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St. Mary's Primary School, Carland, Dungannon, County Tyrone

School Routine

8.45am 9.00am 10.45 - 11.00am 12.00 - 1.00pm  2.00pm 3.00pm
School opens to children* Classes begin Break time Lunch break  School day ends for children in P1-P2  School day ends for children in P3-P7

*As pupils are not insured to be on the school premises before 8.45am in the morning, parents are asked to make necessary childcare arrangements.

Early Morning Playtime

Each morning, between 8.45 and 9.00a.m, children have the opportunity to have 15 minutes of playtime before school starts. This is a nice way for children to start the school day, having fun through active play and enjoying some social time with their friends.

Healthy Break

Everyone knows that a healthy diet leads to a healthy life and it is important for children to become aware of this to ensure good habits are formed from an early age.

All children in St. Mary's PS are encouraged to avail of our ‘Healthy Break' which we ask parents to pay for, in advance, on a monthly basis. This initiative has been very popular with children and parents alike and creates awareness among all of the importance of healthy choices from a young age.

A broad selection of fresh, seasonal fruit is offered on carefully prepared platters to encourage children to see fruit as an important part of a healthy diet. Through tasting sessions, children are also encouraged to try less familiar fruit. Toast is available each Friday morning (a popular option!). Each day, a small carton of chilled milk is also offered as part of the ‘Healthy Break'.

Lunch Break

Healthy, tasty, hot dinners are served daily in the school canteen. Parents receive a copy of the menu on offer at the start of each month. School dinners presently cost £2.30 per day and children availing of dinner must pay in advance, preferably at the beginning of the week or month.

Children may also bring a healthy packed lunch. Information is routinely shared with parents regarding healthy lunch boxes and school wall displays reinforce important health messages with the children.

Visitors To The School

All visitors to the school - including parents - must report to Reception if needing to pass on a message or to see a child or teacher during the school day. All visitors that are visiting the school must record time of arrival at reception and provide identification. Business workers must wear personal identification at all times. Visitors lanyards will be provided and must also be worn at all times. This monitoring helps the school maintain Child Protection requirements by knowing who is on the premises at any given time. All who work in school appreciate your co-operation with this important matter.