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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

Monday
Jan052015

January Newsletter

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

January Newsletter 2015

 

             Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a peaceful Christmas and the staff would like to wish all the children and their parents a very Happy New Year.  Welcome back to your second term in Bligh’s Lane Nursery School! Thank you for all your support to date – especially to all those who attended the Nativity plays – this meant a lot to the children. 

 

 

Nursery School Applications (2015)

If you have a child (or know of a child) due to start Nursery in September 2015 (i.e. 3 years old on or before 2nd July), and you have not already applied for a nursery place, please do so as soon as possible.  The application forms are now available. Children DO NOT have to live in Creggan in order to apply to our school, but they DO have to be resident in the North. The closing date for application forms is Wednesday 14th January, 2015 at 12 noon.

 

Primary School Applications (2015)

Parents should have obtained an application form from their preferred Primary School for admission to Year 1 in September 2015. The closing date for Primary school applications forms is also 14th January.

 

 

Monthly Theme

The general theme for this month will be ‘Winter’.  As the children will be learning about Arctic and Antartic animals, if you have any penguins or Polar bears please bring them in for the Interest Tables.  The Key Words that the children will be learning this month are: Igloo; Inuit (formally ‘Eskimo’); Polar Bear; Penguin; Ice Cubes; Ice Berg; Icicle; Freeze; Melt; Frost and Snowflake.

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Science

During this month the children will also learn about the effects of snow and frost, and about the process of melting and freezing.

 

 

 

 

 

Songs and Rhymes

 

Funny Little Snowman                         Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake

The Penguin Song                                           Georgie Porgie

5 Little Snowmen Fat                                      The Muffin Man

The Snowball                                                   Incy Wincy Spider (Winter Version)

The Winter Song                                             Three Little Kittens

 

How you can help to reinforce our Winter Theme

 

Children learn much, much more if their parents take an interest in what they are learning at school. Please read your Language Letter and try some of the suggestions on it. Look on the Internet for information or videos about Inuit, igloos, penguins and other Arctic and Antarctic animals etc. and if you find a good site let us know so we can share it with all the children. If you don’t have access to the internet at home you can use the computers in the Creggan Library – they will also have lots of books for you to share with your child

 

Breakfast Rota

Our Breakfast Rota starts this month and will continue until the end of the year. Each class would need one parent each day to help children with breakfast and clear it away.  The children do most of this themselves now but they LOVE having mammy or daddy in school. The time commitment would be 8.45 -10.00am approximately – but parents can stay as long as they like. Grandparents are welcome too! If you are interested ask your child’s teacher to explain how it all works. Last year’s parents really enjoyed the opportunity to see what goes on in the nursery on a normal day.   

 

“Come Dine with Me!!!!”

Mammy and /or daddy can now come and join us for dinner! You will be able to see how the dinner routine works and how well the children can sit and eat. You can sit beside your own child and eat with us – just speak to your child’s teacher to arrange a day that suits you. Mrs Gillen’s class start dinner at 11.45am and Mrs O’Doherty’s class start about 10 minutes afterwards. Dinner usually lasts about 30 minutes. We are really looking forward to you all joining us as last years’ parents really enjoyed this opportunity.

 

Some Reminders:

 

Dress Warmly!

-Please remember to dress your child for the weather conditions – they need warm coats, hats, scarves and MITTENS (if possible- better and easier than gloves) every day. We only put on the school coats if it’s very wet or snowing. Also, begin to teach your child how to zip up his/her coat – this helps children to get ready for outdoor play more quickly. Also, ‘thank you’ for remembering not send children into school wearing shoes with laces last term!!!

 

 

Extended Schools Programme  

Mrs Gillen’s Class will stay for this week only since they didn’t get two weeks before Christmas. Mrs O’ Doherty’s class will stay for their next two-week block beginning Monday 12th. Please read the Poster on the porch door each week so that you know which class is staying late, and keep the attached timetable in a safe place.

