Admission to P1
Tús maith, leath na hoibre!
"A Good Start is Half the Battle"
The Education Authority Admissions Portal opens on Tuesday 10th January at 12 noon and closes on Friday 27th January at 12 noon.
Timeline for Admissions
Click on the link below to be taken to the Education Authority Website, where you will find out more information on the Admissions Process.
All You Need To Know About Admissions
Click on the link and scroll down to find lots of information about the admissions process.
Register of Interest - P1 Enrolment September 2023
If your child is eligible to start school in September 2023 and you would like to find out more about St. Mary's P.S. Draperstown. Complete the following form and we will be in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.
Introducing St.Mary's P.S. Draperstown
Click on the link below and scroll right to left to watch the video and find out more about life at St. Mary’s.
What Sets Us Apart?
We are leading the way in Ballinascreen
See our extensive array of awards across many areas of learning including Sport, Music, STEM, Eco-Schools, Wellbeing and Outdoor Learning
We have strong lines of communication. We keep our families well informed with weekly Sways
Check out our Digital Prospectus to find out more
School is open for Breakfast Club from 8.20am every morning
(Drop your child off on your way to work)
P1 and P2 children can stay from 2.00pm - 3.00pm every day for
"Stay and Play"
(Just one school run at 3pm for your family)
KS2 children enjoy the widely acclaimed annual My Marathon event and Foundation Stage and KS1 enjoy Mini-Miles. Both are celebrated and recognised as good practice across (NI).
My Marathon has won a regional and national award and is sponsored by Nike
We have large rooms with ideal class sizes, averaging 24 children
No composite classes :
P1 - P7 straight classes
We have a state of the art ICT Suite which is second to none
We have a well known musical heritage. Our children practise and learn in our dedicated Music Room, with highly skilled wind and string Music teachers.
Our acclaimed Harp School celebrates it’s tenth anniversary with our first pupils now passing on their skills as music teachers.
Our musicians have had rich recognition and won many awards. Our traditional music group are the current An Carn champions
Come and see our extensive playgrounds with celebrated creative learning spaces including our award winning gardens. We have easy access to our acclaimed biodiversity area, full-sized playing pitch, 3G pitch and Backrow Hall.
We are the only accredited Forest School in the parish
We are the only school in Ballinascreen to have been crowned Derry and Ulster Camogie Champions
We have recently achieved the Investors in Mental Health Award. This celebrates excellence in the area of Wellbeing
We have a creative Sensory Space
We have a rich array of after school activities
Click on the yellow stars below to find out more.....
ADMISSIONS CRITERIA SEPTEMBER 2023
INDUCTION TO P1
We have a busy Induction Programme, which starts in January and follows through until your child is settled into P1.
*An invitation to visit Santa at our Open Night
*An invitation to take part in the Pre-School Fancy Dress at our Annual Festival
*Ms Coyle and Mrs Kearney visit the pre-school settings
*An Induction morning for our new P1 children
*A Parents' Information Morning
*Our Festival of Fun with lots of sports and activities for our pre-school children
* Connection with our new P1 children and their families via Seesaw
*Clear lines of communication and advice for parents of children with Individual Needs
Click on the Yellow Star below and have a look at our Welcome Sway for P1 September 2022. It will give you a feel for how we adapted our P1 Induction process last year.
We welcome families from a wide and varied selection of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We enjoy celebrating diversity. Our children speak a variety of languages including Irish, French, Polish, Lithuanian, Czech, Romanian and Slovakian.
Find below a Newcomer Welcome Booklet giving basic information about the school.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ST. MARY'S P.S.
At St. Mary's, communication is key. Click on the link below and you can see what's happening in our school each week. We communicate with our parents and in this fabulous digital format. This allows us to use text, photos, videos and links to share information. We pride ourselves in being one step ahead with e-learning.
Ms Coyle was asked to present our e-learning practice at a C2k Good Practice Webinar for all schools in Northern Ireland in June 2020. She shared the fabulous work of our school's Online Learning Hub during lockdown. You can view this work in the Lockdown Sways.