NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2015

Annual Outing We have now paid the final payment for our Annual Outing to the Grand Opera House on Friday 8th January 2016 at 1.30 p.m. I am sure we will once again have an excellent time.

School Tour Primary 6 and 7 Details of this year’s tour to Edinburgh/Glasgow are now with parents. All deposits should be with Mrs Gibson/Mrs Logan by Monday 5th October 2015 so that final numbers can be confirmed to the Tour Operator.

Breakfast Club This club is once again proving to be very popular. Could I remind all parents that children should not come to the Club before 8.05 a.m. and entrance must be no later than 8.25 a.m. Children will then leave the club at 8.40 a.m. to line up. The cost is £1.50 daily and various healthy cereals and toast is on offer, together with breakfast juice or milk.

P1 Primary 1 children will be staying until 1.55 p.m. each day from Monday 28th September 2015.

Dinner Money Could I please remind all parents that dinner money is paid on a Monday morning only. We have also received a new directive from the Education Authority (N.E. Region) that cheque payments are no longer accepted for school meals payment, cash is now the only option available. Dinners are now £2.50 per day.

Free School Meals If you feel you are entitled to free school meals please contact the office urgently for a form to apply.

Labelling of Clothing It has once again come to my attention that children do not have names on formal uniform and indeed P.E. uniform. It is very difficult for the school to trace lost property and prove ownership when labelling is not present. Could I ask that all items of clothing worn to school be labelled clearly with the child’s full name as other children can have the same initials. Also could you please check that all items belong to your child and if you find this is not the case please return them to Mrs Gibson/Mrs Logan. Thank you.

Dogs in School In line with the Education Authority (N.E. Region) Policy it is no longer permitted to have dogs in the school building or indeed in the Playground.

Car Parking Safety/Leaving/Collecting of Children Thank you to all for operating the one-way system for leaving and collecting children. I know this will greatly improve the safety of all pedestrians. Could I also point out that congestion would also be eased in the mornings if parents settled their children in the playground and then left. This would also develop your child’s independence. It is also noticeable that some parents are bringing children in through the school car-park gate, in the interests of safety this is not permitted. I would also ask that parents do not park and block the car-park entrance for staff. Please also remember that parents should wait at the top end of the playground to collect children in the afternoon.

P1 Intake – September 2016 During November we will be inviting those parents who have registered an interest in their child coming to Primary 1 in September 2016 to our “Open Week”. If you have a child who will be starting Primary 1 in September 2016, please give their name to Mrs Gibson/Mrs Logan as soon as possible. Thankyou.

Appointments I realise that hospital appointments are generally during the school day and are of a more urgent nature, however, unless it is an emergency, could appointments for Doctor’s, Dentist’s or Optician’s please be made outside of school hours, or as near the end of the school day as is possible. Thank you for your support.

Jewellery The school operates a “No Jewellery Policy” with the exception of a watch. It is noticeable that some children are wearing earrings! This is a health and safety issue and a note from a parent indicating that they will take responsibility for the wearing of the earrings is not legally acceptable. I would ask for your support in the removal of earrings/rings etc.

Parent/Teacher Interviews The school will be closing on Monday 19th , Tuesday 20th , Wednesday 21st , Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October 2015 at 1.00 p.m. each day to accommodate parental interviews. An invite will be sent to you shortly.

School will close at 2.00 p.m. for all pupils on Monday 26th October for Halloween holidays.

Library I would like to take this opportunity of thanking those parents who volunteered to come in and “staff” the Library. Library visits from classes will start on the week commencing in October. A note will be sent out to volunteers giving the exact date.

Complaints Procedure Whilst we as a School would seldom have complaints it is hoped that any problems can be solved by informal contact between parents and the School Principal. However, it is a requirement of the Department of Education that we inform you that where a parent feels that a matter should be progressed further, then the following people should be contacted in the order shown.

1. The Principal or Vice-Principal.

2. The Chairman of the Board of Governors.

3. The Education Authority (N.E. Region).

4. The Department of Education.

5. The Commissioner for Complaints.

P.T.A. Events Once again we have a very hard working P.T.A. Committee. It was encouraging to see new faces as well as old at the recent Annual General Meeting. I would commend this group to you and ask for your support as they organise various events throughout the year! First event is the Halloween School Disco on Wednesday 14th October 2015 (more details to follow).

PRIZE DONATIONS For fund raising events we look for various offers of prizes. If you know of anyone, or indeed any company, who would like to donate prizes or offer sponsorship of events during the year, please let me know. Thank you also to all of those parents who have donated unwanted new gifts for prizes during the year. Anyone who has gifts large or small which they feel would be suitable please leave these with Mrs Gibson/Mrs Logan.

Harvest We are holding the Annual Harvest Assembly on Friday 23rd October 2015. This event is part of our normal assembly programme and is for pupils only. A separate note will follow as to our Harvest giving this year.

Sponsored Bounce We are holding our Sponsored Bounce on Monday 26th October 2015. This is our annual fund-raising event and it gives us an opportunity to raise funds for the school and for various charities. Bouncy Castles will be in place, and your child will have the opportunity to “bounce” with their class and be sponsored for the number of bounces achieved. We hope to make this as successful as previous years so we ask that you encourage pupils to collect sponsors from known friends or relations. We do not have a licence to allow children to collect from door to door so we ask that you assist us in making sure this does not happen. Sponsor forms will be issued in the next few weeks. Thank you for your anticipated support. Please note that only one child will be on a bouncy castle at any given time. Thank You

We as a School are very grateful to Mr & Mrs Finn for providing the Bouncy Castles free of charge for the above event and indeed at our School Fairs. We can only suggest and recommend them to you as parents, should you wish to book any equipment of this type. Mrs Gibson/Mrs Logan can provide you a contact number.

HOLIDAYS/DATES TO NOTE

OCTOBER 14th School Disco (evening) – P1 – P3 – 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. and P4 – P7 – 7.15 – 8.15 p.m.

19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd October – School Closes at 1.00 p.m. to accommodate Parent/Teacher Interviews

23rd Harvest Assembly

26th Sponsored Bounce – School will close at 2.00 p.m. for the Halloween holidays.

27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Halloween Holidays

DECEMBER Friday 4th December – 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. – School Fair with Santa’s Grotto

Wednesday 9th December – School Disco Tuesday

15th December at 7.00 p.m. – Primary 3 and Primary 4 Christmas Performance

Wednesday 16th December at 10.00 a.m. – Primary 1 and Primary 2 Christmas Performance

Thursday 17th December at 1.00 p.m. – Primary 5, 6 and 7 – Carol Service in St. Colman’s Church

Thursday 17th December – early closing of school at 2.00 p.m.

Friday 18th December – School closes at 12.15 p.m. for Christmas Holidays

JANUARY

4th – School reopens

8th – Grand Opera House – 12.15 p.m. start for those children going to Opera House.