 

Mobile Phone Numbers 

All parents should have received their class teacher’s mobile number. If you need to contact the school always ring the landline first. Mrs Gillen and Mrs O’ Doherty will have their school mobile phones with them at all times so you can contact us if you need to in the evenings or at weekends. PLEASE make sure that you let us know if you change your mobile number:

Mrs Gillen’s number is: 07564024879                                                           

Mrs O’ Doherty’s number is: 07564024308

 

 

St. Vincent de Paul

Thank you all so much for the gifts you brought for the St. Vincent de Paul Appeal, you were exceptionally generous this year, and we hope you enjoyed the little ceremony at the chapel.

 

Another ‘Thank you’

Thanks to the parents who have been so supportive in helping develop their children’s language skills. We have received photos, emails, pictures and lots of comments in the Comments books from some parents. Remember, everyone, time spent Talking to your child now will make a huge difference when your child starts Primary 1.

 

Birthdays This Month      

 

 

Kayleigh Millar    1st                Kaitlin Green        14th

 

Conor Dalzell       19th             Lily Ann Kearney 22nd             Tyler Millar          22nd

 

Ellie Ward            23rd             Eve Coll               24th             Emily Doherty     26th

 

Paige Mc Kinney-Duddy                   29th                                                                                                      

 

 

 

Wednesday
Nov262014

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

Christmas Newsletter 2014

 

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. 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.  Class performances will be on the following 

dates:

 

  MONDAY 15TH   DECEMBER      9.30 am           Mrs Gillen’s Class

 

TUESDAY 16TH   DECEMBER     9.30 am          Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class

 

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.

 

On the morning of your child’s Play please dress your child as below:

             Girls should wear white vests, pants and tights (or socks)

             Boys should wear any type of dark-coloured top and bottoms

 

We have all the costumes required for each child.

 

 

 

 

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 Thursday 18th 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. This is the last day of school before Christmas, we will have our Christmas party before Santa arrives, and all the children should be collected at 12.00 Noon. 

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER

The children will have ‘Christmas Dinner’ in school with all the trimmings on Thursday 11th 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 Monday 15th December. We will take what has been collected to St Mary’s Chapel on Wednesday 17th 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.

 

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Every Christmas the parents in this school bring presents for the staff – and of course this is very much appreciated. We feel that it is too much to expect parents to buy presents for staff.  You all have your own family to buy fo which is much more important. We would be delighted if every child brought the staff a Christmas card – this would mean a lot.  Thank you.

 


Visit to Creggan Library

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

   

    -Mrs O’ Doherty’s Class: Tuesday 9th December

 

    -Mrs Gillen’s Class: Wednesday 10th 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 15th December, as it will be a very busy week.

 

You will receive a new Extended Day Timetable after Christmas and remember, 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.

 

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

The school will be closed to the children on Friday 19th December and we will see you all again on Monday 5th January 2015.

 

 

 

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 2015

If you have (or know of) a child due to start Nursery in September 2015 i.e. 3 years old on or before 2nd July, 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!

 

 

GOOD BYE AND HELLO!

Sadly, it will be Miss Owen’s last day in our nursery on Friday 5th December. She has been here since February covering Mrs Meehan’s maternity leave. We wish her well and hope that we may see her again soon. Mrs Meehan will have to leave baby Jack and return to work on Monday 8th December!

 

 

CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAYS

  

    Aoife Monaghan         4th

    Rebecca Kelly             15th  

                    

 

 

PARENTS:

 

LOTS TO REMEMBER DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!

 

 

 

MRS O’ DOHERTY’S CLASS LIBRARY VISIT:   TUESDAY 9TH     

MRS GILLEN’S CLASS LABRARY VISIT:   WEDNESDAY 10TH

 

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: THURSDAY 11TH

 

 

    ST MARY’S CHAPEL: WEDNESDAY 17TH

 

 

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS GILLEN’S CLASS: MONDAY 15TH

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS:TUESDAY 16TH

 

 

SANTA AND CHRISTMAS PARTY: THURSDAY 20th (Children to be collected by 12.00 Noon)

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov112014

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

November Newsletter

 

MONTHLY THEME

The theme for this month is ‘Autumn’.  Please let your child bring in anything that is Autumn related e.g., leaves, berries, chestnuts bare branches etc.

