News at St. Colmcille’s St. Colmcille’s Primary School, Ballymena Parents’ Newsletter Publish Date: Summer Term 2010
Issue Number 9
Welcome to the ninth issue of News at St. Colmcille’s marking the end of another academic year. This newsletter gives a snap shot of school life during the third term. The summer term is traditionally a very busy one in schools and in St. Colmcille’s the children have immersed themselves in a varied programme of activities. Children in Years 4 and 7 received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. Not only were these days of great joy for the families of these children, but also days of great celebration for the parish community.
The children have been recognised for their achievements on many occasions
throughout the year. One of the highlights was the Creation Rock musical in which the children in Years 5-7 had opportunity to showcase their talents – and following two sell out shows the children have received many words of congratulations. I also congratulate the Year 7 children who have graduated from primary school and are looking forward to beginning their post-primary education. I wish them well and thank them for contributing so positively to the life of St. Colmcille’s. I trust you enjoy reading the newsletter and wish you all a restful summer holiday. Mr B McKenna (Principal)
As part of the school’s commitment to providing an effective education for all, parent workshops are held to enable parents to support their children in their learning. On 19 th April a large number of parents attended a workshop that focused on providing practical mental maths activities that can be used at home. As a result of the positive parent evaluations it is hoped to continue to provide such events in the next academic year.
Earlier this year our school received “Book Time” book packs to give to every Year 1 pupil. “Book Time” is managed by the independent charity “Book Trust” and is inspired by “Book Start”, the national programme providing free books to babies and toddlers. Set up in 2006 in association with education and publishing company Pearson, “Book Time” encourages parents and carers to continue sharing books with their children at a stage in their learning and development. To launch this year’s book pack Miss Cunningham lead a story telling session where the children played some interactive games from the book time website. Both parents and children found the event helpful in fostering a love of reading in our Year 1 children.
Well done to the Year 4 children who celebrated their First Communion in All Saints Church on the 16th May. The children successfully completed their preparation for this sacrament by participating in the “Do This in Memory” programme co-ordinated by Mary Waide and the parish core team, and also completing the programme outlined in Alive-O 4 in school under the direction of Mrs McMullan, Mrs Smith and Mrs McKenna. The children were all beautifully presented on the day and music was provided by the parish choir. The ceremony was a real celebration of how family, school and parish can cooperate together for the benefit of all our children.
The Year 7 children celebrated their Service of Light on April 28 th and their Confirmation on May 18th, along with the children from the local parish schools. The confirmation ceremony was celebrated by Bishop McKeown. There was a great sense of reverence on the occasion and all of the children who took part were excellent ambassadors for St. Colmcille’s. We are grateful to Fr Toland and Fr Aidan for their support during the preparation for Confirmation and to Bishop McKeown for ensuring that the children had the opportunity to get a photograph with him after the ceremony.
Congratulations to all the winning teams of the alternative sports!
Parade of the Athletes
Key Stage 2 Alternative Sports
A triumphant finish!
awaits the results!
Let the games begin!
Pupils at St. Colmcille’s Primary School had an extra special guest at their sports day on Tuesday 1st June as Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher was on hand to give out medals, cheer the pupils on and even take part in some of the activities. Kelly’s visit was to celebrate the school’s participation in the Activ-8 initiative. Activ8 is a new initiative from Sport Northern Ireland promoting 8 steps for children to get active and stay healthy and has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark. Speaking about her visit to St. Colmcille’s, Kelly said: “It was great fun to come to St. Colmcille’s Primary School sports day and to find out about their involvement in Sport Northern Ireland’s Activ8 programme.”
The summer term just wouldn’t be the same without a school trip. With that in mind every class throughout the school planned their own adventure including visits to The People’s Park in Ballymena, Springvale Farm, Belfast Zoo, Dunluce Centre in Portrush, the Causeway School and the Ulster Museum. A great time was had by all and many treasured memories were made. Here are some photos from the various trips.
Year 1 having fun at the People’s Park
Year 2 Trip to Streamvale Farm
Year 4 visit the Causeway school
Year 5 at the Ulster Museum
Year 7 at NICCY
As part of the extensive after-school clubs, children in Year 7 have the opportunity to complete a cycling proficiency scheme. They had to competently carry out a number of skills on their bicycles under the watchful eyes of Miss Stewart and Mr Kearney. All the children successfully completed the course and were awarded certificates at the annual prize-day in school. Many of the children also registered for the cycle to school two weeks initiative by the Ballymena Borough Council and were awarded high visibility jackets, wrist bands and cycle repair kits sponsored by Halfords.
Year 5 completed this yearâ€™s swimming programme for St. Colmcilleâ€™s P.S. and received their certificates in recognition for their achievement. All of the Key Stage 2 classes have enjoyed improving their skills over the year with many making great improvements.
Top girl and boy Athlete
Maths Award English Award Best Effort Award Social Spirit Award
Special Achievement Cyclist, Musician & Eco award
Nicole Reid Wiktoria Babuszewska
Ciaran & OonaghMr Murray
Niamh Maths Award Donaldson English Award Best Effort Award Social Spirit Award
Shealyn, Ryan, Ellen & Michael
Mrs Kelly Cup
James Logan Aislinn McAleer
Darius Hanna Patrycja Wieczorek
Attendance Awards Mrs McAleer
Eoin Maths Award McCorkindale Conor English McCrory Award Best Effort Award Social Spirit Award
Rachel Reid Michael Carberry
Shealyn Caulfield Michael McDonald
OVERALL AWARDS Best Girl Athlete Best Boy Athlete Musician of the Year Cyclist of the Year
Oonagh O’Neill Ciaran Neeson Ellen Mulvenna
Top Girl Award
Ryan Magill Rachel McCormick
Top Boy Award
Mrs. McAleer’s Class
Mr. Rodgers’ Class This has been a truly adventure packed year for Year 7 and it is with sadness that St. Colmcille’s bids farewell to both classes. The Year 7 children finished their time at St. Colmcille’s by celebrating a thanksgiving Mass with Fr. Toland. The ceremony was beautiful but tinged with sadness as Rachel and Conor giving speeches about their time at primary school. However, with the talents all of the children have displayed throughout the year we are certain that they will have a bright future ahead of them, and we wish them well through their journey in life!
School closes on Wednesday 30th June at 12.00noon 2010/2011 Academic Year Term 1 starts
1st September 2010
1st â€“ 5th November 2010
8th December 2010
24th December 2010 7th January 2011 (inclusive)
The Governors, Principal and Staff wish you all a safe and fun filled summer.
Star of the Month Congratulations to all our Stars this term: Year Group
Eva Casey Crawford Sophie
Loughran Ben McMullan
Katie Mc Connell
Conor McCormick Shealyn
Carberry Weronika Bocian
Our Golden Rules In creating an ordered and caring environment the staff and pupils have adopted six Golden Rules that permeate all aspects of school life. All of the Golden
Rules have been introduced to the children through assemblies each Friday morning. They are clearly displayed in classrooms, the corridors and out side in the playground to remind the children of positive behaviour that is expected. Next year teachers will be developing this further by using circle time as a tool to encourage positive behaviour in and outside the Classroom.