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St Conor's Primary School, Omagh

History of St. Conor's

St Conor's Primary School was officially opened on 1st September 1973, replacing the old Culmore school situated on the Tamlaght Road.  The staff of four teachers and 213 pupils moved into a new building on a much larger site on the Brookmount Road with its own spacious playground and playing fields.  Principal, Mr Colm McRory, ensured a smooth transition to the new surroundings and the distinctive ethos which permeated so many aspects of life in the old Culmore school was visibly evident in St Conor's from the outset.  The school continued to flourish under his leadership and enrolment had increased to 355 upon his retirement in 1983.  This triggered the need for an extension to the original building.
  
Mr Oliver O'Kane who had served as an assistant teacher on the staff of St Conor's from 1973-1975 was appointed principal in 1983.  His appointment came at a time when all schools were faced with the daunting challenge of education reform.  The high standards set by his predecessor were built upon and many innovative plans introduced.  As well as ensuring the implementation of the Northern Ireland Curriculum, Mr O'Kane oversaw the development of a wide range of extra-curricular activities including school productions, educational visits and school trips.

In 1985 the school extension was officially opened by Parish Priest, Monsignor Rooney and included five new classrooms, an assembly hall, staff room, learning support room and multi-purpose areas. 

 

This decade also saw the introduction of a school uniform (1985) and the formation of the first parent support group (1989).

The twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations in 1998 were a high point in the school history - an opportunity to reflect and acknowledge St Conor's contribution to the local community.  Auxiliary Bishop of Derry, the Rev Francis Lagan concelebrated Mass with Parish Priest, Fr Michael Keaveney to mark the special event in the school.

The nursery unit, housed in a separate, self-contained building adjacent to the school was opened in 2002.  It secured high quality pre-school provision for the local area.

In September 2003, Mr Neill Barbour, a long-serving member of staff  and Vice-principal was appointed as Mr O'Kane's successor.  It was during his tenure that the school learned that it was to receive a new build.

Following the retirement of Mr Barbour in April 2007, Mrs Katrina McGettigan (Vice-principal from January 2004) was appointed Principal of St Conor’s Primary School & Nursery Unit.  She took up post in September 2007.

In June 2009 the school learnt that, following completion of the Minister of Education’s review of capital projects, St Conor’s was categorised as ‘’Fully Compliant’’.  This means that St Conor’s Primary School & Nursery Unit meets each of the six criteria listed in the Policy for Sustainable Schools, signalling that the school has been deemed viable and sustainable in the long term and is well placed to deliver the full range of Department of Education (DENI) Policies into the future. This news was received well by all associated with the school and everyone now hopes that capital funding will be made available as soon as possible so that the building project can progress.

St Conor's Anthem

1

                                               There's a well known School                                                  
On the Brookmount Road
For Education it has fame
In the days of yore  
It was called Culmore
Now St Conor's is its name.
                                                      
Chorus

For we are the children of St Conor's
                                 We are the children of Culmore                                    
May we always be true
To the Grey and Blue
    It's St Conor's for evermore.

2

At the age of four
We came through the door
To our Parents we held tight
and we all had our fears
As we choked back the tears
But our future was sure and bright.

Chorus

  3
Well the years pass by
In the twink of an eye
Very soon we will move on
But we'll never forget
All the friends we have met
And we'll always sing our song.

Chorus

(Composed and arranged by Mrs M Connolly - past teacher at the school)