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Bligh's Lane
Nursery School

Bligh's Lane
Derry
BT48 9PJ

028 7126 7603
lwoodsblns@gmail.com

Evening and Weekend contact no's

Mrs Woods: 07564024879                                                           

Mrs O’ Doherty: 07564024308

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Monday
Dec042017

CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Christmas Newsletter 2017

 

MONTHLY THEME

The Theme for this month is Christmas.  There will be a Christmas table in each classroom, so please help your child to bring something ‘Christmas’ related into school. Please don’t send in anything that is breakable! Talk to your child about the Nativity story as we have suggested on your laminated sheet and help them to learn the songs that you know – especially the first verse of Away in a Manger, as it is very difficult for young children.

 

SONGS AND RHYMES

                                                              

Nativity songs 

Christmas Songs 

Here we go up to Bethlehem                         

Jingle Bells                

I was there on the night when Jesus came

When Santa got stuck up the Chimney

Away in a manger                                                       

Santa Claus is coming to town

Follow the Star                                                           

Silly Santa Song     

Angel Gabriel’s Song

Christmas Star

Shepherd’s Song

Father Christmas

 

NATIVITY PLAYS

The children perform a very simple Nativity Play each year. We do two performances on each day to

 make the seating arrangements more comfortable. The performance dates and times are:

 

           THURSDAY 7th  DECEMBER: Mrs Woods’ Class       

9.15 am  Red Group

10.00am Blue Group

           FRIDAY   8th   DECEMBER: Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class   

9.15am Green Group

 10.00 am Yellow Group

                                                                                                                     

The Children will get opportunities to try out the different Nativity parts during the weeks leading up to Christmas, and we need parents to understand that every part in the play is important because every child is important.  Some children will have a few words to say and it is important to remember that some children are comfortable talking in front of others and some are not – we do not want to upset any child so each child must be happy with their own part. We hold the play early in the morning before the children become tired and it usually lasts about 15 or 20 minutes at most. 

Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles etc. are very welcome to attend, but we do ask that other children

are not brought to the Nativity plays as this has proved to be very distracting for our small children in the past.  It is essential that the children are at school every day now unless they are very sick, as we will be learning the Nativity songs and talking about the play.  Cameras are allowed since all parents have signed their consent for photographs/videos to be taken of the Nativity Plays.

 

Prior to each performance we invite parents/grandparents to join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie in our multi-purpose room. We will hopefully have some of our governors there for you to meet.

 

We have all the costumes required for each child. However, we ask for parents to dress their children in either plain white or dark clothing dependent on their part. We will let you know soon what colour your child should wear.

 

 

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

The Primary One children and their teachers from St John’s Primary School will be invited to attend the dress rehearsals of the Nativity Plays if they don’t clash with their own performances. It will be lovely for us to see last year’s children again and it will be good for our children to have an ‘audience’ before the ‘big day’!

 

Santa Claus will visit the school on Wednesday 20th  December during class times and each child will receive a gift.   Both classes sit together in the hall for Santa’s visit and the children go up to see him one by one (If you think your child will be afraid of Santa, let us know so that we can seat him/her further away – if a child doesn’t want to go up to Santa, he hands the child his/her present from a safe distance!). We will take a photograph of every child with Santa.

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER

The children will have ‘Christmas Dinner’ in school with all the trimmings on Wednesday 13th December.

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY APPEAL

During the Christmas season we help the children to understand the importance of giving rather than receiving.  There has been a tradition in the school each year that the parents bring items of groceries, toiletries, small toys, books or clothes etc. to donate to needy families on behalf of the families in the school.  Parents have been very generous in the past and we know that this year will be no exception.  Bring what you can into school as soon as you can and before Friday 15th  December. We will take what has been collected to St Mary’s Chapel on Monday 18th December.  The staff will walk up to the Chapel with the children. A priest from the parish and a representative from the St Vincent De Paul Society welcome the children, each child then leaves a small ‘gift’ (i.e. something that you have brought in) in front of the crib and we all sing our Nativity songs.  Parents / grandparents are welcome to attend this little ceremony, which will begin at 12.50pm, and then all children should be collected from the Chapel at 1.15pm.

The staff would like to thank parents in advance for their generosity on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society, who will ensure that your donations are distributed to those in need this Christmas.

 

CHARITY CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATIONS

We are selling crocheted Christmas tree decorations in aid of the Children’s Cancer Unit Northern Ireland. Some local ladies have been busy crocheting all year to help out this very worthy cause. The decorations cost £1.50 and would make a great stocking filler!

 

ELF ON THE SHELF

Santa has sent an Elf to each room in Bligh’s Lane Nursery. The Elf will be watching the children and reporting back to Santa every day. The Elf hides in different places each day, they could be in the class, cloakroom, carpark- the children need to be on their best behaviour EVERYWHERE!

 

 

 

FACEBOOK

Search for Bligh’s Lane Nursery School on Facebook. You will find updates about things that  

are going on, photos and reminders. Like and share our page with parents who have young

children who will be of pre-school age in the coming years.                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT TO CREGGAN LIBRARY

The children will visit Creggan Library to hear some Christmas stories on the following dates:

   

    -Mrs Woods’ Class: Monday 11th December

 

    -Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class: Wednesday 13th December

 

EXTENDED SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

We have had a very positive response with regard to this programme from children and parents. The Extended Schools programme will not run on the week of 11th or   18th  December, as we will be very busy with Christmas preparation.

Extended Schools will resume after Christmas on the 8th January for Mrs Woods’ Class. There will always be a poster on the door on the way out of the school that will tell you which class stays for Extended Schools each week.

 

BIG BEDTIME READ

We have had a very successful start to our Big Bedtime Read initiative with the large majority of families borrowing reading packs regularly. We will continue to lend the packs during December but ask for all packs to be returned on the 15th December. We will resume lending on the 5th January 2018 and we would really appreciate help during this month. A sign-up sheet is available in the hall.

 

LAST DAY OF TERM AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

Wednesday 20th   December will be the last day of term. The children should be collected at 11.30 am.

The school will be closed to the children on Thursday 21st December and we will see you all again on Thursday 4th January 2018 .

 

 

The staff would like to thank all our parents for their support to date and to wish you all very Merry Christmas! We have had a lovely term with all of the children and we have seen so much progress already.

 

 

NURSERY AND PRIMARY APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

If you have (or know of) a child due to start Nursery in September 2018 i.e. 3 years old on or before 2nd July 2018, please inform a member of staff or telephone 71267603. Parents should also contact their preferred Primary School in order to obtain an application form for Primary One – forms are available NOW!

 

DECEMBER  BIRTHDAYS

 


    Oisin Bryson McDaid   4th   

    Jake Duffy                   16th  

    Kevin Quigley   23rd   

    Niamh Monaghan      29th  

 


                    

 

 

PARENTS:

 

LOTS TO REMEMBER DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!

 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS WOODS’ CLASS: THURSDAY 7TH

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS: FRIDAY 8TH

    

MRS WOODS’ CLASS LIBRARY VISIT:   MONDAY 11TH

     

MRS O’ DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT: WEDNESDAY 13TH

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: WEDNESDAY 13TH

 

                           ST MARY’S CHAPEL: MONDAY 18TH  

 

            SANTA: WEDNESDAY 20TH       

 

         LAST DAY OF TERM: WEDNESDAY 20TH

          (Children to be collected AT 11.30 AM)

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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