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April Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


April 2019

Trocaire 2019 – Living in Fea r

We have heard the story of Maria, Maya and Patricia, children living in different parts of the world who have been forced to leave their homes. This year we are encouraging the children to work hard to raise much needed funds for Trocaire so that we can help children like this who have been moved from their home and are living in fear.   Find our more about Trocaire’s Lenten campaign on

We thank our parents, grandparents and our wider school community for supporting the children in their fundraising efforts and ask that you always encourage them to think of others who are less fortunate than us. Sincere thanks to everyone who are making our Lenten charity work such a huge success.

Environmental Youthspeak

A massive well done to Patrick Pillitteri who represented our school in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Environmental Youthspeak. He spoke with great confidence and delivered his speech, ‘A Day in the Life of an Eco-Warrior’ with great passion. H



Regular and punctual attendance is a crucial factor in every child’s learning and in St Patrick’s most parents recognise this, making sure that their child’s attendance is as high as possible. However, for some children, attendance is an issue and so pupil attendance is being more carefully monitored this year.

Whilst we appreciate a telephone call to inform us if a child is going to be absent this should be supported by a written note sent into school on the pupils return. Any absence without a written note is now being followed up by the admin staff of the school.


Board of Governors Report for 2017-2018

The Board of Governors Report for 2017-2018 is now available.

March Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


March 2019

Credit Union Quiz

Good luck to the boys and girls from our school who are participating in the Chapter final of the Credit Union Quiz on Sunday, 3rd March in the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast at 2pm. We know you will do us proud!

Olympic Handball

Good luck to the P6 boys’ and girls’ handball teams as they compete in the second of their tournaments on Friday, 1st March.

Road Safety Calendar Stars

We are delighted to have been selected to be one of the schools to feature in the 2020/21 Road Safety Calendar. Photography will take place on Wednesday, 6th March.

PSG Bingo Night

Don’t forget our PSG Bingo Night on Saturday, 2nd March in the Parish Centre at 6.45pm4


February Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


February 2019


Catholic Schools Week – Celebrating the work of our local Catholic Schools

As in all schools throughout Ireland, Catholic Schools Week was celebrated in St Patrick’s during the week of 28th January. During the week the children took some time to think about their school, who founded it and why? They reflected on all that is good about our school and how it contributes to their lives. We are extremely proud of our school and the place that it has within our parish. We are privileged to be given the opportunity to work with the children in our care and will always endeavour to ensure that the love of God is evident in all that we do.

A big thank you to the many grandparents who came along to our Grandparents Day celebrations. It was a lovely celebration!


Nursery and P1 Applications

The on-line portal for application to Nursery and P1 is now closed. However, late applications will still be accepted. Parents making a late application will be required to complete a paper application form which can be accessed from the school reception.

Remember, you must still apply for a primary school place if your child currently attends the Nursery. Completed forms should be returned to reception along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

On the EA’s website there are further guidelines for parents on how to provide additional information in support of an application already submitted or how to change their preferences after the closure of the Parent Portal.

Life Saving skills

We are delighted to have recently had our P6 and P7 children trained in the use of a defibrillator. We hope that they will never be in a situation where they need to use these life-saving skills. Remember, we now have a defibrillator in our school which is available for community use.


January Newsletter


St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch


January 2019

Happy New Year

As we begin 2019 we would like to wish the children, parents and wider school community a very happy and peaceful New Year.


Applications for Nursery and Primary 1

Applications for places in St Patrick’s P.S. and Magheradroll Nursery Unit can now be made on-line. The closing date for completed applications is 31st January 2019. Don’t worry if you don’t have access to the internet or are having problems in completing the online application form please call into the main school on Thursday, 10th January 2019 between 2pm and 3.30pm.



Shared Education

Our Shared Education programme is now well established and we are delighted to have brought representatives from the School Councils of both schools together to discuss ideas and work on a new log for our programme. All classes will continue with their Shared link over Term 2, learning together continuing to build friendships.

Christmas Celebrations

Sincere thanks again to everyone who supported our Christmas Celebrations. All of the events certainly enhanced the wonderful atmosphere that Christmas brings. A special word of thanks goes to Santa Claus for making the trip to our school

The Foundation Stage performance of The Nativity Story and KS1 Christmas Concert were fantastic and the children who took part should be very proud of themselves. It was lovely to hear the wonderful feedback from parents and other family members. Thank you so much for the many compliments. The money raised from ticket sales has helped purchase the various resources needed for the show. Some of it was also used to fund the Christmas dinner and to purchase an additional wifi point for the assembly hall.