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November Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


November 2018


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


October Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


October 2018


School Council

Good luck to our council members, Patrick Savage, Rachel Savage, Pauline Forker, Mya McCurry, Freya Scott, Oisin O’Kane, Enya O’Hare, Alvin Wei, Eimear Lowery, Joseph O’Reilly, Jessica Hughes-McCartan and Patrick Pillitteri.

We wish to thank Mrs Carol Baker and Miss Hayley Anderson for helping on Election Day.  They did a great job of checking each voter’s ID and counting the votes.

Thanks also to Miss McEvoy who is leading the development of the Schools Council and to all of the teachers for their work in providing Democracy Day etc.


September Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


September 2018



Welcome Back

We welcome all of our pupils back after the Summer break, especially the boys and girls in Primary 1 who have joined St Patrick’s. We wish you all every success in this new school year.

Goodbye Mrs Brown!

Over the Summer holidays Mrs Brown, our Foundation Stage Classroom Assistant for over twenty years, made the decision to retire. For many years, Mrs Brown was based in the P1 class and played an instrumental role in ensuring that the little ones starting school settled in well, were happy and were getting the support they needed to make a good start in their learning. We are sorry to have Mrs Brown leave us and sincerely wish her many happy and healthy years in her retirement.

Attendance and Punctuality

Please help us to help your child make the most of their learning opportunities by making sure he/she is in school daily. Most parents recognise the benefits of regular and punctual school attendance but there are some who do not. Our Attendance Policy requires monitoring of pupil attendance on a monthly basis with parents of children falling below the required levels contacted. We need parents to work in partnership with the school to maintain excellent attendance. Should this not be the case a referral to the Education Authority – SE Region Education Welfare Service will be made. Find out more about school attendance on:



June Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


June 2018



Best Primary School Awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted by FamiliesFirst for the prestigious ‘Best Primary School Award’. The presentation ceremony takes place on Saturday, 2nd June. Fingers crossed that our school community gets the wonderful recognition it deserves!!!!



Congratulations to the P7 boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 12th May. It was a pleasure to see the children approach their preparations with such maturity with their contribution on the day making the ceremony a wonderful celebration. We hope and pray that their faith will continue to develop in the coming years and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

A word of thanks must also be extended to our Parent Support Group and P6 parents who provided refreshments after the Confirmation Mass. Thank you!!!


May Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


May 2018


Summer Assessments

Summer tests have now starting and will continue to take place over the month of May 2018. Please ensure that your child is in school over these weeks to complete their assessments.


Sacramental Celebrations

Preparations are now well underway for Confirmation which takes place on Saturday, 12th May in St Patrick’s Church at 11.00am.

We keep our P7 boys and girls in our prayers as they approach this special day and wish every blessing on them.

Congratulations to our P4 boys and girls who made their First Communion on 22nd April. The children worked extremely hard to prepare for their special occasion and it was lovely to see the respect and reverence they showed during the ceremony. Our thanks are extended to Mr Smyth, Mrs Lynn, Mrs McGreevy and Mrs Sloan for all they did to make this occasion so meaningful to the children. We hope that this will be the first of many times that the children will experience this very important sacrament.

A big thank you must also go to our Parent Support Group who gave up their time to prepare the Parish Centre and provide refreshments to the families of our P4 children.

Olympic Handball Finals

Good Luck to our P6 Boys’ Olympic Handball team who compete in the EA SE Region finals in Lisburn Leisureplex on Friday, 11th May, 2018


Hivehackers – Developing ICT skills

We are delighted to have our P7 pupils take part in the PWC Hivehackers programme over 15th – 17th May. The children, along with three other schools, will be developing the 5 Es through sequencing, looping, debugging and much more in a fun and interactive way.

Residential Trip to Greenhill YMCA

The excitement is mounting as 21st May approaches and our P6 and P7 pupils embark on their three day residential trip to Greenhill YMCA, Newcastle. Parents/Guardians are reminded that fully payment of £135 should be paid by Friday, 11th May.


Technology Week

We are keen to promote and develop the skills associated with Technology and so we will be holding Technology Week during the week of 12th June. Each class will have a focus on technology and will be given a Technology Challenge. We hope that this will be a great success!

Shared Education

This year all of our classes have been involved in our Shared Education link with Ballynahinch PS with our P1 children taking part in their link this term. In addition to the learning links that have taken place, our joint choir for the Cross Community Carol Service and our joint drama production of ‘The Little Mermaid’ were a huge success. We are delighted to see the wonderful learning opportunities being provided as a result of programme.

Our teachers are also benefitting greatly as Shared Education has allowed them to access training, develop links and share teaching ideas and activities with their colleagues in Ballynahinch PS.

Fruit and Vegetables - Safety Advice

In order to prevent a risk of choking, the Public Health Agency recommend that all fruits and vegetables provided to P1 and nursery school children for break and/or lunch should be sliced or chopped. Parents are asked to follow this guidance when providing a break time snack and packed lunch.


Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club continues each morning from 8.10am. The cost is £1.00 per day with Breakfast and 50p without breakfast.

Water Bottles

Please ensure that the school water bottles are used to bring water into School. Alternatives are not acceptable as they are not approved by the Dental Service. School water bottles were provided free of charge to all pupils at the beginning of the school year. Replacement bottles are available for £1 and lids for 10p.

Emotional Intelligence

This month the children will focus on Our Lady and Friendship Why not take a little time to talk to your child about what they are learning.

Miss Killen’s P2 class will perform the class assembly on the emotional intelligence themes on 25th May 2018 at 9.30am. Parents are very welcome to attend. Please come along for refreshments and a chat from 9.00am.

May – The month of Our Lady

In May we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the sacrifices she made in her life. As our Mother, we pray to her asking us to watch over us and guide as in our journey through life. In school we are also promoting the Rosary and will provide everyone with a Rosary ring.

Perhaps parents could take a few moments each day to talk to their child about Our Lady and pray together the Rosary.

Head lice

A reminder, that parents should regularly check their child for head lice and treat immediately.


Other Events

  • School will be closed for the Bank Holidays on 7th May and 28th May.
  • P5 (Mr Brownlee) Assembly – 4th May at 9.30am
  • P7 Hivehackers ICT Workshops in Millennium IPS 15th- 17th May.
  • P1 Medical Assessments – 23rd-30th May
  • P7 Inside Out Workshop – 29th May.


Don’t forget to label school uniform and PE gear as the warm Summer weather approaches!





Family Fun Day

Saturday, 2nd June from 12noon to 3pm.