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Castle Gardens Primary School, Newtownards

Primary 1


“We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit.”

Robert H. Shaffer

Here we are at the beginning of our educational journey. We love to learn in school and make friends as we work and play together. Our teachers are Mrs Harbinson and Mrs McDowell ably supported by Mrs Davidson and Mrs Noble.  We strive to make the learning enjoyable and worthwhile, whilst encouraging care and cooperation.  All efforts are valued and praised with the well-being of the whole child foremost in our minds.


Starting Primary 1

The involvement of parents in the education of their children is critically important and we want to ensure that parents are informed as fully as possible about their children’s progress.

Prospective P1 Parents

Before Enrolment

  • All parents of prospective P1 pupils will be invited to visit the school with their child in June when they will meet their child’s teacher and visit the proposed classroom.
  • P1 parents are invited to induction meetings in August prior to their child starting. This gives an opportunity for the parents to meet the class teacher and ensure the settling in period is as smooth as possible, taking account of the needs of the individual child.
  • Parents will also receive a P 1 induction booklet which will give further detail of the school arrangements and procedures and will assist you in preparing your child for coming to Castle Gardens.

When children transfer from another school an interview will be arranged with the Principal and a suitable time agreed for the child to visit the school and meet the prospective class teacher.

After enrolment

The school attaches great importance to the involvement of parents in their child’s education and tries to offer not only the opportunity to discuss the progress of their child with the individual teachers but also to attend “curriculum” and “open” evenings to help understand the workings, aims and approaches of the school.

In addition parents will be invited into school to attend activities such as Concerts and Sports Day. Parents will be informed of these by letter and on the school website and social media.



8th Mar 2018
We all enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day! We talked about our outfits and our...
4th Jan 2018
We had a wonderful time at the Queen's Hall when we went to see 'Sleeping Beauty'. ...
3rd Jan 2018
On Tuesday 12th December P1/P2McD and P2/3S enjoyed an exciting visit from...
6th Dec 2017
The P1 and P2 pupils took part in their Christmas celebrations on Wednesday 6th December. Pupils...

Building Together for the Future


What's On Offer for P1 Pupils?

For pupils in P1 we offer the following extra-curricular activities

  • Breakfast Club from 8am each morning
  • After-school care until 6pm each day through School's Out NI who are based in our building
  • Miniversity on Monday afternoons after school
  • Gymnastics on Thursday afternoons after school in partnership with Rathgael Gymnastics & Tumbling Club

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