Edmund Rice Primary (Closed 31st August 2013)









Former Principal: Mr John Devine


Edmund Rice Primary School will amalgamated with Star of the Sea Primary on 1st September 2013. The new Principal is Mr Mark McTaggart who was the Principal of St Anthony’s PS, Larne. The Edmund Rice Schools Trust are the Trustees of the new school, St Patrick’s Primary,   and will work in close collaboration with the Parish of St Patrick’s.

Down Memory Lane

Conclusion of a School Inspection – February 2011

“The strengths of the school include: 
the ethos of the school which promotes the children’s learning behaviour

the quality of the teaching observed during the inspection with over half the lessons being very good or outstanding
the good standards achieved by the children in literacy and numeracy which have improved steadily over the past four year period; 
the outstanding links made with the parents and the community which are having a beneficial impact on the children’s achievements
the very effective transition arrangements which are designed to ensure progression in learning at the transition stages; and 
the outstanding leadership provided by the Principal

The area for improvement is: 
the need to develop and implement further the processes for monitoring and evaluating the quality of the children’s work. 

In the areas inspected, the quality of education provided by this school is very good. The school is meeting very effectively the educational and pastoral needs of the children; and has demonstrated its capacity for sustained self-improvement.” 





The Primary sevens went on a tour of Parliament Buildings which is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the legislative authority for Northern Ireland established under the terms of the Belfast Agreement 1998 (aka. the Good Friday Agreement). There are 108 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), 6 from each of the 18 electoral constituencies in Northern Ireland. Our local MLA  Cáral Ní Chuilín was on hand to show us around.

The Assembly Chamber



Sentinus is an educational charity which works with schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland to deliver programmes which promote engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and support the development of young people by enhancing their essential life skills. The Primary Construction Challenge is directed at primary schools to encourage participation in design and build problem-solving activities.
The initiative is based on a problem solving challenge for teams of three P6/P7 pupils. The pupils from Edmund Rice took up the challenge to build a bridge that would span 40cm and take various degrees of weight. The boys enjoyed exercises in constructing land yachts and jelly baby towers before embarking on construction of sturdy bridges. Each team was allocated the same amount of materials and asked to develop a solution to a given problem within a set time.
Although focussing on science, technology, engineering and maths they also were given significant opportunity to enhance employability and personal development through problem solving, team working, target setting, mentoring, working with adults and independent learning.