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The School Day

The School doors are opened at 8.30 am each day and the school day formally begins at 9.00am.  Staff are in their classrooms by 8.45 am ready to receive pupils who are encouraged to arrive between 8.45 and 8.50 am.  The first bell rings at 8.50 am, upon which children should go directly to their classroom.  The 9.00 am bell indicates the beginning of the school day.  A morning staff duty rota starts at 8.30 am for supervision of children and four supervisory teachers are on duty each morning.  In Nursery the doors open at 8.50am, parents may stay in the hallway from 8.30am.


The mid-morning break is from 10.35 - 10.50 am.  A staff rota delegates two teachers to supervise the P5-P7 classes, P3-P4 classes and P1-P2 classes respectively.  Ancillary staff assist in supervising P1-P2 classes.  When the weather permits all children have outdoor play.   Different primary classes have designated play areas but when the weather is inclement, children spend break time in their own classrooms.  A bell denotes the beginning and end of break time.


Staff have their mid-morning tea or coffee in the staffroom.  When the 10.50 am bell rings, staff collect their class at the line-up area in the playground.


The lunch break for P1 to P4 is from 12.20 to 1.00 pm and for P5 to P7 is from 12.30 until 1.10 pm.  School meals are served in the dining hall and supervision is provided in the classroom for those children who take packed lunches.  A very small number of children go home for lunch.  No child is allowed to go out to a shop.


Lunchtime supervision is provided by ancillary staff, assisted by the teaching staff and the Principal when available.   Members of staff may leave the school premises during lunch time, if they wish.  Any teachers wishing to have a school meal should place their order with the secretary before 10.00am. 


Nursery is dismissed at 1.50pm.  P1 and P2 pupils are dismissed at 2.00 pm each afternoon.  P3 pupils are dismissed at 2.00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays but 3.00 pm every other day along with P4-P7 classes.  Children are encouraged to leave the school premises promptly, unless staying on for supervised activities.


Staff remain in school until 4.00 pm each day as part of their directed time, with the exception of Fridays, when they may leave at 3.10 pm