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Strabane Controlled Primary School, Strabane

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Emily, our stargazing superstar!!


Remote Learning

Now that we are cooped up indoors, remember traditional games can be fun and educational too!  Why not get out some Board Games and jigsaws (Scrabble, Monopoly, Pairs, Trivial Pursuit and so on..) reading, interacting, talking and listening games such as Give us a clue, eye spy, Nursery rhymes etc. not forgetting practical games such as throwing and catching, target hitting....  

My School is the interface that all children and young people use in Northern Ireland to access online tools and applications. Your child will have a username and password to access the website. Within this pupils will have access to C2K Newsdesk which has daily activities

- Oxford Owl


- Libraries NI App


- BBC Bitesize


- Top Marks


- Nursery Rhymes and Songs


- Busythings Full of great resources for pupils to support learning in all areas. You can avail of a 14 day trial


TTS have created free workbooks for home learning


Primary Resources website


Useful Apps


Hit the button- Number facts



Spelling Shed


Transfer Tutor

What is Twinkl?

‘Twinkl supports and works with educators across the world, including primary and secondary teachers, childminders, nursery workers, home educators and parents. All Twinkl resources are teacher-made and can be used by anyone, anywhere - making learning accessible to all.’


Upcoming Events...

Saturday, 26th September 2020
First Communion for children in the current Primary 4 class will take place on Saturday 26th September. First confessions will be arranged prior to this, but also in the month of September. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW CLOSER TO THE DATES. Please keep an eye

Top Tips for parents

Give Your Child a Helping Hand
Help prepare your child for learning
(suitable for children aged 0-4)


Senior pupils P4/5 - P7


Junior Playground zones


Nursery, P1 - P3/4 entry


Community Playgroup - new procedures


School Uniform


It is recommended that a fresh school uniform is worn everyday your child is in school.  Alternatives will be permitted where it is not always possible to have your child in a clean school uniform every day.  Our school suppliers are:


P7 through the years Video


Monday 29th June 2020 - Video Feed


Monday 22nd June 2020


Friday 19th June 2020


Monday 15th June - Maths Week - Financial Capability 💵💴💶💷


Wesley's Sports Day!!


Friday 12th June 2020


Monday 8th June - Sports Week and P7 STEM


Friday Reading Gallery Part 2 !!😄


Friday Reading Gallery of Fame!


Reading Week (1st June - 5th June)


May Pupil of the Month


Monday 25th May 2020 - storytime


Mental Health and Well Being Week (18th - 22nd May)

Sustrans Outside In


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Darragh's Experiment
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Notices from EA and the Department of Education

EA Educational Resources & Newsletters

As a parent you probably never thought you would be teaching your children at home. Remote learning can feel a bit scary but it can be an opportunity to be creative and have fun with your children so that being at home isn’t boring for them and stressful for you.

It is important to have a routine every day.  Work out a schedule together, either in writing like a timetable or with pictures like a visual timetable, that way everyone knows what’s going to happen daily. 

Incorporate core learning times for literacy and numeracy (keep it short and sweet 20-30min blocks should work, we don’t want them to get bored!), add in break and lunchtimes, add the fun activities to do together and the times to work or play independently.  Don’t forget this is home and not school so the timing for learning is up to you!

Also if you have received work from school, use these resources and do them at the same time each day at a time when your child learns best.  If you run out of resources or learning materials, you could contact your school for more.

If you have access to the internet there are vast libraries of resources online and most of them are free to use. There are some websites that you may find useful.

Education Resources also available in more Languages


DE: Online resources which may assist families and pupils during Covid-19

The Department has collated a range of online resources which are intended to be helpful to families and pupils during the Covid-19 situation.



