Thanks H.A.N.D – We loved our after school club!

A massive thank you to Run for Autism (H.A.N.D) who funded our after school music therapy club on Wednesday 7th November. The pupils who attended greatly benefitted from this session and lots of fun was had by all!

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Community Wellbeing Event

Please see the attached PDF for a Community Wellbeing event to be held on 24th October at Armagh City Hotel.

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Team Building in Carlingford

Donard staff were treated to a mystery team building day at the end of August. Almost 50 members of the team boarded the bus with no idea what was in store for the day! A mysterious text in the middle of August to suggest bringing some Euro’s should’ve given them a clue!

Sunny Carlingford was the destination where the school year started in style with coffee and a scone. The structure of the day followed the theme of a pub quiz with a difference – as well as the usual general knowledge and picture rounds this one had a ‘build a jigsaw round’ and a scavenger hunt round – only in Donard!

Competition was fierce and more than a little cheating was evident! Despite this everyone finished the day in high spirits with Lunch at The Four Seasons.

The whole staff team are refreshed and ready for another busy year at Donard School.

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Orthoptic Service


Summer Fete

The sun really shone for Donard School on the day of our first ever Summer Fete.

Parents and staff worked together to make it one to remember – Let’s hope there are many more in the years to come.

The total raised at last count is 3,300 pounds – thank you all for your donations and your hard work before and during the day. Our pupils had a blast!

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Learning Disabillity Week 2018

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Why not go along and see what past pupil Nathan is up to now?

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Thank You – We Love it!

The pupils from Donard School want to say a huge thank you to the customers and staff of TESCO, Castlewellan Road, Banbridge.

Staff at the store in Banbridge Town started making pland for this surprise when Santa was in residence at TESCO before Christmas. The fundraising continued into 2018. The Outdoor Kitchen and Sand Box we were gifted were especially designed to meet the needs of our pupils.

Our pupils were delighted when they arrived at school on a sunny Spring morning to find an unexpected surprise … the sand tray and mud kitchen are fabulous – just what we needed!

So Thank you to Banbridge Community, Harry Smith (Store Manager), Cathy Skillen (Checkout Manager), Jason Black (NI Traditional ToyBox) and all the team at TESCO.
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