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Admission to Reception (Pre-school) and Primary 1 in September 2022

This year the application process for places in next year’s Reception and P1 classes (starting September 2022) will again be done digitally (although paper copies will be available for those parents who request this). The online application process will happen via a ‘Parent Portal’ on the Education Authority website ( Online applications open on Friday 10th January 2022 (12 noon) and will close on Friday 28th January 2022 (12 noon). Please phone the office (028 43722098) if you need any further details. If you would like to see around our school please contact the office and we can organise an individual tour at a time that suits.

New Prospectus (2021-2022)

To see our new prospectus click here .

All Children's IPS Movie 2021 and Life in P1

Click on the video below to watch a 6 minute movie to get a flavour of life at our school. 

Life in P1

Click on the 'Welcome to P1' image to watch a Powerpoint presentation, voiced over by our P1 teacher Miss McIvor. This is normally used at induction meetings and gives a great overview of life in P1 for prospective parents.

Life in Reception

Click on the 'Welcome to Reception' image to watch a Powerpoint presentation, voiced over by one of our Reception teachers Mrs McConnell. This is normally used at induction meetings and gives a great overview of life in Reception for prospective parents.

School Development Plan 'At a Glance'

Please see below for an overview of our main targets for this year.

26th November


Although the conference is now over, the P4s to P7s have all been contributing to a lovely display explaining what they are all going to try to do to reduce carbon emissions in their lives. Just some of these include ‘switching off lights around the house’, using their bikes and walking more instead of jumping into mum or dad’s car, reducing the amount of waste packaging they use and using more re-useable bottles. The children were also involved in a project to come up with ideas for our local council to also improve on reducing emissions including building more cycle ways and planting more tress in the parks.


12th November 2021

We have two themed days next week. On Monday it’s the first day of Anti-bullying Week and on Friday it’s Children in Need.

Monday 15th November. Anti-Bullying Week begins…

Each year the Anti-bullying Alliance (a UK wide coalition of organisations campaigning against bullying) promotes Anti-bullying Week. The theme for this year is ‘One Kind Word’ and as a school every class will be holding a workshop to mark the week on Monday. We are also asking all the children on Monday to wear ‘odd socks’ as a recognition that it’s ok to be different. Just some of the workshops different classes will be doing include:

  • Respecting Differences
  • How to be a good friend
  • ‘Fill a bucket.’ Filling each other’s buckets with kindness.
  • Internet Safety mini-books
  • A ‘One Kind Word’ workshop Next Friday 19th November is Children in Need Day. As a school we will be taking part by having a crazy hairband/bandana day. School uniform should be worn as usual. We will also be asking pupils to bring in pennies or pounds for Pudsey. By raising funds, we can make a difference to local charities and projects which support young people. Even by raising £50 we can help children who are facing a range of challenges by funding one to one counselling helping build resilience and improve emotional wellbeing. We look forward to seeing all the different hairbands and bandanas on Friday next.

The Anti-bullying Alliance have also produced an anti-bullying toolkit for parents. Click here for more information.

Friday 19th November. Children in Need ‘Together we Can!’

Next Friday 19th November is Children in Need Day. As a school we will be taking part by having a crazy hairband/bandana day. School uniform should be worn as usual. We will also be asking pupils to bring in pennies or pounds for Pudsey. By raising funds, we can make a difference to local charities and projects which support young people. Even by raising £50 we can help children who are facing a range of challenges by funding one to one counselling helping build resilience and improve emotional wellbeing. We look forward to seeing all the different hairbands and bandanas on Friday next!

October 2021

It’s been lovely seeing many of the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Thanks as well to everyone who took part in our annual pumpkin carving competition which has made a brilliant outside display at the back of the school. Well done to all the winners but well done to everyone as we have been amazed at everyone’s creativity! All the children have enjoyed looking at all the wonderful designs and thanks to all the parents & carers who managed to find the time to help with these as well.

September 2021

It has been lovely to welcome back all the boys and girls over the last week and it is obvious how many of the children have missed their classmates over the summer. For many of the children it was also great to see them enjoying the summer scheme during August. Almost 100 children took part over two weeks and enjoyed a mixture of sports, crafts, art and eating ice-cream!


