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Manchester Trip Updates

Thursday 29th April

This morning at 7.30am we got woke up and had our breakfast.  We were tired from the day before.  We got on the bus and started our one and a half journey to Alton Towers.  Everyone was excited because it is a really big theme park.  We got our tickets and got into our groups. 

The first ride we saw was the Sonic Spinball ride.  It's a rollercoaster but as well as going up and down it spins around as it falls. It was very scary and made our stomachs rise up to our throats.  It took some people a long time to recover, Stuart, our bus driver,  didn't get on another rollercoaster all day.  Don't ever mention this ride again to Michael.

We got on lots more rides, Hex, The Flume, Runaway Train, Congo River Rapids., Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Mr Coulter was really brave and got on 'The Beastie'.  Its the scariest ride in the park - NOT!!!.

At the end of the day some of the group who wanted to face the ultimate challenges went off with miss Marner.  There was a massive queue at Oblivion and this give some of them time to panic.  Because it was so busy it was the only rollercoaster they got on but they weren't disappointed.  It started with a massive vertical drop down into a deep, dark pit.  Relieved to be on the ground everyone was proud that they had done it.

It was a wet and wild day.  Everyone had a great time.

Now we're heading down to a disco in the hotel just to round of the night.

By Claytan, James, Callum, Michael, Nathan and Tiernan.


Wednesday 28th April

The report of our day. 

Today we had such a good day.  We went to the zoo but first we went on a Roman soldier walk.  When we were on the walk we learned many fascinating things.  We really enjoyed ourselves but there was one place we all wanted to go, you guessed, the zoo.

After our visit to Chester we finally arrived at the zoo.W e saw many different types of animals.  There were flamingoes, miniature monkeys and the list doesn't stop there.  In fact we saw nearly every animal under the sun.  There was an excellent gift shop and all of us loved it, but wait.  Who did we get to meet, Sophie Webster out of Coronation Street.  Nearly all of us got to meet her.

We were all tired at the end of the day, wait, why are we calling it the end of the day? Cause it wasn't! After a a lovely dinner we went bowling.  It was loud, bright and colourful.  Everyone really enjoyed it.  After a quick trip back on the coach to our hotel we are now all tired and sleepy zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

By Hana, Katrine, Aislinn and Caitlin.

A big hello and bye from Ella, Shauna and the rest of the gang.



Tuesday 27th April 2010

10.30am    Everything is going smoothly and the children are enjoying the trip so far. The sail across went in quite quickly as we enjoyed a warm breakfast and then went to the cinema to watch a movie. We've just docked at Stranraer and are a couple of hours away from the first stop in around Carlisle so the children can stretch their legs and get some fresh air. There's not a lot of noise on the coach as the movie Up has just begun.

10.30pm    It's been a long day with lots of travelling and so, when the coach pulled into the driveway of the hotel, there was a rise in noise as the children realised they had reached the hotel.  Earlier in the day we stopped at Gretna Green and then drove through the Lake District, enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way.  The Lakeland Aquarium was the main visit of the day.  There was a guided tour which provided lots of information about the many fish and other creatures on show.  The highlight of the visit was watching the otters getting fed.

The children are delighted with the lovely rooms they have in the hotel and after a late dinner there were no complaints when they were asked to begin to settle down for the night.  Now they are all  tucked up in bed, exhausted from the journey and looking forward to tomorrow. 

There have been no problems at all and all of the children are very settled. Parents can rest easy knowing that everything is fine.

St Patrick's Primary School Choir perform at the Waterfront Hall

There was great excitement amongst the members of the school choir who were lucky enough to be part of the group performing in the Assumption Grammar School Concert at the Waterfront Hall last Thursday.

After many weeks of preparations and rehearals the moment finally arrived when the children would get the chance to grace the stage and when they finished singing they received the loudest applause of the evening from the audience of over 2,000 people.

Well done to all of the boys and girls who took part.  Their singing was of an exceptionally high standard, their behaviour was outstanding and the way in which they conducted themselves throughout the day was a credit to them.

Congratulations and thanks to Mr McBride and the staff of Assumption Grammar School for providing the children with the opportunity to take part in the Concert.  A special mention must go to Miss Cosgrove, our link teacher who worked so hard in preparing the children for this very special occasion.

Thanks also to Miss Delaney and Mrs O'Hare for their work in preparing the children and for giving up their time to escort the children to the Waterfront Hall.  The help that Mrs McCartan and Miss Marner provided in helping supervise the trip is also greatly appreciated.

A final word of thanks to the parents of the choir for their support in ensuring that the children were beautifully presented and for going to so much trouble in providing transport at the end of the concert.

Confirmation 2010

Confirmation took place in St Patrick's Church, Ballynahinch, last Wednesday, 14th April 2010.  The ceremony was performed by Bishop John McAreavey, who was assisted by Canon McCrory and Fr Loughran. 

The wonderful weather fully reflected the beautiful celebration and it was great ot see the sincerity and reverance of the children as they were confirmed. Congratulations to all of the boys and girls who made their Confirmation and well done to everyone who provided readings, psalms or the Offertory procession.

SIncere thanks to all of the teachers for coming along to the Confirmation ceremony and in particular Mrs O'Connor, Miss Grant, Miss Delaney and Mrs O'Hare, for the wonderful work they did in preparing the children so well.

Thanks also to Miss Marner and Mrs McCartan for all the help and support they gave to the Confirmation class.

Cross Country History Is Made

Last Friday saw our boys and girls Cross Country team visit Delamont Country Park for the annual SEELB Primary Cross Country Competition.  It was a wet and windy day as the children set off but the poor weather didn't dampen their spirits. 

As the children lined up at the starting line it was clear that the competition was fierce, with teams from schools all over the area. Our boys and girls put everything they had into the event and when the final positions were collected and teams scores calculated there were great celebrations from our girls' team as they qualified for the South East Regional Finals for the first time.

Well done to both of our teams and good luck to the girls as they proceed on to the finals.

Technology Challenge

The Annual School Technology Challenge took place last Friday, 19th March in the school hall.  Teams made up of P5, P6 and P7 pupils battled it out to design and construct an object for carrying a water bottle using only paper, cardboard and cellotape. Many very creative inventions were made and the hall was a hive of activity as the teams worked together to come up with a unique design.

The competition was very close and the staff  had great difficulty in deciding who would be the winner.  After much deliberation Jessica Manley, Caitlin Stewart and Hayley Magowan where chosen to represent our school in the SEELB Technology Challenge.

This competition took place yesterday with primary schools from all over the Downpatrick area involved.  Their task was to design a working windmill that could swivel if the wind direction changed.  Only the set materials could be used and a strict time limit was applied.  Our team worked tirelessly and produced a fantastic windwill that met all of the criteria, gaining full marks for their construction.  Unfortunately, two other teams produced slightly more detailed plans which menat that we were placed a very credible third.

Well done to the three girls who represented our school and congratulations on achieving third place.

Thanks are extended to Miss Johnson, who coordinated the school event.