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- Published: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:19
Primary 5 were recently visited by the Northern Ireland Fire Service. The children were given a brief safety talk by the officers in class and then asked to complete an activity. The children really enjoyed and benefited greatly from this very worthwhile and educational annual visit. A special thank you was said to the Lurgan Branch of NI Fire Service who were fantastic in relaying their safety message.
Extra Curricular Activities are in full swing now that everyone is settled well into Term 1. The intrepid Half Marathoners have been training hard in the rain! There has been a great turn out of boys and girls over the last few weeks and Mrs Williamson and Mrs Carville are very impressed with the enthusiasm and skills of all those attending. We are hoping for a little dry spell for the next training session! Take a look through our photo gallery to see how the boys and girls are getting on:
Today we enjoyed having our first visitor into nursery. Debbie Dolittle from Tact brought in her special animals for us to see and touch. We learn't about what they eat and where they live. Take a look through our photo gallery to see how we got on:
The round pound goes out of circulation on 15 October 2017. We therefore wish to advise that we cannot accept any round pounds after Monday 09 October 2017 as this is our last banking day before the above date.
Please ensure from Tuesday 10 October all £1 coins sent into school are the new 12 sided coin.
Thanking you for your co-operation.
Our New School Eco Councils first task was to plant our Legacy Tree, provided by the Woodland Trust. We received this tree as we registered as a Tree Charter School. 800 years since the Charter of the Forest, the Woodland Trust launched ten principles to make up a Charter for Trees, Woods and People for the 21st century. The principles will form the bedrock of the new ‘Charter for Trees, Woods and People’ to be launched in November 2017, the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Charter of the Forest. This new charter aims to secure a brighter future for the nation’s woods and trees, and to protect the rights of all people in the UK to access the many benefits they offer.
This context of all this is that in November 1217, two years after Magna Carta was sealed by King John, his heir Henry III sealed the Charter of the Forest. The aim of this document was to protect the rights of free men to access and use the Royal Forests. The Charter of the Forest provides a window to a time in history when access to woods was integral to daily life. Being denied access for grazing livestock, collecting firewood and foraging for food was a real concern for the people of the 13th century.
Today, at a time when the UK may have tipped into deforestation with more trees being cut down than planted for the first time in 40 years, it is essential we act now as a nation to protect the future of trees and woods for people for generations to come.
From community woods across the UK, street trees in our cities, timber in our houses, to many ancient trees and woods with historical and cultural connections, trees and woods play an important part in our lives.
Whereas the historic Charter of the Forest in 1217 was signed by the King to grant rights to his subjects, the new Tree Charter will draw its strength from people power, with signatures from hundreds of thousands of people from across the UK.
The Tree Charter Principles articulate the relationship between people and trees in the UK in the 21st Century. The final Charter will provide guidance and inspiration for policy, practice, innovation and enjoyment, redefining the everyday benefits that we all gain from woods and trees in our lives, for everyone, from Government to businesses, communities and individuals.
Today P4G kicked off the class assemblies by performing in 'Our Rubbish Assembly.' The powerpoint we used is attached. The children spoke about our environment and how much waste we produce. They also gave suggestions and ideas on how we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and informed all of our pupils about the important work of our School Eco Council. Badges were presented to our new, 2017-18 School Eco Council who were voted for by their class mates.
The children all spoke very well and clearly.
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You will, NO doubt, be aware of the challenges facing all schools at the moment because of the budget cut backs. Therefore, to coin a very well known phrase, “EVERY LITTLE HELPS.”
We registered with easyfundriasing.org last year and are beginning to see the benefits. We currently have 53 ‘supporters,’ who, just by purchasing items online and ‘supporting our cause,’ have raised £90 for the school, at no extra cost to them. If we were to increase our number of supporters, then there is a huge potential to raise a lot more money for the school. There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva and Sainsbury's – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
Each child is school will get an information sheet along with 10 ‘promotion’ cards (also downloadable from this article). We would ask that you trim these and give them out to any family and friends – the more supporters, the more money raised!
To REGISTER: It's as easy as 1, 2, 3...
1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/waringstownprimaryschool/ and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
Primary 5 have been working very hard at home and in school researching Ancient Egypt. Thank you to the boys and girls for their hard work in producing these wonderful Factfiles about Ancient Egypt. Some wonderful facts … Mrs Peacocke and Mrs Williamson are always learning more too thanks to the children J
Everyone enjoyed presenting their factfiles to the rest of the class and their work is now on display in the classroom.
Primary 5 have been enjoying working in groups to investigate the properties of 3D shapes. The children are looking forward to finding these different shapes around their own homes. Click on the link below to see how they got on:
P4 have been doing lots of data handling activities over the past few weeks. Last week we focussed on Pictograms. We carried out a maths investigation where we created a whole class pictogram and then the children had to write questions about it. Other children in the class then had a chance to answer these questions. This really helped with our thinking skills and personal capabilities.
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