Broadbridge Primary School              Thursday 22nd April 2021                             Note 23

 

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 29th April 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 in order to attend. Cost £2:00 per child

 

Google Classroom Login – All pupils please check that you can still access your Google Classroom account.  If you have any difficulties, please contact the class teacher and this will be resolved as soon as possible.

 

Big Pedal – We have had a fantastic turnout for the Big Pedal event that continues until Friday of next week.  We have noticed the huge reduction in traffic flow as a result of this.  Once again we would encourage our older children to make their own way to and from school especially in the better weather.  The weekly tally for the class competition will be published tomorrow, therefore it is never too late to join in.  Don’t forget the results for the competition are based on the best five days!

 

Yellow Jackets – Please check for any yellow jackets that are left at home.  We would prefer that your child wears these on their journey to and from school if travelling by any means other than car!

 

P6 Transfer Meeting – Primary 6 parents are invited to a Transfer Meeting Tonight Via Zoom.  Information on how to access this meeting has been emailed and sent home with your child.

 

Swimming Money refund – Unfortunately the swimming money refund cannot be credited to your ParentPay account as had been hoped.  We have started withdrawing money from the bank to repay all money owed.  As we return the money to your child we will send a text to inform you of the repayment.  Alternatively, you may arrange to pick the money up in person, please contact the office the day before you intend to come in and collect to ensure that it is ready for you when you arrive.  All money will be refunded before the end of next week.  Thank you for you continued patience.

 

Earth Day – Please see the information below on Earth Day 22nd April.  Pupils have been asked to say no to plastic tomorrow.  We are hoping to measure the impact that we would have on the environment if we all said no to plastic on a daily basis.

 

Child Health Forms P1 & P2 – Please sign and return to school as soon as possible.

Nessy Forms – Some pupils have been sent out Nessy forms please sign and return.

 

Skill School New Sessions – Information Flyer Sent home today.
8-week course starts Wed 28th April Primary 1 & 2 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Primary 3 & 4 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
8-week course starts Fri 30th April Primary 5, 6 & 7 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

8 week course, cost £32.  Bookings can be made online at www.skillschoolni.com/bookings

(select after schools) or via returning the flyer which will be in your child’s bag today.

All sessions will be outdoors.  Joe Gray, CEO, Skill School.

 

Faughanvale GAA Girls Gaelic Football Training – Programme for (P6/P7) girls Wednesday 28th April at 6:00 p.m.

John Mc Laughlin Park.  New members are welcome!  Contact Terence on 07866531200.

Congratulations to our primary 7 pupils who earlier today received their prizes from Business In The Community’s Ciara Mulgrew.

The judges were so impressed by their entries that both were awarded a Raspberry Pi Zero W starter pack, along with everything needed to get them coding at home.

Well done boys, a marvelous achievement. Enjoy your weekend!

Broadbridge Primary School                Thursday 15th April 2021                               Note 22

 

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 22nd April 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 in order to attend. Cost £2:00 per child .

ParentPay – As you will be aware from Monday 8th March 2021 our school has moved all meals bookings and payments over to the online payment system ParentPay.  Parents who would like their child/ren to take a school dinner MUST book their meal online using this system.  This applies to ALL children whether paying for their meal or entitled to free school meals.  If you are entitled to free school meals no fee will be applied when you book the meal.  It is necessary for all meals to be booked in advance to ensure that we have accurate numbers for the school kitchen to prepare dinners.  From Monday 26th April 2021, parents will not be able to send children to dinner if they have not booked the meal in advance.  Meals must be booked before 8:45 a.m. on the morning that the meal is required.

 

Please note as of Monday 12th April 2021, our school has become completely cashless, please ensure that you have activated your account on ParentPay using the letter issued to you.  If you have misplaced this letter or need any help activating your account, please contact the school office and we will help you in any way we can.

 

Parents are also advised that bookings for Morning Club and 2:00 -3:00 p.m. Club should be made via ParentPay and must also be made in advance.

 

Easter Chicks – Thanks to Mrs Adair for making all the Easter Chicks this year once again and to all who purchased them.  A grand total of £900.00 was raised towards school funds.

 

Congratulations! – To Shay Peace and Dhruva Shivashankar on each winning a Raspberry Pi Zero W starter pack for their entries to the Business in the Community & Allstate NI Time to Code Competition!  Well done boys!

