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Hollybank Primary School, Monkstown, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim
School Closure Dear Parents, We hope this message finds you and your family well and surviving home schooling! All the staff are missing daily life with your children and are looking forward to welcoming them back as soon as it is safe to do so. We have had to make the difficult decision to close the school for the foreseeable future, as we do not have the correct staff numbers to care for our pupils safely. The number of children needing reduced provision has been very low, and we hope to participate in a locality hub with the few remaining staff we have, in an effort to help these families. DENI have established a working group to take forward the practical planning of this. Once we receive information on this, we will contact you. In the meantime, should you require any advice or have questions or concerns please contact on our school email address which is checked daily: info@hollybankps.newtownabbey.ni.sch.uk Alternatively, you can contact our parent liaison worker Mrs Norma Johnston on 07972 253335, who will contact me directly. Please be aware I am doing everything I can, both night and day, to ensure we can offer support and guidance to all our families. Information changes hourly and we appreciate your patience and understanding at this difficult time. I will keep you updated if our staffing situation changes as this is also being monitored daily. Kind Regards Miss L Brett Principal
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Mission and Vision Statement

 

A STATEMENT OF THE ETHOS OF THE SCHOOL

It is the policy of this school to create an environment which is centred, where every child is valued, treated as an individual, is inspired, and is given  the opportunity to acquire knowledge and extend and enrich his/her experiences.

Engage, Empower, Excel

 

Vision

OUR SPECIFIC AIMS ARE:-

  • To help each child acquire the skills of literacy and numeracy through high quality teaching provided by an enthusiastic, highly motivated and reflective staff.
  • To develop each child to his or her full potential, through moral, spiritual, physical, cultural and aesthetic experiences.
  • To ensure that the highest standards of pastoral care and child protection are in place.
  • To ensure that sustained improvement is achieved through continual self-evaluation and self assessment.
  • To provide children with a range of experiences to improve their thinking skills, and to assist them to become independent, self-motivated and flexible learners.
  • To develop each child’s confidence, ability and maturity in using ICT across all aspects of the curriculum and at home.
  • To encourage each child to take account of the feelings, views and needs of others, respect diversity and develop in each child the social skills required as a member of the community, both in and out of school.
  • To foster, value and encourage partnership between school, parents,, families and the community.
  • To promote physical development and healthy choices through a sound programme of health and physical education.
  • To foster a love and appreciation of art, music and literature and encourage creative talents.
  • To make each child aware of the need to protect and respect our environment and the earth’s resources.