September Newsletter

September 2021

Welcome to our monthly newsletter. We are very excited to welcome you back to another school year and fill you in on upcoming events!

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

Theme for the Month: Change

"Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good but you may gain something better!”


As we begin our new school year, we are very aware of all the changes we have had to make. We continue to have our strategies in place to keep everyone safe. Some of us find change difficult and change can make us feel anxious. It is ok to feel this way. We know who we can talk to in school to help us deal with our feelings. We know how important it is to make time to communicate with one another to help us understand our feelings and to work through them.


We are very pleased to welcome everyone back for the new school year. We especially welcome our new families to Carnlough Integrated PS. The Primary One children have settled into school life with such ease, you should be very proud of them! Well done everyone!

Unfortunately, the news on case numbers doesn’t seem to be getting any better and so we kindly ask, that as soon as children are dropped off to school, parents avoid congregating or chatting. Mask wearing is encouraged when social distancing is difficult. We need to continue to do all we can to protect our pupils, staff, you, our families and vulnerable family members. The main school building and classrooms remain closed to all except our pupils, staff and visiting workers. We ask for complete cooperation with our procedures in school. If you require the class teacher, please email the teacher during working hours (8.30-4pm) or make contact via the school office to schedule an appointment. Teachers will endeavour to respond as soon as possible but will not be responding during teaching time.

We are grateful for your continued support and thank you for your patience and kindness. A strong home/school partnership is essential to ensure we all do our best for our most important people – our pupils!

Clothes labels

Please ensure items of school uniform are clearly marked with names/name tag. It is impossible to keep track of items if they are not clearly named.

Clothes Bin

We had our clothes recycling bin emptied a few times last year and were so pleased to receive money to boost our school funds so many thanks for your continued support. We would be grateful if you keep this in mind when clearing out clothes, materials, bedclothes, shoes etc.

Safeguarding Team

Our pupils’ care, safety and well-being is our top priority. Our whole school team are trained to support pupils in school and are led by Mrs O’Reilly as Designated Teacher, Miss Mulholland Deputy Designated Teacher, Ms N Barakat (Chair of Governors) and Mrs R McCormick (Safeguarding Governor).


Extra-curricular provision

We are grateful from all feedback provided by our parents and families. Something that was highlighted was the desire to get clubs up and running again. We are pleased to offer breakfast club beginning Mon 4th Oct at a small cost of 50p per child per day. Children may arrive from 8.20am.

Afterschools will also start on Mon 4th Oct. We are running a very simple timetable to begin with and hopefully as things ease we can offer a more extensive timetable.

P1/2 Art and Craft each Monday

P3/7 Brian Gym (Homework help, lego, construction, ICT) each Tuesday.

As always we continue to monitor, apply mitigations and ensure pupils and staff remain safe.


As we start the new year we ask that when doing the school run you are mindful of parking. We are fortunate to have a school crossing patrol. In order for the crossing patrol to operate successfully and safely cars should not double park, park on footpaths or park in a way the obstructs the view along the road. Carnlough village traffic has steadily increased over the years and we all have a responsibility to ensure our children get to and from school safely. Please ensure this message is passed onto any who picks up the children throughout the school week.

Attendance and Punctuality

This is a gentle reminder that school is open for children from 8.20am now that breakfast club is back in operation. Lessons begin at 8.50am. This is one of the changes we have kept from our Covid-19 mitigations. Children should be in school, ready to begin for 8.50am. This is essential to help them to be organised and ready and so they do not miss essential learning. All updated information from the PHA and associated departments detailing when a child should or should attend school has been emailed and is also available via the school website. All absences should be reported to school via a written note or phone call to the office. If a pupils’ attendance falls below 85% the Education Welfare Officer will contact parents/carers.


Cold and flu season is upon us! We kindly ask if each family could donate a box or two of tissues for the classrooms. These will be gratefully received!

Free School Meals

Every year lots of parents miss out on free school meals entitlement. If you meet the threshold criteria you can receive FSM. School also receives funding for this. Forms are completed online and need to be submitted to the EA as soon as possible. Until the school receives documentation from the EA that an application has been processed, parents are liable for the charge. Forms also available on EA website.


Congratulations to Taylor’s who welcomed a new arrival over the summer. Welcome baby Jonah!

Dates for the Diary!

  • Friday 1st October – Staff Development Day. No school for pupils
  • Breakfast club begins Monday 4th Oct from 8.20am – 50p per child per day
  • Afterschools begin Mon 4th Oct £1 per child per club
  • Maths Week 16th -24th October
  • Teacher email addresses for communication  Miss Mulholland Mrs McIlrath    Mrs O’Reilly

  • Halloween mid-term Mon 25th Oct – Fri 29th Oct incl.
  • School photographer Mon 1st Nov

Flu vaccinations by school nursing team Thurs 12th Nov (please return any outstanding forms asap)


  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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