OCTOBER 2017

Annual Outing We have now paid the final payment for our Annual Outing to the Grand Opera House on Wednesday 10th January 2018. I am sure we will once again have an excellent time. Please ensure all outstanding payments are sent in immediately.

School Tour Primary 6 and 7 Details of this year’s tour to Edinburgh are now with parents. All deposits should be with Mrs Logan by Monday 2nd October 2017 so that final numbers can be confirmed to the Tour Operator.

Breakfast Club This club is once again proving to be very popular. Could I remind all parents that children should not come to the Club before 8.05 a.m. and entrance must be no later than 8.25 a.m. Children will then leave the club at 8.40 a.m. to line up. The cost is £1.50 daily and various healthy cereals and toast is on offer, together with breakfast juice or milk.

P1 Primary 1 children will be staying until 1.55 p.m. each day from Monday 2nd October 2017.

Dinner Money Could I please remind all parents that dinner money is paid on a Monday morning only. Dinners are £2.60 per day.

Free School Meals If you feel you are entitled to free school meals please contact the office urgently for a form to apply.

Labelling of Clothing It has once again come to my attention that children do not have names on formal uniform and indeed P.E. uniform. It is very difficult for the school to trace lost property and prove ownership when labelling is not present. Could I ask that all items of clothing worn to school be labelled clearly with the child’s full name as other children can have the same initials. Also could you please check that all items belong to your child and if you find this is not the case please return them to Mrs Logan. Thank you.

Dogs in School In line with the Education Authority (N.E. Region) Policy it is no longer permitted to have dogs in the school building or indeed in the Playground.

Car Parking Safety/Leaving/Collecting of Children Thank you to all for operating the one-way system for leaving and collecting children. I know this will greatly improve the safety of all pedestrians. Could I also point out that congestion would also be eased in the mornings if parents settled their children in the playground and then left. This would also develop your child’s independence. It is also noticeable that some parents are bringing children in through the school car-park gate, in the interests of safety this is not permitted. I would also ask that parents do not park and block the car-park entrance for staff. Please also remember that parents should wait at the top end of the playground to collect children in the afternoon.

P1 Intake – September 2018 During November we will be inviting those parents who have registered an interest in their child coming to Primary 1 in September 2018 to our “Open Week”. If you have a child who will be starting Primary 1 in September 2018, please give their name to Mrs Logan as soon as possible. Thankyou.

Appointments I realise that hospital appointments are generally during the school day and are of a more urgent nature, however, unless it is an emergency, could appointments for Doctor’s, Dentist’s or Optician’s please be made outside of school hours, or as near the end of the school day as is possible. Thank you for your support.

Jewellery The school operates a “No Jewellery Policy” with the exception of a watch. It is noticeable that some children are wearing earrings! This is a health and safety issue and a note from a parent indicating that they will take responsibility for the wearing of the earrings is not legally acceptable. I would ask for your support in the removal of earrings/rings etc.

Parent/Teacher Interviews The school will be closing at 1:00 p.m. on Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Friday 27th October to accommodate parental interviews. An invite will be sent to you shortly.

Library I would like to take this opportunity of thanking those parents who volunteered to come in and “staff” the Library. Library visits from classes will start week commencing 9th October.

Complaints Procedure Whilst we as a School would seldom have complaints it is hoped that any problems can be solved by informal contact between parents and the School Principal. However, it is a requirement of the Department of Education that we inform you that where a parent feels that a matter should be progressed further, then the following people should be contacted in the order shown. 1. The Principal. 2. The Chairperson of the Board of Governors. 3. The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO). Should you wish to have a copy of our Parental Complaints Procedure please contact the school office. Safeguarding/Child Protection Any parent wishing a copy of the school’s Safeguarding/Child Protection Policy please contact the school office. Just a reminder that our Designated Teacher for Child Protection is Mr Purdy and our Deputy Designated Teacher is Mrs McNair. The Designated Governor who has responsibility for safeguarding is Mrs McCann.

P.T.A. Events Once again we are looking forward to working with our PTA Committee in the incoming year. Unfortunately, we have not been able to fill all of the positions on this Committee. I would appeal to any parent who would be willing to take on the role of Chairperson or Treasurer, to contact the School immediately. Without these positions being filled we may not be able to provide the same quantity or quality of events for our children as in previous years.

PRIZE DONATIONS For fund raising events we look for various offers of prizes. If you know of anyone, or indeed any company, who would like to donate prizes or offer sponsorship of events during the year, please let me know. Thank you also to all of those parents who have donated unwanted new gifts for prizes during the year. Anyone who has gifts large or small which they feel would be suitable please leave these with Mrs Logan.

Harvest We are holding the Annual Harvest Assembly on Friday 20th October 2017. This event is part of our normal assembly programme and is for pupils only. A separate note will follow as to our Harvest giving this year.

Sponsored Bounce We are holding our Sponsored Bounce on Friday 27th October 2017. This is our annual fund-raising event and it gives us an opportunity to raise funds for the school and for various charities. Bouncy Castles will be in place, and your child will have the opportunity to “bounce” with their class and be sponsored for the number of bounces achieved. We hope to make this as successful as previous years so we ask that you encourage pupils to collect sponsors from known friends or relations. We do not have a licence to allow children to collect from door to door so we ask that you assist us in making sure this does not happen. Sponsor forms will be issued in the next few weeks. Thank you for your anticipated support. Please note that only one child will be on a bouncy castle at any given time.

Thank You We as a School are very grateful to Mr & Mrs Finn for providing the Bouncy Castles free of charge for the above event and indeed at our School Fairs. We can only suggest and recommend them to you as parents, should you wish to book any equipment of this type. Mrs Logan can provide a contact number.

HOLIDAYS/DATES TO NOTE OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

20th Harvest Assembly

23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th October – School Closes at 1.00 p.m. to accommodate Parent/Teacher Interviews

25th School Disco (evening) – P1 – P3 – 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. and P4 – P7 – 7.15 – 8.15 p.m.

27th Sponsored Bounce – School will close at 2.00 p.m. for the Halloween holidays.

30th October – 2nd November (inc) Halloween Holidays

DECEMBER

Friday 1st December – 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. – School Fair with Santa’s Grotto

Tuesday 12th December at 10.00 a.m. – Primary 1 and Primary 2 Christmas Performance

Tuesday 12th December at 7.00 p.m. – Primary 3 and Primary 4 Christmas Performance

Thursday 14th December at 1.00 p.m. – Primary 5, 6 and 7 – Carol Service in St. Colman’s Church

Thursday 14th December – early closing of school at 2.00 p.m.

Wednesday 20th December – School closes at 12.15 p.m. for Christmas Holidays

JANUARY

3rd – School reopens

10th – Grand Opera House – 12.15 p.m. start for those children going to Opera House.