A message from Miss Doherty

 

I wish to convey my sincere thanks to all those who marked my retirement with good wishes via spoken words, written words, sent gifts and who gave monetary gifts to charities on my behalf.

In August I requested Father Patsy Mullan (who has since passed) to offer Masses for the following groups associated with Broadbridge Primary School since its inception.

 

  1. Present and past pupils.
  2. Present and past parents.
  3. Present and past staff.
  4. Present and past priests.
  5. Deceased pupils, staff, parents and priests.

 

Our late father Mullan duly carried out my request, informing me in a phone call. I would also like to express thanks to Father Mc Dermott for celebrating a Thanksgiving Mass for my career in the Master’s Hall on Friday 27th August 2021.

It was a deep regret of mine that our pupils could not participate in this joyful occasion because of COVID. To mark my retirement a donation will be made by me for the education of children in Syria on behalf of our school.

Thank you all once again, God bless and please take care.

 

Miss D Doherty

Broadbridge Primary School                        Thursday 16th September 2021                                                   Note 2

Diary: Monday 27th September – Sustrans “walk to school week” more information in next week’s note.

School Provision Club Cost
Mon 20th Sept –

Fri 24th Sept

Morning Club – 8:00-8:45 (£1 PER CHILD)
2-3PM Club – 2:00-3:00 (£2 PER CHILD)
Afterschool Club – 3:00-5:00 (£5 PER CHILD)

Please note:  All clubs must be booked in advance on the ParentPay App.  The closing time for the 3:00-5:00 club is STRICTLY 5.00 P.M. Children must be collected before this time.  If you feel that this cannot be managed or it will be at a rush, we would advise that you make alternative arrangements for after school care.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Day Activity Time & Venue Note
Monday 20th Cross-Country P5, 6, 7 3:00-4:15      At School Be prepared for wet weather. Cross-Country, Gaelic.& Soccer players bring boots/shin pads and trainers.
Wednesday 22nd Skill School P1 & P2 2:00-3:00       At School Please pick up sharply after all activities.
Skill School P3 & P4 3:00-4:15       At School
Thursday 23th Netball P6, 7 3:00-4:15       At School
Gaelic P5, 6, 7
Friday 24th Soccer P5, 6, 7 3:00-4:15       At School

Children doing Extra-Curricular Activities outside must have a change of footwear in case the venue changes due to weather conditions.  

All activities must be pre-booked on the ParentPay App with the exception of Skill School.

 

Covid in School  – The guidance has changed on the role the school plays in relation to contact tracing if there is a positive case in your child’s class. The PHA will contact you, they decide who is the close contacts not the school. The school now inform parents of a positive case in the class and send out an “Alert letter” as instructed by the PHA.

You do not have to keep your child off school. Further guidance is available on the following link. https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/information-schools-colleges-universities-and-parents/contact-tracing  If your child displays symptoms of COVID, the guidance remains the same keep them at home and book a test.

 

Reporting Sickness – If your child is off school due to any illness please contact the school office before the start of the school day. The school office is open from 8:45 a.m. onwards. If you wish to contact us before this time please send an email to info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com stating your child’s name, class teacher and reason for absence. If the absence is COVID related it must be stated in the email for attendance purposes. Any child that is absence for PCR testing, we would ask that an email of the test result is forwarded at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

 

School Uniform –  Children should arrive at school dressed in a full school uniform each morning. Children can change for PE or after school activities in the changing rooms. The younger year groups P1 & P2 do not need to change for Skill 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. Trainers are needed for PE times.

 

Fruit snack – All children should be sent to school with a fruit snack for their early morning break. As we are a healthy eating school, fruit is the only option at this time.

 

Children going home – Please ensure that your child/ren are aware of how they are getting home in the afternoon! The school office is constantly making/receiving phone calls during the school day to/ from parents. This causes a lot of disruption to the children in class.

Girls’ Football – Eglinton Eagles Girls Football Club is currently recruiting new members for the upcoming season. They’re looking for girls in P4-P7 classes who have played football before or would like to give it a go. Training takes place every Tuesday evening @ Campsie Indoor Football from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. For further details please contact: Lesley on 07716968003 or Mary on 07514730457. Check out our Facebook page: Eglinton Eagles Girls Football Club We’d love to see you there!

