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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!



January 2018 Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


January 2018

Happy New Year

As we begin 2018 we would like to wish the children, parents and wider school community a very happy and peaceful New Year.


Applications for Nursery and Primary 1

Applications for places in St Patrick’s P.S. and Magheradroll Nursery Unit can be obtained from the main office. The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday, 10h January 2018 at 12.00noon. It is important that applications are returned on time to the office of the Primary School.



Regular and punctual school attendance is crucial to children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take time to read about the importance of school attendance in the Department of Education leaflet ‘Miss School=Miss Out’ which has been circulated along with this month’s newsletter.



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.