Broadbridge Primary School         Thursday 15th October 2020              Note 7

Diary:  Monday 19th Oct- 30th Oct School Closed both dates inclusive.     

Monday 26th-Wednesday 28th October – Primary 1-7 Parent Teacher Meetings (Postponed)

 

School Provision

 

Day Early Morning Club 8:00-8:45 a.m. 2:00 – 3:00 Club
Mon 2nd Nov – Fri 6th Nov Spaces are now available for children in the Early Morning Club and

2:00-3:00 Club (P1 & P2 Pupils) Please contact the office to book a place.

 

School Closure – Yesterday the Executive announced that schools and other education settings will have the half-term holiday break extended from 19th to 30th October. The school will remain closed for this two-week period for all pupils.

This period of closure has come at a very difficult time for our pupils. We have been working very hard at school to close the gap in their education as a result of the first lockdown. Therefore, it is important that this is not treated as a two week break for your child, as they may lose so much that they have learned since September. We would ask that the pupils complete any work that has been sent home by the class teacher. There is Numeracy and Literacy homework to be completed and teachers have asked that pupils reading novels, do so on a daily basis. This work will not cover any new topics; all topics have been covered by the class teacher. We appreciate that this may be difficult for some families as they try to work and provide childcare on a daily basis, but by having your child staying engaged with their school work the return to school on 2nd November will be much easier for all.

Please follow any guidance that has been issued by the PHA and remain safe during these difficult times.

 

Early Morning Club -2:00-3:00 Club –  Please make sure that all payments for September and October are paid up to date. Thank you.

 

Maths Week – Thanks to all the teachers, parents and pupils for participating in the many challenges that were set in Maths week 10th – 18th October. Check out some of the activities that the pupils participated in on Facebook and Google Classroom.

 

Data Collection Sheet – All Data Collection Sheet need to be returned tomorrow.

 

Parent/Teacher Meeting P2-P6  The Parent/Teacher meetings that were due to take place from Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th October have now been postponed to a later date. Parents will be informed once the date has been finalised.

Broadbridge Primary School            Thursday 8th October 2020               Note 6

Diary:        Monday 26th-Wednesday 28th October – Primary 1-7 Parent Teacher Meetings

 

School Provision

 

Day Early Morning Club 8:00-8:45 a.m. 2:00 – 3:00 Club
Mon 12th Oct – Fri 16th Oct Spaces are now available for children in the Early Morning Club and 2:00-3:00 Club (P1 & P2 Pupils). Please contact the office to book a place.

 

COVID-19 Update

  • IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT HAVE SYMPTONS OF COVID-19 BUT HAS OTHER COLD-LIKE SYMPTONS, SUCH AS A RUNNY NOSE, THEY DO NOT NEED TESTED AND THEY OR MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD DO NOT NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE. YOUR CHILD CAN ATTEND SCHOOL IF FIT TO DO SO.
  • Please notify the school if your child is being tested for COVID-19. We would ask that results are forwarded to the school at your earliest convenience.

 

Maths Week – Maths week will run from the 10th – 18th October. Watch out for our links on Facebook and Google Classroom. Get your Maths Eyes Ready!!!

 

Data Collection Sheet – All pupils have been sent home with a Data Collection Sheet today. Please highlight changes in red and return to the school tomorrow.

 

Parent/Teacher Meeting P1-P7 – Parent/Teacher meetings will take place from Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th October. This year the meeting will take place by phone. Your child’s teacher will give you a time that the call will be made on the Monday/Tuesday. If that does not suit they will call you at a later time on the Wednesday evening. A face to face meeting will only be available to parents that are required to sign educational documents.

 

Note from the Bike General! – Please check your child’s brakes on a regular basis. Of all the bikes I checked at the school at least 1 in 5 had very poor or non-existing brakes! It is non critical that the gears work but the brakes need to be operational. Contact Ciaran on 07729953202. https://www.thebikegeneral.com/

 

School Dinners – A new menu is available online, please check our News section. This starts from Monday 12th October.

 

Eglinton Medical Practice – www.eglintonmedicalpractice.co.uk We had a very successful flu vaccine clinic last weekend in Foyle College on Limavady Road. Thank you to all who attended.

We will run a final flu vaccine clinic this Sunday 11th October in Foyle College from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. This clinic is for all pre-school children (that is children aged 2-4 years and not yet in primary school). However, everyone who is eligible for the flu vaccine and has not yet had it, is welcome to attend this clinic also.

The flu vaccine for children is given as a simple painless nasal spray into each nostril. A very small number of children may need the vaccine as injection instead.