School Photographer – The school photographer will be here on Monday 20th September for individual P1 pupils and P1 Class photographs only. All other year groups will be at a later date.

 

Planned Giving –  Thanks to the families that have signed up for planned giving this year and to those that continue to do so. The planned giving money is a great source of income to provide valuable resources and extra classroom assistants within our school to the benefit of all pupils. If you have not signed up, we would appreciate if you would do so. Thank you.

 

Primary 7 Testing – Primary 7 pupils have been given a separate note regarding registration for the Transfer tests and mock examination dates.

 

A message from Miss Doherty

 

I wish to convey my sincere thanks to all those who marked my retirement with good wishes via spoken words, written words, sent gifts and who gave monetary gifts to charities on my behalf.

In August I requested Father Patsy Mullan (who has since passed) to offer Masses for the following groups associated with Broadbridge Primary School since its inception.

 

  1. Present and past pupils.
  2. Present and past parents.
  3. Present and past staff.
  4. Present and past priests.
  5. Deceased pupils, staff, parents and priests.

 

Our late father Mullan duly carried out my request informing me in a phone call. I would also like to express thanks to Father Mc Dermott for celebrating a Thanksgiving Mass for my career in the Master’s Hall on Friday 27th August 2021.

It was a deep regret of mine that our pupils could not participate in this joyful occasion because of COVID. To mark my retirement a donation will be made by me for the education of children in Syria on behalf of our school.

Thank you all once again, God bless and please take care.

 

Miss D Doherty

Eglinton Eagles Girls Football Club is currently recruiting new members for the upcoming season. They’re looking for girls in P4-P7 classes who have played football before or would like to give it a go. Training takes place every Tuesday evening @ Campsie Indoor Football from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. For further details please contact: Lesley on 07716968003 or Mary on 07514730457. Check out our Facebook page: Eglinton Eagles Girls Football Club We’d love to see you there!

Broadbridge Primary School                        Thursday 9th September 2021                                                   Note 1

Please note this is the ONLY WEEKLY NOTE that will be issued in paper format this year.  The weekly note will be published on the school website each Thursday https://broadbridgeprimaryschool.com/ and emailed to parents each week.

School Provision Club Cost
Mon 13th Sept –

Fri 17th Sept

Morning Club – 8:00-8:45 (£1 PER CHILD)
2-3PM Club – 2:00-3:00 (£2 PER CHILD)
Afterschool Club – 3:00-5:00 (£5 PER CHILD)

Please note:  All clubs must be booked in advance on the ParentPay App.  The closing time for the 3:00-5:00 club is STRICTLY 5.00 PM, children must be collected before this time.  If you feel that this cannot be managed or it will be at a rush, we would advise that you make alternative arrangements for after school care.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Day Activity Time & Venue Note
Monday 13th Cross-Country P5, 6, 7 3:00-4:15      At School Be prepared for wet weather. Cross-Country, Gaelic.& Soccer players bring boots and trainers.
Wednesday 15th Skill School P1 & P2 2:00-3:00       At School Please pick up sharply after all activities.
Skill School P3 & P4 3:00-4:15       At School
Thursday 16th Netball P6, 7 3:00-4:15       At School
Gaelic P5, 6, 7
Friday 17th Soccer P5, 6, 7 3:00-4:15       At School

Children doing Extra-Curricular Activities outside must have a change of footwear in case the venue changes due to weather conditions.  

All activities must be pre-booked on the ParentPay App with the exception of Skill School.

 

A very warm welcome back to everyone after the summer break.  We are delighted to see the children back at school once more.  The first two weeks of school have been challenging for everyone as we were unsure how the daily routine would work, we are making daily changes in school to ensure that all pupils and staff stay as safe as possible.  

