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Castledawson Primary School

School Day

Everyone enjoying various activities at our Early Bird Club


School opens for all pupils at 8.00am and Early Bird Club is available (8.00am -8.40am)

Children have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities daily. Breakfast is also on offer - toast, choice of cereal and fruit juice or milk. Early Bird Club costs £1.50 if your child is taking breakfast and £1.00 if not. At 8.40am all children go out to play. 

Morning lessons start at 9.00am. On Monday and Thursday there is an assembly for the whole school. Tues assemblies are taken by classes while Thursday assemblies are taken by local clergy.

Breaktime is at 10.45am - 11.00am. Healthy snacks (fruit and bread based products) are available to purchase in our canteen. Milk is also available to purchase termly.

Lunchtime is 12.10- 1.20pm for P1 - 4 (taking into account staggered lunchtimes) and 12.55pm - 1.40pm for P5 - 7. Children can avail of a cooked dinner for £2.60 cooked in our 5* rated canteen or bring a packed lunch.


We have two separate playgrounds - one is for P1-4 children where they have the opportunity to play on trikes, in the sand and with other play equipment. The other playground is for P4-7 and they have playground markings to play on as well as equipment which includes basketball nets. In favourable weather we use the Boyne Row pitch and basketball court beside the school. 


P1-3 go home everyday at 2.15pm, however on Monday, Tuesday and Friday P3 go home at 3.15pm. 

P4-7 stay to 3.15pm daily.

H.O.P. Club is available for all younger children who finish at 2.15pm and want to stay on to 3.15pm for an after school club or to wait on an older sibling so parents have one pick up. In H.O.P. Club children are provided with a snack and take part in various activities and the cost is £1.50 daily.

After School Clubs are from 3.15pm - 4.15pm. Some clubs for younger children are from 2.15pm - 3.15pm. Please see our range of After School Clubs available in the Activities section of this website.

Swimming takes place every Wednesday for P4-7 children for the whole year. 

The class teacher will provide details of activities specific to the class e.g. P.E. days.    

Assembly takes place online daily in class and every Thursday as a whole school assembly. This provides an opportunity for us to praise God and celebrate efforts and achievements within our school. Local ministers and members of the community visit regularly to participate in assemblies. Parents join us regularly in assemblies so we can celebrate and share together.