- Category: Newsletters
- Published: Thursday, 07 February 2019 10:38
The Annual School Book Fair will be in School from Tuesday the 05 February until Thursday the 14 February 2019.
The Book Fair will be open daily in the School Mall from 8.45am to 4.30pm. Please note however that the Book Fair will be closed during Break and Lunch Time. All children will get an opportunity to browse the books during class time.
"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." — Jacqueline Kennedy
Primary 5 recently hosted a whole school assembly to highlight the importance of Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday 05 February 2019. It is a chance for our whole school community to think about how we use the internet and how we can be kind and respectful to others, as well as keeping ourselves safe while using it. Primary 5 reminded everyone of how there are many ways to go online and also of all the favourite apps they may use. They told the story of Zap and Zoom who enjoyed using the internet but needed to make the correct choices. Primary 5 finished their assembly by reminding everyone of the following points:
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
If you’re unsure or need further support then speak to an adult for help and advice.
If what you’re doing online might affect somebody else, always ask their permission first.
If you’re sure you’re happy with what will happen next then it’s okay to say yes.
If something makes you worried, uncomfortable or upset it’s always okay to say no.
This week, Primary 1 have been learning all about baby animals. On Friday we had a surprise visit from Mrs Gordon and her puppy, Bonnie. Bonnie is a Llapso-poo and is only 10 weeks old! We were able to prepare questions so as we could ask Mrs Gordon all about Bonnie. One of our questions was, “What does she like to eat?” and another “Does she have a favourite toy?”. We all got a chance to pet Bonnie and she even tried to lick some of our fingers!! Mrs Gordon also brought lots of things that Bonnie needs and we saw her sitting, giving her paw and getting some treats.
Thank you Mrs Gordon and Bonnie for coming to visit us, we really enjoyed ourselves and learnt so much.
Happy Healthy Kids is an Education Authority Initiative which aims to increase parents' understanding of the benefits of exercise for preschool children and encouraging them to increase the amount of time spent on physical activity and reducing screen time at home. The key focus of this theme is on physical activity.
Within our setting, staff are observing, assessing and skillfully planning for each child's physical, social and emotional development every day. Staff identify skills to be developed and provide the right balance of challenge and support to help each child progress. This programme aims to raise awareness of the importance of physical exercise, the range of skills young children need to develop and how these impact on future learning. We will look at fine and gross motor skills and discuss ways to develop these in school and at home.
There will be an information session for parents/carers on Tuesday 26 February at 6.30pm about the Happy Healthy Kids Programme. This will be a very informal chance to have a tea / coffee, to look at the resources and be provided with a short overview of how the programme works.
As part of this programme, parents (or grandparents!) will also be invited to a Stay and Play Session in the Nursery on Thursday 14 March at 10.30am. This will take place before the Nursery Sponsored Cycle, which has been arranged for 11.15am on the same day. More information to follow!
We would ask all parents to please complete the anonymous questionnaire which has been sent home with your child and return it to the Nursery by Friday 01 February 2019.
Mrs C Emerson
Mr C McCambley
Primary 5 have been busy working in class on their Egyptian Powerpoints. The children worked together in groups to compile slides which include information, facts and pictures on the Egyptians. They presented their powerpoints to each P5 class. Mrs Williamson and Mrs Peacocke were very pleased with the completed projects. Please click on the link below to view P5W's Powerpoint. Revisit our website to view P5P's.
We are into the fourth month of our 'Wrigley Litter Less Campaign' and today four more of our P7 girls went out to litter pick inside and outside of our school grounds. With the builders being onsite, a lot of our grounds and currently inaccessible, although we still managed to bag some litter on the adjoining laneway at the bottom of the path and at the Windsor Lodge entrance. Today the girls collected one bin-liner (6kg) of litter.
As an Ambassador Eco School we are delighted to be involved in such a campaign, which is a joint initiative of the Wrigley Company Foundation and FEE, currently running in 15 countries. We want to not only reduce litter but also change long term behaviour.
Our new mud kitchen which was in action today with the children busy making soup, mud pies and buns! The mud kitchen was funded by the proceeds from the Nativity ticket sales.
The children in Nursery had lots of fun in the snow, pulling each other on the sledge, exploring and making footprints and trying to build a snowman! They kept warm around the firepit and enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows!
In preparation for our World Around Us topic, "Life in the Recent Past," which includes the war years, P4 made a visit to the Palace Stables in Armagh. We were evacuees for the day and enjoyed a day steeped in the 1940's! We started off with an interactive discussion about how WW2 actually started which was very informative.
The classes were separated and went to different activities; One was an interactive information session looking at the contents of an evacuee's suitcase and learning about what life was like in homes during the war as well as looking at gas masks for babies and children.
Another station was into a 1940's school room - very different to our own where children were "seen and not heard." Here we made our identity cards and personal labels which would have been with us at all times on our evacuation.
We also met "Sergeant Balton," the GI soldier from Texas. He told us what his job was like and trained a few of us on our gun handling. He even gave us some nicknames, just like he said it was in the army.
In another room, we met the evacuation officer, Mr Smyth. He told us all about how and why evacuation took place. He also told us about the importance of "black outs" for homes and air raid shelters to keep us safe from German bombs. We even visited an air raid shelter in the grounds of the Palace Stables. He made some of us wardens, who kept the rest of the class in order.
We enjoyed a picnic lunch before heading back to school.
This day has really made us excited for all that we will be studying in World Around Us! While it was great fun we are all glad however, that we live in 2019 and not 1940!
Click on the 'Read More' link to see pictures of our trip.