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St. Patrick's Primary School, Pennyburn, Derry City

School Day

The school day begins at 8:45am and children should be in their classroom by this time. Pupils should not arrive earlier than 8:30am as supervision cannot be ensured.

All children have a 15 minute supervised break time in the morning. (weather permitting)

Lunch Time                            Class
11:45 am - 12:30 pm P1, P2 and P3 lunch
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm P4 and P5 lunch
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm P6 and P7 lunch
2:15 pm School day ends for P1, P2 and P3
2:45 pm School day ends for P4, P5, P6 and P7



School attendance is computerised. This system enables us to keep more detailed information regarding each child's pattern of attendance. Registration takes place soon after 8:45am and the system will allow a teacher to record each time a child comes to school late, leaves early or is absent for part of the day. It remains the policy of the school that all absences must be explained by a note from the child's parent/guardian.

If you wish your child to leave school early to keep an appointment, a written note is also required. A verbal request from the child, or a phone call will not suffice.

On such occasion children must be collected from outside the main office. This is a safeguard for all concerned. Children are not permitted to walk home during school hours.

School Menu

Copies of the school menu can be viewed on our school website and our school Facebook account.