EA Music Support for schools, young musicians and parents

While online lessons are not something we can provide at this time, our tutors are available to provide advice and guidance to schools and parents/guardians in relation to home practice, use of resources and weekly challenges for our young musicians. If you would like to contact your child’s tutor or have any other queries relating to your child’s tuition, please contact the relevant address below:


Office Area Contact
Derry/Londonderry, Limavady, Omagh, Strabane, Fermanagh


As well as receiving advice and resources directly from your child’s tutor, there are a number of online resources that the Music Service would recommend for making music at home.


High Five

Issue 1 - Primary Behaviour Support & Provisions Newsletter – High Five

Issue 2 - Primary Behaviour Support & Provisions Newsletter – High Five

These are resource packs for families in relation to staying safe physically but also emotionally and mentally at this time using the Health and Social Care Take 5 framework. The newsletter is packed with lots of suggestions linked to the five steps of wellbeing – Give, Be Active, Connect, Keep Learning, Take Notice. We would love to hear your feedback, if you want to share pictures of activities completed from the newsletter or make suggestions please email us at:



Valuable education resources in 11 different languages, can now be accessed at

These include health and education materials, websites and Apps for children of families who do not have English as their home language. 


Eat Well, Live Well

EA have launched the 'Eat Well, Live Well' programme targeting young people aged 4 - 25 years who need access to a 5-a-day food box providing breakfast and lunch as part of a safety net to the provision of Free School Meals during Covid-19.  The link below also provides advice to families who are not in receipt of Free School Meals.

Pre-school and P1 Admissions September 2020

Parents who have today received letters regarding September's Pre-school/P1 Placement

Please ensure that you communicate your acceptance or nonacceptance of the offer of a place by emailing Mrs Thompson and where not accepting the offer, to copy your email to the EA's Admissions Office whether Pre-school/Primary Admissions.

Thank you.

Middletown Centre For Autism

I am delighted to launch the next series of Middletown Centre for Autism's webinars. Many of the topics covered in these sessions have been suggested by those of you who have been following our previous sessions. The feedback has been excellent and the Centre staff greatly appreciate the positive feedback that has been received. I trust that you will continue to make use of the next series of webinars and pass the details on to those who may be interested. I trust that you are all keeping well in these challenging times and that you and your family will remain safe.

Kind regards
Gary Cooper CEO
Middletown Centre Webinar Series May 2020
In order to provide support during the suspension of our face to face delivery Middletown is offering a series of twice weekly live webinars. These sessions will feature members of our own multi-disciplinary team and international speakers on a series of themes.

Please click on the link beside each name to read more about the session and register to attend a live session. 

Stephen Shore - 
Being Autistic in a Time of Uncertainty
Tuesday 5th May 2020 - 19:00

Adam Harris
What Works for Me
Thursday 7th May 2020 - 19:00

Frances O’Neill 
Visual Supports for Anxiety Management
Tuesday 12th May 2020 - 19:00

Kari Dunn Buron
5-Point Scale
Thursday 14th May 2020 - 19:00

Tara Vernon
Promoting Sleep
Thursday 19th May 2020 - 19:00

Jed Baker
Managing Meltdowns
Tuesday 21st May 2020 - 19:00

Tony Attwood
Stress and Coping
Thursday 28th May 2020 - 10:00am **Live Only Session**

The live sessions will host a maximum of 500 delegates live and most sessions will be posted on social media the following day. Sessions marked ‘live only’ will not. Please consider the maximum number of places available when booking your place.




PTA 2018/2019

Our school's ‘Calendar of Events,’ demonstrates that the school has had another extremely active year and the PTA were very supportive as always.  Amongst the events last year were two discos for the children (Hallowe'en and Valentine's), Fire Quiz, Table Quiz at Cafe Fresco, A summer Treasure Hunt and the annual Summer Fair.  Thanks to all the parents who supported the school’s events and contributed to the PTA subscription. 


Family Support NI

Family Support NI has a launched a new and improved website:

This service provides information on all types of family support services including all registered childcare throughout Northern Ireland.


AQE & GL updates

Key Dates 2020/21

Assessment Dates

Saturday 21st Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper.
Saturday 28th Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper.
Saturday 5th Dec 2020: GL Assessment.
Saturday 12th Dec 2020: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper.
Saturday 19th Dec 2020: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment.

