Coolcrannell, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh BT94 4RG

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St Mary's Primary School

January Newsletter

Welcome back everyone and wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Christmas Show        

We would like to thank you all for supporting our Christmas Nativity which proved to be a great success. We would also like to thank all those adults who helped make the night so special. This was a tremendous success for our school funds, as we raised £600.

 

Christmas Raffle

Our Christmas Raffle was a great success too. Thank you all so much for your generosity. £527 was raised for our chosen charity this year, Mary’s Meals. We hope to build on this £527 with another Charity fundraiser in Easter.

 

School Swimming

Following on from School Council Meetings – P.5 children requested that they have the opportunity to go swimming this year. Interestingly P.3 & P.4 School Council Reps supported this request, P.6 & P.7 did not. We have explored this request and with manageable numbers of 34 we have granted the request. P.5’s will be accessing the school swimming programme this year. To be reviewed again next year.

Similar to previous years we have booked the hall to play Netball and Soccer before the swim. The cost per pupil is £4 each Tuesday. Pupils wear uniform into school and bring PE gear and swimming gear to change into. P.5-P7 will have their lunch/dinner earlier on these days as we will be leaving school at 12.30pm. Pupils are asked not to bring any money as they will not be permitted to use the vending machines.

 

School Admissions

The closing date for School Admissions is Wednesday the 10th of January at 12pm. Application forms are available from the EANI website or the school office. It is very important applications are received before this date and time as we expect larger than average numbers of applicants. If an application is late, it will automatically go to the bottom of the list regardless of our admissions criteria.

 

Catholic School’s Week  

28th of January to 4th of February is Catholic School’s Week. The theme this year is, “Called To Be A Family Of Families.” The children will be engaged in a variety of lessons and activities throughout the week to mark the occasion. Catholic School’s Week will begin with a special Sunday Mass in St. Mary’s Church Maguiresbridge on Sunday the 28th of January at 10am where the children will be heavily involved in the Liturgy. A special Grandparent’s Assembly on Friday the 2nd of February at 10am is also a highlight with tea and refreshments served afterwards. Visit www.catholicschools.ie/csw2018/ for more information.

 

Primary 6 Parents

There will be a meeting for all Primary 6 Parents on Wednesday the 17th of January in Mr. Prunty’s Classroom at 7.30pm. The purpose of this meeting will be for Mr. Prunty to discuss Transfer into Post Primary and answer any questions which parents may have. The meeting is expected to last no longer than 1 hour.

 

Sacramental Preparation

The Mass for the ‘Do This in Memory’ for the P.4 children will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018 in St. Mary’s Church, Maguiresbridge at 10am.

First Confession, St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 7.30pm.

First Communion, St. Mary’s Church, on Saturday 28th April 2018 at 11:00am.

Confirmation, Holy Cross Church on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 3pm.

 

P.7 – P.2 Book Buddies

We will be starting a new programme with the P.7’s and 2’s this term. The programme involves P.7’s pairing with P.2 pupils and reading to them one to one. The key aims of the programme are to develop a love of books, model good reading habits and further encourage reliability and responsibility among the older children.

 

Mathletics

The P.1 class will have access to Mathletics, the online Numeracy Learning Resource from next week. This is an excellent learning aid for pupils to access from home and which is set at their level. The pupils are not expected to know everything in the programme.

 

Snack – Primary 1 and 2 Pupils

The cost weekly is £1.50 or for this term is £18.

 

Language Classes

Irish Language Classes continue on Thursday Afternoons for the whole school.

Spanish Classes will be available on Thursday Afternoons after school from 3,30pm to 4.30pm initially for children in P.4 – P.7. In order to have an idea of interest and numbers attending. Pupils will be sent home a note for parents to complete if they intend for their child /ren to participate in the lessons.

 

Science Taster Day

The P.7 class are taking part in a Science Taster Day in St. Kevin’s College on Wednesday the 31st of January, 10am – 12pm. Children will be back in school for lunch.

 

Money

Any money being paid into the school must be placed in an envelope with the name of the child/ren on the envelope and an explanation for what the money is for. All Money should be sent into school at the beginning of each week please.

 

Milk per term is £13 including children in receipt of Free School Meals.