Broadbridge Primary School            Thursday 24th June 2021              Note 31

 

Diary:

             

Friday 25th June Tempest Confirmation Photographs and pupil portraits.

 

COVID-19 Update Parents are reminded that the school must be contacted if there is a positive case in your household.  Please ring 7181 0520 or email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating your child/ren’s class and a brief outline of the case.

 

Adults are reminded that they must maintain a social distance at the gates of the school.  We would encourage the use of masks at these points due to the large gatherings at any one time!

 

School Closes –  School closes for the Summer Holidays on Wednesday 30th June at 12 noon and reopens on Wednesday 1st September at 9:10 a.m.  NB All walkers, scooters and cyclists may leave the school at 11:45 a.m. Walking train and car children will leave at 12:00 noon.  Please park at the other side of ‘The Blue Bridge’ if possible when collecting from school.

 

Primary 3 & 4 Pupils – Primary 3 & 4 pupils will be having a fun day in school tomorrow. Their class teacher has given them all the information they need.

 

Parents’ Survey – Please check the News section of our website where you’ll be able to complete a questionnaire on you and your child’s experiences of Remote Learning during the lockdown earlier this year. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated and will help inform our planning for any future periods of Remote Learning. Thanking you in anticipation of your feedback.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities – All extra-curricular activities are finished for this year. Thanks to all the staff, coaches and outside agencies   for making it an active and memorable last few months at school for the children.

 

Primary 7 Leavers – Tomorrow is the last day of school for our Primary 7 pupils. We wish the 58 pupils all the best for the future as they embark on the next stage of their education. We are also saying goodbye to 26 families, thank you for entrusting us with the job of educating your children, it has been a pleasure.

 

Tempest Photography –  The photographer will be in school tomorrow to take the Primary 7 Confirmation photographs. For any other year group, if you wish to have your child’s photograph taken in their school uniform, please contact the class teacher.

 

School Books – Please return all books belonging to the school tomorrow. The list includes School Library Books, Class Library Books, Class Textbooks and Class Novels.

 

Yellow Vests – Please return all yellow vests to the class teacher tomorrow.

 

Classes for next year – The classes for September 2021 have not been finalised as yet as there are a few teaching vacancies within the school that will be appointed during the summer months. Once the positions have been confirmed the children will be informed of their teacher for next year and the classroom that they will be situated in.

 

First Communion – Congratulations to all the pupils in Primary 4 who made their First Communion at the weekend. Thanks to Fr. Mc Dermott for officiating at the ceremony, to Brian Mc Closkey the sacristan for the preparation of the Chapel, to Miss Doherty and Miss Cusack for preparing the pupils for their special day, to all the other staff for helping on the day, it really was a lovely ceremony. Thank you.

 

ParentPay – Please pay any outstanding balances on ParentPay ASAP to allow the office staff to do the end of year returns. Thank you.

 

Please click HERE to complete the survey on Remote Learning during the lockdown earlier this year.

We pray for our boys and girls in Primary 7 who later today will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in a ceremony at Star of the Sea chapel at 2:00 p.m.

We wish you every blessing on this most special day.

Congratulations to all the pupils in Primary 4 who made their First Communion earlier today at Star Of The Sea chapel. Thanks to Fr. McDermott for officiating at the ceremony, to Brian McCloskey the sacristan for the preparation of the Chapel, to Miss Doherty and Miss Cusack for preparing the pupils for their special day and to all the other staff for helping on the day. It really was a lovely ceremony. Thank you.

Broadbridge Primary School                Thursday 17th June 2021                                         Note 30

Diary:

Friday 18th June P5/P6/P7 ArtAbyss at Stendhal
Saturday 19th June P4 First Communion 10:00 a.m. at Star of The Sea
Monday 21st June Confirmation Rehearsal 6:00 p.m. Star of The Sea
Thursday 24th June Confirmation 2:00 p.m. Star of The Sea
Friday 25th June Tempest Confirmation Photographs

                                    

 

COVID-19 Update Parents are reminded that the school must be contacted if there is a positive case in your household.  Please ring 7181 0520 or email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating your child/ren’s class and a brief outline of the case.

