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September Newletter

St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


September 2015

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.

We also welcome our new P1 teacher, Miss McCrickard and wish her every success over the coming year.

Attendance and Punctuality

Most parents recognise the benefits of regular and punctual school attendance but there are those who do not. This year attendance will be monitored on a monthly basis and parents of children falling below the required levels will be contacted. Parents of children with irregular and poor attendance will be held accountable to the school and to the Education Authority – SE Region Education Welfare Service. Please help us to help your child by making sure your child is in school daily.


IFA Primary Schools Tournament

Well done to our school soccer team which came joint first in the IFA Primary  Schools Tournament in Assumption Grammar School on Friday.

After winning a penalty shootout in the semi-final against Spa PS they met Millennium Integrated  PS in the final. The boys took an early lead with a super goal from Liam Burns but as the clock ticked towards the final whistle the Millennium struck back. 
After this the lads had their backs to the wall but defended superbly well to hold on to a draw.  This moved the game into sudden death but after chances at both ends, neither teams could find the net.  Penalties!

Nerves filled the atmosphere as the game was still drawn after all of the penalties had been taken. Now it was sudden death.  Still nothing could separate the teams and as everything was level after all of the players had taken a penalty the referee decided the game was a draw. Our lads tried so hard throughout the day but a special mention must go to Charlie Brown, our goalkeeper, who pulled of some fantastic saves in the penalty shoot out.

Cross Country

Well done to Ryan Walsh who did so well in the Inter-Area Primary Schools Cross Country Competition yesterday in Ormeau Park. Out of all of the schools involved Ryan came 20th - A fantastic achievement. We are all very proud of you Ryan!

Green Flag Award for St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit

St Patrick's Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit, Ballynahinch are celebrating this week after becoming one of the first primary schools and nursery units in their area to be awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The boys and girls from the school and nursery have been working hard over the last five years to reach the highest level that can be awarded by Eco-Schools Northern Ireland for being environmentally friendly. This award recognises the outstanding efforts of the school community in reducing their waste, recycling more, saving energy, promoting healthy choices and looking after their environment. 


Instrumental to this success is the school Eco-Committee which meets monthly to address issues and plan how they can make the school environment more Eco-friendly. It is well supported by Eco-Monitors, who make sure that everyone is following the Eco-code, and Mrs Smith who has been coordinating Eco-Schools this year. Everyone is delighted to see the efforts made by all of the children, staff and parents recognised with such a prestigious award.


Following an in-depth inspection made up of class visits, a presentation by the Eco-Committee and a guided tour of the school and grounds, Claire Lundy and Christine Chambers of Eco-Schools NI met to provide the group with the outcome of their evaluation. The Eco-Committee were delighted to hear comments like, ‘There is a lot of fantastic Eco-work going on in the school’ and ‘It is great to see how much you know about plants and gardening’. After the feedback, which noted the knowledge of the children and the genuine commitment of everyone, the ‘Green Flag’ was presented to the boys and girls amidst cheers that could be heard right across Ballynahinch.   Principal, Mr Coulter was delighted to see the award come to his school, “I believe that everyone has an important part to play in looking after the environment and am delighted that the hard work which has taken place in St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit to make them places which are so eco-friendly has been recognised in such a way.’


Well done to all the boys and girls in Primary 7 who made their Confirmation.