Donard to Disney 2019 - Day 1

What a brilliant start to our Disney adventure! We couldn’t be more proud of our pupils - they were brilliant on the whole journey to France, even though we had a lot of waiting to do! We had dinner in the hotel, a beautiful buffet, with a dip in the pool after! Looking forward to a great day tomorrow 🎢🎡☀

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BIG FUN WEEK - Monday Update

The BIG FUN WEEK kicked off today with break from The Rosehip, Replay Interactive Theatre Company, a Magic Show, Yoga and Chips at Friar Tucks - School wasn’t like this in my day! A big thank you to all who gave so generously to make this happen!

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Climbing ‘Donard 4 Donard’

The sun shone and many devoted parents, friends and staff from Donard School gathered early on Saturday 6th April to climb the highest mountain in our wee country.

The climb was organised by one of our past pupils and Pride of Britain regional winner Nathan to raise money for The Disney Fund and Big Fun Week at the end of May. The sponsor money is still rolling in - we’ll let you know the grand total in due course.

Take a look at some of the many pictures taken that day – as you can imagine they all enjoyed the hard earned BBQ at the end of their epic climb! Well done and thank you to everyone involved.


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Interschool Zumbathon

Given the success of the Annual Interschool Swimming Gala, the 5 schools in our area came together this year to arrange another joint initiative. This event was organised by Philip Oldham, Lisanally, and supported by the Sports Council NI. The pupils from the post-16 age group in the 5 schools came together and enjoyed a fun-filled morning. A colourful theme was encouraged and the pupils and staff really embraced it. They danced along to a range of tunes, including Baby Shark, Shotgun, Gangnam Style. It was an action packed 45 minutes, and something we hope will run as an annual event!

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Dance Workshops

Everyone has been enjoying the dance workshops organised by Kelly McAleese? The younger pupils have been following a 'transport theme' whilst the senior pupils have been learning samba/salsa steps. The classes have allowed pupils to explore their topics in a practical way, bringing them to life.

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Parent Mindfulness Training

Our 7-week Parent Mindfulness Training with Anne Costello has now been completed. We are very proud of the parents that received their Certification on Monday 25th February 2019. We have been delighted by the parent response to our programme and have received very positive feedback. It has been a great opportunity for parents to focus on their own wellbeing. A big Thank you to Anne Costello who has provided a fantastic programme for our parents.

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Staff Wellbeing Training

Following workshops for the parents the staff have had the opportunity to access Mindfulness training with Anne Costello. It was a great success and heightened the importance of wellbeing across the school. The staff particularly enjoyed our session on ‘How to get a Good Night’s Sleep.’

Here are some apps and books about this:


  • Calm – Mediate Sleep Relax
  • Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
  • Headspace – Meditation App


  • Why we Sleep – Mathew Walker
  • Mindfulness and Sleep – Anna Black


Siblings Bowling at Sheepbridge

The siblings had a great time bowling at the Sheepbridge in February. There was great competition and lots of ‘strikes’ on the scoreboard! We enjoyed our tea and had special cupcakes made by the Rosehip Bakery. Our next trip will be to the cinema.

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