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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




Mother’s Day          

The children are making a very special Surprise for Mammy for Mothers’ Day – we hope you like it!


Helping your child at home

Here are some more ways that you can help to reinforce our topic and also ways to encourage good behaviour at home:

  • 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


 St Patrick’s Day

There will be some Irish Dancers in the school on Friday 13th March to entertain the children. Don’t forget to wear your Green that day!


St Patrick’s Day Holiday

The school will be closed on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March




The Easter Bunny will hide some Easter Eggs in the playground before Easter – usually during the last week before the Easter holidays. The children will then have and Easter Egg hunt (only one Egg each unfortunately!)



The children will visit Bananas in the Bowling Alley on Wednesday 1st 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



The school will be closed from Thursday 2nd April – Tuesday 14th April for the Easter Holidays.  (Only the staff will attend on Monday 13th April)




‘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 and perhaps come in when your child is the Helper this time!

 BIRTHDAYS THIS MONTH                


Rebecca McAuley 2nd           Ben Clifford 25th





             Happy Easter!



February Newsletter

Bligh’s Lane Nursery School



February Newsletter 


Monthly Theme    

The theme for this month is ‘Myself and My Family’.  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  


 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 reinforcing ‘In Front / Behind, First and Last’. 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 to make new 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 have completed the children’s Mid-Year Reports. Some of you will have already met with your child’s teacher and if not this will happen very soon.



Ambulance and Paramedics Visit

Paramedics from the ambulance service will bring a special ambulance to the school on 24th February. 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.


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 don’t forget to keep reading to your child every night and try some of the suggestions on the Laminated language sheet you receive each month. 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 about The Story of The Month when your child gets that book.


Banyan Theatre

Karen will return on the 13th February with the story of ‘Red Riding Hood’. If any of you would like to see the show with the children you are very welcome to attend.


School Photographer 

The school photographer will visit on Friday 20th 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, so come early if you want photos of your other child / children taken



Budget Cuts

As you have probably heard there are going to be some severe cuts to our new budget which we will receive on 1st April. We are not sure exactly how bad this will be yet but it is already impacting on our school and the plans we have for the rest of the year. We have to cut right back on school trips (we usually have at least one per month) and sadly we will not be able to provide Horse Riding sessions for the children this year. We will also not be able to employ the Speech therapist for the month of March. This will be reviewed when the new budget is received.


Mid-Term Break 

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


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 16th, 17th and 18th February


Birthdays this Month  


 Jamie Devine              1st  

 Aaron Grant                3rd

 Cora Deery                13th

  Kayla Coyle           22nd

 Caiden Dalzell         23rd

 Nathan Doherty       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


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                                                                                                      






Bligh’s Lane Nursery School


Christmas Newsletter 2014



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.




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




The children perform a very simple Nativity Play each year.  Class performances will be on the following 



  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.






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. 



The children will have ‘Christmas Dinner’ in school with all the trimmings on Thursday 11th December.



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.



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



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.



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.




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!




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!





    Aoife Monaghan         4th

    Rebecca Kelly             15th  


























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













Bligh’s Lane Nursery School


November Newsletter



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.



- 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!



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!



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



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



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.



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.



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.



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!



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.






 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