Dundonald Primary School 'Together we...Inspire, Believe, Achieve'

Pastoral Care


“The quality of the arrangements for the pastoral care provision in the school and nursery unit is very good. The holistic development of each child is central to the ethos and work of the school.”

(Education Training Inspector, 2013)




The most important aspect of Pastoral Care is to ensure the safety of all children. All staff and volunteers, prior to working

We believe that effective Pastoral Care must be supported by cooperation and communication between home and school.  It is, therefore, vital that we are informed of any changes in circumstances that may affect your child. If something prevents a child from being happy and contented then school and home must cooperate to achieve this as soon as possible.  It is always good to make contact before a real problem arises. All matters will be handled with complete confidence and children involved will be treated with sensitivity.

The relationship between teacher and child is at the heart of Dundonald Primary School's approach to Pastoral Care. The class teacher guides and counsels each child in their care. Our aim is to ensure that each child is happy, contented and working to their full potential.inschool, will have been subject to Access NI clearance. Staff and Volunteers are fully aware of child protection procedures and are trained in the appropriate procedures and actions to be taken.

Designated Teachers for Child Protection

This is the second year Ready for Anything has been introduced in our school. Over the 2 years 110 pupils from P1-7 have attended. Building resilience in our young people has been prioritised in our school. From Monday 28th January Ready for Anything will be running a focused programme within school for those pupils identified as needing to build their self-esteem, consider decision making and build friendships.

Sinnead from Relax Kids has become a regular visitor to our school. Around 30 children to date have participated in the Relax Kids programme. This has been running for 4 terms and will recommence in the summer term. For further details please contact Sinnead who will be taking names for the summer term - 

Our pupils are not the only ones who have benefited from this programme as our teaching staff had an opportunity to chill with Sinnead at our exceptional in October.  



Dundonald Primary School recognised for providing Exceptional Pastoral Care

Presentation of Derrytrasna Award at Stormont


L to R: Mrs K Walker (DPS- Familyworks counsellor) Ms Valerie Watts(Chief Executive Public health Agency) Mrs K Stevenson Vice Principal, accompanied by P7 pupils, Mr Derek Baker Permanent Secretary, Department of Education



In Dundonald Primary School and Nursery Unit the welfare of our pupils is paramount and we endeavour to offer the best possible care and support to everyone who needs it. We recognise how critical a child’s emotional health and well being is to their all-round development in order to achieve their full academic potential. To be nominated and win an award such as the Derrytrasna Award for exceptional pastoral care was very humbling and a great honour to be recognised for what comes naturally as part of our day to day work.


The Derrytrasna Award is presented by the Department of Education and the Public Health Agency to schools who have demonstrated exceptional pastoral care in supporting the emotional health and well being of pupils and their families.

Dundonald Primary School was chosen as the primary winner from 350 schools nominated.

Our School has provided a school counselling service for a number of years, this service is available to all the pupils, from P1-P7.  We have two school counsellors Katrin and Katie and they are members of the Familyworks Counselling Team who are the recognised provider of Post-Primary Schools Counselling in the Bangor, North Down & Ards. 


Katie and Katrin will be available in school on Tuesday and Thursday and will be happy to see any pupil who wants to discuss issues that concern or worry them.  Most pupils want to talk about normal things that happen in everyday life like a fall out with friends or a change in their life or family or a bereavement.  We believe that parents are the most important adults in a child’s life, so the school counsellor will always encourage them to talk to you about their worries as well. 


While school counselling is a confidential service we recognise the need for parents to be involved in helping their child make the choice about seeing the school counsellor.

If you are interested in your child attending School Counselling please speak to Mrs Stevenson.