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October Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


October 2015


Crossing Patrol

We delighted to see our new Crossing Patrol Man has settled in well and is ensuring that the children cross the main road safely. We are also in the process of putting a second person in place and hope to have this arranged in the near future.

Schools Council

Good luck to our council members, Eva Hanna, Aleesha Gribben, Amy Noble, Sophie Hogg, Caoimhe McKibben, Leo Madine, Niall Flanagan, Grace Crawford, Brian Lowery, Peter Hawkins and Owen Sharvin

We wish to thank Miss Ooleen Morgan and Ms Leanne Doyle for helping on Election Day.  They did a great job of checking each voter’s ID and counting the votes.

Thanks also to Miss McEvoy who is leading the development of the Schools Council and to all of the teachers for their work in providing Democracy Day etc.


School Photographer

The school photographer will be in school on Friday, 9th October. The P1 and P7 classes only will have an individual photograph and a class photograph taken. Should you be a parent of a child in P2-6 and you wish to have an individual photo taken of him/her please complete the reply slip provided in the earlier letter.

Like last year, there will be a family photo session arranged for later in the term. This will consist of an evening where families can pre-book a slot to have their session with the photographer. It would be appreciated if parents could use this opportunity rather than the 9th October for family photos.

Book Fair

Our Annual Book Fair this year runs from 12th -16th October. Why not come along and treat your child to a book and also help raise much needed funds for our school.


Playground Buddies

Interviews took place last week for new playground buddies and we were very impressed by the standard of the applicants from P6 and 7. Now that all of the buddies have been trained they are out in the playground each day playing with the younger children and making playtime a more enjoyable experience. Well done boys and girls!!!


Head lice

Parents are reminded of the ‘Once a week, take a peek!’ approach which encourages them to regularly check their child for head lice. It is not the school’s policy to collectively notify parents should head lice be observed so please help us to keep the occurrence of head lice in school to a minimum by checking regularly. To obtain more information on head lice, Google the above title.

Is your child reading regularly?

Reading regularly is vital to the development of word recognition strategies, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Every child is given reading homework so please encourage him/her to take time to read this and other materials of their choice.   We are keen to give the children an element of free choice in their reading and so are arranging to have regular visits to the local library by each class. Why not make use of this excellent facility too and take your child there outside of school?

Water bottles

Water bottles are for use by the children throughout the school day so please don’t pack them in your child’s lunch box.

Help us to encourage your child to avoid sugared drinks and drink healthily. Please don't put flavoured water into children's water bottles. You might fool the class teacher but think of the damage you are doing to your child's teeth if they are constantly being coated with sugary, flavoured water!

Book Bags

It’s great to see so many parents purchasing the book bags. They work best when they are used only for books so please avoid putting fruit or other food into the book bag.

Altar Servers

As a catholic school we feel it is important that our pupils play an active role in parish life. Please contact Fr Loughran should your child wish to volunteer as an altar server.


Emotional Intelligence

This month’s Emotional Intelligence focus is on ‘Prayerfulness’ Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about this important value.

The P4/5 class will be performing their assembly based on this theme and on the life of St Bernadette on Wednesday, 21st October at 9.30am. Parents of P4/5 children are very welcome to come along to see their child.


Snow White in the Opera House – 17th December

As with previous years we will be taking the children to the pantomime in the Grand Opera House

The cost of a ticket is normally £23.50 but we are able to access a school rate so the price per pupil will be £13.50. This covers transport and entrance. Once again, our parents support group are very keen to support this visit and have agreed to use fundraising money to further subsidise the trip reducing the cost to per child £7. Further details will be provided nearer the time.

The Parents Support Group events have always been well supported but the group ask that a special effort is made to help raise the funds to subsidise the pantomime trip.


Important Dates

2nd October 2015                        -           P7 Class attending AGS Language Event

P3/4 Assembly @ 9.30am

7th October 2015                        -           P3 Curriculum Meeting @ 3.15pm

9th October 2015                        -           School Photographer for P1 and P7 classes

12th – 16th October 2015              -           Book Fair

26th – 30th October 2015            -           School Closed for Mid-Term Break