The School which was opened in 1964 enjoys an elevated site in the village of Strangford overlooking the Lough. The majority of our pupils come from the village, northern part of the parish of Kilclief and the main bus route between Strangford and Downpatrick.
Tha main building is comprised of three classrooms, a library/ computer room, assembly/PE Hall, staff room, office, meals servery and storerooms. Two mobile classrooms complete the facilities. One of these mobiles houses the Strangford Mothers & Toddlers Group who meet twice weekly.
The current teaching staff is Principal plus two full time assistant teachers. The teachers provide a wide range of experience and expertise across all areas of the primary school curriculum.
The school aims to develop a happy, confident, well-adjusted child who, through a broad and varied curriculum, will realise his/her full potential in a stable and caring atmosphere.
The school provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities which include swimming, netball, languages, football, camogie, choir, guitar tuition, tin whistle, Irish dancing, concerts, cycling proficiency, gardening, the Fundamentals Programme and athletics.
Educational visits play an important role throughout the school year, and the school has contact with other schools and the National Trust Coastline Guardianship Scheme.
As the school is the focal point of the village, the parents are most supportive in attending school functions, open nights and parent teacher consultations. They are most generous in donating to various charities, and in raising money for extra resources for the school and have a vibrant parent support group called 'The Parents Teachers and Friends Association of St Joseph's Primary School'.
Members of the Board of Governors are keenly interested in all aspects of the school and strongly support the work of the staff.
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