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SunflowerSupervalu Best Kept Pre Primary Award
This competition is open to all schools in Northern Ireland. The School and grounds are inspected by a judge representing the Northern Ireland Amenities Council and Supervalu.

Our School was first judged to be runner up in the North Eastern Education and Library Board Area in 2009.

We won the competition in 2010 and were presented with a Trophy, a prestigious School Sign and a cheque.

In 2011 we were once again runner up. We intend to continue to apply for the award in the years to come.

PartyRights respecting Schools Award
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school's planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children's rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and children, between adults and between children.

Who is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) for?
The RRSA is a UK-wide initiative for all children and all those working with or for children in formal education. It is being successfully implemented in all settings - Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Special Needs and Pupil Referral Units - across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Kylemore Nursery School was successful in achieving a Rights Respecting School Award at Level 1 in June 2010. We celebrated with a beach party in the nursery for all children, parents, governors and staff. The Certificate was presented by Dolores Davidson and Daphne Wilson. A wonderful time was had by all.

Awards - Eco Schools Green Flag Award
Eco SchoolsEco-Schools is an international programme operating in 45 countries to a high environmental standard. Northern Ireland has nearly 600 registered Eco-Schools representing nearly half of all schools. Of these over 140 have achieved the Green Flag status and in the past academic year 49 either achieved their first Green Flag or renewed their Green Flag status. In Northern Ireland, the Eco-Schools Programme is operated by TIDY Northern Ireland, an environmental charity. Community

At Kylemore Nursery School we have been involved in the Eco Schools project under the leadership of teacher Louise Cavalleros.

We achieved our Bronze award in April 2008 followed by the Silver award in April 2009.

We were awarded the Eco-Schools Green flag on 27th May 2011 - the first Nursery School in Coleraine to have achieved a Green Flag. Our second Green Flag award was received in 2015 and our third flag in April 2017.

Our school is a committed community of children staff parents and governors currently working to develop our knowledge skills and attitudes in four areas;
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* * * energy
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* * * healthy living
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* * * waste - recycling
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* * * school grounds - our environment
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Community Links
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Coleraine Education in the Community Project
CommunityOn Wednesday, 6 October 2010 Social Development Minister Alex Attwood launched an Education Project in Coleraine funded from the Department for Social Development's Neighbourhood Renewal programme.

The project, which was developed by the North Eastern Education and Library Board and nine local schools (two nursery, four primary and three post primary), will establish links between schools and families with the aim of ensuring positive relationships between parents /carers and young people.

The project involves the appointment of three project workers who will work in partnership with the schools in order to improve educational outcomes.

Speaking at the launch Alex Attwood commented: "Improving educational outcomes for our children is an important part of ensuring a solid foundation for their future. Our young people need to be nurtured and providing educational projects like this one will help achieve that."

Minister Attwood added: "By recruiting the support workers, principals and teachers at these schools will be able to focus more on educating and spend less time on social issues."

The project employs a range of strategies, such as the development of a drop-in facility for parents and a variety of parenting programmes specific to age range. The project will also offer individual parent support through accessing support from a wide range of organisations in the community.

At Kylemore Nursery we are delighted to be involved in the project and see it as a positive experience that will offer benefits to our children their parents and the wider community in Churchlands.

Within the past year these activities have included:
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* * * Environmental Education experiences including Woodland Schools visits for children and their parents
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* * * Language support for children and parents
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* * * Maths Packs developed by our support worker and available on loan to parents who use these at home with their children
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* * * Music to develop the children's awareness of a sense of rhythm and beat
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* * * Parent classes and drop-in sessions -
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* * * craft and chat
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* * * candle making
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* * * keep fit classes for parents
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* * * maths is fun sessions
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* * * pamper sessions
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* * * speech and language advice
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* * * t-shirt printing
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* * * transition to primary school
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* * * Summer School
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* * * Swimming lessons attended by children and their parents
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COMMUNITY LINKS - COLERAINE SURE START
Sure Start is a government initiative established to work with expectant parents and with children up to four years of age. Sure Start aims to promote the physical, intellectual and social development of pre-school children to ensure they are ready to flourish when they get to school.

Coleraine Sure Start provides a wide range of activities and services to people living in the following areas:
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* * * Ballysally
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* * * Harpur's Hill
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* * * Killowen
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* * * Millburn
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* * * The Heights
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* * * The Town centre
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* * * WindyHall
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CommunitySure Start staff can to come in and chat to parents about available services, or on a topic of interest to the parents, such as Weaning, Speech and Language issues, dietary or dental advice. Early years resources are available on loan from the Toy and Book Library for the school to use - or lend out to parents.

Our nursery school and the local playgroup at Coleraine West Community Centre are supported by Sure Start with a Home Link Worker, Christine Cochrane, who provides a link between the Nursery and the family. We also support a number of parents who are being funded by Sure Start as they undertake early years qualifications by providing them with a placement in our school.

Coleraine Sure Start also offers the Department of Education's Programme for Two Year Olds in three different settings in the Sure Start area:
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* * * West Bann Development Group
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* * * Focus on Family
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* * * Harpur's Hill Children and Family Centre
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If you have any queries about completing an Expression of Interest form, or about the programme in general, please call 028 7032 1032 and ask for Elaine or Linda.

http://colerainesurestart.org.uk
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