Children are more likely to suffer from flu than adults. Giving flu vaccine to children helps stop them catching and spreading the infection, so it protects them and also the people around them.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as high temperature, a new continuous cough, or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, or if you have been told to isolate in the previous 14 days.

Music Service – Brass lessons will resume Monday children to bring own instruments. Violin/Viola lessons will resume Wednesday. Please bring instruments to school.

Faughanvale GAA – Monster Bingo on Banks of the Vale, John Mc Laughlin Park, Sunday 11th October. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. First game 3:00 p.m. Contact St.Mary’s GAC Faughanvale Facebook or 07803702171 for more information. 

Slaughtmanus GAA – U6-U8-U10-U12 at Campsie Indoor Football facility is now cancelled for 2 weeks following COVID-19 restrictions set in place by the GAA.

Click HERE for next four weeks’ menu.

Broadbridge Primary School          Thursday 1st October 2020         Note 5

 

Confirmation Date: The school confirmation date is Thursday 11th February 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in Star of the Sea.

 

School Provision

 

Day Early Morning Club 8:00-8:45 a.m. 2:00 – 3:00 Club
Mon 5th Oct – Fri 9th Oct Spaces are now available for children in the Early Morning Club and         2:00-3:00 Club (P1 & P2 Pupils). Please contact the office to book a place.

 

COVID-19 Update – Parents are reminded that the school must have an immediate contact telephone number and email address should the need arise in the coming months. Please forward to info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating also your child/ren’s class.

  • IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT HAVE SYMPTONS OF COVID-19 BUT HAS OTHER COLD-LIKE SYMPTONS, SUCH AS A RUNNY NOSE, THEY DO NOT NEED TESTED AND THEY OR MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD DO NOT NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE. YOUR CHILD CAN ATTEND SCHOOL IF FIT TO DO SO.
  • Please notify the school if your child is being tested for COVID-19. We would ask that results are forwarded to the school at your earliest convenience.
  • The school will not be reporting on a daily basis via Facebook or any other platform to parents regarding rumoured positive cases in the school. When the need arises that you need to be contacted please be assured that you will be contacted immediately and in line with advice issued to the school from the PHA.

 

Bike to School Week – Bike to School Week runs from Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October 2020. Thanks to all who cycled, walked and scooted to school on a daily basis. You have just discovered the best way to get to school!

 

Thanks to Ciaran O’Hara “The Bike General” who visited the school today as part of our Bike to School Week. He talked to the pupils about bike safety and maintenance. He fixed some of the bikes on the spot that had some minor ailments and gave the pupils recommended repair slips to take home. Ciaran is available to call out and do all kinds of bike repairs at your home. If you wish to book an appointment, please contact Ciaran on 07729953202. https://www.thebikegeneral.com/

 

He is well worth a call!!!

 

Eglinton Medical Practice –  Eglinton Medical Practice will hold their annual flu vaccination clinic this Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.at Foyle College. Further information is on the Practice website www.eglintonmedicalpractice.co.uk Please do not bring school age children to this clinic as they will be vaccinated at school at a later date.

 

AM/PM Clubs – Forms for the early morning and 2:00-3:00pm Clubs for October have been issued today. Please complete the forms and return to the school office with any payments in the envelope provided ensuring that it is clearly marked. Notes detailing outstanding bills and any overpayments for September 2020 have also been issued today, again any payments due should be returned with the letter issued and in the envelope provided. Please note that any balances issued today are for this school year only (i.e. for September 2020) and do not take account of any monies outstanding for last year or any credit balances. Balances for the year September 2019-March 2020 will be issued next week. The school is aware that money is owed to individuals for swimming lessons that were paid last year. This will be returned next week.

 

Music Service – Brass lessons will resume Monday 5th October @ 10:00 a.m. children to bring own instruments.

Violin/Viola lessons will resume Wednesday 7th October. Please bring instruments to school.

 

Skill School – Any parent that has signed their child up to a Skill School Course pre lock down please be advised that this will be honoured as soon as the sessions resume in school. Both the football and dance will have 7 weeks’ credit to use. Any queries ring 02871223515. Thank you.

Fauganvale Target Wall Designs – This is the last call for all designs the competition closes tomorrow.

 

Yellow Vests – We would appreciate the return of any yellow vests to the school that are no longer required from last year.

 

Faughanvale GAA – Monster Bingo on Banks of the Vale, John Mc Laughlin Park, Sunday 11th October. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. First game 3:00 p.m. Contact St.Mary’s GAC Faughanvale Facebook or 07803702171 for more information.