 

Mr Logue’s Draw – Mr Logue’s Easter Draw for Trócaire raised an amazing £1723.00.  Thanks to all the pupils and parents for participating in the draw.  Congratulations to our lucky winners:

Foundation Stage – Emer Dunlop, Key Stage 1 – Aaron Doherty, Key Stage 2 – Niamh Crowe

 

Skill School – We are pleased to be able to start after school football again, and can’t wait to get started!  Please see below for details.

 

  • Primary 5 children who are owed 2 weeks from before lockdown will be contacted via text. Sessions will be next Tuesday 20th April and Friday 23rd  April 3:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
New Sessions
8-week course starts Wed 28th April Primary 1 & 2 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Primary 3 & 4 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
8-week course starts Fri 30th April Primary 5, 6 & 7 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

8 week course cost £32.  Bookings can be made online at www.skillschoolni.com/bookings

(select after schools) or via returning flyer which will be in your child’s bag soon.

All sessions will be outdoors.  Joe Gray, Managing Director, Skill School.

 

Faughanvale GAA Girls Gaelic Football Training – Programme for (P6/P7) girls begins Wednesday 21st April at 6:00 p.m. John Mc Laughlin Park.  New members are welcome!  Contact Terence on 07866531200.

 

 

 

What is the challenge?

Sustrans Big Pedal will run for 10 days from 19 – 30 April

Sustrans Big Pedal inspires pupils, staff and parents to be amazing and take active journeys to school.

On each day of the challenge, schools compete to see who can get the highest percentage of their pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking, wheeling or scooting to school.  All participants (adults and children) will be logged for our school data daily.

Our school’s best five days will determine our final position, but we will be logging journeys on all ten days.

How many active journeys will your pupils and their parents and guardians make?

There will be a school prize for the most active class over the two weeks.          (% participation of children will be used)

Get your Hi-Vis vests out, helmets adjusted, bikes checked and scooters oiled this weekend!!!

Please remember to be mindful of the current COVID restrictions!  This virus is still about so when you walk, cycle etc.. be mindful of others.  Stay single file when passing people on shared paths.  We realise this may be difficult but try to keep 2m distance between groups.

RESPECT EACH OTHER’S JOURNEY

Please visit the Sustrans website and look for “The Big Pedal” for ideas on how to prepare for the challenge.

Broadbridge Primary School            Thursday 25th March 2021                        Note 21

 

Diary:  Easter Holidays – School will close at 12 noon on Wednesday 31st March.  The school will be closed from    1st April to 9th April. Both days 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!

 

Easter Holidays – Classes will be dismissed at 12:00 noon on Wednesday 31st March, school will reopen on Monday 12th April. Some parents may wish to park cars over the other side of the bridge.  Be careful where you park and do not block access to nearby houses.

 

Spring Stroll – Parents are encouraged to walk/cycle to school on Wednesday of next week. Wear a ‘spring bonnet’ and receive free tickets for the Easter raffle.

 

Mr Logue’s Draw – Mr Logue’s Easter Draw for charity will take place on Wednesday 31st March.  Tickets 25p each or 5 for £1. This year’s benefactor will be Trócaire via the parish collection.

 

No-Uniform Day – Wednesday 31st March will be a no uniform day at the school. Pupils are asked to contribute £1 towards Trócaire for this. In return they will receive 5 tickets towards Mr. Logue’s Easter raffle.

 

Returning Books – We still have a lot of unreturned books that went out on loan during lockdown. Please return all books before Tuesday of next week.

 

School Library Books – All school library books must be returned to school before Tuesday of next week.

 

Yellow Jackets – All yellow jackets that have been given out to pupils from the school, should be kept in the child’s school bag or at school if they do not walk on a daily basis. The jackets are frequently used when the need arises to leave the school premises on trips and walks.

 

Big Pedal – Get ready for the Big Pedal week beginning Monday 19th April – 30th April. Plenty of notice to get the flat tyres fixed, chains oiled and ready to pedal!

 

Grandparents’ Day –Our P2 pupils and teachers have put together a short video to share as a celebration of Grandparents’ day. Check out our Facebook page and website to hear the children sing and voicing their opinions on how absolutely wonderful our Grandparents are!

