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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

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.          

Friday
Mar282014

Easter Newsletter 2014

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

Easter Newsletter    

 

Monthly Theme

The theme for this month is ‘Easter’. Please let your child bring something Easter related for the Easter Table.  We will focus on the ‘Oval’ shape and ‘Pattern Awareness’ (Stripes, zigzags and wavy lines) this month through discussion and art activities.               

                                                                                   

Songs and Rhymes       

Little Peter Rabbit                 Humpty Dumpty

Little Rabbit Foo Foo                                Chook, Chook, Chook

Five Fat Sausages                                    Five shiny Eggs        

Hickety Pickety                                        3 Sticky Lollipops

5 Little Rabbits                  Ride a Cock Horse

One Potato                                              5 Little Ducks

 

 

Early Experiences in Science

The children will be doing some cookery this month – they will be investigating the effect of heat on eggs, and will be making scrambled eggs and egg sandwiches.  When the sandwiches are made they will be learning how to cut them in half and into squares and triangles.  

                                                                                     

Mother’s Day          

We hope that every Mammy loved the special ‘Bouquet of Flowers’ made with her child’s hands print for Mother’s Day

Helping your child at home

You have now received your child’s Language Packs and they are very excited because they think it’s their homework! Please take time to write something in the ‘Comment Book’ - found inside your child’s folder - once per week – we really appreciate your views. The children can’t wait to see what ‘games’ they get each week! Here are some more ways that you can help to reinforce our topic:

  • Point out oval shapes or patterns at home or in town - if possible
  • Talk about what you are doing when you are dividing up cakes or sandwiches – use the words ‘divide’, ‘cut in half’ etc.
  • Name the shapes of the sandwiches – or ask your child what shape of sandwich / piece of bread they would like
  • Let your child help you set the table – tell them how many knives and forks you need and talk to them about Left and Right – they are already doing this in school
  • If you have time (maybe at the weekends) encourage your child to dress himself/herself – your child is at a stage where he/she wants to do things for him/herself.  This activity not only develops confidence, independence, and physical skills, but also logical thinking and sequencing skills.
  • Buy some stickers for encouraging good behaviour at home – they mean so much to your child and are a visible sign of your approval

 

                                                                                               

                                                                                               

EASTER CELEBRATIONS 

Normally Miss Mc Gilloway dresses up as the Easter Bunny and hides eggs in the playground for the children to have an Easter Egg Hunt. Unfortunately Miss Mc Gilloway has shingles so she will be off school for at least a couple of weeks. If she is not back before Easter, the children will still have an Easter Egg Hunt but without the Easter Bunny!

 

The children will visit Bananas in the Bowling Alley on Wednesday 16th April  – please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately – LONG SLEEVES MUST BE WORN (to prevent friction burns) AND NO BASEBALL BOOTS PLEASE   - all children should be wearing shoes with Velcro tapes anyway.  This is our last day of school before the Easter holidays.  There will be no dinner on this day and children should be collected at the school at 11.30am. 

 

 

EASTER HOLIDAYS

The school will be closed from Thursday 17th April – Monday 28th April for the Easter Holidays. 

 The children return to school for the Summer Term on Tuesday 29th April.

 

 

BREAKFAST ROTA and COME DINE WITH ME

‘Thank you’ to all the Parents who have been able to come in and help the children with their breakfast – almost every parent in the school has helped – in some families both mum and dad have done it.  Thank you also to the parents who were able to come and have dinner with us – again some parents come more than once! We will put out a new Rota Sheet for the next few months – please sign up again!

 

HORSE RIDING PROGRAMME

A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who has made this programme so successful again this year. The children have been brilliant. Take time to look at the photographs in the porch and on our website.

 

GARDENING PROGRAMME

You might remember that Mick Conway, our gardener, has already helped the children plant Autumn Bulbs and Apple trees. He has returned to help with planting in the ‘mini allotments’ at the front of the school. The children have already planted potatoes up there and he will do some more seed planting soon. The Spring bulbs turned out really well in the playground and the children now have a good understanding of the growing process.

 

We will also plant kidney beans in clear plastic cups so that the children can see the roots and shoots more clearly. Please bring an EMPTY EGG SHELL into school as soon as possible so that we can plant cress seeds in them.

 

BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH               

 

Faye Doherty         1st                Oisin Frazer                  2nd            Darragh Moore        6th

 

Kian Harkin            11th              Christopher Shields      11th                

 

Katie Molly Mc Gowan     14th    Darryl Meenan               16th          Shane Meenan           16th

 

Ava Mc Devitt       19th              Cara Henry                    30th

 

 

HAPPY EASTER!