 

SONGS AND RHYMES

- Autumn Leaves are falling down                  - Little Owl, Little Owl

- Mr Bear, Mr Bear                                           - Goldilocks Rhyme

- Five Little Leaves                                          - Harry the Hedgehog

- Flutter, Flutter Little Bat                                - More Nursery Rhymes

 

Your Songs and Rhymes sheet will be in your child’s Library Bag at the start of each month – please remember to practice them every night!

 

 HALLOWE’EN PARTY

Thank you all for making such an effort to dress the children for the party and thank you to the parents who brought some treats in for the children to share – we all had a lovely day and the children were excellent!

 

OBSERVING THE IMMEDIATE ENVIRONMENT

Our theme is all about Autumn this month. We will encourage the children to notice changes to the trees and they will also learn about the environments of Owls, Hedgehogs and Squirrels. Children learn so much from their environment so be sure to talk to them about the trees and leaves on your way to school

 

 EARLY MATHEMATICAL EXPERIENCES

As you will have already noticed on the ‘monthly planner’ on the Parents’ Notice Board, we will focus on ‘leaf’ and ‘circle’ shapes this month.  The children will gather and sort leaves according to shape and size.  You should see this reflected in art activities that are prepared for the children. You wil find some more ideas to help with maths on your new Language sheet

 

 EXTENDED SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

The Extended Schools programme will begin on Monday 10th November. You have all been given timetables so please keep them handy. Mrs Aislinn Hodgett and Mrs Tara Mc Kenna will run the breakfast club and Mrs Hodgett and Miss Patricia Fullerton will run the Extended day. Remember, the extended hours are offered two days per week, are flexible and children can be collected any time before 2.30 p.m.  If you are also collecting a child from St John’s Primary School, please come for your Nursery child first. The Extended day will be ‘action-packed’ so it is really important that your child is in bed early so he/she is well rested for the next school day.

 

LAMINATED LANGUAGE SHEETS

Please make sure your Meg and Mog sheet has been returned as we need them for next year. You will find a new sheet in your child’s library bag each month.

 

Sick Children

Children should NOT be brought to school if they are sick, on antibiotics or have been up all night coughing or vomiting. As an adult you would not be able to go to work if you were sick or got no sleep. This is school – not child-minding – so please keep your child at home so that he/she can rest and recover. Thank you to the parents who have been doing this already.

 

PARENT / TEACHER MEETINGS

It was lovely to get a chance to talk to all our parents and to get such positive comments from you all. I hope you found this positive experience also, and remember you can talk to us at any time if you have any worries or concerns.

 

FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL VISIT

Our first visit will be to St Columb’s Park for an Autumn Walk  on Friday 7th November. Normal class times will apply.   There is always great excitement about going in the bus! The children will explore the park and then have a chance to play on the swings and slides.  We will be back in time for dinner – tired and hungry!

 

OUTDOOR PLAY

As the teachers have explained at the Parent/Teacher meetings, the children will now be able to enjoy outdoor play no matter what the weather is like!  Outdoor play is essential for a child’s development and part of the Nursery Curriculum. The children are learning to put on the all-in-one coats but please remember – SHOES WITH VELCRO TAPES OR BOOTS for school every day.

 

 

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

 

 Callum Mc Laughlin        1st            Dylan Doherty                 3rd

 

 Corey O’ Hagan             7th             Nicole O’ Kane               15th     

 

 Aoife Mullan                    19th         Cadán Cooley                   19th

 

Brayden Mc Ginley          23rd  

Wednesday
Sep172014

September/October Newsletter

                Bligh’s Lane Nursery School  

 

              September / October Newsletter

                 

Welcome!

The Staff would like to welcome all the parents and children and wish them a very happy year in Bligh’s Lane Nursery School. 

 

Each month you will receive a newsletter like this one, which will inform you about school events, visitors, and the areas of the curriculum that we will focus on with the children.  It is a good idea to keep your newsletter in a prominent place as a reminder.  It will also be displayed on the Parents Notice Board (located in the Hall between the two classrooms).

 

 

Theme for the Month (September – Mid- October)

This month’s theme is ‘Getting to Know You’. We spend a lot of time this month getting to know each other – staff, children and parents.  Parents can help by talking to their child about his/her teacher’s name and that of her assistant and by giving us as much information as possible about their child so that the staff can best meet the children’s needs. 