 

Adults are reminded that they must maintain a social distance at the gates of the school.  We would encourage the use of masks at these points due to the large gatherings at any one time!

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Day Activity Time & Venue Note
Thu 24TH  June Gaelic P4,5,6,7 3:00-4:15        At School All Sessions outdoors.

Be prepared for wet weather!

Pupils MUST be booked (Before 8:45 a.m. on day of activity) through ParentPay ONLY

in order to attend. Cost £2:00 per child.

* Please note: netball is finished for the year.

 

Confirmation Practice – This will take place on Monday at 6:00 p.m. Star of The Sea. Please note that the numbers attending this are limited to the pupil being confirmed and one adult.

 

First Communion and Confirmation Ceremonies- All children making their First Communion and Confirmation will receive a separate note outlining seating arrangements and measures that have been put in place for everyone’s safety at these ceremonies. Please read the guidelines and follow them if you are attending. Thank you.

 

School Reports – Your child’s annual school report will be sent out today or tomorrow depending on the timetable of events for the class. There is only one report, there is no need to return it to the school. If you wish to talk to the your child’s teacher contact the school office or email the school info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com  . The teacher will contact you Tuesday/Wednesday of next week.

 

Parents’ Classes – Week 6 of Parents’ classes for the parents of Primary 6 pupils preparing for the transfer test continue tonight at 8:00 p.m. Tonight is the last week of the parents’ classes. Thank you to all the parents who have attended over the last 6 weeks either in person or by zoom and to Mr Logue and Mrs Bradley for hosting the classes.  You will receive your school report on Monday if your child wishes to talk to a teacher regarding your progress, they may make an appointment at the school office!🤣🤣🤣🤣

 

Green Flag Award – Congratulations to all who assisted in any way – staff, pupils, parents and not forgetting our caretaker, in helping the school successfully attain the much coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag award. This is the first time we have achieved this and it’s thanks to our school eco team for guiding us in attaining our environmental targets. Well done everyone.

 

Free School Meals/School Uniform/Physical Education Clothing Allowance 2021-22 –  Guidance and links to apply have been posted on the school’s Facebook page.

 

 PC Fitness Training – Pascal Cooke Fitness training at the school Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:15 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. For further information contact Pascal 07778514063.

Green Flag Award – Congratulations to all who assisted in any way – staff, pupils, parents and not forgetting our caretaker, in helping the school successfully attain the much coveted Eco-Schools Green Flag award.

This is the first time we have achieved this and it’s thanks to our school eco team for guiding us in attaining our environmental targets.

Well done everyone.

Broadbridge Primary School        Thursday 3rd June 2021                    Note 28

 

Diary:     First Communion on Saturday 19th June at 10:00 a.m. in Star of The Sea.

Confirmation on Thursday 24th June at 2:00 p.m. in Star of The Sea.

 

COVID-19 Update Parents are reminded that the school must be contacted if there is a positive case in your household.  Please ring 7181 0520 or email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating your child/ren’s class and a brief outline of the case.

 

Adults are reminded that they must maintain a social distance at the gates of the school.  We would encourage the use of masks at these points due to the large gatherings at any one time!

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Day Activity Time & Venue Note
Thu 10th June Gaelic P4,5,6,7 3:00-4:15        At School All Sessions outdoors.

Be prepared for wet weather!

Netball P6,7
Pupils MUST be booked (Before 8:45 a.m. on day of activity) through ParentPay ONLY

in order to attend. Cost £2:00 per child.

 

 

Primary 1 Admissions September 2021 –The second group of Primary 1 admissions for September will start their outdoor play sessions this Tuesday for two weeks (Belmont Nursery, Eglinton Community Nursery, Eglinton Community Pre-School, Hollybush PS Nursery, Orchard Community Playgroup and Fountain PS Nursery) 2:15 – 2:55 p.m.  Please do not come into the school grounds for collection.  Your child will be brought to Gate 1 at this time.

