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St Oliver Plunkett School Primary School and Nursery 9 Laragh Road, Beragh, Omagh

Welcome

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to St Oliver Plunkett Primary and Nursery school.

We are a child centred and parent friendly school which endeavours to work in partnership with parents, parish and the wider community for the good of our pupils. Our staff are enthusiastic, dedicated and work hard to support pupils in all aspects of their learning thus creating an atmosphere where pupils are happy, fulfilled, secure and challenged.

Our Catholic ethos permeates all aspects of school life and our pupils are encouraged to develop respect, tolerance and fairness in working and playing with others. We are a multi-cultural school with pupils from Lithuania, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia currently attending. We welcome all cultures to our school and this adds a rich cultural dimension to the education provided.

We have developed a wide range of extra curricular activities, which we see as important in the development of the whole child. Pupils are given the opportunities to develop new talents, improve on existing skills, raise their expectations, and develop their self-esteem.

Encouragement and praise plays an important part in the day to day workings of our school and we encourage our pupils to always do their best and believe in themselves at all times.

While this website can give you a glimpse of many aspects of our school life if you wish to see around the school, please feel free to call and arrange a suitable time.

We look forward to meeting you and your child.

A warm welcome awaits you in St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary and Nursery School.

 

Calendar Events

Wednesday, 20th February 2019
The Sweet Project (9:30-10:45am / P6&7)
Thursday, 21st February 2019
Chinese Tutor 🇨🇳 (9:15-10:45am / P4-7)
Monday, 25th February 2019
P6/7 Swimming Programme 🏊‍♀️ (11am @ Omagh Leisure Complex)
Tuesday, 26th February 2019
Tin Whistle Class (3 - 4pm / Mrs Monaghan)
Thursday, 28th February 2019
Chinese Tutor 🇨🇳 (9:15-10:45am / P4-7)
Friday, 1st March 2019
Girls' Indoor Football Heat (10am @ Station Centre, Omagh)
Library Van Visit 📚 (11:30am)
Monday, 4th March 2019
P6/7 Swimming Programme 🏊‍♀️ (11am @ Omagh Leisure Complex)
Tuesday, 5th March 2019
Tin Whistle Class (3 - 4pm / Mrs Monaghan)
Please note dates and times are subject to change.
 

Safeguarding Inspection

The school's most recent inspection was a Safeguarding inspection which was held in October 2017. Three members of the Education Training Inspectorate (ETI) visited the school and looked at all the policies and procedures relating to Safeguarding and Child Protection. They spoke with the Principal and Designated Child Protection Teacher and to the Year 6 pupils, as well as with members of our Board of Governors.

Whilst they were unable to see the outworking of these policies within the school (due to industrial action short of strike action), they were able to comment on what they had looked at.

In summary, they found that the school’s paperwork presented was meticulous, and that all relevant policies were up to date. They noted that the school had appropriately identified areas in which it wished to develop further.

ETI felt the pupils were respectful and very happy at school, noting that the pupils spoke very highly of the school and its teachers, and that they knew who to go to if they had a problem.

They felt the representatives of the school’s Board of Governors were highly skilled in their role and in their knowledge of school improvement.

In conclusion, ETI felt our school was a very warm and welcoming place.

 

Erasmus Key Action 1

Professional development for staff in Northern Ireland schools today is currently not being sufficiently provided for by the Dept of Education and Education Authority due to lack of funding. It is therefore up to schools to seek out ways in which to ensure their staff are up to date in modern methodologies to provide the best possible outcomes for their pupils. To this end St Oliver Plunkett Nursery and Primary School applied for and was successful in securing funding through the British Council and Erasmus to provide continued professional development for our staff. Our key areas, within school, to develop further training in are ICT and Special Needs, and as one of 5schools in Northern Ireland, we received a grant of 25,390 euros to do this. All training must be taken in Europe and reports completed throughout the process. Mrs Maguire and Mrs Nixon were the first members of staff to take part in one of these courses, during mid term. Both traveled to Malta to the Executive Training Institute to take an intensive one week course on Empowerment in ITC Skills. This course provided training in website and blog training alongside how to use them for the benefit of school. 

In December Mrs Kerr took part in a week long course in Dublin entitled “There’s an app for that” which provided training on the use of apps to teach key areas of the Curriculum.

In January Mrs Maguire spent 1week in Finland learning about and observing the Education system there, on a course entitled Benchmarking for Principals. This gave Principals the opportunity to find out first hand why Finland is one of the top education systems in the world.

 

News

15th Feb 2019
Well done to everyone who dressed up for our book character parade on Thursday. The...
 
 
 
5th Feb 2019
The children in nursery were very excited waiting for the snow and when it finally...
 
 
 
5th Feb 2019
The nursery children were very busy writing letters to post to special people. They...
 
 
 
3rd Feb 2019
Education in Finland is completely free up until University level. All pupils recieve...
 
 
 
3rd Feb 2019
Our school celebrated Catholic Schools week 2019 with Grandparents Assembly and a...