Welcome to our Photo Gallery, where you can get a flavour of school life in St. Joseph's. We hope you enjoy viewing our pupils engaging in a variety of wonderful and exciting activities.
Handball at Our Lady of Lourdes
Darragh Daly coaching Handball with the children at Our Lady of Lourdes's new Handball Wall. We would like to thank Miss Gillan and staff for organising the day.
Dixon's Housing Competition
Our Primary 6 and 7 children entered a competition to name a social housing development which is currently being built by Dixon Contractors and is situated on the Station Road in Dunloy. Their entries were shortlisted by Clanmil Development and the architects Studio Rogers and then submitted to Causeway Coast and Glens Council for selection and approval.
The council chose the name "Orra View Drive" which had been proposed by Caolan McFerran. Well done to Caolan who was presented with an Apple ipad on behalf of Dixon Contractors by their Contractors Manager Ciaran Richmond. The five runners up were awarded with generous gift vouchers from Smyth's Toy Shop by Studio Rogers architects.
The development is due for completion in February 2018 and we hope that as Caolan drives past he will be very proud of his achievement.
20th December 2017
We held our annual Carol Service in St. Joseph's Church on Wednesday 20th December. The children from P1-P7 sang a beautiful selection of carols while the P5 children presented the Pageant. We have very talented solo singers and instrumentalists who played a variety of instruments. A big thank you to Mrs Donnelly for leading the choir and to you all for attending the event.
CHRISTMAS DINNER 15TH DECEMBER 2017
The children enjoying their Christmas Lunch. A big thank you to the kitchen staff who cooked a beautiful meal for all the children and staff.
We would like to thank the PTA for organising the School Fair which was not only a very effective fundraising event but also a fun, festive day where children, parents and staff collectively celebrated being part of the St. Joseph's community. We would like to thank you all for your continued support and generosity and to everyone involved in making the fair such a huge success.
Our School Choir performed a selection of Christmas Carols at the Senior Citizen Luncheon Club on Tuesday 5th December.
Nursery Christmas Shows 2017
Friday 1st December
A great way to kick off the festive activities here in St. Joseph's as both the morning and afternoon groups presented their wonderful shows. Well done boys and girls!
See Nursery Gallery for more photos
BELFAST CHRISTMAS MARKET
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Our Primary Seven children were thrilled to get the opportunity to visit the Christmas Market and take part in an Educational Tour which was funded by Market Place Europe. The children got to meet the traders, learn about all the different cultures being represented at the market and to try a variety of tasty foods. As you can see from the photos they even paid a visit to the City Hall. We would like to thank Mark, their tour guide for the day, who made their trip extra special.
We've had a very busy week here in St. Joseph's during Anti-Bullying Week. We had a poster competition and two winners were chosen from each class. We had an odd socks day on Friday which tied in with this year's theme 'All Different, All Equal' where the children got the chance to express being unique. Each child in the school decorated a sock picture which will be used for a wall display. Primary Two class performed their assembly where they retold the story of 'The Little Red Hen' which teaches us about working hard and helping others. (See P2 Class page for assembly photos)
Friday 27th October 2017
Well done to everyone for making such an effort for our Halloween sponsored Parade which raised £1501 for school funds.
Mrs McClean's Class created Halloween Safety Posters which delivered very important safety messages while Mrs McGrath's Class wrote Halloween Acrostic Poems to ensure that everyone stayed safe during the Halloween Holidays.
Well done boys and girls!
Acrostic Poems Safety Posters
PRIMARY SEVEN DRAMA GROUP
A number of children in P7 have independently put together a drama group. These children should be commended as they constructively used their lunch time to practise their drama which they presented to the school before Halloween. Well done boys and girls!
16th - 20th October
During Maths Week all children took part in a variety of fun practical maths activities while Key Stage 2 children were involved in the Manga High Challenge.
EUROPEAN FOOD WEEK
European Language Day was on the 26th September and to celebrate this the canteen held a European Food Event where the children enjoyed tasting a variety of food from various European Countries including Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Ireland.
