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What's New
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SeptemberClick here to download our September 2017 newsletter (Word format)

Focus 1: All About Me
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AutumnClick here to download our Autumn 2017 newsletter (Word format)

Focus 2 Autumn
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SnowmanClick here to download our December 2017 newsletter (Word format)

Focus 3 Christmas
Snowflake
Click here to download our January 2018 newsletter (Word format)

Focus 4 Winter
Plumber
Click here to download our February 2018 newsletter (Word format)

Focus 5 People Who Help Us
Frog
Click here to download our April 2018 newsletter (Word format)

Focus 6 Growing
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CRED - (Community, Relations, Equality and Diversity)
Steeple Nursery School has been involved in a cross community project since 1992 with St Joseph's Nursery and Riverside Special School. This involved an extensive programme ranging from visits to each other's school, school trips together, art/ music projects and staff training together. The relationships with St Joseph's has developed over the year, and we are now involved in an innovative Community Relations project.

Moving Forward Together
"Promoting good relations between children, young people and the wider community in the Antrim and Randalstown Area."

Overview
Moving Forward Together is a cross phase, sector and stage partnership between schools in the Antrim and Randalstown areas. The partnership was formed out of real and meaningful experiences of collaboration, community engagement, community relations and sharing. In March 2014, the partnership established a Steering Group to explore the possibilities and challenges of broader sharing between the schools.

Intensions:
* To promote partnership, sharing and collaboration amongst school communities in the Antrim and Randalstown Area
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* To explore the roles of schools within the Antrim and Randalstown Area as Community Centres and Community Builders
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* To explore and develop area based approaches to Community Relations
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Strands:
* Education: pupil programmes, staff training, curriculum programmes and resources, extra curricular activities and events.
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* Community: reaching out to communites, family engagement, inter-agency support and approaches, community events.
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* Planning and Advocacy: Promoting sharing and collaboration in the area, one shared voice, access to funding for vision.
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Current Partner Schools
* Steeple Nursery School, Antrim
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* St Joseph's Nursery School, Antrim
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* Antrim Primary School, Antrim
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* St Joseph's Primary School, Antrim
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* St Comgall's Primary School, Antrim
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* Greystone Primary School, Antrim
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* Riverside Special School, Antrim
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* Randalstown Central Primary School, Randalstown
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* Mount St Michael's Primary School, Randalstown
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* Parkhall Integrated College, Antrim
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* St Benedict's College, Randalstown
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* Antrim Grammar School, Antrim
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* Creggan Primary
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* Six Mile Integrated
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* Maine Integrated
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* Parkhall Primary
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* Ballycraigy Primary
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* Creavery Primary
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We are involved in an exciting Shared Eductaion Signature Project with St Joseph's Nursery and Riverside School
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Rights RespectingUNICEF R.R.S.
Steeple Nursery school is involved in the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Awards, this has given our school community an opportunity to consider and highlight the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and understand and embed these values in the life of our school. We received our Rights Respecting School Award in May '10.

Eco Schools



Eco Schools Awards
We received our Green Flag in June 2013 and we will be working throughout the year to become even more eco-friendly. Our Green Flag was renewed in June 2016Best Kept Award




We received the Best Kept Pre-Primary School Award for 2014. We were awared 'Runner Up' in the Best Kept Pre-primary School Award for 2016 and 2017.
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Comments from a recent Education and Training Inspectorate inspection:
* The children are progressing very well in their overall learning and development in line with the pre school curricular guidance.
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* The children are well settled and are developing very positive attitudes and dispositions for learning. They make choices independently, co-operate very well with the daily routines and appear happy and secure in the nursery environment.
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* The children use the wide range of art materials creatively and with imagination.
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* The children are curious to explore the natural world through appropriate topics and resources both indoors and outdoors and engage well with the staff to discuss their discoveries.
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* The nursery environment is stimulating, well resourced and all areas are used effectively to provide a high quality learning environment for the children.
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* The learning activities are well planned to promote high quality experiences across all areas of the pre-school curriculum.
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* The staff are child centred in their approaches. They listen to the children, and provide consistent high quality caring support and encouragement to them.
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* Staff know the children, families, and their needs very well and from the outset keep relevant observations and records of the children.
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* The daily timetable is thoughtfully planned to ensure all time is used effectively to promote learning and development. There are smooth transitions between activities and the necessary routines.
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* The children identified as needing support with aspects of their learning are all very well integrated and supported effectively in the nursery environment.
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* The outstanding pastoral care is exemplified in the excellent working relationships at all levels, the holistic approach to meeting the children's needs, including their emotional well-being, the support for the whole family and the nurturing ethos.
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* The nursery provides a broad range of enjoyable and educational experiences for the parents to keep them informed, build relationships and help them to be purposefully engaged in their child's learning.
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* In the areas inspected, the quality of education provided by this nursery school is outstanding; the quality of pastoral care is also outstanding. The nursery school has demonstrated its capacity for sustained self-improvement.
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Overall findings

Overall Performance Level Outstanding
Achievements and Standards Outstanding
Provision Outstanding
Leadership and Management Outstanding
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