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November Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


November 2016



School Development

It is important that parents are kept informed of our plans for development in the school and we value their involvement in Development Planning. Please see  our School Development Plan in the Information Section of the website.

Parents’ views and opinions on the development of our school are greatly valued. Should further information be required on the areas outlined or should a parent wish to make a suggestion on future areas of development please contact Mr Coulter.

Eco-Schools Committee

It is great to see how keen the children of St Patrick’s are to look after the environment. The children entrusted with promoting Eco-Schools this year are Jack Noade, Freddie Miskelly, Ollie McAllister, Sean McGowan, Leah Dornan, Orlaith Mulholland, Leo Madine, Grace Crawford, Harry Miskelly, Oliwia Sokolek. We wish them good luck as they begin their work to ensure that we retian our Green Flag.


Flu Vaccinations

Parents are reminded that the School Nurse will be visiting on Monday, 21st November to administer the Flu Vaccine. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is in school on this day.


GAA Draw

The Annual Down GAA Primary Schools draw has recently been launched. This has been very well supported in the past and we hope that this year will be no different. Tickets have just been circulated so please keep an eye out for them in the children’s school bags.

Please return tickets and money to the school by 16th November. Your support is greatly appreciated as the money raised will go towards the cost of coaches for our school.


Maths at School

Maths at School is an extremely useful website for supporting KS2 in their maths. The cost to access the on-line resource is £1 and so we would ask parents of P5, 6 and 7 children to contribute £1 to cover this cost. This website can also be accessed and used at home on Indeed, we would ask that you encourage your child to make the most of this fantastic maths resource.

Irish Language classes

Our links with Assumption Grammar School continue to grow and we are delighted to have girls from their A-Level class visit our P4 and P4/5 classes to teach Irish.


Parents are reminded of school policy that only stud earrings can be worn in school. Earrings must be removed during PE. Taping over earrings is not acceptable.

Parent Support Group Christmas Craft Fair

The PSG have organised a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, 19th November in the School Hall from 12-3pm. We hope that everyone will take the time to support their fundraising efforts. Keep up to date with events on the PSG Facebookpage: .

Dropping-off children in the morning

Parents are reminded that children should not be left in the school playground before 8.45am!




Text Message Service

As Winter approaches parents are reminded to provide an up-to-date mobile phone number so that they can receive messages from the school text message service.

School closures information will also be posted on the school Facebook page should severe weather impact on the normal school routines.

Anti-bullying Week

National Anti-Bullying Week runs from 14th - 18th Nov. 2018 and this year’s theme is 'Power for Good' with the following key aims:

  • To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
  • To help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with schools to stop bullying.
  • To encourage all teachers, school support staff and youth workers to use their Power for Good – by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive

Parents are asked to take time to talk to their son/daughter about what bullying is and what to do if he/she experiences this. Information on bullying can be found on


Emotional Intelligence

This month the children will focus on the virtue of Self-Worth. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about this virtue. P7 class will be performing their assembly on the Emotional Intelligence theme on Friday, 2nd December 2016 at 9.30am. Parents of children in the P7 class are very welcome to come along.

Halloween Fancy Dress

The children had a great day last Friday and the Halloween Fancy Dress was enjoyed by all. Sincere thanks to everyone who went to such an effort to get dressed up and congratulations to the School Council for organising such a fantastic event. In total, £167.90 was raised for School Council funds.

Book Fair

The book fair held in the school recently was very successful and thanks are extended to the children and parents for their support. As well as being an opportunity to promote reading we also received commission of £785.98 which will be used to purchase books to supplement materials in each class.

Attendance and Reporting Absence

Help us to help your child in their learning by ensuring that they have punctual and regular attendance. Please avoid taking holidays during school time as they impact greatly on the child’s learning and also on the rest of the class.

Parents are reminded that they should inform the school in writing of the reason for their child’s absence from school. Whilst a phone on the morning of the absence is appreciated it is important that we have a written note for our records.


Head lice

Remember, ‘Once a week, take a peek!’ - Regularly check your child’s head for head lice! For more information go to