On Wednesday 20th September our Primary Seven children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to radar in Belfast which is Northern Ireland's first fully interactive, safety and life skills education centre. Radar has been designed to engage an inform young people on how best to keep themselves safe.
CLUB COLOURS DAY
Friday 22nd September
A sea of green and yellow here today in St. Josephs in support of the club as the Camogie, Minor and Senior Hurling Teams prepare for a big weekend. Thank you to Charlie Brogan and the musicians who sang their hit song "We're the Team". The children joined in and the atmosphere was fantastic.
Thank you to Maura(a very familiar face) and Anne who visited our school today. They are volunteers with the NSPCC and they delivered a programme called "Speak Out, Stay Safe". This is an interactive programme and with the help of their mascot "Buddy" it taught the children how to stay safe in a friendly memorable way.
|The staff would like to wish Alice good luck for her upcoming wedding on the 21st July and every happiness for the future. Alice's children Aidan and Aoife present her with a gift from her colleagues.|
PTA FUN DAY (27th June)
We would like to thank our dedicated team in the PTA for arranging the fun day and providing bouncy castles and ice-cream for everyone. The children had an action packed day. The older children got the opportunity to cycle around the pitch while the younger children walked around it. In the playground anything went from two wheels to four wheels. Sustrans would have been proud. Thank you to all the adults for escorting the children safely to and from school.
WATER WORLD AND PORTRUSH BEACH
Year Five and Six
Monday 19th June 2017
Year Five and Six had an enjoyable morning at Water World followed by fun on the East Strand at Portrush.
16th June 2017
PRIZEGIVING 15TH June 2017
Another very busy year here in St. Josephs as you can see from the many prizes that were presented to the children in recognition of success in various areas of the curriculum including the sporting field, excellence in reading, maths, endeavour awards and for showing good manners throughout the school year.
SCHOOL TRIPS 2017
CARNFUNNOCK COUNTRY PARK
Wednesday 14th June 2017
The children had a great day at Carnfunnock Country Park in Larne where they enjoyed a mini train ride, the maze, a bouncy castle and the play park.
YEAR THREE AND FOUR ZOO TRIP
Wednesday 7th June
The children had a great day out at the zoo, the sun was shinning and the animals were out in force.
SPORTS DAY 2017
A great day was had by all. Well done to everyone for taking part.
YEAR THREE TEAM SPORTS
GROWING CHICKS IN P1/2
As part of their 'Growing and Changing' topic P1/2 have been hatching chicks. The children watched as 12 eggs were put into an incubator. The temperature was set at 37.5 degrees and the humidity to 45 percent. The eggs were programmed to rotate every hour. On day 6 the eggs were scanned with a candler and the children were very excited to see some small veins. They were scanned again on day 12 and movement could be seen through the shells. On day 19 the eggs stopped turning and the temperature was reduced, the humidity increased and the children waited patiently on the arrival of the chicks.
By this time news travelled throughout the school about our eggs and we had frequent visitors to our classroom. On day 22 our first chick hatched and P1/2 were delighted to experience their arrival. Over the next few days 4 more chicks hatched. A very exciting time in Mrs McCarry's class!
Chick Naming Ceremony
St. Patrick's Day
Congratulations to the children who won prizes at the Green Raffle.
Thank you for your continued support for our Lenten Collections.
Primary One children went to Portglenone Forest on Monday 3rd April. They had a great morning which was enhanced by their guides Ann and Clare.
PRIMARY SEVEN RETREAT
Primary Seven were involved in a full day retreat with Saint Brigid's Cloughmills, This was hosted by Living Youth and was based around our preparation for confirmation. We had a wonderful day of prayer, meditation, songs, games and then to finish off Fr. Blaney said a special mass in the chapel.
St. Joseph's Primary School is doing their bit to help keep Dunloy school and community tidy.
The P4 children have signed up to litter pick around the school grounds and and the P7 pupils are extending their help to litter pick around the GAA grounds.
