Read on to hear out about our January events and to see what is happening in February!
Don’t forget to check our school website and Twitter account @carnloughcips for updates!
Theme for the Month: Kindness and positivity
‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’
This week marks Safer Internet Day and we have been discussing how we can make the internet a better place. We have explored how negative comments can be hurtful, upsetting and worrying and how things can be taken out of context in the online world. The same can also be true in our everyday real lives. We want to throw kindness around like confetti and that means being positive about others as well as ourselves.
Safer Internet Day
We celebrated the global Safer Internet Day on 6th February with assembly and activities. We have learnt about the importance making the internet a better place by being a good friend online, by being kind and supportive and also by knowing what to do if something makes us uncomfortable. We know there is a button we can click to report something negative or harmful. Maybe our superstars could teach the mums and dads about this too? We would also encourage you as parents/carers to be very mindful of what children have access to whilst online. There is no denying that the internet can be a wonderful and positive resource however it is so important to keep ourselves safe whilst online. As a school, we continually revisit these messages, so we encourage parents and carers to do the same. We would also encourage a screen free zone in children’s bedrooms and ensure children have stopped screen time for an hour before bed. Blue screen effect can seriously disrupt sleep and can have a negative impact on children’s performance at school.
We were delighted to be awarded an Extended Schools budget by the Department of Education. With this budget we have been able to offer a wide range of afterschool clubs right across the 3 key stages. As well as this, we were able to purchase six new laptops for the school part funded by our school funds as well as the extended schools budget. These have been a welcome addition in each classroom. We have also been able to employ some external coaches; football club has been a great hit and the children are developing a host of skills through this. We are delighted to have our clubs so well supported and know that the pupils are loving them too!
It has been a busy half term planning the next pupil meets for Shared Education. We are hosting the P3/4 classes from our partner schools on Friday 9th February and P5/6/7 are travelling to Seaview on Thursday 8th February. Teachers have also had the opportunity to continue their professional development through a variety of courses and are excited to put all they are learning into practice in the classrooms.
The PTA are still selling tickets for the Valentine’s raffle in local shops and businesses. Extra tickets are still available in school. Any outstanding tickets and money can be returned to school by Friday 9th February. Draw will take place on Monday 12th February.
We have lots to celebrate this month. A massive well done to all boys and girls who received transfer results this month. You should be so proud of all your hard work. We wish all our Primary 7 pupils well as they begin the journey into their next phase of education.
Well done to our Fearsome Four who represented Carnlough CIPS at the annual Credit Union quiz in Larne.
Congratulations to Keera for her achievements in Irish dancing this month. The trophies were nearly as big as her! Congratulations as well to Kai in P7 who was baptised last month.
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!
NICIE Parent Session
We held a parent information session at the start of January primarily aimed at parents considering our school in which to enrol their children. At this session we had a guest speaker from NICIE (NI Council for Integrated Education) who talked about the reason integrated schools exist and the benefits of them. This was a powerful and insightful presentation. We hope to offer this to all parents at a future session. We’ll keep you posted!
This is a gentle reminder that school starts at 9am. School is open from 8.45am and Key Stage 1 and 2 children have a chance to use the playground until the bell is rung at 9am. Class then starts and anyone coming to school after this time is marked as late on the official registers. Being on time helps the children to start their school day well and gives them the time to be organised and settled. We appreciate your support with this.
- Cinema trip as part of Film Club Wed 7th Feb. Remember your packed lunch!
- Shared Education meet P3/4 – Fri 9th Feb and Mon 26th Feb
- Shared Education trip P5/6/7 –Thursday 8th Feb and Tuesday 6th March
- Midterm break – Monday 12th to Friday 16th February
- World Book Day 1st March
- Safer Internet day Tuesday 6th Feb
- Mid-term break Monday 12th Feb – Fri 16th Feb incl.
- Confession Tuesday 20th March @1pm
- Holy Communion Saturday 28th April @11am
- Confirmation Thursday 23rd May @ 4pm
Please ensure all monies are brought to school in a clearly marked envelope or purse