 

Slaughtmanus GAA – U6-U8-U10-U12 at Campsie Indoor Football facility Thursday 1st October 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Thanks to Ciaran O’Hara “The Bike General” who visited the school today as part of our Bike to School Week. He talked to the pupils about bike safety and maintenance. He fixed some of the bikes on the spot that had some minor ailments and gave the pupils recommended repair slips to take home. Ciaran is available to call out and do all kinds of bike repairs at your home. If you wish to book an appointment, please contact Ciaran on 07729953202. https://www.thebikegeneral.com/

He is well worth a call!!!

Broadbridge Primary School      Thursday 24th September 2020               Note 4

 

School Provision

 

Day Early Morning Club 8:00-8:45 a.m. 2:00 – 3:00 Club
Mon 28th Sept – Fri 2nd Oct Spaces are now available for children in the Early Morning Club and      2:00-3:00 Club (P1 & P2 Pupils). Please contact the office to book a place.

 

  • COVID-19 Update – Parents are reminded that the school must have an immediate contact telephone number and email address should the need arise in the coming months. Please forward to info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating also your child/ren’s class.
  • We are slowly reducing the volume of traffic arriving at the school. We would encourage pick up across the ‘Blue Bridge’. Please be mindful of the houses in this area and the business, that their entrances and exits are not blocked at any time. All Blue Bridge walkers must leave by Gate 1.
  • Well done to the increasing number of walkers and cyclists that complete the daily route to and from school, we have really noticed the reduction in cars around the school due to this.
  • Only one pick up should be made at the 2:00 p.m. time and 3:00 p.m. time. If you have children in both P1 & P2 then pick up is at the latter time of 2:15 p.m. Your child will be brought to the ‘Master’s Hall’ to wait on their sibling. Likewise, if a Primary 3/4/5 pupil that has a sibling in P6/7 should wait in the ‘Master’s Hall’ for their sibling to finish at 3:15 p.m. (No adults should be waiting at the pick-up points for that 15-minute period)
  • 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!!!!

 

 

Bike to School Week – Bike to School Week runs from Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October 2020.

  • Challenge your friends and family to join you
  • Enjoy exploring new routes to and from school
  • Help the environment by replacing a car journey
  • Improve air quality and reduce congestion
  • Parents can visit www.sustrans.org.uk/btswcomp to join in the fun , celebrate cycling to school and the benefits of travelling actively for children. A flyer with competition details is attached.

Primary 1 Photographs – The school photographer will be in school on Monday 28th September to photograph Primary 1 pupils.

 

N.I Water – Thanks to Anna Killen from Northern Ireland Water for her presentation online this morning, teaching all the children the importance of saving water in our homes and at school. They have donated a water bottle to every child in the school, to encourage reusing and reducing single use plastic.

 

Planned Giving – Thanks once again to all the parents/guardians for signing up to our planned giving appeal. This year more than ever we are depending on parental support to fund additional materials for the classroom, outside play facilities and classroom assistant support. If you are considering signing up please complete the attached form or alternatively call into the office for a form, your help is greatly appreciated.

 

Slaughtmanus GAA – U6-U8-U10-U12 @ Campsie Indoor Football Facility Thursday 24th September 6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Faughanvale GAA– Primary Programme starts Friday 25th September at the Vale Centre for all Nursery and P1 children 6:00-6:40 p.m. P2 children 6:45-7:25 p.m. Everyone welcome. £1 per child.

 

Please click here for ‘Planned Giving’  Standing Order form.

Broadbridge Primary School                        Thursday 17th September 2020                                                   Note 3

 

School Provision

 

Day Early Morning Club 8:00-8:45 a.m. 2:00 – 3:00 Club
Mon 21st  Sept – Fri 28th Sept Spaces are now available for children in the Early Morning Club and      2:00-3:00 Club (P1 & P2 Pupils). Please contact the office to book a place.

 

COVID-19 – Dear Parents and Carers, due to a rise in positive cases of Covid-19 across Northern Ireland we would ask for the following information if a parent takes their child to be tested for Covid-19. Please take the following steps:

  • Inform the school straight away that you are taking your child to be tested, even if you are doing this just for peace of mind or as a precaution.
  • Inform the school if you or a member of your extended family is taking the Covid-19 test as they may have been in contact with your child.
  • Please forward the result (negative or positive) sending to info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com, this is totally confidential and only visible to office staff.
  • If your child tests NEGATIVE, they may return to school providing they have not had a fever for 48 hours and have not been advised to self-isolate by the PHA.
  • If your child tests POSITIVE, DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL. Inform the school immediately. Self-isolate for at least 10 days as advised by the PHA.

Many parents are worried about what happens if a child in their child’s class tests positive: to date this has not happened. Rest assured that if it does you will be informed BY THE SCHOOL IMMEDIATIATELY. The school will then follow guidelines from PHA. Thank you once again for your co-operation with this matter.

