Robert Dunbar

Wednesday Letter – 18th January 2017

Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 18th January – Fun with Drums – 2pm – 3pm (P1 – P7)
Thursday 19th January – Good News Club – 3pm – 4pm (P4 – P7)
Monday 23rd January – Art & Craft Club – 2pm – 3pm (P1 – P3)
Tuesday 24th January – Cookery Club – 3pm – 4pm (P5 – P7), Knitting Club – 3pm – 4pm (P4 – P7)

Contact Details
Can all parents please keep Dawn informed if there have been any changes to contact details? We do hope that all parents have been receiving text messages. If you haven’t received any messages please contact the office and we will try to resolve this problem.

Parent Consultations
Parent Consultations for pupils in Primary 1 – Primary 6 will take place between Monday 13th February and Wednesday 15th February. Transfer Consultations for Primary 7 pupils will take place on Tuesday 31st January. All pupils will finish school at 2pm on Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th February. Both buses will run at 2pm.

Half Term
Just a reminder for all parents that school will be closed on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st February for half term break. School will reopen on Wednesday 22nd February. Breakfast club and 223 club will recommence on this day as well.

School will be closed on Thursday 2nd March due to the election as school is being used as a polling station.

Robert Dunbar
In a previous letter we told you about the generous donation we had received from the family of Robert Dunbar. We would like to share some information about Robert with everyone.

Robert (known to friends and family as Bertie), a native of Dunseverick, attended Dunseverick Primary and then Bushmills Grammar. Robert attained the highest mark in English A-Level in Northern Ireland, before studying the subject at Queen’s University, where he was a contemporary of Seamus Heaney.

Robert went on to teach at Coleraine Tech and Rainey Endowed School and was awarded an MA in English and Education at Ulster University. Robert continued his career lecturing at the Church of Ireland College of Education, Trinity College and St Patrick’s College in Dublin.

Oliver Jeffers, an award winning writer and illustrator from Belfast said of Robert, “I have yet to meet an individual, anywhere in the world, who cared as much about books as he did. He leaves behind him a hole in children’s literature in Ireland. We should not attempt to fill this hole, because there will never be another Robert Dunbar. Rather let’s remember what he gave us, and tell stories about the man who taught so many of us to love them.”

Derek Landy, author of Skulduggery Pleasant series said of Robert, “He had a philosophy on reviewing in books – if he didn’t love it, he

wouldn’t review it.. There was far too much negativity in the world to spread any of his own. He was quite simply, the friendliest man.

Robert passed away in July 2016 and is survived by his wife Carole, children Dominic and Grainne, and by his grandchildren Jack, Matthew, Edie and Astrid. His family asked that in memory of him people may wish to donate a book to a local school library. “When you give a child the present of a book, you give them a present they can open again and again. Behind that smile and the beard there was a fierce champion for children’s books, and you couldn’t ask for someone better to fight that fight. He was an expert, he was a guiding light.”


School Dinner Menu 

Monday 21st November 2016
Spicy Sausage Wrap or Cheese & Bean Jacket Potato
Mash, Veg, Salad
Flapjack & Fruit or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Lasagne or Fish Fingers
Mash, Veg, Herb Dice
Chocolate & Pear Sponge or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Garlic Chicken Bake or Irish Stew & Wheaten Bread
Mash & Salad
Jelly & Fruit or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Thursday 24th November 2016
Braised Steak & Stuffing Balls & Gravy
Roast & Mash Potatoes
Swiss Roll & Custard or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt

Friday 25th November 2016
Chicken Curry, Rice & Naan or Steak Burger
Chips, Veg, Salad
Ice Cream & Fruit or Fresh Fruit or Yoghurt