Welcome to our monthly newsletter. We are very excited to fill you in on what has been happening in school in November and to let you know about our December events!

Theme for the Month: Respect

“Mutual respect is the foundation of genuine harmony.”

Dalai Lama

Showing respect for others is one of the most important values in the world. As an Integrated Primary School we display the value of respect through every aspect of our school day and throughout our school community. You show respect in many ways everyday that you may not even realise! By showing respect we are continuing to make our school a happy place. Being respectful is one of the key ingredients to being the best person you can be. We always try hard to show respect towards one another in school and at home too!

Flu Vaccination

Flu vaccinations are on 9th November 2017 and will be administered by the school nursing team.


Maths Week Ireland 2017

We will be celebrating Maths Week Ireland from the 16th to 20th October. Maths is all around us in all aspects of our lives. How much feed do the cattle need? What time is the bus at? What can I spend my pocket money on? Each class will be enjoying a week of fun and practical maths activities set by Mrs O’Reilly our resident Maths enthusiast! Maths makes your life add up!


£1 coins!

A gentle reminder that school will no longer except the old style round £1 coins after 13th October.


Sponsored Walk

Our sponsored walk to the Cranny Falls will take place on Saturday 14th October to raise money for our defibrillator. Everyone taking part should meet at school at 10am and refreshments will follow in the hall after the walk. Please remember there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothes so raincoats at the ready! Please also ensure children are accompanied by an adult.


Shoebox Appeal

We have been asked by the Carnlough Lions to take part in their annual shoebox appeal for the charity Road Of Hope. We had an assembly in school to show us the things that can be included and to tell us about the charity work. Information sheets will be sent home. If it is not feasible to complete a shoebox in your family, why not join with cousins or neighbours to do one together? Alternatively, if you have items that could be included, these can come into school to go into a box to send on.


Curriculum Evening

Many thanks to all the parents/carers who came to our curriculum evening. It was lovely to share with you some of the work that goes on in school. We truly value a good partnership between home and school and appreciate your continued support. If anyone has any audit sheets they can be returned to Mrs O’Reilly. As we stated on the night, our door is always open if you have any queries or need to speak to staff. We hope you found the evening useful.


Phonics Session

We are delighted to invite you to a Phonics session in Carnlough Library on Tuesday 17th October at 6.30pm. Along with our colleagues from our Shared Education Partnership, we will be facilitating a short presentation and session on phonics and reading for the parents/carers of children in the Foundation Stage (P1&2) This will be followed by a quick chat with Julie the library manager about the facilities available in the library to help our children to continue to develop a love of reading. Tea and coffee on arrival. Look forward to seeing you there!


Community Conversations

Letters went home to each family last week regarding the research being carried out by the University of Ulster on behalf of the Integrated Education Fund. This is our chance, as people who whole heartedly agree with the ethos and vision of an Integrated setting, to put forward our views and have our voices heard. If we think back to the wonderful work our children produced for their Integrated Education Month assembly in April you will agree with me that our children have a true understanding of what belonging to an integrated school is all about. Our children display this ethos each and everyday and this is our chance to ensure that this continues and we allow our children the chance to grow and learn together in a loving and nurturing environment. Parent meetings take place in Glenlough Community Centre on Wed 11th Oct and the public meeting is being held on Thurs 19th Oct at 7.00pm in the hotel. Let’s make our voices count!



  • Sponsored walk – Sat 14th October @10am
  • Community consultation meetings – Wed 11th Oct and Thurs 19th Oct @7pm Londonderry Arms
  • Parent Teacher interviews will take place week beginning Mon 23rd Oct – appointments to follow
  • P3/4 Shared Education @ Glenarm 11th and 18th Oct – remember welly boots!
  • P5/6/7 Shared Education day @ Carnalbanagh PS – 10th and 17th November
  • After school programme for Term 1 continues Tue to Thurs (break during Mid-term)
  • Staff Development day Friday 27th Oct 2017 – no school for pupils
  • Halloween Mid-term break 31st – 1st Nov incl. School returns on Thursday 2nd November
  • Please ensure children have PE shoes with them on their class PE days as this is a health and safety requirement


  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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