August 2021

Reminder for parents & carers

School restarts on Tuesday 31st August 2021 finishing at 12noon. Further details regarding updated Covid guidance from DENI will be forwarded shortly.

Please note there is no school bus or school dinners on this day.

Normal school times will commence Wednedsay 1st September.

May/June 2021

Slieve Donard Fire

It’s still hard to believe the fire that took place on Slieve Donard several weeks ago. As a way of saying thank you to the local fire service all the children made class cards for them. The P7s have also been up to see the damage for themselves and we were all shocked to see how close the fire got to Donard Forest.

Summer Term Activities at All Children’s IPS

It’s been great to be able to offer more and more activities typical of normal school life as this term has progressed. Just some of these currently include:


  1. Cricket for P4s and P6s on Tuesday afternoons. Many thanks to Geoff Maguire and his team from Dundrum Cricket Club who have been running these sessions with such enthusiasm. Thanks as well to Brian Small from the Integrated Education Fund who has kindly sponsored the workshops.
  2. Two after-school clubs are back up-and-running. These are tennis and Acti-sport on Wednesdays and Fridays. Numbers have been steadily growing and there are still places available for anyone interested.
  3. Uberheroes mental health workshops for P7s. We have run several workshops recently with Hope4Life facilitating these.
  4. A huge thanks to one of our mums, Mrs Bennett, who is a zoologist and who came into school on Monday and ran two reptile workshops with our P2s and P6s. Both classes are currently finding out about animals or the Amazon and of course this really brought their topics to life. If you want to find out more about Mrs Bennett’s presentations for groups go to .
  5. Mr Houlahan has been busy running cycling proficieny workshops in our back playground which has plenty of new road markings to help train the children on how to keep safe on their bikes on our roads. The children will complete eight weeks of workshops before being tested on their new skills.


Well-Being Week – Monday 24th May to Friday 28th May.

Over the course of their education, children spend thousands of hours at school.  With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. Emotional wellbeing is also a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life.

After such a momentuous year this seems a good time for us to encourage all our pupils to participate in a range of activities that promote wellbeing. Mrs McConville, who is leading this work in school, has put together a programme of pupil activities planned for Monday 24th to Friday 28th May. Full details will be sent out next week and will include extra sports, art and outdoor education sessions as well as introductions to yoga/mindfulness and ice-creams!

April 2021

School Assemblies during the Pandemic

For over a year now we have not been able to get together as a whole school to run assemblies so instead of that I have been visiting two classes each week to do an assembly in each class.

Last week I visited P6 and P7 with a focus on ‘A Busy News Week.’ We were able to cover several major news items including the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh and the success of the Northern Ireland ladies football team. Many of the children had already heard about the Duke of Edinburgh and we celebrated two of his achievements including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and his work when he was President of the World Wildlife Fund.

This week I visited P1 and Reception with a focus on World Earth Day which was on Thursday. I used the inspirational story of Wangari Matthai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya who led a quiet revolution reforesting huge areas of land around Mount Kenya, to talk about the importance of looking after our environment. 

Welcome back our P4s to P7s!

We have had another lovely week at All Children’s and it has been great to have the whole school together again for the first time since mid-December. Our P4s to P7s were all looking quite tired on Monday morning with the early start but soon came round to enjoy learning and playing together.

All classes have continued to enjoy plenty of indoor and outdoor learning with quite a few groups heading up to Donard Forest including the P5s who took part in a river study.

The children have also enjoyed a number of special visitors as a number of staff or their relatives brought in pets to celebrate Spring and Easter. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Parke (P3 Mrs Parke’s parents), Mrs Green who is currently providing reading support and Mrs Chambers who together brought in a mixture of English Sheepdogs, tortoises and rabbits. The children really enjoyed learning about the animals!


Great to see our Reception to P3s!

We have had a lovely week in All Children’s with our Reception to P3s back again. Break duty on Monday was a pleasure as all the boys and girls were running around excited and happy to be back with their friends. There has been plenty of PE, outdoor activities including visits to Donard Forest and painting in the classes and the emphasis has very much been on enjoying time together after the latest lockdown.

