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September Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Headteacher's Shield and Mother Teresa Cup for September 2011.

Congratulations also to Bradley Lowey, Sophie Hogg, Liam Burns, Natalia Krauze, Abigail Pleasants, Vilius Dikinas and Niall McAllister on winning Pupil of the Month Awards.

October Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


October 2011



Remember, 3rd Oct. will be a normal school day and the SDD day planned will now be on 7th Nov.


Changes to arrangements for PE

In the General Information booklet sent to all parents at the start of the school year information was provided on changes to the PE policy relating to PE gear and on the wearing of earrings during PE.  These changes were made on advice from SEELB to reduce the risk of injury to children and to ensure that clothing does not restrict movement.  Whilst PE is an important part of the curriculum children will not be permitted to take part if this guidance is not followed. Please note that sports shorts are required for PE and trainers must be worn.


Changing for PE

  • P1 for first two terms – remove jumper and put on trainers
  • P1 Term 3 - change into shorts
  • P2 and 3 change into a T shirt, shorts and trainers
  • P4-7 change into a T shirt, shorts and trainers.


Children should not wear jogging bottoms for PE except outside in the winter months.


P1-3 can keep their PE gear in school but P4-7 should take it home to ensure good personal hygiene.



During PE no jewellery is permitted and any child wearing jewellery will not be permitted to take part in P.E. lessons. If a child cannot take out their stud earring themselves before PE it is advisable that they are taken out before coming to school.


Come Dine With Me

The P1 children and their families had a wonderful afternoon on 23rd September when they came together to have lunch at the ‘Come Dine With Me’ event.  Sincere thanks to everyone who came along to support the dinner and congratulations to the catering department of our school for providing such a beautiful meal.


September Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


September 2011



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.


Infant 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.


Curriculum Meetings

Curriculum Information Meetings take place on 19th September 2011.

The P1-P3 meeting will run from 2.15 – 3.00pm and the P4-P7 meeting will run from 3.15 – 4.00pm.  Parents are encouraged to make every effort to attend.  However, should these arrangements not suit due to work commitments etc, please contact the school and an alternative date may be agreed.


New School Year Just Around The Corner

As the summer holidays draw to an end we look foward to a new school year.  We hope that everyone will return refreshed and with great enthusiasm so that they learn lots of new things and try their best in eveything they do.

There have been more changes to the school, which we feel certainly enhances the environment for everyone.


June Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


June 2011


Safety in the Sun

As we approach the final month of the school year and look forward to enjoying some good weather parents are reminded of the importance of making sure children are safe in the sun.  Apply sun creams before children come to school and provide a hat to keep the sun of your child’s face.  Wally and Wise will be visiting the school on 23rd June to promote safety in the sun.


Labelling of Clothing

It would be much appreciated if parents could check their child’s clothing to ensure that they are clearly labelled.  During the warm summer days children take of jumpers especially and labelling is a big help in finding the rightful owners of the clothing.


Sports Day

Sports Day takes place on Tuesday 21st June in Assumption Grammar School from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Instead of a hot meal the school meals kitchen will be providing a packed lunch which can be eaten on the sport field. The Parents Support Group will be providing refreshments with all proceeds going to their fundraising efforts.