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.


Diary Dates -June

Wednesday 1st Official Opening of the new school playgrounds
10.30a.m. – visit of Mr Lawrie Sanchez.
Thursday 9th Sports Day (See below for further details)
Friday 10th

Insect Exhibition in school for all classes

Wednesday 15th P1 trip to Greenmount Agricultural College
Thursday 16th P7 trip to Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
P5 trip to Transport Museum
Friday 17th P7 Victorian Day
Thursday 23rd P4 trip to Greenmount Agricultural College
Friday 24th P7 end of year treat – visit to Movie House in Glengormley
Monday 27th P7 Leavers’ Assembly
Thursday 30th
School 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.

Please note that on Sports’ Day the P1 to P4 classes will finish school at 12.30p.m.
A school dinner will be available for P1-P4 pupils from 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


This year’s 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 ‘Jacob’s 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 days away.
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

Congratulations 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 Queen’s University’s 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!

Ballyhenry 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:

Philip’s 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;
Christmas tree;
Football games for playground;
KS2 Oxford School Dictionaries (30)
2 tie clip radio microphones.


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 Queen’s University on Wednesday 18th May 2005. The event was very successful and one that all the P7 pupils enjoyed preparing for.


Many thanks for all your support by collecting the Tesco tokens. The tokens will be used to order additional computer resources.


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 K’Nex set worth £70.00 for the school as a result of their fine efforts.


The children’s 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.
Friday – 1.50p.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 06

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. value.

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 year.

B Duff