parade. This year, as part of the scouts centenary year, we hope to take part in
the County Jamboree at Gosford Forest Park this spring.


The Makaton Vocabulary is a language programme which provides a basic
means of communication and encourages language development in children
and adults with communication difficulties. It consists of a small core
vocabulary of specially selected concepts/ ideas. Makaton is a sign language
which helps to improve communication.

The school formed a Makaton choir, where the students sign to the words
of popular songs. Ceara Makaton Choir has become very popular in the local
community and it has performed in churches, Craigavon Civic Centre,
hospitals, schools, Waterfront, Aras and many more locations over the years.

European Dimension

Ceara School recognises the range of opportunities hat exist within the
curriculum for pupils to gain insights into Europe and its significance in
our lives. The European context exists within some of the objectives of the
educational cross-curricular themes such Cultural Heritage, EMU etc.

Teaching and learning about Europe is mainly achieved through planned
opportunities created for contact with Europe such as:

- at local level with people who live or work here or have connections with
other countries

- through extra curricular activities, school trips, sports/special events

- through partnerships, links and exchanges, involvement in exchanging
information, use of I.C.T etc.                       

- through simple language activities such as songs, greetings etc.                                    

At present Ceara School is involved in a Comenius 1 project with partner
schools in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Republic of Ireland and Newry.

The project “Let’s Go European – A cultural journey through Europe” is now
in its third and final year. Five classes (age 8 –16) are taking part and have
learnt about Europe through exchange of worksheets, booklets, pictures,
posters, CD's etc.

Topic work was done on traditions, festivals, food, fairy tales, music and
geography of partner countries. Personal letters have been exchanged
between pupils.

At present we are finding out about famous people and basic history of our
own and of all partner countries. The project has been very enjoyable and
helpful in the development of language, communication, I.C.T and other skills.

A number of post-primary age pupils also take part in the European Studies
Programme, which is taught through cross-curricular topics such as
‘Our community’, ‘European and non-European food’, ‘Local crafts’ or
‘Our water’. We have links to schools in Kent, Coleraine, Kesh, Limerick and
Sligo. Pupils involved complete and exchange work on three tasks every year.
Tasks are agreed on by the co-ordinators who meet at a yearly conference.
Extra-curricular activities and educational visits have been very beneficial and
successful, including meeting up with a group from Kesh to have games, a
boat trip and BBQ at the Share Centre in Lisnaskea and a pottery class in
St. Joseph’s High School, Coleraine.

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