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Kazoku Karate
We are extremely fortunate to have past pupils Gerard, Barry and Conor McAnulty back to share their World Championship skills in karate with our current pupils.  It is always great to see our past pupils succeeding and all the pupils from P1 to P7 can benefit from their coaching to build self-esteem, strength and discipline. 
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Karate Afterschool Club:
We are very excited about our new afterschool club - coached by the McAnulty Family (World Champion past pupils)
P1 - P3  Tuesdays (2.00 to 2.45pm)
P4 - P7 Tuesdays (2.45pm to 3.45pm)

HOMESTART

Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.

Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. 

We are delighted to be able to support our local community and local families by hosting Homestart in our school dining hall on Thursday mornings every week.

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Fronter Access
As part of our ICT action plan we have been working towards training staff, pupils and parents to use the Virtual Learning Environment FRONTER to further enhance our pupils' learning experiences.  Pupils have been given access to class topic FRONTER rooms and this is linked with our Shared Education partnership schools.  Some homework tasks will be introduced to give pupils the opportunity to vote/ contribute to discussion threads. 
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COLLABORATE
As part of our drive to improve and extend use of ICT within the school, teachers have been working hard to establish video conferencing links with our partner schools Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche and Castlewellan Primary School to allow pupils to build friendships while learning about shared topic links.  Pupils will engage with their buddies through web-cam links at least once per term and then have face-to face sessions (F2F) to further strengthen community bonds/ links established through COLLABORATE.











GETOUT OF BED AND PUT ON SOME RED - RAISING MONEY FOR BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

ON FRIDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2016 WE ALL GOT DRESSED IN RED TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
REMEMBER TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL ON SATURDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2015.  
LINGUISTIC PHONICS (2014/15)
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We have introduced a new programme this year to teach spelling and to enhance reading and writing skills.  The Linguistic Phonics programme has a number of stages and has been introduced throughout the school to ensure consistency for pupils.  
We held a parent workshop in November to help parents understand our new style of learning as we feel that it will help build literacy skills in all pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7.


PROBLEM SOLVING (2014/15)
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Our focus in numeracy this year in all classes is to build pupil's ability to problem solve and to build thinking skills through fun and challenging mathematical activities.

ActivExpression Technology - October 2010
Our school is currently trialing additional devices to enhance pupil learning using advances in technology. Our Activexpression response handsets enable all pupils to answer questions and give teachers an insight into how well children are understanding new concepts or topics.

New Pro-Bots - October 2010
We have also invested in Pro-bots for our Key Stage 2 pupils to enhance learning through application of educational technology. Pro-Bots are big brothers to the Bee-Bots used in the Foundation and Key Stage One classes. They can be used for teaching more advanced techniques and programming.

Spring Chicks Assembly - Friday 25th March 2011

Cameron, Abigail and Jessica's mummy very kindly brought in 17 newly hatched chicks to tie in with our Spring assembly.  The boys and girls all learned lots about how to look after chickens and eggs and they all got to handle the chicks also. 

P5/6/7 Visit to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters - Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Our Key Stage 2 pupils were very lucky to be invited to Lisburn N.I.F.R.S Headquarters for a tour.  They got to try on fire service uniforms and try out lots of equipment. 

Northern Ireland Soccer Sevens Tournament - Friday 8th April 2011

"Simply Fruit" Soccer tournament in Kilmore Road Playing Fields, Crossgar.  Organised by Grassroots Development, in association with the Irish F.A.  Primary 6 and 7 boys will be participating in this event.

Shimna Integrated College presentation to Baroness May Blood - Friday 8th April 2011

As part of our ongoing languages programme linked with Shimna Integrated College, our Primary 6 girls have been invited to a presentation day linked to the schools languages programme. 

Easter Egg Competition - Friday 15th April 2011

Our Annual "decorate an easter egg" competition will be held on the morning of the 15th April.  Reception pupils may come to school on this day from 9.00am to 10.30am to particpate in the competition.

Swimming for Primary 1 to Primary 7 continues as usual.  After swimming all pupils go home at 12.30pm. 

We wish you all a very happy Easter break and look forward to seeing you again in term 3.















C.C.E.A I.C.T Accreditation Scheme - May 2011

The Primary ICT Accreditation Scheme is a voluntary scheme for pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2. It  provides schools with a framework to develop, enhance and assess  pupils' ICT skills. At the end of each key stage, pupils will be able to be awarded with a certificate detailing their level of ICT competence. CCEA will then accredit our school for being able to effectively assess using the UICT Levels of Progression.


We are continuing to support assessment of ICT within our school and are very proud of all our pupil's achievements.  We have very well resourced classrooms and all pupils have access to a broad range of ICT equiment and software which teachers incorporate fully into lessons and planning/ assessment.


Sensory wildlife garden - November 2012

A start has been made on our lottery funded sensory wildlife garden and we are very excited to see how it will look by Spring 2013!  

A Scandinavian summer house with living roof has been erected.  A water butt will collect rainwater to be used to water our raised planters.  A sensory herb area in the middle of the area will provide a lovely relaxing area for children to sit - with a wide variety of scents from various herbs to help create a calming environment.

Seeded wildflower grass has been laid down which should provide a stunning visual in the Spring.  Wooden benches and stools are scattered around the area for children to sit and enjoy the garden.  We envisage the garden as a quiet area for children to enjoy during break and lunchtimes as well as timetabled outdoor slots for planting.  It is our hope that, once completed, our school garden will be an extension of our indoor learning environments.  


BBC CHILDREN IN NEED 2012

The boys and girls all joined in our dotty day for Pudsey Bear with lots of fun games and activities like "stick the spots on Pudsey" and "pudsey-winks".  We decorated Pudsey cookies to take home!  


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