Welcome to our website. It is designed to bring you up-to date with life in St. Maria Goretti Nursery School. I hope you enjoy browsing the information and photographs.

In St. Maria Goretti Nursery School our aim is that all children will experience a wide range of challenging, learning opportunities in a happy, secure environment that enhances their self-esteem and confidence and lays the foundations for lifelong learning.

St. Maria Goretti Nursery is a well-established nursery school set in the heart of the Whiterock area of West Belfast and St. John’s Parish. The Nursery school opened in September 1983 and it is built on the site of the former O’Hare’s farm. The School was purpose built by the parish of St John’s and is a Department of Education Catholic Maintained School. Fifty-two full aged children, aged between 3 and 4 years old, attend full-time which includes a midday meal.

The nursery has a children’s entrance path from Whiterock Gardens and an entrance for vehicles on the Whiterock Road. There are 2 classrooms in the school, 2 quiet story rooms, 1 activity hall, 1 staff room/office and a utility room. Each classroom has its own bathroom with 3 toilets and wash-hand basins. The school also has a recently refurbished kitchen where meals are served.

Outdoor accommodation consists of a safety surfaced covered area with shutters, a large paved path, a mini beast garden, a play house, a large tar macadam playground, a willow tunnel, a climbing frame/slide and a lawn garden. We also have a large covered sand pit, flower beds and digging areas. There are 5 outdoor stores and a small car park.

Throughout the year we offer a variety of educational trips to places of interest and we regularly invite visitors into the school to enhance the nursery curriculum. Parents are actively encouraged to participate in the life of the school through parent/teacher meetings, school reports, newsletters, parent workshops and social events.

The Board of Governors take an active role in all the affairs of the school and strongly supports the work of the staff. They are committed to maintaining the high quality leadership and management of the school.

Siobhan McAlea 

Acting Principal

Latest News


18th October 2021

Our themes this month were Autumn and Halloween. Visitors this month included Fitness Freddy, Mini Explorers, Jump Jiggle and Jive and “Penny the Pumpkin”. We hope you enjoy a lovely...

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September and settling in

8th October 2021

Well done boys and girls for being so brave coming in to nursery for the first time. We are proud to have you learning with us....

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Upcoming Events

Mon, 25th October 2021
Nursery closed
Tue, 26th October 2021
Nursery closed
Wed, 27th October 2021
Nursery closed
Thu, 28th October 2021
Nursery closed
Fri, 29th October 2021
Nursery closed
Tue, 2nd November 2021
Mini explorers
Mon, 8th November 2021
School photographer
Tue, 9th November 2021
Mini explorers
Wed, 10th November 2021
Mike the owl man
Mon, 15th November 2021
Fitness Freddy

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