 

Primary 4 First Confession –  Congratulations to the Primary 4 pupils who made their First Confession at school on the morning of Tuesday 1st June with Fr Mc Dermott.

 

First Communion and Confirmation Ceremony –  Parents of pupils participating in these ceremonies will be sent out allocated seats.

 

Confirmation Practice- This will take place on Monday 21st June at 6:00 p.m. Only the pupil and sponsor/parent need attend.

 

Parents’ Classes – Week 4 of Parents’ classes for the parents of Primary 6 pupils preparing for the transfer test continue tonight at 8:00 p.m.  Parents who have registered have been emailed information on how to access the class.  Never too late to join in!

 

Slaughtmanus GAA Boys and Girls Gaelic – Age 4-13 Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cost £1 – “A great way for the kids to make friends learn new skills, self-discipline and confidence.”

 

Faughanvale GAC – See the Club Facebook page for underage training times.

 

Free School Meals/School Uniform/Physical Education Clothing Allowance 2021-22 –

The Education Authority (EA) will be issuing communications on the EA website and social media channels to inform parents/ guardians about Free School Meals and Clothing Allowances. We would encourage all potential applicants to apply for the support available including Current Eligible Families and New Applicants

Parents/guardians who are currently in receipt of support for the 2020/21 school year will not be sent a pre-populated form for the 2021/22 school year. All parents/ guardians (including new applicants) are required to apply on-line from Monday, 7 June 2021 via the EA website https://www.eani.org.uk/financial-help/free-school-meals.

It is recommended that parents/ guardians apply during the month of June, or as early as possible, to enable applications to be processed for support to be in place for their children for the new school year. Parents/ guardians are being advised of the importance of providing valid Bank or Building Society account details in the claimant’s own name. Payments cannot be made into Post Office accounts.

We would encourage you to apply for this as soon as possible, payment of dinners is required until we have confirmation from the EA  that you are in receipt of Free School Meals which come September may take a few weeks!

 

Irish FA – Please see attached a Flyer from the Irish FA regarding a summer school which will take place from 2nd-6th August at Broadbridge Primary School.

Congratulations to our boys and girls in Primary 4 who earlier today received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

We wish them every blessing as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Saturday 19th June.

Broadbridge Primary School          Thursday 27th May 2021                                 Note 27

 

Diary:  School Holidays – The school will be closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 31st May 2021.

 

COVID-19 Update Parents are reminded that the school must be contacted if there is a positive case in your household.  Please ring 7181 0520 or email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating your child/ren’s class and a brief outline of the case.

 

Adults are reminded that they must maintain a social distance at the gates of the school.  We would encourage the use of masks at these points due to the large gatherings at any one time!

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Day Activity Time & Venue Note
Thu 3rd June Gaelic P4,5,6,7 3:00-4:15        At School All Sessions outdoors.

Be prepared for wet weather!

Netball P6,7
Pupils MUST be booked (Before 8:45 a.m. on day of activity) through ParentPay ONLY

in order to attend. Cost £2:00 per child

 

Primary 1 Admissions September 2021 – Parents who have a child starting Primary 1 in September please join the new Google Classroom that has now been set up for them.  It has all the information they need regarding their child starting school in September.  The code is 523tlvi.  The outdoor play sessions for the new Primary 1 pupils will continue next Tuesday (Strathfoyle Nursery, Greysteel Playgroup and Mullabuoy Pre-school Centre) 2:15 – 2:55 p.m.  Please do not come into the school grounds for collection.  Your child will be brought to Gate 1 at this time.

 

ParentPay – Further information on the following page.

 

NSPCC – Please see attached a letter regarding the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. online programme which all children will be participating in during the month of June at school.  There are activities that parents/guardians can do at home.  Please follow the links to access content which will be taught.

 

Primary 4 First Confession – Primary 4 pupils will make their First Confession at school on the morning of Tuesday 1st June with Fr Mc Dermott.

