Read on to hear out about our May events and to see what is happening in June!
Don’t forget to check our school website and school Facebook page for updates!
Theme for the Month: Integrity
‘Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters’
People with integrity tell the truth and act in a sincere way. They treat people equally and take responsibility for their own feelings and actions. Integrity is more than just being honest; it's acting ethically, consistently, and in a trustworthy manner. This is a value we instil in our pupils and aim to live by. We adults need to show integrity at all times as our young people look up to us. Integrity and honesty are values we want our pupils to emulate and carry with them throughout their lives. All our children have been exploring this in ICT as part of our internet safety messaging. ‘Fake News’, lies, sensationalised articles, click bait, are issues we all encounter especially through social media. This happens in a range of situations and shockingly, from sources or people that should be trustworthy. It is good to remind ourselves as adults, about the quality of what we consume online and do our best to ensure we always seek the truth.
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
Congratulations to all the children who made their First Holy Communion and our pupils Clara and TJ. Thank you to our caring classmates and CIPS family who supported them. Happy landings to the Bryl family who welcomed a baby boy called Lewis!
Lego Based Therapy
We are delighted to have begun our Lego Based Therapy journey with Carole and her associates. Lego Based Therapy provides the opportunity to encourage and develop; social skills, teamwork, confidence, resilience and problem solving alongside numeracy and literacy development. Staff training has taken place and we are now working with our pupil groups to put our training into practice. This means that our existing children and future pupils of Carnlough CIPS will continue to benefit from this fantastic mental health and well-being resource. We have loved seeing the development of skills and improvements in the short time we have been working on this!
If anyone has any Lego sets they no longer use or knows someone who no longer uses Lego and is looking to pass it on, we would definitely give it a loving new home!
We have once again registered with Healthy Kidz for our Sports day events this year. Sports Day will be a little different this year as we cannot have spectators due to social distancing requirements. We will however send photos/videos via Seesaw of your child/children taking part. We understand this is disappointing but we still want the children to enjoy all those little milestone events in the school calendar and we must do them safely to protect our school and the wider community. Sports Day will take place week beginning 21st June on a day the weather allows us to be outside. The children have been enjoying preparing for their events and love seeing how the elite athletes perform and using the tips they have given to improve their own performances!
Face to face meetings with multiple households are not recommended however we would still like the opportunity to touch base with our parents/carers to discuss your child/children’s progress this year. We are offering a 5-minute telephone slot in the afternoons week commencing Monday 14th June. Reply slips with dates and times will be issued. Please advise the class teacher if the slot does not suit and we will rearrange. We are so proud of how our superstars have handled the upheaval of the last 15 months and we look forward to talking to you about your wonderful children!
Notice for Parents and Carers
I have been asked by the owner of the Londonderry Arms Hotel to inform staff and parents/carers that the car park beside school is for hotel customers only.
There was a concern about the children’s safety. We continue to teach our road safety through our preventative curriculum and in conjunction with Brake NI and the Road Safety charity. We model the safe crossing of roads with our school crossing patrol.
We understand how difficult parking can be in the village especially when the businesses around us are receiving deliveries or at peak times for buses through the village. We as a school will endeavour to find solutions to the issue.
- 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 continues Mon 7th June
- Gardening project with Gary and Carnlough Community Association Thurs 10th June
- Parent Teacher Interviews week commencing 14th June
- Sports Day week beginning 21st June (no spectators due to restrictions and weather dependent)
- Last day of term 3 Wed 30th June 11am closing