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St John`s (Bligh`s Lane) Primary School
Bligh`s Lane, BT48 9PJ, UK Londonderry
Tel. 02871 264046

Principal’s Letter


Dear Parents


Welcome to our school. This prospectus is our way of telling you about St John’s and about what we hope to offer your children during their time with us. However, the real atmosphere of the school can only be experienced when you visit St John’s.


We want your children to be successful during their time with us and by their success to gain self-esteem. We will try in every way we can to enable them to achieve, whatever their ability. If we have any problems along the way we will let you know and we will expect your support in overcoming them. We invite you to visit the school for Parents’ Day, Parents’ Meetings and at any time you wish to discuss matters that may concern you.


Your children have only one chance at primary education and it is essential that it works. Our main aim, as a Catholic school, is to establish and foster Christian values for life. For this reason we put high emphasis on partnership with parents, church and the community. We feel that our aims depend on good relationships between pupils, staff and parents. We therefore aim to foster relationships of mutual respect.


Thank you for any support you have given us in the past and we look forward to your continued support in the future.



School Aims

As a Catholic Maintained Co-educational Primary School St. John’s School aims to:


1.      promote the Catholic ethos which should permeate and inspire all aspects of school life.

2.     be complementary of the Catholic home by creating the atmosphere of a believing

community who recognise the dignity and celebrate the differences of each individual.           

3.      recognise that childhood is a time to be enjoyed as well as a preparation for the


4.            provide for each child a broad, balanced and relevant education experience and in

               doing so promote a sense of achievement whilst maintaining the highest standards of education in keeping with the individual needs and ability of each child.

5.            show a system of pastoral care which will exemplify fairness, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness while at the same time, setting high standards of respect, self-discipline, commitment and generosity.

6.            enable children to acquire some knowledge and understanding of their immediate environment and the world beyond.

7.            lay a foundation for the child’s further appreciation of and widen their interests in Art, Craft, Music, Games, Hobbies and worthwhile leisure activities.

8.       strengthen links among parents, school and the wider community, thereby fostering a sense of mutual responsibility.

9.            celebrate the success of each individual child in all of their endeavours.

Religious Education


The religious development of our children is a most important element of our school. Whilst the essence of a Catholic school is about the way we live together in all we do, Religious Education is taught explicitly as a subject on the timetable. If you wish to withdraw your child from R.E. lessons this may be discussed with the Principal.

Our aim is that each child in our care will grow up in the practice of the prayers and devotion of the Church.  The R.E. Syllabus is based on the ‘Alive-O’ Programme. Each year group has a structured programme to follow.

Parents of children who are preparing for First Communion in Year 4 are invited to a class Prayer Service. Parents of children preparing for Confirmation are invited to a Year 7 Mass.

The Year 4, 5, 6, and 7 children participate in the liturgy at Mass in St Mary’s Church on alternate Sundays from October to June.  Pupils from Year 4 upwards are expected to attend. 

School assemblies with a religious or moral theme are held on a regular basis. Parents are encouraged to attend when their child’s class is involved.

A Christmas Carol Service is held annually and services are also held for Advent and Lent.


Home/School Contact


Parental contact with the school is actively encouraged by the teaching staff.  Parents’ support is essential in working with the school for the child’s benefit.  The staff of the school attempt to foster good parental relationships at all times.

During the year we have meetings with the parents of children who are:-

(a)          Being admitted to the school

(b)          Preparing for the Sacraments

(c)          Taking part in the transfer procedure

Parents of younger children (especially the Year 1 pupils) are invited to go into the classroom with the children during their first term, to help them settle happily into the routine of school.  Routine contact is maintained with parents by written information passing between home/school and school/home.

More formal contact is made with parents at Parents’ Meetings when they discuss the child’s progress with the class teacher, and also when the annual report on the child’s achievements is sent home to the parents at the end of the school year.

We send NEWSLETTERS home frequently. Sometimes children forget to deliver. It helps if you occasionally check their bags.

Parents are encouraged to maintain close links with the school and may contact the Principal at any time when the school is open.



Our Pupil Welfare policy aims to develop a close, mutually supportive partnership between home and school.  We see parents as equal partners with teachers in the education of their children. The Policy is available for inspection at the office.

Parents are urged to discuss any matters of concern with staff whenever they feel this is advisable.  Problems that may affect a child’s progress should firstly be brought to the attention of the class teacher. Often potential problems can be avoided if they are dealt with quickly.

The Pastoral Care Co-ordinator is also available to discuss any concerns. An appointment can be arranged through the office.

The Principal will be pleased to see parents to discuss any matters of concern, at any time, although it may be appropriate to make an appointment if a lengthy discussion is needed.


Drug Education Policy Statement


The school’s Drug Education Policy statement was drawn up in accordance with DENI Circular (1996/16). A full copy of the policy is available to all parents on request. The school considers the misuse of drugs to be incongruous with the development of healthy living and is concerned with a holistic approach to education that promotes and enables children to develop in all aspects of life. We are therefore committed to the provision of an on-going process of personal development and health education which includes raising awareness of drug abuse and helping the children to develop the skills to enable them to make informed choices and decisions. In accordance with the main statutory requirement of the Department’s Circular, Drug Education is taught at St John’s as an integral part of the Health Education Cross Curricular Theme and is treated as a whole school issue.

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