NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2016

OPERA HOUSE – Friday 8th January 2016 Arrangements for our annual outing to the Opera House are as follows. Those children who are not attending the event will not come to school at all. Children attending, will come to school at 12.15 p.m. and enter by the front door, going straight to the Assembly Hall. Children should wear full school uniform. Please do not send any drinks, sweets or money with your child as they will receive refreshments at the interval. We will return to school at 4.15 p.m. Please do not park in the Larne Road layby or collect your child from the Larne Road, as this area must be kept clear for the buses returning. Your child will be walked up through the school grounds to the Edenvale Avenue gate for collection.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Thank you to all who supported this event. I am sure you will all agree it was an excellent evening which raised approximately £2,000.00.

NEW INTAKE The forms for children starting in Primary 1 in September 2016 are now available. Please contact the school office if you require one of these. The closing date for return is Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 12.00 noon.

CHRISTMAS BALLOT Thank you to all who supported this ballot and to all who donated the many prizes. The winners of the Christmas Ballot were:- Nail Room voucher – Anna Devenney (P4), Jam & Ollies gift – Charlie Webster (P3), Bayliss & Harding Gift Set – Oliver McConnell (P5), Make Up Application voucher – Ellie Mahood (P3), W5 Family ticket – Abbie McMurtry (P3), Beauty Studio voucher – Holly Beckinsale (P5), Dominos Pizza voucher – Josh McClune (P2), Family Swim voucher – Naida Bishop (P4), McCleans voucher – Bobby Craig c/o Abbie McMurtry (P3), McDonalds voucher – Cathy McMurtry c/o Abbie (P3), 1st Hamper – Martin Donald c/o Leah Ramsey (P3), 2nd Hamper – Chloe Somerville (P4), 3rd Hamper – Leon Stewart (P4).

DINNER MONEY Please ensure dinner money is paid on a Monday morning only, indicating the days you wish your child to take dinners. The school does not have a safe and it is therefore important that all money is removed from school and not received on a daily basis. Thank you for your support.

EXAM WEEK This will be week commencing Monday 11th January 2016. Can I stress that it is important that, if at all possible, your child has full attendance at all times, but particularly during exam week.

ATTENDANCE This school has always maintained a high attendance level. We are required by the NEELB to have an attendance level of 96%. Children who attend less than 85% are automatically referred to the Education Welfare Officer. Can I therefore encourage continued good attendance and arrival in school on time.

PARENTAL INTERVIEWS These interviews will take place from Monday 1st February – Friday 5th February 2016 to commence at 1.10 p.m. each day. The school will close during this week at 1.00 p.m. for all children to accommodate these interviews. Dinners will be served. You will be sent details of the day and time of your interview(s) nearer the time.

SCHOOL BOOK FAIR The Book Fair will run from Monday 1st February to Friday 5h February 2016. Parents will have an opportunity of visiting the Fair when they attend their parental interviews. The children will have an opportunity each day to visit the Fair with their class. Can I recommend the Book Fair to you as they are excellent books at great value for money.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS P1 – P7 Clubs will start week beginning 11th January 2016. A separate note has been issued.

TRANSFER PROCEDURE The transfer test result date is Saturday 30th January 2016. Interviews with Mr Purdy and myself will be on Monday 1st February, Tuesday 2nd February and Wednesday 3rd February 2016. A separate note will be sent to each Primary 7 parent.

SCHOOL OPEN NIGHTS PRIMARY 7 CHILDREN During the month of January 2016 various schools will be holding Open Evenings. A separate note giving details of the dates and time has already been distributed.

TRANSFER CLUB It is my intention to once again hold a Transfer Club in school for Primary 6 children. A separate note will be issued to the Primary 6 class regarding this.

HOLIDAYS: HALF TERM 15th – 18th February 2016

                    EASTER 24th March – 7th April 2016

                    MAY 2nd, 3rd, 30th and 31st May 2016