NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2010

I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming everyone back to a new school year. I trust that those pupils who are new to the school will have an enjoyable, educational time with us. The new school year started with a welcome to 30 new pupils in Primary 1. We also welcome two new pupils, one into Primary 2 and one into Primary 3. We are pleased to have Mr McClenaghan back with us after two years teaching experience in Asia. This year Mr McClenaghan will be teaching classes throughout the school, building on the experiences he has gained whilst away and also allowing us to gain from this. Miss Crooks will be teaching the Primary 6 class.

Leaving and Collecting of Children I would ask any parent dropping off, or collecting pupils by car to use a one way system via Larne Road and Edenvale Avenue towards Trailcock Road. Using this route should help avoid congestion as no cars would need to turn into Edenvale Avenue. Could I also remind parents not to park at the school railings at School Court or beside the traffic barrier at the gate. No child is permitted to enter the school via the staff carpark gate in the interests of safety. Thank you.

School Day – Reminder At the start of the school day the bell rings at 8.45 a.m. and the doors are opened for the pupils. The second bell rings at 9.00 a.m., the doors close and classes start work. Any latecomers to P1, P2 and P3 should come to the main entrance and report to the office.

Breakfast Club This club will continue to operate on Monday – Friday from 8.05 a.m. until 8.40 a.m. each morning starting from Tuesday 1st September 2010. Please note children will not be admitted into the school before 8.05 a.m. and last entry will be 8.25 a.m. The cost is £1.00 per morning and children are served a variety of cereal, toast, breakfast juice or milk.

Tuck Shop The Tuck Shop operates every morning from 8.45 – 9.00 a.m. for Primary 2 – Primary 7 children. Under our Healthy Eating Policy in school whereby we bring a healthy break Monday – Thursday and “treat day” is Friday, the Tuck Shop sells bottled water and fresh fruit. The shop also stocks pencils and pens. We would of course encourage you to support healthy eating within the school and indeed the Tuck Shop.

School Finishes at the following times:-

P1 12.00 noon during September, 1.55 p.m. from Monday 4th October.

P2 2.00 p.m. each day.

P3 2.00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Friday. 3.00 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday.

P4 3.00 p.m. each day except Wednesday when they finish at 2.00 p.m.

P5,6,7 3.00 p.m. each day except Wednesday when they finish at 2.45 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE PRIMARY 3 CHILDREN WILL BE STAYING TO 3.00 P.M. 0N THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2010.

Whilst all staff are available to discuss parents’ concerns regarding their children, could I remind you that teachers are not available first thing in the morning. If your problem needs to be addressed first thing, please arrange to discuss this with the Principal. Any other appointments with teachers can be arranged through the Principal/Office. Primary 1 parents are of course welcome, but it is hoped that by the end of the second week of term, they will be leaving their children at the infant playground gate/door.

School Meals The cost of a meal at present is £2.20 per day. Please pay for all meals on Monday of each week indicating the day(s) required as money cannot be taken on a daily basis. You may pay by cash or cheque, however, cheques for meals should be made payable to the NEELB and not Eden Primary School.

Milk Payment See separate note. Please note milk is ordered and we have no spare cartons. It is therefore important that all orders are received as per the time scale on the milk note as late orders cannot be accommodated. Please note monies should be in school first thing in the morning.

Cheque Payments for Meals and Milk We have been advised by the NEELB that payments for meals and milk which are made by cheque must have details on the reverse of the cheque showing cheque card number and school name. Can I ask that you ensure your cheque has these details on the back.

Free Meals Anyone who is in receipt of recognised benefits for a child is entitled to claim a free school meal for them. If you think you may qualify please ask at the office for an application form as soon as possible.

Attendance Please remember it is a requirement of the North Eastern Education & Library Board that each child achieves 96% at least in their attendance. The school has an excellent attendance record, and I look to you for this to continue!

Savings These will be collected in school every Monday morning starting on 13th September 2010, and lodged to your child’s account on that day. Anyone wishing to join the savings scheme please call at the Bank of Ireland and complete the necessary application form. Once the account is opened, saving can begin via the school.

Uniform The staff thank you for the excellent turn-out of your children on return to school this term. I would remind you that Gordon’s in Green Street and Gary’s in North Street, supply the P.E. and casual school items together with the formal uniform. The P.E. uniform for P5 – P7 is to be brought to school to be used as a change of clothing for P.E. The P1 – P4 pupils will wear the polo shirt, sweatshirt, joggers and shoes to school on P.E. days. All pupils will change their footwear in school. Footwear for P.E. is black P.E. slippers. To help with your planning, the P.E. days for P1 – P4 are Tuesday and Thursday. Pupils in P5, 6 and 7 will be notified by their teachers of the days they will have P.E.

Assembly You may be aware of our assembly rota where each class takes part, in turn, on a Friday during the year. Parents of the pupils taking part in the assembly will be invited to join us on certain occasions. Each teacher will inform you, via the pupils, of the date they are taking part. Assembly is at 9.00 a.m. and lasts 20/25 minutes.

Violin Mrs O’Neill will again be teaching violin in the school for this academic year. Please note the class is on a Wednesday and commences on Wednesday 8th September 2010. Mrs O’Neill has a few places available for this school year and Primary 4 children are in receipt of notes regarding this.

Flute/Clarinet Miss Russell will again be teaching flute and clarinet in the school for this academic year. For those children who are successfully auditioned, instruments are in school to begin in September and the tuition is on a Thursday morning starting on Thursday 9th September 2010.

School Tour We had a very successful tour last year to Glasgow with our Primary 6 and Primary 7 children and are currently organising a tour for this coming school year. The 2011 Tour will be to York. Details will be sent home shortly.

Holidays – A separate holiday card has been issued to all pupils.

Dates to note this term:-

September October

13-16th – Parental Class Meetings 27th – Sponsored Bounce

21st – After School Clubs begin 29th Oct, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Nov (Halloween Hols)

November December

1st, 2nd & 3rd Halloween Holidays 14th - P3 and P4 Christmas Performance (evening time)

15th – P1 and P2 Christmas Performance (morning time)

16th – Senior Carol Service (1.00 p.m. St Colman’s Church)

22nd – Early Closing 12.15 p.m.

23rd Dec – 5th Jan – Christmas Holidays

January

6th – School Reopens after holidays

7th – Grand Opera House – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”