 We have, of course, been missing the P4s to P7s and hope they are all continuing to cope with not being able to come into school. When they do return we will ensure they get the same warm reception that the younger children got this week.

Return to Face-to-Face Teaching (Reception to P3 Classes)

Following the Education Minister's announcement, there will be a return to face-to-face teaching for our Reception class, Primary 1, Primary 2 and Primary 3 classes from Monday March 8th to the Easter holidays. Primary 4 to Primary 7 classes will continue to be taught remotely.


January 2021

A very Happy New Year to everyone in our school community. School is closed on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January as planned. Following the Minister for Education's announcement yesterday school has been re-organised for Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th January. A letter giving full details will be sent to all our parents & carers late afternoon on Friday 1st January.

December 2020

Christmas Activities                                                

It’s definitely getting very Christmassy around the school with Christmas displays, trees, lights and yesterday our Christmas dinner.

Our virtual Christmas Nativity play featuring Reception to P4 will be filmed over the next few weeks and then go out to parents and carers soon after. We hope you enjoy the performance by the classes in their bubbles.

November 2020

Anti-bullying Week

This week across Northern Ireland has been anti-bullying week. At All Children’s every class has been running anti-bullying workshops on different themes including cyber bullying, how to help themselves and others who are being bullied, celebrating difference through exploring the book ‘Wonder,’ wearing and designing ‘odd socks’ to celebrate diversity, using puppets to introduce the problems of bullying (P1) and the importance of standing up to bullying. If you would like to find out more about anti-bullying work please visit .


Concern Worldwide

Thank you to Ms Skeffington and everyone who helped organise the sponsored running event to raise money for Concern Worldwide. An amazing £2297-00 was raised! A special well done to Connie in P3 who raised a fantastic £160! Photographs were taken this morning to celebrate the fundraising and should appear in the local newspapers soon. Visit to find out more about their essential work.

Online Resources available during Covid-19 emergency

Please use this list to access online learning resources and advice to help at home during the Covid-19 emergency.

Stuck Inside Book

Please click here for new PDF book on explaining Covid-19. Suitable for young readers.

Google Classroom Access Guide

Click here to access the Google Classroom user guide to access classrooms and upload work.

Safeguarding and Child Protection

Please click here for information on accessing Safeguarding advice from school during the Covid-19 emergency

New Safer Schools App

The Department of Education Northern Ireland (DENI), have partnered with INEQE Safeguarding Group to provide a Safer Schools App to support all school staff, parents and carers to keep children in their care safer online. Please click here to access the link for the app.

General Resources

Please click here to view a huge range of online and offline activities to help support home learning when the school is closed. Many of these were included in the packs which we sent home on the 20th March.

Please click here for further good educational resources to support learning at home.

Activities to encourage Physical Activity

Acti-Sport Videos

Graham from Acti-Sport has produced videos for YouTube on helping keep children fit and healthy during the school closures. Click here for the link.


Sustrans, the charity which encourages cycling and walking, is producing weekly activities to help children stay active.

Click here for the Week 1 activity and here for the accompanying video.

Click here for the Week 2 activity and here for the accompanying video.

Click here for the Week 3 activity and here for the accompanying video.

Click here for the Week 4 activity and here for the accompanying video.

Click here for the Week 5 activity and here for the accompanying video.

Click here for the Week 6 activity and here for the accompanying video.

Click here for the Week 7 activity and here for the accompanying video.

English and Maths Resources

1. Twinkl is an online educational website featuring teacher-made resources across many subject areas and including english and maths. Click here to access their Home Learning Hub created for the current Covid-19 crisis.

2.Ur Brainy English and Maths worksheets (all year groups). Click here to access the free resources.

Please note that with both Twinkl and Ur Brainy website for many  resources their Reception = our P1s, their Year 1 = our P2s, their Year 2 = our P3s etc.

3.Guided Reading Activities for Foundation Stage. This is a great resource to encourage independent writing. Click here for the resource.

