NEWSLETTER - JUNE 05
It is hard to believe this is our last newsletter of this current
school year. As we approach the end of another busy and successful year
in the life of Ballyhenry Primary School, I would like to inform you of
the various events that have taken place since returning to school after
the Easter break and provide you with a few important dates for your diary.
Opening of the new school playgrounds
10.30a.m. visit of Mr Lawrie Sanchez.
Day (See below for further details)
Exhibition in school for all classes
trip to Greenmount Agricultural College
trip to Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
P5 trip to Transport Museum
trip to Greenmount Agricultural College
end of year treat visit to Movie House in Glengormley
ends for the summer holiday at 12 noon
This will be held on Thursday 9th June for all classes.
Key Stage 1 (P1-P4) 10.00a.m.
Key Stage 2 (P5-P7 1.15p.m.
note that on Sports Day the P1 to P4 classes will finish school
A school dinner will be available for P1-P4 pupils from 12.15p.m.to 12.30p.m.
Thank-you to everyone who helped make our PTA ballot such as success.
As a result of this venture the PTA will be able purchase additional resources
for the school.
The prize winners were:
1st Mrs Magowan
2nd Mrs Ball
SEVEN- RESIDENTIAL TRIP (2nd 6th MAY 2005)
This years P7 residential trip was to Boreatton Park in England.
Fifteen Primary 7 pupils visited Boreatton Park in England and experienced
a wide variety of interesting and stimulating activities. The children
scaled down 15m rock faces, conquered Jacobs Ladder
and enjoyed kayaking, to name just a few of the activities.
The pupils met at Belfast City Airport on Monday 2nd May, with great expectations
about what lay ahead. I am delighted to inform you that the children enjoyed
every minute of their trip and would highly recommend the trip to other
pupils in the school.
I take great pleasure in informing you that the children were a credit
to their parents, the school and of course themselves, as they behaved
impeccably throughout their time away.
On behalf of the boys and girls I would like to express my thanks to Miss
Collins and Mr Adair for helping supervise the children during their five
3rd Mr Acheson
The pupils listed below represented the school at the qualifying heats
of the 1Km Northern Ireland Cross Country Championships in Ballyclare
on 12th April 2005.
David Spiers Stephen McKee Natasha Loughlin Megan Adami
Ryan Spiers Jammie McTaggart Angela Mitchell Naomi Lonsdale
Stephen Smyth Kyle Steenson Heather Moore Kathyrn Davis
Dean Murray Matthew Campbell Alexandra Fitzsimmons Emma Cathcart
to all the pupils selected to compete at the heats. They performed well
and thoroughly enjoyed participating at the event.
I am pleased
to say that Emma Cathcart (P7) qualified for the final, which was held
at Queens Universitys playing fields on Saturday 14th May
2005. Emma was 37th in a field of almost 170 runners. This means that
Emma was placed in the top 25% of the pupils eligible to compete. To even
reach the final was an achievement but to be so highly placed illustrates
the talent Emma has for this type of sporting activity. Well down, Emma!!
Watch out, Liz McColgan, Emma is coming for your titles!
The P6/7 team played against Whitehouse P.S. in a replay of the Under
11 cup earlier in the term. Unfortunately, the team lost 3-0 but it was
a very exciting match which all the supporters thoroughly enjoyed.
During the month of May 05, the netball team played against Carnmoney
P.S. It was a very competitive game and both teams played some very high
quality netball. Well done girls!
P.S. 7 4 Carnmoney P.S. (Home match)
I would like to thank the Youth Sport team under the guidance
of Mr N Officer, for all their help during the school year. The children
have benefited from expert coaching throughout the school year in the
areas of tag rugby, netball and hockey.
I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the PTA for all
the support given to the school during this school year.
I am delighted to inform you that during the school year 2002-03 the PTA
helped raise funds to provide the following for our pupils:
Philips Colour Atlas (1 class set for Key Stage 2)
4 new P.E. safety mats;
1 P.E. safety mat storage trolley;
CD mixer desk;
Lights for the school discos;
2 handheld cabled microphones;
Football games for playground;
KS2 Oxford School Dictionaries (30)
2 tie clip radio microphones.
SEVEN LEAVERS ASSEMBLY
Our traditional end of year assembly will be held on Monday 27th June
at 9.30a.m. All parents/guardians of P7 pupils are invited to attend this
assembly. As well as the presentation of our end of year trophies, the
P7 pupils will receive their Record of Achievement folders.
The Board of Governors, staff and all the pupils from P1 to P6 would like
to wish the Primary 7 children all the very best for the future.
A disco has been arranged for Thursday 9th June. Crisps and juice will
be on sale at the disco.
P1-P3: 6.30p.m. to 7.30p.m.
P4-P7: 7.45p.m. to 9.00p.m.
PRICE: £1 payable at the door.
The Primary 7 pupils and Mr Allen have been involved in a science project
entitled, Sounds Like Science, which was organised by Primary
ConneXions. The pupils prepared presentations on the topic of sound
in the environment. Emma Crooks, Kathryn Davis, Naomi Lonsdale and Laura
Haggan represented the school at a science conference held at Queens
University on Wednesday 18th May 2005. The event was very successful and
one that all the P7 pupils enjoyed preparing for.
TESCO COMPUTER for SCHOOLS PROMOTION
Many thanks for all your support by collecting the Tesco tokens. The tokens
will be used to order additional computer resources.
JUNIOR ENGINEERS FOR BRITAIN SCHOOL CHALLENGE
On Thursday 19th May 2005, Emma Cathcart, David Hetherington, Kathryn
Davis and Ryan Spiers represented the school at the Junior Engineers
for Britain School Challenge. The children enjoyed the challenge
and received a KNex set worth £70.00 for the school as a result
of their fine efforts.
THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR 2005-06
The childrens first day back in the new school year is Wednesday
31st August 2005. The children will finish at 12.15p.m. on this day. The
finish times for each year group are as follows:
Year 1: Details of times etc., have been distributed to new parents of
the new P1 intake.
Year 2: Monday to Friday - 1.50p.m.
Year 3: Monday and Friday 1.50p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday - 2.50p.m.
Year 4: Monday to Thursday 2.50p.m.
Year 5 7: Monday to Friday - 2.50p.m
SCHOOL CLOSURES 2005-06 (All dates are inclusive)
School Starts Wednesday 31st August 05 (School ends at 12.15p.m.)
Exceptional Closure (Staff Training) Friday 30th September 05
Half-Term Break Monday 31st October 05 to Wednesday 2nd November 05
Christmas Holiday Thursday 22nd December 05 Thursday 5th January
School starts Friday 6th January 06
Half Term Break Monday 20th February 06 Friday 24th February 06
Easter Holiday Monday 10th April 06 Friday 21st April 06
School starts Monday 24th April 06
Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 06
Exceptional Closure (Staff Training) Monday 29th May 06
Summer holiday begins Saturday 1st July 06
Our school uniform for the new school year will once again be available
from the Jeanery and from Cartmills.
May I take this opportunity on behalf of the Board of Governors, staff
and myself, to thank you all for your support over the last academic year.
We value the help and support you give your children and this helps promote
the partnership between home and the school, which we in Ballyhenry P.S.
I would like to wish everyone connected with the school an enjoyable and
relaxing summer break. I hope the weather is kind to us all and we can
return after the summer holiday refreshed and ready for another school