Read on to hear out about our February events and to see what is happening in March!
Don’t forget to check our school website and school Facebook page for updates!
Theme for the Month: Patience
‘Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.’
R. W. Emerson
In a world where technology demands speed and the pressure to produce immediate results is all around us, being patient is tough. Often, when the pressure is on, we can make snap decisions that we might regret. With a little patience, we can stop to consider the impact of the decisions we make and how they could affect others. During the season of Lent we are waiting and preparing for Easter. Some do this by giving something up or by doing something positive for Lent. This too requires patience. It is good to remember the sacrifices people make for us and to always be thankful for them. We celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and Mother’s Day later this month. We are thankful for all the sacrifices our mum’s, mother figures and the strong women in our lives have made for us. We too are thankful for the patience they show.
It has been a busy month for Shared Education. We loved hosting children from our partner schools for some exciting and interesting activities. P5/6/7 travelled to Carnalbanagh for their second meet of the term and engaged in a variety of activities. Teachers are currently meeting in their roles as co-ordinators for Literacy and Numeracy to engage in further professional development. Teachers will also be meeting shortly to plan and prepare for the last of this year’s pupil meets which will take place at the end of term 2 and into term 3.
Well done to all the children who entered BBC Radio 2’s story writing competition. We look forward to building upon this in the future. We are eagerly waiting to hear back to see if we were successful, fingers crossed!
World Book Day #shareastory
World Book day is a major event on our school calendar and we loved celebrating our love of books and reading! This year we kicked off our celebrations with a whole school ‘Share a Story’ in Carnlough library. We love our weekly library visits and this was a great way for us to work together. Thank you to Norman and Julie for all they do for us throughout the year.
On World Book Day itself we had a fabulous fancy dress parade and we enjoyed a day jam packed with book fun. Don’t forget your £1 book token can get you a free book from the poster in school and are available at many book retailers including Waterstones in Ballymena.
We held a school council meeting this month which gives all our pupils a voice in how decisions are made in our school. We discussed our charity for the year and fundraising ideas. The school council reps then brought this back to each class and we had our class council meeting. The information gathered from each class will be taken to the school council meeting via our school council reps and will be further discussed. We look forward to hearing what the council have agreed upon.
Integrated Education Month
This month is Integrated Education Month. We are immensely proud of our integrated status and all that it stands for. Our children learn, laugh, play, love and grow alongside one another and therefore are being prepared for future life; citizens with empathy and understanding, mutual respect and self-confidence. This year the theme is ‘Perspectives’ and in Carnlough CIPS we will be completing fun activities as part of our celebrations. Keep an eye on social media and website for info and photos!
Some children from P6 and P7 will be joining with their colleagues from Seaview PS for this year’s residential. We are travelling to the Share Centre in Enniskillen for three days of fun activities and teamwork. Please remember to pack layers, waterproofs, and spare trainers. The teachers have packed earplugs and caffeine!
Well done to the boys and girls who received the sacrament of Penance on Tuesday. We are very proud of your hard work. A special thank you to all the boys and girls in our Carnlough CIPS family who helped them prepare for their special day.
We celebrate all our achievements and learn from our similarities and differences. This is one of the reasons our school and our Carnlough CIPS family is so special!
We have been working hard to update our school website and are aiming to use this as another way of communicating with parents. The weekly menu will be posted here. The Facebook blog will also appear on the website. The calendar will be updated with events and holidays. Please check it out and let us know if you would prefer to receive your info through this rather than paper. We are working to reduce our use of paper. This will be the last paper copy of the newsletter. A link will be posted on Facebook to the newsletter available on the website.
- Piano will be on Thursday next week (Thurs 14th March)
- Integrated Education Month - March
- First Confession Tuesday 5th March @1pm
- World Book Day 7th March
- Closing date for 500 Words competition Fri 8th March
- Residential P6/7 to Share Centre, Enniskillen 11-13th March
- School holiday – Monday 18th March
- School Nurse for P1 – Monday 25th March
- Gardening Project with Gary begins on Monday 25th March
- Please ensure all monies are brought
to school in a clearly marked envelope or purse and any outstanding afterschool money is brought into school