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.
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.
The school has an administrative Principal Mr David Oliver.There are currently 14 teachers in the school. Classes are single grade and there are 9 mainstream class teachers. There are 4 S.E.T teachers and 1 part time S.E.T. teacher. There is also a full time E.A.L teacher.
School Middle Management
David Oliver: Administrative Principal
Linda Moore: Acting Deputy Principal
Arlene Gallen: Deputy Principal (currently on Job Share)
Lesley Wilkinson: AP II Post (I.C.T/Library)
Vikki McArt: Acting AP II Post
S.N.A (Special Needs Assistants)
There is 1 part time SNA and 6 full time SNA’s.
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 four years. It has eight members, comprising two patron nominees, two teacher nominees, and two parent nominees from the wider community.
New Chapter for Ballyraine NS (article in the Donegal News, Nov 2021)
There was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air as pupils from 3rd and 4th Class in Ballyraine N.S. Letterkenny returned to school after the mid-term break.
With the new extension completed pupils were delighted to move into their bright new spacious classrooms.
The new extension is comprised of two mainstream classrooms, Special Needs classrooms and a school kitchen where pupils can practise their culinary skills. There is an indoor sensory trail for movement breaks and a ‘Quiet Zone’ beside the sensory garden.
The school also has a new library which was funded by Children’s Books Ireland with the ‘Robert Dunbar Library Bursary Award’.
Mr Oliver school principal commented ‘The additional accommodation has been a major boost to pupil and teacher morale during these challenging times. It is lovely to see the pupils’ excitement as they settle into their new learning environment’.
The Board of Management would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Design Team McCabe Architects, Donegal Town, project supervisor Anita McDermott and McHugh Bros. Builders.
An exciting new chapter lies ahead for staff and pupils in Ballyraine NS.