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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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21st Mar 2024
Well done to Mrs Leonard's and Ms Mackin's P1 pupils who completed a 4 week Reading...
11th Mar 2024
Our pupils took part in a cover design competition to invent a book cover and write...
11th Mar 2024
Our Mastermind competition took place on Friday and the children were able to showcase...

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All at St Joseph’s PS wish our Safeguarding Governor Áine Uí Choinn all the very best as she takes on her new role as Chairperson of Coiste na Gaeilge in Croke Park. Áine was appointed by Uachtarán Nua CLG, Jarlath Burns. We have no doubt that she will excel in her role and all in St Joseph’s PS wish her the very best.
Please see attached Healthy Kidz After School information flyer and booking link for activities for Term 3. Monday Road to Croker, 3-4pm P4-7 Wednesday Road to the Olympics Sports Club, 2-3pm P1-3 and 3-4pm P4-7
Our Primary 5 classes joined other local primary schools at a Hurling and Camogie Blitz in DKIT before Easter. The children have had coaching from Armagh Hurling Officer, James McKernan and classes throughout the school have had coaching from Craobh Rua coach, Conor. All the girls and boys who attended the blitz had a brilliant morning and it was a first for many children to have had an opportunity to take part in a sporting event. Many thanks to James and Conor for organising and to Craobh Rua Hurling and Camogie Club for funding the use of DKIT.
Congratulations to Lara in P6 Mr McGovern’s class who is our latest Word Millionaire on Accelerated Reader. Well done Lara!

Upcoming Events...

Tuesday, 16th April 2024
Confirmation at 2.00
Monday, 6th May 2024
May Bank Holiday
Saturday, 18th May 2024
Holy Communion
Monday, 27th May 2024
May Bank Holiday
Tuesday, 28th May 2024
Staff Day
Monday, 17th June 2024
Staff Day
Friday, 28th June 2024
Summer Close 11.00am