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St Mary's Primary School Banbridge

September Newsletter

2nd Oct 2018

St Mary’s is a Nut Free school.

We have number of children throughout the school who have a severe nut allergy. Please do not send any snacks that may contain nuts, traces of nut or nut extract.

School Fund

A voluntary contribution of £10 per child or £20 for a family is requested to our school fund. As in previous years, this money will be used to enhance your child's learning environment and help purchase school resources.

If paying the total amount at once is inconvenient, please feel free to pay on a termly or monthly basis. A slip is attached below for your payment. I thank you in advance for what I am sure will be a generous response to this request.

Please return to your child's class teacher or directly to the school office.

School Closures

School will be closed for children from Friday 26 October to Friday 2 November (inclusive) for the midterm break. Parent Teacher meetings will take place from Friday 26 October to Tuesday 30 October (inclusive) 9.00am to 3.00pm. A full list of school dates is available on the school website.


Thank you for the tremendous support at our PTA AGM last Tuesday. Your support is very much appreciated. We greatly appreciate the support of all our parents.

Our sincere thanks to our outgoing committee and a huge welcome to;

Caroline Robinson - Chair

John Eakins - Vice Chair

Denise Quigley - Secretary

Clarissa Smith - Treasurer

Together Everyone Achieves More!

Our first event will be the 'Halloween Fancy Dress Disco' in the school hall on Thursday 25 October from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, for P1 to P3 and 7.45pm to 9.00pm from P4 to P7. Admission £3.

EVO Football League

Congratulations to St Mary's A team on their shared victory in the first round of the EVO League 2018/19 yesterday. After a tricky first game against Edenderry St Mary's comfortably won their remaining games to reach the semifinal against St Malachy's, Castlewellan, who proved strong opposition. In the final against Bridge Primary School St Mary's boys struggled to find their best form but managed to get a 0-0 draw to share the points and lead the League with Bridge. Well done to Mark McCann, Tomas Olarte-Wade and Pierce White and who all had an excellent tournament.

Our B team had mixed fortunes in their league only conceding two goals in 6 games. Unfortunately, poor finishing again let the boys down. Well done to Dan McAvoy, Joseph McCorry and Jarlath McGinley who all had an excellent tournament for the B Team.

Thank you to Sean Devlin for helping with the football and our appreciation to Paul Evans and EVO Skills for organising the tournament. Our next tournaments are Wednesday 10 October at Brackenagh West PS, from 1.00pm and the second round of the EVO league on Thursday 11 October 9.30am.

Drop off

Please use the drop off bays in the school. Children can access both playgrounds from the bays. Supervision is in place from 8.45a.m. There is a set of steps next to the nursery which lead directly into the bottom playground. Children do not need to cross any roads or walk through the car park when using these steps.

On wet days children may enter their classrooms directly from 8.50am. P3 children may use the main entrance at this time. There will be no access before 8.50am.

First Penance

First Penance for our P4 children will take place on Thursday 6 December at 11.00am in the Church of St Therese. Children should be seated by 6.45pm. First Communion is confirmed as Saturday 4 May at 11.00am in St Therese.

Afterschool Clubs

Athletics will begin on Monday 8 October for P4 to P7 pupils from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Irish Dancing continues on Tuesdays for P2 to P3 from 2.00pm to 3.00pm and for P4 to P7 pupils from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Michael Feeney’s Gaelic coaching continues on Tuesdays for P2 to P3 from 1.45pm to 2.45pm and for P4 to P7 pupils from 2.45pm to 3.45pm.

Paul Evans EVO soccer coaching continues Wednesdays for P2 to P3 from 2.00pm to 3.00pm and for P4 to P7 pupils from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.

Drama Club continues on Thursdays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Fun Fit continues on Thursdays for P2 to P3 from 2.00pm to 3.00pm and for P4 to P7 pupils from 3.00pm to 4.00pm in the Parish Centre.

Friday Clubs

Friday Clubs for P5 to P7 are fully up and running. The final day of Clubs for the term will be Friday 30 November.

Indoor Bowls Club, The Fabulous Food Club, Gardening Club and Art and Craft Club will take place in school from 2.15pm until 3.00pm

Table Tennis will take place in the school canteen from 1.15pm to 3.00pm.

Netball will take place in the Leisure Centre from 1.15pm to 2.45pm.

Football will take place at Cheney Park from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Please note, Down GAA coaches will be leading the Friday sessions.

Children are requested to bring £1 each Friday to cover the costs of facilities.

Daily Mile

Our Daily Mile will continue this year. Please ensure that your child brings a bottle of water to school daily.

Red and Black Day

Clann Na Banna are presenting, "Strictly Come Dancing At The Movies," this weekend. They are hoping to raise much needed funds for their Gaelic Club and Newry Hospice Services.

On FRIDAY 5th OCTOBER our school is having a Red and Black day to support this community event. Your child should wear red/black clothing to school and donate £1. Mr Mackle will be hosting a school quiz on this day. Thank you for your support.

School Menu

Please check the school website for the monthly school menu which is updated at the beginning of each month.

School Certificates

Congratulations to Chloe King, James McGivern, Caolan McGinley, Kasey Hamilton, Sophie Glendinning, Niamh Jordan, Tiara Gartland, Joseph Corkery, Gianna Scappaticci, Shane Reilly, Eryk Slawiski, Cara Burns, Caellum Casey, Reece Winters, Grace Hamilton, Annie Wilson, Kate McEvoy, Odhran Savage, James Kearney, Gracie-Anne Grimes, Jack Dyer, Liam Winters, Emily Gribben and Eoghan Fitzpatrick on being awarded a class certificate for good work and excellent behaviour during the week ending Friday 7th September. Well done everyone!

Please return to your child’s class teacher or directly to the school office.

Child(ren)’s name(s): …………………………………………………………… Class/es: …………………..

I enclose £10.00/£20.00 as a voluntary contribution the St. Mary’s Primary School Fund.

Date:   ………………….         Parent/Carer’s Signature: ………………………………….………………….