 

Children leaving school early – All pupils that are being taken out of school early must be signed out at the school office. A child leaving school early should only be doing so for a valid reason e.g. a medical appointment. We would ask that parents do not remove children from school as a matter of convenience for themselves.

 

Walk to school – We would encourage pupils that are old enough to walk to and from school to do so on a daily basis. Children should cross at William and then use the Zebra crossing at the Spar to remain safe.

 

Thank you – Thanks to Mrs Sinead Marlow (Speech & Language Therapist) for providing us with information for this month’s SEN newsletter looking at Developmental Language Disorder. This is available in your child’s Google Classroom today.

 

At this time of year we usually celebrate Grandparents’ Day and use this as an opportunity to treat them to a special visit to our school. Despite the current restrictions, our Primary 2 pupils were determined to let their grandparents know how much they love them and have put together a  special video to let them know how special they are. You will be able to view the video on our online  platforms on Friday 19th March.

Well done P2!

Click here to watch the video.

 

 

Broadbridge Primary School                 Thursday 18th March 2021                 Note 20    
Diary:

Easter Holidays – School will close at 12 Noon on Wednesday 31st March. The school will be closed  from 1st April to 9th April. Both days 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!    

A very warm welcome back to everyone after a lengthy stay away. We are delighted to see the children back at school  once more. Please see below the routine that was in place before the Christmas break. There are one or two changes.  

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. 

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 at 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 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. Please note the change to pick-up time.

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 do not call your child from the Bridge when picking up. If you  wish to come to school to get your child, please come down to the Gate. It is safer for all concerned if we walk  your child across the bridge in the afternoon. 

Grandparents’ Day
At this time of year we usually celebrate Grandparents’ Day and use this as an  opportunity to treat them to a special visit to our school. Despite the current restrictions, our Primary 2  pupils were determined to let their grandparents know how much they love them and have put together a  special video to let them know how special they are. You will be able to view the video on our online  platforms on Friday 19th March. Well done P2!
ParentPay  

From Monday 8th March until the return from Easter holidays, we are  

phasing in the new cashless payment system ParentPay. The first phase  

will be the booking of School Meals and the second phase will be the booking of Morning Club and 2-3 pm  Club. All parents/guardians should have received their letter to activate their accounts on the system, if you  have not yet activated your account please do so as soon as possible. If you have misplaced the activation  letter containing your initial Username and Password, please contact the School Office and a replacement  letter can be issued for you. 

Phase 1 – School Meals – Monday 8th March-Wednesday 31st March  

As of Monday 8th March 2021, all payments for School Meals MUST be paid for using ParentPay, any cash  sent to school to pay for dinners will be returned home. If you would like your child/children to take dinner,  please take note of the following: 

bookings must be made in advance before 8.45 am on the day that dinner is to be taken. parents of children entitled to free school meals must also book online using ParentPay, no fee will be  incurred for these bookings. 

dinners can be booked up to 3 weeks in advance of the date needed. 

if you have booked and paid for dinner for a particular day and your child is absent an adjustment will  be made at the office and no fee will be applied for that day. 

Bookings and payments for Morning Club and 2-3 pm Club can also be made through ParentPay during  Phase 1 but we will also facilitate cash for these payments during this period. 

Some parents have reported difficulty booking meals this week, this fault with the system has now been  rectified by ParentPay. As we introduce this new system we do envisage that we will encounter some initial  issues, please be patient during this transition. If you have any issues using ParentPay or logging in, please  contact the school office and we will do our best to work through any problems with you. 

Phase 2 – Morning and 2-3 pm Club – Monday 12nd April  

From Monday 12nd April 2021 all payments for Morning and 2-3 pm Clubs MUST be made through  ParentPay, no cash should be sent to school from this date. If you would like to book your child/children  into either of these Clubs please take note of the following: 

all bookings for Morning Club and 2-3 pm Club must be made in advance and before 12 noon on the  Friday of the previous week. 

Morning and 2-3 pm sessions can be booked up to 3 weeks in advance. 

if you have booked and paid for a session for a particular day and your child is absent, an adjustment  will be made at the office and no fee will be applied for that day. 

