Social Groups and Organisations
Cygnets, caters for girls aged from 5 to 6½ years. This section meets on a Wednesday evening in the den from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
When the girls reach 6½ they have the opportunity to move to the Brigin section, which meets on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
At the age of 10½ the girls move to Guides. This section meets on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 to 9.00pm, when they can enjoy a programme full of fun and games with the emphasis on being out of doors as much as possible.
Once the girls are 14½ they can join Rangers; which meets on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 to 9.00pm. Rangers organise their own programme, with leaders being there to advise and guide them when possible.
If you are 17 or over, you may be interested in joining the Unit to help us out either in the background with organisation and administration or by working with one of the sections.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to Philomena on 077 6194 3649
INDOOR BOWLING CLUB
We play Bowls as a social recreation and treat it purely as sport, not to be taken too seriously.
We play friendly matches with St. Columba’s and Knock Methodist Clubs.
We meet every Thursday night at 7.30pm in the Parochial Hall. Anyone who comes along will be made very welcome. Any enquiries can be made to our Hon. Sec. Agnes Green on 07752 183288.
PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP
The group was reformed in January 2004. Parents have an opportunity to meet each other in a relaxed setting. Children are provide with space and resources for play.
At present 20 parents avail of the facilities. The group meets each Wednesday during term time in the Parochial Hall from 10.00am to 11.30am
For more information contact Lisa Hale on 07708 180732.
The Playgroup operates during the school term time and is open from 9.00am to 12.00 noon Monday to Friday in St. Joseph’s Primary School.
We are now part of the Government’s pre-school expansion programme, having been allocated 24 free places this year for children in their immediate pre-school year.
At playgroup children are given the opportunity to learn through play. They are encouraged to take part in many activities, including music, drama and story-telling.
Our central purpose at Playgroup is to nurture each child and prepare them for the transition to primary school.
For further information contact The Play Group Leader, Lorraine Doherty, on 02890 472724 during Playgroup hours.
SAINT JOSEPH’S PARENTS ASSOCIATION
The Association is managed by a committee, which is elected at our Annual General Meeting, and is governed by a legally binding charter. We have enjoyed tremendous support from parents, teachers and the parish in general.
We co-operate with other parish organisations and the Hall Committee in running events, which are open to the whole parish. Through fund-raising we have helped the school to provide additional equipment for the children and to improve the school environment. Each year we make an active contribution, both financially and physically, to some of the main events of the school year – Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Sports Day and the Christmas Concert. We gladly welcome new committee members with fresh energy and ideas.
For further information please contact the school: 02890 650039.
The 11th Belfast, St. Colmcilles Scout Group was initially formed in 1932, but closed in the early years of the Second World War, due to concerns about blackout infringements. The Group was re-established in 1965 and has operated ever since.
The Group is part of Scouting Ireland, a 32 county all- Ireland Scout Association, open to all, irrespective of religious belief, nationality or gender.
Currently the Scout Group operates the following sections:
- Beavers 6 to 8 years Tuesday 7.15 – 8.15pm
- Cubs 8 to 10½ years Thursday 7.00 – 8.30pm
- Scouts 10½ to 15½ years Friday 7.00 – 9.30pm
- Venture Scouts 15½ to 18 years Sunday Morning
Each section is led by qualified, trained adults (male and female) and each is open to boys and girls. At present, the Group has over 120 young people in membership. Each section runs a full and varied programme of activities aimed at the particular age group of the young people concerned, from games and crafts for the younger members to camping and adventurous outdoor pursuits for the older Scouts and Venture Scouts.
The Group places a strong emphasis on the outdoors and pursues an active programme of camps and expeditions far afield. In recent years the Venture Scouts travelled extensively in mainland Europe, visiting Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia Hungary and Spain whilst the Scouts have camped in Sweden (2005), Denmark (2009), and Austria (2014). In 2015, the Scouts will travel to Gilwell Park, London for Summer Camp.
If you want more information on the activities of the Group, or any of the various sections, please contact Paul Browne at 90291935.
The Wednesday Club meets weekly in the Parish Centre and is primarily for people who have retired. People who come regularly see the club as a great opportunity to meet other people in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and many new friendships have been formed. People who live alone find it a great opportunity to meet and chat with friends. Members are made aware of various events which are happening in the locality.
If this sounds like fun to you, then the Parish Centre from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday is the place to be. You will be made most welcome, especially new male members. Contact Anna Donnelly on 9065 1351 if you want further information.
SAINT JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
St Joseph’s Primary School currently has 164 children in seven classes. Our aim is to promote excellence at every level and in every area of school life, recognising that each child has his/her own unique set of qualities and talents. We try to develop in each child a sense of self-worth and to encourage the development in our children of confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline.
We enjoy an excellent partnership between home and school, in which parents and teachers work together for the benefit of all the children. We have a thriving and supportive Parents Association whose contribution to the life of the school community is valued and appreciated.
At St Joseph’s we place great emphasis on the Pastoral Care of the children. Our positive approach to discipline encourages good behaviour and work practices.
In addition to the full range of subjects of the NI Curriculum, the school offers football, swimming, basketball, cycling proficiency, badminton and music tuition in strings, brass and woodwind.
For more information contact Mr Joe Ryan, School Principal on 9065 003
SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE The Social and Fundraising Committee run events in the parish such as the Parish BBQ and the Camel Race Night. They also organise the monthly Parish Draw. For more information please contact Roisin Mc Mullan : 07854 140019; Lucy Traynor : 07900 807589; Mary Walsh: 07815 493463.