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A Charter for Catholic Schools

A Charter for Catholic Schools in Scotland
The mission of the Catholic school is to develop as a community of faith and learning, providing
the highest quality of education, and offering formation through the promotion of Gospel values,
through celebration and worship, and through service to the common good.

All Catholic schools in Scotland, in honouring Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life, will
feature the following characteristics:

 a commitment to the integrated education and formation of the whole person, in close
partnership with parents as the first educators of their children;  an inclusive ethos which aims to honour the life, dignity and voice of each person, made in
the image of God;  a commitment to the search for wisdom in life and to the pursuit of excellence, through the
development of each person’s unique God-given talents;  a commitment to the spiritual formation of the school community, through the shared
experience of prayer and liturgy, and in partnership with local parishes;  the provision of religious education programmes which will enable young people to develop
their understanding of Gospel values and of how to apply them to life;  a commitment to uphold the moral teaching, faith tradition and sacramental life of the
Catholic Church;  a commitment to communicate Catholic social teaching and thereby to promote social
justice and opportunity for all;  a commitment to ecumenical action and the unity of Christians;
the promotion of respect for different beliefs and cultures and for inter-faith dialogue;  a commitment to support the continuing professional and spiritual development of staff.

All staff appointed to a Catholic school are expected to support and promote the
aims, mission, values and ethos of the school, as illustrated in this Charter.

Main Features of Our Accommodation

 

St Andrew’s Primary School opened in April 2008 and is part of a new campus which has been built for learning in the 21st Century; offering Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Community Education on the one site.

There are fifteen classrooms, plus 2 classrooms based in the secondary, a Nurture room, playroom, LS rooms, Library and a media suite. We are also able to offer Promethean boards in each classroom. In addition to this we have our own gymnasium with access to changing rooms and thanks to the excellent partnership working with our colleagues at St Joseph’s Academy; the pupils also have access to other gymnasiums, games hall, drama studio and assembly hall.

The Senior Management Team are proud of the extremely success full partnership working that has been fostered with the departments within the Academy.

There is a separate dining area and arrangements are in place to accommodate children who wish to take their own packed lunch.

The school offers a variety of extra-curricular activities and the facilities of our ultra-modern school are used by the local community most evenings to enable them to host’ out of hours’ activities as part of East Ayrshires wider Leisure Services.

There are no difficulties with disabled access or car parking. St Andrew’s Primary is on one level so access to all areas of the school is achieved with ease, this is further enhanced by specifically designed disabled toileting facilities. Entry and Exit gates are clearly marked and we have a state of the art playground with all-weather pitch and basketball court.

There is an area to the rear of the school that has been landscaped with various vegetation and flowerbeds along with a pond this is ideally suited to studies within science and outdoor learning.

 

Enrolment Procedures

Annual registration for infant beginners takes place each January. Details may be found in local press, associated Nursery Schools, Church Bulletins or by contacting the school.

Birth and Baptismal certificates should be brought to school on the day of enrolment along with proof of address.

Parents/carers can register their child for St Andrew’s Primary towards the end of January of each year. Specific details will appear in local press near the event.

Parents are requested to inform the school about any condition, medical or otherwise, which might result in some special arrangements having to be made within the school.

Children who reach the age of five years before the 1st of March of the following year are eligible for enrolment for the primary one class beginning in the August of that year.

Children who live in the catchment area of a particular school require registering at that school when they will be informed of the conditions pertaining to this. Later in the session there is an induction programme to welcome the new children and their parents to our school.  It gives the children the opportunity to get to know their teacher, their classroom and the general layout of the school.

 

Deferred Entry

Under current legislation in Scotland, parents and carers of children aged between four and four and a half and five at the start of the school session (those with September to February birthdays) have a choice about enrolling their child for primary school. Children can start school before they are five or can defer their start until the following August.

Register the child at the catchment area school, where there will be an opportunity to indicate interest in deferring entry, during the period notified in the local press.

Discuss the possibility of a deferred entry with staff in an early year’s establishment (if attending).

If the child does not attend an early years establishment, advice and application forms can be obtained by contacting the school directly.

All applications wishing an August entry must be submitted by the 28th February of the enrolling year.

 

Our School hours are:

Session One 9:00am – 10:45

 

 

Morning Break 10:45am – 11:00am

 

Session Two 11:00-12:15 (upper)

11:00-12.35 (infants)

 

Lunch 12:15pm – 1pm (upper)

12.35-1.20 (infants)

Session Three 1pm – 3:00pm (upper)

1.20pm-3.00pm (infants)

 

 

Our E.C.C. times are:

Morning Session 8:25am – 11:35am
Afternoon Session 12:15pm – 3:25pm

 

 

Ethos, Values and Aims

We foster a love of learning and ensure that every child achieves his or her full potential. We are on a journey to excellence, which means we will continue to place due emphasis on the core skills of Literacy and Numeracy, while seeking opportunities to enhance the Health and Wellbeing of every child –within and beyond the school day – to create confident, successful, effective and responsible members of our community. We aim to;

Websites/SchPriStAndrews/UserFiles/file/Vision%20Values%20and%20Aims%202015.pdf

 

Please click on the above lick to take you to the Vision, Value and Aims that all members of our School and E.C.C. including parents and pupils worked on during 2014/2015

 

 

 WHAT IS THE RAINBOW ROOM?

The Rainbow Room is the Nurture Class within St. Andrew’s Primary School. Some children come to school with confidence and enthusiasm but, for a number of reasons, a few children find it difficult to settle or adjust to life in the classroom.
Some of these children can benefit from becoming part of the Nurture Class within our school.

WHAT IS A NURTURE CLASS?

A Nurture Class is a separate classroom within the school in which children are able to learn through similar experiences to those that they experience at home e.g. cooking, sharing snack, reading and playing together. The children are still part of their own class, but spend most of the morning 4  days per week working with the Nurture Class staff within a small group of around 6 children. This takes place in a dedicated classroom called ‘The Rainbow Room’ which combines features of both home and school. Each child follows the mainstream curriculum at their individual pace, with emphasis on:
  •   Routine and Structure
  •   Social & Emotional Development
  •   Active Learning
  •   Setting Personal Targets

Children are expected to work within the Nurture Group for no longer than four terms maximum, after which full time re-integration into class is a priority.   WORKING TOGETHER The Class Teacher and the Nurture Teacher work together to ensure continuity for all children however it is vitally important that school and home also work together in order to ensure the maximum benefit for the children. Parents and Carers are kept informed of their child’s progress through up-dates and meetings, and are consulted on their return to their mainstream class. Whilst children are engaging with the nurture programme, a family member is expected to attend any meetings or open afternoons, which may take place. By sharing information and working together we can meet the needs of the children.

 

 

 

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