Broadbridge Primary School                                                               Thursday 20th October 2022                                    Note 8

School Diary:     Hallowe’en Break – School will be closed Friday 28th October-Tuesday 1st November

(Both dates inclusive)

Mon 24th Oct –

Thu 27th Oct

Morning Club – 8:00-8:45 (£1 PER CHILD)
2-3 PM Club – 2:00-3:00 (£2 PER CHILD)
Afterschool Club – 3:00-4:15 (£3 PER CHILD)





24th Oct


P5, 6, 7

3:00-4:15     At School Mr Morrison

Mr Paddy Donaghy

Mr Colin Roberts


25th Oct


P4, 5, 6, 7

3:00-4:15     At School Mr Mc Closkey

(Assisted by coaches from

both parish Gaelic clubs)


26th Oct

Skill School P1 & P2 2:00-3:00     At School Mr Ricky Fernandez &

Assisting Coaches

Skill School P3 & P4 3:00-4:15     At School

27th Oct


P5, 6, 7

3:00-4:15     At School Mrs Gillespie

Mrs T Gillespie

Mrs Mairead Hull

Be prepared for wet weather.  Cross-Country, Gaelic & Soccer players bring boots and trainers.

If you have any concerns or your child has medical needs, please contact the school office and bring to the attention of one of the people in charge.


School Nurse Letters – The school nurse letters must be returned tomorrow 21st October at the very latest.


Tempest Photography – All orders for photographs for Primary 1 pupils must be returned tomorrow.


Pupil Absences – If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please ensure that you inform school by contacting the office before 9.15 am.


Parent/Teacher Meeting P2-P6 – Parent/Teacher meetings will take place from Monday 24th-Wednesday 26th October.  This year the meetings will take place in school unless you have been told otherwise.  The slots for booking appointments have now closed, times will be sent out tomorrow.  All parents attending the meetings please enter through the main reception entrance, directions to your child’s class will be clearly displayed.


Vitamin D study in Ulster University – Mary Slevin and researchers will be available next week at the parent teacher meetings to talk about the exciting vitamin D research ongoing in Ulster University.  Please stop by their stand in the foyer to get more information or sign up for the study.  Appointments will take place in Eglinton or Derry for those who wish to participate in the study.


Google Classroom – We are aware of the difficulties that parents are having accessing Google Classroom.  Unfortunately, the only way that it can be resolved is by logging in as the child, you cannot access all the features using your own email account.  It must be a recognised school C2k account.  Letters have been issued with all details required for logging in, if you would like the letter re-issued, please email or contact the school office.  There are some classes that will be setting a monthly homework on Google Classroom; therefore, it is important that you enrol.


Hallowe’en Hobble – Parents and pupils may walk to school wearing a Hallowe’en Hat/Head Piece or Mask.  Meet at Eglinton Play Park or Ashburn Image car park at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday 27th October.  There will be teachers there to help escort the children to school.


School Choir – Thanks to the school choir children and their parents for attending the Vigil Mass at Star of the Sea on Saturday 15th October.  The singing was beautiful.  Our thanks also to Miss Wade, Mrs Bradley and the rest of the staff who have all put so much time and effort into making it happen.


Parenting NI – Will be offering parents living within the WHSCT a range of opportunities around the theme of mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Please see below for more information.  Parenting NI would be grateful if parents could share the details across social media networks so that they can reach as many parents as possible.  Parents who wish to reserve a space just need to call the Parenting NI Support Line on 0808 8010 722.


Tuesday 25th October, 6.30-7.30pm – via zoom

Top Tips – Parents Emotional Health (practical advice and guidance to support positive parental mental health and wellbeing)

Tuesday 25th October, 8.00-9.00pm – via zoom

Top Tips – Children’s Emotional Health (practical advice and guidance for parents so that they can support the mental health and wellbeing of their children)

Tuesday 8th November, 7.00-8.30pm x 6 weeks – via zoom

Sink or Swim (Positive Mental Health Programme for Parents)


Maths Week – Maths Week Ireland challenge is on Google Classroom ‘Have you got eyes?’ is one of the many challenges the children will be participating in this week.


Parents & Friends Association – A Parents & Friends Association meeting will take place in the school tonight Thursday 20th October at 8:00 p.m. all new members are welcome to join.


Ladies Netball – Broadbridge Ladies Netball tonight Thursday 20th October at Broadbridge Primary School in the Master’s Hall at 7:30 p.m.  All ladies 18+ are welcome to join.  Cost £3.  Please note the earlier start!


Vale OG’s Winter Programme

U-5.5 Nursery/Primary 1 (Aged 4+) Friday 20th October at The Vale Centre 6:00-7:00 p.m.  For further information contact Karl 07515 060877.  Only £1 per session


Slaughtmanus GAC Gaelic Football for Boys & Girls

Monday 24th Oct Primary 1 Boys Broadbridge P.S 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Monday 24th Oct Primary 4-5 Girls Broadbridge P.S 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Monday 24th Oct Primary 6-7 Girls Broadbridge P.S 7:30-8:15 p.m.
Wednesday 26th Oct Nursery Boys/Girls & Primary 1 Girls Broadbridge P.S 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Wednesday 26th Oct Primary 2-3 Girls Broadbridge P.S 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 26th Oct Primary 2-4 Boys Campsie Indoor 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 26th Oct Primary 5-7 Boys Campsie Indoor 7:00-8:00 p.m.


A great way for the kids to make friends, learn new skills, self-discipline and confidence, £1 per session.  These sessions will continue every week until Wednesday 7th December.

Miss Doherty has retired from teaching after 42 years’ incredible service to our parish.

She spent the first 5 years of her teaching career in Craigbrack Primary School chool before moving to Broadbridge Primary School in 1984 where she has remained for the past 37 years! In 1992 Miss Doherty was appointed Vice-Principal of our school, a postion she held until her retirement at the end of August, just three days ago.

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.

All who have taught with Miss Doherty will agree that she was meticulous in her planning and preparation of her teaching day.

When it came to teaching mathematics she was second to none.

At the heart of everything that Miss Doherty did was the well-being of the children within the school and within our wider parish community. There are countless children that Miss Doherty has put in hours and hours of extra work during the early mornings, afternoons and indeed during the school holidays to ensure that the children attained a suitable level of education. She would not accept payment or gifts for this extra work simply because she regarded teaching as her vocation in life.

While Miss Doherty has officially worked for forty two years, such was her dedication to the profession that she has probably worked the equivalent of eighty four years!

She requested a quiet send-off, but in typically generous fashion, Miss Doherty marked the occasion herself by buying everyone in the school an ice-cream earlier today.  She will be greatly missed in the school community by staff, pupils and parents.

We wish Miss Doherty many happy years in her retirement- it really is a well-deserved break!