 

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 carpark 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.
  • Follow the directions for entering the school all adults exiting the school must do so at Gate 1.
  • Primary 1, 2, 3 and & Primary 4 pupils are to enter through Gate 2.
  • Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils are to enter through Gate 3.
  • All pupils are to make their way around the exterior of the school and enter the school at their classroom outdoor entrance. Pupils must wait until the bell rings at 8:45 a.m. before accessing the back of the school.
  • Pupils must sanitize their hands on entering the school building at the stations provided or use their own personal product.
  • The school will be open from 8:45 a.m. for all pupils, any pupil entering school before this time will be deemed to be using the Morning Club and charged accordingly.
  • 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.

 

Afternoon Pick Up

  • Adults should stand back from the gates and socially distance themselves from others. Please do not congregate in groups and adhere to the government guidance.
  • Inform your child where you intend to be for pick up.
  • 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 2.
  • Primary 2 pupils will be picked up at 2:00 p.m. Mrs Hueston’s from Gate 3 (Parents stand to the right of the gate as you face the school).  Miss Simpson’s from Gate 3. (Parents stand to the left of the gate as you face the school).
  • Primary 3 pupils use Gate 1 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Primary 4 pupils use Gate 2 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Primary 5 pupils use Gate 2 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Primary 6 pupils use Gate 3 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Primary 7 pupils use Gate 3 at 3:00 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.

 

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.

 

All Clothing – Please ensure all clothing and property is property labelled to enable us to return lost property to its rightful owner.

 

Spare Change of Clothing – Primary 1, 2 & 3 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.  Trainers are needed for PE times.

 

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+ a month into 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.

 

Miss Doherty Retirement – Miss Doherty has retired from teaching after 42 years’ service to the parish.  She spent the first 5 years of her teaching career in Craigbrack school before moving to Broadbridge Primary School for the past 37 years!  Miss Doherty’s dedication to the job and commitment to the education of the children in the parish was clearly evident in her daily routine at our school. She requested a quiet send-off marking the occasion herself by buying everyone in the school an ice-cream last Friday.  She will be greatly missed in the school by both staff and pupils. We wish her many happy years in her retirement- it really is a well-deserved break!

 

Fr P Mullan – Fr P Mullan retired Parish priest and former Chair of the Governors of Broadbridge Primary School, sadly passed away on Thursday 2nd September 2021. He will be sadly missed by our whole school community and the parishioners of Faughanvale & Lower Cumber whom he served for twenty-four years. May he rest in peace.

 

Primary 7 Testing – The deadline for registration for the AQE and GL tests is Friday 24th September.  Please register ASAP.  Advice can be given in school on the registration process but we cannot register children for the test.

 

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.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of Fr Patsy Mullan on Thursday past. Not only was Fr Mullan a friend of our school and its pupils, he was a regular visitor who was never found wanting when it came to addressing the spiritual and sacramental needs of our pupils and staff. Mr McCloskey will particulary miss receiving his ashes from Fr Patsy at the beginning of Lent.

Fr Mullan also played his part in the management of our school, serving as Chairman of our Board of Governors until his retiremant as Parish Priest in 2016.

He will be sadly missed by our whole school community and the parish of Faughanvale and Lower Cumber.

Below is an extract from Fr McDermot’s Homily at Fr Mullan’s Requiem Mass.

Had he lived till next June, Father Mullan would have been here in Faughanvale and Lower Cumber for twenty-five years. He was appointed parish priest in June 1997, just one month after the untimely death of Father Jack Gallagher.

Maybe it is something that we take for granted but which I think is remarkable nonetheless is the fact that in his fifty-five years of priesthood, Father Mullan’s service was unbroken. He never took a sabbatical, he never took extended leave to do a course, he never took time off    except one day each week and the holidays that he was allowed to take – that is, to be absent from his parish for three Sundays each year.

When he retired from active ministry in 2018 we were delighted as a parish community that he decided to remain among us. In the gospel reading of this Mass (John 6:50-58) Jesus describes himself a s the Bread of Life. In a very real and radical way, Father Mullan dedicated his life to making Jesus, the Bread of Life, present and real in the lives of all to whom he ministered. In the Catholic tradition we speak of the Real   Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

The primary purpose of a priest’s life is to make Jesus present among the people whom he serves.

Father Mullan made Jesus present each and every day when he offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Each and every day! He made Christ    present in his unfailing, tireless and compassionate care for the sick, the troubled, the sad, the lost and the forgotten.