Payment for other items such as school trips, school hoodies, swimming, music fees etc will also be paid for  through ParentPay from Monday 12th April. These will be added as and when needed to the system and  parents will be notified about the cost of these items through the class teacher and/or the school note. The  only exception will be Mr Logue’s St Vincent de Paul, children will be able to buy these tickets with cash. 

As a result of the current lockdown, it has not been possible to send out letters regarding credit/outstanding  amounts for Morning and 2-3 pm Clubs for December, January and February. Any amounts owed or in  credit will be added to ParentPay in due course and letters explaining these amounts will be distributed to  children who are currently at school. For those families who do not have children attending school at  present these letters will be available at the School Office.

Broadbridge Primary School       Thursday 11th March 2021         Note 19

Diary:

School Holidays – Wednesday 17th March – School Closed for St. Patrick’s Day.

The school will NOT be closed on the 18th & 19th March as originally planned.

Easter Holidays – School will close at 12 Noon on Wednesday 31st March. The school will be closed from  1st April to 9th April. Both days 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!

Return to School – We are awaiting a decision by the Northern Ireland Executive in line with Mr Weir’s  wishes that all primary school pupils return to school on the 22nd March. However, as it stands at present,  P1-P3 would return to remote learning on the 22nd March and there has been no confirmation of the return  to school for P4-P7 pupils after the Easter Holidays. For those pupils that are not back at school as yet we  ask that they keep fully engaged in the Google Classroom platform provided. We are really looking forward  to the return to school for all pupils, we can only hope that the correct decision for all comes through today.

Returning Resources – Please send back as soon as possible all reading books and resources that were assigned to your child during lockdown. The school has spent a small fortune updating these resources due  to parents not returning books and resources from the first lockdown in 2020 and has not the finances  available to do so again. Year groups that are continuing with online remote learning may bring back books on their return to school. Thank you for your co-operation with this matter.

Devices at School – There is no longer a need for any child to bring a device to school such as a tablet/laptop  to access online remote learning. Parents are reminded that all devices that have the ability to take  photographs, take and receive phone calls/text messages are not permitted in school. If a child needs to  have such a device the class teacher must be informed. The device should be kept in the child’s school bag  until they leave the school premises. Mobile phones are not permitted in school, however if there are exceptional circumstances it may be allowed, providing the mobile phone is given to the class teacher on  arrival at school.

 

Fr Michael Keaveny – Congratulations to Fr Michael Keaveny who celebrated 70 years a priest on  Wednesday 10th March. His Platinum Jubilee Mass was celebrated by Bishop Donal Mc Keown on  Wednesday night at Star of The Sea.

ParentPay – Please read the guidelines on ParentPay at Broadbridge Primary School overleaf.

Post Primary Admissions – This year’s application process for Primary 7 parents closes at 4:00 p.m. on  Tuesday 16th March 2021. Please use the following link https://admissions.eani.org.uk/postprimary/Register to make your application before the portal closes.

Community Information – McGinnis Group’ 

The McGinnis Group has provided up to date details on their planning application for new houses off the  Ballygudden Road in Eglinton. This is being done to ensure the local community has access to the latest  information. The plans have been revised to take into account of the latest flood maps for the area so they  will not affect flood risk; http://www.gravisplanning.com/current/view/170/farmleigh-residential development. Your feedback or questions are welcomed – please forward to info@gravisplanning.com.

ParentPay

From Monday 8th March until the return from Easter holidays, we are  phasing in the new cashless payment system ParentPay.

The first phase will be the booking of School Meals and the second phase will be the booking of Morning Club and 2-3 pm  Club. All parents/guardians should have received their letter to activate their accounts on the system, if you  have not yet activated your account please do so as soon as possible. If you have misplaced the activation  letter containing your initial Username and Password, please contact the School Office and a replacement  letter can be issued for you.

Phase 1 – School Meals – Monday 8th March-Wednesday 31st March

As of Monday 8th March 2021, all payments for School Meals MUST be paid for using ParentPay, any cash  sent to school to pay for dinners will be returned home. If you would like your child/children to take dinner, please take note of the following:

  • bookings must be made in advance before 8.45 am on the day that dinner is to be taken. ∙ parents of children entitled to free school meals must also book online using ParentPay, no fee will be  incurred for these bookings.
  •  dinners can be booked up to 3 weeks in advance of the date needed.
  • if you have booked and paid for dinner for a particular day and your child is absent an adjustment will  be made at the office and no fee will be applied for that day.