 

Bike to School Week – This is a great opportunity to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils’ wellbeing and health. Bike to school week will take place between 28th September and 2nd October. Parents can visit www.sustrans.org.uk/btswcomp to join in the fun , celebrate cycling to school and the benefits of travelling actively for children. A flyer with competition details is attached.

 

First Holy Communion – Congratulations to the boys and girls who made their First Communion on Saturday and who behaved so well on the day. Our thanks to Fr McDermott who delivered each of the three ceremonies. A special word of thanks to Brian McCloskey and Gerry Cunningham for helping with the ceremonies. Thanks to all of the parents for their co-operation on the day. Finally, a word of thanks to all the staff of our school who worked so well together to ensure the day was such a happy and memorable occasion for all.

 

Roots of Empathy – We are looking for 3 children and their parents to participate in Roots of Empathy. This programme will start in January at school. Baby needs to be between 5/6 months at this stage. Please contact the school office and leave details if you are interested.

 

Faughanvale  GAA – The entry box for the target wall competition is located at the office. Please note this competition will close on Wednesday 23rd September.

Click for information about Bike to School Week 2020.

Broadbridge Primary School                        Thursday 10th September 2020                                                   Note 2

School Provision

Day Early Morning Club 8:00-8:45 a.m. 2:00 – 3:00 Club
Mon 14th Sept-Fri 18th Sept Spaces are now available for children in the Early Morning Club and      2:00-3:00 Club (P1 & P2 Pupils). Please contact the office to book a place.

 

COVID- 19 – A letter from the Chief Medical Officer and an Information Leaflet for Parents & Carers is attached regarding COVID -19. If your child is displaying COVID- 19 symptoms: A High Temperature or A New Continuous Cough or A Loss or Change to their sense of smell or taste, then you need to book a test. Please contact the school to say that your child is being tested and forward the test results once obtained. If, however, they are displaying other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they DO NOT NEED TESTED, they do not need to self-isolate and they can attend school if fit to do so. At school if your child starts to display any of the above symptoms, we will monitor them, which will include taking their temperature. We will always ask your child for permission to take their temperature and we will contact you to discuss the outcome. Please contact the school if you have any objections to the school taking your child’s temperature.

 

If a child tests positive within the school, we have to make contact with parents immediately to inform them of the measures that will be put in place by the school as advised by the Public Health Agency. Therefore, we would ask that the school has an up to date contact mobile number and an email address. Please forward this to info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating your child’s name and class.

 

Google Classroom – Please make sure you are able to access the Google Classroom assigned to your child. If at any stage your child’s class is asked to self-isolate school work will be sent using this platform.

 

School Dinners – School Dinners will be available to all pupils as of Monday 14th September. Please pay for your dinner at the beginning of the week. For those paying for school dinner the price is £2.60 per day, £13.00 for the week. A copy of the new menu is attached.

Spare Change of Clothing – Primary 3 teachers have requested that Primary 3 pupils bring in a change of clothing (trousers, t-shirt, underwear and socks). Please place in a plastic bag with your child’s name, this will remain in school.

Change of Shoes – Please send in a change of footwear for children to change into at break time and lunch time preferably an old pair that they can leave at school. Pupils should be wearing black shoes at all other times.

Label Clothing – All clothing should be labelled clearly before your child wears the garments to school. Each year we are left with a ‘mountain’ of lost property that has went unclaimed. If all items are labelled clearly they can be quickly returned to their rightful owner.

Cycling/Walking to school – Well done to all pupils that cycle/walk on a daily basis. Children are reminded that they must stay on the footpaths at all times and only cross the road where it is safe to do so. Cyclists please wear a helmet, alert pedestrians that you are approaching and keep your two hands on the handle bars!!!!

Planned Giving – Thank you to those families that completed a ‘Planned Giving’ form for the school this week. Your contribution to ‘added extras’ is greatly appreciated. If you plan on completing this form, please do so and leave at the front office. If you have misplaced this form contact the school office and we will send out a replacement. Every £1 donated to the school is worth £1.25 as the school can claim back paid tax.

First Communion – Good luck to all the Primary 5 pupils that are making their First Communion on Saturday 12th September. Photographs will be taken outside before each ceremony Only parents/guardians and siblings may attend. The children have received a more detailed note.

Time Class
10:00 a.m. Miss Doherty’s/Mr Mc Closkey’s
11:30 a.m. Miss Cusack’s/Mrs Henry’s
1:00 p.m. Mrs Bradley’s/Mrs Mc Elhinney’s