Registration Opens

Thursday 14th May 2020: AQE (CEA) registration opens.
Monday 1st June 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration opens.

Registration Closes

Friday 25th September 2020: AQE (CEA) registration closes (4pm).
Friday 9th October 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration closes (2pm).


Saturday 30th January 2021: AQE (CEA) results arrive at children’s homes.
Saturday 30th January 2021: PPTC (GL Assessment) results arrive at children’s homes.

Applying to post-primary schools

Late Jan/Early Feb 2021: Primary principals will hold meetings with parents and complete 

Transfer Forms for post-primary education. Transfer Forms will be sent to the Education Authority.

School Allocation

May 2021 - Parents are informed by the Education Authority which school that their child has been allocated to.


Green Flag Award
I am delighted to announce that Miss Allen, the Eco committee and the entire school have been successful in renewing our Eco-Schools Green Flag on 28/04/2020.  Francesca Di Palo was very impressed with our school’s work.
Congratulations to all concerned - staff and pupils alike, and not forgetting our caretakers and
many parents who helped our school achieve its environmental targets.

We will hold the flag for two years.


(ECO committee, if possible can you email Mrs Thompson a photo of you with a message on a piece of paper expressing this great news as Eco schools would like to make a picture collage to congratulate you all.  Parents, can you please state that you give permission for ECO schools to share this photo on their website and social media)

Thanks so much!


Nursery and P1 Admissions

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Update from EA as of 22nd April 2020

Pre-school and Primary 1 Admissions

The Education Authority will be issuing letters to parents / guardians on behalf of schools / playgroups to advise on the outcome of their child’s pre-school / primary one application. Letters for receipt on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Due to any potential delays in the postal network we will also be opening our Citizen Portal which will be accessible via our website on Wednesday 29 April. Parents / guardians who had applied online in January 2020 can log in and obtain information relating to their child’s pre-school / primary one application.



Thank you for visiting our school and Nursery website.  We hope you enjoy seeing just a snippet of what goes on in our school from day to day. 

In Strabane Primary School and Nursery we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all our pupils.  In every classroom the pupils are provisioned with a wide range of learning opportunities, both indoors and outdoors, enabling every individual to stretch to their full potential and experience success.  The staff and Governors take pride in high quality teaching and learning and the high expectations for staff and pupils throughout our school and Nursery.

Our aim is to equip the children with the skills, knowledge and values to enable them to become happy, contributing members of our community.

We have an extremely active PTA whom, along with our supportive parents, successfully organise an array of events and fundraisers each year and throughout the year from Hallowe'en discos to summer fetes! 

The school has a warm, caring and friendly ethos and this in turn contributes to the nurturing environment you will experience within the school and Nursery.

Every child – Safe, Secure and Successful.

C Thompson



New School Enhancement Project announced for Strabane Primary School!

On Tuesday 14th January 2020 the Education Minister Peter Weir announced in Stormont that 18 schools will now advance in planning under the second call to the School Enhancement Programme (SEP).  We at Strabane Controlled PS are delighted to receive this news and have been pushing for a number of years to get works done at our school.

The 18 schools will benefit from an estimated capital investment of £45 million.

Our school will benefit from the financial injection of money into the heart of education.  Schools are on the frontline of education and have endeavoured to persevere under extremely challenging circumstances.  We are already discussing our priorities and at the planning table considering where the money can be used to continue to prioritise the learning experiences and educational opportunities for every child.   

Our school is oversubscribed and we have been seeking the progression of a number of minor works applications over the years.  We are now ecstatic to be able to consider the finished product with refurbished classrooms and corridors and facilities fit for purpose.  It was such a great feeling to be able to tell our pupils, staff, governors and wider community about the announcement and look forward to the final product. 

We have been informed that Design work will begin immediately with construction work expected to start in 2022/23.