They had a very successful day on Tuesday 7th March and one of their favourite 'picks' was an umbrella!!
We are also delighted to say that some of the P7 pupils dedicated their own time to create fantastic posters to ask you all to 'please stop dropping litter'.
These posters are going to be placed around the school and GAA grounds within the next week or so along with other posters created during class. Well done to all involved and let's hope that they won't have much litter to collect in the near future.
PRIMARY SEVEN VISIT STORMONT
The P.7s had a great day at Stormont on Friday 27th January which was enhanced greatly by their guide James who hosted a debate about school uniforms. Watch out for the up and coming Politicians.
BOOK AND BEAR NIGHT
Monday 30th January
Primary One and two enjoyed a lovely evening and were thoroughly excited coming to school in their P.J.s.
ST. BRIGID'S CROSSES
To celebrate the feast of St. Brigid Primary Six and Seven made St. Brigid's Crosses with the help of Vincent, Kathleen, Marie and Anne.
CAROL SERVICE 19TH DECEMBER
Each class took part in our Carol Service. Primary Five children presented the Pageant and a number of Primary Six and Primary Seven children played instruments.
MRS DAVISDON'S RETIREMENT DINNER
A great night was had by all and we hope you enjoyed a great send off Dolores.
The KS1 and KS2 children are out in force clearing the raised flower beds and pots while the Foundation children planted onions and prepared the window boxes for future planting.
Ditch the Dark Day
25th November 2016
A wonderful array of colour today, thanks to everyone for such a great effort, in both walking,cycling etc. to school especially on such a frosty morning.
Thank you to the girls who came from the Dairy Council to talk to the P.6 and P.7 children about the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Well done to Cillian in P3 for drawing a lovely poster showing how important it is to look after our environment.
Our Primary Three Pupils experienced what life was like 200 years ago when they visited Arthur Cottage in Cullybackey.
Our Primary Two children enjoyed a great day when they travelled from Bushmills to the Giant's Causeway on a mini railway.
ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK
We were very busy during Road Safety Awareness Week. Many children walked to school or part of the journey. On Wednesday members of the Dunloy Cycling Club gave a very informative talk about bike safety and accompanied the Primary Sevens on a few laps around the hurling field. Again thank you to Declan, Denise and Margaret for their time.
On Wednesday 13th April during Road Safety Awareness Week all children from P1 to P7 walked a few laps of the hurling field which they thoroughly enjoyed.
During Science Week the children were entertained with a visit from the W5 Outreach Science Show. As you can see from the photos the children and adults enjoyed the fun.
World Book Day Quiz
We celebrated World Book Day by having a quiz for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 on Thursday 10th March. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and showed a great knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of novels. Congratulations to the two winning teams!
NO SMOKING DAY 9TH MARCH
We would like to thank Hannah and Emma from Kenndey's Chemist who gave a very interesting presentation to P6/7 about the dangers of smoking.
INTERNET SAFETY WORKSHOP
Social Networking sites have become a huge favourite with children allowing them to stay in touch with friends and share photos and videos. Helen Dixon facilitated a very productive workshop to our P6 and P7s which will help to make the children's experience online both safe and fun. Thank you Helen for taking the time to help the children be more aware of their Safety Online.
CHRISTMAS STORY BOX
The Arty-Fact Theatre Company presented a drama production "A Christmas Story Box" for all the children on Monday 14th December. The children were thoroughly entertained and some even got the opportunity to take part.
SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS
St Joseph’s Primary School Dunloy has added a professional element to the recent very successful school council election. Four candidates from each class P4-P7 stood for election and Mrs Rae Kirk, Area Electoral Officer for North Antrim & Mid Ulster attended the results declaration to make the official announcements. Mrs Kirk also rubber stamped the election process and congratulated all the candidates on the success of the event. As head of the local election office, she also provided the school with an authentic polling booth and an official ballot box to help proceedings run on guidelines closely resembling those of a local or national election.