Coolcrannell, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh BT94 4RG

028 6772 1413

info@stmarysps.maguiresbridge.ni.sch.uk

St Mary's Primary School

OCTOBER   2018

School Closures

The school will be closed on Wednesday 31st of October, Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November 2018 for the Halloween Holidays.

School Mass

We would like to extend a special word of thanks to Canon Mullin, who celebrated our beginning of year mass for the pupils, staff and parents of St. Mary’s P.S. in St. Mary’s Church. Thank you also to all the parents and other family members who were able to attend and enjoy what was a beautiful, community liturgy.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Parent Teacher Meetings will take place this month. A note will be sent home later this week which provides the time and date for your meeting with your child’s class teacher. All meetings will take place in the class teacher’s classroom.

During the weeks beginning the 22nd and 29th of October there will be no after school’s clubs after 3pm, to accommodate meetings.

Lisnaskea Feis

During this month of October, to promote the performing arts and allow our children to shine in a public setting we will be encouraging the children to take part in the Lisnaskea Feis in St Ronan’s Parish Centre, Lisnaskea. Good luck to all our competitors. Verse Speaking will take place on Sunday 21st October P1- P3 at 9:30am and P4 – P7 at 1:30pm.

Flu Vaccine

The school Nurse will be in school on Monday the 22nd of October to administer the seasonal flu vaccine. The vaccine will only be given to pupils whose parents have given written permission which has already been distributed.

Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football continues on Tuesdays with Edel Campbell. I would ask all children to remember to bring their mouth-guard or they will not be permitted to participate.

The P.3 - 7 children will be taking part in a number of Gaelic Football blitzes during the year, organised by Fermanagh County Board. The first one involves P.4 & 5 on Tuesday the 16th of October at the Lakeland Forum 4G from 10am to 12pm. Children will be back in school for lunch.

Violin Lessons

Lessons continues this year with Miss Lauren Mc Geogh on Fridays. It is £3 per lesson and £90 for the year. We would strongly suggest to pay £50 at the start of the year which covers the first half of the year.

Nut allergy

We would like to inform parents that we have pupils in school who have a nut allergy. Children are not permitted to have nuts or any product which may have been in contact with nuts of any kind in school.

Introduction to Phonics

There will be a presentation for P.1 parents by Mrs. O’Hanlon on Thursday the 11th of October 2pm-2.30pm. The purpose of the presentation will be to inform parents in how best they can support their child’s learning in the area of phonics. 

SUSTRANS Program

Domhnall from SUSTRANS held road safety workshops on Friday the 28th of Sep with the P.1-P3 classes. This month he will be working with the P.6 class to provide cycle training over 3 days beginning on 22nd of Oct. As part of our ongoing road safety drive we are in communication with the PSNI and Enniskillen Townhall to locate a Speeding Indicator Device (SID) outside the school gates on a temporarily. The device is booked on a weekly basis and is the responsibility of the organisation who placed the booking.

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION

Another important date for the Diary. Our school Christmas Nativity will take place on Thursday 13th December at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Parish Hall. Please take note of the venue. More details will follow in subsequent Newsletters.

Pantomime Trip

P.3-7 children will be travelling to the Opera House in Belfast to see ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’ in Pantomime on Tuesday 11th December. The cost of the trip is £15 per pupil; we would ask all money to be in before the end of the week. Details of the P1 & 2 trip to the cinema around the same date will follow in the December Newsletter 

Halloween Dress Up

To celebrate Hallowe’en, the children are encouraged to dress up in Hallowe’en costume on Tuesday the 30th of October. We ask parents to be conscious of the younger children in our school community so costumes should not be too scary. All clown Costumes are not permitted.

Fivemiletown College Soccer and Netball Competition

The P.6-7 boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Netball teams will be travelling to Fivemiletown College to compete in their respective tournaments on Thursday the 18th of October. Good Luck!

Shared Education Programme

The Shared Education Programme begins in earnest this month. P.2 will be travelling to Maguiresbridge P.S on Tuesdays to participate in Musical Pathways lessons. They will also travel to Florencecourt on the 8th of October to take part in the Hallowe’en Ball. The charge for the bus is covered but the cost of the ball is £5 per child.

After Schools Clubs

Homework Club continues for P.7’s completing the Transfer Test on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Spanish Classes are back on Tuesdays. Times are P4 & P.5 3.30pm to 4pm and P.6 & P7 4pm to 4.30pm.

Active Sports for P.6 & P7 on Wednesdays 3.15pm to 4.15pm

School Meals

School Meals cost £2.60 per day or £13.00 per week to be paid at the beginning of the week please.

Free School Meals

If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals, please ensure you complete an application form which is available from the school office or the EA website.

Snack – Primary 1 and 2 Pupils

The cost for this term is £22.00 or for the year is £53.00.

Milk P.3 – P.7 Pupils

We have a fridge from the Milk suppliers for the purpose of storing the pupil’s milk only. We hope this will help encourage more children to take the subsidised Milk in school which has great health benefits for children. Milk money can be paid for each term or for the year. This term is £14 or for the year is £35.80 

Money

Any money being paid into the school must be placed in an envelope and clearly marked. All Money should be sent into school at the beginning of each week please. Labelled School Envelopes can be purchased from the school office £3 for 40