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December Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


December 2017

Bethlehem-The Musical

This year we are really looking forward to the Key Stage 2 performance of Bethlehem – The Musical. It is great to see all of the children so keen to be involved and working so hard to prepare for their performance. The Matinee Performance takes place on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at 1.30pm and Evening Performance takes place Wednesday, 13th December at 7pm.

To ensure that all parents get the opportunity to see their child perform they will have the option of initially purchasing two tickets between Monday, 4th December and Wednesday, 6th December. After this date all tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and parents can buy as many as they wish.

Tickets are priced at £4.00 per adult and £3.00 for Senior Citizens and Children Under 14. All proceeds go towards School Funds.

Advent Mass

P1-3 classes will provide the processions, hymns and readings for our Advent Mass, which takes place on Wednesday, 20th December 2017 at 9.30am in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch.  All parents are welcome to come to the service and join in with our singing. Children may go directly to the Church on the morning of the mass or can come into school as normal.


Board of Governors Report for 2016-2017

The Board of Governors Report for 2016-2017 is now available.

November Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


November 2017


School Development

It is important that parents are kept informed of our plans for development in the school and we value their involvement in Development Planning. Please see attached our School Development Plan for your information.

Parents’ views and opinions on the development of our school are greatly valued. Should further information be required on the areas outlined or should a parent wish to make a suggestion on future areas of development please contact Mr Coulter.

Internet Safety Parent Workshop

Ballynahinch P.S. school has very kindly invited parents from our school to attend a parents’ information session on Internet Safety delivered by PSNI Community Policing Officers and a representative of the O2 network on Tuesday, 14th November 2017 from 7.00pm – 8.00pm in their school. The workshop will provide you with guidance, support and advice to help keep your child safe when on-line.

P1 Phonics workshop

Phonological Awareness is a fundamental part of early reading and writing and it is vital that it is reinforced at home. With this in mind, parents of P1 children are invited to a workshop on Thursday 16th November at 12.45pm. More details will be provided by letter to parents.

Eco-Schools Committee

We would like to wish all of the boys and girls who have put themselves forward to be part of the Eco-Committee good luck in the elections which take place on Thursday, 9th November.


Flu Vaccinations

The School Nurse will be visiting on Monday, 11th December to administer the Flu Vaccine. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is in school on this day.

GAA Draw

The Annual Down GAA Primary Schools draw has recently been launched. This has been very well supported in the past and we hope that this year will be no different. Tickets have just been circulated so please keep an eye out for them in the children’s school bags.

Please return tickets and money to the school by 17th November. Your support is greatly appreciated as the money raised will go towards the cost of coaches for our school.


October Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


October 2017


Schools Council

Good luck to our council members, Patrycja Sokolek, Shea Quinn, Conor Armstrong, Kayley McNabb-Webb, Niall Flanagan, Leah Dornan, Jessica Hughes-McCartan, Patrick Pilletteri, Joshua Quinn, Freddie Miskelly and Evie England.

We wish to thank Mrs Carol Baker and Miss Hayley Anderson for helping on Election Day.  They did a great job of checking each voter’s ID and counting the votes.

Thanks also to Miss McEvoy who is leading the development of the Schools Council and to all of the teachers for their work in providing Democracy Day etc.


September Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


September 2017


Welcome Back

We welcome all of our pupils back after the Summer break, especially the boys and girls in Primary 1 who have joined St Patrick’s. We wish you all every success in this new school year.

Attendance and Punctuality

Most parents recognise the benefits of regular and punctual school attendance but there are those who do not. This year attendance will be monitored on a monthly basis and parents of children falling below the required levels will be contacted. Parents of children with irregular and poor attendance will be held accountable to the school and to the Education Authority – SE Region Education Welfare Service. Please help us to help your child by making sure your child is in school daily. Find out more about school attendance on:

Administration of Medication

All medication should have been collected at the end of the last school year. Should you require the school to administer medication or authorise self-administration of medication please call to the office to complete the appropriate forms and leave of the medication for the new school year clearly labelled.

Foundation Stage Entrance

Parents are reminded that if their child is late arriving at school they should gain access through the main school entrance. Please do not send your child up to the infant area if the playground has cleared and all of the children are in class.

Drop-Off Point

Please do not park in the drop-off point or block the gates of the school. Access to the main building must be kept clear at all times.