P6/7 workshop with Irish Artist Brian Ballard

Our P3-P7 children have been studying the works of renowned Northern Irish artist Brian Ballard over the last few months. Each child has created a painting from one of his collection and these are beautifully displayed throughout the school.
Our P/7 children will be attending a special workshop in the Roe Valley Arts and Culture Centre on Tuedsay 14th April 2015. They will experience a fantastic opportunity to be taught the skills of ‘portrait drawing’ by Brian Ballard himself.

An exhibition of his life works over the last 50 years are on display at present in the RVACC.

6 March – 25 April
Brian Ballard retrospective 1964-2014
Keady, Broighter + Ritter galleries

Award-winning Author Guy Bass Visits School

Blue Peter Award-winning author Guy Bass visited St. Matthew’s P.S on Tuesday 24th March to talk to our P5 – P7 pupils about The Mighty Frog, the third title in his series, The Legend of Frog.
Guy Bass is an award-winning children’s book author and semi-professional geek. His book series include Stitch Head, The
Legend of Frog, Dinkin Dings, Atomic and Monster Madness / Monster Mayhem. First published in 2008, Guy’s books have been translated into more than ten languages.
A mash-up of fairy tale, fantasy and science fiction with a heavy helping of humour, stories and rap, Guy had everyone involved howling with laughter.
Both author and children swapped stories of favourite books and childhood memories, finishing with question time and book signings.
A big thank you to Guy from us all for a wonderful morning!

Accelerated Reader Programme

Are you an AR Word Millionaire?
Read 1 million words and join the most exclusive club in school!
St. Matthew’s first word millionaire is Caoimhe Mullan P7.

St. Matthew’s Primary School are now using the Accelerated Reading Programme.
Please follow the link below to find out more.


This programme has a special feature called Renaissance Home Connect which allows the child, parent and teacher to share information about how each child is progressing in Accelerated Reader.
Please use the link below to log in to Renaissance Home Connect, entering the child’s username and pssword.


INTO 5-a-side Girls Football

Congratulations to our P6/7 girls who won all their matches in the North Derry Indoor Football Championships. They will now play in the All-County Girls Football Championships in Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt on Wednesday 11th March. All support welcome. Onwards upwards!

INTO 5-a-side Camogie Blitz

Congratulations to our P6/7 girls on their fantastic day at the North Derry 5-a-side Indoor Camogie Championship. The girls finished in top position on the day, winning nine out of nine games. They will now play in the All-County Championship Finals on Monday 23rd March in Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt. Onwards upwards!

The Bollywood Experience

Limavady Council has invited Mrs O’Hara’s class to learn Indian dance. We will have two workshops in school and have a final workshop and performance in Limavady Arts Centre. The dates are:

21st Jan and 27th Jan – workshops in school

30th Jan – workshop and performance in Limavady Arts Centre

Parents/grandparents/ friends are cordially invited to view the performance on 30 th (there is no entrance charge).

Taster Day

P7 pupils will take part in a ‘Taster Day’ in St. Patrick’s College, Dungiven. They will experience life as a Year 8 pupil in the school, taking part in a range of activities throughout the day.

Linking Learning Day

This annual event takes place in St. Mary’s, Limavady and gives the pupils in Mrs O’Hara’s class an opportunity to develop their ICT skills through their World Around Us topic. This year, the children will use the ‘Comic Life’ programme to enhance their work on Roman Banquets!