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St John's Primary School, Carnlough


Donal McNally

Welcome to the St.John’s Primary School recently updated website.

At St John’s Primary School we provide education for all of the children in the local community striving to deliver high quality teaching and learning to ensure every child reaches their potential.

As Principal of St John’s Primary School and Carnlough Community Nursery I believe that a strong foundation is vital to ensuring the best possible outcomes for every child.

St John’s Primary School and Carnlough Community Nursery welcome pupils from all traditions.

Establishing close links with home and the community is central to all our teaching and learning and we encourage opportunities to work together.

For more information why not view our prospectus below or contact the school to arrange an appointment.

Mary Haughey



Sincere thanks to everyone who attended our Open Evening on Wednesday 5th December 2018. This year we changed the format to focus on the ease of transition from Nursery to Primary One and displayed the range of opportunities available in both our settings. 

All of the staff were on hand to provide guidance on this important decision and parents were advised that if they need any assistance with completion of the new application online there will be workshops to assist you. 

Have a look at the delighted faces at the range of activities going on on the night.

Anyone who was unable to attend our Open Evening can make an appointment to view the school at any time.  


Anti-bullying Week

Anti-bullying week Starts on Monday 12th November. Every class will complete activities on anti-bullying and understand the importance of respect. Pictures will follow. 


A Special Assembly For Mr Emerson

On Wednesday afternoon we celebrated Mr Emerson’s retirement in school. We held a lovely assembly for him with staff past and present, parents past and present and pupils.  Mr Emerson loved the variety of singing, portraits, drama, dancing, video messages and prayers.  We wish him best wishes on his retirement. 



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6th Dec 2018
Sincere thanks to everyone who attended our Open Evening on Wednesday 5th December...
5th Dec 2018
What a fun filled day we had today at our Christmas dinner. It has definitely started...
30th Nov 2018
Well Done to all of the boys and girls who had 100% attendance this month, there...

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Christmas Nativity

The school Christmas Nativity will take place on Thursday 13th December at 6.30pm in St. Johns the Evangelist Church.


**Carnlough Community Nursery Christmas show will take place in St John's school hall on Thursday 13th December at 9.30am.



The PTA had their AGM and reconstituted under the new of the PTFA! (Parents, Teachers, and Friends Association!)  The new committee is Chairperson: Alex Emerson, Treasurer Pauline O Loan, Secretary Stephanie Dinning. Many thanks to everyone who attended the AGM and to those who pledged their support but were unable to attend.  


Pre-school and P1 Admissions 2019

Applications for admission to pre-school and Primary One will open on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 10.00am and close for punctual applications on Thursday 31 January 2019 (midnight). The EA is establishing a Digital Admissions Online Resource Hub to create a central repository of support materials that parents and schools/providers can access to find out about the new pre-school and primary application process. This link will be supplied when available. This link will give you an idea of how the digital application process will work: Parent Portal screen recording:

The EA is taking a digital first approach to transacting with its stakeholders, this means that digital (online) will be the first option to be explored/offered. Whilst seeking to encourage parents to apply online, as outlined in the Equality Screening document a paper application form will be accepted.   Parent applying online will be advised that birth certificates and any verifying documents specified in admission criteria be submitted to their first preference setting on or before 12 noon on Friday 8 February 2019.   We know that change is challenging and we are here to help! We plan to provide an addition digital support session.   Keep watching for support sessions and links to apply for primary school on-line!

Parent Portal screen recording:


Christmas Movie Night

Christmas Movie Night special for all classes. Come along in your pyjamas and bring a teddy/ pillow/ blanket if you wish. Share the magical Christmas Movie with your friends and indulge in some Christmas treats. 

6.15pm- 8pm

ALL children must be collected from inside the school.

£3 per person- includes drinks and snacks 


Bedtime Reading

Nursery, P1 and P2 will take part in Bedtime Reading sessions in Carnlough Library over the next few weeks. Please see the school newsletter for dates and times. 



Meet Our 2018 School Council Representatives


Student Council Meeting

 Council representatives brought forward a range of wonderful ideas at their meeting today with Mrs Haughey. Each class presents their year groups' ideas which will be followed up after midterm. It was a very positive meeting demonstrating Learning and Developing Together at its best! Well done to all representatives for their excellent contributions. 



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