Broadbridge Primary School             Thursday 13th May 2021                                       Note 26

 

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 27th May 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

 

Skillschool – Skillschool continues on Wednesday P1-P4 and Friday P5-P7.  “Keeping fit and keeping active, made me the person I am today!” Joe Gray – European Relations Officer.

 

Dropping off Children in the Morning – When dropping off children in the morning, please do not exit your car.  Drivers should not reverse at any time.  Please ensure that your child has safely exited the car and is on the pavement away from the car before driving off.  Please be aware that other cars may not be dropping off but may be using the school to return onto the main Coolafinney Road.  The maximum speed limit in the school grounds is 5 kmph.

 

Primary 5 First Confession – Congratulations to the pupils of Primary 5 who made their First Confession at school on Tuesday with Fr Mc Dermott.

 

Primary 4 First Confession – Primary 4 pupils will be making their First Confession on Tuesday 1st June at the school with Fr Mc Dermott.

 

First Communion – Primary 4 pupils will be making their First Communion on Saturday 19th June at 10:00 a.m. in Star of The Sea.  Seating arrangements will be in place for all families that attend.  The family group is restricted to parents and siblings of the Primary 4 child celebrating their Communion.  Masks must be worn inside the chapel by all adults in attendance.  There will be no tea afterwards in St. Anne’s Hall.

 

Confirmation – Primary 7 pupils will be making their Confirmation on Thursday 24th June at 2:00 p.m. in Star of The Sea.  Seating arrangements will be in place for all families that attend.  The family group is restricted to parents, one Godparent and siblings of the Primary 7 child celebrating their Confirmation.  Masks must be worn inside the chapel by all adults in attendance.  There will be no tea afterwards in St. Anne’s Hall.

 

The SEN newsletter with information on RISE is attached to the bottom of this note as is the new canteen menu.

 

Parents’ classes – Week 2 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!

 

Primary 1 Admissions September 2021 – Please confirm at the school office that your child will be attending Broadbridge Primary School in September 2021 alternatively email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com confirming acceptance.

 

Number Day –  Thanks to everyone who donated to NSPCC and took part in Number Day, there were some great pictures and all classes had great fun.  We have raised a total of £624.00 to date.  Any final donation will be collected tomorrow.

 

Faughanvale GAA Bingo! – Every Friday from 8:00 p.m.  Don’t miss out get your books now.  8 games and a bigger jackpot.  Please key in the link below to purchase your single book (£10) or double book (£15) http://bit.ly/ValeVBingo.

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.”

 

 

SEN Newsletter: RISE NI

This month we would like to raise awareness of an early intervention service, Regional Integrated Support for Education  (RISE NI) who can help to support your child from nursery up to Primary 4. 

Who are RISE NI?

RISE NI is a regional early intervention service which supports children in pre-school educational and  mainstream primary school settings by working closely with parents and education staff to help children develop the foundation skills for learning i.e. speech, language, communication, sensory-motor, visual perception, social, emotional and behaviour skills.

The RISE NI team consists of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, social emotional and behavioural practitioners, and support workers.

How can RISE NI help me?

RISE NI have recently launched their parent website and it is filled with lots of useful webinars that you can watch at home at a time that suits you. The website is for the parents and carers of children in mainstream nurseries and primary schools (up to P4). It promotes development of:

  • speech and language
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • social and emotional development

The website contains information leaflets, suggested activities / resources and parent training videos developed by clinical psychologists, behaviour therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists. 

What webinars are currently on offer?

Some of the webinars/presentations currently on offer cover:

  • Motor Skills Development
  • Understanding Childhood Worry and Anxiety
  • Learning to Learn
  • Speech, Language and Communication Development
  • Sleep Awareness
  • Selective Mutism
  • Attention and Listening
  • Understanding Sensory Processing
  • Sensory Home Strategies

You can access these webinars online at: https://view.pagetiger.com/RISENI/parents

Click HERE for the new school menu which begins on Monday 24th May 2021. Lunch meals during this last term can be booked via our ParentPay app.

We’re taking part in NSPCC Number Day!

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted to be supporting the NSPCC by taking part in Number Day on Friday 7th May 2021.

 

Everything the NSPCC does protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow.

The NSPCC needs our support more than ever.  By raising money, we can help to fund their vital services such as Childline – the helpline that’s always there for children and young people whatever their problem or concern.

On average, a child contacts Childline every 25 seconds.

Making maths meaningful

Number Day is a great way to make maths fun and bring about a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude towards it.

  • We are having a fun day of maths activities and we will be taking part in Dress up for Digits. Pupils are asked to wear a top with a number on it (football shirt, cap, netball shirt!).  To help raise money for the NSPCC, we are asking for a suggested donation of £1, and we’d love everyone in the school to take part in this special event.

Safe Fundraising

Please send in a donation to support NSPCC’s work in a sealed envelope.

It all adds up

We’re really looking forward to all the fun of Number Day, and we really appreciate your support. All the money we raise at Broadbridge PS will make an enormous difference to children today and help NSPCC prevent abuse be there for children and keep all children safe.

Thank you.

 

Best wishes,

Mr D McLaughlin

Broadbridge PS

You can find out more about the NSPCC’s work at nspcc.org.uk

To find out more about keeping children safe online, visit nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety

Broadbridge Primary School             Thursday 6th May 2021                         Note 25

 

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 13th May 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

 

Skillschool – Skillschool continues on Wednesday P1- P4 and Friday P5-P7.  “Please be prepared for adverse weather conditions!” Joe Gray – Director of Skill School Operations Ireland.

