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ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE BULLETIN JANUARY 2012 We would like to wish all our parents and pupils a very happy New Year.

We wish to pay tribute to Mr Patsy Quigg who served as Vice Principal in St. Patrick’s College for 29 years and taught for 43 years since the school opened in 1963. The College is indebted to him for his service and loyalty. May He Rest In Peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

PARENTS’ MEETING There will be a meeting for parents of pupils in Years 8, 10, 11 and 13, in the Sports Hall of the St Patrick’s Building on Friday 10 February 2012. Please note the following arrangements: o Surnames A-K o Surnames L- McM o Surnames McN – Z

9.10 am – 11.00 am 11.15 am – 1.00 pm 1.45 pm – 3.45 pm

Teachers will be available from 9.10 am until 3.45 pm except during a break period from 11.00am to 11.15am and a lunch period from 1.00 pm to 1.45 pm. We would ask for your patience in accommodating the staff breaks. NB The Year 9 Parents’ Meeting has been postponed until further notice. PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING: •

There will be an Information Evening for Year 10 Parents on Thursday 1 March 2012 at 7 pm.

Mid term Break is from 13 February until 17 February inclusive.

Literacy is a focus in the College this year – please encourage your child to read.

Parents are asked NOT to make appointments during school hours, teaching time is precious and attendance is very important for pupil progress.

Thank you to parents and pupils for adhering to school policy with regard to the uniform. The clip-on tie is a great improvement to the uniform and makes the pupils look very smart. We intend to make this a whole school uniform change in September 2012.

Text Messaging Test: Following recent parent consultation we will now be using a text messaging service as a means of communication for emergency and other messages.


If you have provided a current mobile number you should receive a test message on Tuesday 31 January. If you receive the message please let us know by completing Part a) of the feedback slip below and please return it via your son/daughter on Wednesday 1 February. If you do not receive the test message please complete Part b) of the feedback slip below and return it via your son/daughter on Wednesday 1 February. Thank you. NB For the foreseeable future we will still continue to communicate with parents/guardians via post and the College website: www.stpatricksmaghera.org/parentinfo •

The Annual Report to Parents is now available on the College website: www.stpatricksmaghera.org/parentinfo Please use the following login details:

Username: spcmaghera Password: parentinfo

Parent Bulletins will now also be available each term on the College website at the above web address. Same Username and Password.

Healthy eating - we would like to encourage pupils to eat healthily, bringing water and fruit for breaks - crisps and sugary drinks are forbidden - thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Test Text Message ~ Feedback Slip ~ To be returned via your son/daughter on Wednesday 1 February. Thank you. Part a) Please tick the box if you received the Test Text Message on Tuesday 31 January and complete the table below: Name of Pupil(s) Class(es) Name of Parent/Guardian Part b) Please complete this section if you did not receive the Test Text Message on Tuesday 31 January but would like to receive messages in this way. We will use the information below to include your details in the Text Messaging database. (NB If you have already given us your details we will use the information below to check and amend any errors in your details.) Thank you. Name of Pupil(s) Class(es) Name of Parent/Guardian Mobile Number of Parent/Guardian Signature of Parent/Guardian


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