Donard School, Banbridge

Donard School, Banbridge

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Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 07/12/2023

Just a snippet of the last month in Pre Leavers. We have been crazy busy decorating our Christmas door with everyone having an important role in the creative process. We have been working really hard and making fantastic progress on our IEP targets. Everyone has been thriving with the independence in Jobs Club, going to Tesco’s to buy our ingredients and cooking loads of yummy food. We also had the BBC Radio Ulster come visit us at our Donkey Therapy session, it was very exciting for our pupils to be interviewed and we look forward to hearing it be broadcasted at the end of December. We have also enjoyed our free time playing with all the different games we received from the Amazon wish list. Thank you everyone!

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 07/12/2023

Check out our festive doors and displays in school.


A very important message from Donard School.


Just a reminder that tomorrow is Christmas Jumper day 🎄🎅🏻


Donard School would really like it if you could help us make a Christmas tree with a difference. We are asking for new hats (preferably green) to be donated to school. All hats will then be donated to a homeless charity.

Photos from Hpsaucelover Crafts's post 02/12/2023

A little sneak peek at what is on offer at one of the tables next Sunday 10th December at ‘Donard School Christmas Fair’ 🎄 🔔 ⛄️

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 01/12/2023

We are absolutely loving music therapy at Donard School. Such an amazing experience. The photos show our Term 1 groups. Look at the joy on those wee faces! Videos to follow ….

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 01/12/2023

What an amazing term members of the Leavers Class had visiting the Donkeys for some much loved equine therapy. Check out our photos. I dare you not to sing ‘Dominic the Donkey’ while you do! 🤩🫏

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 01/12/2023

We've been having lots of fun in nursery! We have been very busy exploring our topic 'my clothes', getting involved in some healthy cookery involving new fruits and beginning to get ready for the Christmas celebrations within school. It has been amazing. We are looking forward to what December has in store for us!

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 29/11/2023

Check out what Class 4 have been up to lately. 😀

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 28/11/2023
Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 23/11/2023

Here is a little taste of the many fun and exciting things we've been getting up to in Class 8 lately 😊

Photos from Nat Photography Northern Ireland's post 22/11/2023

We are extremely excited to have a Soundbeam in school. This will be of great benefit towards many of our pupils to enable them to access music 🎶
We cannot thank Nat enough for his fantastic fundraising and donations to our school 🙌

It was great to see you Nat Photography Northern Ireland this morning and thank you for coming along to our coffee morning 🤗


As the festive season is approaching you may be thinking about a Christmas experience for your child. Donaghys Banbridge are having a ‘Magical Quiet Time’ with Santa. Please find attached information for further details 🎅 🎄

🎅🎄✨ Santa is ready to spread holiday cheer! 🎁✨🎅

Join us for a magical Quiet Time with Santa on Sunday, December 3rd, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. 🎅❤️

Booking is essential, so make sure to secure your spot by emailing Jenny at [email protected]. 📩🎁

Don't miss this special opportunity to create lasting memories with Santa Claus himself! 🎅🎁✨



A note from High Rise:
We know how challenging it can be for families of children with autism and additional needs to find places that the whole family can visit together, especially at this time of year. Many ‘traditional’ Christmas events won’t suit everyone with flashing lights, loud music and long queues, so we’re delighted to offer this magical event.

The Christmas evening will take place at High Rise Lisburn on Wednesday 13th December between 4pm and 7pm and is a ticketed event.
Guests can enjoy either Clip ‘n Climb or soft play before a private family visit with Santa in our calming sensory room which has been transformed into Santa’s Grotto.

Further information on the event is available here : Autism Friendly Christmas Event at High Rise Lisburn (

We encourage families wishing to book tickets to do so as soon as possible as this event is likely to sell out.

As High Rise is a Social Enterprise all tickets purchased for the event will enable our charity Employers For Childcare to support families both locally, and across the UK.

Kind regards,

The High Rise Lisburn Team

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 17/11/2023

Today, in conjunction with our Hi 5 Friday activities, we re-introduced the Wright Friendship Cup. This cup was donated to our school by Emily Wright, who had been our school secretary for some time, and her late husband John. Recipients of this cup are chosen for their kind acts in school. We, as a staff, notice the smallest acts of kindness and feel that our pupils need to be acknowledged for them. Each month we will share the winners of the Wright Friendship Cup from each of our schools (Junior, Middle and Senior). Remember - it's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.

