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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to St Colmcille's Primary School.


Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  The purpose of this website is to communicate with our present pupils and parents, our school community and parish, our prospective parents and to our wider audience both at home and abroad.

We are a progressive and innovative Catholic Primary School which provides a happy, challenging, busy and vibrant learning environment for all. 

St. Colmcille’s is a co-educational primary school with three attached Learning Support Centres to cater for children with additional Special Education Needs.  We are also the only school in the East Down area with a specific Nurture Centre that assists children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural issues .  In November 2017 the Nurture Centre was awarded the prestigious 'Marjorie Boxall' designation for outstanding practice with Nurture education.  We were very honoured to accept this award in June 2018 from Wendy Roden - Nurturing Schools UK.


We are extremely well equipped with modern interactive whiteboards in every classroom.  Pupils learn through the latest technology with iPads being used in every classroom.  We are a 'Digital School of Distinction' as awarded by HP and often mentor other schools in the use of digital technologies.  Indeed this was noted in our Very Good ETI Inspection Report in 2011 and in our Sustainability Improvement Inspection Reports in June 2015 and February 2019.  These reports can be downloaded in the 'About Us' section under 'Key Information' on the school website.

An extensive programme of extra-curricular activities develops both character and talent whilst community programmes for parents and grandparents are a regular feature. A breakfast club is also offered to our pupils from 8.15am each morning.

We have close links with the RGU Downpatrick GAC club and receive Gaelic coaching from them all year.  The children also receive Gaelic coaching from the County Down Cumann na mBunscoil.

I hope you enjoy browsing through the pages of our website and that it will inspire and encourage you to make an appointment to visit and soak up the warm welcoming ethos and atmosphere. If your child is ready to start primary school in September 2019, or throughout the school year, we would be very happy to guide your decision on their future education.

Yours Sincerely,

Marianne Dempsey

Acting Principal