School will be closed on Tuesday (5 January 2021) to all children in all year groups.  School will be open on Wednesday (6 January 2021) for vulnerable children and key workers.  

Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to our school website.

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School is a particularly good school with hardworking, committed and fun loving staff.  We place great importance on the personal skills of all within the school and are fully inclusive and imaginative in our teaching methods.

We use a wide variety of teaching strategies to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, underpinned by state-of-the-art IT facilities and support the teaching of the arts, sports and basic core skills as well as modern foreign languages, citizenship and community values.  Not forgetting an endless number of sports and after school activities.

We offer breakfast facilities and a wide range of after school activities including sport clubs during holiday time based at the school.  We also offer after school clubs in partnership with KID-ZONE, which is proving a most popular support for working parents.

We are delighted to welcome you and your child to our school as prospective members of a community where the Gospel values of the Catholic faith underpin our efforts to provide a quality education for all.

We are proud of our school with its happy and caring atmosphere and its tradition of hard work, academic achievement, sporting success and community involvement.  We look forward to working with you as a family, welcoming and valuing your contribution to the education of your child as well as offering you the very best of our professional skills and expertise along with a high quality of pastoral support and care.

We are a growing family school and it is our aim that you get to know our routines and us quickly. Every member of staff, teaching and non-teaching, is more than happy to help you in any way possible.  Please be confident to ask any of us for help if you have concerns, even if they seem trivial.  No problems are either too big or too small for us to tackle together - please ask.

On behalf of the Governors, staff and myself, I am pleased to welcome you to St John Bosco Catholic Primary School.

Mr D MacAreavy


Latest Newsletters

  • 15 Jan 2021
    How to use Google Classroom

    Please see attached document.

  • 15 Jan 2021
    Weekly update

    Dear Parents and Carers

    Another week draws to a close and although there has been much, with regards to change, in the National news I am happy to tell you that school has once again settled down as we manage and organise educating the children currently in school and those at home. Although numbers in all classes are more than we have had in previous period of lockdown they are manageable but this can only happen because so many of you are supporting us as a school family by keeping your children at home where they are undoubtedly safer as the number of contacts is less.

    I have been in a number of zoom meetings and it has been most uplifting to see and speak to the children. The level of engagement has been extremely positive and I can only thank you for the continued effort that you make which I have no doubt can be particularly challenging. Once again we do not expect you to be teachers but do appreciate all the support that you continue to give.

    If your child has not been able to engage in the work you must contact your child's teacher via google classroom or the school so that we can discuss any issues and offer further support, as I shall be most surprised if the current arrangements do not remain in place for some time.

    I have attached our updated corona virus policy which follows the previous format and it outlines the current procedures that we have in place for the children attending school during this lockdown period. I have included a template letter should it be needed which follows the current self isolation guidance. As well as this there are individual class timetables which show how each class is being organised. These include the individual class zoom meetings. Other timings are subject to change as is normal school practice within a classroom but I hope it gives you some idea of how your child might be able to structure their day if they are working from home. It is important to remember that the main instruction comes from your child's teacher via google classroom.

    A gentle reminder that our Parent Governor Ballot Box is located outside the school office for you to cast your vote in person or via email should you wish to do so.

    I would like to thank all the teachers for the incredible effort they continue to put in at this most difficult time. I used to think I was pretty good at teaching but I am not sure that I would be able to maintain the levels that they do day in day out. Your kind words of support mean so much to us all and it saddens me greatly that a few of my colleagues in other schools have received what they have described as 'vile' messages of complaint, blame and other qualities that I shall leave to your imagination. I can only imagine how emotionally drained they must feel and would be personally devastated if anything like that happened within our school family at such a difficult time for us all. I hope you can all get through this together, you know where I am if you need me and can I ask you as I have asked Fr Grant to pray for all our families and particularly for a number whose grandparents and elderly relatives are in a critical state. I am a great believer in the power of prayer and know personally the comfort that it can bring when that is all that seems to be left. I wish you a peaceful and enjoyable weekend and once again remind you that should anyone in your family be unwell they must stay away from school.

    Yours sincerely

    Mr D MacAreavy - Headteacher

  • 08 Jan 2021
    Year 3

    8th January 2021

    Dear Parents

    I would like to inform you that today I made the decision to send home the children of key workers in Year 3, as a precautionary measure, as we were informed that one of our Year 3 children needed to be tested for Covid 19.

    I am delighted and relieved as I am sure you all are that the returning result was negative. This means that children who have been in school this week may return on Monday as normal at 8.45am. There is also no need for any other children or family members to consider self-isolation at this time.

    The Covid rates have clearly escalated tenfold since we broke up for Christmas and can I ask you to continue to keep any children who are ill away from school as this is clearly becoming more difficult than in previous lockdowns.

    Thank you for continued kind words of support that I do pass on to our teachers and I know they find these a great source of comfort at this difficult time.

    Yours sincerely

    Mr D MacAreavy

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