WELCOME to Waringstown Primary School


Covid-19 Update

Dear Parent,

In addition to information already provided please note the following:

  • See summary grid below advising on courses of action in various scenarios
  • COVID-19 Symptoms reminder

A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

A new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

A loss of or change in sense of smell or taste

Gastrointestinal Symptoms (diarrhoea and vomiting)

  • Often parents contact school about whether or not a child should be sent to school as the child has a ‘cold’. In simple terms – if the child has a new cough of any sort (or a temperature) please err on the side of caution and do not send them to school.

What to do if …

Action Needed …

My Child has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Self-isolate
  • Get a test
  • Inform school immediately about test result

My child tests positive for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Inform school immediately about the test result
  • Self-isolate for at least 10 days

My child tests negative for coronavirus

  • Do not come to school – until all symptoms clear. If one of the symptoms is a high temperature. The pupil must stay at home for 48 hours after the first recorded ‘normal’ reading.
  • Inform school immediately about the test result

Somebody in my household has coronavirus symptoms

  • Do not come to school
  • Household member to get a test
  • Inform school immediately about the test result

Somebody in my household has tested positive with coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Inform school immediately about the positive test result
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

The track and trace scheme/app has identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms of confirmed coronavirus

  • Do not come to school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days

My child has travelled abroad and has to self-isolate as part of the quarantine procedures

  • Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed – Do not come to school
  • Self-isolate for 14 days
  • Provide information to the school as per attendance policy


Staff or pupils in my child’s bubble have tested positive

  • Do not come to school
  • Everyone in the bubble must self-isolate for 14 days
  • Take a test


All Ireland Lego Competition

 We were delighted to learn that two of our pupils came third in an ALL IRELAND LEGO COMPETITION, in which they had to design an NHS Hospital. We also love how these two brothers worked together to complete this. Well done boys.


Re-start Birthday cakes

Dear parents

This year, with the additional precautions in place, we ask that Birthday cakes are NOT sent into school for the class.

We know that this is a lovely part of the Birthday routine. However, we ask for your full co-operation this year.

Thank you.

C McCambley


School Packed Lunches in August

Dear Parents

We seek to remind you that the School Kitchen does NOT operate in August. Therefore, children in P2 – P7 will require a Break and a Packed Lunch from home in August upon their re-start.

The school kitchen will start preparing Packed Lunches from Tuesday 01 September.

Further details to follow soon regarding the EduSpot App which will enable you to order and pay for school meals and trips etc.

NB The school is cashless from here on in and CANNOT accept money as a means of payment.

C McCambley (Principal)

Re-start Procedures

Following the 'Northern Ireland Re-opening Schools Guidance: New School Day (Version 2),' published by the Department of Education yesterday, we have updated our re-start procedures accordingly. 

Please find a PDF attached.

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Note regarding Restart

Dear parents


As a school we await the Minister of Education’s final guidelines to schools (due Thursday 13 August).


We will publish our own detailed plan with start dates and re-start information thereafter.


C McCambley



Seesaw...Preparing for August 2020

Dear parents,

First of all, a massive thank you for working alongside us as we’ve tried to provide you with learning materials and guidance during this time. Seesaw has been a fantastic way for us to communicate with each of you and we plan to use it as we move forward into the 2020-21 Academic year.

When you pick up your child’s materials on Monday 29 June, along with books and reports, you’ll also find a note regarding Seesaw and a new QR code for your child’s next class. Please get this set up as soon as possible so that it’s ready for August.

In order for this to run smoothly, we will be ‘archiving’ the class on Friday. If you wish to download a zip folder of your child’s account from this year, follow the instructions in this link https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/208754866-How-do-parents-download-a-zip-archive-of-their-child-s-work-

Thank you once again for your continued support and understanding.

Mr Gault

(Vice principal)

Final Pick-up - MONDAY 29 JUNE

Dear Parents,

On Monday 29th June the school will be open between 9.30am and 3pm for you to pick up your child’s books, report and new Seesaw QR code for their next class.

Nursery - P3 folders are set out in the Mall and P4 - P7 folders are set out in the assembly hall. (Tables are clearly labelled). Please follow the instructions regarding setting up the new Seesaw account as soon as possible (The one you'll have been using up until this point will have been archived)

We would ask that you continue to respect the 2 metre social distancing guidance that’s in place and come and go as quickly as possible.

Could we also ask that if you need to return any reading books or any other resources that belong to the school, that you clearly label them and leave them on the table where you pick up your own child’s resources from? This will help staff get resources prepared for August.

Many thanks in anticipation of your continued support.

Mr Gault

(Vice principal)

Final Learning Packs

Dear parents

I trust that you and your families are keeping well and staying safe.

As happened previously, the Learning Packs will have to be collected from school and with this is mind the main School Mall will be open on Friday 29 May (9.30am – 3.00pm) and again on Monday 01 June (9.30am - 3.00pm). We ask that you simply collect the final Learning Pack from the school Central Mall, avoiding conversation with any other parents in the building at that time. There should be no more than two adults in the Central Mall at any time, so please be vigilant and observe social distancing rules. (The Mall doors will be off the Buzzer System so access is more straight forward enabling you to enter and leave the building with ease).

Nursery parents will also receive a SeeSaw code from Mrs Emerson. For those nursery children who have a sibling in the school, the SeeSaw code is in their sibling's pack. All other SeeSaw codes can be collected from the designated Nursery Table at the top end of the Mall.

We have Key Worker children in school so we ask that you DO NOT move to the classrooms or attempt to speak with staff who may be in the building. It is vital at this time that we avoid contact with other people. Later in the month we will have any outstanding class books etc ready for collection along with an End of Year Report.

My Board of Governors, staff and I extend very best wishes to each member of the Waringstown Primary School community.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all.

C McCambley


Post Primary School Admissions 2020/21

Dear Parents of Primary 7 Pupils

Re: Post Primary School Admissions 2020/21 

The Education Authority has taken the decision to prepare and issue notification of post primary placement letters on behalf of schools to parents / guardians for receipt on Thursday 04 June 2020.   The letter will provide: the application outcome, information on the appeals process and links to the EA website for more information.

Should you not receive a letter from the Education Authority informing you of your child’s next school, or if you would like to speak to someone about your child’s placement, please contact the school on Thursday 04 June (9.00am – 12 noon). 

Yours faithfully

C McCambley