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June Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


June 2018



Best Primary School Awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted by FamiliesFirst for the prestigious ‘Best Primary School Award’. The presentation ceremony takes place on Saturday, 2nd June. Fingers crossed that our school community gets the wonderful recognition it deserves!!!!



Congratulations to the P7 boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 12th May. It was a pleasure to see the children approach their preparations with such maturity with their contribution on the day making the ceremony a wonderful celebration. We hope and pray that their faith will continue to develop in the coming years and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

A word of thanks must also be extended to our Parent Support Group and P6 parents who provided refreshments after the Confirmation Mass. Thank you!!!


May Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


May 2018


Summer Assessments

Summer tests have now starting and will continue to take place over the month of May 2018. Please ensure that your child is in school over these weeks to complete their assessments.


Sacramental Celebrations

Preparations are now well underway for Confirmation which takes place on Saturday, 12th May in St Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.

We keep our P7 boys and girls in our prayers as they approach this special day and wish every blessing on them.

Congratulations to our P4 boys and girls who made their First Communion on 22nd April. The children worked extremely hard to prepare for their special occasion and it was lovely to see the respect and reverence they showed during the ceremony. Our thanks are extended to Mr Smyth, Mrs Lynn, Mrs McGreevy and Mrs Sloan for all they did to make this occasion so meaningful to the children. We hope that this will be the first of many times that the children will experience this very important sacrament.

A big thank you must also go to our Parent Support Group who gave up their time to prepare the Parish Centre and provide refreshments to the families of our P4 children.

Olympic Handball Finals

Good Luck to our P6 Boys’ Olympic Handball team who compete in the EA SE Region finals in Lisburn Leisureplex on Friday, 11th May, 2018


Hivehackers – Developing ICT skills

We are delighted to have our P7 pupils take part in the PWC Hivehackers programme over 15th – 17th May. The children, along with three other schools, will be developing the 5 Es through sequencing, looping, debugging and much more in a fun and interactive way.

Residential Trip to Greenhill YMCA

The excitement is mounting as 21st May approaches and our P6 and P7 pupils embark on their three day residential trip to Greenhill YMCA, Newcastle. Parents/Guardians are reminded that fully payment of £135 should be paid by Friday, 11th May.


Technology Week

We are keen to promote and develop the skills associated with Technology and so we will be holding Technology Week during the week of 12th June. Each class will have a focus on technology and will be given a Technology Challenge. We hope that this will be a great success!

Shared Education

This year all of our classes have been involved in our Shared Education link with Ballynahinch PS with our P1 children taking part in their link this term. In addition to the learning links that have taken place, our joint choir for the Cross Community Carol Service and our joint drama production of ‘The Little Mermaid’ were a huge success. We are delighted to see the wonderful learning opportunities being provided as a result of programme.

Our teachers are also benefitting greatly as Shared Education has allowed them to access training, develop links and share teaching ideas and activities with their colleagues in Ballynahinch PS.

Fruit and Vegetables - Safety Advice

In order to prevent a risk of choking, the Public Health Agency recommend that all fruits and vegetables provided to P1 and nursery school children for break and/or lunch should be sliced or chopped. Parents are asked to follow this guidance when providing a break time snack and packed lunch.


Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club continues each morning from 8.10am. The cost is £1.00 per day with Breakfast and 50p without breakfast.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that the school water bottles are used to bring water into School. Alternatives are not acceptable as they are not approved by the Dental Service. School water bottles were provided free of charge to all pupils at the beginning of the school year. Replacement bottles are available for £1 and lids for 10p.

Emotional Intelligence

This month the children will focus on Our Lady and Friendship Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning.

Miss Killen’s P2 class will perform the class assembly on the emotional intelligence themes on 25th May 2018 at 9.30am. Parents are very welcome to attend. Please come along for refreshments and a chat from 9.00am.

May – The month of Our Lady

In May we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the sacrifices she made in her life. As our Mother, we pray to her asking us to watch over us and guide as in our journey through life. In school we are also promoting the Rosary and will provide everyone with a Rosary ring.

Perhaps parents could take a few moments each day to talk to their child about Our Lady and pray together the Rosary.

Head lice

A reminder, that parents should regularly check their child for head lice and treat immediately.


Other Events

  • School will be closed for the Bank Holidays on 7th May and 28th May.
  • P5 (Mr Brownlee) Assembly – 4th May at 9.30am
  • P7 Hivehackers ICT Workshops in Millennium IPS 15th- 17th May.
  • P1 Medical Assessments – 23rd-30th May
  • P7 Inside Out Workshop – 29th May.


Don’t forget to label school uniform and PE gear as the warm Summer weather approaches!





Family Fun Day

Saturday, 2nd June from 12noon to 3pm.


April Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


April 2018

Trocaire 2018 – Kumba’s School

It was great to see the children working so hard to raise much needed funds for Trocaire over Lent.   We thank our parents for supporting the children in their fundraising efforts and ask that you always encourage them to think of others who are less fortunate than us. Sincere thanks to everyone who made our Lenten charity work such a huge success. Together we raised £800 for Trocaire.



Regular and punctual attendance is a crucial factor in every child’s learning and in St Patrick’s most parents recognise this, making sure that their child’s attendance is as high as possible. However, for some children, attendance is an issue and so pupil attendance is being more carefully monitored this year.

Whilst we appreciate a telephone call to inform us if a child is going to be absent this should be supported by a written note sent into school on the pupils return. Any absence without a written note is now being followed up by the admin staff of the school.


Parents are encouraged not to take family holidays during term time!


March Newsletter

St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


March 2018

World Book Day

Unfortunately, our World Book Day celebrations didn’t take place as the school was closed due to snow. The event will now take place over the week of 5th March. In school your child will be taking part in a range of book related activities with their teacher.

P1-3 pupils will share stories with local post-primary school pupils and P4-7 classes will take part in a variety of activities around the theme of ‘Share a Story’. Remember to spend the £1 book token which can be used at any book store. And please take a little time during the week to share a story with your child.

Cracking Comprehension

All children from P2-7 have access to Cracking Comprehension, a fantastic on-line resource to develop reading and comprehension skills in a fun and enjoyable way. Please encourage your child to use Cracking Comprehension at home.


It is great to see children so keen to use the Mathletics on-line resource in school and at home. Every child has their log-in details, so they can work on developing their maths skills, competing by completing the tasks, or competing against their classmates and other children from around the world. Already many children have achieved the silver award.

Parents please encourage their child to use this resource at home!

World Maths Day – 7th March

World Maths Day is the world’s largest online maths competition hosted on the Live Mathletics game engine. Mathletics is used by 4 million students worldwide.

By earning points in Live Mathletics! During the official competition, students will have their first 20 games of Live Mathletics recorded by the World Maths Day Hall of Fame. Student scores are also combined to determine a school score for the School Year Group Hall of Fame. Warm Up starts on 21 February so we want our boys and girls to put in lots of practice ahead of the real thing. Let’s see if we can get St Patrick’s to be one of the top schools in the world!!!!


February Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


February 2018


P1 Applications

The closing date for application to P1 is now closed. However, late applications will still be accepted. Remember, you must still apply for a primary school place if your child currently attends the Nursery. Completed forms should be returned to reception.

Catholic Schools Week – Catholic Schools: Families of Faith

As in all schools throughout Ireland, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in St Patrick’s during the week of 29th January. Details of our celebrations have been sent to parents already and we would ask that you take some time to talk to your child about what they have been learning during the week.

A big thank you to the many grandparents who came along to our Grandparents Day celebrations. It was a lovely celebration!