 

 

 

Songs and Rhymes    

                                                                  

This month the children will be learning a selection of nursery rhymes and songs, some of which the children may already know.  Learning and reciting nursery rhymes is a vital step in preparation for reading, so you can help by setting some time aside each evening to repeat these with your child:                       

 

 

- Incy Wincy Spider                 - Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep          - Humpty Dumpty

- Two Little Dicky Birds            - Name Song

- Hickory Dickory Dock             - The Elephant

- Hey Diddle Diddle                  - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 

(Copies of the words of the songs and rhymes will be in your child’s library bag. The children like to call this their ‘homework’!)

 

Settling – Procedure

We depend on parents’ support and co-operation during this month.  We would remind you that our settling in method is for the benefit of the children and that they are our main priority at all times.  The gradual increase of times ensures that the children are happy and secure, and anxious to come to school every day! It is essential that your child is collected on time at the end of each session.

 

 

School Dinners

Dinner will begin on Thursday 25th September. Some children may not be ready to stay for dinner by this date (many nurseries don’t start dinner until after Halloween) and if this is the case, your child’s teacher will discuss this with you. It is vitally important that each child is well settled before experiencing the dinner routine.   Parents need to be sure they have contacted the Board if they think they are entitled to Free Meals – the number is: 02882 411 237.  The cost for everyone else is £2.30 per day payable on a Monday (£11.50 per week). If a child is absent the dinner money will be refunded. Dinner money MUST always be brought on time in an envelope, money bag etc with the child’s name on it – CORRECT CHANGE IS ESSENTIAL - as the secretary lodges it in the bank straight away to be sent to the Board. This is important because the staff do not have time to find change for you during class times - once the children come in to the classroom we have to see to their needs                             

 

Snack Money

Your child’s snack money is £2.00 per week payable on a Monday – give the snack money to your child to bring in to us – they love that responsibility.  The snack money also covers the cost of school trips and parties etc. We would also use this money to contribute to the cost of flowers if there was bereavement in a child’s or member of staff’s family etc.  If you do not agree to money being used in this way please inform a member of staff. Your child will have fresh milk, tea and breakfast (a choice of toast, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, eggs etc.), daily. Please let us know if you think your child has any food allergies                                                                                                                        

 

Library Bags

You will not normally be asked to pay for lots of things in this school, but we do need you to pay for your child’s Library Bag which will be yours to keep at the end of the year. Each child will be able to choose a school library book to take home every week – again, to encourage the development of reading skills.  We have ordered special waterproof bags for the children to carry their library book to and from school.  The cost of this bag is £2.00 payable by the end of the month please.                                                            

 

 

 

Please read the following carefully:              

 

Contact Numbers      

It is essential that staff have contact numbers for all parents in case of an emergency.

We require three telephone numbers for all children. Mobile phones should never be turned off during the day if your child is at nursery. You must inform us immediately if you change any of your telephone numbers.

 

Colour Groups

We operate a ‘Colour Group System’ in the school.  Each class is divided in half randomly, for ease of organisation.  When the children will soon receive new name badges in the colour of their group (their library bags will also be this colour). 

 

 

Security System

We have had a security system installed for your child’s protection and for disabled access.  The inside door will be open 15 minutes before the beginning, and before the end of each session.  When arriving at the school the outside door will open automatically outwards as you approach it and will close behind you. You will have to press the button located beside the inside door to gain access – there are monitors in each classroom to enable the staff to admit you to the school.  Please only press the button ONCE, and allow time for the staff to answer and admit you.

 

Block Play Area

The area outside the two classrooms is called the Block Play Area.  All the children will use this area daily during the year, but only when parents have gone and the security system is switched on.  It is dangerous for the children to play with the toys in this area BEFORE class starts – this will be explained to the children, so please do not allow them to play with the toys along the floor.  There will be books and jigsaws available for you to share with your child while you wait. 

 

Parents’ Library

We have also purchased some books about child development and health for parents to borrow.  The value of reading is strongly emphasised in this nursery, therefore it is important for you not only to read to your child every day, but for him/her to see you reading regularly.  Please feel free to borrow these books and let us know what you think of them! The books are located near the children’s sofa and chairs in the hall.

