The school will close on Wednesday December 20th December at 12:00pm for the Christmas Holidays. There will be no dinner on this last day of term. School will re-open on Friday January 5th 2018.
End of Term
Gaelic Coaching with Emmett and Pronsias will finish for the term at week beginning the 1st of December. All these classes will recume again in Term 2 in the New Year.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION
Our school Christmas Nativity will take place on Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Please take note of the venue. Tickets are £10 per family and £5 each for extended family e.g. Uncles/Aunts/Grandparents. Tickets are on sale from the school office and not on the night.
We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to a very enjoyable evening together.
There will be an official recording of the performance on the night which will be available from the school the office on the Monday after the performance. We would all members of the audience not to take any digital footage of the performance. You will be able to take pics of your own children in costume at the end.
The children will be walking over to the hall most days up to the 14th of December, it is very important that children have a coat with them to school. The Reception, P.1 & 2’s will be starting their practices in the hall from Tuesday the 5th of December.
P.3-7 children will be travelling to the Opera House in Belfast to see ‘Peter Pan’ in Pantomime on Monday 11th December. Any child who is not attending the Panto should still come into school as Mrs. O Hanlon will be present to supervise.
P.1 & 2 Cinema Trip
The P.1 & 2 children will be travelling to the cinema on Thursday the 7th of December to watch The Star. The children will be back in school for 12.30pm. Reception children to be picked up at 12.30pm on this day.
We are currently consulting with the pupils our proposed Healthy Eating Policy and especially the foods which are healthy and those which are not. We hope to have the agreed list with pupils out to parents this month so that they can have an input too.
We will be having a Christmas Raffle during December. Tickets will be available in school from 3rd December and cost 40p each or £1:50 per strip of 5. The charity which we will be supporting this year is Mary’s Meals a charity who aim to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day, encouraging education that can lift them out of poverty in later life. Prizes donated by parents for the Christmas Raffle would be greatly appreciated.
We will have Christmas Dinner on Friday 8th December, this is available to all pupils at a cost of £2:60. Please let the school office know by Wednesday the 6th of December if your child is taking dinners that day.
DO THIS IN MEMORY PROGRAMME
The Mass for the ‘Do This in Memory Programme’ for the P.4 children will take place on Sunday 10th December 2017 in St. Mary’s Church, Maguiresbridge at 10am. We would ask all Primary 4 children and parents to do their best to be present at this mass. The Do This In Memory Programme is a vital part of Sacramental preparation for children in P.4.
Through Irish Language funding we have been able to secure a qualified Irish Language teacher to teach Irish to all the classes in the school on Thursday afternoons beginning Thursday the 30th of November. The classes will be suited to the children’s age group i.e younger classes shorter active lessons than older classes.
Through Extended School funding we have secured funding to teach Spanish classes to the children in the New Year. As this is extended school funding it is outside normal school hours. We are looking at a time before school starts or after school. Specific details will follow in January 2018.
St. Mary’s P.S. OPEN DAYS FOR RECEPTION & PRIMARY 1’s 2018
Open Days for children who are due to commence Primary School in September 2018 will take place on Thursday 30th November and Friday the 1st of December, call the school to make an appointment or to arrange an alternative time to visit.
Enrolment Forms are available from the EANI website or the School Office. Forms must be returned to school by 12pm on Wednesday the 10th of January 2018
If your child is absent, please contact the school on the first morning of absence. It is also important that your child brings in a signed note to explain their absence on their return to school.
CUMANN NA mBUNSCOL
Well done to the P5-7 children who competed in the Cumann na mBunscol football blitz recently
The Staff would like to wish you all
a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and Prosperous New Year.