St Mary's Primary Coatbridge
St. Mary's Primary is the local Roman Catholic School which serves the Whifflet area and accepts both boys and girls. Our nursery class takes children from 3 years old. There are 45 morning places and 45 afternoon places and the nursery is working at full capacity. In St. Mary's Nursery Class we aim to provide the children with a broad variety of appropriate, challenging and relevant experiences fully embedded in the principles of CfE. Activities will build on previous knowledge and learning and set our children on the path to becoming Confident Individuals, Successful Learners, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.
We all share the same belief that we can offer your child a varied school life which will help him/her to grow as a complete person - physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially - and fit him/her for life.
At St. Mary's Primary School we aim to build on the existing high standards of teaching and learning by providing a broad and balanced curriculum which ensures that the needs and abilities of each child is catered for in accordance with Curriculum for Excellence. Our ethos is to provide a happy, welcoming, disciplined environment where children, staff and visitors feel safe, secure and valued members of the school family.
Parents - To continue developing partnership with parents in the social, emotional, academic and spiritual growth of their child through curriculum workshops, social events, Sacramental preparation and a wide range of events throughout our school year.
Community - To strengthen our established links within the local community e.g. distribution of Christmas hampers to the housebound and liaising with Secondary Schools in the area. Continued promotion of charity fundraising which provides substantial donations to local and international charities and to promote our global citizen links with Lomola Primary School in Malawi.
Staff Development - To afford staff the opportunity to develop their professional needs and interests through In-service training and CPD opportunities and to promote distributive leadership roles for all staff which provides further opportunities for staff and benefits to our school.
Home and school links/parental involvement There are regular and various times throughout the year for parents to visit and be involved in our school.
September Curriculum Workshops - Where parents are invited to share and take part in new developments within the curriculum.
Parental Meetings - At least twice yearly in March & October
Christmas Shows / Coffee Afternoons / Sports Days / Launch of Children's Writing - Easter and Christmas.
Children feel secure in school when the relationship between parents and teachers is a positive one. Parents are invited to the school several times each year to meet class teachers and establish a partnership of caring interest.
During the summer term, a programme of visits and workshops is arranged for parents of new entrants. Parents have the opportunity to meet class teachers and become familiar with the equipment and methods which will be used in the early stages of reading and number work. This is a 5 week programme which opens up the curriculum to parents and also to the agencies that we work with.
We have a very active Parent Council. Parent helpers are also involved in our purposeful play programme P1-P3.
Parents are always involved in our educational outings as helpers.
St. Mary's P.C. holds several social and fund-raising activities throughout the session. This organisation's contribution to the school is very valuable, both from the "participation" point of view and also from the generous contributions made in assisting financially with equipment, etc.
The money raised by the P.C. over the years has been considerable, and has
helped to provide a variety of useful resources, not to mention regular funding for various outings.
Curriculum Workshops are now a strong feature in our partnership with parents. These workshops are scheduled for September/October each year and reflect what is being targeted by our school at that time regarding our curriculum. Parents are informed, in advance, via an invitation and reminded via our school newsletter.
Pupils normally transfer from primary to secondary between the ages of 11.5 and 12.5 so that they will have the opportunity to complete at least four years of secondary education. Pupils from St Mary's primary normally transfer to St Andrew's High School, Coatbridge.
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