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April Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


April 2018

Trocaire 2018 – Kumba’s School

It was great to see the children working so hard to raise much needed funds for Trocaire over Lent.   We thank our parents for supporting the children in their fundraising efforts and ask that you always encourage them to think of others who are less fortunate than us. Sincere thanks to everyone who made our Lenten charity work such a huge success. Together we raised £800 for Trocaire.



Regular and punctual attendance is a crucial factor in every child’s learning and in St Patrick’s most parents recognise this, making sure that their child’s attendance is as high as possible. However, for some children, attendance is an issue and so pupil attendance is being more carefully monitored this year.

Whilst we appreciate a telephone call to inform us if a child is going to be absent this should be supported by a written note sent into school on the pupils return. Any absence without a written note is now being followed up by the admin staff of the school.


Parents are encouraged not to take family holidays during term time!


Mental Health and Well-Being

All Lives Are Precious, ALPS, are an organisation that has been created under the guidance of the clergy, doctors, health care practitioners, teachers and others.

They will be visiting our school on 24th April to provide workshops to all classes around the theme of Mental Health and Well-being using Movies, Song, Dance, Meditation and other activities to provide children with an opportunity to explore these issues in detail. Details to follow.

Healthy Break

Recent research has highlighted the importance of eating a healthy break as it contributes to concentration, attention and learning. Please continue to support your child by sending fruit, vegetables or a bread based snack (no sweet fillings) with your child for break time.

Early Morning Arrivals and Breakfast Club

If you need to drop your child off to school early we have provided supervision each morning from 8.10am at a cost of £1 with breakfast and 50p without breakfast. Children should not be in the playground before 8.45am.

Stay All Day Club

Stay All Day Club runs to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 3pm on Fridays at a cost of £3 per hour. Places should be booked a week in advance.

Take Ten

Please encourage your child to take some time out to ‘Take Time and Breathe’ – it only takes two minutes! By doing so you are giving him/her an invaluable strategy to help cope with stressful situations. Find out more on

Lexia Club

Is your child a member of Lexia Club? If so, this fantastic software can be accessed at home. It is recommended that, to get full benefit of the programme, children should be using Lexia for at least an hour per week. Help us to help your child by building in some time each week for your child to work on Lexia!

Emotional Intelligence

This month the children will focus on Friendship. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about in school.

Mr Browlee’s P5 class will perform their class assembly on 4th May at 9.30am. Parents are very welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available for parents from 9am.

Dates for the Diary

  • Transfer Club for P6 children starts      after school on Tuesday, 10th April and continues every Tuesday      and Thursday this term.
  • First Communion – Sunday, 22nd      April at 12.30pm
  • Confirmation – Saturday, 12th      May at 11.00am