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February Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


February 2018


P1 Applications

The closing date for application to P1 is now closed. However, late applications will still be accepted. Remember, you must still apply for a primary school place if your child currently attends the Nursery. Completed forms should be returned to reception.

Catholic Schools Week – Catholic Schools: Families of Faith

As in all schools throughout Ireland, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in St Patrick’s during the week of 29th January. Details of our celebrations have been sent to parents already and we would ask that you take some time to talk to your child about what they have been learning during the week.

A big thank you to the many grandparents who came along to our Grandparents Day celebrations. It was a lovely celebration!



Parent/Teacher Meetings – Week of 5th February 2017

Our teachers are looking forward to meeting parents to share progress, discuss how they can support their child and inform them about the behaviour and attitudes to learning of their child. Parents are encouraged to make every effort to attend. It would be greatly appreciated if you can restrict your meeting to the 10 minute slot allocated. To help with the smooth running of the day the meetings will take place in the PE hall.

Healthy Kidz

We are delighted to have secured grant funding from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to the Healthy Kidz programme to our P5-7 children. Over the next 15 weeks the children will take part in activity sessions aimed at increasing fitness and promoting a healthy lifestyle. As part of the programme, children are asked to download the Healthy Kidz app from their app store and log any physical activity they do and healthy foods they eat. A unique user name and password will be distributed after the mid-term break.

How safe is your child on the Internet?

With Safer Internet Day coming up on 6th February now is a good time to consider how safe your child is, whether it be on a computer, mobile phone, tablet or games console. An increasing worry is the amount of incidents being reported to school around inappropriate use of Snapchat, Instagram, text messages and games on games consoles.  

Parents, it is your responsibility to monitor what your child is saying and doing when using this technology. Please discuss the rules below with your child. Find our more on how to keep your child safe on


PSNI Online Safety Workshop for Pupils

The Ballynahinch Community Police will be providing the children with an internet safety workshop on Monday, 19th February. Please talk to your child about the important messages they are being given on how to keep safe when on-line.

Head lice

Our policy is to encourage parents/guardians to ‘Once A Week, Take A Peek’- checking your child for signs of head lice. Please be extra vigilant as we are aware that head lice cases are on the increase at present.

Emotional Intelligence

This month’s Emotional Intelligence focus is on the virtue of Courage. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about the saints and virtues?

The P5/6 class will be performing their assembly based on the theme on Friday, 2nd March at 9.30am. Parents of children in the P5/6 class are very welcome to come along to join us for refreshments before the performance at 9.00am see their child perform.

Good luck boys!!!

Good luck to our Indoor Gaelic Football team who compete in the County finals on Friday, 9th February.



Lexia Club

Does your child attend the Lexia Club? If so, do you know that the computer software can be accessed at home? Please encourage your child to log onto Lexia at home and spend some time working on the activities. It will really benefit their learning!

Trocaire 2018 – Kumba’s School

It has long been a tradition that the children make every effort to raise money during Lent for Trocaire. This year we focus on Kumba’s School. Kumba lives in Sierra Leone and las year her school and community were devastated by flooding and landslides.As Lent begins on 14th February there will be a collection bottle in the front hall of the school so that children can make donations. It is always wonderful to see the efforts that the children make to support Trocaire and we have no doubt that this year will be no different.



We are delighted with the amount of parents who have signed up to Seesaw. There has been much positive feedback with parents who finding the app a great way of seeing what their child is learning in school and celebrating their successes in learning. Parents are welcome to comment on their child’s shared learning but we would ask that any issues or concerns be raised in the normal way, by contacting the teacher by telephone, a written note or by arranging a meeting.


Mathletics is an on-line resource that provides children with opportunities to develop their mental maths skills in a fun and interactive way. They can challenge each other or other children from around the world, build up points and rise through the leader board. P2-7 children can access this fantastic resource through the Mathletics app or website Every child has been given a unique username and password so please make the most of this wonderful learning resource!

Keeping You Informed

Does the school have an up-to-date contact number for you? If not you will not receive important messages informing you of changes to clubs, school closures etc.

Important Dates

  • Service of Light      – 1st February 2018 in St Patrick’s Church at 7pm
  • Parent and P7      transfer meetings – 5th February 2018 (School closed to pupils)
  • Beesafe      Programme for P7 - 8th February 2018 in Baptist Church,      Ballynahinch
  • Mid-term Break –      12th to 16th February 2018.
  • First Confession – 22nd February 2018 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 7pm
  • Confirmation – Saturday, 12th May 2018 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 11am.
  • First Communion – Sunday, 22nd April 2018 in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch at 12.30pm




1. It starts with staying safe online.

Keep your personal information safe and check with an adult before you share anything online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and passwords.
Never agree to meet up with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up.

2. It starts with being a good friend.

Remember that behind every screen is a real person. Being kind and positive online is just as important as being kind and positive face-to-face.

3. It starts with saying sorry.

Even when we’re trying really hard to be a good friend online, things can still go wrong. If you ever upset someone online, even if it wasn’t on purpose, then saying sorry is a really powerful and positive action to take.

4. It starts with taking a step back.

Being online is great – there are so many fun and exciting things to do! But being connected all the time can get a little stressful. If being online is making you feel worried, upset or confused, it’s always worth taking a step back and having a break from your online activities. Check out Red and Murphy talking about this in this special SID TV video.

5. It starts with asking for help.

It’s okay to feel worried or upset by something you see online – just make sure you speak to someone about it! Always tell an adult you trust if you see anything that worries you online.