October 2021

Read on to find out about our October news to see what is coming up ahead!

Don’t forget to check our school website and school Facebook page for updates!

Theme for the Month: Consideration 

‘A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference’

Eeyore from AA Milne’s Winne the Pooh

“Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree.” – Marian Wright Edelman

What does it mean to be considerate? Being considerate means to be careful not to hurt to others; showing careful thought. It means caring about other people’s feelings as much as our own. At Carnlough CIPS we teach our pupils to be considerate; to understand another person’s feelings and emotions, to be good listeners, to smile at one another, to use good manners and to recognise the needs of others and do something about it. We work hard on owning our mistakes, apologise and move forward. Our finely tuned and ever evolving integrated ethos means we are open to all, respectful and constantly learning about and considerate of differences. We continue to work towards filling a bucketful of kindness. What does being considerate mean to you?

Anti-bullying Week

We are taking part in anti-bullying week beginning 15th November with ‘One Kind Word’ being the key theme in this year’s campaign. Our Integrated ethos is built on respect and mutual understanding and it permeates through everything we do. An integrated school promotes respect and equality by its design and we are so proud of this. We are pledging to make little changes to make our school an even happier place! We know kindness is key. We know who we can talk to in school if anything is making us feel unhappy. Each class will be taking part in circle time and PDMU activities during anti-bullying week.

Say Cheese!

All children have received their portrait photos from the photographer. We kindly ask that if you wish to order photos you do so using the online method. This will give you free postage and packaging. The photographer will return to school in the Spring term to hopefully get some sibling and class photos if restrictions permit it. This will also allow the photographer to take photos of anyone absent on Mon 1st November.

Flu Vaccines

The school nursing team will be in school on Friday 12th Nov to administer the children’s flu vaccine. Please ensure any outstanding forms are returned to the school office in advance of this. The vaccine not only protects the children, whose immune systems may be weaker due to more stringent social distancing and hygiene practices, but also vulnerable family members who may pick up illnesses more easily. If the children do not receive the vaccine in school, a follow appointment can be made with your GP surgery.

Maths Week

We loved taking part in Maths Week Ireland again this year. Maths through Stories was a great theme and we loved all the fun we had with our stories and tasks. The escape rooms on our Halloween dress up day were a spooktacular way to finish the week1 Well done to the winners of the Maths Week logo and Maths Week slogan competitions!

Breakfast Club and Afterschools

We are delighted that nearly 75% of our school population are using both breakfast club and afterschool provision. We started this term on a minimal timetable as we are still aiming to keep bubbles separate as a mitigating action. We hope to be able to offer a fuller timetable in term 2. We love how much our children love learning!

Annual Parent Interviews

We will be holding our annual Parent Teacher interviews week beginning 22nd November. As we are still working hard to limit any potential spread of infection we are holding these via telephone. Each child will receive a letter containing a time slot and for parents to record the number they wish to be contacted on.

Carnlough CIPS PTA

Once again Covid-19 has meant lots of our annual festivities cannot take place. We would still like the opportunity to carry out vital fundraising activities and offer an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. To keep our school a covid secure environment this will be done online. More details to follow.

Christmas Concert

We are very excited to begin learning our songs and lines of this year’s Nativity. We have yet to decide how the play will be viewed as we wait to see if we get any update in guidance from the Dept. Of Education. Again, more details to follow. This years’ performance promises to be a memorable one!


We send our warmest congratulations to The Adams family on the safe arrival of baby Gabriel. Well done Mrs Adams. Sending all our love to mummy, daddy and big brother Arthur!

Upcoming dates and reminders

  • Flu vaccinations 12th Nov
  • Anti-bullying week 15th Nov 2021
  • Parent interviews Week beginning 22nd Nov 2021


  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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