December Newsletter

Read on to find out about our November and December events!

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, sharing a smile, saying a kind word, 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! We have completed acts of kindness through our Carnlough CIPS 12 Days of Giving! We also raised £45 for the Carnlough Community Association from the pocket money stall at the Christmas Fair. This was through selling toys kindly donated by our pupils and families.

Carnlough CIPS Gives back

We presented Michelle from the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance with a cheque for £560. We are always blown away be the generosity of our families and the spirit of giving displayed by our pupils. Well done everyone. The newly elected school council members will be tasked with choosing our charity for this year. Thanks again!


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!


Carnlough CIPS Celebrations!

Well done to our fantastic artists! We had seven prize winners in the annual Credit Union competition and Mia and Ella are now going through to the next round with their first place wins! Well done everyone. Congratulations too Freya on her recent Irish dancing trophies. 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

Our annual craft fair took place on Fri 6th December. Thanks so much for all the kind donations for tombola, hamper, bottle stall, all who helped with sourcing prizes and who helped on the night. We raised £1400! As always we are blown away by your kindness and generosity of spirit. Thank you!

Together Everyone Achieves More!

Christmas Concert

We were delighted to bring you another 5* production! A ‘Midwife Crisis’ debuted on the 12th December and provided some much needed relief from election news! Thank you to all the staff, families and friends who helped prepare the boys and girls, put up staging and tailored costumes. Thank you to the Glenlough Community Centre for their hospitality. The children gave such a confident performance and best of all had lots of fun doing so. We are very proud of each and every one of them. Carnlough CIPS has the ‘X’ Factor!


Community Connections

We have loved working through our 12 days of Kindness. We especially loved singing at our local residential homes. We sand a little mix of Christmas carols and our concert songs. We gave the residents some cards and decorations we made in school. It was so lovely to think of others especially at this time of year when we know it can be hard for some people. Thank you to both Karingmore and Rowandale for giving us the opportunity to share Christmas with your residents.


On behalf of the staff at Carnlough CIPS, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a great 2020. We would also like thank you for the kind cards and gifts.

I hope everyone has a peaceful, magical and fun filled break. It has been a busy, productive and enjoyable first term and I would like to thank you, our parents and families, for all your support throughout it. A big thank you also to all our hard working team. Without your effort and dedication, it wouldn’t be possible to do what we do.

More importantly I would like to thank the boys and girls for their continuing hard work and effort. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in the New Year.


Merry Christmas!

Miss Mulholland



Upcoming dates and reminders

  • School movie day Thurs 19th Dec
  • Last day of term 1 Fri 20th Dec. 11am closing
  • Staff Development Day 3 Mon 6th Jan 2020 – no school for children
  • Term 2 begins – Tues 7th Jan 2020



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