Knockmore Primary School, which opened in January 1969, is situated in Hertford Crescent within the Knockmore Estate, Lisburn. An excellent school building, it is well equipped and surrounded by open and attractive grass areas.
Accommodated within the school are three Special Educational Units. These cater for children from the greater Lisburn area and beyond, who have been identified as having Speech, Language, Communication or Learning Difficulties and are the subject of a Statement to this effect.
The school also has two Outreach Support Teachers for Speech and Language who work in a number of the Board's Primary Schools.
|The Reading Recovery programme was introduced in 1998 and
children are taken each afternoon for intensive Reading Recovery work.
It is the policy of the school that children should be given ample opportunities to develop self-respect, self-confidence and independence. They will be encouraged to be mindful of the needs and desires of others and also to acquire an acceptable set of moral values and standards of behaviour within an educational framework.
The pupils enjoy the following extra curricular activities each week:
The Good News Club- This is held on a Monday afternoon where a varied and interesting programme is provided including games, Bible lessons, singing and drama.
Cookery- Each Wednesday the year 6 and 7 children enjoy making simple meals and baking e.g. fairy cakes, coconut bars, chocolate truffles (as well as the much loved washing up!!)
Netball- An enthusiastic squad of netballers, practising at break and lunchtime, have achieved a high standard of play throughout this year.
Football- A small group of enthusiastic pupils attend practices each
The purpose for taking part in competitions is enjoyment and sportsmanship.
Music- Children from our school are given the opportunity to learn to play
wind instruments, particularly the clarinet and flute. The school choir consists
of children from years 4-7. They practice each Thursday afternoon coming up to
Christmas, for our annual performance. They also perform for senior citizens
from the local residential home for the elderly each Christmas, as well as
singing in a major outlet in town raising money for charity.
Our school is linked with St Aloysius Primary School. The pupils in years
four and five engage each year in a planned programme of activities both within
the schools and at other sites throughout the Province.
|The pupils throughout the school have been actively involved
for the last two years in producing work for the Comenius Project. They
have completed displays inspired by customs and facts from European
countries. They have also produced work based on these themes: "Streetlife"
and "Art in European Schools", and our contributions were sent
to Finland, Holland, Denmark and Iceland.
The school was delighted to host a meeting of the European partners in
May 1999, when representatives from our partner schools in Holland,
Denmark and Finland came to experience life and education in Northern
Ireland. Two teachers from our school have been to a school in Holland and
two have visited schools in Finland to compare our education system to
Educational visits play a very important part in the education of all the
pupils at Knockmore. Each child is given the opportunity of taking part in
visits to help broaden and stimulate the mind. These visits complement the
classroom teaching and present the children with opportunities that they might
not otherwise have.