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May Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


May 2017


Summer Assessments

Summer tests have now starting and will continue to take place over the two weeks beginning 2nd May 2017. Please ensure that your child is in school over these two weeks to complete the assessments.



Congratulations to the P7 boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 26th April. It was a pleasure to see the children approach their preparations with such maturity with their contribution on the day making the ceremony a wonderful celebration. We hope and pray that their faith will continue to develop in the coming years and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Olympic Handball Finals

Good Luck to our P6 Boys and Girls Olympic Handball teams who compete in the EA SE Region finals in Lisburn Leisureplex on Friday, 5th May, 2017


P1 Stay and Play

We look forward to seeing parents from Miss McCrickard’s P1 class and Miss Killen’s P1/2 class at our Stay and Play Parent Workshops. Miss Killen’s class workshop will be on Thursday, 11th May at 1.15pm with Miss McCrickard’ s workshop taking place on Thursday, 18th May at 1.15pm. Further information will be circulated.


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 5th June. 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

This year we have had five classes involved in our Shared Education link with Ballynahinch PS. In addition, our joint choir for the Cross Community Carol Service and our joint drama production of ‘The Lion King’ was a huge success. We are delighted to see the wonderful learning opportunities being provided as a result of programme.

Our teachers are also benefitting greatly as Shared Education has allowed them to access training, develop links and share teaching ideas and activities with their colleagues in Ballynahinch PS.

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

Miss McPhillip’s P5/6 class will perform the class assembly on the emotional intelligence themes on 12th May 2017 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.

Head lice

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


Other Events

  • School Photographer will visit P1 and P7 on Friday. 5th May
  • First Communion – 28th May 2017 at 1pm.
  • School will be closed for the Bank holiday on 29th May.


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



Family Fun Day

Saturday, 6th May from 12noon to 3pm.