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January Newsletter

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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


January 2019

Happy New Year

As we begin 2019 we would like to wish the children, parents and wider school community a very happy and peaceful New Year.


Applications for Nursery and Primary 1

Applications for places in St Patrick’s P.S. and Magheradroll Nursery Unit can now be made on-line. The closing date for completed applications is 31st January 2019. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to the internet or are having problems in completing the online application form please call into the main school on Thursday, 10th January 2019 between 2pm and 3.30pm.



Shared Education

Our Shared Education programme is now well established and we are delighted to have brought representatives from the School Councils of both schools together to discuss ideas and work on a new log for our programme. All classes will continue with their Shared link over Term 2, learning together continuing to build friendships.

Christmas Celebrations

Sincere thanks again to everyone who supported our Christmas Celebrations. All of the events certainly enhanced the wonderful atmosphere that Christmas brings. A special word of thanks goes to Santa Claus for making the trip to our school

The Foundation Stage performance of The Nativity Story and KS1 Christmas Concert were fantastic and the children who took part should be very proud of themselves. It was lovely to hear the wonderful feedback from parents and other family members. Thank you so much for the many compliments. The money raised from ticket sales has helped purchase the various resources needed for the show. Some of it was also used to fund the Christmas dinner and to purchase an additional wifi point for the assembly hall.


Our Advent Mass was a truly special celebration and certainly reinforced the real meaning of Christmas. Congratulations to everyone who contributed in any way!

A sincere thank you is extended to everyone who made a donation to our Christmas Hamper Appeal. As always, the St Vincent de Paul Society were delighted to receive the very generous hampers. Indeed, this year’s appeal was one of the best supported. There are a lot of families in our local community and the hampers will have helped some of them to have a better Christmas.

Well done to everyone who took part in our Eco-Schools Christmas decoration competition and congratulations to the boys and girls who won prizes. Our thanks are also extended to all of the parents who took time to help their child at home with their design. Our Christmas tree looked amazing with all of the wonderful decorations.

As has been our tradition, children are welcome to bring in a toy or game that they got for Christmas on Friday, 11th January. Mobile phones, tablets, games consoles or other portable electronic devices are not permitted.

Emotional Intelligence

This month’s Emotional Intelligence focus is on ‘Love’. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about the virtue.

McEvoy’s P3 class will be performing their assembly based on this theme on Friday, 25th January at 9.30am. Parents of the P3 children are very welcome to come along to see their child perform. Tea and refreshments will be available prior to the assembly at 9am for parents and visitors.

Catholic Schools Week – Celebrating the work of our own Catholic Schools.

As in all schools throughout Ireland, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in St Patrick’s during the week of 27th January. Details of our celebrations will be sent to parents closer to the time and we would ask that you take some time to talk to your child about what he/she is learning during the week.

Early Morning Arrivals

Please note that Breakfast Club is not open until 8.10am daily and children should be escorted to the side door of the PE Hall.

There is no supervision of children at the school before 8.45am in the morning, unless a child is attending the Breakfast Club. In the interests of Health and Safety parents are asked to ensure that children do not arrive at school before 8.45am.

Belfast Giants

We are delighted to again be taking part in the Belfast Giants Healthy Lifestyle Programme. The Giants will visit our school on 22nd January to do a fitness session with our P6 and 7 pupils and on 8th February the children will get the opportunity to go to watch the Giants play Gilford Flames at the SSE Arena. More details to follow.


After-school Clubs

After-school clubs continue as normal on our return to school with details of new registrations provided on a separate information sheet.


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).

2-3 Club and Stay All Day Club

2-3 Club and Stay All Day Club continues Monday –Friday from 2-3pm. Cost is £2 per hour for 2-3 Club and £3 per hour for Stay All Day. Booking and full payment must be made in advance (Friday lunch time at the latest) so that adequate staffing can be arranged!

School and Nursery App!

Parents will be aware from the letter distributed on 18th December that our communications will become paperless from Monday 14th January 2019, with letters, newsletters etc., issued via the school and nursery app.

Should you not wish to have school and/or nursery communications in this way you are invited to request a paper copy by Friday, 11th January 2019.

If you haven’t already done so, 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.  

Birthday Cakes in School

Please be reminded that children cannot bring in birthday cakes to school as there is a danger that children may have an allergy to the ingredients. Your support in helping to keep the children safe is much appreciated.

Reminder about Allergies

In an effort to reduce the risk of serious allergic reactions in school parents are asked to be vigilant when providing snack or lunches. Please avoid foods that contain nuts, kiwi, sesame seed, mustard seed, blueberry and E110 Sunset yellow food colouring.

Important Dates:

First Confession           -           Wed., 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                -           Wed., 15th May 2019 at 6.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.


Regular and punctual school attendance is crucial to children. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take time to read about the importance of school attendance in the Department of Education leaflet ‘Miss School=Miss Out’ below.



A good start to the day is     important!


Make sure your child has a     healthy breakfast!


If you don’t have time why not     use our Breakfast Club.


Open Daily from 8.10am






We are a Healthy Eating At Break-Time School.




Don’t forget to pack fruit,     vegetables or a bread based snack as a healthy break-time snack for your     child!




Did you know!


Being hydrated helps you to think,     remember and learn!


Fill your child’s water     bottle every day and encourage him/her to drink water in school.




Water only, please!




Reminder – Black Shoes!!!!


Children     are expected to wear black shoes or trainers as part of their school     uniform!