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Newsletter December 2018

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


December 2018

The Nativity and Christmas Celebration Concert

This year we are really looking forward to the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 performances. It is great to see all of the children so keen to be involved and working so hard to prepare for their performance. The performances take place on Thursday, 13th December 2018 at 7pm.

Tickets are priced at £4.00 per adult and £3.00 for Senior Citizens and Children Under 14. All proceeds go towards School Funds.

To ensure that all parents get the opportunity to see their child perform they will have the option of initially purchasing two tickets between Monday, 3rd December and Wednesday, 5th December. After this date all tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and parents can buy as many as they wish.

Tickets are priced at £4.00 per adult and £3.00 for Senior Citizens and Children Under 14. All proceeds go towards School Funds.


Advent Mass

P5-7 classes will provide the processions, hymns and readings for our Advent Mass, which takes place on Thursday, 20th December 2018 at 9.30am in St Patrick’s Church, Ballynahinch.  All parents are welcome to come to the service and join in with our singing. Children may go directly to the Church on the morning of the mass or can come into school as normal.

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner for the P4-P7 classes will take place on Thursday, 13th December. The school dinner for P1-P3 children on this day will be a packed lunch.

The P1-P3 classes will have their Christmas Dinner on Friday, 14th December 2018. Again, a packed lunch will be available for the P4-P7 children as a school dinner. The cost of the school Christmas dinner is £2.60 for those children not eligible for free school meals.

It is always a special occasion so we hope as many children as possible will take a Christmas dinner.

Christmas Hamper Appeal

We feel that the children of our school should be reminded of the importance of giving as well as receiving and so we plan to continue to work alongside the Ballynahinch Society of St Vincent de Paul to collect food for hampers which will be given to families in the area who are in need.

We know that finances are stretched at this time of year but hope that parents will be able to send in non-perishable food items to be put into hampers e.g. tinned fruit, beans, tuna, vegetables, spaghetti; jars of jam, marmalade, cranberry sauce; soft drinks, fruit juice, tea, coffee, biscuits, sweets, crisps, mints, crackers, rice, custard etc. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Please send in whatever you can with your son/daughter by 14th December 2018.

Shared Education Cross Community Carol Service

Our Shared Education Joint Choir will take part in the Cross Community Carol Service in Ballynahinch Community Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 11th December 2018.

Santa Visit

It is hoped that there will be a surprise visit to the school from Santa Claus some time in December and that ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’, the Parent Support Group, will bring along some presents for the children.

Staff Presents at Christmas

The staff of our school are very aware of tightened budgets in everyone’s household and, whilst we have always been very appreciative of presents from children at Christmas, we feel that it is an unnecessary demand on parents’ time and money. Therefore, we ask that parents refrain from buying staff presents. If a parent feels strongly that he/she would like to show his/her gratitude to a teacher perhaps this could be done through a simple thank you and inclusion of the teacher in their prayers.


Information on School Closures

As we approach winter it is important that the school has an up-to-date mobile number for all parents. Please let the school secretary know if your number changes for any reason.

Should the school be closed due to bad weather or any other reason parents will be notified via the School App, text message and Facebook page.

Community Carols

Our choir will be visiting Ballynahinch Library on Thursday, 20th December at 11.15am to sing some Christmas carols. Parents are welcome to come along! They will also be visiting Hamilton Fold on Tuesday, 18th December 2018 to share their Christmas carols with the residents.

Magheradroll Nursery Open Day

The Nursery Open Day will be on Tuesday, 4th December 2018. Parents interested in enrolling their child in the nursery in September 2019 are welcome to drop in anytime between 2pm and 3pm.

St Patrick’s Primary School Open Day

St Patrick’s Primary School will hold their Open Day on Thursday, 6th December 2017, beginning 2.00pm. All parents interested in enrolling their child into P1 in September 2019 are welcome to come along.

The Education Authority have changed the application process for the 2019 enrolment. It is requesting parents to submit their application online. The online form will be available from 2nd January 2019 and all forms must be submitted by 31st January 2019.

If the online application process causes you concern don’t worry, help is at hand!! Call into the school on Thursday, 10th January between 2pm and 4pm where staff will be able to assist you.

Charity Pyjama and Christmas Jumper Day

Our school council have organised a charity Pyjama and Christmas Jumper day for Friday, 14th December. Children are asked for a £1 donation on the day for Childline

Christmas Decoration Competition!

Every year our Eco-committee have a competition to design a decoration for our Christmas tree using recycled materials. For the chance to get your decoration on display and to WIN A PRIZE please bring your home-made decoration to school by Friday, 7th December!

Parent Support Group Christmas Disco

The Parent Support Group Christmas Disco will take place in the school hall on Wednesday 19th December from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.


Thank you Parent Support Group!

A big thank you to our Parent Support Group who held a wonderful Christmas Craft Fair. The amount of time and effort that went into it was amazing and it was a great success.

School and Nursery App!

We are keen to have all communications via our school app and intend to introduce this after the Christmas break. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, 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.  


Booking After-Schools Clubs

Please be reminded that 2-3 Club and Stay All Day Club should be booked in advance, by Friday of the previous week at the latest. Booking forms are available from Mrs McCartan and Reception. In the interests of safeguarding, booking these clubs ‘on the day’ will no longer be accepted (except in really exceptional circumstances).

Important Dates:

School will end at 11.00am on Friday, 21st December 2018 and re-open again on Monday, 7th January 2019.

Flu Vaccinations           -           6th December 2018

P7 Assembly                 -           7th December 2018 at 9.30am

First Confession           -           6th February 2019 at 7pm in St Patrick’s Church

First Communion           -           Sunday, 7th April 2019 at 12.30pm in St

Patrick’s Church

Confirmation    -                       Wednesday, 15th May 2019 at 6.00pm in St

Patrick’s Church

Happy Christmas and



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