 

 

Child Protection

Child Protection information for Parents has also been displayed in the hall near the children’s sofa and chairs. It is very important that you read all of this information.

 

Safety in the Car Park – Reminders.                                                   

Please remember to hold your child’s hand when entering and leaving the school grounds – in case a vehicle should enter the car park.  The staff will explain this to the children and will also explain that they must never climb on to the wall to walk along itParents’ cars / taxis are not permitted to drive into the car park.

 

Summer and September Birthdays                                                                                            

 

Happy Birthday to:                          

 

JULY                Kadie Fullerton: 6th              Tyisha Gbadamosi: 8th

BIRTHDAYS      Eoghan Mc Givern: 9th          Cayden Boyle: 14th       

                       Jayden Mc Glynn: 15th          Cai Mc Glynn 15th

                       Kenzie Bamford: 16th            Sophie Mc Allister: 23rd

 

 

AUGUST           Ava Mc Laughlin: 8th               Kayleb Robinson: 13th

BIRTHDAYS      Ellie Smith: 21st                       Ethan Mc Daid: 31st

 

                  

SEPTEMBER       Jessica Gilmour: 8th               Eabha Concannon: 30th

BIRTHDAYS

 

 

 

Each child will have his/her Birthday celebrated in school with a small cake which is shared with the children in the class.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                               

 

 

Tuesday
Jun032014

June 2014 Newsletter

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

June 2014 Newsletter

 

Monthly Theme

Oh No! Our last Newsletter!!!! The theme for this month is ‘Summer / Beach’.  The children can bring anything ‘beach related’ for our Interest table as it will help to develop new vocabulary. We will also be learning about pirates – so if you have anything at home related to pirates, please bring it in to school.

                                  

Songs and Rhymes 

- Lets all go to the Seaside          - The Sun

- I See Sea Shells                         - Wiggle My Toes

- One, Two, Three, Four, Five       - The Crab

- Row, Row, Row, your boat         - One-Eyed Jack

- The Big Ship Sails                       - A Sailor went to Sea, sea, sea

 

 

Science and Mathematics

The children will be learning about sea-life creatures and their environment and this will also include observing patterns.  We will be investigating the effects of water on different materials and substances e.g. sand, flour, sugar, coffee, etc.  The children will also be exploring the shapes, textures and patterns of different types of shells and stones.

                                               

The World Around Us

We will be talking about ‘treasure maps’, learning how to draw a ‘map’, about who would use them; about ‘Islands’, what they look like, what you would find on them and what shape they would be etc.

                              

Sports Day

We had a great day on Sports Day and we want to thank all of you for the contributions you made to the ‘shop’ and ‘cafe’ and for the amount you have raised for school funds. Thank you all so much for your generosity. If anyone still has sponsor money to bring in, please do so as soon as possible so that we can let everyone know about the final total. Also, thanks to all the parents who were able to take part in the races – this meant so much to the children.                              

Come Dine with Me / Come Play with Me!

Don’t forget that you can spend a day in the classroom with your child or come in and have dinner with us. Speak to your child’s teacher if you are interested!

 

Speech Therapist

Many thanks to the speech therapist, Claire Donnelly, who has worked in the school since January this year, she has made a huge contribution to the development of the children’s speech and language.

 

 Extended School

The last day of the Extended Schools Programme will be Wednesday 11th June. The Extended Schools Leader Mrs Aislinn Hodgett and assistant Leader Miss Patricia Fullerton have done a great job this year ensuring that all the children were safe and happy. Our thanks also to the programme facilitators: Miss Doreen and Miss Stephanie (Jo Jingles and Keep Fit), Mary (Yoga), and Ann (Gymnastics). If there are no objections we will buy them all a little gift on your behalf. Also thanks to Surestart Edenballymore for their support in funding the staff for this programme. We know from your comments that you have appreciated all they have done, and the children have enjoyed it immensely.

                            

Transition Forms 

The teaching staff are currently working on the information that is to be passed on to Year 1 teachers. It will consist of an assessment of each child’s Language level and a description of progression in the other curricular areas. You will be asked to read and sign this information and the teaching staff will be available should you wish to discuss its contents.

