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

Click here for next four weeks’ lunch menu.

Click here for guidance from the Department of Education.

Click here for letter from Chief Medical Officer.

Broadbridge Primary School                        Thursday 3rd September 2020                                                   Note 1

Please note this is the last weekly note that will be issued in paper format. The weekly note will be published on the school website each Thursday.

Please visit https://broadbridgeprimaryschool.com/

School Provision

Day Early Morning Club 8:00-8:45 a.m. 2:00 – 3:00 Club
Mon 7th Sept –

Fri 11th Sept

Spaces are now available for children in the Early Morning Club and 2:00 – 3:00 Club (P1 & P2 Pupils)

A very warm welcome back to everyone after a lengthy stay away. We are delighted to see the children back at school once more. This week has been challenging for everyone as we were unsure how the daily routine would work, we are making daily changes in school to ensure that the pupils and staff stay as safe as possible. We have met as a staff and discussed some changes that may be made to the arrival and departure of children to the school. Any changes made are in an attempt to make this daily routine run as smoothly as possible for us a school and you as a parent.

Dropping Children Off in the Morning – In an attempt to ease traffic congestion parents may drop children in the drop-off zone inside the school grounds PARENTS ARE ASKED NOT TO EXIT CARS. This is to ensure that the traffic flows freely for all. Only disabled badge holders and parents with young babies may enter the car-park to park.

       Morning Drop Off

 

  • Only Primary 1 and Primary 2 pupils may be walked to their external classroom door. No other adults may enter the school grounds unless they have business at the school office.
  • All adults exiting the school must do so at Gate 1.
  • Primary 1 2,3 and Miss Doherty’s Primary 4 pupils are to enter through Gate 2.
  • Primary 4,5,6 and 7 pupils are to enter through Gate 3.
  • The school will be open from 8:45 a.m. for all pupils.
  • We would encourage as many pupils to walk/cycle to school as possible to minimise the traffic at the school. Alternatively, pupils should be dropped off at the far side of the ‘Blue Bridge’ and walk from there. We do not encourage anyone to drop off at the ‘Maxol’ as this is a place of business and not a drop off zone for our school.
  • Gate 1 can only be used as an entrance for pupils using the ‘Blue Bridge’ as their drop off point.
  • Parents dropping off inside the school grounds must not exit their cars.
  • Early morning provision 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

 

       Afternoon Pick Up

 

  • Adults should stand back from the gates and socially distance themselves from others. Please do not congregate in groups, adhere to the government guidance. Inform your child where you intend to be.
  • Encourage older pupils to cycle/walk independently home.
  • Primary 1 pupils will be picked up at 2:00 p.m. Miss Wade’s Class from Gate 1. Mrs Quinn’s class from Gate 3.
  • PLEASE NOTE P1 Pupils may wait for an older sibling from P2 in the Master’s Hall and leave the school together at 2:15 p.m.
  • Primary 2 pupils will be picked up at 2:15 p.m. Mrs Hueston’s from Gate 1. Mrs Tracey’s class from Gate 3.
  • Primary 3 pupils use Gate 2 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Primary 4 pupils use Gate 1 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Primary 5 pupils use Gate 3 at 3:00 p.m.
  • PLEASE NOTE P3, P4 & P5 Pupils may wait for an older sibling from P6/P7 in the Master’s Hall and leave the school together at 3:15 p.m.
  • Primary 6 pupils use Gate 2 at 3:15 p.m.
  • Primary 7 pupils use Gate 3 at 3:15 p.m.
  • Children being picked up at the far side of the ‘Blue Bridge’ will use Gate 1. There will be a member of staff there to ensure that they are collected. If you are running late, your child will be returned to school and remain at the front office until collection.
  • Kids Inn & Kids Cabin children will be collected at 2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

Please be aware of places of business i.e. Maxol & Maiden Detail Car Care and the residents in Coolafinney Meadows. Do not block their access and entrance routes. We would encourage as many parents as possible to wait at the far end of the “Blue bridge” but in particular parents of KS2 pupils. Children will be directed across the bridge. If parents are not there your child/ren will be returned to the school. This is a quicker exit route for those driving and reduces the traffic outside the school gates.

