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Academy Primary School 194 Listooder Road Saintfield Ballynahinch

School Restart Information

Children in Nursery and P1-7 will return to school on Monday 22nd March.

Start and finish times will be same as they were before Christmas. Arrival and dismissal will also be at the same locations as before. Classes will continue to practise good hygiene and all Covid-safe protocols will be followed to the same degree as before Christmas. Classes will continue to operate in bubbles and the sharing of resources will be limited.

As per Department of Education Guidance, social distancing between pupils in school will be encouraged where possible, while acknowledging that in some circumstances this may not be practical. Children will be taught in class 'protective bubbles'. They will have minimal contact with other classes and their breaks and lunches will be 'staggered'. The playground will be zoned for play times so that no two classes will be able to mix. 

Start and dismissal times will be 'staggered' and there is a one way system installed round the school. 

Parents are asked to wear face coverings and adhere strictly to the 2m rule at drop off and pick up times, especially at the school gates and on the playground.

Start and Dismissal Times, Routes and Pickup points can be viewed in the panel to the right.  

Children will be encouraged to regularly wash their hands and socially distance (we will try our best to do this in the most child-friendly manner, but we cannot guarantee that children within a ‘bubble’ won’t brush past each other or come close to one another at some stage in the school day!) Staff also intend to treat a child if they are hurt and console them if they are upset. Please contact Mr Fegan if you need to discuss this.

The School Day

School Facilities

Not all components of the School Day will be immediately available.  Anything not supported at time of school reopening is under review with the intention of reintroducing as soon as possible. This list will be updated as dates become firmed up.

School Bus
Operational from 22nd March
Breakfast Club temporarily suspended
Break Club temporarily suspended
School Milk temporarily suspended
School Meals
Hot meals operational from 22nd March
After School Clubs
      (teacher led)
temporarily suspended
After School Clubs
      (external e.g Galaxy)
temporarily suspended
Music Tuition temporarily suspended
After School Child Care
Paddington Lodge operational


Hygiene / Cleaning / Infection Control

Measures that will be in place from to ‘Day One’ in August 2020.

  • Children should not be sent to school if they are unwell or have a temperature.
  • If your child is absent, it is essential that you contact the office to tell us why.
  • lease take your child's temperature before they leave the house in the mornings. If they have a temperature, they must not attend school. 
  • Staff temperatures will be taken on arrival.
  • Children will be reminded how to wash hands using the 20 seconds rule.
  • Children will wash hands on entering school, before and after break and lunch, after play, after reading in groups and any other time the teacher deems necessary.
  • Children will be reminded how to sneeze either into their elbow or into a tissue, thus following the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ They will be encouraged not to touch their face (we will try!)
  • Children will practise social distancing in fun, child-friendly and practical ways.
  • Hand sanitiser will be at every entrance/exit in the school.
  • Classrooms will be laid out so that children face forward, sit beside one other person but the pair will be spaced as far apart as we can from the next pair. (Foundation stage may be seated slightly differently owing to age and practicalities).
  • Children can bring a small tube of hand sanitiser if their parent is happy.
  • Soap will be provided at every sink.
  • Each class will operate the ‘bubble’ method where the children will have minimal contact with other classes.
  • Play times will be staggered and each class (bubble) will have a zoned area to play in.
  • Start / Dismissal times will be staggered
  • School corridors will have a one-way system
  • Extra cleaning will be done throughout the day.
  • Staff may wear visors/ masks if they want to.
  • As per Departmental guidance, children do not need PPE, but rather they should have clean clothes on daily (where possible)
  • Rooms will be ventilated.
  • Parents should wear face masks if they need to be inside school buildings.

Emotional Well Being

As we enter a second period of lockdown within a year, we thought we would share some advice given to us by Action Mental Health. In Term 1, P5 -7 pupils, all teachers and non-teaching staff had training on the 5 STEPS TO WELL-BEING. Over the next 5 weeks we will share these with you, hoping they may be of use to both you and your children.


