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Christmas Newsletter

Christmas Newsletter 2011  

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 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 Bethelem                               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                                                 Five Little Reindeers

 (Don’t forget to take a copy of the Christmas Songs from the Porch)

NATIVITY PLAYS

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

dates: 

THURSDAY 15th December   9.30 am           Mrs Gillen’s Class 

FRIDAY 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.  A few 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. 

BANYAN THEATRE

This is a lady who has visited the school before Halloween. She uses puppets to tell a familiar story and it is all done through mime and music. The children love it. She will be here on Thursday 8th December and the story is ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’. 

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. It will be lovely for us to see last year’s children again and it will be good for our children to have an ‘audience’ before the ‘big day’!

Santa Claus will visit the school on Wednesday 21st 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.  There will be no dinners that day, so parents who pay for meals should only bring TWO days dinner money that week.

CHRISTMAS DINNER

The children will have ‘Christmas Dinner’ in school with all the trimmings on Friday 9th 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 etc. to donate to needy families on behalf of the families in the school.  Parents have been very generous in the past and we know that this year will be no exception.  Bring what you can into school as soon as you can and before Friday 16th December (items can be left in the porch or given to your child’s teacher). We will take what has been collected to St Mary’s Chapel on Monday 19th 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 1.00pm, and then all children should be collected from the Chapel at 1.30pm.

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. There are now 6 permanent members of staff (in addition to students) in the school and we feel that it is too much to expect parents to buy presents for staff.  You all have your own family to buy for and perhaps older children who want to buy presents for their teachers.  We would be delighted if every child brought the staff a Christmas card – this would mean a lot.  Thank you. 

EXTENDED SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

We have had a very positive response with regard to this programme from children and parents. Remember when the children start to participate, they may find that the longer day and new adults too much to cope with. Children can re-join the programme at any time. The Extended Schools programme will not run on the week of 19th 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 from Thursday 22nd December until Wednesday 4th January. Children should return to school on Thursday 5th January 2012.

The staff would like to wish all the families in our school a very Merry Christmas! 

NURSERY AND PRIMARY APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2012

If you have (or know of) a child due to start Nursery in September 2012 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 being sent out from 30th November 2011.

GARDENING PROGRAMME

This programme started on the 21st November when the children went up to Bishop’s Park to plant daffodil bulbs with ‘Gareth The Gardener’.  Gareth will visit the school every 2 weeks to work with the children in planting fruit, fruit trees, flowers and vegetables.

OLD TOWELS

If you are clearing out your hot press and find some OLD towels, could you please send them in to us.  We always use lots of towels to dry off the outdoor apparatus in wet weather.

ROAD TRAIN

We are taking the children for a ride on the Road Train (Based at the Tourist Information Centre) to see the Christmas lights and decorations in the town. 

Mrs Gillen’s class will go on                           Monday 12th December

Mrs O’Doherty’s class will go on                   Tuesday 13th December 

CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAYS  

    Ellie McGahey             19th

    Rhaya McGahey        19th

    Robyn Wilson              27th

    Ava O’Kane                28th

PARENTS 

LOTS TO REMEMBER THIS MONTH OF DECEMBER! 

BANYAN THEATRE: THURSDAY 8TH 

 

CHRISTMAS DINNER: FRIDAY 9TH 

 

ROAD TRAIN:      MRS GILLEN’S CLASS:     MONDAY 12th

                                MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS:   TUESDAY 13th  

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS GILLEN’S CLASS: THURSDAY 15th  

 

NATIVITY PLAY: MRS O’DOHERTY’S CLASS: FRIDAY 16th   

 

ST MARY’S CHAPEL: MONDAY 19th   

 

SANTA AND CHRISTMAS PARTY: WEDNESDAY 21st

(Children to be collected by 12.00 Noon)

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