 

First Communion – Primary 4 pupils will be making their First Communion on Saturday 19th June at 10:00 a.m. in Star of The Sea.

 

Confirmation – Primary 7 pupils will be making their Confirmation on Thursday 24th June at 2:00 p.m. in Star of The Sea.

 

Faughanvale Credit Union – Faughanvale Credit Union are very pleased to be restarting the School Savings Scheme in partnership with Broadbridge Primary School in September 2021.  All information and forms will be provided for every pupil at the beginning of September.  We look forward to getting our junior members back to regular savings.

 

Parents’ Classes – Week 3 of Parents’ classes for the parents of Primary 6 pupils preparing for the transfer test continue tonight at 8:00 p.m.  Parents who have registered have been emailed information on how to access the class.  Never too late to join in!

 

Primary 1 Admissions September 2021 – Please confirm at the school office that your child will be attending Broadbridge Primary School in September 2021 if you have not already done so, alternatively email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com confirming acceptance.

 

Faughanvale GAA Bingo! – Every Friday from 8:00 p.m.  Don’t miss out get your books now.  8 games and a bigger jackpot.  Please key in the link below to purchase your single book (£10) or double book (£15) http://bit.ly/ValeVBingo.

 

Slaughtmanus GAA Boys and Girls Gaelic – Age 4-13 Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cost £1 – “A great way for the kids to make friends learn new skills, self-discipline and confidence.”

 

ParentPay

 

We would like to remind parents of the following points when using the ParentPay system:

 

  • ALL bookings for School Meals, Morning Club, 2-3 p.m. Club and Extra-curricular activities MUST be made and paid for via ParentPay in advance of the date of the event. Retrospective payments should only be made in exceptional circumstances.

 

  • Bookings must be made by 8:45 a.m. on the day you would like to use a service (with the exception of Morning Club which must be booked the day before). Please note bookings can be made up to 3 weeks in advance.

 

  • Please ensure that when booking Extra-curricular activities for your child, e.g. Gaelic or netball, that you make the payment for the correct activity and date. Activities for the incoming week will be uploaded onto the system on a Monday morning ready to be paid for as needed.

 

  • When a new activity is added to the system a notification will be marked against your child’s record to show it is available, this is not a bill. The item will be removed when the activity is ready to be archived i.e. when all payments have been made.

 

  • When making payments, we would ask parents not to use the bank transfer option if at all possible as this can take up to 10 working days to register and clear with your bank and on the ParentPay system as compared to a payment made using a bank card which registers within a few hours. Bank transfer payments cause a delay if a refund is required in the event that a child is sick and has been booked in.

 

We would ask parents to check their ParentPay account periodically to ensure that there are no outstanding balances against their account.  If there are any outstanding balances at the month’s end, parents will be notified at the beginning of following month by letter.

 

There are still a number of families who have not activated their account on the system.  If you need an additional activation letter or if you need to support in setting up your account, please contact the school office and we will help you in any way we can.  Please note going forward this will be the only method of payment available at the school.

 

 

Thank you.

Broadbridge Primary School             Thursday 13th May 2021                                       Note 26

 

Diary:  School Holidays – The school will be closed from the 17th May – 21st May.  Both dates inclusive.

 

COVID-19 Update Parents are reminded that the school must be contacted if there is a positive case in your household.  Please ring 7181 0520 or email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating your child/ren’s class and a brief outline of the case.

 

Adults are reminded that they must maintain a social distance at the gates of the school.  We would encourage the use of masks at these points due to the large gatherings at any one time!

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Day Activity Time & Venue Note
Thu 27th May Gaelic P4,5,6,7 3:00-4:15        At School All Sessions outdoors.

Be prepared for wet weather!

Netball P6,7
Pupils MUST be booked (Before 8:45 a.m. on day of activity) through ParentPay ONLY

in order to attend. Cost £2:00 per child

 

Skillschool – Skillschool continues on Wednesday P1-P4 and Friday P5-P7.  “Keeping fit and keeping active, made me the person I am today!” Joe Gray – European Relations Officer.

