Permanent Secretary for Education visits Donard School

Mr Derek Baker (permanent secretary) and Ms Carla Condell Lockhart had a tour of the school recently. Pupils from Leavers’ Class and Class 12 were delighted to show off their Young Enterprise stall.

Scrooge – Donard Style!

Senior school pupils have been practicing together and learning about how much hard work it takes to put on a show. Wednesday’s performance of Scrooge certainly taught us that hard work pays off! We hope you enjoyed watching the show as much as we loved performing in it – Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Newry Housing Executive Christmas Party

Classes 5 and 6 joined other special schools and learning support centres in the area for a party, a show and a visit from the big man himself – Santa!

Thank you to the staff there for fundraising all year so we can have this special treat at Christmas – we look forward to it every year!

Christmas Jumpers for Christmas Dinner!

A deep layer of snow set the scene for the day on Friday 8th December. Those who made it to school showed off their Christmas Jumpers while enjoying Christmas Dinner. The Mayor, Councellor Gareth Wilson, popped in to wish us all a Merry Christmas.

Thank you to all who donated to ‘Save the Children’ jumper day. More than one hundred pounds was raised for this worthy cause.


Fire Safety

Fire Safety officers from Banbridge fire station made a visit to school. The pupils learned the importance of having an escape plan in place should an emergency happen. They got to explore the fire engine and all the equipment that the firefighters use. A big thank you to our local officers for helping us stay safe.

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A Visit to Santa’s Cottage

The magic of Christmas came alive when Junior School made a visit to Santa’s Cottage at Hilltown. All the boys and girls had a brilliant day and they all deserve a place on Santa’s good list!

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Stars for the Day

Our School Choir felt like stars for the day when the BBC came to record them performing Away in a Manger. Listen out on BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning programme between 18th and 22nd of December to hear us on the radio – there won’t be a dry eye in the house!

Ice Hockey at The Odyssey

Pupils from Senior School had the amazing opportunity to visit The Odyssey Arena in Belfast to watch the NCAA Friendship Four tournament on 23rd November. A huge thank you to Belfast City Council who gifted us the tickets. The kids had an awesome time listening to the brass bands, watching the cheerleaders and cheering the teams!

Stranmillis Teaching Students Come to Play and Learn

Students from Stranmillis Teacher Training College came to our school with their tutor on Wednesday 22nd of November. Each of them are specialising in teaching children with special needs in the future. Our sensory learners certainly let the visitors know how they like to be taught!

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