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Magheradroll Nursery News

Magheradroll Nursery Unit

Magheradroll Nursery Unit, which is open to both communities, was opened in September 2000 and offers pre-school education to the children of Ballynahinch and surrounding area.  It caters for 52 children on a part time basis i.e. 26 in the morning and 26 in the afternoon and is staffed by one full time teacher and a full time assistant.

The Unit is open from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. daily and the teaching times are as follows:

Morning session       

  • Monday to Thursday      8.55am to 11.30am 
  • Friday 9.00am to 11.10am

Afternoon session

  • Monday to Thursday       12.25pm to 3.00pm   
  • Friday 12.00noon to 2.10pm

A Visit From Mr Hullabaloo

Mr Hullabaloo puppet show.

The children from the Nursery Unit and the Primary 1 and two classes took part in a one hour interactive puppet show.

Mr Hullabaloo came to visit us and he brought his puppets with him. The children heard the story of The Ugly Duckling. Mr Hullabaloo picked some children to participate in the story.

Then he went on to tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.Everyone really enjoyed the music, the animal sounds and the colourful costumes.

We got to meet Mr Hullabaloo's friend Jingles at the end of the session.

May Rainbow News

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the May edition of Rainbow News. Last month, we had our ‘Growing and Changing’ theme. The children were gardeners and grew their own bean plants. We had a ‘Garden Centre’ where you could buy flowers, pots and seeds for your garden. We planted some fruit seeds too. The children enjoyed making a 'dinosaur' garden. Then they brought in their baby photographs. We had fun guessing who everyone was!


During the month of May we will explore our ‘ Mini -Beast theme.

Story of the month is ‘The Hungry Caterpillar.’

Colour of the month is purple.


Shape of the month is a rectangle

Rhyme of the month is ‘Little Arabella Millar’.


At circle time this month we are focusing on the theme of ‘Responsibility’ as part of our Emotional Intelligence programme. Talk to your child about taking responsibility for their behaviour at home and at school. You might like to put them in charge of something and praise them for the great job when completed.


Now that the weather is getting warmer, we would like to suggest that you may like to put sun screen lotion on your child and perhaps provide a hat, cap or sunglasses as we  will be playing outdoors more often as the summer approaches.


Roberta from the branch library has invited us for our second visit. The morning group will be attending at 10.30 am on Friday 11th May and the afternoon group on Wednesday 9th May at 2.00pm.The librarians have some wonderful stories for us to listen to.


Jen Banks from the RSPB will be visiting us on Tuesday 15th May. She will bring her ‘Garden Story Mat’ and tell us all about wildlife in the garden. We will update her on our progress towards a BRONZE AWARD for wildlife.



There will be a Book Lending Library service available in the Nursery Unit. Come and chose a book with your child to enjoy and take home.     

Read Me

Dates for your Diary

Monday 7th May –Bank Holiday

Wednesday 9th May-afternoon group visit Library

Friday 11th May- morning group visit Library

Tuesday 15th May-RSPB visit-Garden Story mat

Monday 4th June –Bank holiday

Tuesday 5th June-Exceptional closure

Included in Rainbow News are some rhymes and songs linked with the mini-beast theme you may like to share with your child.


Little Arabella Millar

Little Arabella Millar found a furry caterpillar.

First it crawled upon her mother, then upon her baby brother;

‘Oh’ said Arabella’s mother-'take away that caterpillar'!



Wiggly Woo.

There’s  a worm at the bottom of my garden,

And his name is Wiggly Woo.

There’s  a worm at the bottom of my garden,

And all that he can do is-

Wiggle all night and wiggle all day,

And the people round here they all do say;

There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden

And his name is wiggly, Wig-Wig- Wiggly, Wig-Wig- Wiggley Woo!



Here is the beehive

Here is the beehive but where are the bees? Hidden away where nobody sees.

Soon they’ll come creeping out of the hive-

One, two, three four five.




Shoo Fly

Shoo fly, don’t bother me, shoo fly don’t bother me;

Shoo fly, don’t bother me, I belong to somebody.


I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star.

I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star.



Five little caterpillars

Five little caterpillars sitting on a leaf,

One little caterpillar fell asleep.

When it woke up it found it could fly.

Now there’s four caterpillars and one butterfly.


Four little caterpillars sitting on a leaf........




One hairy spider

One hairy spider went out to play, upon her silver web one day.

She had such enormous fun that she asked for another hairy spider to come.

Two hairy spiders..............



Who's That?

'Who's that tickling my back' , said the wall.

'Me', said a little caterpillar, 'I'm learning to crawl'!


We will be contacting you soon about an outdoor trip we are planning for the Nursery children.



Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

April Rainbow News

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the April edition of Rainbow News.

Last month, we had our ‘baby’ theme when the children looked after, washed and cared for the baby dolls. Then we had a ‘Baby Clinic’ and the babies got weighed, checked over by the baby doctor/ nurse and had their first injections. We tried some baby food and made some of our own. The children enjoyed the experiences.




We are giving regular reminders to the children about healthy eating and encouraging them to choose healthy snacks as part of our daily snack time routine. This forms an integral part of our ongoing ‘Dental Health Programme’.


Healthy Food


The Nursery Unit is involved in a ‘Wildlife Action Award Scheme’.

This award is all about finding out about wildlife, doing practical things to help and telling other people. We are trying for a Bronze award. To find out more and how your child can help, go to


InsectsA big thank you to Mr Peter Lenzi who donated 52 logs to make our mini-beast hotel!


During the month of April we will explore our ‘ Growing and Changing’ theme.


  • Story of the month is ‘Avocado Baby’



 Colour of the month is pink.


Shape of the month is a triangle.


Rhyme of the month is ‘One two , buckle my shoe’.

