January 2022

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 Facebook page for updates!

Theme for the Month: Kindness and positivity  

‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’

 

Dalai Lama

In February we celebrated Safer Internet Day and we have been discussing how we can make the internet a better, kinder and safer place. We have discussed the importance of permission, how to have respect and ensure we are kind when we are online. It was also Random Acts of Kindness Day in February and kindness is something we try hard to live out in our everyday lives. We want to throw kindness around like confetti and that means being positive about others as well as ourselves. Any act of kindness no matter how big or small can make a difference–especially when done intentionally. Here are our top ten acts of kindness;

  1. Hold the door open for someone
  2. Do a chore for someone without them knowing
  3. Feed the birds
  4. Pick up litter
  5. Let someone go ahead of you in a line
  6. Compliment a friend
  7. Share your smile with everyone you see
  8. Invite someone to join in your games
  9. Donate food, toys, clothes to those in need
  10. Reduce, reuse and recycle to help be kind to our planet

 

We are constantly proud of the example our children set. As soon as the horrific news of what is happening in Ukraine was announced, our children wanted to help. It was their idea, without any prompting, to gather donations. The people of Carnlough have been so generous and we want to say a massive thank you!

Please remember that there are age and stage appropriate resources to help talk to your children about what is going on if they have questions.

 

https://www.unicef.org.uk/what-we-do/emergencies/how-to-talk-to-children-about-the-conflict-in-ukraine/

 

https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/ukraine-first-news-explainer/

Safer Internet Day

We celebrated the global Safer Internet Day on 8th February with each class taking part in some very important activities. We have learnt about the importance of 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. We discussed the importance of permission and about not giving away personal information. We know we need to think very carefully before we press send!  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.

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health week gave us all the opportunity to talk about keeping our minds as healthy as we keep our bodies. We were delighted to welcome Chris to school to help us continue on our Take 5 journey. Take 5 is a mental health initiative that involves five simple ways to maintain and improve our mental health and well-being. Our Key Stage 2 class are training to be Take 5 ambassadors and will be working towards rolling out the programme to the rest of the school. Key Stage 2 also took part in a fantastic mental health and well-being online workshop with Hip Psychology. We are looking forward to welcoming Cormac to school for further face to face training mid-March. We will be completing workshops on emotional growth, anti-bullying and resilience. Remember, the adults in school are always hear to listen to you if you never are feeling worried, upset or angry.

Super Sports Fun!

P5-7 really enjoyed their Peaceplayers sessions with Adam and Amy. They learned the rules and skills of basketball alongside diversity and reconciliation. We enjoyed linking with our friends at St. John’s PS as part of the programme.

We have been so lucky to have Robert from MEA back with us for a programme of multi-skills. We are all learning lots, including the teachers! And as if that wasn’t enough, we are getting weekly sessions with Andy from IFA every Friday morning. Lots of fantastic opportunities to develop movement, listening, teamwork and friendship skills. Remember you can wear leggings/joggers and trainers on those days.

Staff

We are delighted to welcome Angela as our new school secretary. We are very thankful for everything Mrs Davies and Sarah did for us in the interim. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rosemary for her years of service, support and diligence to our school. Hopefully we can get a chance to show her our gratitude and appreciation when it is safe to do so. We also welcome back Mrs Kincaid who is working with our P1/2 superstars. Miss McKillop has begun her 7 week teaching practice placement with us and we are delighted to help her on her teaching journey.

 

Celebrations!

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.

Congratulations to Coirle and her parents on the safe arrival of baby Rosa! We know Coirle will make a wonderful big sister!

Congratulations to the Primary Three children who received the Sacrament of Penance. You work hard to prepare. Thank you too to the P3/4 classmates who supported and helped their friends prepare.

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!

After School Provision

Term 2 afterschools clubs are proving to be a big hit so we will continue with the current timetable until Easter holidays (after-schools will finish Thurs 7th April) We will take any suggestions you have for Term 3. We are delighted to offer such a wide programme and love seeing our pupils continue to develop their skills, talents and abilities in afterschool clubs.

Holidays/Dates/Reminders

  • World Book Day: 3rd March
  • Dog’s Tryst visit: Monday 7th March
  • First Confession for P3: Tuesday 8th March 1pm at St. John the Evangelist Church
  • Hip Psychology workshop: Thursday 10th March (1pm closing for pupils)
  • St. Patrick’s day holiday: Thursday 17th March
  • Staff development day 3: Friday 18th March
  • Last day of Term 2: Tuesday 12th April 11am closing

Please ensure all monies are brought to school in a clearly marked envelope or purse. School fund is voluntary and suggested at £1 per family per week. Please also ensure dinner money is paid in full by Friday of each week.

Next:

  1. Read P1-2's Class News
  2. Read P3-4's Class News
  3. Read P5-7's Class News
  4. Check out the updated Gallery

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