 

School Dinners – We have been sent a list of pupils that are entitled to free school meals by the Education Authority. There are many children that have been removed from last year’s list. It is important that parents reapply this year. If your child is not on this list unfortunately you are liable to pay until such time as we are informed by the department of your entitlement. The school dinners are currently priced at £2.60 per day, £13.00 for the week. We have forms in the office that must be completed ASAP or if you prefer this can be completed online. Please apply for free school meals if you feel that your child is entitled to them. The child does not even have to go to canteen. Each free school meal claimed and granted adds approximately £700 to the school budget. It also entitles the child to other benefits such as uniform grant, free music lessons and free entry for examinations. As a rough guide anyone earning less than £16,000 net a year is entitled to free school meals. At present canteen is only available to those availing of free school meals.

Peanut Free School – We have a number of pupils that have a severe allergy to nuts. Please do not pack any food products that contain traces of nuts in your child’s lunch box.

Spare Change of Clothing – Primary 1 and 2 pupils all require a change of clothing (trousers, t-shirt, underwear and socks) to be sent in. Please place in a plastic bag with your child’s name and leave on their coat hook.

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.

Consent Forms – Some pupils have received consent forms to be filled out. It covers several aspects of our curriculum and ways to share and celebrate your child’s learning and successes. It will help us to maintain your child’s health and wellbeing as well as giving us permission to include them in every aspect of school life. We will only ever ask you to fill out one of these consent forms in your child’s schooling, so it is important that you read it carefully. We would be grateful if you could read the information, sign each section and return the completed form to your child’s class teacher by Tuesday 8th September.

Planned Giving – Please find attached a ‘Planned Giving’ form. Thanks to all the families that already contribute on a monthly basis to the additional running costs of the school. We use this source of income to provide valuable resources and extra classroom assistants within our school to the benefit of all pupils. ‘Planned Giving’ is a charitable contribution that the school can claim tax back on, providing it is deemed as a donation/gift to the school and not as a payment for a service provided. We would encourage families to continue to contribute £5, £10+ monthly in the ‘Planned Giving’ scheme as your contribution helps towards the shortfall in our ever decreasing budget! Anyone wishing to sign up please complete the attached form or call into the school office for further information. Your help is greatly appreciated.

First Communion – The First Communion for Primary 5 pupils will take place on Saturday 12th September.

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

 

Only parents/guardians and siblings may attend. The children will get a more detailed note.

Finally! Please ensure that all contact details are correct at the school office. If in doubt ring the school office to confirm what we have on our system.

In line with the guidance provided to the school by EA, the new arrangements for the Morning Club from September will be as follows:

• Children should enter the school via their assigned gate (families should enter through the gate assigned to the eldest child). No adults should enter the school grounds.

• Children should make their way to the pupil entrance door and into the Master’s Hall.

• Children will be seated in class bubbles in the Master’s Hall.

• Children are encouraged to bring a book to read during their time in the Morning Club. Additionally, teachers will leave resources in the Hall for children to use during this time. It will not be possible for children to access the computer suite.

• Forms will be issued for each month and must be completed and returned in the envelope provided together with any payment due to the school office.

As restrictions ease parents will be notified of any changes.

Many thanks for your co-operation,

Daniel McLaughlin
Principal

To assist your child restarting on Tuesday 1st September and support them in knowing the new arrangements, teachers will meet the children for a short period of time on Thursday 27th August. This will give them the opportunity to find out where their entrance gate is and the route they must take to their classroom. The teachers will also discuss the new arrangements for the school day. This session is optional and will take no more than 30 minutes. If you feel that your child will benefit from this, see the details below. Please arrive and collect your child promptly. No uniform required.

Primary 6 meet at Gate 3  9:30 a.m. pick up 10:00 a.m. Gate 2

Primary 5 meet at Gate 3  10:15 a.m. pick up 10:45 a.m. Gate 3

Primary 4 Miss Cusack meet at Gate 3  11:15 a.m. pick up 11:45 a.m. Gate 1

Primary 4 Miss Doherty meet at Gate 2  11:15 a.m. pick up 11:45 a.m. Gate 1

Primary 3 meet at Gate 3  12:30 p.m. pick up 1:00 p.m. Gate 2

Primary 2 Mrs Tracey  meet at Gate 2  1:15 p.m. pick up 1:45 p.m. Gate 3

Primary 2 Mrs Hueston  meet at Gate 2  1:15 p.m. pick up 1:45 p.m. Gate 1