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St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


April 2019

Trocaire 2019 – Living in Fea r

We have heard the story of Maria, Maya and Patricia, children living in different parts of the world who have been forced to leave their homes. This year we are encouraging the children to work hard to raise much needed funds for Trocaire so that we can help children like this who have been moved from their home and are living in fear.   Find our more about Trocaire’s Lenten campaign on

We thank our parents, grandparents and our wider school community 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 are making our Lenten charity work such a huge success.

Environmental Youthspeak

A massive well done to Patrick Pillitteri who represented our school in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Environmental Youthspeak. He spoke with great confidence and delivered his speech, ‘A Day in the Life of an Eco-Warrior’ with great passion. H



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!



Parking on the ‘School, Keep Clear’ and Drop-off area have been made enforceable by the DfI. This means that it is now illegal to park there and anyone found breaking the law will be issued with parking tickets. SHOW YOU CARE! PARK ELSEWHERE!


Meditation Week

Our Eco-Council are keen to promote meditation and last week led our school in a meditation session during assembly. This is something that can help everyone so please encourage your child to continue to use these skills as part of their wellbeing. You can even join in too!



It’s great to see the enthusiasm of the children in their use of Newsdesk. We are now one of the top schools in Northern Ireland for the use of Newsdesk.   The comments and articles written are of a high standard and on a wide range of subjects. Keep up the good work boys and girls. Keep sharing your writing, views and opinions when you are at home and in school!


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 ‘Hope’. Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning about in school.

Miss Grant’s P6 class will perform their class assembly on 12th April 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, 2nd April and continues every Tuesday      and Thursday until the end of the year.
  • First Communion               - Sunday, 7th April 2019 at      12.30pm in St Patrick’s Church
  • Easter Holidays                - 19th to 26th      April 2019
  • Service of Light                – Thurs. 2nd May 2019 in St      Patrick’s Church

   at 7pm

  • Confirmation                    - Wed., 15th May 2019      at 6.00pm in St

   Patrick’s Church.

  • P6/7 Residential                - 20th to 22nd May to      Greenhill YMCA, Newcastle.

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