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November Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch

Newsletter

November 2018

www.stpatricksps.co.uk

 

School Development

It is important that parents are kept informed of our plans for development in the school and we value their involvement in Development Planning. Please see attached our School Development Plan for your information.

Parents’ views and opinions on the development of our school are greatly valued. Should further information be required on the areas outlined or should a parent wish to make a suggestion on future areas of development please contact Mr Coulter.

Internet Safety Parent Workshop

Ballynahinch P.S. school has very kindly invited parents from our school to attend a parents’ information session on Internet Safety delivered by PSNI Community Policing Officers and a representative of the O2 network on Thursday, 6th December 2018 from 6.30pm – 7.30pm in their school. The workshop will provide you with guidance, support and advice to help keep your child safe when on-line.

P1 Phonics workshop

We were delighted to see so many parents attend our P1 Phonics workshop and hope that they found it useful in supporting their child in the early stages of learning to read. More information on the letter sounds can be found in the Useful Web Links on the School App.

Eco-Schools Committee

We would like congratulate all of the children who were elected for our Eco-Committee. No doubt, they will work hard to keep our Green Flag

 

Flu Vaccinations

The School Nurse will be visiting on Thursday, 6th December to administer the Flu Vaccine. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is in school on this day.

 

Have you signed up to the School and Nursery App?

If not, please do! It’s a great way of keeping you informed and notifying you of what is happening. Download the App from the App Store or Google Play Store onto your smart phone or tablet. Just search for St Patrick’s PS/Magheradroll NU.  

Language classes

Our links with Assumption Grammar School continue to grow and we are delighted to have girls from their A-Level class visit our Year 4 children to teach Irish.

Earrings

Parents are reminded of school policy that only stud earrings can be worn in school. Earrings must be removed during PE. Taping over earrings is not acceptable.

Parent Support Group Christmas Craft Fair

The PSG have organised a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, 17th November in the School Hall from 12-3pm. We hope that everyone will take the time to support their fundraising efforts. Keep up to date with events on the PSG Facebookpage:https://www.facebook.com/stpatricks.ballynahinch.PSG/?fref=ts .

Dropping-off children in the morning

Parents are reminded that children should not be left in the school playground before 8.45am!

NO PARKING OR WAITING IN THE DROP-OFF AREA

 

Text Message Service

As Winter approaches parents are reminded to provide an up-to-date mobile phone number so that they can receive messages from the school text message service.

School closures information will also be posted on the school Facebook page should severe weather impact on the normal school routines.

Anti-bullying Week

National Anti-Bullying Week runs from 12th - 16th Nov. 2018 and this year’s theme is ‘Chose Respect’.

The aim of the week is to help children to understand:

  • The definition of respect
  • That bullying is a behaviour choice
  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have      to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to      respect each other
  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face      and online

Parents are asked to take time to talk to their son/daughter about what bullying is and what to do if he/she experiences this. Information on bullying can be found on https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/advice-parents

 

Emotional Intelligence

This month the children will focus on the virtue of Courage. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning? The P7 class will be performing their assembly on the Emotional Intelligence theme on Friday, 7th December 2018 at 9.30am. Parents of children in the P7 class are very welcome to come along. Tea and coffee will be served from 9am.

Halloween Fancy Dress

The children had a great day last Friday and the Halloween Fancy Dress was enjoyed by all. Sincere thanks to everyone who went to such an effort to get dressed up and congratulations to the School Council for organising such a fantastic event. In total, £239.05 was raised for HeartBeatNI.

Book Fair

The book fair held in the school recently was very successful and thanks are extended to the children and parents for their support. As well as being an opportunity to promote reading we also received commission of £873 which will be used to increase the choice of easy reads for our pupils.

Attendance and Reporting Absence

Help us to help your child in their learning by ensuring that they have punctual and regular attendance. Please avoid taking holidays during school time as they impact greatly on the child’s learning and also on the rest of the class.

Parents are reminded that they should inform the school in writing of the reason for their child’s absence from school. Whilst a phone on the morning of the absence is appreciated it is important that we have a written note for our records.

 

First Communion

Fr Brown has set the date of First Communion for Sunday, 7th April. Time of the ceremony to be confirmed.

 

Head lice

Remember, ‘Once a week, take a peek!’ - Regularly check your child’s head for head lice! For more information go to www.onceaweektakeapeek.com.

 

 

Mathletics and Reading Eggs

Parents are encouraged to provide regular opportunities for their child to use the Mathletics and Reading Eggs software at home. This is a fun and interactive way of reinforcing learning in maths and reading. Already we can see the impact on this software on the children who are using it.