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October Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


October 2018


School Council

Good luck to our council members, Patrick Savage, Rachel Savage, Pauline Forker, Mya McCurry, Freya Scott, Oisin O’Kane, Enya O’Hare, Alvin Wei, Eimear Lowery, Joseph O’Reilly, Jessica Hughes-McCartan and Patrick Pillitteri.

We wish to thank Mrs Carol Baker and Miss Hayley Anderson for helping on Election Day.  They did a great job of checking each voter’s ID and counting the votes.

Thanks also to Miss McEvoy who is leading the development of the Schools Council and to all of the teachers for their work in providing Democracy Day etc.


School App

Have you got the new school and nursery app yet? If not, please take the time to download it from the App Store or Google Play Store onto your smart phone or tablet. Just search for St Patrick’s PS/Magheradroll NU. It will provide you with instant notifications and contains, policies, useful information and copies of letters sent home. Feedback from parents has been very positive so please take the time to download it.

Sponsored Bounce

We have been overwhelmed by the support given to the Sponsored Bounce by our parents and the school community. We raised £2,364.31 At times such as this, when finances are not what they should be, this support allows us to provide resources and equipment that are invaluable. The funding from the sponsored bounce will pay for the school app which cost £300, our subscription to Mathletics and the new English software, Reading Eggs, which has an annual cost of £10.08 per child and the purchase of World Around Us resources to support this year’s development focus. Sincere thanks to all for your generosity.

Altar Servers

As a catholic school we feel it is important that our pupils play an active role in parish life. Please contact Fr Brown should your child wish to volunteer as an altar server.

Good News Stories

Has your child done something that he/she is really proud of? We want to know about it! In our school we have positivity boards and we want the children to fill them with all of the wonderful things that they have done. It might be a picture they have drawn, something they have done to help at home, a sports competition they have been involved in, a piece of school work they did really well. Encourage your child to put their good news stories up on our ‘Positivity Boards’. A photo, note or certificate would be great!

Shared Education Link with Ballynahinch Primary School

Last year we built upon our Shared Education link with Ballynahinch Primary School to provide opportunities for all children from P1-7 to come together and take part in joint learning opportunities.

Our vision for the programme is to enhance the learning of all pupils in an environment where there is equal opportunity, good relations and mutual respect, whilst acknowledging and celebrating similarities and differences.

Although funding for the programme has been significantly reduced, both schools are committed to ensuring that the joint learning opportunities continue. We hope to include both nursery units in the programme and look to develop joint parent and pupil activities. More details will be provided on the various class links once plans have been finalised.

Book Fair

Our Annual Book Fair this year runs from 9th -11th October. Why not come along and treat your child to a book and also help raise much needed funds for our school.


Playground Buddies

Our P1 buddies have done a fantastic job of helping the new P1 children settle into school. The feedback from parents has been wonderful and it lovely to see the way the older boys and girls have been so caring in the mornings. Everyone is so proud of them. Well done boys and girls!!!


Head lice

Parents are reminded of the ‘Once a week, take a peek!’ approach which encourages them to regularly check their child for head lice. It is not the school’s policy to collectively notify parents should head lice be observed so please help us to keep the occurrence of head lice in school to a minimum by checking regularly. To obtain more information on head lice go to

Is your child reading regularly?

Reading regularly is vital to the development of word recognition strategies, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Every child is given reading homework so please encourage him/her to take time to read this and other materials of their choice.   We are keen to give the children an element of free choice in their reading and so are arranging to have regular visits to the local library by each class. Why not make use of this excellent facility too and take your child there outside of school?

School Uniform and PE Kit

It’s great to see the children so well presented in their school uniform, in particular the black shoes, which ensures that everyone looks so smart.

Almost all of the children now have the school PE Kit. Parents are reminded that this is now a compulsory part of our uniform.

Water bottles

Water bottles are for use by the children throughout the school day so please don’t pack them in your child’s lunch box.

Help us to encourage your child to avoid sugared drinks and drink healthily. Please don't put flavoured water into children's water bottles. You might fool the class teacher but think of the damage you are doing to your child's teeth if they are constantly being coated with sugary, flavoured water!

Register for First Communion and Confirmation

Fr Brown requests that any parent wishing that their child receive the Sacrament of First Communion or Confirmation this year register with him before or after Sunday Mass.


Emotional Intelligence

This month’s Emotional Intelligence focus is on ‘Forgiveness’. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about this important value? The Mr Smyth’s P4/5 class will be performing their assembly on Thursday 28th October. Parents of the P4/5 class are very welcome to come along to see their child.


Languages Day

We wish to extend our thanks to Assumption Grammar School for inviting our P7 children to their recent Modern Languages Day. The boys and girls really enjoyed sampling the different languages on offer and the fun activities that they took part in.

Important Dates

5th October 2018                                 -           PSG Family Bingo night at 7pm- 9pm.

5th October 2018                                -          P3/4 class assembly @ 9.30am (Parents

are invited to the dining hall at 9am for a

cup of tea prior to the assembly)

29th Oct – 2nd November 2018              -           School Closed for Mid-Term Break



Top 10 tips for Homework


By now your child should be settled into the routine of homework for his/her new class. Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows them that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are some tips to guide the way:

1. Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.

2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.

3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.

4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.

5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)

6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.

7. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.

8. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.

9. Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.

10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher.