St. Columba's P. S., Straw preparing your child for success!

The youngest boy and girl are the first pupils to enter the new St. Columba's on 20 September 2012.

Also in the picture: Mr Brian O'Kane (Chairman of BOG); Mr Laurence O'Kane (Vice-Chairman); Rev Fr Séamus Kelly PP and Mrs Geraldine Regan Principal 


St Columba’s Primary School, Straw is a friendly rural, welcoming school located approximately 1 mile from Draperstown in the village of Straw. 

The first school in Straw was a hedge school in 1834.  Down the years there has always been a school in Straw. In 1957 the school moved to the building which was in operation until 20 September 2012.  On this day the children and staff relocated to their new school building which was built in the field adjacent to the old school.

The staff at St Columba’s is committed to providing a happy, caring and supportive environment in which all children have the opportunity to develop their fullest potential in an atmosphere which proudly maintains a Catholic ethos.


The school at all times aims:

To ensure that all learners benefit from a rich, broad, balanced curriculum presented in an interesting, exciting and imaginative manner with opportunities for first hand experience, practical work, investigation and learning through play.

To promote and achieve the highest standards in all aspects of the curriculum by encouraging children to develop to their full potential in a disciplined and caring environment.

To nurture the intellectual, creative, moral, spiritual and physical development of all children.

To encourage learning by providing a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment in which Catholic and caring values are central to the ethos of the school, ensuring all members of the community feel valued and secure.

To promote equality of opportunity for all. To value diversity and encourage responsibility, self-confidence and raise self-esteem in all aspects of school life.

To value and encourage links between school, home and the wider village community.

To enliven and enrich the curriculum by visits, visitors, and extensive use of the indoor and outdoor environment.

To incorporate new technologies to support and enrich the curriculum.

To make this school a place of enjoyment where success is celebrated.


82 Sixtowns Rd, Draperstown, Magherafelt, Co. Derry, N. Ireland  Tel:  028 7962 8685

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