Wednesday Letter – 26th October 2016


Dates For Your Diary
Friday 28th October Harvest Service @ 10am, Finish school @ 12noon (all children) 
*Monday 31st October – Monday 7th November (inclusive) – Half Term Holidays* 
Monday 7th November Staff Development Day 
Tuesday 8th November Children start back to school, After School Clubs start 

Thank You 
Thank you to all the pupils, staff and parents for a fantastic first half term. We are looking forward to next term and all that it will bring. 

Parent Consultations 
Thank you to all the parents who have attended and will be attending parent interviews this week. 

Harvest in School 
Our Harvest Service will take place in school on Friday 28th October at 10.00am. We look forward to celebrating Harvest with all the pupils, parents and friends. Please take a chance on Friday to look at display boards in school – they are fantastic. 

Half Term 
School will finish for all pupils on Friday 28th October at 12 noon for half term break. Pupils will return to school on Tuesday 8th November 2016. 

School Development Day 
School will be closed on Monday 7th November for staff training. Staff will be planning for the progression of numeracy skills and developing monthly overviews for literacy and numeracy. 

After – Schools Clubs 
Just a reminder that our afterschool clubs will start on Tuesday 8th November – Cookery from 2-3pm for P2 – P3 and Art and Craft from 3pm – 4pm for P4 – P7. 

Things to do this Autumn 
Autumnal wander 
Kick the leaves 
Carve a pumpkin 
Bake a cake 
Fly a kite 
Read a good book 
Eat an apple straight from a tree

Portballintrae Residents’ Association 
Friday 28th October 
Hallowe’en Party in Village Hall – 2.30pm – 4pm 
Entertainment by Mr Hullabaloo 
(Admission is by ticket only) – £1 per ticket. 
Samba Band & Lantern Parade leaving village hall @ 7.30pm followed by fireworks over the bay (Lanterns on sale (£1) from 7pm in the Village Hall) 
* Contact Fran Milligan (20731868) for more details and to purchase tickets for the Hallowe’en Party.* 

School Dinner Menu 

Monday 7th November 2016 
School closed – Staff Development Day 

Tuesday 8th November 2016 
Baked Potato, Cheese & Beans or Chicken & Broccoli Bake 
Salad, Coleslaw, Mash 
Chocolate Brownie & Fruit or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt 

Wednesday 9th November 2016 
Spaghetti Bolognese or Chilli Chicken Wrap 
Herb Dice, Mash, Veg 
Frozen Raspberry Flavoured Mousse or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt 

Thursday 10th November 2016 
Roast Gammon Stuffing Balls & Gravy 
Roast & Mash Potatoes 
Banana Cake & Custard or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt 

Friday 11th November 2016 
Chicken Curry, Rice & Naan or Oven Baked Sausages 
Chips, Peas, Salad 
Arctic Roll & Fruit or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Wednesday Letter – 12th October 2016



Dates For Your Diary
Thursday 13th October P4 – P7 – Good News Club (3pm – 4pm)
Friday 14th October P1 – P3 – Fun with Drums (2pm – 3pm)
Monday 17th October P1 – P3 – Art & Crafts (2pm – 3pm), P7 – Grafters (3pm – 4pm)
Tuesday 18th October P4 – P7 – Drama (3pm – 4pm), P4 – P7 – Gardening (3pm – 4pm)
Wednesday 19th October P4 – P7 – Spanish (3pm – 4pm)

Parent Consultations
Everyone should have received a consultation date and time on Monday. Can any remaining parent interview reply slips please be returned to the class teacher no later than Friday 14th October?

Please remember that from Monday 24th October to Thursday 27th school will finish for all pupils at 2pm for Parent-Teacher Consultations. There will not be any After-Schools Clubs, including 223 club, that week. The buses will collect children at 2pm and pupils should be picked up by car at this time as well.

Sharon will be showing a DVD in the Assembly Hall from 2-3pm on each of these days should any parents wish to leave pupils there whilst they are having a consultation with a teacher between these times

Book Fair
Our book fair last week was a great success. Thank you to everyone who supported it and also to Mrs McIlmoyle for coordinating the whole event. A total of £1180 was raised which means the school will receive a significant amount of commission to spend on books for our AR library and class libraries. Thank you once again to parents and friends for your support!

Staff Training
Ms Martin will be attending Child Protection Training on Tuesday 18th October. On Thursday 20th and Friday 21st, Mrs Scott and Mrs Browne will be attending a Science Course.

Harvest in School
Our Harvest Service will take place in school on Friday 28th October 2016 at 10.00am. Tickets will be on sale for this event priced at £2.50 which will include homemade apple tart and tea/coffee. Rev. Barton will also speak at this service. School will finish for half term at 12 noon on this date. The buses will collect pupils at school at 12 noon and pupils should be picked up by car at this time as well. A special themed lunch will be served to children in school on Thursday 27th October.

Library Service
The library van will be visiting school once a fortnight beginning Wednesday 9th November. Children will be able to choose books to read at school and also take home. Children will need a library card to use the library van. If your child already has their own library card, they should bring this to school on Wednesday 9th November. If they don’t have a card but would like to use the library van, application forms will be sent home for parents to complete. Children and parents are responsible for the books which they get from the library van.

