Read on to hear about our March events and to see what is happening in April!
Don’t forget to check our school website and school Facebook page for updates!
Theme for the Month: Co-operation
‘Teamwork; coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a process, working together is a success.’
Our school motto ‘Learning Together’ sets out exactly what we wish to achieve; children who learn, play and work with one another and from one another. By our very ethos, we are preparing these brilliant young minds for the future. When we cooperate with one another we combine our strengths, develop our abilities and expertise and complement one another. We enhance knowledge, achieve goals, develop communication skills and foster trust. The boys and girls love our team acronym; ‘Together Everyone Achieves More!’ We are very proud of our team in Carnlough CIPS and have seen first-hand the level of cooperation and teamwork especially during our recent Shared Education events and pupil meets. If only those in power and making decisions could see what can achieved when we cooperate then maybe we would have a more effective government.
It has been another busy month for Shared Education. P6 and P7 had a wonderful residential trip to the Share Centre in Enniskillen. We came home exhausted but happy to have had 3 great days away to team build, grow in confidence and learn essential life-skills. The children were very well behaved and were a credit to their families. All three classes are travelling to partner schools this term for our last meets of the year. P5/6/7 travelled to Seaview and both P1/2 and P3/4 are heading to Carnalbanagh this week for some great work and fun. Teachers are currently meeting in their roles as co-ordinators for Literacy and Numeracy to engage in further professional development.
Grow Your Own Project
We have had the first of three wonderful sessions with Gary from Inver Garden centre and Joanne from the Carnlough Community Association. We are taking part in a project to grow our own produce. On our first session we got prepared for the incoming growing season. So far we have planted flowers and shrubs around the school which have added a welcome splash of colour. We have prepped some pallets to create more raised beds and will be doing more of this in our next session. Fingers crossed for a milder growing season!
The school council listened to the information passed on from each class about fundraising and Larne Civic Parade. The council agreed on the Air Ambulance as this year’s chosen charity. We are going to raise money for the charity in term 3 and the school council will keep us posted about what exciting fundraising plans they are finalising.
Well done to some Key Stage 2 superstars! Angus and Megan shared their good news with us on Friday at assembly. Angus passed his Grade 2 piano with merit and Megan won a 1st place and two 2nd places at Larne Music Festival. We share and celebrate all our success! Carnlough CIPS has talent!
It’s that time of year again. MAY FAIR!!! We are very thankful to the PTA for all the essential fundraising they do throughout the year to provide for each and every one of the pupils in our school. We would ask all our families to consider helping out in any small way in the lead up to and/or on the day of May Fair (Mon 6th May). The PTA committee will be sending home information of how you can help very soon. As one of our biggest events in the school year we would love your help in making it another success. We truly appreciate our strong home/school partnership.
A gentle reminder about parking at school. We ask that when doing the school run you are mindful of parking. We are fortunate to have a school crossing patrol. In order for the crossing patrol to operate successfully and safely cars should not double park, park on footpaths or park in a way the obstructs the view along the road. Carnlough village traffic has steadily increased over the years and we all have a responsibility to ensure our children get to and from school safely.
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 newsletter will be posted on the school website and will be available on the porch notice board in paper copy.
Scholastic book fair will be in school from 11th – 16th April. The books will be in the middle room and can be purchased between 2.00-2.20pm and 3.00-3.20pm. The children will have an opportunity to browse before the fair begins. We are also inviting the children to take part in a reading challenge to be in with a chance of winning a £5 voucher that can be used at the book fair.
- Piano will be on Tuesdays
- Gardening Project with Gary begins on Monday 25th March
- SESP trip P5/6/7 Mon 1st April
- SESP trip P3/4 Thurs 4th April
- SESP trip P1/2 Fri 5th April
- KS2 Energy talk Mon 8th April
- Service of Light Thurs 11th April 7.30pm
- Last day of Term 2 Wed 17th April 11.00am closing
- Term 3 begins Monday 29th April
- May Fair Mon 6th May 1-3pm
- Please ensure all monies are brought to school in a clearly marked envelope or purse and any outstanding afterschool money is brought into school