 

ParentPay – We would like to remind parents that all bookings for School Meals, Morning Club, 2-3 p.m. Club and Extra-curricular activities MUST be made and paid for via ParentPay.  The Afterschool Club from 3-4:45 p.m. is NOT available as yet.  Bookings must be made by 8:45 a.m. on the day you would like to use a service (with the exception of morning club which must be booked the day before).  Please ensure that when booking Extra-curricular activities for your child, eg gaelic or netball, that you make the payment for the correct activity and date.  Activities for the incoming week will be uploaded onto the system on a Monday morning ready to be paid for as needed.  When a new activity is added to the system a notification will be marked against your child’s record to show it is available, this is not a bill, this will be removed when the activity is archived.  If you are having any difficulties using the system or you still need to register, please contact the school office and we will help you in any way we can.

 

Parents’ classes – Parents’ classes for the parents of Primary 6 pupils preparing for the transfer test begin tonight at 8:00 p.m.  Parents who have registered have been emailed information on how to access the class.

 

Primary 1 Admissions September 2021 – Please confirm at the school office that your child will be attending Broadbridge Primary School in September 2021 alternatively email info@broadbridgeprimaryschool.com confirming acceptance.

 

Keep Moving in May! – Congratulations to Mr Logue’s Class who had 91% of the class walking, cycling or scooting to school in their best 5 active days!  We are continuing to encourage children to Keep Moving in May, please encourage your child to use another mode of transport to school other that a driven vehicle!  We can see the benefits at the school gates due to those pupils walking towards the village for pick up or cycling home.  Keep up the great effort particularly in the better weather.

 

Number Day –  Tomorrow Friday 7th May is Number Day at school.  Children may wear a top with a number on it rather than their school jumper.  We are raising money for NSPCC, the suggested donation is £1 per child.  Please see the attached flyer.

 

Nessy Forms – All Nessy forms must be returned by Friday 7th May to ensure registration is completed.

 

Faughanvale GAA Bingo! – Every Friday from 8:00 p.m.  Don’t miss out get your books now.  8 games and a bigger jackpot.  Please key in the link below to purchase your single book (£10) or double book (£15) http://bit.ly/ValeVBingo.

 

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.”

 

 

 

Father McDermott has confirmed that the Sacrament of Confirmation, for Broadbridge’s Primary 7 pupils, will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday 24th June in Star Of The Sea.

We wish our pupils, their families, their teachers and classroom assistants every blessing as they boys and girls prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Father McDermott has confirmed that the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, for our Primary 4 pupils, will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 19th June in Star Of The Sea.

We wish our pupils, their families, their teachers and classroom assistants every blessing as they boys and girls prepare to receive the Holy Communion for the first time.

Broadbridge Primary School                   Thursday 29th April 2021                                           Note 24

 

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 6th May 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

 

ParentPay – We would like to remind parents that all school meals, morning club, 2-3pm club and extra-curricular activities must be booked and paid for via ParentPay.  Bookings must be made by 8.45am on the day you would like to use the service (with the exception of morning club which must be booked the day before).  If you are having any difficulties using the system or you still need to register, please contact the school office and we will help you in any way we can.

 

Monday 3rd May – The school is open on Monday 3rd May as normal.  We had initially planned to have our Sports Day on this day, however this will not happen as planned.  Sports will take place at a later date.  As it is a Bank Holiday there will be no canteen.  Therefore, every child must bring a packed lunch to school on Monday.  Those children that are entitled to Free School Meals have been given a separate form.  The school will provide them with a packed lunch if they so wish.

 

Big Pedal – What a truly fantastic turn out for the Big Pedal this year.  As the good weather continues we would encourage the children to continue to travel to school by any other means other than car!  The impact on the traffic at the school gates is clearly visible for all to see.  May Challenge – We would encourage older children in particular at the school to continue on their walking, cycling and scooting journey to school.  Some parents have arranged for safe pick up/drop off points in the village, this helps alleviate the traffic at the school gate, encourages the children to be independent and maintain a level of fitness for the pupils.  We hope that this is continued in the months ahead.

 

Swimming Money refund – The current primary 5 pupils received the swimming fund refunds yesterday.  Today refunds will be issued to children in primary 6 (Mrs Bradley Class) and tomorrow children will be issued refunds in primary 6 (Mr Logue’s class) and primary 7. There are some families that owe the school money for the lessons, this information and payment details will be on the letters issued to children.  A text will be sent to your primary telephone number informing you that the money has been returned, please check schoolbags.

 

Earth Day – Please try and maintain Plastic Free Friday in the months ahead.

 

Child Health Forms P1 & P2 – These are being collected tomorrow, please ensure that they have been returned.

 

Nessy Forms – Some pupils have been sent out Nessy forms please sign and return tomorrow of you would like your child to take part.

 

Skill School New Sessions – All sessions will be outdoors.
8-week course starts Wed 5th May 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 7th May Primary 5, 6 & 7 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

“A brilliant start to our 8 Week Course enjoyed by the pupils and my team alike.  Keep up the great work kids.  I’ll see you next week.  Make sure you are wrapped up for all types of weather!”

Joe Gray, Head of Skill School.

 

Faughanvale GAA Girls Gaelic Football Training – Programme for (P6/P7) girls Wednesday 5th May at 6:00 p.m.

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

 

Faughanvale GAA Bingo! – Every Friday from 8:00 p.m.  Don’t miss out get your books now.  8 games and a bigger jackpot.  Please key in the link below to purchase your single book (£10) or double book (£15) http://bit.ly/ValeVBingo.

 

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 “

 

Kids Inn – Please see attached Flyer from Kids Inn after school care based at The Vale Centre, Greysteel.  Booking now taking place for Summer Holiday period and after school September 2021.

 

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.