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In line with government guidelines, the majority of CCMS staff are working from home at this time. Our office is staffed and you can contact our reception on the telephone number below.  Please contact staff individually by phone or email or contact reception if you need your query directed. Staff emails are available here.

A Call for Change is a CCMS report on provision for special educational needs (SEN), written following extensive engagement between CCMS and school leaders. The leaders highlighted many issues but the three areas of greatest concern were SEN provision, Early Years Provision and the ongoing development of a shared vision for their Catholic Ethos. CCMS set up working groups to further explore these issues and to report on their findings.CallForChange

The Nursery and Catholic Ethos reports will be launched in early 2021…..watch this space!A Call for Change is the first of these reports and outlines in great detail the findings of the working group and the views of the wider Catholic maintained sector on the improvements required in SEN provision. CCMS is grateful to all who took part in the working group and fully endorses the recommendations contained within the report.

SEN - Main Report 

SEN - Executive Summary 

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New Football Kit for Holy Cross Primary School, Kilkeel

Staff and pupils of Holy Cross Primary School are absolutely delighted to present their new football kit. The kit has been generously sponsored by Moyfab Engineering Limited, Atticall. The children are delighted with the kit which showcases the school colours and unites them in confidence as a team for all their upcoming sporting events. The school would like to thank the Fitzpatrick family for their generosity and extend a special word of thanks to Mrs Ursula Murphy and Mrs Caroline Cunningham for their efforts in making this happen.

Pictured are: Stephen Fitzpatrick of Moyfab Engineering Ltd., Mrs Ursula Murphy, Mrs Caroline Cunningham and Mrs Charlene Sloan (Principal) alongside the P6/7 pupils in the new football kit.

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

The Centre for Global Education - funded by the British Council and the Department for International Development - is successfully delivering the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme in Northern Ireland with over 60 primary, post-primary and special schools already involved.

If you are interested in applying for a grant-funded International School Partnership with schools in Africa, Asia and the Middle East why not come along and find out more at one of our October Information Sessions taking place in various locations below. As well as International Partnerships, we can also offer your school FREE in-school CPD Courses on Global Learning themes which complement the Sustainable Development Goals.  These courses are accessible to all schools, whether you are involved in an International Partnership or not.

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Holy Cross pupils Celebrate European Day of Languages

Whether you say hola, bonjour or guten tag – On Thursday 26th September Holy Cross Primary school children celebrated European Languages Day by looking at different cultures and languages as they embrace foreign languages in their classes. The children made a wonderful effort in their costumes.

Go to the Principal's office...

A new meaning has been given to this phrase in Holy Cross Primary School. As an award for exceptional work and contributions to the life of the school, most importantly for showing kindness, pupils will be chosen to receive an invitation to the Principal's office for tea.  Each week one pupil from Key stage 1 and one from Key stage 2 will receive an invite. On the first Monday of the month, all the recipients of invitations will be taken to the office for tea and treats!  What a way to reward our hard working, enthusiastic boys and girls.

Pictured with Principal Mrs Charlene Sloan are Aodhan Cunningham, Conor Cunningham, Sophia Steenson, Annie McCartan, Darragh Fitzpatrick, Ollie Sloan, Finn Cunningham and Cassie Bartley.

 

Bi –Lingual Sacrament, The Rite of Penance, at St.MacNissius’ Church Tannaghmore

The bi-lingual sacrament, The Rite of Penance, that took place in April at St.MacNissius’ Church, Tannaghmore, was a great success! Tannaghmore school acknowledge the enthusiasm, kindness and co-operation of the Parish Priest, Fr Seán Emerson, whose arrangements for the sacrament enabled the bi –lingual sacrament to run so smoothly. An tAthair Mac Giolla Cathain officiated with Fr Emerson. Dedicated staff helped with the liturgy of the music and the word. The sacrament touched all those present – parents and teachers alike. 

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St Francis' Primary School Squirrel Project Launched “Silverwood Squirrel Sanctuary”

St Francis' Primary School, Lurgan, have become the first school in NI to host red squirrels as part of Belfast Zoo’s red squirrel conservation work. The three new residents to the school are safely housed in a large bespoke enclosure funded by the Alpha Programme. Pupils have been delighted to get to know their new furry school mates which they can view from the safely of a hide in their wild woodland area. This project has been a labour of love for Dwyer Coleman the Eco-Coordinator at the school; we wish him, the pupils and the new residents lots of success in the project. Have a look at them on St Francis’ Facebook page.

 

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CCMS Telephone: 028 9201 3014