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P1 PYJAMA PARTY:   Mon 22nd OCT 6 - 7pm | BREAKFAST CLUB OPEN MORNING!   Fri 26th Oct - Come along and enjoy a healthy breakfast with your child.   | SCHOOL DISCO Thurs 25th Oct  P4:5.45 - 6.45   P5-P7:7.00 – 9.00 | Come to our P6 HARVEST ASSEMBLY  Wed 24th Oct @ 9.15am | MILK for 5th Nov- 19th Dec is £6.93   THIS MUST BE PAID by WED 17th OCT | Parent/Teacher interviews: W/B Mon 22nd Oct - School closes at 1.30pm for all children this week.
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CRED Stand for Community Relations, Equality and Diversity

This is our joint school council.
This is our joint school council.

Our Friends in St. Brigid’s

Over the past five years Ballykeel PS have been working very closely with the staff and pupils from St. Brigid’s PS. We have participated in a range of different programmes with St. Brigid’s and this year is no different! Most of the shared work we do with St. Brigid’s relies upon us receiving funding and we are delighted that we have secured funding for the incoming year to do such work. The funding will enable us to pay for projects, transport and trips. Every class from P1-P7 will meet classes from St. Brigid’s PS at different stages throughout the year, so please keep an eye out for more information in due course and on the class pages and on the Bugle.

Activities with our friends in St Brigid’s Primary School:

Keep an eye on the Bugle and class notes for St Brigid's dates this term.

P1, P2, P4 will have classes and trips together in TERM 3.

Primary 1 and Primary 2:

P1 and P2 pupils meet up with their friends in St Brigid’s approximately 6 times a year. They have shared classes together; circle times, play based learning, learning about Polish and Chinese traditions and the story of Saint Patrick. Children also bring along their friends Tom, Jim, Kim, Bukola, Jenny and Kathleen. These are puppets that the children in both schools are introduced to each year and they are something that all the children have in common.

Primary 3- Primary 7:

Pupils in P3-P7 take part in shared activities focused on pupils getting to know their local community. Through World Around Us themes the pupils have the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between the two main traditions by studying and visiting local landmarks, which are of significance in their town. Last year there were trips to Portglenone Forest, beaches at the North Coast and Slemish! This year they will continue to study their World Around Us themes together, taking part in shared classes and shared trips.

Primary 6:  

Our P6 children take part in basketball sessions with the P6 children from St Brigid’s. Each class has a term of basketball with trained coaches. They also take part in healthy eating and well- being lessons. The children have gained so much from the Basketball Twinning Programme, not only learning the skills involved in playing basketball but also meeting new people.

Primary 7:

Last year P7 pupils participated in a shared transition programme called ‘It’s Your move’. All P7 pupils in Ballykeel and all P7 pupils in St. Brigid’s engaged in 3 RE lessons in term 2 facilitated by the local Scripture Union worker, Rachel Sheppard as well as 1 relationship building day. Lessons alternated between both schools during the programme. The same programme will be taking place this year.


Keep an eye on the class pages for more Shared Ed news.


Dates for your diary:


18th October

21st November

11th December

15th December

16th January

6th March

2nd May



17th October

14th November

11th December

15th December

30th January

13th March

24th April



11th October

23rd/24th October

9th November

17th November

21st/22nd November

13th December

15th December



April 10th 2018

April 19th 2018

June 5th 2018

June 7th 2018



January 18th

January 23rd

January 30th

February 8th

March 6th

13th / 15th March - Slemish




January 11th

January 16th

January 29th

February 20th

March 5th




January 15th

January 29th

February 5th

February 8th

February 19th

February 23rd

March 8th

March 9th

March 22nd - Omagh Folk Park

April 11th


Joint School Council 2017-2018:

We have a joint school council who will meet once a term this year. Keep an eye out for photos and videos about our meetings.

The members are Kyle Harkness, Scott Irwin, Daisy McConnell, Lexi McKendry, Ronan McBride, Robert Crooks, Aoife O’Kane, Lukasz Wolinski- Glabikci and Ola Zlobikowska.

Trip to Parliament Buildings

We had a brilliant time at Stormont with our friends from St Brigid's PS.

We met Trevor Long who works for the Alliance Party and Robbie Butler who works for the UUP.

We sat in the chambers and James our guide explained how the election process in Northern Ireland works. We then ate our lunch in Stormont Park before leaving. A great and interesting day had by all! Check out the photos.