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May Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


May 2016


Summer Assessments

Summer tests take place during the two weeks beginning 2nd May 2016. Please ensure that your child is in school over these two weeks to complete the assessments.


Congratulations to the P7 class who had their Service of Light on 28th April as part of their preparations for Confirmation. They provided beautiful singing, excellent readings and, most importantly, a deep understanding of what the Service of Light is all about.

Preparations are now well underway for Confirmation which takes place on Friday, 13th May in St Patrick’s Church at 6.00pm.

School will close at 1.00pm to facilitate preparations for the ceremony.


Cumann Na mBunscol Skills Day

Good luck to Adam Mahon who will take part in the Down Cumann Na mBunscol Skills Day.

P1 Stay and Play

It was great to see so many P1 parents taking the time to attend our recent Stay and Play session. Due to the wonderful attendance we have decided to arrange the second of our workshops in separate sessions for the two P1 classes. Miss Killen’s P1 workshop will be on Thursday, 19th May at 1.15pm with Miss McCrickard’ s workshop taking place on 26th May at 1.15pm. We look forward to seeing everyone again!


Technology Week

We are keen to promote and develop the skills associated with Technology and so we will be holding Technology Week during the week beginning 30th May. Each class will have a focus on technology and will be given a Technology Challenge. We hope that this will be a great success!

Shared Education

We are delighted to see the wonderful learning opportunities being provided as a result of our Shared Education links.

Our P3/4 class have been working closely with their friends in Ballynahinch Primary school on the topic of World War II. As well as visiting each other’s schools regularly and creating their Comic Life stories some of our children have visited local Nursing homes to share their work with residents and find out from them about what life was life during the war.


Our P7 class has also been working on their topic of Titanic with visits to the Titanic Centre in Belfast and joint art workshops. Some of the work has been shared on our Facebook page. The models that have been created have been fantastic.

We plan to have a display of the children’s work in the Market House on Thursday, 26th May. Why not come along to see what the children have learned!

Shared Education - Our Vision

The Board of Governors and staff are fully supportive of Shared Education and recognise the wonderful support that parents have given to the programme.

We have created a draft Vision Statement which we feel is reflective of the value we place on the programme:

“In Ballynahinch Primary School and St Patrick's Primary School we work together for a shared future.


Our vision is to enhance the learning of all pupils in an environment where there is equal opportunity, good relations and mutual respect, whilst acknowledging and celebrating similarities and differences.”

Your views are important to us and so we would appreciate any parental views on the statement above.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club continues each morning from 8.10am. The cost is £1.00 per day with Breakfast and 50p without breakfast.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that the school water bottles are used to bring water into School. Alternatives are not acceptable as they are not approved by the Dental Service. School water bottles were provided free of charge to all pupils at the beginning of the school year. Replacement bottles are available for £1 and lids for 10p.

Emotional Intelligence

This month the children will focus on Our Lady and Love. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning.

Miss McCrickard’s P1 class will perform the class assembly on the emotional intelligence themes on 20th May 2016 at 9.30am. Parents are very welcome to attend.

May – The month of Our Lady

In May we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the sacrifices she made in her life. As our Mother, we pray to her asking us to watch over us and guide as in our journey through life. In school we are also promoting the Rosary and will provide everyone with a set of Rosary beads

Perhaps parents could take a few moments each day to talk to their child about Our Lady and pray together the Rosary.

Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre

There is lots of excitement in the P6 and 7 classes as the annual residential trip to Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre approaches. No doubt the boys and girls will have a fantastic time over the 18th to 20th May. Parents are reminded that there is a brief meeting regarding the trip on 16th May at 3pm.


Head lice

A reminder, that parents should regularly check their child for head lice and treat immediately.



School Development

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the recent Parent Questionnaire. Your views and opinions are greatly valued. The responses were generally extremely positive and showed that parents are very happy with what our school provides for the children, the standards achieved, how it is led and managed and how it links with the community. This feedback and the areas that we have identified for improvement will be included in our 2016-2019 School Development Plan. We strive to ensure that the children of St Patrick’s get the best opportunities to ‘Live, Love and Learn, Together’.


Other Events

  • School will be closed for the Bank holidays on 2nd and 30th May.
  • First Communion – 4th June 2016.


Don’t forget to label school uniform and PE gear as the warm Summer weather approaches!



Family Fun Day

Saturday, 7th May from 12noon to 3pm.