 

 

Friday
Feb072014

February 2014

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School

 

 

February Newsletter 

 

Monthly Theme    

The theme for this month is ‘Healthy Me’.  The children will be involved in discussions about themselves, the people they love and people who help us.  We will be talking about our bodies, how they work and the importance of healthy foods and exercise.  If you have anything ‘Love’ related e.g. Heart shapes, please bring them into school. 

 

              Songs and Rhymes  

    Friends      

    I have ten little fingers

    Polly put the kettle on

    Two little eyes

    When Goldilocks went to the house of the Bears                                 

    One Little Finger

    Open Them, Shut Them

    Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 

    Fire Engine Rhyme                                          

    If you’re happy and you know it

    I look in the mirror

    Granny’s glasses 

    Rock-a-bye baby

    Miss Polly had a Dolly

    I wiggle my fingers

    Bend your body

 

Early Mathematical Experiences   

We will be developing awareness of the Heart shape this month and also the concept of Big, Medium and Small.  You can help to reinforce these concepts at home by for example, arranging cereal boxes or tins in order of size and then seeing if your child can do it.  There should also be lots of opportunity to point out ‘heart shapes’ in town this month! The development of other aspects of maths can be seen on the Monthly Planning sheet on the Parents’ Notice Board. 

 

 

Early Science  

The children will be experimenting with mixing colours using paint and crepe paper.  Other aspects of science will be explored during discussions about the body and functions of major organs (in simple terms).   

 

 

 

 

Mid-Year Reports

Mrs Gillen and Mrs O’Doherty are currently working on the children’s Mid-Year Reports. The teachers will try to arrange for some of these meetings to be first thing in the morning (8.45am) or from 1.15pm onwards as soon as reports are ready. The teachers will let you know the dates and you can choose your preferred date and time.

 

 

Ambulance and Paramedics Visit

Paramedics from the ambulance service will bring a special ambulance to the school this month. They bring their stretcher and medical equipment into the classrooms, and talk to the children about what happens after an accident. They let them see (and ‘try on’) some of their equipment! Afterwards, the children go outside to see the inside of the ambulance. We are very lucky to be able to arrange these visits, as the Paramedics do this for us on their days off. We also hope to have a visit from the Firefighters from Northland Rd Fire station who will let the children see around the appliance in the car park of the school and of course everyone will get a turn to try out the hose!

 

 

Dental Hygienist Visit

As part of our theme we take the children to visit to the Gas Yard to see “Jennifer” our dental hygienist in the surgery. The purpose of this visit is to allay any fears the children may have about going to the dentist as well as to learn about the importance of dental hygiene.  The children will not have their teeth examined.

 
 

Focusing On Developing Your Child’s Language Skills

The staff have been working especially hard this year with promoting the development of language skills. During our last parent/teacher meetings lots of parents asked how they can help their child, so we have provided special language ‘activity packs’ which will go inside each child’s Library bag each week. The activities in these packs aim to give you some idea of how you can help to boost your child’s language development at home. A little time spent helping your child with language each week will help him/her to be ready for the demands of Primary school.  You will also find a ‘Parents’ Comments’ book in your child’s folder – please just write a comment each week in the book to let us know how your child responded to the activity.  This will help us select an appropriate activity for the following week.

 

 

 

School Photographer

The school photographer will visit on Friday 14th February.  Every child will have 3 different ‘poses’ taken.  You will receive a small sample of each of the poses and examples of the various sizes available, and you can then decide if you want to buy any of them. Photographs will be taken during class times. There will be no water, paint, dough or anything messy available because of this – so ‘good’ clothes can be worn!   You may also bring other members of the family if you wish – photographs of family members will be taken as soon as the photographer is set up, usually from 8.30am.

 

Mid-Term Break   

The school will be closed to the children on the following dates:

 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 17th, 18th and 19th February

 

Birthdays this Month  

 

 Caragh Mc Dermott    3rd

 Darragh Villa              9th

 Ethan Mc Intyre       24th

 

 

A Life in Your Hands

 

If children live with criticism,

They learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,

They learn to fight.

If children live with ridicule,

They learn to be shy.

If children live with shame,

They learn to feel guilty.

If children live with tolerance,

They learn to be patient.

If children live with encouragement,

They learn confidence.

If children live with praise,

They learn to appreciate.

If children live with fairness,

They learn justice.

If children live with security,

They learn to have faith.

If children live with approval,

They learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance and friendship,

They learn to find love in the world.