Good relationships are important for your well-being. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and help you support others

There are lots of things you can do to build stronger and closer relationships:

  • take time each day to be with your family - arrange set meal times, in particular try to eat dinner together
  • arrange a time to go for a walk or exercise with someone in or all of your household
  • try to switch off TVs/ computers at some point to talk to or play a game with your family
  • make the most of technology to stay in contact with your friends and family. If appropriate give your children permission to call or zoom a friend or family member at least twice weekly.
  • allow your children to write a letter to a grandparent/ friend/ cousin.

DO NOT rely on technology or social media ALONE to build relationships. Instead of always texting, emailing or messaging ... try FaceTiming or telephoning.


Physical activity is not only good for your physical health and fitness. Evidence shows it can also help your mental well-being by:

  • raising self esteem
  • helping you to set goals and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which an help positively change your mood

To boost physical activity you could try to:

  • find free online activities to help keep you and your children fit
  • cycle
  • do the Joe Wicks workouts in the mornings
  • take a jog in your local area
  • go for a brisk walk
  • stair climbing
  • play musical statues with your children
  • do some gardening
  • use a skipping rope for exercise
  • set up an obstacle course in your garden
  • do handstands, cartwheels

DO NOT feel like you have to do hours of exercise at a time. Find a couple that you and your children enjoy and build these into daily routine.


Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.

  • have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • get a plant for your workspace
  • take notice of how your family/ colleagues are feeling and acting. Ask if they are ok.
  • take a different route on your daily walk/ journey to work and take in the new views
  • notice your breath in your body
  • spend some time in silence each day to take in your own thoughts
  • relax your shoulders and think about how your body feels right now
  • keep a ‘gratitude journal’. Note 3-5 things you are grateful for each day

Try to link ‘Taking Notice’ with some of the other 5 steps to well-being. e.g. Take notice when you are out walking or take notice of how others are doing when you connect with them.


Research shows that learning a new skill can help mental health and well-being by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self esteem
  • helping you build a sense of purpose
  • helping you connect with others

Even if you feel you don’t have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.

Some activities you and/or your children could try to include are:

  • trying to cook new things
  • try taking on a new responsibility at school or work, such as mentoring a junior member of staff or improving  your presentation skills
  • work on a DIY project like fixing a broken bike or gate or something bigger. There are lots of free tutorials online
  • try learning a new language. Again, there are lots of free tutorials online
  • try new hobbies that challenge you, such as writing a blog, gardening, learning a new sport, learning how to paint or play a musical instrument

DO NOT feel you have to sit exams or obtain qualifications if this does not interest you. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and build them into your routine.

Step 4 : GIVING!

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental well being by;

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people.

It could be small acts of kindness toward other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your community.

Some examples of the things you could try to include;

  • saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
  • asking friends, family and colleagues how they are doing and really listening to their reply
  • spending time with relatives or friends who are lonely and need your support or company
  • helping someone you know with DIY or a work project (when restrictions lift)
  • volunteering in your community

Welcome Back


Start and Dismissal Times

CLASS Start Dismissal
Nursery am 09:00 11:30
Nursery pm 12:30 15:00
P1LM 08:50 11:50
P1CM 09:10 12:10
P2DE 08:50 13:50
P2MJ 09:10 14:10
P3RB 08:55 13:55/
P3C 09:10 14:10/
P4L 09:10 15:10
P4M 08:50 14:50
P5KR 09:00 15:00
P5RM 09:10 15:10
P6M 08:50 14:50
P6K 09:10 15:10
P7E 08:50 14:50
P7D 09:00 15:00

Note: P3RB and P3C dismissal will be the 14:00 staggered slots on Mon, Wed, Fri and the 15:00 staggered slots on Tues and Thurs.

Start and Dismissal Routes

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P1 and P2
P3 and P4
P5, P6 and P7
One Way Route Inside School

Playground Zones

Playground Zones