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Our Lady and St Patrick Primary School, Downpatrick

Principal's Welcome...


Hello and welcome to our school website. As a past pupil of The Convent of Mercy it is a pleasure  for me to be Principal of our school.

We have wonderful children and a great school with a very busy as well as varied curriculum and I hope you enjoy the various pages on offer on our website so that you get a real insight into the life of our school.

Please take time to look up our website and read all the new additions to it. This is a great opportunity for you to keep up to date with what is going on in school and to comment on the policies we are revising.

The site is regularly updated so ensure you check us out each week. I look forward to working with you and your children in the coming years.

School Council Highlight Safe Parking

Members of our School Council, who represent all children in our school, have been instrumental in highlighting the dangers of parking at the school gates. They have composed a letter for parents, which pointed out the need for considerate and careful parking, to help keep everyone safe. They welcomed two banners, now displayed on the school railings, which remind everyone to think about where they park and be aware of our children's safety at all times.


EA Digital Admissions

The new digital admissions application process for pre-school and primary school will go live on Wednesday 2 January 2019. Parents will be able to access the parent portal and schools will be able to access the school portal from this date. The closing time and date for applications for pre-school and primary school places will be 12.00 midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019.

You can access information and resources from:  

If your require further support we are hosting a Digital Admissions Clinic in school on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday the 9th January from 8:45 - 9:30am and 1:30 - 3pm. For more information please contact the school office.

We look forward to your application.


We have achieved our Bronze Award!

We aim to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK. We are delighted to announce that we have just received our Bronze Award, for being Rights Committed. 

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

Our pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships. We hope that you will support us on our journey. For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:


International Credit Union Day

International Credit Union Day was October 18th. We would like to remind you that Downpatrick Credit Union continues to operate in school. Children (and parents) are encouraged to begin saving and develop good financial awareness now and into the future. Come along every Friday morning from 8.40 am and meet the friendly staff!


Latest Gallery


IMU Choir


Dinner Menu

Please see Documents for the School Dinner Menu

Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2019 will take place on Tuesday 5th February with the theme ‘Together for a better internet'.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.

Find out more and get involved! #SaferInternetDay2019

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and the campaign sees over 1,600 organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities. Please see our 'Links' section for parent and child resources. Together we can work to keep children alert and better aware of how to protect themselves online.


EA Digital Admissions Update

If your child is starting pre-school or primary school in September 2019, you can apply for their place online from Wednesday 2 January 2019. The closing date and time for pre-school and primary one applications will be 12.00 midnight on Thursday 31 January 2019. The post primary school admissions process for the September 2019 intake will remain the same as in previous years. Further information is available on the EA website under the Admissions section at -

We hope this helps.


Congratulations Emme

Congratulations to Emme! She designed our lovely Rights Respecting mascot Mighty Mouse. Emme's design was chosen by the school council, who judged a whole school competition. Mighty Mouse will be used to highlight children's rights throughout our school.


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