Read on to find out about our November events and to see what is happening in December!
Don’t forget to check our school website and Twitter account @carnloughcips for updates!
Theme for the Month: Giving
We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
We have been thinking a lot about preparing for the season of Christmas. We are all so excited about presents, Santa, tinsel and trees and that is ok. But we have also discussed how we can prepare for Christmas in other ways. Thinking about giving is a great way to prepare. At this time of the year we give presents for which we always show gratitude but we can give more. We can think of others less fortunate than ourselves and give something back. We can give of our time by visiting others, helping at home or doing a job for someone. We can give as an act of charity to food banks, charity collectors, donating items to charity shops. We can give by showing our family and friends love and kindness. Let’s give and give with love, especially during the season of Christmas!
Many thanks to our families, friends, governors and friends of Carnlough CIPS who came to see our Harvest assembly. I think you will agree that the children gave a very powerful message about equality and sharing in our world. We learnt about how harvest is celebrated in lots of countries and by many different faiths and traditions. Our beautiful hamper of food was donated to the Larne food bank and the local St. Vincent de Paul.
After Schools Provision
In the New year we will be drawing up a new timetable of after-school provision. We are very lucky to have been awarded an extended schools budget and we are currently drawing up an action plan for provision. If you have any preference for particular activities, please let us know. Even though we cannot guarantee them all, we do love to hear your thoughts. We truly value our positive home/school connections. Learning together, learning more!
We took part in Anti-bullying week. We thought the theme ‘All equal, all different, all together’ was especially relevant for us in Carnlough CIPS as this is something we live by all year through! P1 and P2 learned all about Rainbow Fish and how he remembered to be loving and caring in the end. P3 and P4 learned about similarities and differences and how these are celebrated. P5/6/7 had a great session exploring how what might be seen as banter or a bit of a joke can actually add to people’s worries. We know who we can talk to in our school and are proud to call our school a bullying-free zone!
Carnlough CIPS Celebrations!
Well done to our fantastic artists! We had three prize winners in the annual Credit Union competition; Hannah Crooks and Keera Burleigh and going through to the next round; Kirsty Glanville! The winners from the Community Association Christmas card competition were; Scott Reid, Rose Gibbons, Robbie Reid, Logan Manson, Cole McKinley, Angus McCollum and Hannah Crooks. Well done everyone. Congratulations too to Cole and Conor who were christened last month. Well done to all the boys and girls who sat transfer tests last month. We know you tried your very best and now you can relax and enjoy a lovely Christmas.
PTA Christmas Fair
What a successful event! We are so pleased to tell you we raised just over £1400 at our Christmas Craft Fair. We are thrilled and we were delighted to see so many people support our school. It was a lovely festive evening and was enjoyed by all. Huge thanks to our hard-working PTA for organising the event, to the Community Association who helped with the set up and publicity of the event and to all our families and staff for donating items, buying tickets and supporting the event.
Together Everyone Achieves More!
Big Small Stories
Our story of how we became an integrated primary school was documented in a wonderful display in the Ulster Museum. It featured words from our children about our integrated story and how proud we are to be an integrated school, where we learn together and learn more! The pop up will now be displayed in school for anyone who didn’t get a chance to get to the museum.
Thank you to all the lovely boys and girls who came to visit us on open day. We hope you had lots of fun. We will be following this event up with an information session about our school in January especially for anyone who was unable to make the daytime event. We also operate an open door policy for anyone who would like to see our setting in action. Appointments can be made via the office on 028 28885272. We welcome everyone to our school and would love to see as many as possible come and experience our caring, nurturing and truly integrated family school.
We were delighted to welcome back our district inspector to school last week to see all the hard work that goes on in Carnlough CIPS. The inspection team were delighted with what they saw and heard. They commented upon the high standards and achievements, the high standard of learning and teaching, the impeccable behaviour and the positive, nurturing environment. They were especially impressed with P6 and P7 who displayed magnificent mental maths and reading strategies. Well done boys and girls! The official report will be published in the next few weeks.
Free Microsoft Office
We have been notified by C2K who manage our school computers that children can use their C2K usernames to obtain Microsoft Office for free. Follow the steps below to obtain it for up to 5 devices.
Get MS Office in 4 easy steps
- Visit http://portal.office.com
- Enter your C2k Username in the format email@example.com
- At the next box enter (i) your C2k username auser123 and (ii) password
- Download the version of MS Office you require
- Carol singing in Carnlough Library Thursday 14th December
- School Christmas dinner Friday 15th December 2017. School finishes for everyone at 1pm
- Christmas concert Wednesday 21st December @6.30pm in Glenlough Community Centre. School finishes for everyone at 2pm
- Last day of Term 1 11.00am closing