4.Guided Reading activities for P3-P7. Another great resource to encourage independent writing. Click here for the resource.

5.The Book Trust is the UK's largest reading charity reaching over 4 million children per year. Click here to visit their website and enjoy free online books and videos. From 6 April they will have a new Northern Ireland page featuring local authors and stories.

6. An Education Authority resource for parents to encourage numeracy at home. Click here for the resource.

7. A range of maths activities to develop core Money and problem-solving skills.

    Click here for the P5 Money activities

    Click here for the P6 Money activities

    Click here for the P7 Money activities

    Click here for the P2 and P3 problem-solving activities

    Click here for the P4 and P5 problem-solving activities

    Click here for the P6 and P7 problem-solving activities

8. New literacy, maths and science based lessons and resources from BBC Teach Live. Click here for the resources.

Science and Nature Activities

Wow Science. Click here for great practical science activities that can be done at home.

Woodland Trust. Click here for great nature activities including building bird boxes, hedgehog homes and mini-nature reserves all at home.

Science Sparks. Click here for more investigations including a special Easter section.

Art Activities

The BBC are creating a digital gallery and would like children to create art for display. Please click here for details.

Time Capsule Activity Pack

A lovely idea for an activity pack to help you record what it's been like for you during the Covid-19 emergency. Click here for the resource.

Pre-school Activities

Getting Ready to Learn has produced this excellent resource of ideas for parents of children up to four to use. Click here for the resource.

Looking after your Mental Health

Click here for Action for Children's recommendations of apps aimed at promoting better mental health.

Click here for a free book on how to explain Covid-19 to your child. Illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler the book helps explain the global pandemic to primary aged children and what they can do to help.

Other Activities

This pack contains a wide range of other activities to keep everyone occupied during the lockdown period. Click here for the resource.

NI Play Board. A link here to information on promoting play at home during Covid-19. 

SEN Links During Covid-19

Click here for the Education Authority's Autism Advisory and Intervention Service website 

Click here for the Education Authority's Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Service website giving information on helping children with Moderate Learning Difficulties, Downs Syndrome and Medical Needs.

Why Choose All Children's Integrated Primary School?

Click on the 'Integration' link above to find out about life at our primary school and visit us on Friday 6th December 2019 at 10-30am to find out about what we offer at All Children's IPS.

Results from our Parents Survey (June 2017)

97% of our parents felt that their child's culture/background is respected

95% of our parents felt that their child is taught to appreciate people who have different backgrounds to their own

New School Prospectus

Please follow links from 'Our School' above to see our new school prospectus (November 2019)

Excellence in Integrated Education Award

We are delighted to announce that NICIE (Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education) have awarded All Children’s IPS an Excellence in Integrated Education Award. This award recognises if a school has a highly developed integrated ethos and can demonstrate the essential elements of being a good integrated school including promoting equality, promoting respect for those of different beliefs and none, high levels of parental involvement and promoting social responsibility. Since it began in 2010 there have only been a handful of schools recognised for this prestigious award.

The award comes at the end of a four-year project to ensure all the key areas were developed across the school. A particular thank you to Mrs McConville who has led this work. We will receive a detailed report on our work later in January and there will also be a special presentation ceremony later in the year. Congratulations as well to Shimna IC who were also given the award just before Christmas.


Welcome to All Children's IPS

May I take this opportunity to welcome you to All Children's Integrated Primary School new website.

All Children's opened in September 1986 and has prospered and grown ever since. We are an all ability integrated primary school for 4 - 11 years olds and there are currently over 210 children enrolled.

The caring and dedicated staff at All Children's IPS strive to ensure that the time your child spends at primary school is memorable, happy and rewarding.

We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and aim to give every pupil frequent opportunities to express success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible.

As an integrated school respect and tolerance are at the core of all we do. We place great emphasis on being as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming learning environment where all traditions, cultures and abilities are respected and nurtured together.

We value every child and have the highest expectations in all areas of their development:- academic, social, spiritual, physical and emotional.

Please feel free to contact the school if you would like further information.

Jon Beattie


A copy of the Board of Governors 2020/2021 Annual Report is available from the office.