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Kircubbin Integrated Primary School
22 Cook`s Brae, Kircubbin, BT22 2SQ, UK Newtownards
Tel. 02842 738491

At Kircubbin Integrated Primary School we aim :

to develop in pupils a sense of self-discipline and an acceptance of responsibility for their own actions;

to create the conditions for an orderly community in which effective learning can take place and in which there is mutual respect between all members.

A positive approach of encouragement and praise, rather than one of criticism and punishment, is our policy.

Should unacceptable behaviour occur, we will look for reasons and not simply punish. Poor behaviour often stems from personal problems at home or difficulties in school - lack of understanding, lack of progress or boredom. In all disciplinary actions it is essential that the child understands fully that it is his/her behaviour which is unacceptable, not him as a person. We firmly believe, however, that prevention is always better than cure and that good behaviour will result from the pupil's acceptance that this is the norm in our school.

The School Curriculum

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum and to develop each child to the utmost of his/her ability (spiritually, emotionally, morally, socially, culturally, intellectually and physically) in a happy, stimulating and challenging environment.

We constantly strive to implement the Northern Ireland Curriculum using the Child Centred approach in which "The joy of childhood and learning" is central to our ethos.


Religious Education

Religious Education in Kircubbin Integrated Primary School follows the core curriculum as set out by D.E.N.I. and agreed by the four main churches (Presbyterian, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Catholic). There are weekly communal religious assemblies to which the local clergy from the main churches are invited. Children also lead these assemblies. Catholic children receive religious instruction from Miss Quinn. As well as guiding the children through their spiritual development she also prepare the children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. They also attend community Mass once a month.


The School Curriculum

By setting homework we aim to :

Promote characteristics such as pride in achievement, initiative and self-confidence;

Foster links between home and school and teachers and parents;

Extend the learning environment and, in this way, provide further opportunities for enjoyable and educational experiences.


Homework is a means of :

Practising what is learnt in class;

Discovering information from outside sources;

Preparing for new work in school.


Nature of Homework

Homework is a balance of different types of activity. As well as formal work it will include collecting, observing, recording and various exploratory activities. The duration of homework will vary according to the nature of the task set and the ability and attention span of each child. The level of difficulty relates directly to the child's ability and activities are sufficiently open-ended to allow each child to work to his/her own potential. Homework is not confined to specific subjects but embraces all curricular areas.

Our computer suite and Library

In 2001 the school received joint funding from the Integrated Education Fund and The South Eastern Education Library Board to build a library. In the process, it was decided that the room would also be ideal for the school's C2K computer allocation.


Presently, the computer room has ten computers that are all linked into the school's network. These are all brand new (August 2007) The suite also has an Interactive Whiteboard that is used by teachers to give more detailed and electronically assisted lessons. All teachers are timetabled for the room for at least two separate periods a week. We firmly believe that all children should be working in the medium of ICT from Primary 1.


The school currently has 17 computers linked to the C2K computer network. As well as the ten computers in the library/computer suite, every classroom has at least one computer. In August 2007 we recieved 4 new laptop computers for the children to use. These are currently being used in the P5-7 classrooms.


The school also purchased a further four Interactive Whiteboards that are timetabled between the teachers. Coupled with the classroom computer these are 'cutting edge' resources in daily use in school.


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