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April Newsletter

St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


April 2015





Sacramental Celebrations

Congratulations to the boys and girls from our school who recently received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The children worked extremely hard to prepare for their special occasion and it was lovely to see the respect and reverence they showed during the ceremony. Our thanks are extended to Mrs Magee, Mrs Smith, Miss Marner and Mrs Kilmartin for all they did to make this occasion so meaningful to the children. We hope that this will be the first of many times that the children will experience this very important sacrament.

We look forward to our P7 class celebration of the Service of Light which takes place on Thursday, 16th April at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church

Preparations are now well underway for Confirmation which takes place on Friday, 8th May in St Patrick’s Church at 6.00pm. School will close at 1.00pm to facilitate preparations for the ceremony.


St Patrick's Day Celebrations

St Patrick's Day was celebrated in style today with a full day of singing, dancing, poetry and artwork.  It began with the P6 class performing their assembly on the theme of St Patrick and perserverence.  Congratulations Primary 6 on your presentation, it was of the highest standard.  The day then continues with each class providing a little performance for the rest of the school.

After break we were joined by some past pupils of our school who provided a spectular display of Irish dancing.  Everyone was so impressed!

The morning finished off with a giant Waves of Torey with teachers and children dancing together to the wonderful music.

In the afternoon, the children were treated to more music, this time from a group made up of teachers and pupils.  Everyone enjoyed the nice, relaxed atmosphere and joined in with the songs.  Thank you to Miss Delaney for her hard work in preparing ofr the day and for Mr Caughey's support on the guitar. Congratulations to Miss Grant, Mr Coulter and Miss McPhillips who have discovered that they are talented drummers, they displayed great drumming skills throughout.

Ice cream and green jelly was on the menu for the end of the day and there were clean plates left by everyone.

SIncere thanks to the staff for their work in preparing the children for today and to Miss McEvoy for organising what has turned out to be a very successful celebration of our Irish culture.

PSG Presentation

Sincere thanks are extended to our Parent Support Group who recently presented a cheque for £3,500.  This money will help purchase much needed resources and equipment and pay for the subsidised trip to the Opera House at Christmas.  Thank you to all of those parents and members of the community who so generously support the PSG events.

World Book Day

There was a great buzz around our school as the children took part in the recent World Book Day activities.  P7 boys and girls took time out to read to the Nursery children, every class took some reading time in the Reading Den, book doctors were on hand to recommend their favourite reads and the KS2 children finished the day with a table quiz.

The children also enjoyed students from Assumption Grammar School who visited and spent time reading to the various classes.

It was great to see the children so interested in reading and showing their knoweldge of different authors.

One of the biggest highlights fo the week was our Extreme Reading competition where children were challenged to send in a photo of themselves reading in an unusual place.  Amongst the entries were children upsidedown, inside weird and wonderful things and on top of different machines and unusual objects.  Our winner was the child who was inside the fridge with fridge magnets saying 'Reading Is Cool'.

Well done to all of our Extreme Read competition winners and to our table quiz winners.

A special word of thanks must go to the teachers for their hard work in promoting the day.  In particular, a big thank you to Miss McPhillips for her work in organising the various events and activities.


America Day

Special thanks to Mrs Kelly and the catering department of St Patrick's Primary School afor arranging such a special day in the dining hall as part of the National Schools Meals Day celebrations.