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March Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


March 2016


World Book Day

World Book Day takes place on Thursday, March 3rd and we have a range of activities planned for that day – more details to follow. We hope that the children will enjoy our focus on reading and that the day will encourage them to read that little bit more.

Don’t forget to use your book token to buy a book of your choice!

Hairspray Junior

The after-school Drama Club from our school and Ballynahinch Primary School are really enjoying coming together on Thursday and Friday afternoons and are working hard work to prepare for their performances of “Hairspray Junior” in:

  • St Patrick’s Primary School at 3.00pm      AND 7.00pm on Tuesday 15th March;
  • Ballynahinch Primary School at 3.00pm      AND 7.00pm on Wednesday 16th March.

On the 16th our own P.4-7 pupils will be invited to stay and watch the 3.00pm matinee performance (free). Tickets for Adults are now on sale (£3 each) and can be purchased from the school.

Parent Meetings

It was great to see such an excellent attendance by parents at our recent Parent Teachers meetings. Thank you for your support and your commitment to your child’s education. Please remember that, should you have any queries or wish to discuss anything, no matter how small, you can contact the school and we will be only to happy to help!


February Newsletter


                      St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


                  February 2016

P1 applications

The closing date for application to P1 is now closed. However, late applications will still be accepted. Remember, you must still apply for a primary school place if your child currently attends the Nursery. Completed forms should be returned to reception.

Catholic Schools Week – Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy!

As in all schools throughout Ireland, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in St Patrick’s during the week of 1st February. Details of our celebrations have been sent to parents already and we would ask that you take some time to talk to your child about what they have been learning during the week. More details can be found on:

Shared Education Programme

We are delighted to announce that the Education Authority has approved a three year Shared Education programme of learning which will see our school and Ballynahinch Primary School working closely together to enhance the learning in our two schools and to help develop the long-standing relationship and partnership we enjoy. As the programme progresses into Year 2 more classes will be linked and in Year 3, we plan to link all the classes in both schools.

This year two classes from each school are linked, P.3/4 & P.7, and are working on joint World Around Us projects.

The P.3/4 Teachers are working on a World War II project, which will include a trip to Castleward and hopefully the Steam Railway in Downpatrick.

The P.7 Teachers are doing a project on Titanic, which will include trips to Titanic Belfast and a follow up with a professional artist. In addition, the classes will get together for the (Health Education) “Love for Life” programme.

Both projects will involve the children visiting each other’s schools to work on their projects.

The after-school Drama Project (facilitated by Ravara Productions) has completed auditions in both schools, and 12 children from each school have been selected to do ‘showcase performances’ of “Hairspray Junior” in:

  • St Patrick’s Primary School at 3.00pm      AND 7.00pm on Tuesday 15th March
  • Ballynahinch Primary School at 3.00pm      AND 7.00pm on Wednesday 16th March

On the 16th our own P.4-7 pupils will be invited to stay and watch the 3.00pm matinee performance (free). Tickets for Adults will go on sale (£3 each) closer to the time.


January Newsletter

                          St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


January 2016

Happy New Year

As we begin 2016 we would like to wish the children, parents and wider school community a very happy and peaceful New Year.

 Applications for Nursery and Primary 1

Applications for places in St Patrick’s P.S. and Magheradroll Nursery Unit Applications can be obtained from the main office. The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday, 13th January 2015. It is important that applications are returned on time to the office of the Primary School.

 School Crossing Patrol

We are delighted to inform you that Mrs Michelle Lowery has taken up the second of the two Crossing Patrol positions from the beginning of the new term. This now means that the crossing at the top of main street has its full complement of staff. We wish Mrs Lowery every success in her new post.


St.Vincent de Paul


December Newsletter

                 St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


December 2015


Nick Sharratt Visits our school!

The famous illustrator, Nick Sharratt, will be visiting our school on Wednesday, 2nd December to talk to the children about his work.Nick has illustrated close to 250 books, ranging from board books for babies to novels for young teenagers and has worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kaye Umansky, Kes Gray and most notably Dame Jacqueline Wilson. Find out more on

Books illustrated by Nick will be available to purchase and these can be personally signed by him. If your child has a book at home that he/she wants to get signed please bring it in on the day.

Cinderella Rockerfella


This year we are really looking forward to the Key Stage 2 performance of Cinderella Rockerfella. It is really great to see all of the children so keen to be involved and working so hard to prepare for their performance. There will be two showings, the matinee show which takes place on Tuesday, 15th December 2015 at 1.30pm and the evening show on Wednesday 16th December 2015 at 7.00pm.

To ensure that all parents get the opportunity to see their child perform they will have the option of initially purchasing two tickets between Wednesday, 1st December and Tuesday, 8th December. After this date all tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and parents can buy as many as they wish. Tickets are priced at £4.00 per adult and £3.00 for Senior Citizens and Children Under 14. All proceeds go towards School Funds.