St. Joseph’s Primary School is a Deis, rural band 2 school of an administrative principal, 9 class teachers, 2 full time Learning Support/ Resource teachers , 3 shared Cluster Resource teachers shared with Killea, St. Colmcille’s and St. Mary’s. We also have a Home School Community Liaison officer shared with St. Colmcille’s Primary School. DEIS status also allows access to a School Completion Coordinator and subsequently project workers. There are 180 pupils currently on our roll.
After Schools Club
We also offer an After Schools club between 1.35pm-2.35pm , Junior homework & Senior homework club. Pupils can avail of free school lunches every day for the entire year!
Promoting Healthy Bodies and Minds
At St. Joseph’s we promote health both physically & mentally. To this end, we are an Active School and a Health Promoting School. The last Thursday of every month is dedicated to family. Pupils are requested to spend time with their family- either by eating a meal together or doing an activity together. Evidence of same via photos / drawings are submitted to the school. Healthy eating and Physical activity too plays a huge part in the daily lives of pupils. Some of the initiatives used include:
- Drop Everything and Dance! (D.E.A.D.)
- Busy Breaks
- WOW (Walk on Wednesdays)
- Sponsored Walks
- Go Noodle (on wet days)
- Skipping workshops
- Step it Up Challenge
- A dedicated “Be Active” week to experience new physical activities
Protecting the Environment
We also pride ourselves as a Green school. Our Green School Programme is also an integral part of the curriculum. We have to date secured Green Flags on the following themes:
- Waste Management
- Energy Conservation
- Green Home Water
We are currently working towards the theme “Global Citizenship” theme. Each area is thoroughly explored with the school community and every possible opportunity is taken to link in with the wider community. The nature and content of each theme has become deeply embedded in the culture of our school over the past ten years.
We still find time to have a school library, computer room, school choir, school traditional group, creative dance and céilí, responsibiltiy for vegetable beds and knitting, not to mention the school curriculum!