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September Newsletter 2010


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


June 2010

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.

Curriculum Meetings

Curriculum Information Meetings take place on 8th September 2010.

The P1-P3 meeting will run from 2.15 – 3.00pm and the P4-P7 meeting will run from 3.15 – 4.00pm.

 Start of Year Mass

Our Mass to celebrate the Start of the School Year will take place at 9.30 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church.  All pupils are asked to leave their school bags in school the night before and go directly to the church on the morning of the mass.  Should a parent have any problems with this arrangement please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 New furniture

On returning to school for the new school year the children got a welcome surprise.  All of our classrooms have been provided with new desks and chairs.  It is hoped that they will enhance the learning environment for all.

 Renovations to the Infant Play Area

Work on the infant play area was completed over the summer break and we are delighted with the improved provision.  The new furniture, flooring, lighting and décor have greatly improved the play facilities for the children.  Our thanks are extended to the maintenance department of SEELB who assisted the project and to the Parents Support Group who provided funding for the painting of the play area and a new LCD TV.

 Parents Support Group

Thanks are also extended to the Parents Support Group for funding a new data projector for the ICT suite.  This will allow teachers to demonstrate ICT skills to the children in a clearer and more attractive way.

 An outside notice board is soon to be erected in the school grounds as another way of keeping parents informed.  Again, this has been funded by the PSG.

 The Parents Support Group will be holding a Fun Day in the school grounds on Saturday, 25th September from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. 

 After-schools Programme
Revision Club for P7 pupils begins on Wednesday 8th September 2010 from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

 Netball Club will begin on Monday, 13th September for P2 and 3 pupils form 2.00pm to 3.00pm and P4-P7 pupils from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.  I would encourage boys as well as girls to come along as there are many skills developed that are used in other sports.  The cost is £1 per week.  The club will initially run for eight weeks and, whilst it can be paid weekly, it would be preferred if the full amount be paid up front. 

 Short Tennis will again take place on Thursdays.  Details will follow.

 'Red and Black’ Day

There is great excitement amongst staff and pupils following the success of the Down Senior Football Team.  To show our support to the County team in the All-Ireland final Friday, 17th September will be a red and Black day in school.  Everyone is asked to wear something in our county colours.

 All-Ireland Final

We wish the county team every success in the final and with so many people travelling to the match on the 19th September it has been decided that the school will close on Monday, 20th September.  Let’s hope that this will be a day when everyone can go to welcome Sam Maguire back to Down for the sixth time.

 Please note that to make up for this closure the school will now be open on 21st April 2011.

 Good Luck Robert

We hope that Robert Poland, P5, has a great day on 19th September as he has been chosen to be part of the Guard of Honour for the Down team as they make their way out onto Croke Park on All-Ireland Final day. 

 Official Opening of the New Playground and Drop-off point

The new playground and drop-off point will be officially opened by a special guest from the Department of Education on Friday, 8th October 2010 at 10.00am.  More details will follow.

 Sainsbury’s Active Kids Tokens

A big thank you to all of the parents who sent in Sainsbury’s Active Kids tokens.  This year they have been used to buy, four scooters for the foundation stage outdoor play, hula hoops and skipping ropes.

 Music Success

Congratulations to pupils who took part in Music Exams last term.  Caitlin Stuart achieved a Grade 2 with Merit in flute, Hanna-Lambert-Keoghan gained Grade 1 with Merit in violin and Katrine Kelly achieved Grade 1 in violin with Distinction.

 Cash for Clobber

You may have noticed a clothing recycle bin which has recently be installed in the playground.  Please fell free to use this to deposit old and unwanted cloths.  As well as helping our environment by recycling you are also making a donation as every bin bag deposited means the school receives £4.50.

SOS and Dental Hygiene Awards

Yet again our school has been awarded the SOS Gold Award for Healthy Eating at Breaktime.  This is a fantastic achievement which recognises the efforts of pupils, staff and parents in ensuring that all children eat fruit at break-time. Well done to everyone and sincere thanks to all of our parents who actively promote this healthy lifestyle amongst their children.

Congratulations too to he P4 and P5 boys and girls who recently were awarded certificates, medals and prizes for their work in improving their personal dental hygiene.  There was much excitement amongst the two classes as Marion, our School Dental Nurse, announced the winning class.  This year the cup went to P4 who took the title from the P5 class for the first time in many years. Special congratulations go to Niall Mahon and Cailtin Tweedie who won awards for zero plaque.  Thanks also to Mrs Doherty and Miss Delaney for give such great emphasis to this very important aspect of the curriculum.

