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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.

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

Broadbridge Primary School                Thursday 17th June 2021                                         Note 30

Diary:

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

                                    

 

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

 

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

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

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

Be prepared for wet weather!

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

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

* Please note: netball is finished for the year.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Well done everyone.

Broadbridge Primary School        Thursday 3rd June 2021                    Note 28

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

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

Be prepared for wet weather!

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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