Radar Trip
On Tuesday 18th October, P7 will be travelling to Belfast to visit Radar. This is a fantastic trip and we look forward to hearing all about it. More details will be sent home with P7’s.

Derrykeighan Community Association
Youth Club is back this Friday (14th) 7-9. All age 4 plus welcome. Admission is £1 with tuck shop available. We intend to split the group into junior and senior this year but everyone should attend the first night for registration. For further info please contact Joanne Nicholl on 07762673681

Derrykeighan Community Association have organised a shopping trip to Belfast on Saturday 26th November. Bus will leave Derrykeighan at 8.30 sharp or Mosside at 8.35. We will leave Belfast at 5. Cost is £8 per person – much cheaper than parking and fuel! Text Joanne Nicholl on 07762673681 to book your seat.

School Dinner Menu 

Monday 17th October 2016
Chilli Chicken Tortilla or Baked Potato with Cheese & Beans
Mash & Salad
Chocolate Sponge & Custard or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Tuesday 18th Oct 2016
Roast Gammon & Gravy
Mash & Veg
Banana Muffin or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Wednesday 19th Oct 2016
Spaghetti Bolognese or Oven Baked Sausages
Herb Dice, Mash, Beans & Veg
Jelly & Fruit or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Thursday 20th Oct 2016
Braised Steak, Stuffing & Gravy
Roast & Mash Potatoes
Flapjack & Fruit or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Friday 21st Oct 2016
Chicken Curry, Rice & Naan or Fish Fingers
Chips, & Veg
Ice Cream & Pears or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Wednesday 4th November 2015

Wednesday Newsletter

Welcome back to another half term of school.  This is always a busy half term and we have tried to provide a list of upcoming dates for you. Should there be any changes, we will inform you at the earliest opportunity.

Important dates for your diary

Wednesday 4th November – Choir (3pm – 4pm)
Thursday 5th November m- Good News Club (3pm – 4pm)
Saturday 7th November – P7 AQE Test 1
Monday 9th November – Grafters (3pm – 4pm)
Monday 9th November – Hockey (3pm – 4pm)
Tuesday 10th November – Flu Vaccines
Wednesday 11th November – Football @ Bushmills (P7)
Tuesday 17th November – National Trust Visit (P7)
Friday 20th November – Open afternoon
Saturday 21st November – P7 AQE Test 2
Saturday 28th November – P7 AQE Test 3
Thursday 3rd December – Christmas Lunch
Tuesday 15th December – Christmas Play
Wednesday 16th December – Christmas Play
Thursday 17th December – Theatre Trip
Friday 18th December – Last day of term

A very big thank you to everyone for the success of our Harvest Service.  The children all participated extremely well and collection in aids of school funds raised £200.

Poppy Appeal
A collection box has been left in school should anyone wish to bring money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Other poppy merchandise is also on sale with items costing 50p or £1

 Open Afternoon
Our open afternoon for prospective Reception and P1 pupils will take place on Friday 20th November 2015 at 1pm.  If this date does not suit, there will an option for prospective parents to make an appointment to see around the school.  Please let prospective parents know of this date if their child is due to start school.

Breakfast Club
We are pleased to inform parents that our early morning breakfast club will continue to run until 18th December 2015.  It is a great facility to be able to offer to parents and we hope that parents will continue to avail of this service. We would encourage ALL children who come into school before 8.30am to make use of the Breakfast club and take Breakfast.  This way we can ensure that numbers are kept at a level to maintain the ability to offer this club.  Breakfast club will run every morning from 8.00am – 8.30am costing £1.05 per child.

After – Schools Clubs
Choir will continue to run after half term for 2 weeks and will finish on Wednesday 11th November.
Hockey will commence on Monday 2nd November from 3pm – 4pm.  This club will run for 6 weeks and the last day of hockey will be Monday 7th December 2015.  If your child is paying on a weekly basis, please ensure that money is sent to the class teacher on a Monday morning.
Dunseverick Young Scientist Club will start on Thursday 12th November from 3pm – 4pm.  This is a fun science club for children in P4, P5, P6, and P7.  Spaces are limited to 15 and will be allocated on a first…come first serve basis and can be booked by ringing Dawn on Thursday 5th November from 8.30am.  This club will cost £1 per week or can be paid in a one off payment for the term costing £5. Please complete reply slip and return to class teacher along with payment before Tuesday 10th November.

I give permission for ________________________ to attend science club. I will collect him/her from school at 4pm. I will pay £1 weekly ( Y / N ) or I enclose £5 for the full term ( Y / N )


School Dinner Menu

Monday 9th November  2015
Coconut & Chilli Chicken with Noodles
Or Fish Fingers
Mash & Veg
Rice Pudding & Fruit or
Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Tuesday 10th November 2015
Bacon Bap or
Scrambled Egg & Beans
Mash, Veg, Herb Dice
Banana Muffin & Fruit or
Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Wednesday 11th November 2015
Coleslaw & Cheese Jacket Potato & Salad or
Irish Stew & Wheaten
Chocolate Brownie & Fruit or
Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Thursday 12th November 2015
Gammon, Stuffing & GravyRoast & Mash Potatoes, Veg
Jam Sponge & Custard or
Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Friday 13th November 2015
Madras Chicken Curry, Rice & Naan or
Chicken Bites, Mash, Chips, Veg
Ice Cream Bars & Jelly or
Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt