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School Closed Early - 29th November 2010

Unfortunately, due to the extreme weather conditions the children had to go home early today. The treacherous roads menat that many of the childrne were unable to make it in to school and several of the teaching staff were stranded trying to make the journey.  It was a difficult decision to make but with a heavy fall of snow at around 8.45am and the unpredictability of the weather it was felt that, in the interests of safety for both pupils and staff, the most apporopriate action was to close early.

Thank you to all of our parents for assisting us by  making arrangements at the last minute to collect their child.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

As the snowy weather is expected to continue updates will be posted on the website, on the parent hotline and it necessary on the radio/ceefax.

The hotline number is 08447707576

ID - 75438

Please call this for regular updates

Olympic Handball Success

There was great anticipation and excitement as our boys and girls left to go to Assumption Grammar School on Thursday, 23rd November 2010, to take part in the Down Schools Mini Olympic Handball event.

Six schools from the mid Down area took part in the competition arranged by SEELB and the event was enjoyed by all. For all attending it was the first time they had played Olympic Handball but the boys and girls from St Patrick's quickly came to grips with the skills.

Our girls' team played well and won many of their games.  They thoroughly enjoyed taking part and meeting friends, old and new.  There were some super performances with Ella Miskelly, Courtney Anderson and Emma Noble working tirelessly throughout the games. 

The boys team seemed to thrive in the wonderful new hall and went from strength to strength as the competition progressed.  By the end of the group stages they remained unbeaten and had qualified for the final.  Their oppenents were St mary's P.S., Killyleagh. 

By this stage they were tired so it came as a shock when they saw the barriers removed to allow the final to be played on the full hall.  The ball was thrown in and our team quickly settled with a quick goal from  our captain Kyle McMoran.  St Mary's struck back but St Patrick's replied with another goal.  As the end approached St Mary's snatched what they thought was the equaliser but the boys from St Patrick's dug deep and raised their game to another level scoring two unaswered goals. 

The final whistle was greeted with great celebrations amongst the team as the win capped a fantastic day for the boys.  Everyone enjoyed the new experience and there were superb performances from Kyle McMoran, Jack Ferris, and Adam Brum.  Indeed, all if the boys can be very proud of their efforts. 

After speeches from Neil McGivern, SEELB, Kyle was called upon to receive the trophy.  Lifting it above his head applause rang out around the sports hall.

Our thanks to Neil McGivern and his team for their great organisation of the event and to Assumption Grammar School for facilatating the event.

 

Welcome to St.Patrick's, Ballynahinch

school1St. Patrick’s is a Catholic Maintained Primary School situated just off the Main Street in Ballynahinch. Our existing school was built in 1958 to replace an old school (1864) on the site. In l981 a major extension was added to give a spacious, modern and well-equipped school.In 2000 a state of the art Nursery Unit known as Magheradroll Nursery Unit was completed to accommodate 52 part time nursery aged children from both communities.

The present enrolment is 240 which includes 52 part time nursery children and there are eleven full time teaching staff. Our facilities include  a modern computer suite where children from P1 to P7 have regular timetabled access to our Dell computers in class units. Recently  inter-active whiteboards were installed in all mainstream classrooms.

We, in St. Patrick’s Primary School, aim to create a school in which each child will feel valued, will come to realise his/her full potential and grow in the Christian faith. We aim to create an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for all, where everyone, irrespective of ability, will realise that he/she has a valuable contribution to make.

Paul Coulter

Principal

November Newsletter

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Caitriona Ruane opens new playground

c_ruaneLast Friday (8th October) we had a special visitor at the school, the Minister of Education, Caitriona Ruane.

The Minister spoke to the children at a special assembly before officially opening the new playground, car park and turning circle, and also planting a commemorative tree. A lovely bouquet of flowers was presented by one of the P7 pupils to the Education Minister to thank her for visiting our school.

It was great to see the other guests including our former Principal Leo Flanagan.

The kitchen staff provided a beautiful buffet.

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