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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.

Trocaire Lenten Appeal 2010

Trocaire 2010

It is wonderful to see the efforts that children are making to raise money for Trocaire's Lenten Appeal.  The playground is a hive of industry with raffles, guess the name of the cuddly toy, guess how many in the jar, bun and cake sales and even a stall for buying fruit.  The Trocaire jar is steadily rising and children look with interest each day to see how much has been added. 

It is very evident that everyone wants to help others who are less well off than themselves and the caring attitude that the children show is a credit to them.  Thanks are extended to all of those parents who are supporting their child in the fundraising. Without your help our Lenten Appeal would not be the success that it is.

The Jumble Sale for Trocaire is one of the major events of the school year and from Monday, 22nd March 2010 children may bring in items which they feel they no longer need but might be wanted by others.  Whilst all donations are welcome please make sure that the everything is safe, in good condition and in full working order.

The Jumble Sale will take place on 31st March 2010.