 

  

Student

Thanks also to our student this year, Christina Mc Carron, who worked in Mrs O’ Doherty’s class. She has been excellent in supporting both children and staff.

                                                    

 

Preparation for Primary School

The staff will concentrate on discussing the transition from Nursery to Primary School this month e.g. new teacher/friends/classroom/canteen/uniform etc. The children will start using ‘trays’ at dinner time this month to help them prepare for the canteen at primary school. The majority of the children in the school transfer to St John’s Primary School and so the parents of these children will invited to bring their child to a ‘Stay and Play’ session so that children will begin to get used to their new environment and staff. Please ensure that you attend as it is essential for a successful transition to Primary school. We have also arranged the following for the children transferring to St John’s:

 

-A visit to St John’s to participate in a Music and Movement Activity on Monday 2nd June: The children will be taken over in their ‘new class groups’ for a 30 minute session beginning at 9.30am

-The Year 1 teachers will come to the nursery and play in the classrooms with their ‘new classes’ on Tuesday 3rd and Wed 4th June

The teaching staff will also contact the teachers of the children who are transferring to different primary schools and pass information on to them.

 

Remember....

This can be a very stressful and emotional time for some children as they begin to realise that a change is coming. Even though we talk about primary school in a positive way, some children become unsettled in the last few weeks of term. They either cannot understand the fact that they will not come back to nursery or they think that their nursery teacher will be in primary school when they arrive in September. Please remember to be sensitive to any changes to your child’s behaviour in the next few weeks and let us know if you notice any signs of anxiety.

 

Health and Safety (Child Protection)

Please make sure that you have applied sun cream to your child before school on hot days as we spend most of the day outdoors. We have told the children that they need to wear sun cream to school so you shouldn’t have a problem getting them to wear it!                 

 

Uniform Grants

There are uniform grants available for Primary school children this year. Please contact the Board (02882 411 496) for information if you think you might be eligible.

 

Recent Inspection

As you all know, our Inspection was on 12th May. The inspection went very, very well, but we are not allowed to announce the actual Grade until the report is published by the Department of Education, which could be in the middle of June. You will be able to view the entire report on the Education and Training website www.eti.gov.uk (the most recent reports are named on the bottom right hand side of the page) but we will let you know what grade we were awarded before the end of term. The Reporting Inspector was overwhelmed by the responses to the parents’ questionnaires: 39 questionnaires were returned (apparently this percentage is unheard of) and out of the 39, 36 parents wrote comments, some of which were long and detailed. The comments were read to Mrs Gillen and Mrs O’ Doherty. The staff would like to thank all the parents who took the time to return their questionnaires and for the fantastic comments that were written. It is very much appreciated.

The inspectors also commented on the children’s behaviour which was described as ‘exemplary’ and also on the lovely manners shown by all the children.

  

Banyan Theatre Puppet Show

This company entertained the children before with the Goldilocks story, they will return again on Tuesday 17th June with ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’

 

End of Term

The last day of school will be Wednesday 25th June. There will be a Leaving Party for the children and they will be entertained by ‘Parky’ the magician (he’s very good!).  All the children should be collected at 11.30am. If you are going on holiday before this please let us know.

                                               

Birthdays this Month

Michael Mc Laughlin   7th      Rhian Mullan     11th                 

 

 

Spare Clothes

If you have any tops, bottoms, pants or socks that are too small for your child now, please bring them in to us so we can use them to change children next year if necessary.

 

Good Bye Everyone!!!!

On behalf of the staff and Governors, I would like to thank you for being such wonderful parents this year. We have really enjoyed getting to know you and your children and you have always been so supportive, complimentary and appreciative of what we aim to do. Thank you also for all your positive written feedback in the Parents’ comments books each week. Your children have been a pleasure to work with and I hope we have taught them that school is fun and learning is exciting. It is hard to believe we have reached the end of another school year. We will miss you all so much. Please bring your child to visit us in September so we can see him/her in his/her school uniform and give him/her a big hug!! We wish you and your child all the best for starting Primary School and we look forward to seeing some of you again with younger sisters and brothers!! Have a lovely Summer and keep safe.

 

Mrs M Gillen                            

And the staff.