Bookings and payments for Morning Club and 2-3 pm Club can also be made through ParentPay during  Phase 1 but we will also facilitate cash for these payments during this period.

Some parents have reported difficulty booking meals this week, this fault with the system has now been  rectified by ParentPay. As we introduce this new system we do envisage that we will encounter some initial  issues, please be patient during this transition. If you have any issues using ParentPay or logging in, please  contact the school office and we will do our best to work through any problems with you.

Phase 2 – Morning and 2-3 pm Club – Monday 12nd April

From Monday 12nd April 2021 all payments for Morning and 2-3 pm Clubs MUST be made through  ParentPay, no cash should be sent to school from this date. If you would like to book your child/children  into either of these Clubs please take note of the following:

  • all bookings for Morning Club and 2-3 pm Club must be made in advance and before 12 noon on the  Friday of the previous week.
  • Morning and 2-3 pm sessions can be booked up to 3 weeks in advance.
  • if you have booked and paid for a session for a particular day and your child is absent, an adjustment  will be made at the office and no fee will be applied for that day.

Payment for other items such as school trips, school hoodies, swimming, music fees etc will also be paid for  through ParentPay from Monday 12th April. These will be added as and when needed to the system and  parents will be notified about the cost of these items through the class teacher and/or the school note. The  only exception will be Mr Logue’s St Vincent de Paul, children will be able to buy these tickets with cash.

As a result of the current lockdown, it has not been possible to send out letters regarding credit/outstanding  amounts for Morning and 2-3 pm Clubs for December, January and February. Any amounts owed or in  credit will be added to ParentPay in due course and letters explaining these amounts will be distributed to  children who are currently at school. For those families who do not have children attending school at  present these letters will be available at the School Office.

Broadbridge Primary School             Thursday 4th March 2021                                Note 18

 

Diary: School Holidays – Wednesday 17th March – School Closed for St. Patrick’s Day.

The school will NOT be closed on the 18th & 19th March as originally planned.

 

  • 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 Return Arrangements Primary 1-3 & Key Worker Pupils

 

A very warm welcome back to everyone in P1- P3.  We are delighted to see the children back at school once more.  At present we are having to follow Government guidance.  The guidance states P1-P3 pupils will return to school Monday 8th March-Friday 19th March.  They will then return to online remote learning from Monday 22nd March until the Easter break.  Primary 1-3 will then return to school for full-time face-to-face teaching after the Easter holidays.  There is no planned return at present for Primary 4-7.

 

For those year groups returning to school, our emphasis will be on supporting the children to reconnect socially, build positive relationships and engage enthusiastically with learning as they return to the school environment.  We will have a balanced day, where children feel able to reconnect with school and with each other.  For that matter we will be providing children with the opportunities to be actively involved in practical and challenging play-based learning in a stimulating environment.  The children’s emotional health and well-being is our priority.

 

Please ensure that your child is provided with the necessary clothing that will enable them to play outdoors regardless of the weather.

 

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.  All adults entering the school grounds must wear a face mask.

 

Please read the information below and follow when dropping off and picking up.

 

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 pupils are to enter through Gate 2.
  • Primary 4, 5, 6 and 7 (Key Worker Pupils) are to enter through Gate 3. (All Key Worker pupils must access the school by the main front door at reception.)
  • The school will be open from 8:45 a.m. for all pupils. Early morning provision 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
  • 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.

 

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 & 5 (Key Worker Pupils) use Gate 1 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Primary 6 & 7 (Key Worker 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.

 

Primary 4-7 Pupil Arrangements

 

Primary 4 -7 pupils will continue with remote online learning.  Their teachers will continue to use Google Classroom as their platform for teaching and learning.  It is important that children continue to engage with their class on a daily basis.  The packs for the next 2-week period for P4-P7 pupils will be ready for collection from   11:00 a.m. tomorrow Friday 5th March.  The school will remain open until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow to facilitate pick up.  Please follow the one-way system in place when entering and leaving the school.

 

SCHOOL MEAL PROVISION 8 – 26 MARCH 2021  Guidance from the Department of Education

 

Subject to Department of Finance approval, direct payments in lieu of free school meals will be made in respect of pupils in year groups that are not required to attend school and continue to learn remotely from home.  Where pupils are required to attend school, school meals services will operate as normal.

