|St Mary`s Primary School (Portaferry)|
|53 Windmill Hill, Portaferry, BT22 1RH, UK Newtownards|
Tel. 02842 728278
St. Mary's School is a Catholic maintained co- educational school catering for pupils in the primary school age range. Whilst essentially Catholic, in ethos, St. Mary's is an inclusive school which welcomes children of all backgrounds and persuasion. St. Mary's has its own Nursery Unit, which has full use of the School's facilities.
The school is situated at the southern end of the village of Portaferry, on the Windmill Hill, overlooking Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea.
The present school premises, extended and refurbished, were opened in January 1987 and are modern and well equipped.
There is a footpath from the village to the school, a distance of less than a quarter of a mile. There is a regular bus service from the village to the school for those living outside the statutory distance for walking distance.
The present enrolment of compulsory school age children is 238 with 13 full-time members and one part-time member of staff. The maximum intake, as set down by DENI, is 54. The Nursery Unit offers 26 free part-time places. St.Mary's is essentially a community school committed to providing fully the Northern Ireland Curriculum for all the children entrusted to its care.
- To enable each pupil to realise his/her full potential and acquire a positive self image through the provision of a broadly based balanced curriculum, based upon Catholic principles, which promotes the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of each pupil.
- To develop a partnership between school, home, church and the community.
There is an excellent choir, which performs at Confirmation, First Holy Communion and other occasions during the year. It also competes in various Festivals and Competitions, such as the UTV Choir of the Year and the Young Voices Festival. In June 2003 our Key Stage Two pupils staged "Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" and in June 2005 we staged "The Wizard of Oz"
Extra Curricular Activities...
Educational visits form an integral part of the school's work. A wide range of Extra-Curricular activities is undertaken.
Children are encouraged to develop an interest in Drama. The school hosts its own Speech and Drama Festival. A number of classes and key stage concerts and plays are held throughout the year.
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