Read on to hear out about our March events and to see what is happening in April!
Don’t forget to check our school website and Facebook page for updates!
Theme for the Month: Integrity
‘Choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.’
Integrity is doing the right thing even when it is hard or when no-one is looking. If we only do what is right when people are watching, then we are not being sincere. Having integrity is to treat others how we would like to be treated. It shows people what your heart is really like. If you have a strong character, then people know that they can trust you. That’s important for any and every relationship you have. If you have a friend who you know lies to other people, then you can also assume that they lie to you. If someone talks about others behind their back, then you know that they talk about you behind your back too. They are only acting one way because someone is watching. Children learn what they see, so we adults are their best example. We continue to act with integrity as an example to our young people.
Parent/Carer Communication – Seesaw Family App
To enhance our parental communication, we will be asking families to connect to their child’s/children’s account in order to keep up to date with school information, news, announcements and to see the wonderful work that goes on in school. The app will also give families a quick and direct line of contact with the class teacher/s. An information leaflet will be given to every family detailing how to set up the app, which is quick and simple. This will be operational from Term 3 and we look forward to having an efficient means of communication with our parents, our partners in education.
IFA Schools Programme
We have been loving our football skills work with Andy from IFA each Friday morning. Andy has let us know of an opportunity of free tickets for Northern Ireland versus England women’s football match on 12th April. If you are interested, please let Miss Mulholland know asap. Information needed is contact email/phone number, the number of adult tickets required, the number of child tickets required and the town and postcode. A great opportunity to experience a match in a stadium.
We have been asked to share information with parents and carers regarding child Covid vaccinations for children in clinical risk groups. As a school we are simply conveying the information and are in no way promoting or suggesting that children should have this. This is a personal decision and up to parents. The information poster contains a parent guide and additional information.
Healthy Break and Lunch
All schools are encouraged to advocate a consistent message about healthy eating, as per the Food in Schools Policy. This means all food and drink provided and consumed within the education setting should be nutritious and of good quality. School meals are a great choice, however if parents decide to provide a packed lunch, or morning break or snack, the following guidance leaflets may be useful for healthy eating tips and ideas. The third link is for a great leaflet about the food groups, portion sizes, recipe ideas and tips especially for fussy eaters.
Due to the uncertainty the last few years have brought, we have been unable to host face to face PTA meetings. With restrictions easing, we are hopeful that we can arrange a face to face PTA meeting next term and hold a school event in June. Meetings are necessary so that we can share the load, come up with ideas, draw upon everyone’s creativity and have clear actions moving forward. We appreciate that everyone has busy schedules especially with work commitments, children and life in general but if you could commit to a half hour or so, we would love to see you at the next meeting. Everyone welcome; mums, dad, grandparents! If this is something you can do please email Miss Mulholland (email@example.com) so that a date and time can be arranged.
Our swimming slot is always Term 3 and after two years of the pool being closed we are very excited to have the Key Stage 2 class begin their lessons. Swimming will begin on Thursday 28th April. Sessions cost £2.50 per child. School is part funding the cost of transport. Letters will follow outlining procedures.
The Tempest photographer will be returning to school to do a mop up session. Anyone who was absent in Term One will be photographed and we will be able to have group, class, sibling photos done this time! The photographer is booked for Tuesday 3rd May all being well. A note will be issued to all families to mark if sibling photos are to be done.
Once again we have been fortunate to receive some gardening expertise from Gary at Inver Garden Centre in conjunction with Carnlough Community Association. We are updating our garden area, adding more to our sensory garden and replacing some of our pallet raised beds. The children as always have been very helpful and we are looking forward to spending lots of time in the garden area in Term Three. We have also been given some seedballs by the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust with the aim of creating pollinator patches. We will be planting some in our garden in school but also sending home 1 per family to plant at home. This is a great way to support local biodiversity. They can be grown in gardens, pots, window boxes, tubs, planters etc. A video showing the planting process can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVrALGcCe5Y The Heritage Trust are running a competition for the best pollinator patches. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to win some goodies. Entries to be submitted by June 15th.
- Last day of Term 2: Tuesday 12th April 11am closing
- Term 3 begins Monday 25th April
- Swimming for P5-7 Thursday 28th April
- May Day Bank holiday Monday 2nd May
- School photographer Tuesday 3rd May
- Holy Communion Saturday 14th May
Please ensure all monies are brought to school in a clearly marked envelope or purse with a note to explain what money is for. Children do not always remember what their money is for!