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St John's Primary School, Carnlough


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


Contact Details

The school is updating all their contact information. Please complete your child's contact details form and send it back in to your child's class teacher as soon as possible.  Every family MUST complete one of the newly issued forms.


GAA 5 Star Centre

Miss Donnelly, the PE Co-ordinator has started delivering the GAA 5Star initiative to P1 and P5 pupils.  This programme provides 60minutes of moderate to vigorous Gaelic Games activity per week in a manner that ensures the children will experience fun, fairness and ultimately improve their fitness.  

The 6 areas delivered will include:

  • Have a Ball
  • Fun and Run
  • Catch and Kick
  • Strike It
  • Skill Challenges 
  • Go Games 

This programme will be delivered throughout the whole school from Nursery to P7. 

It will also create links with the local club Shane O'Neills. #clubschoollinks

#Gaelfast #learninganddevelopingtogetherasacommunity



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School Closure Update

                                                                                             Monday 16th March 2020

Dear Parents

Please find extracts from the latest update issued today by the Minister of Education, Mr Peter Weir.

Schools are now receiving twice weekly updates from the DE on the situation with COVID 19. The latest advice given to schools:

  • DE have said that the decision to close schools will be based upon the advice of the Chief medical officer, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
  • This is based on the significant consequence of school closure which would be that parents who are members of the front line services would be required to look after their children in such a circumstance.
  • Schools will continue to stay open until such time as this expert scientific advice changes.



Key Points from DE advice for Schools:

  • Children should be kept at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend as normal.
  • If staff or children become unwell on a school or educational site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.
  • In addition to the normal cleaning, the school cleaners are ensuring that all surfaces are being cleaned and disinfected in heavily used areas and applying specific disinfectant products on door handles and toilet areas.
  • It is vital that everyone washes their hands after being to the toilet, before meals, after sporting activities etc... as per previous advice. Hand sanitizer is available at various key points throughout the school.


In St John’s Primary School and Carnlough Community Nursery Class teachers will continue to deliver lessons daily from Thursday 19th March 2020 following the additional closure for Staff training on Wednesday. External agencies (hurling, shared education, Faith Friends, swimming etc…) will be put on hold until further clarification regarding non- essential social gatherings.

Staff continue to prepare for the possibility of school closure. Work portfolios will be issued to all classes prior to school closure when this is announced. Arrangements will be made for pupils who are not at school to collect packs from the school office.

The Board of Governors and staff are committed to making decisions in the best interests of your child/children and are in regular contact with relevant agencies to ensure we are following recommended guidance.

As this changes we will update you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your messages of support; they are very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs M. Haughey



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