At circle time this month we are focusing on the theme of ‘Love’ as part of our Emotional Intelligence programme. Talk to your child about the people we love and how we show love to each other.




All the Parental Interviews have been completed for this term.  Your comments and views have been invaluable. Thank you for your attendance.


‘Mr Hullabaloo’ is visiting us with his interactive puppet show on Thursday 5th April. He is bringing some special friends along that are all part of the ‘Springtime story book’.

The show will be in the assembly hall in the main school building from 9.30am to 10.30am.

The morning nursery  group will return to the unit after the show and go home at 11am. The invited afternoon group  can be dropped off at 9.25am and picked up at 10.30am from the school assembly hall immediately after the show.

Mr Hullabaloo

The Easter Break will run from Friday 6th April until Tuesday 17th April.

Happy Easter

Now that the weather is getting warmer, the children are removing their sweatshirts more often indoors and outdoors. Some name labels are difficult to identify. Please make sure your child’s name is clearly labelled to avoid confusion.




Included in Rainbow News are some rhymes and songs linked with Easter and Spring you may like to share with your child.

Easter BunnyEaster Bunny

Easter Bunny’s ears are flopping. Easter Bunny’s feet are hopping.

Nose is soft and fur is fluffy. Tail is short and powder puffy!








Eggs are laid by turkeys, eggs are laid by hens.

Eggs are laid by robins, eggs are laid by wrens.

Eggs are laid by eagles, eggs are laid by quail.

Pigeons, parrots, peregrines;

And that’s how every bird begins.



HenChook, chook, chook.

Chook, chook, chook, chook, chook, chook, chook-‘good morning Mrs Hen’!

How many chickens have you got? Madam I’ve got ten.

Four of them are yellow, four of them are brown.

Two of them are speckled red, the nicest in the town!




She fell into the bath tub, she fell into the sink.   

She fell into the strawberry jam and came out pink!


Hot Cross BunsHot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns. One a penny, two a penny,

hot cross buns.

If you have no daughters, give them to your sons;

One a penny, two a penny, hot, cross buns.



PotatoOne potato

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.

Five potato, six potato, seven potato more.


--children hold out hands and make two fists. Leader taps all the fists in the group and their own until the rhyme ends .On the word ‘more’, each child puts a hand behind their back. Continue with chant until only one fist left-that’s the winner!




ShoeOne two, buckle my shoe.

One, two, buckle my shoe. Three four, knock at the door.

Five six, pick up sticks, seven eight, lay them straight.

Nine ,ten, a big fat hen. Eleven, twelve, dig and delve.

Thirteen, fourteen, maids a courting;

Fifteen. Sixteen, maids in the kitchen;

Seventeen, eighteen, maids in waiting;

Nineteen, twenty, my plate’s empty.




Wishing you all a warm and sunny Easter break,


From  Mrs Colette O’Hare and Mrs Lisa Connolly.

March Rainbow News

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the March edition of Rainbow News.

We had some wonderful role play sessions with our ‘People who help us’ theme. We had a visit from the dental nurse. She told us to brush our teeth every night and every morning. She left us special posters and stickers to remind us how to care for our teeth. This is all part of our ongoing Dental Health Programme.


Stuart the fireman came to tell the morning group all about his job and brought his uniform for the children to see.


fireman                                             Fireman with his son


Mrs Courtney came to the afternoon group to talk about her job as a nurse. The children listened really well and enjoyed the experience.


Nurse and her son

A big ‘THANK YOU’ to both morning and afternoon parents for giving us their time and expertise to come and visit.


We had a great time during ‘World Book Day’ on 1st March. The children came dressed up as their favourite character. They heard and told lots of stories new and old. The morning group took part in a book parade. The primary 7 class became ‘book buddies’ and read individually to the children. Find out what happened by logging on the website gallery.


During the month of March we will explore our ‘ New Life in Spring’ theme. We will become gardeners and learn all about planting and growing.




  • Story of the month is Jack and the beanstalk.


  • Colour of the month is yellow.


  • Shape of the month is  oval.

Easter Egg

  • Rhyme of the month is ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall’.

Humpty Dumpty


At circle time this month we are focusing on the theme of ‘Perseverance’ as part of our Emotional Intelligence programme. Talk to your child about never giving up even when something seems really difficult. Keep trying and it will happen in the end!


Try Try Again


Parental Interviews take place on Monday 5th March for the morning group and on Monday 12th March for the afternoon group.

The Nursery will be closed on --Monday 19th March. This date is not in the original holiday list and is an additional holiday.


We thank you for your patience during the school window replacement programme and are pleased to tell you that the path to the Nursery will re-open on Tuesday 6th March.

The Easter break will be from Friday 6th April to Tuesday 17th April 2012.

easter basket

Included in Rainbow News are some rhymes and songs linked with our themes you may like to sing with your child.


Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,

Couldn’t put humpty together again.

(an alternative rhyme)

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, eating black bananas.

Where do you think he put the skins?-Down the king’s pyjamas!


Mary ,Mary, Quite  Contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

With silver bells, and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row.



Mary Mary

What is yellow? (to the tune of Frere Jacques)

What is yellow? What is yellow?

Can you tell? Can you tell?

Fluffy chicks and sunshine,

fluffy chicks and sunshine.

Ducklings as well. ducklings as well.






Little Peter Rabbit

Little Peter rabbit has a fly upon his nose.(repeat 3 times)

He flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away.

Floppy ears and curley whiskers (repeat 3 times)

He flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away.


Peter Rabbit


Mary had a little lamb

Mary had a little lamb. Its fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule.

It made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school!


Mary had a little lamb

Thank you for your continuing support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs  C. O’Hare (class teacher).

Mrs L. Connolly (Nursery assistant)