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St Joseph's Primary School and Nursery Unit, Bessbrook, Newry


Dear Friends

Welcome to our School Website.  

We hope that you enjoy your visit and that as we continue to add updates it will provide a sense of the ethos and nature of life in our school.    

At St. Joseph’s we value and cherish all our children and every member of our school family strives to create an environment where children feel happy, safe and ready to learn. Our staff and Governors are committed to the school and work hard to provide the very best opportunities for all children to develop their learning and individual skills and talents, to see the potential in themselves and to support them in realising that potential. Our children are encouraged to be respectful, caring and hardworking to help support their relationships with others and their lives in the future.

As a Catholic school our ethos centres on nurturing every child’s personal, emotional and spiritual needs and continuing to maintain our close links with home, Parish and the wider community. We endeavour to provide a quality education through a broad and balanced curriculum supported by a wide range of additional activities, which meets the needs of all children and allows them to grow in learning, love and faith.

Frances Hannaway (Principal)

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8th Feb 2024
10th Jan 2024
Post Primary applications will open on Tuesday 30th January at 12:00pm for September...

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All at St Joseph’s PS wish Jarlath Burns the very best as he becomes the 41st Uachtarán Cumman Lúthchleas Gael. Congratulations Jarlath! 🟠⚪️
📣 Calling all past pupils, parents, carers, staff, families and friends 📣… Our big 50th anniversary school quiz takes place this Thursday 29th February in The Bank Bar, Newry. Why not come out and join us to help raise much needed funds for the school and the first of our anniversary celebrations? 🎉
Congratulations to our two past pupils Keegan and Ruairí from Shane O'Neills Camloch who were called up to the Armagh Under 20 squad. Well done!
Applications for post primary for Sep 2024 close tomorrow Thursday 22 February at 12 noon. 📢 👉 To begin or complete your application, please visit: #EAadmissions

Upcoming Events...

Monday, 18th March 2024
St Patrick's Day Holiday
Friday, 29th March 2024
Staff Day
Monday, 1st April 2024
Easter Holidays
Tuesday, 2nd April 2024
Easter Holidays
Wednesday, 3rd April 2024
Easter Holidays
Thursday, 4th April 2024
Easter Holidays
Friday, 5th April 2024
Easter Holidays
Tuesday, 16th April 2024
Confirmation at 2.00
Monday, 6th May 2024
May Bank Holiday
Saturday, 18th May 2024
Holy Communion