Even after his retirement he continued to minister to the sick in a very special way, but to all who continued to come to his door seeking prayer and blessing, encouragement and hope, a listening ear and a sympathetic heart. He was available to all regardless of who or what they were or their religious affiliation. He reached out the hand of friendship to everyone.

We thank God for his ministry and his witness to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Our prayer today is that Father Mullan has been reunited with his beloved parents Dan and Mamie in the blessed land of heaven where for all eternity they will rejoice in the presence of the Lamb of God, the One to whose gospel and glory Father Mullan dedicated his life. May his   gentle and faithful soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

(From the sermon at Father Mulan’s Requiem Mass).

May he Rest In Peace. Amen.

 

Please click HERE to see this month’s school menu.

Dear Parent/Guardian, Tuesday 31st August 2021

I hope you and your family are well and have had an enjoyable summer. School will open
tomorrow Wednesday 1st September for all pupils. Children may enter the school from 8:45
a.m. onwards. Primary 1 pupils can if they so wish start school at 9:30 a.m. on the first few
days. To return to school safely for all pupils, staff and parents please read the following
guidance, this must be adhered to strictly for the safety of the whole school community.

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.
 Follow the directions for entering the school all adults exiting the school must do so at Gate 1.
 Primary 1 2,3 and & Primary 4 pupils are to enter through Gate 2.
 Primary 5,6 and 7 pupils are to enter through Gate 3.
 All pupils are to make their way around the exterior of the school and enter the school at
their classroom outdoor entrance.
 Pupils must sanitize their hands on entering the school building at the stations provided or
use their own personal product.
 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 8:00a.m. – 8:45 a.m. We are able to facilitate this in a limited
capacity. This must be booked through the ParentPay App.

School Day

 Pupils must wear a full clean school uniform.
 Children should bring a coat to school for outdoor play and break time.
 School bags & pencil cases may be brought to school. Please label all property belonging to
your child.
 Please provide footwear for outside play that can remain in school for the foreseeable future.
 Break times and lunch times will be staggered throughout the day.
 The school canteen will be available for anyone wishing to book a meal through ParentPay
App.
 Lunch should be brought to school in a lunch box, all packaging should be returned home.
Food waste can be disposed of at school.
 Children will be encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands on a regular basis throughout
the day.

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 for pick up.
 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 2.
 Primary 2 pupils will be picked up at 2:00 p.m. Mrs Hueston’s from Gate 3 (Parents stand to
the right of the gate as you face the school.). Miss Simpson’s from Gate 3. (Parents stand to
the left of the gate as you face the school.)
 Primary 3 pupils use Gate 1 at 3:00 p.m.
 Primary 4 pupils use Gate 2 at 3:00 p.m.
 Primary 5 pupils use Gate 2 at 3:00 p.m.
 Primary 6 pupils use Gate 3 at 3:00 p.m.
 Primary 7 pupils use Gate 3 at 3:00 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.
The 2:00 -3:00 club will run as normal but must be pre-booked, the after school club will also run from
3:00 – 5:00 but must be pre-booked. All children must be collected before 5:00 p.m.
Your child at school.

IF YOUR CHILD IS DISPLAYING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTONS THEY MUST NOT ATTEND
SCHOOL.

 Before the restart talk to your child about the importance of washing and sanitising
hands on a regular basis.
 We will be trying to minimise the touching of hard surfaces therefore where possible
doors will remain open during the day.
 Your child must remain in the ‘Bubble’ of their own class, unfortunately they cannot
mix with pupils from other classes.
 If they complain at school of feeling unwell their temperature will be taken and
parents will be contacted immediately.
 It is important that all contact details are amended at the school office if there has
been changes to telephone numbers, home address etc. during the summer months.
 A more detailed guidance for parents is available on the Department of Education
website. www.education-ni.gov.uk
 Parents are advised to check their child’s Google Classroom as updates will be posted
there. Last year’s classes will be updated ASAP.

I hope that this helps in some way towards planning for the restart to school. Please be
assured of our commitment to your child’s safety and education. As restrictions ease, parents
will be notified of any changes.

Yours Faithfully
Daniel Mc Laughlin

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.