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Ballyraine N.S.

Ballyraine NS is a co-educational primary school in the town of Letterkenny under joint Church of Ireland/Presbyterian management. While it is a school with a Protestant ethos, all pupils of whatever background or religious persuasion are equally valued and respected.
  The 'Polestar' sculpture at the Port roundabout is our nearest landmark
Religious education
Ballyraine NS is a Protestant school under joint Church of Ireland/Presbyterian management and as such believes that nurturing the child in an atmosphere of faith and ensuring the child's religious formation is a core activity of the learning experience.
A weekly assembly is held on Thursday mornings with Junior and Senior assemblies on alternate weeks.
Our former colleague, vice-principal and learning support teacher, Mrs. Marina Sterritt (retired 2011) wrote a very interesting history of the school. This book is available to purchase from the school office.
Book launch photos

Enrolment
All applicants for the Junior Infant class must have attained their fourth birthday by the 1st day of May in the year of admission.

Click below to download the following documents:

Enrolment policy

Stage 1 Notification of intention to apply

School Policies
Click below to download the following:
Teaching Staff
There are currently 13 teachers in the school. The classes are single grade and there are eight mainstream class teachers, 2 learning support teachers (one full time and one shared with another school), 1 full time resource teacher, 2 part time resource teachers and an E.L.S. (English Language Support) teacher.
The school has an administrative principal Mr. David Oliver, vice principal is Mrs. A. Gallen. There are 4 Special Needs Assistants (S.N.A.'s), two school secretaries, a school caretaker and a cleaner.
Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for the governance of the school on a day to day basis.
The Chairperson acts on behalf of the Board in certifying school returns, policy documents and other official forms as required.
The Board of Management is responsible for the adoption of school policies and overall management, in accordance with Rules for National Schools, including the appointment of staff, maintenance of appropriate standards of behaviour within the school and implementation of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989 through the school's safety agreement.
The Board of Management is also responsible for the general maintenance of the school building and grounds and the provision of satisfactory heating and cleaning in the school.

The Board's term of office is three years. It has eight members, comprising two patron nominees, two teacher nominees, and two parent nominees from the wider community.

To see the board of management members click here

Primary Curriculum
We follow the new Primary School Curriculum drawn up by the Dept. of Education in 1999.
The curriculum incorporates the child centred principles of its predecessor, Curaclam na Bunscoile (1971). It identifies three primary aims of primary education:

To enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual
To enable the child to develop as a social being through living and co-operating with others and so contribute to the good of society
To prepare the child for further education and lifelong learning.

The curriculum is learner-centred. It emphasises the importance of literacy, numeracy, and language, while at the same time responding to changing needs in science and technology, social personal and health education, and citizenship. The curriculum is presented in 6 subject areas comprising 11 subjects:
Please follow the links below to read the curriculum.

English Irish     Maths   P.E.
             
Social, Personal and Health Education
(S.P.H.E.)
History   Geography   Science
           
  Art   Drama   Music
           
           
           
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