- Category: Newsletters
- Published: Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:12
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. We then had 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.
Our next stop 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.
Following this we 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 2018 and not 1940!
Click on the 'Read More' link to see pictures of our trip.
Primary 2 spent a lovely morning walking around the Waringstown village, observing the different types of homes and buildings. The children worked with a partner and together recorded their findings on their tick sheet. We even bumped into a friendly bunch of nursery children on a mission to get their snack J
Primary 1 are currently engaged in a Baby Topic. To help us with our topic we had a visit from beautiful baby Poppy and her lovely Mummy, Heather. The children discovered lots of new information about babies and learnt just how much a baby needs looked after and cared for. Heather was able to show the children a variety of items that Baby Poppy needs.
Thank you so much Heather and Poppy for coming to visit Primary 1. We loved having you both!
Today in assembly we presented our Eco Code competition winner with her prize (supplied by SUSTRANS). Numerous pupils throughout the school entered the 'design a new Eco Code' competition and recently the School Eco Council met to pick their 'top five' entries. These five were then looked at by some members of the school's SLT and a winner was chosen. The winning Eco Code is now displayed in every classroom and on our main Eco Board.
Thank you to all who participated in this competition.
The School ECO Council used some of their funds raised from last year's Second Hand Book sale to purchase bungee bouncers and therapy putty for our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils. Every year the School Eco Council raise funds which they put back into the school by buying what year groups and classes have requested.
Next Friday will be another School Eco School fundraiser, Ditch the Dark Day. Half of the money from this will be given to a charity and the other half will be used by the School Eco Council to purchase another set of resources for pupil use.
Ditch the Dark Day was supposed to be tomorrow, Friday 19 January. Due to the weather warning that has been put in place, we are postponing it until next Friday, the 26th January.
This is a day were we are encouraging our pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school. The previous note had said that children may ‘accessorize their uniforms in a bright and creative way.’ To make it easier, we have changed this to a full non-uniform day (wear bright clothing) and decorate any bikes and scooters in a bright, safe manner.
We will hold an assembly to discuss the importance of being bright and seen on darker days and prizes will be awarded to some pupils who make a special effort.
Parents are encouraged to actively travel with their children on the morning of Ditch the Dark Day.
This will be a fun day whilst highlighting the importance of being seen while travelling to school. We would ask for a small donation of £1 per pupil, which will be used by our School ‘Eco’ Council for ECO SCHOOL activities in the future.
Primary 2 structured play recently has been on their new topic Houses and Homes. Take a look through our photo gallery to see how the boys and girls have been getting on:
Please note school policy that in adverse weather conditions, such as today’s snow, we shall always strive to open.
Several staff do travel quite a considerable distance to school yet we were delighted to be able to open school today.
Mr McKittrick and I greatly appreciated the fact that a parent came to school this morning to help with the clearing of snow and to ensure that all access paths were safely gritted. That’s teamwork!
Children enjoyed a chance to play outside and to enjoy the snow at Break time so thank you for ensuring appropriate clothing and boots etc came to school this morning too.
Should the school have to close or be advised to close by DENI a message will appear on the BBC NI News schools closure list and our own website as early as possible.
Thank you for your support in all school matters.
Children from Primary 1 to Primary 7 enjoyed the recent fall of snow. They were all able to congregate on the large MUGA area to enjoy the fresh snow. Many snowmen were built and great fun was had by all! Take a look through our Snow Gallery:
Waringstown Primary School is open today, Wednesday 17 January. Please ensure children come appropriately dressed with scarves, hats etc. If coming to school in boots or wellies it's a good idea to send in a change of shoes for indoor use.