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January Newsletter

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                          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.


New Fencing

You may recall that changes to the morning routine occurred at the start of the new school year following a review of Safeguarding provision. It was recognised at the time that the new arrangements would be further enhanced with the installation of additional fencing to the main playground. This has now been approved by the Education Authority and work will begin in the near future.

Belfast Peace Proms

We are delighted to inform you that our choir will be taking part in the Belfast Peace Proms on Sunday, 28th February at 3.00pm in the SSE Odyssey Arena, Belfast. The children involved will attend a workshop in preparation for the Belfast Peace Proms in the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast on Tuesday 2nd February 2016. Tickets for PEACE PROMS 2016 at the ODYSSEY ARENA are now on sale. Information on purchase of tickets can be found on

Story Sacks

Many P1 and P2 children are now taking home and using the Story Sacks. If you have not already completed the application form to be part of the Story Sack programme please do so and return it to the school as soon as possible. This is a fantastic resource that will really enhance learning so P1 and P2 parents don’t miss out!

Christmas Celebrations

Sincere thanks again to everyone who supported our Christmas Celebrations. All of the events certainly enhanced the wonderful atmosphere that Christmas brings. A special word of thanks goes to Santa Claus for making the trip to our school.

The KS2 performance of Cinderella Rockerfella was fantastic and the children who took part should be very proud of themselves. The money raised from ticket sales has helped purchase the various resources needed for the show. Some of it was also used to fund the Christmas dinner. We hope to use the reminder of the funds to purchase maths resources and pupil rewards.

Our Advent Mass was a truly special celebration and certainly reinforced the real meaning of Christmas. Congratulations to everyone who contributed in any way!

A sincere thank you is extended to everyone who made a donation to our Christmas Hamper Appeal. The St Vincent de Paul Society was delighted to receive the very generous hampers. There are a lot of families in our local community and the hampers will have helped some of them to have a better Christmas.

Well done to everyone who took part in our Eco-Schools Christmas decoration competition and congratulations to the boys and girls who won prizes. Our thanks are also extended to all of the parents who took time to help their child at home with their design. Our Christmas tree looked amazing with all of the wonderful decorations.

Emotional Intelligence

This month’s Emotional Intelligence focus is on helpfulness and St Brigid. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about the saint and virtue.

P5 will be performing their assembly based on these themes on Friday, 29th January at 9.30am. Parents of P5 children are very welcome to come along to see their child perform.

Early Morning Arrivals

Please note that Breakfast Club is not open until 8.10am daily and children should be escorted to the side door of the PE Hall.

There is no supervision of children at the school before 8.45am in the morning, unless a child is attending the Breakfast Club. In the interests of Health and Safety parents are asked to ensure that children do not arrive at school before 8.45am.


After-schools Clubs

Details of After-school clubs will be sent on a separate information sheet and will begin again on the week beginning 12th January 2015. We are delighted to introduce four new

clubs, Dance, Jujitsu, Lego and Drama. Details of these have been provided on separate sheets.

I Can’ Club

"I Can’ Club continues Monday –Thursday from 2-4pm for club members beginning on 11th January.

2-3 Club and Stay All Day Club

2-3 Club and Stay All Day Club continues Monday –Friday from 2-3pm. Cost is £2 per hour. Booking and full payment must be made in advance (Friday lunch time at the latest) so that adequate staffing can be arranged!

Birthday Cakes in School

Some children in the past have brought in a birthday cake to school on their birthday. Sadly this can no longer happen as there is a danger that children may have an allergy to the ingredients. Your support in helping to keep the children safe is much appreciated.


In an effort to reduce the risk of serious allergic reactions we are a ‘Nut-free’ school. Parents are asked to be vigilant when providing snack or lunches to ensure that nut traces are not contained in foods.

Important Dates:

  • Parent-Teacher Meetings – 8th February (Appointment times to follow)
  • Do This In Memory Mass for children preparing to receive First Communion – 16th January 2016 at 6.00pm.
  • Parliament building trip – 5th February 2016.
  • First Confession – 11th February 2016 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 7.00pm
  • First Communion – 4th June 2016 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 10.30am.
  • Confirmation – 13th May 2016 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 6.00pm.


We are a Healthy Eating At Break-Time School.

Don’t forget to pack fruit, vegetables or a bread based snack as a healthy break-time snack for your child!

A good start to the day is important!

Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast!

If you don’t have time why not use our Breakfast Club.

Open Daily from 8.10am


Did you know!

Being hydrated helps you to think, remember and learn!

Fill your child’s water bottle every day and encourage him/her to drink water in school.


Water only, please!


Reminder – Black Shoes!!!!

             Children are expected to wear black shoes or trainers as part of their school uniform!