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January Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


January 2017

Happy New Year

As we begin 2017 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, 11th January 2017. It is important that applications are returned on time to the office of the Primary School.



Regular and punctual school attendance is crucial to children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take time to read about the importance of school attendance in the Department of Education leaflet ‘Miss School=Miss Out’ which has been circulated along with this month’s newsletter.


Shared Education

Our Shared Education programme continues to expand and develop with P7 beginning their learning link with the P7 class from Ballynahinch Primary School in December. This term will see P3 and P4 classes join the programme and taking part in opportunities to learn together on a shared topic.

Auditions have been completed for the joint production of ‘The Lion King’ and rehearsals will beginning on 12th January. Parents of cast members are reminded that rehearsals will be after schools on Thursdays in St Patrick’s and Fridays in Ballynahinch Primary School. Children should be collected from the school they are rehearsing in at 4pm.


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 Foundation Stage performance of The Nativity Story and KS1 performance of Gnome Alone were 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 new books.

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 respect. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about the virtue.

P3 will be performing their assembly based on this theme on Friday, 27th January at 9.30am. Parents of P3 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

After-schools clubs continue as normal on our return to school with details of new registrations provided on a separate information sheet.

‘I Can’ Club

‘I Can’ Club continues Monday –Thursday from 2-4pm for club members beginning on 9th 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 £ 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.

Reminder about Allergies

In an effort to reduce the risk of serious allergic reactions in school parents are asked to be vigilant when providing snack or lunches. Please avoid foods that contain nuts, kiwi, sesame seed, mustard seed, blueberry and E110 Sunset yellow food colouring.

Parent Support- Group Family Bingo Night

Our Parent Support Group will be holding a Family Bingo Night in the Parish Centre on Friday, 13th January 2017 from 7.00pm-8.30pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Important Dates:

  • Parent-Teacher Meetings – 6th February 2017 (Appointment times to follow)
  • First Confession – 8th March 2017 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 7.00pm
  • Confirmation – 26th April 2017 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 6.00pm.
  • First Communion – Sunday, 28th May 2017 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 1.00pm



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






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!




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!