NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2017

OPERA HOUSE – Friday 6th January 2017 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 £2,500.00, including ballot sales.

Carol Service Charity Collection   Thank you to all who contributed to the Charity Collection at the Carol Service at St Colman’s Church. The sum of £253.05 was raised.

NEW INTAKE   The forms for children starting in Primary 1 in September 2017 are now available. Please contact the school office if you require one of these. The closing date for return is Wednesday 11th January 2017 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:- Case of Wine – Judith Loney c/o Grace Gray (P4), Alistair Seeley Signed Shirt and Hat – Anne Sproule c/o Megan Sproule (P4), Dobbins Inn voucher – Beth c/o Abbie McMurtry (P4), Ownies voucher – Ruby Fowles (P2), Papa Brown’s voucher - Cathy McMurtry c/o Abbie (P4), W5 Family ticket – Oliver McConnell (P6), Oracle Cut & Blow Dry – Crawford Robb (P2), Sanctuary by the Sea voucher – Faye Hamilton c/o John Hamilton (P6), Dominos Pizza voucher – Kadie McKay (P2), Family Swim voucher – Abigail Hamilton (P5), Oracle Blow Dry and Gift Set – Jack McMath (P6), Zoo Park voucher – Maisie Clavin (P1), Lisa Thompson Hairdressing voucher – Freda Kelly c/o Lauren Sproule (P7), Omniplex voucher – Riley Potsworth (P2), Balmoral Barbers voucher – Anne Galashan c/o Adam Gorman (P2), Streamvale Farm voucher – Bailey Thompson (P6), Maud’s voucher – Harrison Fowles (P7), McDonalds voucher – Emily Curran (P1), Belfast Book – Chloe Haggan (P2), 1st Hamper – Anne Galashan c/o Adam Gorman (P2), 2nd Hamper – Molly McCormack (P4).

DINNER MONEY   As noted on the update sent out in December, school dinners are now £2.55 per day. 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 16th January 2017. 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.

ECO News   The School has been awarded our second Eco Schools Green Flag. Well done to all the pupils and staff for their efforts over the last two years to achieve this. Thank you also to our parents who have supported the active travelling to and from school.

ATTENDANCE   This school has always maintained a high attendance level. We are required by the Education Authority 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 30th January – Friday 3rd February 2017 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 30th January to Friday 3rd February 2017. 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 9th January 2017. A separate note has been issued.

TRANSFER PROCEDURE   The transfer test result date is Saturday 28th January 2017. Interviews with Mr Purdy and myself will be on Monday 30th January, Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February 2017. A separate note will be sent to each Primary 7 parent.

SCHOOL OPEN NIGHTS PRIMARY 7 CHILDREN    During the month of January 2017 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 14th – 17th February

2017 EASTER 10th April – 21st April 2017

MAY 1st, 2nd, 29th, and 30th May 2017