There will be many a glowing smile in Ballynahinch for years to come.

Class Arrangements for 2010

Next years classes will be arranged as follows:




Mrs C. O'Hare


Miss H. McEvoy


Mrs Hanna


Miss O Delaney


Mr E Caughey


Miss Johnson


Mrs Doherty


Miss K Grant


Mrs MT O Connor





sports day 2010

Sports day 2010 got off to a great start as the weather was clear and dry. We packed up the equipment and headed to the sports field kindly lent by St.Colmans High school. Everyone gathered on the grass and settled down to begin an exciting morning.The parents arrived and soon the sound of whistles and cameras were in full swing as the events began. There was a mixture of activities from sprint, egg and spoon, obstacle and bean bag toss. There was a mixture of drama and surprise as each event unfolded.Then after a short break, the races resumed until everyone had completed their events.Key Stage 2 treated us to a showcase of Cross country running and Poc Fada(using a hurley stick and a ball). Mr Coulter called the Mums over to compete in a Sprint race.They duly obliged and showed their athletic skills. Then it was time for a Dad's race. They all ran like the wind leaving one faller!Then we were treated to a toddler race-it was a novelty to watch! The staff then had to showcase their talents with an egg and spoon race. Well done to all the competitors who remembered the rules!! The KS 2 children got their medals at the field.The KS 1 children got theirs the following day. Well done to Niall Mc Allister who won KS1 Sports person of the year. Dylan Blaney won the KS 2 person of the year. The yellow team won the sports cup this year. A big thank you to Ms Grant who organised the event. Well done to all the pupils for participating and the parents for their support.

June Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


June 2010


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 10th June in St Colman’s High 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 ate on the sport field.


A lot of effort is put into organising the various events and parents are asked to show their support for staff by ensuring that their child stays with their class during events and does not leave to sit along with mum or dad. 


The school day will finish at 12.30 and parents are asked to collect their child from St Colman’s playing fields.


Nursery Induction

Parents of children starting in the Nursery in September 2010 are reminded that there will be an Induction Session on 2nd June 2010 at 1.15pm


P1 Parent Meeting and Induction

Parents of children starting in P1 in September are invited to a parents meeting on 15th June 2010 at 1.00pm.  Please note that this is for parents only.  The induction session for the new P1 children will take on Friday, 18th June at 1.00pm.


Class Changeover Day

Class changeover day will be held on Friday 18th  June at 1.00 p.m.  Children will have the opportunity to spend a while with the teacher and the class which they will go into in September.  Arrangements for next years classes are currently being made and parents will be informed as soon as they are finalised.


Music Exams

Good luck to three of our pupils, Caitlin Stuart, Hana Lambert-Keoghan and Katrine Kelly who take their music exams on the 1st June 2010.


First Communion

Children of St. Patrick’s Primary School will receive First Holy Communion on Saturday 5th June in St. Patrick’s Church at 10.00 a.m. There will be a photographer present on the day.  Children from P5 to P7 are invited to come along and join the choir on this very special occasion for the P4 children.


School Uniforms

Our school uniform is now being supplied by Rhoda Stewart at a price slightly cheaper than in previous years but with the same, if not better quality.  It is hoped that parents will find this a more accessible way to obtaining the uniform throughout the year.


There is still a limited stock of uniform in the school which can be purchased at a discounted rate.  Anyone interested should contact our School Secretary, Mrs McEvoy.


Reading Partnership Programme


Our very successful ‘Reading Partnership’ Programme is now completing its second year and the children involved are benefiting greatly. The classroom assistants, Miss Marner and Mrs. Higgins have been specially trained to deliver this very worthwhile support and hopefully this will continue for many years. It is very well managed by our ‘Reading Partnership’ co-ordinator, Miss Mc Evoy, and our thanks are extended to her for all the work she has done.


Other Important Dates


  • P5 will perform their assembly at 9.15am on 28th May.  Parents are very welcome to come along to see the assembly.


  • School will be closed for the Bank holiday on 31st May 2010.


  • School will be closed on 7th June for a School Development Day.


  • School closes at 11.00am on 30th June 2010.


  • The Leaver’s Mass will take place on Thursday, 24th June.  More details to follow.


  • P7 children will be involved in the ‘I’m Special, You’re Special Day being held in the school on 11th June 2010. Further details will be provided to P7 parents.


  • P7 children will be going to Ballynahinch Primary School on 15th June to take part in an Outreach Programme.