Our Junior winner was chosen for cheering his friend up in the Sensory Garden.
Our Middle School winner was chosen because she independently soothed a friend in class who was upset.
And in Senior School - team work makes the dream work. These pupils showed such kindness when they held open the doors all the way up the corridor for one of our wheelchair users - brilliant work boys!


We have been absolutely overwhelmed with how amazing our local community is. A massive thank you to everyone who has helped to fulfil our Amazon Wishlist. Also to those who have brought in extra goodies for our children to enjoy.
Presents will be opened next week and delivered to classes who are all so excited!


Mrs Archer would like you to know that so far we have raised £143 as part of our Odd Socks Day for anti-bullying. We are donating to Children In Need 2023. Thank you so much for your support 🧦

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 16/11/2023

Class 2 have been working very hard exploring the topics 'Autumn' and 'Fairytales.' We loved exploring items using all of our senses during cookery, sensology, play and story. We have recently started working on our targets and make sure we have lots of fun throughout the day!


Donard School Parent Association, presents the Christmas raffle 2023.

Lots of prizes to be won, including this amazing hamper below. More prizes will be annouced in the coming weeks. Tickets have been sent home with all pupils, please contact us if you would like more tickets.
Many Thanks


Just a little reminder that tomorrow is Odd Socks Day 🧦


Odd Socks Day on Friday (17th) for Anti- Bullying Week.
As part of anti-bullying week we will be celebrating a Friendship Friday which will include some of our monthly High Five Friday activities.
We are also going to suggest if suitable a £1 donation to Children in Need 2023. We can't wait to see the array of odd socks in school on Friday 🧦😄

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 12/11/2023

Class 3 ended October by having a spookily great time. We have been exploring pumpkins, making chocolate apples and having a blast with our Halloween play. To finish the half term we had a Halloween disco, we were all dressed in our best scary costumes and party outfits and had a super time dancing and singing in the hall. We have started off the new term by exploring the Three Little Pigs story, we have had great fun listening to the story, building houses with different materials and even making pigs in cookery.

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 12/11/2023

Class 15 hard at work exploring Autumn, the Workd Around Us, Maths and Literacy.

Goal Line Christmas Experience 11/11/2023

Goal Line are running a relaxed Santa experience. Such a great experience open to all our pupils 🎄🎅🏻🤶 Please follow the link to book the tickets. 🎅🏻

Goal Line Christmas Experience A relaxed Santa experience


Please see information below from the Education Authority regarding planned strike action this coming week.


Thank you to Anchor Ukes for a fabulous day!
It is safe to say everyone had a wonderful time.
Keep an eye out on our page for some photographs of our pupils enjoying this musical experience.

Just wanted to share the amazing day we had playing for the pupils at Donard School, Banbridge 🎶🎉

It was a privilege to be able to play for them and witness the joy as they sang along and danced to the tunes.

Thank you, Donard School, for welcoming us and for being such an incredible audience. You all made our day unforgettable! 🥰✨

Photos from Donard School, Banbridge's post 09/11/2023

Class 4 have settled into their new class and have been working really hard. Here are some of the things they have been doing.


Calendars now available from today at Donard School, Banbridge, how exciting 🤩🤩 perfect gift for Christmas and £3 donation from every calendars sales will be going to the school 😊😊 get yours now, £12 each 👍👍 thanks Team Donard for always supporting me in everything I do 💙💙

Misty Mourne Candles

Cost of Living Resource – UPDATED 10/7/23 – Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) 06/11/2023

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Videos (show all)

A very important message from Donard School.
Music therapy 2
Music therapy 1
Donard School Parent Association, presents the Christmas raffle 2023.Lots of prizes to be won, including this amazing ha...
We hope all our pupils have a restful half term and we just want to share with you all some lovely photos from our Harve...
Donard’s Disney Fun DaysLast Thursday and Friday saw the annual Donard Fun Days.The theme was Disney and the games did n...
Our Easter Raffle raised an amazing £1090.Thank You to everyone for your continued support and congratulations to all of...
Spielberg has nothing on the pupils in Leavers Class - As part of Literacy Week the students used their ICT skills along...





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