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Sunnylands Primary School, Carrickfergus

Who's Who

Principal: Mrs Lyons
Principal: Mrs Lyons

Mrs Lyons became Principal in August 2017. She previously taught at Carrickfergus Model Primary School. Mrs Lyons is from Carrickfergus.

School Secretary: Mrs Beggs
School Secretary: Mrs Beggs

Mrs Beggs joined the Sunnylands staff in December 2018 after many years working in primary schools in the East Antrim area. Mrs Beggs looks after the specialist things in the office, such as paying bills and other important things.

 
P1 Teacher: Mrs MacDonald
P1 Teacher: Mrs MacDonald
P2 Teacher: Mrs McDowell
P2 Teacher: Mrs McDowell

Mrs McDowell joined the staff of Sunnylands in January 2013. As well as teaching P2 she co-ordinates World Around Us and teaches Irish Dancing.


 

 
P2 Teacher: Mrs Porter
P2 Teacher: Mrs Porter

Mrs Porter has taught in Sunnylands for all of her teaching career. She teaches P2, co-ordinates Art and Music subject areas, and trains the senior school choir for Primary 5-7.

P3 Teacher: Miss McConkey
P3 Teacher: Miss McConkey

Miss McConkey grew up in the Whitehead area and taught in Scotland for a year before joining the Sunnylands' staff in August 2014. As well as teaching P3 she teaches Drama, is the Special Educational Needs coordinator and part of the Senior Leadership Team. 

 
P4 Teacher: Miss Morrison
P4 Teacher: Miss Morrison
P5 Teacher: Miss Braniff
P5 Teacher: Miss Braniff
 
P6 Teacher: Mrs Nelson
P6 Teacher: Mrs Nelson
P7 Teacher and Vice Principal: Mr Smyth
P7 Teacher and Vice Principal: Mr Smyth

Mr Smyth joined the staff of Sunnylands in September, 2013 after retraining as a teacher following many years working around the world as an engineer. As well as teaching P7 he co-ordinates Numeracy within the school and coaches both our junior and senior football teams.

 
SEN Teacher: Mrs Beresford
SEN Teacher: Mrs Beresford

Mrs Beresford has been teaching at Sunnylands for 20 years. She has previously taught P4, and this year will be working with small groups of SEN children. Alongside this she is the PDMU coordinator, runs our Shared Education programme and leads the school council.

Engage Teacher: Mr Murphy
Engage Teacher: Mr Murphy

Mr Murphy works alongside small groups of children to help them meet their potential. 

 
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs McNeill
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs McNeill

Mrs McNeill supports learning throughout the school, leading our 'Reading Partner's' scheme. She also runs our successful Breakfast Club alongside Mrs Curry. Mrs McNeill also supports pupils who have English as a second language, and has training in this area.

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Curry
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Curry

Mrs Curry is a former pupil of Sunnylands. Mrs Curry for more years than she would care to mention has been our P1 classroom assistant. Since 2016 she has changed her role to be a Learning Support assistant helping boys and girls who need extra support in their learning. Mrs Curry also runs our popular breakfast club and is runs our Friendship Groups.

 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Campbell
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Campbell

Mrs Campbell is currently working to support learning in Primary 1. 

Teaching Assistant: Miss Perry
Teaching Assistant: Miss Perry

Miss Perry is currently working to support learning in Primary 2. 

 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Griffith
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Griffith

Mrs Griffith is currently working to support learning in Primary 2. 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lewis
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lewis

Mrs Lewis is currently working in the foundation stage of Sunnylands. She supports teaching and learning in the Primary 3 classroom. 

 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Martin
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Martin

Mrs Martin is currently working to support learning in Primary 3. 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Connolly
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Connolly

Mrs Connolly helps the pupils with their learning in the Primary 4 classroom. As well as helping pupils in the classroom, Mrs Connolly is a lunchtime supervisor.

 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Wharry
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Wharry

Mrs Wharry is currently working to support learning in Primary 4. 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Peden
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Peden

As well as helping pupils in the classroom Mrs Peden is a lunchtime supervisor and looks after the Library and our popular Accelerated Reader programme. Mrs Peden leads our Roots of Empathy programme and takes boys and girls for Catch Up Maths.

 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Swain
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Swain

Mrs Swain is currently working to support learning in Primary 5. 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Beggs
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Beggs

Mrs Beggs is currently working to support learning in Primary 6. 

 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Kane
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Kane

Mrs Kane has worked in different roles in Sunnylands over the past few years and is currently working in Primary 7 of the school as a Teaching assistant. She also leads the Ready to Learn after-school club.

Teaching Assistant: Mrs McWilliams
Teaching Assistant: Mrs McWilliams

Mrs McWilliams is currently working to support learning in Primary 7. 

 
Caretaking Staff
Caretaking Staff
Mr Dollin is our building supervisor. He works very hard to keep our school safe, clean and tidy.
Patrol Staff
Patrol Staff
Mrs Dollin and Mrs Dalton are two of our valued cleaners. They both also fulfil their roles as Crossing Patrol ladies.


 
Kitchen
Kitchen
Sunnylands Primary School houses the Central Meals Kitchen which makes the dinners for our school and four other schools around the town. The team is led by
Mrs Boyd, and she is assisted by Mrs Clark, Mrs Hamilton, Mrs Harris and Mrs Purdy.