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Newsletter December 2018


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


December 2018

The Nativity and Christmas Celebration Concert

This year we are really looking forward to the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 performances. It is great to see all of the children so keen to be involved and working so hard to prepare for their performance. The performances take place on Thursday, 13th December 2018 at 7pm.

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

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, 3rd December and Wednesday, 5th 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.


November Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


November 2018


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 Thursday, 6th December 2018 from 6.30pm – 7.30pm 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

We were delighted to see so many parents attend our P1 Phonics workshop and hope that they found it useful in supporting their child in the early stages of learning to read. More information on the letter sounds can be found in the Useful Web Links on the School App.

Eco-Schools Committee

We would like congratulate all of the children who were elected for our Eco-Committee. No doubt, they will work hard to keep our Green Flag


October Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


October 2018


School Council

Good luck to our council members, Patrick Savage, Rachel Savage, Pauline Forker, Mya McCurry, Freya Scott, Oisin O’Kane, Enya O’Hare, Alvin Wei, Eimear Lowery, Joseph O’Reilly, Jessica Hughes-McCartan and Patrick Pillitteri.

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 2018



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.

Goodbye Mrs Brown!

Over the Summer holidays Mrs Brown, our Foundation Stage Classroom Assistant for over twenty years, made the decision to retire. For many years, Mrs Brown was based in the P1 class and played an instrumental role in ensuring that the little ones starting school settled in well, were happy and were getting the support they needed to make a good start in their learning. We are sorry to have Mrs Brown leave us and sincerely wish her many happy and healthy years in her retirement.

Attendance and Punctuality

Please help us to help your child make the most of their learning opportunities by making sure he/she is in school daily. Most parents recognise the benefits of regular and punctual school attendance but there are some who do not. Our Attendance Policy requires monitoring of pupil attendance on a monthly basis with parents of children falling below the required levels contacted. We need parents to work in partnership with the school to maintain excellent attendance. Should this not be the case a referral to the Education Authority – SE Region Education Welfare Service will be made. Find out more about school attendance on:



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!!!