OCTOBER 2016

Annual Outing   We have now paid the final payment for our Annual Outing to the Grand Opera House on Friday 6th January 2017. I am sure we will once again have an excellent time. Please ensure all outstanding payments are sent in immediately.

School Tour Primary 6 and 7  Details of this year’s tour to York are now with parents. All deposits should be with Mrs Logan by Monday 3rd October 2016 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 3rd October 2016.

Dinner Money  Could I please remind all parents that dinner money is paid on a Monday morning only.  Dinners are £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 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 2017   During November we will be inviting those parents who have registered an interest in their child coming to Primary 1 in September 2017 to our “Open Week”. If you have a child who will be starting Primary 1 in September 2017, please give their name to 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 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th October 2016 at 1.00 p.m. each day to accommodate parental interviews. An invite will be sent to you shortly. School will close at 1.00 p.m. for all pupils on Friday 28th 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 week commencing 10th October. A note has been 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 Wednesday26th October 2016 (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 Logan.

Harvest   We are holding the Annual Harvest Assembly on Friday 21st October 2016. 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 Friday 28th October 2016. 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 Logan can provide a contact number.

HOLIDAYS/DATES TO NOTE

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

26th School Disco (evening) – P1 – P3 – 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. and P4 – P7 – 7.15 – 8.15 p.m.

24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th October – School Closes at 1.00 p.m. to accommodate Parent/Teacher Interviews

21st Harvest Assembly

28th Sponsored Bounce – School will close at 2.00 p.m. for the Halloween holidays.

31st October – 3rd November (inc) Halloween Holidays

DECEMBER

Friday 2nd December – 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. – School Fair with Santa’s Grotto

Wednesday 7th December – School Disco

Tuesday 13th December at 7.00 p.m. – Primary 3 and Primary 4 Christmas Performance

Wednesday 14th December at 10.00 a.m. – Primary 1 and Primary 2 Christmas Performance

Thursday 15th December at 1.00 p.m. – Primary 5, 6 and 7 – Carol Service in St. Colman’s Church

Thursday 15th December – early closing of school at 2.00 p.m.

Tuesday 20th December – School closes at 12.15 p.m. for Christmas Holidays

JANUARY 4th – School reopens

6th – Grand Opera House – 12.15 p.m. start for those children going to Opera House.