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St Columba's Primary School, Draperstown, Magherafelt

Extra Curricular


At St. Columba’s we offer an extensive range of after school’s extra-curricular activities for all our pupils from Primary 1 through to primary 7 throughout the year.  We believe in holistic education and feel the benefits of an enriching after-school programme is endless.

Some of our After-school activities teach specific skills, but are also an opportunity for our pupils to develop social skills like cooperation, negotiation and conflict resolution. Participation in these activities can subtly show them how to appropriately interact with others. They learn how to think on their feet and develop better communication skills while discovering new things they enjoy and can excel at. 

Mastering new skills can help build confidence. By participating in after-school activities, pupils can build their self-esteem in a relaxed setting as their activities provide the opportunity to be successful in something that they are passionate about.

Our pupils can explore their individual talents and feel proud of themselves as they discover their abilities. We believe it is good for our children to explore new possibilities and allow themselves to discover new strengths and interests.

Throughout our lives we need to understand and employ teamwork.  Team sports help children with the concept of working together to achieve a common goal. In these activities, kids come to realize the importance of removing the focus from the individual and embracing the camaraderie of the team. They learn lifelong lessons about sportsmanship and can enjoy the excitement of competition while understanding it isn't always about winning, but about participating and giving your best effort.

Many of our additional experiences and activities are provided by our very talented team at St. Columba’s, our local fitness expert Roisin Kelly and we also collaborate closely with local company Glasgowbury Cornstore Creative Hub in which a variety of tutors to enhance the pupils’ artistic and technological experiences.

Our extensive after schools programme has included the following:

Boys Gaelic

Art Club


Heart Start


Water Colours

Pop Dance




Little fit Club



Tin whistle


Sing Club

African and Samba Drumming

Pottery Club with a local expert Stephen McGuigan from Duile Pottery 

I - Movie

Computer Club

Scratch Junior Coding with iPads