 

Dropping off Children in the Morning – When dropping off children in the morning, please do not exit your car.  Drivers should not reverse at any time.  Please ensure that your child has safely exited the car and is on the pavement away from the car before driving off.  Please be aware that other cars may not be dropping off but may be using the school to return onto the main Coolafinney Road.  The maximum speed limit in the school grounds is 5 kmph.

 

Primary 5 First Confession – Congratulations to the pupils of Primary 5 who made their First Confession at school on Tuesday with Fr Mc Dermott.

 

Primary 4 First Confession – Primary 4 pupils will be making their First Confession on Tuesday 1st June at the school with Fr Mc Dermott.

 

First Communion – Primary 4 pupils will be making their First Communion on Saturday 19th June at 10:00 a.m. in Star of The Sea.  Seating arrangements will be in place for all families that attend.  The family group is restricted to parents and siblings of the Primary 4 child celebrating their Communion.  Masks must be worn inside the chapel by all adults in attendance.  There will be no tea afterwards in St. Anne’s Hall.

 

Confirmation – Primary 7 pupils will be making their Confirmation on Thursday 24th June at 2:00 p.m. in Star of The Sea.  Seating arrangements will be in place for all families that attend.  The family group is restricted to parents, one Godparent and siblings of the Primary 7 child celebrating their Confirmation.  Masks must be worn inside the chapel by all adults in attendance.  There will be no tea afterwards in St. Anne’s Hall.

 

The SEN newsletter with information on RISE is attached to the bottom of this note as is the new canteen menu.

 

Parents’ classes – Week 2 of Parents’ classes for the parents of Primary 6 pupils preparing for the transfer test continue tonight at 8:00 p.m.  Parents who have registered have been emailed information on how to access the class.  Never too late to join in!

 

Primary 1 Admissions September 2021 – Please confirm at the school office that your child will be attending Broadbridge Primary School in September 2021 alternatively email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com confirming acceptance.

 

Number Day –  Thanks to everyone who donated to NSPCC and took part in Number Day, there were some great pictures and all classes had great fun.  We have raised a total of £624.00 to date.  Any final donation will be collected tomorrow.

 

Faughanvale GAA Bingo! – Every Friday from 8:00 p.m.  Don’t miss out get your books now.  8 games and a bigger jackpot.  Please key in the link below to purchase your single book (£10) or double book (£15) http://bit.ly/ValeVBingo.

Slaughtmanus GAA Boys and Girls Gaelic – Age 4-13 Wednesday 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cost £1 – “A great way for the kids to make friends learn new skills, self-discipline and confidence.”

 

 

SEN Newsletter: RISE NI

This month we would like to raise awareness of an early intervention service, Regional Integrated Support for Education  (RISE NI) who can help to support your child from nursery up to Primary 4. 

Who are RISE NI?

RISE NI is a regional early intervention service which supports children in pre-school educational and  mainstream primary school settings by working closely with parents and education staff to help children develop the foundation skills for learning i.e. speech, language, communication, sensory-motor, visual perception, social, emotional and behaviour skills.

The RISE NI team consists of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, social emotional and behavioural practitioners, and support workers.

How can RISE NI help me?

RISE NI have recently launched their parent website and it is filled with lots of useful webinars that you can watch at home at a time that suits you. The website is for the parents and carers of children in mainstream nurseries and primary schools (up to P4). It promotes development of:

  • speech and language
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • social and emotional development

The website contains information leaflets, suggested activities / resources and parent training videos developed by clinical psychologists, behaviour therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists. 

What webinars are currently on offer?

Some of the webinars/presentations currently on offer cover:

  • Motor Skills Development
  • Understanding Childhood Worry and Anxiety
  • Learning to Learn
  • Speech, Language and Communication Development
  • Sleep Awareness
  • Selective Mutism
  • Attention and Listening
  • Understanding Sensory Processing
  • Sensory Home Strategies

You can access these webinars online at: https://view.pagetiger.com/RISENI/parents