<<  May 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112

January 2018 Newsletter

Print PDF


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


January 2018

Happy New Year

As we begin 2018 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 can be obtained from the main office. The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday, 10h January 2018 at 12.00noon. 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 we are delighted to have plans for all of the classes in our school to take part in Shared learning opportunities during this school year. This term, P4 classes join the programme (9th January) and take part in opportunities to learn together on a shared topic.

Auditions have been completed for the joint production of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and rehearsals will begin on 10th January. Parents of cast members are reminded that rehearsals will be after schools on Wednesdays in Ballynahinch Primary School and Thursdays in St Patrick’s. 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 Key Stage 2 performance of Bethlehem – The Musical 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 introduce a new school and nursery app.

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.

As has been our tradition, children are welcome to bring in a toy or game that they got for Christmas on Friday, 12th January. Mobile phones, tablets, games consoles or other portable electronic devices are not permitted.

Emotional Intelligence

This month’s Emotional Intelligence focus is on ‘Love’. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about the virtue.

P6/7 will be performing their assembly based on this theme on Friday, 2nd February at 9.30am. Parents of P6/7 children are very welcome to come along to see their child perform. Tea and refreshments will be available prior to the assembly at 9am for parents and visitors.

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 £2 per hour for 2-3 Club and £3 per hour for Stay All Day. 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.

Important Dates:

  • Parent-Teacher Meetings – 5th February 2018 (Appointment times to follow)
  • Service of Light for P7 pupils – 1st February 2018 at 7pm in St Patrick’s Church.
  • First Confession – 22nd February 2018 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 7.00pm
  • Confirmation – Saturday, 12th May 2018 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 11.00am.
  • First Communion – Sunday, 22nd April 2018 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 12.30pm



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!