 

Direct payments in lieu of free school meals will not be made in respect of pupils in year groups (P1-P3) that are required to attend school as these pupils will receive free school meals at school for the period they are required to attend.  Those required to attend but who are unable to do so, on medical or PHA advice, for Covid-19 related reasons (e.g. self-isolation) should be offered a food parcel as was the position from September – December 2020.

 

Free school meals should not be provided to key workers’ children entitled to free school meals when at school for supervised learning as their parents will receive a direct payment.  Any pupil at school who wishes may purchase a meal where school meals services are operating as normal for the period pupils are required to attend, otherwise they should bring a packed lunch.

 

School Meal Payments – From Monday 8th March all payments for school meals must be made via the ParentPay site.  Please do not send cash to school for dinner.

 

Post Primary Admissions – This year Primary 7 parents will be able to make an application online between 12 noon on Monday 1st March 2021 and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday 16th March 2021.  Please use the following link https://admissions.eani.org.uk/postprimary/Register

 

World Book Day – At the request of many parents this has been postponed until later in the year so that all pupils may actively participate in the planned activities.

Home Learning Packs for the two weeks immediately after mid-term will be available for collection tomorrow and Friday from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Please follow all social distancing rules and safety measures both inside and outside the school building.

Thank you so much for the time and effort you’ve given to home schooling during the past five weeks. We really appreciate it as we couldn’t have done it without you.

 

Broadbridge Primary School           Thursday 4th February 2021                          Note 17

Diary: School Holidays – Monday 15th February-Friday 19th February (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 wear a face mask whenever they enter the school property. Thank you.

 

New Entrants – The application process has now closed for admissions to Primary 1.  We look forward to welcoming our new entrants in September 2021.  If you have applied for your child, information will follow in the coming weeks.

 

First Communion and Confirmation 2021 – Both ceremonies have been postponed to a later date.  We will inform you once a new date has been agreed.

 

Parent Wellbeing Webinar – Shane Martin presents his outstanding talk ‘Your Precious Life, Live it Well’.  Shane combines health and wellbeing support with entertaining anecdotes in a way that every parent can relate to and will also make you laugh.  This event is guaranteed to sell out fast, so please use the Eventbrite link to register early.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/derry-londonderry-primary-schools-tickets-139939224989

 

Google Classroom – Thanks to everyone for continuing to engage on the Google Classroom Platform.  We will be continuing to engage with our pupils on Google Classroom until the 8th March, unless notified differently by the Department of Education.  It is important that children register for their class on a daily basis.  Each year group has a timetable outlining on a daily basis the activities set for your child.  Please do what you can, we fully appreciate that everyone’s home circumstances are different, with many parents doing home schooling and doing their own work from home.  It is vitally important that we strike the right balance with work and play for our children and ourselves.

If you are experiencing any difficulties, please contact the school and we will assist you in any way we can.

 

School Holidays – Monday 15th February-Friday 19th February – The school will be closed this week both dates inclusive.  There will be no staff at the school.  There will be no activities or lessons posted on Google Classroom for this week.

 

After Midterm Break – The school will continue with online teaching and learning after the midterm break.  All packs for these two weeks will be available for collection during Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February, from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

 

Keep us informed! – Please feel free to contact the school and give us feedback on what is working well and not so well to date!  We will forward your comments to the relevant staff for consideration. send an email to info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com

 

Primary 7 Transferring – Parents of Primary 7 pupils may request a meeting to discuss the application process for their child for next year.  All Admissions Criteria for post primary schools have now been posted online.  These are available at https://www.eani.org.uk/parents/admissions/search-post-primary-admissions-criteria. Before starting to complete child’s your application it is important that you read the admissions criteria of the schools you wish to nominate as a preference. This year you will be able to make an application online between 12 noon on Monday 1st March 2021 and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday 16th March 2021. If you wish to meet with the Mr McLaughlin and/or Mrs Gillespie/Mr Morrison to assist you in making the right choice of school for your child please contact the school through the class dojo/school office requesting a meeting.  All meetings will be held the week beginning Monday 1st March, meetings will be conducted through Zoom.