April 2021

Read on to hear out about our April events and to see what is happening in May!

Don’t forget to check our school website and school Facebook page for updates!

 

Theme for the Month: Perseverance    

‘A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.’

Nelson Mandela

The word ‘yet’ is a very powerful word. There are lots of things we cannot do….yet! The power of perseverance is never giving up. Perseverance is the ability to get through difficult tasks. It is important to work through challenges, using our mind and our body to overcome them. Perseverance is the ability to do your best towards reaching a goal even though it may be a big challenge. We encourage you to always try your best. As we settle back into face to face teaching and learning, it is important to remember; as well as getting enough sleep and being well prepared through homework and classwork, we would like you to ensure you always try your best!

Select Kidz

Select Kidz, our uniform supplier, has asked us to share this information with our parents and carers. It details their upcoming uniform offers. Remember children in receipt of Free School Meals can also avail of Uniform Allowance. Details on the Education Authority website ( www.eani.org.uk )

Easing of Restrictions

While we are so delighted that things are starting to become more normal and we are seeing even more easing of restrictions, we cannot now become complacent. Covid-19 has not gone away. We need to stay vigilant and ensure that the strictest hygiene, distancing and all other public health measures continue to be followed. We continue to model and teach this to our young people. If your child or anyone else in your household develops any of the Covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home and arrange a test asap and keep school fully informed so we can carry out track and trace. Here is the link to the PHA symptom checker

https://check.covid-19.hscni.net/SymptomChecker/Introduction

Outdoor Classroom Day

We loved taking part in the global Outdoor Classroom Day the last few years so much we are doing it again this year. It is great being able to use our outdoor environment to learn in and all our classes having been aiming to this more and more. We used some of our health and well-being budget to purchase some lovely new equipment to facilitate this. This year Outdoor Classroom Day takes place on Thursday 20th May. We hope the weather is kind but if not we’ll make the most of it. There is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothes! We’ll keep you posted!

 

Dept. Of Education

DE needs parent’s views on the Scheme to deliver Direct Payments in lieu of Free School Meals and the School Holiday Food Grant Payment Scheme.

The Department of Education is currently evaluating the effectiveness of the two similar but separate payment schemes: a scheme to deliver Direct Payments in lieu of Free School Meals and the School Holiday Food Grant Payment Scheme. These schemes have been providing financial support of £13.50 per child per week, as necessary, to families of children entitled to Free School Meals since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I have been asked to forward you the attached link to a short survey which will also assist the Department of Education in planning for any future payment schemes. I would encourage you to complete the online survey - it should take no more than 2 minutes.

We are especially interested in the views of parents whose children are entitled to Free School meals.

https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/de/free-school-meals-and-holiday-payment-plans-feedba/

Outdoor Classroom Day

We loved taking part in the global Outdoor Classroom Day the last few years so much we are doing it again this year. It is great being able to use our outdoor environment to learn in and all our classes having been aiming to this more and more. We used some of our health and well-being budget to purchase some lovely new equipment to facilitate this. This year Outdoor Classroom Day takes place on Thursday 20th May. We hope the weather is kind but if not we’ll make the most of it. There is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothes! We’ll keep you posted!

Social Media

As a school we are about to revisit a key message from Safer Internet Day; ‘Fake News’. We want to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to understand what they are seeing and consuming online and what sources can be trusted. We also continue to highlight to our pupils the age of consent for social media sites. This is 13 years or over and therefore no primary school aged children should have social media profiles. We advise staff that it is not school policy or acceptable practice to befriend parents on social networking sites. It is understood that staff may know, in another context, adults in the local community who are also parents of pupils in Carnlough CIPS. For personal and professional security, we ask staff to review security settings on social media sites and encourage parents to do the same. We will also continue to work on ensuring we know how to conduct ourselves online, using kind words and remembering that anything posted online is essentially a permanent record that has the potential to impact upon our futures. Think before you post or message!

Celebrations

A massive well done to all our pupils on a very successful start to Term 3! We are so happy to have everyone back, filling our classrooms with smiles, laughter, hard work and happiness. Congratulations to our P3 and P4 pupils who made their First Confession this week. We are very proud of you. We send our warmest wishes to Elijah and his family on the safe arrival of baby Zach!

Holidays/Dates/Reminders

  • No pupils should be on school premises before 8.40am unless agreed with the school principal.
  • Class begins at 8.50am for all pupils Mon-Fri and school finishes at 2pm every Friday
  • Mid and East Antrim Sports coaching for KS1 and KS2 begins on Mon 10th May
  • Gardening project with Gary and Carnlough Community Association begins Tues 11th May
  • Outdoor Classroom day – 20th May. Hats if sunny, raincoats if wet!
  • Lego Therapy Fun Day  - 21st May
  • Holy Communion Sat 22nd May (time TBC)
  • Staff development day Thurs 27th May – no school for pupils
  • May Bank Holiday Fri 27th Mon 31st May incl.– No school

Next:

  1. Read P1-2's Class News
  2. Read P3-4's Class News
  3. Read P5-7's Class News

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